Recently, I met up with my insurance agent for a thorough review of my insurance policies. I asked him does I have enough coverage. He told me that when I reached the age of 60, I should have at least half a million dollars either in saving alone or together with the life plan that I bought, it should generate about that amount. Half a million dollars isn’t enough at all! He told me if I want to retire comfortably, I should have at least one million dollar by then! I was blanked for a while.
The question here is how much is enough? What is our need when we aged? Lots of Money, Health, Happiness, a Life…or a little of everything? Let says we have the money, then what are you going to do with your money? Imagine yourself in the shoe of a 80 years old man/woman. Would your motivation be travelling? Fulfilling your dream? Buying a big house for your grandchildren? Learning a skill or… Maybe we can ask around the next time we make friends with some elderly folks.
My recent holiday retreats has allowed me to reflect on my life in these past years. What have I done? What have I missing out? As an art instructor teaching cartooning and fine arts, I am constantly aiming for mastery in the area of teaching (crafting and delivery of lesson) and has taken steps to upgrade myself. In the past years, I have enrolled in diploma and certificate courses that is related to art teaching such as Specialist Diploma in Art Education (NIE-NTU) as well as courses and talks that is related to teaching arts for special need chiildren (SSTI). Tonight I shall be attending a new course, Teaching The Arts in an Early Childhood Environment, conducted by Seed Institute.This is a three month certificate course that shall allow me to understand more on teaching arts to preschoolers between the age of 4 to 6 years old. Thank you NAC for the heavy fee subsidy in all the courses I have enrolled, without which, the course fees itself can piled up to an easy10K!
As an art educator, it is necessary for us to build our teaching portfolio and gain enough teaching experiences and knowledge in the field of art education. However mastery of skills in the area of fine arts and cartooning is also important. This is the second portfolio that teaching artists like us should have! These are the areas I need to work at and the year 2016 is the perfect time to do so. The direction is set and I have resolved most of my mental cluttered, what that is needed to be done is to DO IT.
Action is LOUDER than Words
Have more Patience and Empathy
Put on something Different
Keep On Track in the rat race
Be Yourself at the end of the day and Do what you Enjoy / Enjoy what you Do
Get ready for more Ridiculous Cartoons :)) in 2016
Haze…has already become an Unwanted part of our life! Haze…may become a “festival”, where a certain time every year, we say hello to our N95 mask. Believe it or not, it began in 1997/98 till now, 18 years! Happy 18th Haze festival? Celebrate? No way!!!
My recent hobby is into collecting affordable crystals and stones. Crystals/stones like phantom quartz; citrine; beryl; lapis; turquoise and so on are under my radar. I enjoyed shopping for crystals in brick and mortar stores like New Age FSG which is located in town. You get to touch and feel for yourself the crystals before you make your purchase. You can asked the salesperson if you wish to know more about a certain crystal metaphysical properties or do some reading online or from books like The Crystal Bible. However buying gemstones can be pricey if the sources and colour are scarce and this is where buying online can be a very different experience. The problem of buying online like from Ebay is we do not know whether we are getting what we have paid for. The real thing can looked very different from a picture on screen which is what I experienced recently when I purchased a tourmaline from an Ebay store. Luckily we communicated and she sent me the correct item together with a matching pair of tourmaline earrings which she gave me for free. It also turns out that I purchased the earlier item at a discounted price. So what is the message I want to shared in this blog? I think it is important to COMMUNICATE before making any irreversible action like blaming or pointing fingers at the fault of others. There are people who have intention to cheat your money but I am sure there are also many honest dealer who will honor fair deal. In my case,I am lucky that the seller is a really nice lady who make sure her mistake did not become a bad experience for me!
When is it the best time you should apply your cartooning skill? My answer is when there is a celebration party! Wishing Hazel and Weixiong lovingly ever after, and welcoming the arrival of little Jonas! Full of love from all of us:)
I do not wish to be involve in politics of any kind, but I kinda enjoy hearing/watching people discussing about serious issues that may change our life. Will a change in method of governing the country be better or for the worst, no one can tell. Not now at least. This year general election really turns the otherwise boring school holiday into a “carnival”, or a “circus” where all related parties gathered to bring a show to the audiences. You don’t have to pay a ticket to watch the show, but you have to pay a price through your votes. It seems that the future of Singapore lies in our votes. At least it seems that we can change our future for the better!
Personally I enjoyed this year Creative Market organised by TCZ Studio. The reasons are mainly because the venue is good (location, size, convenient) and the crowd is consistent since Raffles City is a shopping mall. I did get to make some new friends and not forgetting to buy some comic books and handmade items. It is a wonderful experience and I’m looking forward to the event next year!
This is a SG50 event organised by TCZ Studio. Last year the Creative Market was held at the Central Library podium area but this year it is inside Raffles City shopping mall. I guess the crowd will be different this year since the organiser are going to give out FREE comic book. This is a special edition comic book with Singapore content and only 50,000 copies printed in total. Looks a lot in number but there won’t be any reprint. Don’t miss it! Do come take free book on 16th May Saturday. The event is between 10am till 8.45pm. Don’t forget to check out my cartooning workshops at comixguru.com.sg. See you there:)
Annabel is a student in my cartooning/art class which she attended every Saturday. She has since created a series of wolf characters which “Wolfy” is the main character in this comic strip. It is always a delight for me to read comics done by children because this is where you really feel the power of innocence (drawing) and the pure intention in story telling.