Saturday, June 30, 2007

So you can create. What now?

Toyota has started their Tom-Tom Club. I have read and heard that this recreation is thriving at community centers, in churches and public parks. Even music therapist, Christine Stevens, said that it makes people feel more alive and productive and has started her own "Health Rhythms for Remo Drums" wellness centre.

Yes, it is a drum circle we were discussing about starting at our Sungai Long Buddhist Society today. So, should we fork out a sum to buy the necessary musical instruments? Maybe we should start a movement of sounds with our plastic material arty-fication creations to gauge how members of the community feels about the idea.

So, if you think you would like to join us for this no inhibitions, noisy teambuilding fiasco, start creating your own musical instrument and write or call to find out when we will start this sound movement at a park in the neighbourhood of SL 4.

Yes, my children are all ready to stomp with you with...

...her flower drum dress

her colourful shaker

his shaker

Her maracas

His maracas


Tin pan drum

Wooden clappers

and Cymbals

Check out Instrument Encyclopedia if you need more ideas of what other musical instrument you can create.

For young people who find it difficult to socialize, drumming is a good way for you to let out the stress of meeting someone new and it will be very easy for you to discover the right mate. Just follow the one who keeps beating to your rhythm.

You can create music, but think you are not talented enough? Then the drumming circle is the best place for you to explore your inclination and build up your self esteem. You may soon realised that you do have the skills in this field when the novices start drumming to your beat.

Bring the real thing if you think recycled musical wares are not your style.

Friday, June 29, 2007

The Contest Prize

To encourage participation, I have chosen a pair of earrings, from this set I have created, to give away to the participant who created the best bouquet for the week.

How did we pick the winner from these creations?

Here are the contestants again.

Is this the elimination process?

Is that how he won the prize?

No, lah. These are the winners who won after many rounds of deafening applauses.

Congratulations! Miss K Z Kooh and Miss S W Han

Contest to promote recycling

When I was a kid, 10 cents could get me a bowl of stomach filling noodles in steaming hot soup. I used to record any amount in coins I was able to save from my recess time pocket money. Nowadays, my children can only buy a few sweets with that amount.

Look around and you can sometimes see one cents coins on the streets. Have you ever bothered to pick them up? So, can we blame the children for not valuing money when, we, as parents also leave coins around the house like they do not have any value? So, now imagine what their attitude will be like towards waste material. It would be discarded without a second thought if we do not show them the value they can derive from it through recycling.

To encourage participants to recycle and do their best at it during my workshop, I will be giving out a prize for new designs or ideas. Will the contest prize I am offering be worth their efforts? Let my pictures do the talking in my next posting.

Did the students enjoy the workshop?

You mean, did we have a good time? You bet!

Even the guys enjoyed creating their own bouquets.

Take a look at what they have created. That's a very eye catching creation!

Like my work?

Like my colour combination?

What are they lining up for?

Let me tell you about the contest I have organised for them in my next posting.

New Creations for Plastic Bags Arty-fication Workshop

Here are some of the new designs I have created for the workshop.

Did the participants enjoy the workshop? Let their pictures do the talking.

Creations From Plastic Bags Arty-fication

The students were inspired to choose plastic bags to recycle as they have seen the creations I have posted on my blog at GreenBeing Nancy.

I am glad that I took up the challenge to start this workshop as that means that I have to work on creating new designs to interest them to learn. Take a look at my new creations in my next posting.

Creative Recyclers Programme

I have started a Creative Recyclers Programme with some students of Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman, who are members of the Art and Craft Society.

This workshop is one of my “Let’s SOYO” projects created in support of my neighbourhood, Bandar Sungai Long, community programme, managed by the Sungai Long Buddhist Society.

The topic of choice for the week was "Plastic Bag Arty-fication" and the workshop started
with a powerpoint slide to:

• Solicit some action

What could they create with plastic bags? Check them out in my next posting.