Saturday, April 26, 2014

Bas Sekolah Friends & Pat-A-Cake Games


 It was a lovely sunny weekend. Met up with a good ol' friend from primary school days. We were from different schools but we took the same school bus. 

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Together with a few others, we used to play all sorts of silly games & activities on board to while away time during the journey home which coincides with the traffic jams during peak hours. Among the many things we did while the bus was on the move were sinnet weaves for key chains, sharing junk food, pat-a-cake clapping games, thumb wrestling, water guns, exchanging name cards (with a cartoon or an artiste's photo) and autograph books (covers were wrapped in gift wrappers)...

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and blowing elastic bubbles. There would also be a whole different set of games when the bus stopped at a station for 30 to 60 minutes. 

We also had many memorable experiences together - attending the neighbourhood night market for the first time, visiting a famous water theme park, picnics, birthdays and not to mention admiring the cool popular guys always standing at the bus entrance with their fly-away hair.

It seemed interesting when I explained to my parents who I was meeting up for coffee. We had a mini bas sekolah (school bus in malay) reunion. All of us are now working, some married and some with kids. Everyone is still looking good and youthful :)


Thursday, April 17, 2014

Calligraphy Pays

The mister messaged me from work and asked me if I could do his colleague a favour by doing some calligraphy work for them -  to be used in their presentation to a client. I was thrilled. I immediately said yes

This is not the first time I did calligraphy for a company. The first time was when I was commissioned by Van Cleef & Arpels to write the names on dinner place cards for their guests. It was for the dinner launch of the brand in the Malaysia outlet. My eyes widened when I saw the name list which included the King, the Queen, the infamous local stars, tycoons & etc. Felt so honoured to have the privilege to write their names and be seen by them. And some other times, I did calligraphy on invites for my previous employer.

Anyway, the mister came home with this.

 A lovely gesture for helping them out.


This was a demo I showed them. I can do several different types though.

And these were the actual calligraphy done on the special art paper provided.

Well, I know these days the computer has so many type fonts, hand calligraphy is seldom needed and appreciated. But I must say the elegance & the sophistication of the real calligraphy can never be replaced by the rigid perfect strokes of the printed serifs. And it will always be an art appreciated by the aristocrats.