#Spoonchallenge for Spoonflower daily sketch challenge. Prompt: Taxi. London Calling…

London Taxi Cab

London Taxi Cab

Today’s Spoonchallenge daily sketch challenge for Spoonflower is Taxi.When I think Taxi, what comes to mind is the London black cabs.

I love the iconic London cabs. The are so distinctive and spacious and I think the London cabbies are really polite and informative. I can’t afford taking them too often though. They are really expensive but good to have. Luckily London public transport is so well planned and connected that you can pretty much avoid taking one. In my country, not so sure..

Happy Mid Autumn and Moon festival 2014

Happy Mid Autumn and Moon Festival.  The Bulan Lifestyle  supports this festival to worship the moon and to pray for harmony and unity. To give thanx for a prosperous year.

Hope this moon festival brings the best out of you xx

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Ten Principles of Burning Man and their mission statement.

Theme and text by Larry Harvey and Stuart Mangrum with acknowledgments to David Normal, illustration by DA of Black Rock (aka Dominic Tinio), model/photo: Stardust Magick

Theme and text by Larry Harvey and Stuart Mangrum with acknowledgments to David Normal,
illustration by DA of Black Rock (aka Dominic Tinio), model/photo: Stardust Magick

Burning man is somewhere I’ve really wanted to experience. Ive seen the annual footage that comes out of it and heard people talk about it but I have never investigated further beyond the videos to really read up on it until today. I’m happy to find the mission statement and the ten principles of Burning Man.

If it’s good enough for the Burning Man, it’s good enough for me as well. Great principles to live by and not just for the week long duration.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to produce the annual event known as “Burning Man” and to guide, nurture and protect the more permanent community created by its culture. Our intention is to generate society that connects each individual to his or her creative powers, to participation in community, to the larger realm of civic life, and to the even greater world of nature that exists beyond society. We believe that the experience of Burning Man can produce positive spiritual change in the world. To this end, it is equally important that we communicate with one another, with the citizens of Black Rock City and with the community of Burning Man wherever it may arise. Burning Man is radically inclusive, and its meaning is potentially accessible to anyone. The touchstone of value in our culture will always be immediacy: experience before theory, moral relationships before politics, survival before services, roles before jobs, embodied ritual before symbolism, work before vested interest, participant support before sponsorship. Finally, in order to accomplish these ends, Burning Man must endure as a self-supporting enterprise that is capable of sustaining the lives of those who dedicate themselves to its work. From this devotion spring those duties that we owe to one another. We will always burn the Man.

Ten Principles

Burning Man Founder Larry Harvey wrote the Ten Principles in 2004 as guidelines for the newly-formed Regionals Network. They were crafted not as a dictate of how people should be and act, but as a reflection of the community’s ethos and culture as it had organically developed since the event’s inception.

Radical Inclusion

Anyone may be a part of Burning Man. We welcome and respect the stranger. No prerequisites exist for participation in our community.

Gifting

Burning Man is devoted to acts of gift giving. The value of a gift is unconditional. Gifting does not contemplate a return or an exchange for something of equal value.

Decommodification

In order to preserve the spirit of gifting, our community seeks to create social environments that are unmediated by commercial sponsorships, transactions, or advertising. We stand ready to protect our culture from such exploitation. We resist the substitution of consumption for participatory experience.

Radical Self-reliance

Burning Man encourages the individual to discover, exercise and rely on his or her inner resources.

Radical Self-expression

Radical self-expression arises from the unique gifts of the individual. No one other than the individual or a collaborating group can determine its content. It is offered as a gift to others. In this spirit, the giver should respect the rights and liberties of the recipient.

Communal Effort

Our community values creative cooperation and collaboration. We strive to produce, promote and protect social networks, public spaces, works of art, and methods of communication that support such interaction.

Civic Responsibility

We value civil society. Community members who organize events should assume responsibility for public welfare and endeavor to communicate civic responsibilities to participants. They must also assume responsibility for conducting events in accordance with local, state and federal laws.

Leaving No Trace

Our community respects the environment. We are committed to leaving no physical trace of our activities wherever we gather. We clean up after ourselves and endeavor, whenever possible, to leave such places in a better state than when we found them.

Participation

Our community is committed to a radically participatory ethic. We believe that transformative change, whether in the individual or in society, can occur only through the medium of deeply personal participation. We achieve being through doing. Everyone is invited to work. Everyone is invited to play. We make the world real through actions that open the heart.

Immediacy

Immediate experience is, in many ways, the most important touchstone of value in our culture. We seek to overcome barriers that stand between us and a recognition of our inner selves, the reality of those around us, participation in society, and contact with a natural world exceeding human powers. No idea can substitute for this experience.

Design by Larry Harvey and Don Clarke, illustration by Andrew Johnstone and Jim Pire

Design by Larry Harvey and Don Clarke, illustration by Andrew Johnstone and Jim Pire

Artwork by my friend Ruwan Hevawitharane

Drawing by Ruwan Hevawitharane

Drawing by Ruwan Hevawitharane

This was an art challenge I posed to my friend who was visiting me a few months back. I completely forgot. Sorry. This is to prove that everyone can draw regardless of their background. Ruwan’s background is in Finance but one day I gave him a pen and a piece of paper to draw instead of just looking at me draw my sketch of the day, after a few days, he finally joined in and this is the result. Pretty awesome don’t you think?

#Spoonchallenge 15 Fish. Daily sketch challenge for Spoonflower in my #Moleskine notebook

sailfish drawing

sailfish drawing #Spoonchallenge

Daily #Spoonchallenge for Spoonflower is fish. I decided to draw a Sailfish. You can find them in Malaysia in the East Coast. Again, it’s a subject I’ve been wanting to draw for the longest time but never got round to it because I forgot, had lots of excuses but here it is. It is a beautiful fish and I hope it can swim freely without being eaten :(


Have a great weekend xoxo

Historical Vessel Vega Humanitarian Mission Update. Pls help to reblog and share their story

Earlier in the year, in March, I wrote about meeting the couple behind the Historical Vega Humantiarian Mission. Captain Shane Granger and Meggi Macoun were the most inspiring and passionate people I have ever met. I met them when they docked at Straits Quay Penang to collect donations for schools in the remote areas of Indonesia and East Timor areas. They were looking for school bags, school supplies, musical instruments and medical supplies. They had a list of things that people could donate. They didnt want money, they wanted specific things which involved people having to go out to buy or donate from their homes or schools. It gives people a sense of involvement. It surely did for me. I got a few of my friends to donate money so that I could go out to buy musical instruments for the school band.

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School and medical supplies aboard the Historical Vessel Vega.

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offloading the supplies onto the small boat

When I spoke to them and asked them why they are doing this instead of giving to charities, they replied that by the time big NGOs finish their meetings and talking, they would have have done much more themselves, and true to their word, they have indeed accomplished that.

Every year they collect about 20 tons of school and medical supplies from Penang, Singapore and Jakarta. Ports along their sailing route. They pick up and then they deliver to all the schools that they have identified over the years. They have been doing this relentlessly for 10 years. The whole trip takes almost a year depending on the winds and repair works on the boat. Then they sail back to Thailand where they are based and they start all over again.

It is so heartwarming to see the faces of the kids receiving their school bags equipped with a set of school supplies inside. It’s so emotional for me to look at the photos it makes me want to cry. I know how hard it has taken them to reach E. Timor. All the things that went wrong along the way, but still, they made it. Eliza, one of the volunteers onboard told me she was going to leave in July to go back to work, but I am so happy to see that she saw it through. I’m slightly jealous that I wasnt there with them. I asked Shane if I could go the day I met him, he said no. I went to see them almost everyday for the whole week and a half they were docked in Penang and by the end of their stay, Shane actually said yes to me coming onboard as a volunteer, but I chickened out for fear of being sea sick, which is such a lame excuse for because I was too scared I couldn’t heck the trip. It is gruelling. I know. I’ve followed them all the way through on facebook.

The photos are of the school supplies being delivered to Biamaraem primary school. One of the many schools that will receive school supplies that have been donated.

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Thank you to Historic Vessel Vega.  Hope to see you all on the journey home xx

All the photos are taken from Historical Vessel Vega. Photo credit Meggi Macoun and Shane Granger

“Aidabaslala school is in Bobonaro District and consists of a Pre school & Primary School section. The average family in that area has 6 children. That means a lot of children want to start their education now. Support for the very young is a priority, they are the next generation. Due to financial problems too many children drop out of school. Over 70% of children leave school before reaching year 9. The highest rate of dropouts occurs in the first two years of primary school.

On the day of our visit there where 85 students present. All received Kits-4-Kids bags.The Vega team had prepared special supplies bags for the teachers. 2 large boxes with general school supplies and footballs which where handed over to the head mistress. This year we had volunteers from the East Timor Maritime Police and Customs helping with the schools visits. The Kits-4-Kids Schoolbags were donated by students from the GESS German European School Singapore and students from Penang Malaysia. School-supplies were donated by Montessori kindergarten, Uplands, Dalat and CGL international schools and Tinker Bell couture Penang. Many thanks also to all the individuals who contributed, especially the nice folks in Singapore and Penang, Malaysia. As always if you like what we are doing please do share these pics with your friends.” ~Historical Vessel Vega

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Eliza handing out schoolbags and toothbrushes

Eliza handing out schoolbags and toothbrushes

For more info do follow their journey on facebook. They will be doing more deliveries. Maybe you would like to donate or be a volunteer.