Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Free rein to imagination

As WJ can attest to, words can run out, but not imagination at work.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009


Saturday, December 19, 2009

Friday, December 18, 2009

Wednesday, December 16, 2009


My Mom was looking for the complete version of this particular poem, remembering only bits and pieces. However, with the help of Internet, specifically, Google Search using some Chinese characters (actually they turned out to be the title of the poem), we found it, penned by the famous Chinese poet of the Sung Dynasty, Su DongPo. And this is for her, using my late father's calligraphy brush.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Monday, December 14, 2009

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Turning Over a New Leaf

And the Chinese calligraphy session with the well-seasoned old brush continues ...

Learn from mistakes so as not to repeat them.

Saturday, December 12, 2009


Another piece taken from my late father's calligraphy collection and get this, this particular calligraphy guidebook was published in HongKong in 1974 and sold for HK$1.60 (and if my memory serves me right, it was M$0.80 after conversion). Things have changed a lot since that year when I was just out of high school and had just begun my life-long vocation of teaching as a wide-eyed trainee at a rural Chinese school accessible via an earth road, sometimes riding piggyback on my colleague's scooter. Those were the days when life was simple, with me molding the malleable minds of young students who were thrust into society at a tender age to help their parents in eking out a livelihood in the austere rubber estate setting.

The cover of the guidebook, truncated at the top portion for space from the splendidly elegant original look, appears to the right.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Old Brush, New Calligraphy

On a recent trip back to Malaysia, I picked up some of my late Father's Chinese calligraphy paraphernalia: Chinese brushes, calligraphy guidebooks and collections. I enjoy using his well-seasoned brush, and wrote the following small form Chinese calligraphy piece entitled "Setting Goals" taken from his collections.

Thursday, December 10, 2009