Hari Nyepi

One of the most significant learning point I had during my trip to Bali is Hari Nyepi.

I travelled to Bali in early March. It was just a week before Hari Nyepi, which is how I learnt about it. Locals keep talking about it to tourists and of course it’s a popular topic to share with tourists cuz it’s something unique to Bali.

Hari Nyepi is a New Year, based on one of the traditional Hindu calendars in Bali. In 2017, it falls today, on 28 March. But, unlike a typical New Year that’s celebrated with much fesitivities, Hari Nyepi is observed by switching off from the hustle-bustle of life. All lights switched off for 24hrs, even street light. All activities halt and everyone remain indoor. Nobody will be walking out in the streets. Airport in Bali too was shut down during this period. Amazing right?
I think it’s really a good practice that their community have a date for all to switch off, being zen, tuning ourselves to nature, spending time with family- simply total relaxation and peacefulness. A great opportunity for uninterrupted reflection and rejuvenation 👍
Perhaps a reminder for us to set a Hari Nyepi in our life too ☺

MOE Buildathon

Participated in the inaugural MOE Buildathon over the weekend and it was definitely a great learning experience.

Love my team cuz I have people of various background on board: educator, designer and entrepreneur 👍 Also loving the vibe and team spirit that we had. Ideation was amazing as we build on each other’s ideas by seeing it from different perpectives and brainstorming for solutions… really amazing! It was also rejuvenating. Felt so alive as it had been awhile my brains cells used for something productive. Despite the mad rush, I think we still did ok 😊

We made it to the top 20, but unfortunately we didn’t make it to Top 10 to present at Excel Fest.

Overall it was a good learning experience, especially since it’s my first hackathon. It gave me more confidence for future hackathon event. Yes, this definitely will not my last hackathon event. Gonna keep trying to make our idea a reality 👊

Someday… one day. One can always dream, right? 🙂

Girl Power

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Helped out Fitree at their booth over the weekend. We had a booth for PPIS Girl’s Empowerment event. The last time I conducted bookbinding demo was for Maker Faire (link here), and this was in the same manner. The participants get to do their own bookbinding as we guide them through the simple steps. But the different is that, I used single-sided printed papers for this event so that it fits well with Fitree’s objective in championing environmental causes.

Flying water rocket

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Helped out for Aviation workshop by GUILD. The kids made paper aeroplane, kite and launched their own water rocket.

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Pretty amazing how the kids simply took over the whole activity on their own after they kinda get how to launch the water rocket. The kids were initially shy and quiet when they started the workshop. But soon, they warmed up, got excited with the stuff we were doing and they were definitely enjoying themselves.

Flower- Model making with show & tell

Artifacts from a project years ago after I taught them parts of a flower and adaptation of insect and wind pollinated plants. So proud that quite a number of them actually put in so much effort for it. The final products were so good that I placed them on display at the back of the Bio lab. The Bio lab is one of the venue for guests whenever we have school visits, so it’s definitely a good idea to put them on display there.

Their task was to design their own flower using any materials. Then, we had show and tell for them to describe the features of the flower they had created, using ideas of pollination.