Past classes

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Kennel.
block 8D #03-03/4, dempsey hill
singapore SG

The world’s complicated. What with Greece needing a bailout, China slowing down, the US economy not able to get beyond 2nd gear... Singapore has our own economic issues – house prices getting higher, COE prices through the roof, wages not rising fast enough and calls to raise productivity... But what does this all mean for my family and what do I tell my kids? How do I even start?!? Fortunately we break this down into simple, digestible bits (stuff your kids can even tweet about). We even explain the principle of barter, which is what Trade School is about =) Find out what all this Economics mean and translate these into applicable financial literacy practices and skills. Learn about (i) choices & opportunity cost, (ii) savings, (iii) budgeting, (iv) setting financial goals, and the Economics for each. Find out about "financial" activities you can do together with your kid, and how you can teach them the stuff at home. Remember - Parents are the best teachers of money management to our children.

Bring one of the following:
1 hour of your time to test our ECONOPOLIS Mobile App beta in 3Q2012 (we’ll get in touch!)
Chinese Children’s book (used one is fine)
Pub Beer coasters (any brand – with YOUR autograph)
Starbucks VIA Italian Roast (12-sachet packs)
Working computer mouse

About the teacher, James Chia & Lynn Koh

James and Lynn are founders of Innervative Learning, a student learning company offering Economics, Financial Literacy and Communications courses for youths. We’re a young startup, recipient of the Action Committee for Entrepreneurship Startups Grant, supported by SPRING Singapore (one of only 11 firms funded out of 190 applicants - Yay!). We’re also developing ECONOPOLIS, a Mobile App to teach economics and financial management to 12-18 year olds via an interactive role-playing management game. About James: Before founding Innervative Learning, I spent almost a decade with the Monetary Authority of Singapore, as a portfolio manager and Deputy Director of Regional Development. I stepped out of corporate to regain control of my schedule and spend more time with my young family. I have an M.P.A. and a B.A. in Econs (Dean's List) from Cornell, and am an Associate Economics lecturer with SIM and a social enterprise volunteer with the Tsao Foundation. I am married with 2 girls, love reading, current affairs, financial markets, playing music, running, and am a long-suffering Tottenham supporter. About Lynn: I’ve always liked nurturing the younger generation. I’m taking time out of my consultant career at Ernst & Young to fulfil my dream, by starting Innervative Learning to empower youths with the skills to realize their dreams. Back at E&Y, I provided financial planning, investment advisory framework and investment portfolio management advice to banks, and am a master of the ‘framework’ approach to solutions. I am also a passionate trainer of finance to internal stakeholders. I used to be a portfolio manager at MAS. I taught at Fairfield Primary and gave free tuition to less privileged students. I have a Bachelors in Accountancy (1st class Hon, Dean’s List) from NTU and am a CFA holder.

Beginner Street Magic (Hands On)

6:00p.m. to 8:00p.m.
Kennel.
block 8D #03-03/4, dempsey hill
singapore SG

Before David Blaine popularise (and coined the term) "street magic" there was close-up magic. At that time, knowledge of the secrets behind magic was only available to the privileged few. In recent years, especially after the rise of youtube, one can learn magic tricks everywhere. However, there did not seemed to be an increase of performer. People tend to spend their money on tricks and do not perform them, not even for their loved ones. In this class, you will be taught two to three simple tricks that you will be able to perform immediately, and you will go onto the street to perform for a stranger. The focus of the class will be on performance instead of tricks or theories. Topics like approaching confidence, and managing the energy level of your spectator will be touched on.

Bring one of the following:
A surprise
Job-search help
Passion and curiosity
Photos/ Videos of the class
Suggestion for improvement/ Feedbacks
Support (for peers)

About the teacher, Raymond Yeh

Raymond is one of the members of a local street magician group. Magicians from the group tend meet up over the weekends to perform street magic for strangers in town (for free). His specialty is in the art of performing, however he is also known for his skills in hypnotism and mentalism.

Micro-publishing & Book-binding

11:00p.m. to 1:00a.m.
Kennel.
block 8D #03-03/4, dempsey hill
singapore SG

Tired of mainstream publishing? Take matters into your own hands via micro-publishing and zine-making. Combining lecture & workshop, you will learn the history of micro-publishing, browse through local and international indie mags & zines, learn how to put together your own contents, as well as book-binding methods. Materials provided.

Bring one of the following:
A drill (used but in working condition is fine)
A small metal ruler
Any pre-loved band t-shirt from earlier than 1995
Baygon
Black chalkboard paint
Blueberry muffin
Chihuahua muzzle
Kettle chips (Honey Dijon)
Magnetic paint
Slice of cheesecake
Some Lipton teabags
Some Nespresso coffee capsules
Strawberries
Walnut bread
White Ikea Ribba picture ledge (article # 601.918.36)

About the teacher, studioKALEIDO

studioKALEIDO is a design studio & curatorial practice. We also run GRAPHEME, an experimental walk-in zine laboratory. We conceived, co-edit and art direct the literary journal Ceriph.

The Art of Collage

11:00p.m. to 1:00a.m.
Kennel.
block 8D #03-03/4, dempsey hill
singapore SG

SO WHAT IS COLLAGE - A collage is a piece of art made by sticking various different materials such as photographs and pieces of paper or fabric onto a backing. / WHAT WILL BE LEARNT - This class will teach and inspire you to exercise the lyrical potentials of scrap materials as well as help you realize the intrinsic relevance of this art form in your life. At the end of the class you will make a special collage of your own. / ACHIEVEMENT - We will scan and compile all our artworks at the end of the class into a zine that will be sent to all participants in pdf form so that you can print and give out to your friends. / DISCLAIMER - This collage class is not a scrapbooking class. Collage relates more to Dadaism than to PlazaSingPaperMarket. / WHO CAN BE A COLLAGIST? - A collage artist is someone who challenges the intellectual capacity of everyday objects and trash. He or she is an activist who always challenges and reinvents the status quo. / WHY LEARN THIS? - Collage is a perfectionists game and a creative persons vodka shot. It exercises your aesthetic skills of arrangement and expands the transient space between your brief and your execution. Upon graduation from the class, the skillset can help graphic designers ascertain their layout skills, photographers/film makers their visual schematics etc. / CONCLUSION - This Collage class will be a watershed moment in your life. You will look back and realise how much less of a person you would be if you hadn't attended this.

Bring one of the following:
Old bag of school or work documents you are about to throw. Data sheets/timetables/exam papers/collatorals especially those that you feel strongly AGAINST.
Pile of old / interesting magazines you no longer need. Especially those that you can RELATE to.
Snacks and drinks and papers of different shape and size
Spend an hour to collect as much objects/trash around your neighborhood that speaks about the character of the PLACE.
Things in your home that you want to throw but you feel are PERSONAL to you somehow.

About the teacher, Melvin Tan Ming En

Melvin Tan is an artist / graphic designer who has worked with collages in many things for many years. Specifically the first 3 projects featured in my portfolio are my collage related explorations: http://be.net/melvintan/frame .My personal collages will only be shown in the class. So please come.

How Not to Be A Tourist

11:00p.m. to 12:30a.m.
Kennel.
block 8D #03-03/4, dempsey hill
singapore SG

1. Spanish culture 2. Doing business (Spain Vs Singapore) 3. Useful vocabulary 4. Places to visit in Spain 5. How to prepare SANGRIA!!! 6. Questions and time to practice :-)

Bring one of the following:
A book that you like!
HR email address to send my CV and apply for a job! I want to come back in January!!! jajaja
List with all the places I should visit in Bangkok
List with your favourites clubs, restaurants, shopping areas, museums, garden, afterworks....in Singapore
Something that a spanish girl would appreciate.. (You can actually bring whatever you want, I will love it!!!!)
Something typical from Singapore
Tapas or something to eat with the sangria :-)
Up to you! I want you to be creative!

About the teacher, Silvia Fernandez Ruiz

I am spanish, 24, I arrived to Singapore one month ago in order to do an internship. Its my first time in Asia and I love this country! the food, the people, the culture, the weather... As a good spanish, I also like la sangria, la fiesta, la playa, las terrazas, el sol, el jamon iberico, dormir la siesta, bailar sevillanas y mucho mas!!! You will discover in class!

make your own re-useable baggu*

11:00p.m. to 1:00a.m.
a craft initiative
24 sin ming lane #08-108
singapore SG

Bring an old singlet, tank top, t-shirt or even pillowcase for this class and find out how to make your own re-usable shopping bag! You will learn how to use a table top sewing machine from scratch in order to put together this unique recycled bag. *baggu means bag in japanese

Bring one of the following:
1 inch masking tape roll
an electric tabletop sewing machine that you hide at the back of your broom cupboard
an old and neglected bag you don't mind giving to us
post photographs with completed bags on facebook
stool

About the teacher, A Craft Initiative

A Craft Initiative hopes to bring together people who enjoy working with their hands, exploring and experimenting with materials to design and make their own creations. The studio currently plays host to three projects: Uyii: a new local bag label, Pipedreams: a hundred clouds project and Siol: music inspired design with an edge.

Imagination Aerobics

11:30p.m. to 1:30a.m.
Kennel.
block 8D #03-03/4, dempsey hill
singapore SG

Come prepared to sweat your mind out through a series of mind aerobics designed to encourage creativity. Everyone has the capacity to be creative, and it is certainly an aptitude that can be improved with practise. Participants in this class will engage in a variety of exercises that develop mental skills and habits of creative thinking. Some of these exercises are also tools that could be utilised in a creative work process, and some are games that provide opportunities for practising creativity. Immediate weight loss is not promised, but you might feel big headed after class. As some exercises leverage on the use of language, participants should be fluent in English.

Bring one of the following:
exercise(s) that stimulate(s) creativity
non-alchoholic drinks (for everyone to share after class)
snacks (for everyone to share after class)
well-taken photos of class

About the teacher, Hans Tan

Hans Tan is a designer and an educator. He is the founder of Hans Tan Studio, and teaches at the National University of Singapore. Having a penchant for design pedagogy, he has developed an imaginative thinking workshop that provides a novel approach to the design process based on generative deformations, use of language, and systematic reflection.

The Coffee Experience

11:00p.m. to 12:30a.m.
The Muffinry
112 Telok Ayer Street
singapore SG

This class will cover the journey of coffee from seed to cup, followed by a practical lesson about making espresso-based drinks such as Lattes.

Bring one of the following:
A VERY very powerful alarm clock that will wake me up
A VERY very powerful alarm clock that will wake me up
A VERY very powerful alarm clock that will wake me up
A VERY very powerful alarm clock that will wake me up
A VERY very powerful alarm clock that will wake me up
Craft beers
Craft beers
Craft beers
Craft beers
Craft beers
Learn how to trade/invest
Learn how to trade/invest
Learn how to trade/invest
Learn how to trade/invest
Learn how to trade/invest
Teach me Spanish
Teach me Spanish
Teach me Spanish
Teach me Spanish
Teach me Spanish
To be brought to your most exclusive, top secret location of your choice
To be brought to your most exclusive, top secret location of your choice
To be brought to your most exclusive, top secret location of your choice
To be brought to your most exclusive, top secret location of your choice
To be brought to your most exclusive, top secret location of your choice

About the teacher, Chris Leow

A rocket scientist who realised that making coffee was much more interesting, and made the career switch! Loves baking, cooking, and... loves all things about the Sea!

Kennel.
block 8D #03-03/4, dempsey hill
singapore SG

When we see beautiful photos we sometimes do not realise that it could have taken the photographer many shots of the same subject to arrive at the final photo that he or she is happy with. Taking time to explore the subject matter (i.e. working the subject) in this age of digital photography is usually very rewarding. Being able to think and shoot from different angles and perspectives often results in better pictures. It could also produce photos that are different from the many similar photos other people have taken in various famous locations or scenes. This class is generally targeted at beginners and will focus on the thought process behind photo composition. There will also be a one-hour hands on session so please bring along any type of digital camera that you are comfortable with.

Bring one of the following:
A small contribution to any charity of your choice

About the teacher, Rodney Ee

A serious amateur photographer who has travelled extensively and is passionate about capturing memories of different cultures and landscapes all over the world.

Friendship Bands 101

11:00p.m. to 1:00a.m.
Kennel.
block 8D #03-03/4, dempsey hill
singapore SG

in my bid to support my friends at trade school singapore i racked my brains as to what i could teach and suddenly recalled my old obsession with friendship bands. nostalgic memories of my elder sis, my mum and i tying friendship bands together - such good times. :) with this we now have a new class for me to impart to you the basics of friendship band tying. with your completed band you may give it to a friend as a sign of your unending friendship, as an arm/ankle candy to complement your outfit, for your car keys or even to hang on your wallets or bags ! around the house, you may use it to ensure you've tangle-free earphones or to even spice up your iphone charger cords or your dog's leash. WITH the basics of friendship band tying, the possibilities are endless ! :) PS: I'll be providing the strings for the class, just bring a clipboard and we're ready to go !

Bring one of the following:
archie comics (preferably double digest)
detailed world map (with cities)
earphones with noise cancellation
easy to read contemporary chinese book (this is on my bucket list)
harry potter & the philosopher's stone (2nd hand is fine)
kitschy notebook
lonely plant (USA) - 2nd hand is fine as long as reasonably updated edition
small indoor potted plant (for my office & bedroom)
vintage or REALLY UNIQUE Beer or Wine Glasses
vintage or REALLY UNIQUE photo frame
yummy fruit tarts

About the teacher, Tricia Christabel Tan

24, female. work in the zoo, bird park and night safari love traveling (especially south east asia) love reading (fiction mainly) love interesting prints, patterns and doodles think DAISO is the greatest shop EVER recently obsessed with pinterest, DIY crafts and ideas

Detox, Rejuvenate, and Revitalize

11:30p.m. to 1:30a.m.
Kennel.
block 8D #03-03/4, dempsey hill
singapore SG

- Discover the 5 Top Reasons why most Diets Fail - The Best Kept Ancient Secret to lose weight no one knows about ( Been around for 70 years yet only a select few have heard of it - Find out why they do not share this publicly! This will SHOCK you! ) - 3 "Secret Speed Slim Recipes" + Sample them! :) - My Best Kept Handout of "10 BEST Foods to Burn Fats Fast" - A Full Page "7 Simple Steps to Lose 15kg in 3 weeks & Stay Slim for Life" - Secret Technique to Flatten your Tummy in 10 minutes ( See your Tummy Gone instantly - no Kidding! )

Bring one of the following:
Facial Session
Hair Cut Session
Organic Carrots
Organic Green Apple
Organic Oats
Photo Shoot & Photo editing
Teach me how to Use my Mac Air private session

About the teacher, Suria Mohd

About the Trainer Suria Mohd is a Qualified Nutritionist and Holistic Health Practitioner who has been teaching & conducting Health & Weight Loss Naturally workshops for the last 10 years. Having been overweight herself, she lost 20kg in 3 months using simple natural ways without Pill Popping or going to expensive slimming centres. She is an author of a best seller book and also is frequently interviewed on media & radio health talk shows

Move Like (Chuck) Norris.

11:00p.m. to 1:00a.m.
meeting point
6 Clementi Road
singapore SG

In our class, we'll be teaching you basic self-defence movements and principles that you can apply in a variety of scenarios, all of which are meant to allow for usage of leverage, timing, and technique (rather than size and strength). Do feel free to think of scenarios beforehand that you'd like us to address, and we'll do our best to answer. // Note: Physical participation will be involved. You may or may not get a little bit sweaty. But it'll be a good kind of sweat and there are shower facilities you can use if you want to wash up after. // Venue: NUS Sports & Recreation Centre Dance Studio (a clarification email for the venue will be sent nearer to the date of the class) // Attire: Anything that you'd normally wear when taking part in physical activity. You might find track/yoga/gi pants to be more comfortable than shorts. // This class is also dedicated to the late Jude Alphonsus Tan, friend of Wei'an. Jude was Wei'an's senior in Judo when he was in SJI, and Wei'an has nothing but fond memories of Jude. Jude Alphonsus Tan 14 June 1986 - 26 May 2012

Bring one of the following:
1kg packet of plain flour
28 oz (~ 800 g) can of crushed tomatoes
A back/shoulder massage after class would probably be nice too
A4 sized Christian motivational poster
Any WP/PAP memorabilia
Blackberry 9900 car holder
Buy John dinner at Subway after the class
Cufflinks
Help with packing up the place after class
Packet Hershey's semi-sweet chocolate chips
Packet of pecan nuts
Picnic basket
Poster in a foreign language
Pringles plain/original flavor potato chips
Souvenir to South America
Stopwatch
Varsity sweater

About the teacher, John & Wei'an

John is a recent psychology graduate from NUS. He has dabbled in Boxing, Muay Thai, and Capoeira, but started doing Judo and Brazilian Jujitsu in NUS, which he has stuck with because they accommodate his inflexible limbs and ever-decreasing level of athleticism. Besides having quite a good memory that lets him remember random useless facts, like that a crab's blood is blue, he is pretty normal. // Wei'an is just your regular Singaporean male - was very, very chubby when young, but ever since he took up Judo and Brazilian Jujitsu, his life took a turn for the better with the new sense of discipline instilled. He plays cricket and soccer as well, but would rather be a spectator. Outside of his regular 8-6 job, he enjoys reading thrillers, listening to (most forms of) music and mimicking people (especially his mother).

Introduction To Typography

11:30p.m. to 1:00a.m.
No.3
3 Jalan Kledek
singapore SG

A calligraphy module influenced Steve Jobs to introduce proper fonts on all his products. He also made them easy for everyone to use. We are surrounded by text everyday but most of us do not quite realize the impact or emotional motivations well-set type have on us and our environment. This class is designed for everyone and seeks to familiarize attendees with the different classifications of fonts and how different fonts carry different personalities. We will also look at some simple tricks anyone can employ to facilitate their everyday communication.

Bring one of the following:
A handshake
A six pack
A very good secondhand book
A very well-designed magazine

About the teacher, Yong

Yong spent 4.5 years as a senior designer at Asylum where he crafted a wide spectrum of projects. During his stint at Asylum, his works have gone on to receive both local and international awards like the One Show and The Art Directors Club. His works have also been featured in numerous publications worldwide. He has since moved on to found Somewhere Else, an ideas-centered design studio. Largely focused on branding strategies and solutions; the studio is also well-versed in all facets of design from art direction, editorial design, environmental graphics to way finding systems.

Kennel.
block 8D #03-03/4, dempsey hill
singapore SG

to round off our first season, the team behind trade school singapore will be holding a class welcoming members of the community and their feedback. what could we have done better? what worked and what didn't? did a class kickstart a career change? did you make new friends? come share your stories and comments with us as we pay tribute to everyone who has made trade school singapore possible - the teachers, the students, and those who have given us their support. there will be food and chatter!

Bring one of the following:
comments & personal stories
donation of post-its
food for potluck (enough to feed 6 or more)
surprise donation for season 02
venue donation for season 02

About the teacher, Fang Zheng

A recognised hoarder, typography, calligraphy and paper lover who loathes the dearth of compassion.

ecosystem
3 jalan kledek
singapore SG

In this class, participants will learn about parades, carnivals, and parade aesthetics. Taking inspiration from Carnivale, Second Line, and larger parades like Macy's and The Rose Bowl, the participants will make one or two items out of the options provided (including banners, pompoms, hats, hula hoops and umbrellas). Parade Arts will highlight collaborative work and seek to impact creative learning in an energizing and unique way, providing opportunities for artistic exploration and skill building. Materials to bring: Scraps of fabric, leftover sequins, miscellaneous threads, yarn or wool.

Bring one of the following:
a bag of scrap fabric
a bottle of wine (red of white)
a gift certificate for Indian Food
a tour of your favourite place in Singapore
enthusiasm for posting pictures from this class (#cakecrushtss)
something made by hand
willingness to share with others what you learned

About the teacher, Lindsey Bailey

Lindsey Bailey is an artist, born and raised in Texas. She graduated in 2008 from The University of Texas at Austin, receiving a B.F.A. in Studio Art. Ms. Bailey graduated in 2010 with a Master of Arts in Community Arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art. As a community artist, she develops a dialogue with youth about issues they are facing. These conversations frequently bring up questions she is exploring in her own work, sparking new ideas. This continuing dialogue becomes the content of finished artwork. Ms. Bailey's work has appeared in numerous exhibitions in the United States. She is currently working on her second Masters degree at the Maryland Institute College of Art, and teaching art at Stamford American International School in Singapore.

a craft initiative
24 sin ming lane #08-108
singapore SG

ABOUT CLASS // Japanese traditional footwear, zori, being handed down its making process from generation to generation, is now receiving a spotlight again using recyclable fabrics such as cotton, polyester and most importantly your creative passion. this class aims to make a half-size zori, wearable within a house. Also, the fabrics brought by students will be mixed on the table so all can exchange freely like your blue to his red or vise versa, for example. MATERIALS TO BRING // 2 men’s t-shirts or 3 women’s t-shirts. If towels, 2 face or 1 bath/beach. Craft scissors.

Bring one of the following:
a pack of grounded coffee beans
baked muffins
feedback on website with some photos of you and your zori
make another pair for someone else
participation at trade school for another lesson

About the teacher, Shintaro Tokarin

This is what I can do to the community – Ultimately, it is an answer to a question when people ask what’s got me to start this workshop in and out of countries over the last 4 years. It’s that simple and one of the ways to express myself being a Japanese and also being playful with creative minds inside of me. Not only introducing zori as a hand-made item, I treasure the moment and the experience we all share over the table and there’s no border in it. This is my first visit to perform the workshop in Singapore and I’m particularly grateful to have the opportunity to meet you and have fun.

Beatboxing for Beginners

10:30p.m. to 12:30a.m.
ecosystem
3 jalan kledek
singapore SG

ABOUT CLASS // Students will be taught the basics of beatboxing systematically using a unique method which breaks down techniques into simple yet cumulative steps; they will also be introduced to integral beatboxing technicalities including rhythm and flow, gain exposure to different genres of beatboxing, and learn a number of intermediate sound effects. MATERIALS TO BRING // Yourself, drinking water (stay hydrated!), bucketloads of enthusiasm.

Bring one of the following:
Awesome café recommendations
Handshake
Mishka snapback
Music album by your favourite artiste
The funniest joke you've ever heard
Tips on playing fingerstyle guitar

About the teacher, Kai

Kai is a semi-professional beatboxer and a cappella singer. He began his foray into beatboxing in 2007, and was self-taught, never undergoing formal training. He has since performed, competed, and taught beatboxing at a number of venues and events both national and international, including the International A Cappella festival 2012, Bugis Fashion Show 2013, and his own solo show at the esplanade concourse. Kai has also been involved in a cappella music since 2008, having formed, arranged for, and directed a number of groups with outstanding achievements in their respective fields. He is currently a tenor, baritone, and resident vocal percussionist in local a cappella group Vocaluptuous, which has performed at numerous events including the National Day Parade, Singapore Grand Prix Formula 1 night race, and Pink Dot 2013. When not engaging in musical endeavours, Kai is an undergraduate student at the National University of Singapore pursuing a degree in medicine.

How To Make A Hand-Tied Posy

4:00p.m. to 6:00p.m.
the bloom room
291 joo chiat road
singapore SG

ABOUT CLASS// Learn how to pick & match pretty flowers and make a hand-tied posy. Then, wrap it up with soft tissue paper! Jaclyn from Bloomroom.sg will guide you along and show you tricks by the pros. You will bring home your very own handmade posy! TOOLS TO BRING // An apron, and a pair of kitchen scissors.

Bring one of the following:
A box of chicken pupcakes from The Barkery
A box of durian puffs
A carton of orange juice
A cash donation to Save Our Street Dogs (SOSD) or Cat Welfare Society (CWS)
Shower gel

About the teacher, Jaclyn Lim

In another life, I wrote about love, relationships & sex at a bestselling women's magazine. But now, I work with flowers at bloomroom.sg. I believe flowers shouldn't be limited to special occasions, so this trade school class will teach simple techniques that will make it easier for flower lovers to buy & arrange flowers easily at home. It's also our way of giving back to the community who has been supporting us since we first started!

Moving Situations

10:30p.m. to 12:30a.m.
ecosystem
3 jalan kledek
singapore SG

ABOUT CLASS // Learning and/or re-learning how to move in ways that we have forgotten. This includes movement isolation exercises, games which focus on students’ movement response to different situations, and playing with different movement patterns. TO BRING // Just yourself, but please come dressed in comfortable clothing like you’re going to the gym or for a run – shorts and t-shirts – no shoes needed. Water, a gym towel, and a pen!

Bring one of the following:
An open mind
To check out http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aLogFAbTlDI after the class.
Willingness to try

About the teacher, Kai

I am crazy about movement. That means being able to move, control, manipulate and hold one's body in any position, and twisting, pushing, pulling, climbing, flipping, inverting, hanging, crawling, kicking, swinging, etc. I’ve been doing sports for most of my life – gymnastics, taekwondo, yoga, dance, Crossfit, rock-climbing etc. – but only found my passion for movement after discovering Ido Portal and his philosophy about movement in April this year. Ido’s philosophy is about being able to move well, as opposed to focussing on a particular discipline of movement (in other words, sports/activities). This has completely changed my perspective on fitness, health and what it means to live well. In no particular order, I love handstands, locomotion patterns, gymnastics rings, freshly baked scones, dark chocolate, good music, flowers, natural light, quiet places, blue skies, wide open spaces with grass, and bodies of water.

Basics of Italics

10:30p.m. to 12:00a.m.
food for thought (sbg)
1 cluny road, botanic gardens, tanglin gate
singapore SG

ABOUT CLASS // Calligraphy is a traditional art form long forgotten by many but retained its allure to those who seek to emulate those graceful strokes and expressive forms. Discover the simplistic beauty of the italics and how easy it is to pick up and to apply them anywhere you please! TOOLS TO BRING // Light-coloured blank paper sheets, pencil, eraser, ruler, and your favourite quote or verse.

Bring one of the following:
Beads or charms
Curiosity, interest, and a smile!
Fanciful papers
Fancy Japanese stab-bind techniques — teach me! (Tortoiseshell, Hemp Leaf, Noble, Snake Eye, Mushroom, etc.)
Old fountain pen (not in working condition welcomed!)
Old school metal tin
Ornate / vintage photo frame
Washi tapes
Zentangle stock patterns and/or techniques — teach me!

About the teacher, Fang Zheng

A recognised hoarder, typography, calligraphy and paper lover who loathes the dearth of compassion.

Conversational Cantonese

10:30p.m. to 12:30a.m.
ecosystem
3 jalan kledek
singapore SG

ABOUT CLASS // Whether you're going to Hong Kong for a short trip or planning to pick up a cool dialect for fun, the class will help you with understanding basic cantonese phrases and most commonly used words. Pronunciations will be aided with english! Also, I'll be including a little game so you won't get bored. :)

Bring one of the following:
a box of raspberries
a copy of old/past issue of kinfolk
a kripsy kreme donut :D
a list of cafes in Singapore with good wifi
a nice pair of shoe laces for my sneakers collection! LOL

About the teacher, Laila Lu

I'm a digital marketer by day and fashion blogger by night. I am a Hong Kong-er who's been in Singapore for 15 years. If I'm not writing or baking, I can probably be found at some dodgy Karaoke studio singing to the latest cantonese hits (most often off tune).

potato productions
298 river valley road
singapore SG

ABOUT CLASS // In this class, you will learn some basic mountaineering skills which are useful and practical not only in mountaineering but also in many other kinds of outdoor activities like rock climbing, ice climbing, canyoning etc. and even in our daily life. TOOLS TO BRING // Every student is to bring a rope/cord/string (any kind) of at least 1 meter long for them to use in the class.

Bring one of the following:
A bottle of sports drink (any kind)

About the teacher, Bian

Bian is a media analyst from Potato Productions. During his study in NTU he began to “fall in love” with outdoor activities like mountaineering, rock climbing etc. During his university time, he mainly went climbing in Malaysia and Indonesia and had climbed major high peaks in Southeast Asia. In recent years his interests gradually turned to high altitude alpine climbing in Sichuan, Tibet and Nepal etc.

Medical Myths Busted!

10:30p.m. to 12:30a.m.
ecosystem
3 jalan kledek
singapore SG

ABOUT CLASS // This lesson hopes to clarify some myths of medicine for minor ailments and hopefully empower laymen to self-treat some minor ailments. TOOLS TO BRING // A pen! :)

Bring one of the following:
any macaron from Canele
burger recommendations
disposable camera
favourite photo of a place you've travelled to
M&Ms
small cactus

About the teacher, Wei Yann

- middle child with two brothers - happiest that i attended a girls’ secondary school - loves travelling - studied pharmacy at nus for 4 yrs - pharmacist at tan tock seng Hospital for about 2 years now - what i do at work: dispense medicines at the pharmacy, see patients in clinic for warfarin titration, counsel patients in the wards on warfarin / heart failure meds

potato productions
298 river valley road
singapore SG

ABOUT CLASS // Technology runs the world, geeks run technology, caffeine runs geeks. The world runs on coffee. Learn about coffee, why it's the most consumed beverage in the world, how to make it, how to taste it, how to describe it, and what it does to conversations. MATERIALS TO BRING // 3-5 paper cups, notepaper + pen.

Bring one of the following:
Answer to this question:
Answer to this question:
DNA - each participant (if they choose to do so at the end of the session) will be asked to join the BMDP registry by spitting on a stick.
Open minds, willing tastebuds, and ideas

About the teacher, Saad Chinoy

saad is an it-savvy rumbler adept at all things to do with software, java, business intelligence tools, lamp web apps and conceptualizing and structure with mobile apps. born in bangalore, he first came to singapore to pursue a diploma in e-commerce. he now occupies his time with tusitala, a small start-up that focuses on digital storytelling and creating unique user experiences for everyone from kids to adults.

Bookbinding 101

10:30p.m. to 12:30a.m.
ecosystem
3 jalan kledek
singapore SG

ABOUT CLASS // Pamphlet sewing is perhaps one of the oldest and easiest way of binding a book. By threading 2 sections of paper and cover together in a figure of eight sewing pattern, a simple and elegant book is completed! MATERIALS TO BRING // a steel rule + a pen knife + cutting mat (of a3 size).

Bring one of the following:
a professional head and shoulder massage
bring a really old book to me to repair
collaborate on an architecture x sketching x photography project in 2014
contribute at least $20 to a local charity
practise thai language with me

About the teacher, Ian / The Thistle Bindery

The Thistle Bindery is a traditional craft-oriented art practice set up by Ian Tan after his first encounter with the craft in the literature city of Edinburgh. Inspired to know more about the myriad of book forms that guard literary secrets, he trained with a master bookbinder to learn a range of book structures that represents the zeitgeist of book appreciation across different time periods and cultures.

Light-Up Christmas Ornaments

10:30p.m. to 12:00a.m.
food for thought (sbg)
1 cluny road, botanic gardens, tanglin gate
singapore SG

ABOUT CLASS // Add a little spark to your Christmas ornaments by sewing an electrical circuit into them! This class will teach you how to sew a simple light-emitting diode circuit so that you can create a hanging ornament that lights up. MATERIALS TO BRING // Pencil, scissors, scrap paper.

Bring one of the following:
≥ 30 cm long rule (at least 30cm or longer)
≥ 50cm long rule (at least 50cm or longer)
An artwork
Donation made to any charity of your choice
Long screwdriver (slot/flat head or Phillips head)
Measuring tape (flexible kind for tailoring)
Pearl-headed pins
Send a photograph of your finished ornament hanging in your home to asksewfun@gmail.com
Small binder clips

About the teacher, Pei Zhi / Sew Fun! @ Art Loft

Pei Zhi chanced upon e-textiles when Uyii agreed to offer her an internship (yay!) and then asked if she would like to experiment with combining electronics and textiles (what’s that?). Since then, she has fielded countless questions about how e-textiles are related to her degree in geography (she isn’t sure, but she did enjoy studying geography). At the moment, she is involved in Sew Fun! @ Art Loft, which is a collaboration between Uyii and Art Loft that seeks to create an space where the curious can explore new possibilities for textiles and share their knowledge with others.

introduction to jewellery making

10:00a.m. to 1:00p.m.
in merry motion studio
18 sin ming lane, #08-40, midview city
singapore SG

learn the fundamentals of traditional silversmithing, including skills such as: piercing filing soldering polishing and finishing students will go home with their own hand-made silver ring or pendant. all tools and materials will be provided. there will also be a demonstration for gemstone setting by master gemstone setter, teacher vireak. students can even opt to add a gemstone to their finished rings. your teachers are flying in from cambodia, so their barter wish list is quite special — show your hospitality by taking your teachers around singapore!

Bring one of the following:
chinatown heritage trip (monday, 26 june, afternoon)
homecooked meal(s) (anytime)
local food trail (various evenings available)
picnic or kite-flying at marina barrage (sunday, 25 june, evening)
tour of gardens by the bay (free to roam areas, anytime)
tour of merlion at fullerton (anytime)
tour of sentosa's free to roam areas and a cable car ride (tuesday, 27 june). please note cable car tickets are $13 each, minimum 3 tickets (including yourself) needed.
tour of trick eye museum at sentosa (afternoon of tuesday, 27 june). minimum 3 tickets (including yourself) needed.
treetop walk or tour of henderson waves (anytime)
two tickets to SEA aquarium. teachers would like the students to accompany them on this experience. (tuesday, 27 june, morning-afternoon)
two tickets to the river safari. teachers would like the students to accompany them on this experience. (monday, 26 june, morning-afternoon)

About the teacher, teachers kinyi and vireak

teacher kinyi is from a traditional silversmithing village called kampong luong, but fell out of employment when the school she was teaching at ran out of funds. due to a lack in demand, her family had to leave the silversmithing village. teacher kinyi now works with covenant jewellery to support her family, and loves learning new techniques for jewellery-making. teacher vireak is teacher kinyi’s son — he has never been formally educated and does not know how to read or write. despite this, he is the most talented of covenant jewellery’s artisans in stone-setting. teacher vireak is a second-generation silversmith who learnt all the tricks of the trade from his parents.