Chinese New Year Lantern

(Part A of Bronze Art Award)

Since it was Lunar New Year and we were too lazy to get any decorations my mum suggested to make these beautiful lanterns using red packets. This is the video i learnt from:

At first I wasn’t able to get it right and it took me 5 tries to perfect the ball. I kept stapling incorrectly, it was hard to fold the ears of the packets. I missed the sequence of the red packet which made it look funny; bulging in several places. Finally, I got the hang of it and I learnt a little trick to make it round: 1. Make the two end, top and bottom first. just 5 red packets each end as you see in the video. 2. Next work on the horizontal level, 5 red packets on each end. 3. Connect the two end with the last 10 red packets. I hope this will help you to follow the video better.

I made these!

I made these!

(Part D of Bronze Art Award)

I taught my friends when they came over. It was fun not only to teach them but I also enjoyed bossing them around :p. The difficult thing was not having enough red packets and they could only make one between three of them. Managing their roles and making sure that they will remain interested in the craft was challenging. However, all in all I had fun sharing this experience! Teaching - Chinese Lantern

Beautiful and festive!

Beautiful and festive

This is made by them which I gave to an aunt who hung it up for her Lunar New Year Celebration! She was very thankful and pleased with the lantern, girls! So pleased that her daughter was interested to make one.

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On 16 March 2015, Alessia came and I taught and made a lantern with her. I found that teaching Alessia was a little harder than teaching it to my friend. Firstly, she is younger. So I believe that she struggled with the folding and using the staple. She does not have enough strength. Next time if I am to do this with her again, I would pre-fold the red packets and help her to staple according to her verbal instructions.

By teaching others, I learn that

  1. I have to always keep my students involved
  2. I have actually mastered this ability to make Lunar New Year Lantern
  3. I need to work on my verbal communication skill – keep my instruction short
  4. I should always prepare according to the students’ need

Feedback from my friends:

Anya (23/2/15 via skype): Hi san, heard you wanted feedback on the arts and craft thing we did…Well for starters I think its a brilliant idea to use ang bao to create something especially if they are ones you don’t need. It looked beautiful in my opinion. It was quite difficult at first but its one of those things where if you get the hang of it, its easy. Its a smart way to use things you have rather than buying decoration from the stores. I found that it was more interesting to it with friends! You taught us very well!
I am almost confident to do it on my own however I am not very good at origami so…..
Thank anyway!!!!!!

Naomi (23/2/15 via skype): Hey san heard you need some feedback on the Chinese new year decoratin we made.Well I thought it was really fun….I suck at origami but this wasn’t quite that hard. It was fun to make and its an awesome idea ! I mean who would have thought that using a stapler, string and 30 red packets you could make something so clever, cheap and pretty ! Thanks for teaching us how to do it it was really fun…I’ll try it out next year. You taught it really well and split our jobs nicely….you were a good teacher SAN !


Poem for my painting for Art Exhibition for Homeschool Concert 2014

(Part A of Bronze Award)

(See Gallery for picture of painting that goes with the poem:)


The stench of blood filled the air,

And my fangs dripped of the ruby liquid,

The sheep in front of me lay died,

It’s was all so very vivid,

I tore off a bit of flesh,

And ate it without a thought,

My stomach twisted,

I suddenly felt distraught,

I ran along the cliff face,

I never felt like stopping,

But then the rocks gave way,

And suddenly I was falling,

And falling,

And falling.

Drenched in cold sweat,

Eyes wide with fear,

I sat up in bed,

My cheeks wet with tears,

I recalled the dream,

That made my life feel like lies,

So real that I felt,

Like it was my last life.


Romeo and Juliet

Ticket for Romeo and Juliet Ballet

Ticket to Romeo and Juliet Ballet

(Part B of Bronze Award)

It was very interesting to watch Romeo and Juliet as a ballet because I would never have imagined it. It was full of… Prancing. It was fun, I liked all the death scenes but my favourite character to watch would have been Tybalt because he was always angry and dramatic. I surprised me when they kissed, I didn’t think they would kiss, I thought because they were dancing they wouldn’t have to kiss, so I learnt that in ballet you still need to act. I was very sad when they died at the end but in all I enjoyed it. I prefer the play compared to the ballet because you don’t hear any of Shakespeare quotes or writings which is one of my favourite things about Shakespeare’s plays.

(Part A of Bronze Award)

I have been studying Romeo and Juliet for English and actually it’s not a bad play. It has a lot of quotes and monologues which are fascinating; and the plot is heart breaking. It’s sad that it wasn’t his originally. While I was learning about it, we learnt about sonnets and I decided to write one.

Your eyes sparkle more than the stars at night,

They shimmer more than moonlight on a stream,

They are like the sun they shine much too bright,

If I stare for too long my eyes will scream,

I don’t mind the pain for into your eye,

I see the only light in this darkness,

Whenever you leave my heart starts to soft cry,

Because crying too hard makes me heartless,

But if you must fly away and leave me,

Then I will wait in this abyss of suffering,

Crying until my desire leave me be,

I will be above this hell gently fluttering,

And from the thought of you I will be free,

And from this terrible place I will flee.

I got an extra mark for this, I’m quite glad I took the time to do it. 🙂

Time to go Tom

Time to Go Tom was a play I not only acted in but helped to create. How it was written is simple, we basically took a topic, created a few scenes then put it together within a few weeks. We made no script, it was all improvisation. The topic we chose was world war one because it was the 100th year anniversary. We started by coming up with a few characters then did a few scenes, like at the front line, the night before the front line, writing letters home, hospital scene, etc. We kept working on these scenes until we knew them by heart, put them together then kept practicing them until performance night.

It was fun and I learnt that there is more than one was to write a play from scratch and also more than one type of play. My improvisation skill improved, and this is good because in acting you are improvise all the time. This was the first performance Block 15 (the class) ever did and I’m glad I was in it. Block 15 was the first class I joined in Centerstage and I am still dedicate to it now.

(Part A and D of Bronze Award)