Book Review: Beyond the Tiger Mom: East-West Parenting for the Global Age

Education, Reviews
Beyond the Tiger Mom: East-West Parenting for the Global AgeBeyond the Tiger Mom: East-West Parenting for the Global Age by Maya Thiagarajan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I definitely share the author's view that "knowledge is a prerequisite to imagination". While I'm all for encouraging creativity and innovation, they can't arise out of a vacuum. One needs a base of knowledge before making new connections , discoveries and understandings. The book does a decent job of highlighting the strengths and weaknesses of the general Eastern (Asian) and Western approaches to education. She writes about the benefits of memorization and the need to inculcate resilience in our kids. She praises memory-based and conceptual-based learning. Ultimately, the author advocates practising the best of both worlds, and balancing our expectations with what the world needs from our children. Overall offers nothing revolutionary but still a good attempt at raising awareness.

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Book Review: In the Blink of an Eye

Education, Film Making, Reviews
In the Blink of an EyeIn the Blink of an Eye by Walter Murch
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I like how the author links the human blink with a cut in a film, and how the decision on when you time the cut influences the audience's appreciation of the shot/film. There are a number of good advice and tips for anyone looking to become a better editor. I think editing is an artform that is hard to learn and even harder to teach so his writing is very much appreaciated. However, I feel his thoughts related to equipment and methods of old, present and possible future, while insightful, go a bit too much into detail and subsequently felt draggy to me. Overall it's still a pretty short book so definitely worth a read.

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Portraits @ SPOH 2016

Artworks
2016_SPOH_portraits Singapore Polytechnic Open House 2016 ended a couple of weeks ago and it was exhausting but I still love participating in it and look forward to the next one. I also managed to do a couple of quick portrait sketches of my students during the M.A.D. Studios facility tour. Click on the image to see the bigger version. Pencil on A4 paper. P.S: I really miss doing these 😀
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