Category Archives: Activities

New Sails

Every March is the graduation show of probably the largest batch of animation and digital media students in Singapore, from Nanyang Polytechnic. As per tradition, it’s also a time when selected companies set up little interview booths at the campus to sieve through candidates hoping to soon get a taste of working life and all its drama.

A student’s life isn’t easy, but the great unknown after leaving school is often the most daunting episode in the life of a young adult stepping into the working world for the first time proper. There will be worries of preparing resumes and portfolios, imminent military enlistments (for the guys), heartbreaks, and the emotional realisation that a chapter of your life is about to close while the next one will, for the first time, have to be written in your own words.

We’ve all been there, one way or another. The least a potential employer can do in this instance, even if it doesn’t seem like the candidate might be suitable, is to provide some advice (hopefully good one) and pointers that would help set off the sails of the graduate in a general direction. The rest is up to how hard he or she is willing to paddle, and maybe with a bit of lucky wind, the boat would find its harbour.

Best of luck to the 2010 graduating class of the School of Interactive & Digital Media.

Bernard: “Wait a minute, this doesn’t look like the wedding package catalogue…”

Chinese New Year Dinner. HUAT AH!!!

Phuket Retreat (Part 3)

Phuket Retreat (Part 2)

Felix in search of happiness.

Not quite Disneyland…

James looking for the beach.

Scrawl’s Beach Boys Massage Service is not getting the response it had hoped for.

The Divine Sisterhood of Scrawl

Felix looking to practice what he wears, but Bernard is having none of it.

Jeong is upset that James didn’t pull off the tag-team bargaining tactic at the last shop

Gangster in paradise

Phuket Retreat (Part 1)

We skipped the annual retreat last year, due to obvious economic reasons. This year we brought back the traditional yearly getaway. Destination: Phuket island.

Little over half the company came along for the ride. Some stayed back for personal reasons, a couple were overseas for work, and the rest are kinda new to the family so hopefully they’d stick around for next year’s trip.

The idea was to get the work done on day 1, so the other two days won’t need to worry about hangovers (and there were a fair share of those). After dinner the group was split into 3 teams to brainstorm ideas on specific issues and challenges, then each presented their findings before management wrapped things up with a no holds-barred Q&A. That out of the way, it was Patong’s party strip for some crazy R&R.

The less said of Patong’s  nightlife, the better – not because it wasn’t interesting (on the contrary, it’s pretty mind-blowing) but in view of the fact that we erm… make cartoons for kids. Suffice to say, the place was hardcore. Still, we managed to find a harmless little drinking hole to wash down a couple of Killkennys and just people watch (and believe me, there were plenty to see).

Day 2 belonged to the beach. I pretended to sleep while Choon Meng and Jeong’s conversation invariably drifted towards territorial distribution rights assignment.

I hoped the rest of the guys were having fun as we barely saw them before dinner. Found out later that some went shopping, others were holed up in massages and manicures, while the rest went back to the hotel to rest up after a pretty late night. Yup, the bosses only had each other for company. Still, with the sun beating down, the warm water and a good supply of ice cold San Miguels, we got by OK.

After the group dinner, it was back to our respective evening pursuits again. Some night market shopping, walking aimlessly while taking in the Patong sights, warily skirting the borders between tourists and the Patong transvestites and touters, and knocking back a few drinks for good measure. Just wholesome, safe, family fun. Really.

Day 3 wrapped with a morning management meeting (no kidding), more massages and a quick last dip in the pool before heading off to the airport. On the bus the following Annual Scrawler Awards were given out:

Messiest Desk – Peihui

Special Power – James (I have no idea what’s the criteria for this award)

Most Eligible – Huiting

Most Improved – Siying

Scrawler of the Year – Roger (scared some of us to death with how drunk he got on the first night. Not the reason he got the award though)

Long Service Award – Shuling

Till next year!

Roger enjoys a rare chance to show of his face in full glory.

Wrong island, buddy.

The tour guide trying his best to…look yellow.

Felix and Xiao Ma share an intimate moment.

My frames are bigger than yours.

Roger presents his theory on  how animators can look cool at a beach resort.

Kaiping presents as her assistant Xiao Ma thinks of his favourite alcoholic beverage.

Jing presents her theory on why tall guys can’t concentrate.

Bernard explains why tank tops are comfy. Choon Meng doesn’t buy it.

Zhang Yu was so engrossed he didn’t realise he dropped his cigarette.

To be Continued…

The Little Arts Academy

An overdue update – earlier this month Amelie and Siying took time out to conduct drawing classes for 60 students of Montford Primary as part of an Arts Discovery Programme by the friendly folks at The Little Arts Academy. The half-day programme was specially organised for children under the Financial Assistance Scheme, which supports needy pupils in Government or Government-Aided schools.

Nanoboy Wrap Party @ The Zoo

This one really deserved a proper party, and being the studio’s FIRST ever animated series, it was that much more special after a herculean 26 half hours’ of production that translated into almost 3 years of sweat and tears (some laughter thrown in for good measure) involving partners from Singapore, US, Canada, Hong Kong and Shanghai.

Not that we’re done with Nanoboy and his Nanosquad any time soon, what with new extensions into e-publishing and additional animated content in the works.



So it was supposed to be a treasure hunt-type game, where teams of 2 run around the zoo to decipher clues to 10 animals and bring back their heads – photo-form, that is. Which is all fine, except on the list were a donkey and a camel, and there were NO such animals in the zoo. Not that day anyway.

In the end, after some  chaos and a minor uprising of sorts (all good-natured), particularly towards a haplessly defensive James the game master, all was good and forgiven. The group then head to the Night Safari next door for a well-earned dinner and beer. It might have felt more fitting to go with Tiger beer, given the surroundings, but we went for Chang beer instead. Well, it still had an elephant on the label.





The New Adventures of Nanoboy Official Website