Wednesday, July 31, 2013

PechaKucha 20X20

PechaKucha or Pecha Kucha (Japanese: ペチャクチャ, IPA: [petɕa ku͍̥tɕa],
(chit-chat) is a presentation style in which 20 slides are shown for 20 seconds each (six minutes and 40 seconds in total). It is also known as 20X20.  The format, which keeps presentations concise and fast-paced, powers multiple-speaker events called PechaKucha Nights (PKNs).

PechaKucha Night was devised in February 2003 by Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham of Tokyo's Klein-Dytham Architecture (KDa), as a way to attract people to SuperDeluxe, their experimental event space in Roppongi, and to allow young designers to meet, show their work, and exchange ideas.

In 2004, a few cities in Europe began holding PKNs, the first of several hundred cities that have since launched similar events around the world. As of June 2012, PechaKucha Nights were held in 534 cities worldwide.

Volume 9, 23 August 2013 PechaKucha Night will be collaborating with business school for the world, INSEAD. The event, to be held at a beautiful venue in the Asian Civilisations Museum, will feature accomplished INSEAD alumni, academic staff, and students sharing their insights on innovation, organization, game-changers, communities and even jazz and wine’s link to happiness.

PechaKucha Night x INSEAD speaker topics include: disruptive technological innovations of past and future; next generation organizations; philosophies for game-changing entrepreneurs; human behaviour and psychological mechanisms to happiness; battles for better society; and many other thought provoking concepts.

PechaKucha Night x INSEAD’s speakers include:
  • Louis Lim (Partner, Bain & Co.)
  • Olivier Carnohan (CEO, SingTel SoftBank !nnoventures)
  • Juliette Miremont Morton (Founder,
  • Roger E. Egan III (Founder, CEO, RedMart)
  • Sue Adams (Executive Coach, Bamboo Coaching and Consulting)
  • Neil Bearden (Associate Professor, Decision Sciences, INSEAD)
  • Manuel Sosa (Associate Professor, Technology and Operations Management, INSEAD)
  • Vinayagan Dharmarajah (Associate Director, Legal and Administration, INSEAD)
  • Weiwen Chen (INSEAD MBA Class of July 2013)
  • ... more speakers to be announced
My particular interest, and why I will be attending Volume 9, 23 August 2013 PechaKucha Night, is seeing if this mode of presentation is applicable to our CHE regional conference meetings:

20 slides, 20 seconds each: Total 6 minutes 40 seconds.
The images advance automatically. A short 2 minutes for Q&A.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

SgGR meet 30 July 2013

L-R Su Min, Thum, Brenda, Jolynn, Annie, Kailin

Brooklyn Art Gallery Cafe
Cheng Cheong had suggested this meeting place and it worked out quite nicely.
A few minutes walk from Kembangan MRT station.
The cafe itself is quiet, not so busy:
We did order and consume some drinks.

We started by introducing ourselves, and talking of what sort of GR and visual stuff we were doing .                      

We brought out our tools of the trade:
Range of markers: omnigraph, daiso ($2), copic markers, Pilot big markers,  neuland, Faber Castell connector pens, artliners
saitograph $17.95 for box of 24
pastels sticks, oil pastels, pan pastels (order from
plastic underliners
and iPad apps!
of Sketchbook pro: Not limitless canvas: must practice zooming in and out and centering

We did a little icon jamming
Each person in turn suggesting a topic, and everyone doing an image (as fast as possible)
iPad user

we agreed it is ok to add words to the picture
it is okay to google "Draw" + "item yu need draw"
eg "Draw" =" Handshake"

TCC talked about his training in Mind Mapping and of some software

RE: starting on GR-Mindmapping
it was important to help newcomers overcome fear
develop basic visual vocabulary

lines straight

I was keen to know more about FNS & MAFA
FNS <Facilitator Network Singapore> Coordinated by Praba & Janice
MAFA <Malaysian Association of  Facilitators> Coordinated Amina & Pat

 Su Min will attend and Kailin has attended AlphaChimp "Rockstar Scribe" course
Last session on how to clean up photo of poster using adobe was useful.

Bernice shared her Sketchpost studio
It includes her portfolio

How many colours does one use?
It is individual preference

"Chefs with a heart" is an NGO that Thum is aiding.

Colour for Accents
for Heading
for text
Some corporate clients prefer/need their colour palatte to be used
Some practitioners havetheir own prefered set of colours
Colours help your drawing stand out
 Colours help visual recall

We talked about our drawing surfaces  iPad vs paper, A4, vs 3'X4' foam, card...

We talked about sketch-noting, vblogs and CC showed an example

All good things come to an end too soon:
But we pencilled in a date for our next meeting
3 September 2013, 3 pm-5-ish, tea provided
Venue: my place

Graphic Warriors!

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Laying the foundation

Pastor Raymond Fong

Bible Text: Matt 7:24-27

Sermon: Laying The foundation, Wesley Methodist Church Singapore
2 8 July 2013

Sermon illustration
Dance item by youth ministry "Christof Ministry"
Presenting how youth can come alongside others in need

Today's text comes at the end of the sermon on the mount
In Matt 5 Jesus taught the beatitudes
in Ch 6-7 Jesus discussed the ten commandments in light of the Kingdom

Jesus  summarizes:
Don't just be hearers who don't do
BUT be hearers who do do what they hear!

He likens this to
TWO Builders
TWO Houses
TWO Foundations
TWO Results

Comparing and Contrasting
TWO Builders, one wise, the other foolish.
The Greek word for "foolish" in the text is 
Strong's Concordance 3474 moros mo-ros' ; dull or stupid (as if shut up), i.e. heedless, (morally) blockhead, (apparently) absurd:--fool(-ish, X -ishness). From which we get the English word "Moron"
Fool is not wicked, but is stupid

TWO Houses: Both superficially look the same

TWO Foundations: 
The house on sand: built direvtly on the alluvial sand
The house on rock: Builder had to work hard, dig through three metres of the alluvial sand to reach the bedrock. (Luke 6:48 He digged deep)

TWO Results
When the storm came
One fell with a big crash
The other left standing

Learning obedience is hard work
Doing obedience is hard work.

[*INSIGHT there is a link between Hear and Do AND Trust and Obey]

Our inner faith is only tested when hit by a storm.

Forgiveness is difficult
BUT when the crunch comes
when push comes to shove
forgiveness for a big injury/transgression
is easier when we have "practiced" by forgiving smaller injuries, lesser transpasses

Flee from temptations.
If we make this our practice/habit to flee from small temptations
this will help us to stand firm when the big temptation comes.

In boxing they teach that the blow that knocks you out
is NOT the hardest blow
BUT is the least expected one.

When the storms of life hit you you need to be prepared
Build your house on the rock

COMMUNITY of believers
SERVICE: reach out to the unloved, the least and the lost

AS the youth are our future, how do we reach out to them?
1) PRAY FOR THEM that they will have a life transforming experience with God.
God has no "grandchildren"
Each one, each child must own their faith.
Pray that they will have an encounter with God
Even the most faithless prodigal son will return!

2) CREATE FOR THEM opportunities for them to encounter God.
Youth camp
YM camp
key pivotal events
Do your best and God will do the rest.

The prophet Isaiah encountered God
He saw God "seated upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple."
Isaiah was transformed: repentant, cleansed, obedient....

3) MODEL YOURSELF for your children
eg 1 Corinthians 11:1 follow the example of Christ
Set standards
Do your best
Show what obedience is
Parents should forgive, apologise, pray together.
walk the talk
hang out with the right people

[In contrast
bad opposites that should NOT follow
setting unrealistic expectations
identity of child tied with scholastic performance ]

Allow themto struggle, to fall, to fail
But simply be there
Let them talk
Let them work it out

Case history
Youth wanted to be a pilot, failed to get to pilot training course
After one year of councelling, drinking coffee, talking
began to see obedience is a life long discipline

Talk alone is easy
They need us to walk with them
Pick them up when they fall

May our youth be 
a generation
 founded on a 
firm foundation 
of obedience

Tell them when they are wrong

Foundations of obedience bear fruit

Parents and sunday school teachers influenced Raymond when he was growing up.
Now he is a pastor with a young son.
The youths he had taught now are teachers in Sunday School 
and will be teaching his son

The ground is littered with thorny obstacles
Obedience is hard work
There will be sweat and tears.

Prayer Note:
PRAY that your children and grandchildren
will have a life transforming encounter with God.

PRAY that you will model for your children
Walk the talk
That your children and grandchildren will see Christ in you.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Whoes Call?

Rev Philip Lim

Sermon Sunday 21st July 2013
Wesley Methodist Church
Whoes Call?

Sermon illustration began with real life case of Mr Jason Chee
Navy accident: 
Working on RSN Warship RSS Endeavour
Caught between winch and rope:
lost both legs, left arm and three digits of right hand.

Whole medical team at work for initial surgery and rehabilitation.
Ordinary citizens came forward with cash support
It was a team effort.

In a similar way, we are called to be part of a team
God's team
Church team
To exercise the gifts God has given us.

 Paul says
We are to lead a life WORTHY of your calling
ie OBEY your orders
FOLLOW the DIVINE strategy.

Church is an ARMY under the command of the KING ie Jesus Christ

Our CALLING is to maintain UNITY of the spirit.
(Not create unity but maintain it)

Bearing with one another in love.

Indeed this is how the church works
through the impartation of spiritual gifts
Our responsibility to recognise and exercise these gifts.

What are your gifts?
What does God want you to do with them?

How do you develop these gifts?
Two main groups of gifts
A) General support ministries
B) Working gifts

A) General support minisitries
    Apostolic: lay foundations
   Prophetic: speak for God, unfold the mind of God
   Evangelists: Build up the body: communicate the gospel to pre-believers
                      speaking in a compelling way
   Pastors: looking after the flock

B) Working gifts
(See Rom 12, I Cor 12)
Wisdom: ability to understand truth, apply it to a situation
Miracles: enabling natural things to occur in an unnatural way.
Interpretation of tongues
Gift of help, service
Generous giving
Gift of making money

Friday, July 19, 2013

Exploratory Meeting 19 July 2013

Exploratory meeting 19 July 2013 at Toast Box, Plaza Singapore:
 to synergise the convergence of three personalities
Aishah Shah, Vincent Soo and Lim Su Min.

Aishah was our gold medallist Air Rifle shooter for Asean Games
Unfortunately after a bug infection last year she lost both hands and both feet.
Aishah continues to display courage and determination.
She intends to continue coaching and shooting.
Prosthetic legs enable her to walk
Prosthetic hands are being processed.

Vincent was with the police force.
Amongst other things he is councillor and coach

Positive Synergy is a business he started to help a core of athletes who have been mobility challenged by  paraplegia or limb loss. This group all exude a positive attitude and are given opportunities to give motivational talks

Vincent also runs Coach Venture, a social enterprise: 
targets youth at risk, ex-offenders etc
school programs
Personal development
Outdoor activities
Group facilitation
Job opportunities

I shared my family outline
Retiring from medical practice 2000
Community Development
China 2000-2006
Indonesia 2007- 2009
Cambodia 2010 onwards
Graphic Recording: Drawing Out Ideas 2013

I shared with Vincent my wish to do a Graphic Recording for Aishah at one of her inspirational motivational talks: For me personally it would be exposure for my craft, and an opportunity to do something for Aishah. For her and the company, I suggested that GR would be a value added for the talk, innovative, and allow the participants a visual real-time record of the session (30 minute talk, 15 min Q&A)

I would provide the necessary tools, paper, plastic, colours, tape etc. For this first session, service would be provided gratis. Ideally I should visit the venue before the event.

Vincent suggested a roundtable meet with Aishah where I could do a GR as she shared her personal account of the events of her life. This charting would give them a better idea of what I was able to do in terms of GR for Aishah.

The ball is now in their court.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Go over to the other side

"Go over to the other side"

Rev Dr Kow Shih Ming

This blog will unpack Sketchnote of sermon "Go over to the other side"
by Rev Dr Kow Shih Ming, 14 July 2013,
Wesley Methodist Church, Singapore.

The primary bible text is Mark 4:35- 5:20

But to understand the passage fully we need to go back to Genesis 12:2-3

Abram is made a PROMISE

“I will make you into a great nation,
    and I will bless you;
I will make your name great,
    and you will be a blessing.
 I will bless those who bless you,
    and whoever curses you I will curse;
and all peoples on earth
    will be blessed through you.”

Bible principle: Behind every PROMISE is a PREMISE
If you do ABC
God will do XYZ.

What is the premise for Abram?
Gen 12:1
The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you.

Abram has to leave country, peope, father's household
and Go to unknown destination.

Abram was obedient
He did go

His name was changed to Abraham
He begat Isaac
Isaac begat Jacob
Jacob begat 12 sons
Each son grew into a tribe
Later the twelve tribes were reduced to two tribes
Israel was waiting for restoration.....

Jesus is born
Jesus begins his ministry
Good News
The kingdom of God is here
The kingdom of God is me (Jesus)
Jesus ministers to the people of Israel

Mark 4:35 is a pivotal point:
 it marks a shift of focus
"Let us go to the other side"

What lay on the other side of Lake Galilee?

It was the region called Decapolis
There were 10 cities there
Seven nations were represented
They were pagans
They worshiped the pig
      (most unclean animal for the Israelites)
There were demonic forces
There was oppression
The Roman powers were there
The Roman Legions were there
The insignia for the Roman Army was a Boar's head

In obedience the disciples set forth in a boat
The boat was in a storm
Jesus was asleep
The disciples were in panic
They awoke Jesus.
He calmed the storm.

Jesus reaches the other side
On the home side he had been accompanied by crowds
On "the other side" he was greeted by no one
almost no one
He was greeted by one demon possessed individual
"What is your name: Jesus asks the evil spirit.
"My name is Legion, for we are many"
This evil name speaks of spiritual power and political power,
a tribute to the might of the Roman Legions.
Jesus directs the spirits into a heard of 2000 pigs who rushed down the steep bank into the lake and were drowned.

A demon possessed man had been healed.
He could be seen dressed and in the right mind.

In response to his miracles in Israel, other sick people were brought to Jesus for healing.
But in the Decapolis, the response to his miracles was fear.
They sent Jesus away.
They feared his power, for He came from the "wrong side".
Rather than welcoming Jesus they chased Him away.

Vs 18
The man who had been healed attempts to follow Jesus.
In His previous ministry Jesus had said "Come follow me".
But despite the healed man begging and pleading to be allowed to follow Jesus,
Jesus says "No".

 Jesus did not let him, but said, “Go home to your own people and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.”

Don't follow me
Stay here
Go and tell your story
Tell others how much Jesus has done for you.

Did that man obey and what was the result?

Look at the next trip to Decapolis as recorded in Mark 7:31
31 Then Jesus left the vicinity of Tyre and went through Sidon, down to the Sea of Galilee and into the region of the Decapolis.[h] 32 There some people brought to him a man who was deaf and could hardly talk, and they begged Jesus to place his hand on him.

This time a group of people came to Jesus
And they brought a deaf mute.
They expected Jesus could heal.

There was a crowd
 (first trip there was only the demon possessed to greet Jesus).
Rather than chasing Jesus away, they welcomed Him.

WHY was there a difference in response between the first visit of Jesus to Decapolis and his second visit?
This was because one man shared his testimony
Mark 5:20 So the man went away and began to tell in the Decapolis how much Jesus had done for him. And all the people were amazed.

Comparing and contrasting
the feeding of 5000 in Galilee (Mark 6:30-44)
the feeding of 4000 in Decapolis (Mark 8: 1-9)

Feeding of 5000 in Galilee (Mark 6:30-44) 5 loaves 2 fish, 12 baskets of left overs
Three days of teaching : By first evening, disciples were concerned that the crowd had nothing to eat: Mark 6:35. The 12 baskets of left overs are symbolic that the 12 tribes of Israel would be sustained.

Carol the flutist: Fish head curry at Sakunthala
Feeding of 4000 in Decapolis (Mark 8: 1-9) 7 loaves, few fish, 7 baskets of left overs.
Three days of teaching : By third evening, disciples had yet to show any  concern that the crowd of Decapolis had nothing to eat! Jesus had to remind them (Mark 8:2)
The 7 baskets of left overs are symbolic that the 7 nations of the Decapolis would be sustained.

Jesus says to you as he said to the healed demonic man:
I want you to go tell your people what I have done for you.

Where do you go to?
Where is your "other side"?
Jesus had compassion
Where is your other side?
Migrant workers?
Domestic helpers?
Yi people?
Nong Bua Lampu?

You are called to be witnesses:
A witness tells others what you have seen
Think of your favouriteplace to eat.
Tell the person sitting next to you about it.
You have experinced it.
It is real to you.
It is easy to tell others about it.

Witnessing is telling others of your relationship with Jesus.
It should be real
It should be current
Describe the present work of Jesus in your life
(Not the fossilised account of something that happened 10 years ago)

 God says"I miss you"
"You come to me only when you are in trouble"
"Come to me"

We are called to a relationship with God
Christianity is not so much a "religion"  or a "set of beliefs".
Christianity is a relationship with God

We are called to witness
A) to Oikos, to family
B) to Community
C) to the regions beyond

We are called to GO.
What is holding you back?

Lack of talents?
We are all given many many talents:
Physical talents
Spiritual talents

Too old? Never too old!
Too young? Never too young!

A mission trip will change your world view.
Plan to make a mission trip within the next 12 months.

IF you find that your relationship with God has been lost,
REKINDLE it today.

IF you hear the call to go, 

If you hear a call to full time ministry, 
RESPOND with "Here I am Lord, send me".

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Sketch note MHT Meek Hungry Thirsty

This sketchnote follows
Earlier Sketchnote on Poor & Mourning
This sermon today (Sunday 7thJuly 2013)
Rev Ivan Tan speaking on part 2 of his mini-series on The Beatitudes

The third beatitude speaks of the meek.
Blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the earth.

Certainly the meek are humble and gentle.
But contrary to popular belef, the meek are not weak.
Quite the opposite.
The meek are strong but able to exercise self control.

The meek are self aware.
Proper understanding of self
of strengths and weaknesses
allows them to be secure
They can sense evil
They can endure hardships.

Meekness is embodied in Proverbs 15:1

A gentle answer turns away wrath,
    but a harsh word stirs up anger.
New International Version (NIV)

Meekness allows you to surrender all you have and all you are to God.

The meek shall inherit the earth.
This promise is fulfilled both in the present and in the future.
This is for the here and now.
This is also for the age to come.

The fourth beatitude speaks of Hunger and Thirst.
Matt 5:6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
    for they will be filled.

Hunger and thirst are very basic body appetites.
We will not rest till our hunger and thirst are satisfied.
We do not stop till we get food and drink.

But how do we hunger and thirst for righteousness?
Righteousness may be seen as personal and social holiness.

Sermon iluustration
Pastor not well, tired breathless.
Sees doctor
All tests negative
Cannot find anything wrong
Wife rightly observes,
 "Perhaps too many meetings, too much work, always busy busy.
Need to slow down, step back, pause. 
Focus on what is important,"

The way to satisfaction of this hunger is a deepening relationship with Jesus
Plus love and empathy with people.
To grow His kingdom.

To share in the bread and cup in communion

And to intentionally read his word.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Business Meeting

Using Sketchnotes helped me capture the atmosphere of this meeting
CA Sucess Business Building Meeting
Wednesday 3 July 2013

(BTW Atmosphere is an intended pun in this situation)

Heeru and Fabian were the two well prepared self-assured emmcees.

The "icebreaker" was a 1-2 minute intro to the person next to you
 "What are your goals for the next 6 months?"

A powerpoint was flashed to highlight some product promotions
They spoke of how product parties could end up with sponsoring

BTW inhouse jargon spoke of
Founder diamonds
platinum, gold, silver
uplines downlines
which I believe are in the hierachy and network of IBO's
(Independant Business Operators .
Sponsoring is the process of introducing an IBO into your network:
you and all above are their upline
they and all below are your downline

is a network mantra

The recent haze provided opportunities for many members:
One IBO had demonstrated Atmosphere air purifier to a rich man seven years ago
 He complained about the price (S$ 2,688.00) and did not buy.
At the thick of the haze he called:
when given the price and the specs he hesitated
later he called to say he had purchased brand X.
But actually he was still shopping around.
Still later he phoned and ordered 4 units.

One IBO was confident of Atmosphere and has 4 units in her home;
When haze was here she was able to demonstrate the unit to prospective customers

When prospective customers baulk at the price, point them to the value.

New approaches to filtration, efficiency, quiet operation and air monitoring – no other air purifier in the market today has the balance of technology and features of the ATMOSPHERE™ Air Purifier.

The CLARUS filtration system features an activated carbon filter with a surface area large enough to cover 226 football fields or over 17 million square feet. This abundant capacity in addition to the HEPA filter eliminates 99.99% of all airborne contaminants that are drawn into the system, effectively removing pollen, bacteria, dust mites, viruses, smoke, and impurities as small as 0.009 microns.
Pollen           6-30
Cat/ Dog
Allegens      2-3
Bacteria     0.2 -1
virus         0.02- 0.1

Quiet operation is as important to the comfort of your home as clean air. The ATMOSPHERE Air Purifier offers you both with the unique PUREFLOW system, which eliminates excessive fan noise by operating only when it is needed. It also reduces energy costs by drawing as little as 4 watts of power – a feature which earns the ATMOSPHERE the ENERGY STAR® rating.

The Intelli-Sense technology makes use of a built-in Particle Sensor to provide an automatic onetouch mode that monitors and protects the quality of your home environment – even when you’re not there. The particle sensor enables the ATMOSPHERE to adjust its speed according to changing air conditions, thus giving you cleaner air in the shortest time.

The ATMOSPHERE Air Purifier also automatically monitors the condition of all three filters, and alerts you when they need replacements or cleaning in the case of the Pre-Filter. The monitor calculates filter life based on a combination of operating hours, speed of operation, and levels of contamination.

When you want clean air in a hurry, turn on Turbo Power. With a CADR* (Clean Air Deliver Rate) of 250 cubic feet per minute (7.1 m³/min), it is able to clear the air in a 390-square-foot room within approximately 30 minutes.

Buy an air purifier
Use it and convince yourself of the benefits
Then you are ready to share this information with your friends

Question time:
 How many people ate an egg today?
Many show of hands but not all.

 How many people drank coffee today?
Many show of hands but not all.

 How many people had a bath today?
All put up their hands.

 How many people brush their teeth today?
All put up their hands.

 Since bathing and brushing teeth is an everyday experience for everybody,
 Amway personal hygiene products provides you with a huge market.

Product demo
Tolsom Shaving Gel demo
Small squirt of gel
Add spray of water
It forms shaving cream
Smooth ride of razor:
minimise skin cuts

Prospect can feel your chin before and after


A simple demonstration of the qualities of a BODY series refreshing body gel...
the pH reliability
the concentration ($ for volume value)
and the ability to wash salts


 A simple demonstration of the qualities of GLISTER advanced toothbrush
gentle, does not abrade tissue paper

 A simple demonstration of the qualities of GLISTER advanced toothpaste
does not wear out the colouring on a plastic bag.
Your teeth are ploished
enamel not worn out
flouride helps the tooth

Sponsoring campaign
How IBO (independant Buisness Operators) bring others into their business

Acknowledgements of distributors in this network who had achieved targeted improvements in their outcome.
And show and tell:
they tell us how they did it

One IBO told of how he sold an Atmosphere air purifier : just using the YouTube demo

Haze will come again every year
Virus infection like flu, bird flu, sARs like disease : all get protection from the Atmosphere Air Purifier 

One IBO told of how she sold her first espring water purifier : after selling the first one that gave her self confidence : selling the next one was easy.