The Drawing Circle mini exhibition’s party: October 22nd

Mark the date guys, October the 22nd! I have posted about the quirky establishment (click here) which will be the venue of the mini exhibition. Lovely lovely place downtown, perched in the middle of city’s hustle and bustle. The October 22nd is the opening party, and the drawings will be exhibited for the next two weeks. Each sketchers’ selected doodles will be displayed, and there will be a couple of artists exhibiting their projects too. We might purchase some beer and finger food from the bar; and we will turn the outdoor bit into a beer garden on that Saturday (weather permitting). Stay tuned for more details.

Would like to sponsor us? Ping me.

Would like to give us a hand with the prep? Ping me.

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Life Cycle 6: 4 days ride

Life Cycle 6 China: Cycling for Education Equity.

Yes we made it. University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC)’s provost Chris Rudd was accompanied by nine riders (including myself) and embraced 535km bicycle journey. Ended up with 560km at the end. What was the route? It was a tour of Zhejiang province: Ningbo- Shaoxing- Hangzhou- Zhuji- Tiantai- Sanmen-Ninghai- and back to the university.

Life Cycle is an annual campaign event in University of Nottingham UK, and this year is UNNC’s second year. History of Life Cycle events for the last six years, click here.

UNNC Life Cycle 6: For some cheeky updates about pre-rides, prep and the four days ride; follow the journey on #unnclifecycle6 (in F*cebook) or #unnclifecycle6 (in Inst*gram).

Click here to meet the team and ways to donate. Image courtesy of Tao Wu and the university’s website.

Six minutes Youtube video is embedded as below.

Here are screenshots of the Insta feed (updated after the event).

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Angklung goes to HD Ningbo

An article written by me about a fun afternoon introducing angklung, a traditional bamboo shaker instrument. Commonly found in South East Asia including Indonesia, we (GKI and Djas Merah) hoped that our audience enjoyed the sound of angklung. As Indonesian, I had a go since I was a little kid in elementary school. Please get in touch if you want to learn more about angklung ( and hope you have a pleasant read. Bye for now.

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UNNC Color Run: the open day

As part of the open day events, the University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC) where we currently based at, organised a Color Run. Mimicking the official event, staff and students were involved. Matt and I, we both were invited by the people from CRRC and did the run together with some of the CRRC employees who are studying in UNNC, undertaking some business classes.



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Life Cycle 5 China registration link and route

Uni of Nottingham- Life Cycle 5 China’s registration is up, peeps! mark the date: 18 October 2015. route is the usual Dong Qian Lake loop via Park Hyatt loop. if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to be in touch, i can pass messages to Matt or contact other team members! biking for a cause.. yes please!

Information about the project can be found in the university website, click here.

Link to register is here or scanthe QR code in the poster.


I am re-posting this bike card link in case anybody is in a need to find your way this Sunday (18 Oct). Click here for the original bike card article:

Clickhere for the map (in MapMyRide):

Safe ride guys!


Image and poster courtesy of Mia Tedjosaputro.

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New project: Benches in UNNC


Today has been a glorious day, the first sunny day after the typhoon. I was wandering around campus where we live, stumbled upon some fantastic scenery of scattered benches, playful light and shadows near the staff apartments. Absolutely gorgeous. So I thought, that will a next small project: documenting (bolted down) sitting spaces, particularly views from where we sit. My aim is just simple, trying to step back and appreciate those landscape furniture. I am sure they are there for purpose. The expected outcome will be a kind of sketchy map of UNNC benches and series of photographs.

Your part: if you have any particular benches you often sit on, let me know 🙂 And yes, those benches are limited to permanent benches on campus (University of Nottingham Ningbo China).

Here are some of my favourite shots today:

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1- facing staff hotel

5- facing rotunda3

3b- facing rotunda 2

9- facing big lawn 7

6- facing rotunda 4 (some only)


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October 31st: dyeing class on campus

If you are interested on joining the blue dyeing class on the above mentioned date, give me a shout! I am just facilitating Ming Shu (workshop lady) and Syd the teacher to come on campus (UNNC), as I thought it will be fun. The next one will be leather course, all being well. stay tuned.

Link to the materials in Taobao is here.

Background information from online source: Designsponge, The Etsy blog and Alice&Lois.

Pictures are taken during the workshop I attended in Master T studio a couple of weeks ago.


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MAD Talk 5:

MAD (My Awesome Doctoral) Talk is organised by some doctoral degree students in UNNC to promote cross-disciplinary research environment.

MAD Talk 5 “The use of sketches and mental imagery in the ideation process: A pilot study.

Abstract: The research focuses on exploration of the design process in the early design stage. Different modes of representation are utilised during this stage, however, comparison will be conducted only through external and internal representation. The role of free-hand sketches is evidently indispensable, but the use of mental imagery and their interplaying roles are always assumed but not thoroughly observed. The aim of the research is to provide empirical evidence of the interplay and also to contribute to addressing the difficulty in measuring mental imagery. Protocol studies were conducted in two different environments, with and without sketches.


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23-24 May 2015: Cycling and camping trip- aerial footage and pictures

The third cycling and camping trip went really well. Selected pictures of the previous trip is here. On the trip last weekend we took one of our quadcopters, the F330. One of lots of videos is embedded (VPN is needed). Good fun, great time and fab company. Let us know if you are interested on more trips to come. Or contact the captain: Bfn!





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