Storytelling in Bedok Park during Mooncake Festival

Storytelling in Bedok Park during Mooncake Festival

Storytelling in Bedok Park during Mooncake Festival

Storytelling in Bedok Park during Mooncake Festival

June 4 was an important day for The Self Help Groups Student Care Limited (SHGSCL).  They held The SHGSCL Family Day at Xingnan Primary School in the morning and invited me to be carry out a storytelling session with craft for the kids.  Acting Minister for Education, Mr Ng Chee Meng, was the guest of honour.  What a coincidence because Mr. Ng talked about tacit learning in one of his interviews in May.  He said, “Can we afford our child a bit more playtime so that he may well fall down, scrape his knees, but he would learn the skills to pick himself up, grow in character and tenacity and resilience? All those are what I call tacit learning, and what makes a complete person.”   I strongly believe that storytelling supports tacit learning. I told the children a story I adapted from a book about a salamander who had to overcome his personal fear of darkness.  What? A salamander that is afraid of darkness?  Darkness is second nature to salamanders but not for this one in my story. None of his friends could help him.  He was sad but he wanted to find a solution.   The children sang and clapped along with my giant stuffed salamander on his journey to find that solution.  At the end of the journey, together, we all become more resilient and 'complete'.

Storytelling in Bedok Park during Mooncake Festival

Christmas Storytelling at Ikea

The librarians and the children and adults at Jurong West Public Library enjoy storytelling.  Over here, i get to 'test out' new ways of telling stories.  This time, I made my own puppet, George the Giant, with velcro straps so he can change clothes easily. The children and their parents had great fun singing and listening to my stories.  I had parents coming up to thank me and ask me when I would be there again!

I had the privilege of telling a story about The Railway Cat before Singapore Land Authority closes the Tanjong Pagar Railway Station for renovations.  It was nostalgia for me.  I appreciated the arches, the stained glass paintings and the unforgettable washed-up dimly-lit room where I was in. I used photographs taken by a well-known local photographer to tell my story about the people at the railway station, a cat, a fire and friendship.  

Christmas Storytelling at Ikea

Together with another storyteller, Karen Lee, both of us conducted a storytelling workshop in June 2015 for children who survive cancer. Our 2-hr workshop was part of a wonderful camp run by the Children's Cancer Foundation.  We selected choice healing stories to build confidence in these children. 

I was impressed with the superstore, Harvey Norman, for offering children's storytelling sessions during their 2-day opening in December 2015.

2016 began with a bang.  I went to Kaohsiung, Taiwan, and met up with Uncle Fat or better known as 胖叔叔.  He is a well-known storyteller in Taiwan and also well-known for his altruistic qualities of bringing joy to children through storytelling.  I was honoured to collaborate with him to tell 2 stories in Chinese at the Children's Art Museum, a subsidiary museum of Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts.  It helps to be effectively bilingual and so I shared with them in Chinese the Singapore folktale 'Badang' and the timeless story of 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar.'  

How Children Benefit from Telling Stories
Storytelling:
1. Increases self-esteem by building confidence in speaking before groups.
2. Improves expressive language skills and stimulates inventive thinking.

3. Promotes greater cooperation and stronger relationships among children and between students and teachers.

     If we know others' stories, we are less likely to judge or misunderstand them.
4. Encourages personal growth through risk-taking.


Choosing, learning, and telling a story is a process which teaches students:
1. How to read for a purpose and how to evaluate stories.
2. The difference between storytelling, reading, and visual media.

3. How to be a respectful listener and how to give constructive criticism.
4. Techniques for gaining and holding an audience’s attention.


​~ Teacher's Guide:Storytelling Guide of Indiana  schools.cbe.ab.ca/b355/Storytelling/.../TeachingStorytelling2007.pdf~

Telling the captivating story of Wu Gong At Rafflesia Condominium

Storytelling in Bedok Park during Mooncake Festival

Storytelling in Bedok Park during Mooncake Festival

Storytelling in Bedok Park during Mooncake Festival

Christmas Storytelling at Ikea

Storytelling in Bedok Park during Mooncake Festival

Christmas Storytelling at Ikea

Storytelling in Bedok Park during Mooncake Festival

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Telling river Stories at Robertson Quay For the Singapore River Festival 2015 in October 

(organized by Asian Storytelling Network)

This is a store that sells mostly adult things except for children's beds, but they actually catered to the needs of the children that day!  I had one grateful dad & mom pair who appreciated me for keeping their 3 older children entertained with educational stories while they took care of the youngest child who was a toddler.  Since everyone was in the Christmas mood, I told magical stories about the gift of giving and the mystical moon . 

One child made his own 'transformational' story about a dinosaur.  With a flick of his hand, the young dinosaur magically grows up into a bigger and stronger dinosaur.  It is a picture of hope for himself. 

Another chance to tell an Asian folktale at the Jurong West Public Library! I love our very own quintessential forest fable - stories about Kancil or the mousedeer.  In every culture, there are trickster stories, of the underdog overcoming obstacles and battling the giants.  The adorable Kancil is one such animal.  After I put up a video clip of my storytelling at a public library, a storyteller from another part of this world wrote about my storytelling.  Thank you Alessandro Ghebreigziabiher, for writing about my work with children. Click here to read about it!

Storytelling in Bedok Park during Mooncake Festival

Storytelling in Bedok Park during Mooncake Festival

Storytelling in Bedok Park during Mooncake Festival

Sharing stories with parents and children for

'Tales on SMRT Train' in 2009

Christmas Storytelling at Ikea

Storytelling in Bedok Park during Mooncake Festival

Storytelling Performance at Teck Whye Square for Children's Day 2013

It is never easy telling stories in open spaces and especially when there is also a funfair going on.  Kudos to Teck Whye Community Centre for combining games, magic shows and storytelling to make the children happy.  With a good sound system and energetic announcements by the emcee, I could gather a good and attentive audience.  I told a funny story about Dog & Rabbit that touched upon friendship and jealousy.  

Storytelling in Bedok Park during Mooncake Festival

Christmas Storytelling at Ikea

A child coloured and constructed a story wheel designed by Karen. 

Storytelling in Bedok Park during Mooncake Festival

Storytelling in Bedok Park during Mooncake Festival

Christmas Storytelling at Ikea

Storytelling in Bedok Park during Mooncake Festival

Storytelling in Bedok Park during Mooncake Festival

Storytelling in Bedok Park during Mooncake Festival

I spent 2016 Christmas eve in Kuching, East Malaysia. In the middle of the day was a storytelling cum craft at the State Library. I wasn't sure what to expect because i had never met my host, Yit Ping and I have never told stories in Malaysia.  I was appreciative of the wonderful hospitality given me by Yit Ping, a lady passionate about books and her 3 kids.  I enjoyed being immersed in the food culture of Kuching.  Much more, i enjoyed meeting the children at the State Library of Kuching.  They were a mixture of different nationalities both local and foreign, a mixture of abilities as well but all very polite.   I went home with gifts from the Lirary as well as sweet memories of all the children.  

Storytelling in Bedok Park during Mooncake Festival

Every June school holiday period, the museums of Singapore dedicate exhibits and interactive activities to children.  They want to make heritage, art, culture, and science accessible to the children. I played my part, three times, at the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) gallery to bring to children and families the appreciation of Singapore as 'My Fair City'.   How do you educate little children about city planning?  Well, it all boils down to community building.  Whether it is in ancient times or modern times, whether it is Singapore or some other country, community building is the key to any kind of city planning.  So, I told a native American story of Maushop and His Porpoises.  After that, the moms and dads, grandpas and grandmas bonded with their children to build their very own city with MARSHMALLOWS!   Oh... It was fun.