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I do prefer a pencil

This week I found out that I do prefer a pencil over the ink. Not to erase but to make the lines softer. If I had used different ink and different way to apply that ink I would have been able to make the lines softer. But I did not do that.

The thing I liked about using a pen for inktober was that I always had one around. And it is really easy to use. But with a pencil, I smudge out some of the lines with my finger. This makes the lines softer. Sometimes that gives a different feel to a drawing or doodle.


My doodles for this week:


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How does Gardens by the bay improve life in Singapore?


The park opened in October 2011.

Gardens by the Bay is a park in Singapore that helpt with the strategy to make Singapore a garden city. A city in a garden. The goals is to improve the quality of life. The want to do this with the flora and founa in the city.

This park has futuristic trees that are incredibly high and made out of metal.

Everytime I look at this it makes me want to go back. The gardens looked great during the day. But during the day it was to warm to walk in the sun.


Amongst the high buildings, the trees are sometimes hidden. Which is incredible to do that with such a height.

Humans are also animals which we tend to forget. We started to live in high buildings amongst other high building. We forgot to implement nature into our cities. I think it is absolutely wonderful that the government in Singapore is trying to bring nature back. The city is also incredibly clean which made me feel great to be there. I live in The Netherlands and here is quite a lot of litter on the ground and next to the roads. If I am honest to myself and you, I am a bit of a germophobe. It does not affect my daily life so it is not so bad. But that is a reason I love Singapore. Even with all the cars and people, it felt really clean.


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Bizarium Museum in Sluis

Bizarium Museum in Sluis


Bizarium in Sluis is a museum that focuses on inventions of the past that have failed or never really grew up. Some of these inventions really do not work and some could have become very large, but for unknown reasons they never became anything. Much of the inventions are based on things that we already see in nature. Like a flying machine inspired by the leaves of the maple. I think this fits very well with my studies because we will also invent and think of many things where it can sometimes be very good things but it may not always breakthrough. Inventions from the past can also be a good source of inspiration for new things.

The museum was interesting and fun to see all the crazy things that were made. But I did miss the information about why the inventions didn’t work. I told about the flying machine inspired by a maple leaf. So that man jumped out of an airplane with the machine, but it didn’t say what happened after that. I doubt it worked but I don’t know.

I thought it was really nice to see how many things are inspired by nature and how many kinds of ways have been devised to fly.
But there was an object by Leonardo Davinci, so in 1478 he already made a self-rising car. That is far before the time of the real cars. So man has been working on this concept for so long while it is still not entirely optimal there.
This shows how well you can still use and create ideas from the past, but with modern technology.