Friendship Bracelets Tutorial 3: The Other Knots

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Assuming you have practiced the previous steps this lesson will require very little to explain how to make these last two knots.


Friendship Bracelets Tutorial 2: The Backward Knot

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I've told the story a hundred times at least, about how at 4 a.m. one night while feeling quite exhausted, I had an epiphany. That if I were to tie the same knot I'd been doing for months, backwards...


Friendship Bracelets Tutorial 1: The Forward Knot

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I've been asked to teach how I make bracelets. Well if I'm to do that, I'd say it's best that I start at the very beginning. Using photos and an attempt to break it down to the simplest steps. It's my hope by the end of this you will have a grasp on how to make friendship bracelets yourself.


akaawol_bchands_giveaway

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If you haven’t seen all the excitement leading up to this giveaway (and is still ongoing, by the way), where have you been?!? Just kidding… In a nutshell, Akaawol has been working day and night on a fabulous and never-been-seen-before hand-knotted sling bag just so that he can give it away to a hopefully appreciative and deserving winner. About 100 skeins of embroidery floss and possibly a month of work…


Knot Just Knots | Getting Bigger!

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When I said I'd help teach how to make bracelets, I knew it might be a challenge. But what I can do with knots simply comes natural to me and getting that onto paper…well, not so much. I've taken a bunch of time and possibly killed a few reluctant brain cells working it out…


NotJustKnots Adding String

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I keep getting asked, "How long is the string I start with?" The simple answer is two meters that's folded in half. But what if that question is faulty? Perhaps the person asking isn't familiar with the idea of adding string when working on larger projects like the bag I'm making. I still start with the same two meters, but when the string gets short I add more when needed. So today I'm going to attempt to explain how I do that…


NotJustKnots 101

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Well, there you go! The commonly sought after 'How-to' diagram of one of my personal designs. People have asked me about this on Instagram, Facebook, as well as in person…


Unique Graph Paper For Friendship Bracelets

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I've spoken often of how I started making bracelets long before there was internet. Well, many times I can work out a design in my head, but there are times when the design is just too complex. That's when I'll turn to graph paper. But even regular graph paper has its limits when it comes to making bracelets as you can't easily tell what is going on under the knots, like what color will pop out after the ones you can see…


The Making Of Rapunzel

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It all started when I wondered what it would take to knot a bag the way I do friendship bracelets. The project became called 'Rapunzel' due to all the lengths of string. It began on September 2nd and finished October 25th. Turns out it took me seven weeks and 200 skeins of floss.


Sentosa's First Ukulele Festival

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Yes, I've fallen behind on my posts, but that’s due in part to the fact that there has been so much going on. Starting with the uke fest that happened at Sentosa. Singapore's first-ever ukulele festival! Free performance by James Hill and Anne Janelle, Sungha Jung, Jack & Rai, RJ & Alan, and more! That was an amazing day filled with great music and fun with friends…


Wake Up And Realize What You Are.

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You are on a rock that's 6,371 km in diameter orbiting a star at a distance of 149,600,000 km that has been around for about 4.54 billion years, that evolved life from the sea 600 million years that grew and left the waters and through countless forms of adaptation created people 200,000 years ago that faced countless ways to sever the bloodline. Wars, famine, plagues, wild beasts, fires and so much more. However…


Teach a Life, for Life ~ by Eileen Chai

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This article is courtesy of guest writer Eileen Chai, a beautiful person both inside and out, now with a beautiful endeavour that AKAAWOL.com is proud to be a part of. Together, we would like to invite you to join in this movement as well…


AWOL's Leather Work

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Back before I came to Singapore I learned of a hobby from a good friend that I'd like to think I got rather good at. It was leather work. I recall many hours spent tapping with a mallet and a variety of tools, making all kinds of stuff. As I'm working to clear my computer of the vast number of images (and move them up here where they can be seen by more than just myself), I come across these…


Mexican Radio

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Sitting at the coffee shop one night, I was reminded of a song as a conversation we were having suddenly took a turn and went to a Chinese dialect. Since basically I was no longer in the conversation, I just sat quietly and sang it to myself. When I got home I found the YouTube version of it and realised it might be a fun ukulele tune. Well, here you go…


The Angmoh Pincushion

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On March 7th, I have an appointment with a sports doctor who informs me that I have an AC joint sprain and does some ultrasound to increase the blood flow to the area. By Monday April 6th, still suffering from the pain, I buy an arm sling to help support the shoulder and limit the use of my arm in hopes that it will help it mend. So basically we are talking two months of pain, some days more so than others. No pain meds, just dealing with it. Then today April 11th, my lunch gal who makes my favorite dish suggests to my wife that I should see a doctor in Woodlands who practises acupuncture…


AWOL MIA?

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What happened? Did AWOL live up to his name and go absent without leave? Nope, I'm still here and true to form, I found a project that kept my complete attention for the past week. After talking to Tian of the Ukulele Girls about the idea of having a cheap ukulele to just take with you everywhere you go and her confirming this as a good idea, I decided to look for one.


Puff The Magic Dragon

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I recently got a request for the extended lyrics for a song written by Leonard Lipton and Peter Yarrow, and made popular by Yarrow's group Peter, Paul and Mary in 1963 - Puff the Magic Dragon. It's a classic song about a child with a strong imagination that grows up and leaves behind his childlike ways. I've added the extra verse because…


Name That Song!

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Wow, looking over my posts I see I haven't posted any ukulele songs here in a bit. Well I'm here today to correct that with a song that is often the song people at least on this side of the world want to learn first, as it's useful for celebrations for both friends and family. Any guess from that description…


Small, Black and Loud

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It's funny, but when I talk to local Singaporeans, many say they have never seen the bird that’s so distinctively loud. Turns out the bird is called an Asian Koel. I've found it a few times now and this time happened to have a camera with me so I got a video for anyone who is still wondering what it looks like…


Ariel

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For more than 20 years I've felt a nagging concerned feeling over not finishing what I started. I can't say exactly when I started it, perhaps because it was so long ago or perhaps because it didn't seem so significant at the time. So what is it that's been nagging at me? A book. A book I started, got about a third of the way in and for some unknown reason had set down. Perhaps returned to the library. But whatever it was…


The Bugaloos

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When I was just a wee lad there was a TV show that I'm sure to have made my parents crazy with. The Bugaloos! I even had the 8-track of their songs. I got to reminiscing and now I've got a song of theirs stuck in my head. But I'm not doing this alone…


The Best Treatment Is Prevention Part Two

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Spent the day busting ass to clean up the home office. I moved furniture, swept, mopped and accomplished so much. I tell you this not because I'm complaining. On the contrary, it's because awhile back this would have put me out of commission for ages as I'd have been in pain due to my back. I am here to say I feel fine. Ok I'm tired, naturally, but there's no pain. I have to thank…


Team @ AKAAWOL.com Helps To Create A New Singapore Record

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The Team @ AKAAWOL.com helped to set a Singapore record for the largest display of handpainted lanterns. A fun Saturday out at VivoCity led to being a part of this record-breaking event. The mall has made it a fun-packed month celebrating the mid-autumn festival (my new favorite holiday)...


The Musical Weekend That Only Just Ended

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What a weekend! For anyone who loves music, Singapore's music scene is beyond amazing. I feel like I'm coming down from a high that reminds me of the quote “No pharmaceutical product could ever equal the rush you get when the band hits that groove, the people are dancing, shouting, and swaying, and the house is rockin!” Live music really is the greatest mood enhancer…


Hungry Ghost Festival

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In case you have missed it the Hungry Ghost Festival just passed on August 20th. This is a big day in the Hungry Ghost Month that I posted about earlier this month. There are so many cool things involved with this event. There have been concert performances, auctions and even puppet shows (though I didn't manage to get photos of the latter). Oh and of course there is…


A Very Different Funeral Wake

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Someone's passing is never a good time, but I found a lot to be interested in when my wife and I attended the wake of our good friend’s grandmother. I had been informed that this was a Taoist wake. Some of these cultural differences are amazing to me as I've never been exposed to much more than variations of Christian teachings or atheist beliefs (and atheism doesn't have traditions). I was reminded that Chinese wakes typically last for three, five or seven days, with the passing of the deceased on the first day and the funeral on the last. In this case…


Launch of AKAAWOL’s Events Calendar

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Well, I guess it should come as no surprise that we are always looking for the fun events to share with you our readers. Problem is it's not always easy to find out what's going on on this island. We spoke of how cool would it be if there was a way our Google calendars were just updated with interesting local events and then we could just choose what ones we wanted to go to. Then it hit us...


8th Instalment of Uke GOT TALENT

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Hey ukulele players in Singapore! UKULELE MOVEMENT is now taking registrations for its 8th instalment of the ukulele open-mic series Uke GOT TALENT (UGT). The event is at Hood @ bugis+ on 8 September 2013 and it looks like it's gonna be a night of fun!


Sentosa's Ukulele Groove (3rd)

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In case you missed it, the Ukulele Groove event at Sentosa’s Merlion Plaza was this last Saturday and it was awesome! I do have to apologize for the late heads up for anyone following me on Facebook. We had only received the news about 2 weeks prior and couldn't find the poster or details till about a week ago. I am working with the directors of the event to be sure to give everyone time to plan for the next one. So in case you had missed it (and here is where I rub in what an awesome time you would’ve had)...