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Wan Tack Wei is a military aviation enthusiast, he had always wanted to join the Air Force since young. So in 1986, he grabbed the opportunity when the Republic of Singapore Air Force offered him a scholarship at Singapore Polytechnic to study for a technical diploma. He was going to start his career as an electronics engineer. A month after passing his diploma and about to turn 19, someone higher up decided his life needed a change. On the morning of the 12 May 1990, he attended a swimming training session with the Armed Forces unit he was just posted to. He plunged into a swimming pool, hit his head at the bottom, which cause his neck to hyper-extend, causing the C5-6 cervical vertebrae to dislocate, crushing his spinal cord. His life has now taken a radical turn. A 20 months hospitalization followed. It was in 1991 that he came to know a mouth artist, Gilbert Tan. And ever since, he has been bugging him to try mouth-painting. Before the accident, his father used to receive postcards bearing pictures by mouth and foot painting artist, and he has always shudder at the thought of having to use his mouth to draw. Furthermore, he was inclined towards technical subjects and sports, and art has never been a favourite. The thought of having to paint with his mouth made him feel more disabled. But Gilbert never gave up and even showed him his Chinese Painting and how it was done. It was one fine day in early 1996 that someone higher up decided his computer to break down. Feeling bored , he started to draw on a notepad with a felt pen. The first subject was his lovable pet rabbit, which turns into some mutant rat on paper, and his coconut trees looks lightning-struck. A few months went by, amid further buggings from Gilbert , he bought a beginners book on chinese painting, some brushes, poster colours and drawing paper. And it was how it all started. After some practices and confidence, he finally joined MFPA in 1998. 

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