Monday, November 13, 2017

Bumpy Ride


My mother-in-law passed-on on Tuesday, 7 Nov 2017, 11:10am at The Changi Hospital. I was just returning to work on the same week under a re-employment contract after my official retirement the week before. Tough week as I continued to teach 5 classes on Wednesday and Thursday in addition to attending to the wake and funeral preparations. My elder son also rushed back from Hong Kong. On Sunday, I sat at the back seat of my car for the very first time as I was always on the front seats. I was able to sketch amidst the bumpy ride on our way to collect the bones and ashes of my mother-in-law at Mandai Columbarium.

Both my parent-in-laws born and die in the same year, 1930 - 2017, aged 87 with 6 great grand children. Blessings!

Monday, October 30, 2017

Result of last Oct Sketchwalk



Work in progress for the top two sketches.

I sketched from the left of a long sketch. This is the tiger and I was trying to continue with the leopard in the afternoon but did not, may be another day. I will be back.

I last brought my three children there for the Dragon water ride when they were little. Yes, the Dragon water ride was the main attraction for many years before Universal Studio on Sentosa island. Built in 1937, Haw Par Villa is famous for its often gruesome depictions of Chinese folklore’s 10 Courts of Hell apart from the Dragon water ride near its main entrance. The theme park is recently repainted with all the existing features and scenes from Chinese legends such as Journey to the West and Madame White Snake. From the many antique cars owned by the brothers, you can tell how the brothers love to flaunt their wealth.

You will see tiger balm advertisement all over the park since that is what the two famous brother, Aw Boon Haw and Aw Boon Par got the fortune from in the old days. I sketched the Haw (tiger) and will sketch the Par (leopard) another day.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

October Sketchwalk at Haw Par Villa

We're going to visit the ten courts of hell! With over 1,000 statues and 150 giant dioramas, you'll have a field day capturing scenes from Chinese mythology, folklore, legends, history, and depictions of Confucianism.

It is also the relaunch of Haw Par Villa after a switch of managing entity, so there will be lots of activities throughout the day, and plenty of media coverage.

9:30 am
Jade Room – Outside
(go straight up the slope after entering park gate)
– Quick briefing (good for newcomers)

12:15 pm
Jade Room – Inside
– Gather for "sketchgawk" where everyone displays works done for the day; for staring at, drooling over and snapshots.

12:30 pm
Group photo for posterity

Friday, October 20, 2017

A glimpse of sea view

171015_HotelJen_photoNow I only stay at Hotel Jen when I visit Hong Kong because it is just a stone throw from Belchers where my granddaughters are staying. It is very rare for me to do a sketch from the hotel window since I rather spend more time with the two cuties.

It was a gorgeous Sunday after T8 typhoon warning the day before and it was also rare that I got up too early with nothing else to do. They cleared and cleaned the roof top of the old mansion opposite the hotel now I only saw huge aircond coolers, fences and pipes. There used to be laundry hanging and an old lady exercising on that roof top but they were nowhere to be seen.

The Hong Kong rooftop activities are diminishing so as part of its culture and heritage. With that gone, I now focus on the sea view beyond from the hotel window. Hong Kong waterways are busy with so many big and small cruises, cargo ships, tugboats, vessels and barges.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Hong Kong sketches


I was in Hong Kong visiting my granddaughters from 13 to 17 Oct, 2017. There was no time to sketch and there was even a T8 typhoon warning on Sunday morning when we got out of the hotel looking for my favourite porridge shop at the corner of Belcher's and Sands Street.

Most of the Hong Kong sketches were done on the last day - eating at Tim Ho Wan after checked-in, on the Aiport Express MTR train and one last one at the airport lounge, best thing to do while waiting to board the plane.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Airport Lounge


Love sketching at the airport lounge, especially sketching the plane that I would be boarding soon.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Off to Hong Kong


First time got a seat with ample leg room and sat next to a design graduate I taught around ten years ago. While she was sleeping on my right, I did a sketch inside the SIA cabin looking left. It felt like I was still sitting there watching.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Cool 360 view of a long sketch


Cool, FB made it into 360 view, love it, have fun clicking at the link below

Total 10 pages of a long sketch on one location for the recent Kuching trip capturing Jalan Main Bazaar, Waterfront, the new modern looking bridge, the new Sarawak State Legislative Assembly Building Petra Jaya Sarawak Malaysia and the Sarawak River plus the rehearsal for rescue operation on a Sunday morning!

Click to see 360 view of a panoramic sketch here at

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Hong San Si Temple in Kuching

Read about this Hokkien temple is easily the finest temple in Kuching. It is just located opposite Marian, our hotel which stood on a small hill leased to the hotel by the Anglican Mission overlooking the undulating Sarawak River.

I was in Kuching to attend the 2nd Asia-Link Sketchwalk 2017 hosted by Urban Sketchers Kuching from 5 - 8 Oct, 2017.

Everyone was sitting outside the hotel fence sketching this temple, it must be one of the most sketched temples at the event. This long sketch took up 9 pages from the "Moleskine Japanese Album Large" concertina sketchbook and I just took photos of the long sketch in parts and stitched them in the computer. I have given up scanning long sketches.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Monday, October 09, 2017

Sunday, October 08, 2017

Share Talk Speakers

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

I am ready!

Monday, October 02, 2017

Robertson Quay



I was trying to travel really light with a sketchbook, a fountain pen, watercolours, a brush pen and a stool.

Thanks Patrick Ng for the ink refill. This piece took two reserviours of inks to complete and I only brought one fountain pen. So I started with splashing watercolours first rather than my usual ink work.

I used 6 pages in Seawhite concertina sketchbook Seawhite of Brighton, adding the balustrades and some details after the show and tell.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Family Lunch

170928_TastyCourt_photoTasty Court today was crowded with 4 big tables of office workers having company lunch.

I observe the changes at this place in the neighbourhood and I am happy for this quiet corner at Jalan Tua Kong and Figaro St to be so lively again with this new restaurant by a famous chef.

Stewed rice vermicelli with seafood and supreme stock in opeh leaf is really good. We had the chef's special chicken last time so today we tried the duck in mango sauce, yummy!

Friday, September 29, 2017

Self Portraits


Two self-portraits one with pencil and the other ink and wash. One with glasses and one without glasses both done after my cataract removal surgery which was on 23 Aug 2017. I am still trying to get used to the new vision which is not balance now since I only operated on the left eye. Meanwhile I am relying on wearing contact lens on the right eye only and I will need reading glasses for desk work. I am working with my eye doctor to have the other eye operated so that I can use my right eye to read without wearing reading glasses in the future. Right now I am also having clear and bright vision like seeing cool light in the operated eye and blur and yellowish like seeing warm light in the other eye.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

September Sketchwalk at Robertson Quay

This weekend, we'll be swarming the former godowns of Robertson Quay. Named after Dr J. Murray Robertson, a prominent Municipal Councillor of colonial era Singapore, it is the largest and most upstream of the three main historical quays on the Singapore River, the other two being Boat Quay and Clarke Quay.

9:30 am – Start at the roundabout end of Merbau Road
*between Bella Pasta and ROSSO VINO

12:30 pm – End at Robertson Bridge
*outside Limoncello Pizza & Grill

These old warehouses, today integrated into newer developments, show another historic layer to an ever evolving Singapore River. Compared to the busy throngs of people further downstream, here the banks are much quieter, flanked by residences, hotels and laid back restaurants.

The Alkaff Bridge, painted by Filipino artist Pacita Abad, straddles the middle of the district, and gazetted godown buildings sit at Caseen Street, Merbau Road and Robertson Quay.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Little India

170927_Dunlop Street

Adding details to an old sketch at Dunlop Street, Little India. No fountain pen for the first time.

My motivation for this piece? I always wanted to get the road signs in with no outline. That explains why the signes are almost in the centre.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Neighbourhood pizza place


170923_plank_photoBakers&Cook is side by side with Plank, both operated by a celebrity chef Dean Brettschneider who also runs a baking and cooking school. My son joined me for dinner later and we met an old colleague of mine, what a day!