Thursday, October 12, 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

Day 4 at Asia-Link Sketchwalk: Kuching 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!

Monday, September 18, 2017

I Love our Local Coffee


The freshly brewed coffee here is S$1.70, black and thick just the way I like. The shop just added the glass door and glass shopfront for a new air conditioned interior but the glass door never shut properly for that kind of heavy traffic to the shop.

In the past, the local coffee used beans that were drum-roasted with sugar, margarine and maize. The beans were sticky, shinny in dark black brown before they were ground and brewed with a sock-like cotton strainer.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Teo's noodle at Bedok


It is weekend and such a long queue at Teo's noodle at Bedok. Everyone in the line was looking at the smart phone except a few middle-age aunties.

Must try since we were not in the hurry. I could also do a sketch while my hubby in this sketch in red top was waiting in line. The noodle was really good except getting a little salty towards the end, still yum! Will definitely come back again and again.

Even my other favourite local dish was seeing a even longer line. It was not too long a queue when I last visited the stall and did a sketch here

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Good Vibes Only


My very first cup of coffee for the day at 1pm here at cafe called "Stamping Ground Coffee", no wonder I was feeling strange in the morning without my coffee. This cafe outside my house has a rather long name. There are only three big tables inside the shop but if you don't mind the heat, there are seats outdoor.

Good food, good coffee, hope I have a sketching company next time. Good Vibes Only!

Sunday, September 10, 2017

First Outdoor Sketch after a brief hiatus


my demo piece for the students from LaSalle on a Saturday, so there were overlapping shapes, lines and washes here and there as I spoke.

As I talked about learning points for the students such as line qualities (thick, thin, continuous, broken lines), composition (mountain, valley, vertical, horizontal and oblique), tonal values (scale 0, 2, 5 , 8 and 10) and accent colours at 3 spots with washes, I finished a sketch with ink and washes.

This is also the first outdoor sketch after my eye surgery, such fun!

Friday, September 08, 2017

Pan Pacific and Conrad Hotel


I sat at the indoor cafe and looked through the window without wearing my sun glasses for the first time even it appeared to be very hot outdoor.

Sketching Pan Pacific Hotel on the right brought back fond memories. My office was involved in the Marina Square Master Planning in my first job as a junior and young architect in 1979. Pan Pacific Hotel together with Mandarin Oriental Hotel and Marina Mandarin Hotel were the first three hotels at Marina Centre designed by John Portman widely known for popularizing hotels and office buildings with multi-storied interior atria. I remember I saw John Portman briefly at the office boardroom and admired the large and detailed models at that time. I heard his sketches done on the spot were kept by the bosses and they were probably no where to be traced by now.

Within a short span of over 30 years, Marina Square at Marina Centre is now fully developed with so many new hotels and mega malls sprouting out here and there, Portman's hotels still stand timeless and modern in this cluttered world of new buildings.

On the left is the relatively newer luxurious Conrad Hotel designed by another famous American architect, Philip Johnson. Far left is Millenia Tower by Kevin Roche, Pritzker Prize winner. All such luxurious and expensive buildings.

Thursday, September 07, 2017

View from the Library


This is the view from the Marine Parade Public Library. You can spot the Church of the Holy Family easily from the low rise surroundings. The entire stretch of land opposite the library is currently under construction for the new Thomson East Coast Line (TEL) so it was boarded up and construction equipment are seen everywhere. The TEL will open in 5 stages from 2019 onward, and interchanges with all existing lines. Across the Library will be the Marine Parade Station which is under stage 4 scheduled to open in 2023. Another 6 years!

More information on TEL at

Sunday, September 03, 2017

Sunday Breakfast


So many uncles gathered together at the coffee shop for Sunday breakfast, are their wives at the wet markets nearby?

The old uncles spoke so loud about a ghost story at the old Tampines Road and used phrases like ”电脑合成” (digitally manipulated) and other proper Chinese terms rather than mixtures of Mandarin and English or Singlish, I was impressed.