Sunday, January 13, 2019

The Great Madras at Little India

I conducted a Master Class last Saturday for a group of BA students at The Great Madras Hotel, Little India. It was a very hot day but we were lucky to sketch in the shade. This image is taken by an app using iPhone called CamScanner. I still need to enhance it on Photoshop in file size and some details.

From 2019, I will upload my sketches directly from blogger without a link to my Flickr.

Monday, December 31, 2018

Last Sketch of 2018

This is the last sketch of the year 2018 done at the last sketchwalk at Emerald Hill in my last few pages of the Moleskine Concertina Sketchbook aka Japanese Album Large.

This place holds lots of memories for me. I was working at URA's Urban Planning Department in early 80s and urban design was a new thing at that time. We started the urban design for Emerald Hills and adopted the woonerf system for the area.

A woonerf is a living street, as originally implemented in the Netherlands and in Flanders, the Dutch-speaking northern portion of Belgium. Techniques include shared space, traffic calming and low speed limits.

With woonerf in place for so many years, Emerald Hill is now a very different and charming upmarket residential enclave. — at Emerald Hill, Singapore.

Sunday, December 30, 2018

Line Sketch

Dinner at Rasapura, very sketchable family beside me. I really enjoy quick observation line sketching with quality of lines, no colours, no tonal values.

Saturday, December 29, 2018

At Batam Ferry Centre

We were at Batam Ferry early but the view from the shops was no good. Wonder what was that ferris wheel across the waters.
After checking the location map, the ferris wheel is the Water Park Ocarina of Batam.

Friday, December 28, 2018

Batam Again!

Went to Batam second time in a month again but this time with hubby. It was after the Christmas holidays so not much holiday crowd at the Ferry Centres, Customs, Hotel and Shopping Malls. Very relaxing and comfortable strolls in Batam.

Did a sketch on 2nd day while hubby checked out the shopping mall in the morning. The coffee was too sweet even I asked for a little bit of sugar in the black coffee.

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Before Departure

A sketch while waiting to board the ferry. It was not crowded at all compared to the weekend when I visited Batam with my 2 colleagues. That crazy weekend, we waited for 2.5 hours upon arrival and about 2 hours at departure. This time, it was smooth and easy.

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

December Sketchwalk at Emerald Hill

Credits: Sketch by Francis Theo

This month’s sketchwalk will be at Orchard Road, around Emerald Hill and Cuppage area. There’s a nice view from 313 Somerset or Orchard Gateway as seen in the banner, or you can sketch from the glass bridge over Orchard Road. Orchard Central has a nice rooftop garden where you can get some aerial views. Or hang around the quieter enclave of Emerald Hill, lined with Peranakan houses. Or check out the mural in Centrepoint’s basement created by our USk folks while sipping some kopi! There's lots to see, sketch, and eat in the area.

Time: 9:30 AM
Location: Chatsworth International School porch, Emerald Hill

Time: 12:30 PM
Location: Centrepoint basement in front of the Urban Sketchers mural

Nearest MRT: Somerset

Locations to sketch:
- Emerald Hill
- Orchard Road
- 313 Somerset
- Orchard Central
- Orchard Gateway
- Centrepoint
- Cuppage

Places to eat and shop:
- Countless options around

Sketchwalk leaders: Favian Ee

Notes: Bring your own stools and hats. And $$ for post-Christmas sales.

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Parkway Parade

Its Xmas and the baby was just in front of me waiting to be sketched during lunch time at Parkway Parade basement food court.

Sunday, December 23, 2018

Ice Cream anyone?

Young dad and mom were on the phones all the time while the kid enjoyed his scoop of ice cream.

Saturday, December 22, 2018

Udders Ice Cream

So bored that I went to Udders Icecream just outside my house for icecream and coffee on a Saturday evening.

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Mega Mall at Batam

181216_MegaMall_photoAt Mega Mall in Batam. Another mall invaded by Singaporeans like me. My two colleagues went shopping again so I just joined these Singaporeans with their lugguages at Govida Coffee. Thinking of another few hours jam at the local custom later, not fun but that's life.

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Baresto Cafe

181216_BCSMall_photoSunday morning we went to Peniun Centre to see their local wet market full of local produce, cockles covered with mud and soy drink poured into empty recycled plastic drink bottles. We walked from the wet market to this BCS Mall and my two colleagues continued with shopping, I just found another cafe called Baresto Cafe and ordered a hot coffee. At 10am in the morning, this mall is already invaded by Singaporeans, sigh!

Monday, December 17, 2018

Hotel Lobby

A very quick sketch after a nice breakfast and waiting for my colleagues to come down from the hotel room. Hotels in Batam were quite full so we booked this Inn with two bedrooms, a living, a dining and a kitchen for 3 of us. Morning sun at the hotel lobby was quite dramatic.

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Ferry to Batam

Everyone is posting holiday photos on my news feed, so depressing. I am still working in the office. So I decided to go for a weekend night stay in Batam with my two female colleagues, it was like a ten minutes decision on Friday and off we went on the next day. So fun except for the 2.5 hour jam at the custom.

Saturday, December 15, 2018

The Good Old Days

181213_TheGoodOldDays_photoThanks to Cafe Sketchers, it begins to look more like Christmas at The Good Old Days Bistro. I did not refill all my fountain pens, so here is one long sketch with watercolours only on Saunders Waterford Concertina Sketchbook.

Friday, December 14, 2018

Tampines Round Market

181213_RoundMkt_photoBreakfast at Tampines Round Market near my office. Many old folks chilling around with their marketing trolleys. This place is a very popular landmark in Tampines. I did a sketch in August and you can find it here.

You can check out more about this landmark at this link.

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Sushi Express

This soft spoken confident lady was sitting across my seat with plates of sushi and sashimi separating us. She had an artificial left eye.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Christmas is coming

A sketch over coffee before meeting up with a friend at Melba, Goodman Arts Centre. Holly the Christmas plant is up.

Monday, December 10, 2018

Creamier Toa Payoh


Chilling at Creamier after lunch at Toa Payoh. Nice mini exhibition by Organisation of Illustrators Council aka OIC.

Sunday, December 09, 2018

Busy Weekend

It was my daughter's wedding on 1 and 2 Dec 2018. Family members and close relatives came to celebrate from Sweden, Switzerland and Hong Kong. No sketching but here are the photos of my two lovely granddaughters at the photo booth.

Saturday, December 08, 2018

Late Lunch at Sushi Express

I was hungry at 4pm after a class then I remember I had not taken lunch today. So I went to Sushi Express at Tampines One for a meal.

Friday, December 07, 2018

Ball Point Sketch

The class at the beginning of the test which took 40 minutes. However, they could leave after 20 minutes into the test. After that, they would have to stay till the end of the test.

The second sketch showed only a few students left 20 minutes into the test, they had to stay for another 20 minutes in the room.

I used normal ballpoint pen for the sketches since the fountain pen was dry.

Thursday, December 06, 2018

Class Test

During a class test so I can sketch when students were very focused. Natasha sitting on first row had a big nose ring.

Wednesday, December 05, 2018


A sketch after morning class inside the car before I drove out of campus for lunch.

Tuesday, December 04, 2018

Char Siew Stall

Staying late in the office, dinner at a crowded coffee shop near office.

Monday, December 03, 2018

Digital Devices


Sunday, December 02, 2018

Fish Soup Brunch

It is final week of November. First week of December will be a very busy week for me so this morning I drove to Toa Payoh to have my favourite fish soup to start the week. This table was occupied by taxi drivers who were very animated in their conversation. Fun to listen though.

At An Shun Seafood Soup, block 206 Toa Payoh North

Saturday, December 01, 2018

Vivo City

Its my Sunday duty to accompany dad and while waiting for him, I have some time to enjoy my tea break and sketch at VIVO city. I can see cable car far up in the air and bulb decorations nearer to the restaurant. They all become dots in my sketch, HA!

Friday, November 30, 2018

People at Cafe

The man has 3 phones. The lady toggles between her smart phone and laptop. She has a Prada bag. Both never look away from their digital devices.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Stamping Ground Coffee House

Stamping Ground Coffee House is just outside my house.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

TV Interview

That evening I was sketching the studio of another interview before my segment at Channel8, our national TV about how I started Urban Sketchers Singapore.

Monday, November 26, 2018

Sunday, November 25, 2018

A beautiful family

A sketch at breakfast last Wednesday with my husband. A beautiful Eurasian family at the next table.

Saturday, November 24, 2018


I spent a few hours in the library reading. I was so fascinated about Silk Road.