Sunday, September 23, 2018

Cafe Interior

In addition to a food sketch, here is another one on the interior of Brunches Cafe. Love the food, the interior and the great company. Such fun!
Done on Sennelier USKbook - Small Concertina Urban Sketchbook

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Cafe Sketching


A video on cafe sketching on Sennelier USKbook - Small Concertina Urban Sketchbook

Friday, September 21, 2018

Sketching Food

Don't say I never sketch what i eat. However I have a confession - I ate one egg when the sketch was done half-way.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Sketching Lunch Crowd

Capturing the moment and sketching fast during lunch crowd. We went back to Rasapura again and this group of Taiwanese tourists were eating Bak-Kut-Teh (Pork Rib Soup) and kept going back to the stall for more soup. They were also sharing a plate of durian flavoured ice kachang - our local dessert made from crushed ice with syrup and jelly poured on top. They were still there when I left after food and sketching.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Marina Bay and Red Dot Museum

We visited the Red Dot Museum and did a sketch at Marina Bay outside Marina Bay Sands. The Red Dot Museum was located at the former Marina Bay City Gallery managed by URA. I was very disappointed that it was gone because it was more beneficial to the locals and tourists to know about urban design and city planning on Marina Bay. I guess it was hard to maintain and there was no commercial benefit and political will to keep it.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Rasapura at MBS

Haven't been to Rasapura, the food court at Marina Bay Sands for a long time. The interior of the newly renovated Rasapura at Marina Sands is less dramatic to me without the curvy ceiling panels. It took me a while to find my favourite stalls in the new layout. So many tourists dinning with their lugguages of different shapes, sizes and colours on a typical weekday.

Rasapura was first opened on 1 Dec 2010 and I first sketched the place on 3 Dec, 2010. The three old sketches of the same Rasapura are here.

Monday, September 10, 2018

Inside the Moving Coach

Dancing lines inside the moving coach.

Sunday, September 09, 2018

Waiting for the Coach

Waiting at Starbucks for our coach, got to stop when our coach arrived. Love the spontaneous white space.

Saturday, September 08, 2018


Quite rare nowadays to spot man wearing suspenders. He never looked up. He was looking at his phone the whole time while I was sketching.

Friday, September 07, 2018

Uncle Napping

This uncle was napping at his seat next to me so I could sketch him.

Thursday, September 06, 2018

East Coast Road

So much changes to this place. Now I am sitting at Forty Hands which has been here for around 3 months already.
Here are the development of the sketch from the beginning.
180905_EastCoastRoad_draft 180905_EastCoastRoad_draftphoto

Wednesday, September 05, 2018

Forty Hands at East Coast Road

Forty Hands opened a new outlet at 226 East Coast Road for about 3 months. The quotes on top of the shelves were written down on the bottom left. Clever use of empty tins for the counter. The tins show a picture of ham or logo of 'Forty Hands'.

Tuesday, September 04, 2018

Tai Thong Crescent

I sketch this place a few times in the past and I witness the demolition of old houses to make way for the new expensive condominiums. The South River Prawn Noodles is still there and I was lucky to find the corner seat to sketch after a satisfying bowl of prawn noodles.

Monday, September 03, 2018

Bedok 216 Hawker Centre

Bedok 216 Hawker Centre is a typical market cum food centre in the east. Very popular and it is now connected to all the other amenities in Bedok Central such as Bedok Mall, Bedok Heart Beat and Bedok Town Square. It was a Monday so many food stalls were closed but it was still crowded with residents looking for breakfast.

Saturday, September 01, 2018

First Sketchwalk after Surgery

I put the bottle of eye drop in the ice pack so I could attend the sketch outing this morning. Such fun to sketch together.
We were sketchng at 126, Watten Estate Road.
The house was designed by the same Architect who designed the Fullerton Hotel or the old GPO.
Added the foliage at home, then I realised I should have painted the sky.
More about the site here:

Thursday, August 30, 2018

First Sketch after Eye Surgery

First sketch after my cataract removal eye surgery. I need to be at home for 3-hourly eye drop and to avoid dusty and crowded places for fear of infection. After my eye check-out this afternoon, it's good to be able to go outdoor for a short while and did a quick sketch again.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018



Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Imaginary Skyline

This is what happen when you put together all the buildings owned by a big developer to form an imaginary new skyline.

Friday, August 24, 2018

Draft Sketch

Today at 11:30am, I am going for cataract removal surgery for my right eye and this draft sketch was what I had been rushing for the past few nights. It is going to be a one metre long artwork to put all the significant buildings owned by one of the big developers in Singapore. It is not difficult to begin with since they own most of the buildings along the Fullerton Heritage Waterfront. However, it was more difficult than I originally thought as it progressed. I will need to research into the building heights and sizes when I put them together. As an architect by profession, it has its advantage. I will post the final artwork when it is done.

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Another Physio Therapy Session

Another physio session for my left knee, most of the patients were referred by the army so some of them came in their military uniforms or army T shirts. Again, everyone was glued to their smart phones.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Facing A Big Mirror

180821_PennyU_photoSketching what I saw in the big mirror reflection at my favourite place for their Egg Benedict and what else, good coffee of course!

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

A sketch at the clinic

Pre-consultation session at Dr Jerry Tan's clinic, the eye doctor before my cataract removal surgery in another 4 days. This Indonesia lady was glued to her smart phone while most of the patients were just sitting there waiting. She moved to another waiting area when her husband called her and just as I finished sketching her in brief outline, you really need an exit plan when sketching people, cars or animals, they move!

Monday, August 20, 2018

Sushi Chefs

I don't think so much of lunch place when I am working especially on the last day of an intensive 3-day course. Sushi Express at Tampines One has all the favourite food that I need on any work day. However, I think it is the freedom of picking up any plate on the belt in front of you that makes it an unique dinning experience. I also like to watch so many sushi chefs in action so I can sketch them after my meal. It will be a bonus if I can have a cup of Kopi O at Toast Box after lunch but the queue is always very long that I give up.

Sunday, August 19, 2018

August Sketchwalk at Kampong Java Park

Credits: sketch by Debbie Teo

What do we do with disappearing spaces? We go sketch them!

Kampong Java Park is an enclave flanked by the CTE, Bukit Timah Road, and KK Women's and Children's hospital. Opened in 1973, it will be closed permanently from Aug 28 this year to make way for the construction of the future North-South Corridor tunnel. It is a haven of green which has given respite to patients and visitors alike with its large trees and lily-covered pond. Join us to say goodbye.


Time: 9:30 AM
Location: Kampong Java Park, under the big tree next to the pond, between KK Hospital and the outdoor carpark.

Time: 12:15 PM
Location: Same as start point

Nearest MRT: Little India (NEL, Downtown Line)

Locations to sketch:
- KK Hospital
- Kampong Java Park pond and surrounds

Places to eat and shop:
- Not a lot unless you walk to Little India

Sketchwalk leaders: Favian Ee & Pat Ng

Notes: Bring mosquito repellant. Hats might be useful when sitting under trees. Sunblock might be helpful too.

Giveaway contest by Parka, details here at
Here are the prizes Parka will be giving away with these details from him:

The Artist's Guide To Painting Water In Watercolor: 30+ Techniques
Learn to Paint in Watercolor with 50 Paintings by Will Freeborn
Sketch City: Tips and Inspiration for Drawing on Location
Therm-a-Rest Treo Chair
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Saturday, August 18, 2018

Kuriya Japanese Restaurant

I was desperately trying to get out of office after intense training at work. We are preparing for the new teaching materials for the new subject in the new semester in mid-October. I like to have a bowl of hot soup for lunch so I headed to Kuriya at Tampines One for their Ramen. A quick sketch after my meal.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Tampines Sketches

I am sketching Tampines Town for a project and it was a very enjoyable and rewarding experience to sketch these three different locations in Tampines on three separate days.

The Watermelon playground situated behind Blk 858 of Tampines Avenue 5 is one of the second generation of old playgrounds designed by Housing and Development Board in the shape of tropical fruits.

Second sketch is the Tampines Round Market at 137 Tampines Street 11. In the photo on the left, these two nice and talented helpers are from the Philippines and Vietnam I met at the shop opposite the market. Both speak Mandarin (with Malaysian slang), Singlish, a little Malay and even Hokkien to the uncles that walk past. Impressive!

The last sketch is Tampines Central seen from the comfortable interior at Kopitiam at Tampines One around 5:30pm during the golden hour.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

3-day Course at Work

I was attending a 3-day course on 14, 15 & 16 Aug at work to prepare for the new semester. Here is a sketch when the Director was speaking to the team. The ink was not flowing smoothly then I realised it was Hero fountain pen model 7032. Not as great as my favourite model 9018.

Sunday, August 12, 2018

National Day Sketchwalk at Esplanade

This time I used up all ten pages of the entire sketchbook during the sketchwalk at our National Day at Esplanade. Self-made Saunders Waterford watercolour paper sketchbook.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Photo Collage


Photo collage of our National Day Sketchwalk at Esplanade. We had a blast!

Wednesday, August 08, 2018

BreadBoard - campus canteen

Two very hip looking students at BreadBoard, our canteen at School of Engineering. They had coloured hairs, one in light purple and the other one in light pink.

Monday, August 06, 2018

Hyderabad Road


Another Singapore Land Authority Secret location. This is SP Jain School of Global Management at 10, Hyderabad Road. A heritage site and it used to be the Dental Institute in a lush environment. Before that, it was the Alexandra Barracks. The probable origins of the road’s name would be the Russell’s Infantry’s 95th Battalion, who were stationed at Alexandra Barracks from 1905 to 1908. The British Indian Army unit traced its origins to one of two Russell Brigade regiments raised in 1813 by Sir Henry Russell – the British Resident of Hyderabad for the Nizam of Hyderabad’s Army. Besides Hyderabad Road, a Russells Road can also be found in the area – all of which was once part of Alexandra Barracks.

I did a very long piece. Too ambitious on site and talked too much to friends in the next group touring the place, so after one and a half hour, I only managed to complete the outline in ink and added the shadows on location. Details especially the trees were added at home.

More details of our SLA heritage sketchwalk locations here:

Sunday, August 05, 2018

Talk by NAFA graduates and teachers

Just simple lines to capture these four respectable artists on stage at the National Gallery on a Saturday afternoon. They were reminiscing and indulging in enjoyable recollection of their days at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts.

Saturday, August 04, 2018

Itacho at Bedok Mall

I was hungry so I drove to Bedok Mall to find food. Guess I just love Japanese sashimi and sushi too much that I ended sketching the sushi chef again at Itacho.

Wednesday, August 01, 2018

Toa Payoh - a matured estate


A sketch after lunch at Toa Payoh which is a matured public housing estate. Block 127 is a popular wet market and hawker stalls that is closed in the afternoon. I used to work at HDB and we often discussed about public housing policies. You seldom find new wet markets and hawker centers in the new public housing estates after the 1990s. They are now replaced with either NTUC supermarkets or private run supermarkets and food courts.

Personally I love the design of the public housing flats in this area of Toa Payoh with its orange and white colours and art-deco features.