Sunday, November 18, 2018

Geylang Bahru Industrial Estate

Last Friday, we brought SUTD students to Geylang Bahru.
Geylang Bahru Industrial Estate comprises 18 blocks of single-storey terrace workshops for clean and light general industrial trades and canteen. The leases for these units are less than ten years. This factory types play a very important part in the development of Singapore as they are the first generation in our industrial building. Walking around the area is like walking down the memory lane for my generation. I saw a rattan factory, advertising, manufacturing, hardwares and even funeral services. This corner unit of block 91 is sand supplier with many packed jumbo sand bags stacked in front of the shop.

Saturday, November 17, 2018

St. Georges Church

181103_StGeorgesChurch_PhotoSt. George’s Church at 44, Minden Road was built in 1911. It’s built for the British army and in Romanesque Basilica style.
The following is an except from the book to commemorate 100th anniversary of the construction of the church building.
"St. George's Church is part of the Anglican Diorces of Singapore. Tucked away in the lush Tanglin green lung just minutes from the city's bustling shopping belt, the church is today spiritual home to a diverse congregation of various nationalities, apart from Singaporeans. The picturesque brick Basilica barn-styled building was erected originally for the pastoral care of British soldiers at Tanglin Barracks at the turn of the 20th century. After WWII, in November 1946, the church was reconsecrated in an Armistice Sunday thanksgiving service. Withe the withdrawal of the British military troops from Singapore in 1971, St. George's ceased to be a garrison church and became a member parish of the Anglican Diocese of Singapore. In November 1978, the church was designated as a national monument of Singapore, to be protected and preserved because of its historical and architectural significance."

Friday, November 16, 2018


181015_HKIAWe were very early at the airport so I had time to do a sketch at Hong Kong International Airport 香港國際機場. My husband could spend time walking around the huge airport to enjoy the exhibition and shopping or sampling of food and drink while I was sketching peacefully at the spacious lounge before arriving at the gate to take off to Singapore.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Dim Sum Breakfast in Hong Kong

A dim sum place so affordable to benefit the neighbourhood. The very nice boss mingled around the crowd and collected the order slips. We met the boss, Ah Hua in his 50s - so flamboyant and loud. He worked in Singapore for 20 years and told us "I only go back to Singapore to collect rent" wow......

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Video Clips on Channel 8

The entire episode on USKSG on "Tuesday Report" Channel 8 at 8:30pm on 13 Nov 2018

The interview on Chinese news on Channel 8 at 6:30pm

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Tai Kwun

I posted this sketch using my iPhone on Facebook. Here is a scanned copy of Tai Kwun, Hong Kong.
This place used to be the main police station and house the prison. Now it is a heritage site. I really enjoyed the contemporary art exhibition there. This is the first page of a new sketchbook. Also the first sketch in Hong Kong after Taiwan.

Monday, November 12, 2018

Li Yu Tan

This is Liyutan, another lake at our homestay.
Almost forgotten about this piece coz it was in a separate sketchbook made of Saunders Waterford Watercolour Paper.
I feel the emotion of my piece does not do justice to the state of serenity, calm and peaceful of this lake from the photo below.

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Itashao Pier

Last page of the sketchbook.

Itashao Pier is one of the four piers at Sun Moon Lake. I visited all the four piers, they are:
Itashao Pier 伊达邵码头
Syuanfuang Pier 玄光码头
Chaowu Pier and 朝雾码头
Shuishe Pier (where we stayed)水社码头

Saturday, November 10, 2018

At Syuanguang Pier

Buskers at Syuanguang Pier, one of the four piers at Sun Moon Lake. Only one of them (second from the left was from minority tribe, the rest were not but they were all members of a local band). I got them all to sign on the sketch. — at 玄光碼頭.

Friday, November 09, 2018

Taomi Eco Village

Paper Dome by Shigeru Ban at Taomi Eco Village.

During the Taiwan 921 earthquake, 70% of the small village was destroyed. The villagers turned the crisis into an opportunity to not only reconstruct, but also to re-brand the village. 10 years on, Taomi village prides itself as an eco-village, with Paper Dome as the centerpiece. The Paper Dome originated in Japan, and is the embodiment of the love and mutual assistance between Taiwan and Japan community reconstruction experience sharing in addition to being the heart of Taomi Village. — at 紙教堂 Paper Dome.

Thursday, November 08, 2018

Chaowu Pier

Second sketch as we walked to Chaowu Pier to wait for the coach. It was more like a coach park than a proper pier so I sketched the woods instead of the waters.

Wednesday, November 07, 2018

A New Sketchbook for Sun Moon Lake

First sketch in Sun Moon Lake Sketchbook. We are now out of Taichung and visited all the four piers at the lake. This was at a look out point called "Nine Dragon Mouth" 九龍口 and not a pier. We later walked to the pier called Chaowu Pier to board the coach.

Tuesday, November 06, 2018

Good Bye Taichung, Hello Nantou

Last page on Taichung Sketchbook 2. We were out of Taichung. View from an artist's home hugging the steep slope overlooking the hills called 九九峰 at Nantou County, Caotun Township. — at Nantou County. Artist's Hu Shi Zhong's info:

Monday, November 05, 2018

Late dinner at Miyahara

We were so exhausted after the trip to Houli but we dragged ourselves to Miyahara. We were the last customer, missed the dinner time, had tea and snack instead. So a quick sketch no colours after food. — at MIYAHARA 醉月樓.

Sunday, November 04, 2018

Train from Houli to Taichung

On our way back from Houli to Taichung taking the local train.

Saturday, November 03, 2018

Last Sketch of Taiwan Trip

Last day before leaving Taiwan flying to Hong Kong.

Breakfast at Yue Lake Backpackers. It has private rooms overlooking the beautiful Sun Moon Lake. We were lucky to stay for a night before changing to another room without the lake view. The rooms were all fully booked. We were lucky to be given the rooms because the owner was the student of Chu, Puli instructor and an Urban Sketcher.

I have two sketches done on Laloran Sketchbook. Incidentally, my very first and last sketch on the recent Taiwan Trip before Hong Kong were drawn on this book.

Friday, November 02, 2018

First Sketch Inside the Cabin

First day flying off from Singapore to Taipei, a sketch inside the plane. This was done on an old sketchbook made by Laloran. I used this book when I last flew to Taiwan in 2012.

Thursday, November 01, 2018

Houli World Flora Expo

Thanks to the local tourism authority and the organisers. We were allowed to sketch this majestic World Flora Expo at Houli which is going to open to the public from 3 Nov 2018 to to 24 Apr 2019. It was all worth it when we, about 300 to 400 sketchers and helpers, had to take the local public train from Taichung station to Houli Station and walked about 3 to 5 km to the expo site.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

We are featured on local TV

《行脚 。发现》预告 - 8频道新闻及时事节目
《行脚 。发现》系列 让你了解从未发现的新加坡
This is the trailer. Watch us - Urban Sketchers Singapore on Tuesday, 13 Nov, 8:30pm on Channel 8. I will also make a guest appearance same day on 6:30pm news before the actual programme at 8:30pm. Thanks for your support!

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Wan Chuen Gung, Mazu Temple

All done on location. Got disrupted as the workshop led by Prof Pochou Chang settled on the same spot. So I went really slow and added the colours after the group left. — at 萬春宮.台中媽祖.

Monday, October 29, 2018

First Page of Taichung Sketchbook 2

Taichung Second Market is the first sketch in Taichung Sketchbook 2. Moleskine Japanese Album. This 100-year-old market used to be a place of pricy extravagant merchandise in the Japanese colonial period. There are so many eclectic extensions now but you can still see the old part of the hexagonal-shaped market (六角楼)with intricate architectural details.

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Meeting my Dad


Had lunch with my brother and 86-year-old father at Rasapura on the request of my father who now seldom goes out of the house. He had a great day today and noticed the world outside now was very crowded, busy, noisy but lively to him.

Saturday, October 27, 2018



Hungry so sneak out to have supper at Madnest at East Coast Road.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Dinner at Rasapura


Starting a new A6 Moleskine sketchbook bought in 2013 at Miro Foundation in Barcelona. The paper is much thinner and cannot take watercolours. So I sketch very fast with crisp lines to avoid 'bleeding' over to the pager behind.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

October Sketchwalk at Sentosa Boardwalk

Credits: Banner photo by Don Low

This month's sketchwalk will be along the waterfront between Vivo City and Sentosa. Sketch along the boardwalk or along the waterfront, or go up to the roof of Vivo City for an elevated view. A sprawling view of Sentosa's skyline can be seen from mainland, while you can catch the view of the cable cars, Vivo City, Harbourfront and the ferry terminal from the boardwalk. There's good food and shopping all around, and air-conditioned eateries to sketch from.

Time: 9:30 AM
Location: Start of Sentosa Boardwalk at the Vivo City end

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

Nearest MRT: Harbourfront

Locations to sketch:
- Waterfront
- Vivo City rooftop

Places to eat and shop:
- Vivo City
- Harbourfront
- Resorts World Sentosa
- Seah Imm
- Free entry to Sentosa on foot

Sketchwalk leaders: Patrick Ng

Notes: Hats and sunblock might come in handy!

Monday, October 22, 2018

Sun Moon Lake Sketchbook

So this is how it will look like if I open the Moleskin concertina sketchbook flat from first page to last page.

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Taichung Sketchbook 2

It took me ages to scan and put this together. It's in Moleskine Japanese Album Large.

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Taichung Sketchbook 1

This is Taichung sketch book 1 in Moleskine Japanese Album format. All sketches here were posted earlier.

Friday, October 19, 2018

Liu Yuan Church

The Liu Yuan Presbyterian Church is the first church built in Taichung. LiuYuan Church's design follows Church of England architecture. Completed in 1916, the church has brick walls that are partially stone-washed, and large arched and hexagonal windows. A newer grey church sitting next to it presents a different contrasting appearance.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Opening Ceremony

The opening ceremony is inside this historical old railway station, love the ambiance and the space framed by the ornate cast iron pillars and structure.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Taichung Old Railway Station

There were workers putting up stage and tents for weekend concert at the big plaza in front of the station. The view was partially obstructed and mood dampened. This is only the upper storey of the charming station. I didnt want to sketch the lower part of the building.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

First Sketch in Taichung


We arrived in Taichung from Taipei on 3 Oct. Next morning, we took part in Asia-Link Sketchwalk in Taichung from 4 to 7 Oct 2018. After registration on 4 Oct afternoon, I sketched this view from the event venue - Taichung Old Railway Station. It is the view of Taichung Central District.

This took me ages to scan and join this long sketch in Moleskine Japanese Album.


Monday, October 15, 2018

Taipei Skyline

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Bought a NT$600 (about US$19) ticket to the top of Taipei 101 and did a sketch at the quiet corner amidst the loud and noisy tourists occasionally. I could have sketched the Grand Hotel Taipei 圆山大饭店 on the far right but too tired after one and a half hour up there.

Photo on the left was me sketching on top of Taipei 101, the tourists come and go in big numbers. Photo on top was me holding the sketch at Taichung upon request of fellow participants at Asia-Link Sketchwalk.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Huashan 1914 Creative Park


So nice to have some quiet time to do a sketch in Taipei — at 華山1914文化創意產業園區.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

First Night in Taipei


I arrived in Taipei from Singapore via Hong Kong by Cathay Pacific and spending my first night in Taipei at Ximending which was 15 minutes walk from our hotel near Taipei Main Station. Too many people at this touristy spot, too tired to sketch in more crowd and colouring. I also wanted to eat all the good food here and I had 阿宗面线 - a must when you are here!

I may add the colours later...depending on my mood, lah.

Friday, October 12, 2018

Taipei Sketchbook

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Finally find some time to post my sketches of Taiwan. This is one sketchbook for Taipei from 30 Sep to 3 Oct 2018.
I did five sketchbooks on my recent Taiwan Trip in conjunction with Asia-Link Sketchwalk 2018 at Taichung. All these photos were taken at the hotel room in Taichung.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Lu Chuan Riverwalk


Too busy to post as the term had started on 15 Oct and I had a new subject to teach for many classes since my retirement and hired back as a full time teaching staff. It also took me ages to scan all the sketches in Moleskine Japanese Album and join them by digital means.

Here is the last sketch in the second concertina sketchbook. This sketchbook is all bout Taichung. The first sketchbook is on Taipei.

Taichung has two Rivers to be proud of - Lu Chuan and Liu Chuan Rivers. Lu Chuan River now enrich biodiversity within the central district of the city. Tourists and locals were seen enjoying themselves sitting at the bank with the huge icecream bought from the nearby famous brick-clad building seen in this sketch. Because of that, there were ants crawling all over the place where we sat to sketch this beautiful scene at Lu Chuan which was only 10 minutes walk from the Taichung Old Railway Station, our event venue.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Sketches for the Trip

Last day in Sun Moon Lake on 10 Oct, also Taiwan's national day so I asked for a date stamp from the hotel on the sketchbook. Packing to leave wonderful Taiwan tomorrow to Hong Kong. These are the completed 4 Moleskines, 1 Saunders and 1 Laboran (continue from last Taiwan trip).

I will need to scan all the sketches and join them together before I can share on the blog. Please be patient with me. Thank You.

Thursday, October 04, 2018

Taipei Panoramic Sketch

This is me holding my Taipei Panoramic Sketch at the opening ceremony for Asia-Link Sketchwalk in Taichung on day one, 4 Oct. I will scan and post the sketch later.