Thursday, August 17, 2017

Poolside Sketch


I sketched Steffi, my younger granddaughter as she posed for me at the poolside. I had to add Nicole, my elder granddaughter next to Steffi later when she was looking for herself in the sketch. My younger son was making the 'V' sign on the yellow float and the princesses were telling stories pointing at the young uncle. So fun.

Total 8 pages Seawhite Concertina Sketchbook. This sketch got the family talking during the vacation, we are making memories together.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Village Cafe


Very tired today and didn't feel like going out of office for lunch. So I went to Village Cafe in the office building for a nice hot soup and sandwhiches and finished up a sketch I started long long time ago on the last page of the Moleskine Japanese Album.

It is truly a celebrations of diversity when you see students and staff of different ethnicity and background in the cafe. Sometimes we have overseas visitors from Loas, Cambodia, Japan, Finland and many more.

Vacation Trip to Vietnam


It's a family vacation in Lang Co, Vietnam. We spent real quality time with my two granddaughters aged 5 and 3 who are staying in Hong Kong. We spent 7 days together from 4 to 11 Aug in Lang Co, Hoi An, Da Nang and Hue. We are building family memories together and some are collected in this long Seawhite Concertina Sketchbook.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

at the airport


Going to meet the two princesses for a family holiday in Vietnam, spending quality time with them and may not sketch much. One sketch at the departure hall and splashed some coffee later plus sticking something to remember like Jetstar flight details etc.

Visitors here at PUAL inside the airport lounge are very well groomed with branded handbags for ladies and expensive wrist watches for men.

I may look out of place with my t-shirt and jeans but who cares, I am on vacation.

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

office meeting

Monday office meeting in a room filled with boxes of images of ASEAN after our Global Community Day event. Everyone was working on laptops as the boss read from the paper.

It's ASEAN50 this year. We just completed an event and these are the boxes with ten flags of ASEAN countries. There are (from the top left): Vietnam, Singapore, Brunei, Loas, Malaysia, Myanmar, Cambodia, Indonesia, Philippines and Thailand.

Monday, July 31, 2017

my favourite local dish


Two popular dishes are found next to each other at Bedok Food Centre.
Chwee Kueh or 水粿 is a type of steamed rice cake. To make chwee kueh, rice flour and water are mixed together to form a slightly viscous mixture and served with diced preserved radish and and chilli sauce.
Soon Kueh or 笋粿 is a dumpling-like cake filled with fragrant mixture of shredded bamboo shoots, turnip and dried shrimps wrapped in a smooth rice-tapioca flour skin.
These are cheap and good local dishes and the chwee kueh here is very big and very soft - double the size of the usual size found in other food centre.
When I was little, the chwee kuehs were steamed in clay moulds but it was changed to aluminium moulds in the 70s by the National Environment Authority.

Friday, July 28, 2017

old canteen on campus


A quick bite at the canteen before class in one morning. This is a very old canteen at School of Engineering. The noodle stall uncle told me it will be closed for renovation in September and he does not wish to continue because of the new tendering system.

I also met a student I taught in a subject called "Heritage, Museum and Trails" and we had a good chat over the common problems faced by the current young people in general.

New management, new style, new world everywhere. Time to move on!

Thursday, July 27, 2017

8th Urban Sketchers Symposium in Chicago

This bring back fond memories as Gabi mentioned about my email to him in 2008 at 25:08 to be a USK sketch correspondent reporting from Singapore. I remember I had to upload all my old sketches on the Flickr for Gabi to see as we need to 'show the world one drawing at a time'.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

July Sketchwalk at Telok Ayer Street

This Saturday we'll be at Telok Ayer Street and the adjacent Amoy, Stanley and Boon Tat streets.

Sanwiched between Ann Sinag Hill and the skyscraping towers of Shenton Way, the area has two of the oldest places of worship in the city— Thian Hock Keng temple and Masjid Al-Abrar—along with many conserved shophouses and buildings, like Nagore Dargah.

We will start and end at Telok Ayer Green, a little pocket of coolness in the middle of the precinct. See you there!

Telok Ayer Green
09:30 am: Kick off for new participants
12:30 pm: Gather for "gallery gawk" and see all works

Monday, July 24, 2017

same same but different


Same cafes but different sketches.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

It's Sunday again


Consecutively the 3rd Sunday I was at this cafe but this time to sip my very first coffee of the day over a piece of oneh cake at around 4pm. The bald head Caucasian man at the back was playing chess with a young boy presumably his son.

There are story behind this sketch too that I was sketching in pain on my right cheekbone coz I had a fall and hit the bath tub the night before after a blast in sketch outing at ORTO in Yishun with the gang in the morning.

My face is very very round now and my right cheek is still painful but manageable, lah.

Friday, July 21, 2017

sketching at the POD


170719_POD_WIP We were up at the POD, 16th storey of National Library Board building to sketch the skyline two days ago. It was the reward for the organising team after the USK10x10+ASEAN50 event. This coloured piece was meant to be a warming up sketch before the panoramic sketch and trying to put my old tools to good use.

paper: Cartiera Magnani, 300gsm, 100%cotton
pen: Uni-ball Signo Gelstick 0.7 black
colour: W&N watercolours
brushes: Raphael flat brushes size 12

Monday, July 17, 2017

Monday, July 10, 2017

Last Day of USK10x10+ASEAN50



Here is my sketch on the last day of USK10x10+ASEAN50 programme amidst running around as part of the organising team for the event. I started the sketch from the last page of the Seawhite concertina sketchbook since it is the end of the road on the right. The Majestic Hotel on the left of the sketch is under renovation, I will go back to sketch when the renovation is completed.

Sunday, July 09, 2017



“USK10x10+ASEAN50” – a sketching event and “We Draw ASEAN Together” – an art exhibition

In a collaboration with International Relations Department of Temasek Polytechnic, Urban Sketchers Singapore presented USk10x10+ASEAN50, a week-long series of workshops and activities celebrating the ten-year anniversary of the global Urban Sketchers community that also commemorated the golden jubilee of ASEAN, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. It is also held in conjunction with Global Community Day 2017 held at Glocal Connect Village at Temasek Polytechnic.

These milestones were observed together in an eight-day programme from 1 to 8 July, where about 100 participants signed up for over 10 workshops, as well as a mass sketchwalk kicked off from the URA Centre that saw 150 sketchers from ASEAN cities drawing Ann Siang Hill and Club Street on the final day of the programme.

7 instructors from Southeast Asia cities and 5 instructors from Singapore were engaged to conduct 10 workshops and mass sketchwalk at about 10 indoor and outdoor locations namely Temasek Polytechnic, Waterloo Street, Queen Street, Urban Redevelopment Authority, Kampong Glam, The POD at National Library Board, Little India, Chinatown, Bukit Pasoh, Club Street and Ann Siang Hill. While the workshops and the final mass sketchwalk were creating an opportunity with regional and global reach; an exhibition with about 200 sketches were mounted at the Art Gallery at Glocal Connect Village, Temasek Polytechnic entitled “We Draw ASEAN Together” showcased the ASEAN instructors’ work alongside submissions from sketchers in the region. We are expecting around 1000 visitors to the ArtGallery@GCV when the exhibition ends on 31 August, 2017.

More details can be found at

Friday, June 23, 2017

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

June Sketchwalk at Changi Village

Kick off the long weekend of Hari Raya Aidilfitri with us at the urban kampung of Changi Village. This idyllic enclave, with the pier full of bumboats and old watercraft, red brick midrise buildings and plenty of sea breezes will undoubtedly charm you to capture something in your sketches.

Start & End
9:30 am & 12:30 pm
Changi Village Hawker Centre
*near the POSB ATMs

See you there!