Friday, December 19, 2014

Dinner at Bedok


One of the last pages on the Moleskine filled with sketches from Malacca trip, so I continued the Moleskin with a sketch during dinner at Bedok Hung Kang Fish Soup stall. The old Teochew couples spent long hours daily at the stall and they must be pleased there was always a constant queue.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Beca or Trishaw

Beca or Trishaw in Malacca. They are gaudy, colourful, decorative, kitschy, and some will think it's silly to sit in one of these trishaws with the kiddy hello kitty, stuff toys and butterfly roof in pink, shocking pink, bright blue or red! There are also adorned with fake flowers. However, the tourists love them, locals don't hate them. Some say the rides are the best way to enjoy Malacca. Plus, they blink at night with blaring pop music.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Lunch place

Did a quick sketch on the exterior of the Peranakan restaurant while waiting for others in the coach.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Peranakan Cruisine

Lunch at Ole Sayang. Quite disappointed at the Peranakan or Nyonya food especially when you have high expectation. Every single dish was just too salty. We asked for belachan chilli and it was like eating salt. I will probably give it a miss if I visit Malacca again. Perhaps the only consolation is the ambiance and the Peranakan style interior.

Sunday, December 14, 2014


Another sketch scanned, more to come. This view was from our hotel room at Hatten Hotel just opposite the Dataran Pahlawan Melaka Megamall looking at Malacca skyline. The famous Jonkor Street is in the middle with the yellow end wall. Overall, the impression of this trip was not up to my expectation but our spirit was always high.

We were lucky to have a room with a view at Hatten Hotel on the 16th storey. The room was very big with 2 TVs. It was love at first sight but later on, we had to call for bath towers and the curtains did not work that I had to use the paper clips I brought for sketches to hold the curtains together. I noticed some rooms like those opposite our corridor faced the 5-metre narrow internal courtyard overlooking each other's room.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

hotel breakfast in Malacca

Breakfast at the hotel, i was very relax and calm although the place was crowded with tourists.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Norris Road in Little India

This was done in August inside the comfort of air cond car. The weather was scorching hot and humid. I think I park at the double yellow line at Norris Road in Little India. The highrise public housing at the rear and the lowrise shophouses in the front formed an interesting composition. Again, love the URA carpark sign in the sketch.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

throw back thursday

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I did a workshop on 19 March 2014 for the Urban Planning course conducted by Urban Redevelopment Authority of Singapore or URA in short. Most of the participants were architects and planners from URA, or other agencies such as National Parks, Ministry of National Development etc. It felt like home coming teaching the younger colleagues. You see, URA was my first employer after leaving School of Architecture in early 1980s. I was working as an Architect (more like Urban Designer) at the then Planning Division dealing with sensitive land use, city planning and development control projects. We met Francis Theo, another urban sketcher sketching at the same area area around Club Street and Ann Siang Hill, so I invited him to join us for the final show and tell.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Inside the coach


First sketch inside the moving coach on our way to Malacca on first weekend in December. It takes for ages to scan the Moleskine Japanese Album, will take some time to scan the whole book on sketches for the weekend trip to Malacca.

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

weekend trip to Malacca

My husband and I went to Malacca for a short weekend getaway trip. Malacca was super crowded and the traffic jam was so bad. There was no way for me to sketch the famous landmark - The Red House with the group tour but I still managed to sketch when the tour members went shopping and I stayed in the hotel room or a cafe to relax and sketch.

Saturday, December 06, 2014

Kampong Glam

So lucky! I found a car park lot, so I did a sketch at Kampong Glam last Friday. For information, It is very hard to find a vacant car park lot in this neighbourhood.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

November Sketchwalk but I am going to miss it!

For this month's sketchwalk, we will be sketching inside Chinese Gardens. Entrance is free.

Alight at Chinese Gardens MRT Station but don't wait there. Walk into the gardens. 
At 9AM, we will meet at the first high-rise Pagoda you see when you enter. (see map).
We will have a short briefing and then you are free to explore and sketch Chinese Gardens.
At 12PM sharp, please be back at the same high-rise Pagoda (I believe it is the one in the poster) where we will view everyone's drawings, and take photos etc.

If it rains, well, we will be hiding inside the Pagoda till it stops!

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Urban Sketchers: 2015 Symposium Dates Announced!

Urban Sketchers: 2015 Symposium Dates Announced!
By the Symposium Team

Singapore to host 6th International Urban Sketchers Symposium
Mark your calendars for July 22-25, 2015

Earlier this month we announced that the 6th International Urban Sketchers Symposium will take place in Singapore. Now you can mark your calendars for July 22 - 25, 2015!

The Symposium team, consisting of the Local Organizers from Urban Sketchers Singapore (Tia Boon Sim, Paul Wang, and Patrick NG) and the International Symposium Committee (Elizabeth Alley, Jason Das, Orling Dominguez, Fernanda Vaz de Campos) have started planning the event, which will be co-hosted by Temasek Polytechnic.

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Sunday, November 16, 2014

National Museum of Singapore

I was too ambitious to plan to complete the long and large Moleskine Japanese Album sketchbook. However, I enjoyed the company of sketcher friends and students from SUTD not to mention the food, drink and the chats while sketching at Food for Thought, the restaurant inside the Museum.

Monday, November 10, 2014


Started with just a few lines for the teach and sketch session on a typical shophouse facade with SUTD students for a make-up class on a Saturday morning at Chinatown. The second sketch had more details and took a longer time just before lunch.

Sunday, November 09, 2014

Anniversary Lunch at Sky 57

I finally scan and stitch this piece together. This was done at our anniversary lunch from a restaurant at 57th storey of Marina Bay Sands called "Sky 57". The public can still go up to the Sky Park - the observatory deck of Marina Bay Sands and sketch while standing. No sitting is allowed. The entry fee to the Sky Park is S$23 per person. This sketch was drawn on Moleskine Japanese Album across 9 pages. The size of each page is 9x14cm or 3.5x 5.5" per page.

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Tuesday, November 04, 2014

in the mood to create


I am so blessed! On my birthday, I suddenly had this urge to do something different, so I took a walk within the campus after a meeting. Here's my new hair-do and a new pair of glasses combing my old and new offices - School of Design and Glocal Connect Village, both in Temasek Poly. Met familiar faces along the way when I visited a few corners familiar to me - the new design block, the mural wall, western food stall, print shop, lift lobby, sculpture and the colourful GCV in that order in this visual.

For the record, I used iPhone camera and PowerPoint on my office PC to recreate the visual in 30 mins. I am quite pleased with the final result. Happy Birthday to me!

Sunday, November 02, 2014

Temasek Polytechnic


Temasek Polytechnic - the institution I work for over 23 years. Next year we are celebrating 25th anniversary so I am asked to do a piece to roll out a series of activities. I gathered a very small group of sketchers from staff, alumni and students' team and I did a sketch on top of the building.

The architect was James Stirling and Wilford. Although Jame Stirling died before the job was completed, the design won an international architectural award in his company's name. The entire campus did bear his signature to have a very geometrical site layout with the main walkway bridge framing the view of the beautiful Bedok Reservouir.

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Friday, October 31, 2014

CIrcular Road


I just scanned some sketches. I did two sketches at Circular Road sketchwalk, this one was done inside the car, in air conditioning comfort, it was too hot and humid these day. Average of 33 deg C.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

October Sketchwalk

Sketch by Parka

Meet: 9AM, Raffles City shopping centre, outside Starbucks (take exit A, go up the escalator and you are there). We will have a short briefing then start our sketchwalk:

1st location:  Raffles hotel (915AM- 10AM)
2nd location: Seah St and/or Purvis St (10AM- 11AM) 
3rd location: The National library building (11AM- 12PM) Sketch this building from a lower angle or go to a higher level and sketch what you see out the window.

End point: Gather at 12PM. Steps outside Hans cafe at the National Library building.

Timing for the locations are only a suggestion. Feel free to roam and mix it up if you wish.
Go around and explore the 127 yr old Raffles hotel inside out.
Some background info on Seah St can be found here:
If you venture to Purvis St, look out for the 74 yr old chicken rice restaurant called Yet Con.
Along North Bridge Road, say hi to our friendly art supply store, Straits Art Co.
(Thanks to George Huang for the information tips.)

Anyone one can join the sketchwalks. All skill levels welcome. Just bring your own art materials. No attendance or fees will be collected. If you are late, just follow the route and you won't miss us.

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