Wednesday, May 24, 2017

May Sketchwalk at Esplanade Park

The revamped park now has a playground, interactive musical sculptures and more open connections to the Singapore River and The Padang, with lovely stepped seating by the river bank and benches facing National Gallery Singapore. You can also visit restored memorials and markers such as the Tan Kim Seng Fountain, The Cenotaph, Singapore, Indian National Army Marker and the Lim Bo Seng Memorial, amongst others.


9:30 AM
Lim Bo Seng Memorial
If you'd like to meet with the sketch leaders, they'll be here to give you a quick overview of what usually happens. If you're late, just look for random sketchers or start drawing on your own.

Tan Kim Seng Fountain
We will conclude the session by placing our works around the fountain to be enjoyed by everyone, and then snap a group photo.

See you all there!

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Aequilibrium - An Glass Art Exhibition

If you not already known, I am still working as Artist-in-Residence at Temasek Polytechnic and one of my jobs is to source for quality exhibition for our small Art Gallery @ Glocal Connect Village. With the capable Arts and Culture Team working so hard, here our team presents to you another exhibition opening this evening for a glass art display called "Aequilibrium" by Tan Sock Fong and our students. It is also the first exhibition under the new Management and a new Team under "Programmes and Services". Please come and support. The last day of exhibition will be Thursday 22 June, 2017. ALL ARE WELCOME.

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

A few 'Firsts'


Every year I will miss April sketchwalk as I attend my granddaughter's birthday celebrations in Hong Kong on 1 May. I normally don't intend to sketch in order to spend all the quality time we have with the family in Hong Kong. This year, I did three smaller sketches at the airport and one slightly bigger piece at the apartment when the girls are playing. This sketch has a few 'firsts' - My first Kuretake Zig Letter CocoIro brush pen on first generation of perfect sketchbook.

At 香港國際機場, Hong Kong International Airport

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

April Sketchwalk at Holland Village

We'll be sketching at the vibrant Holland Village this weekend. This bustling area is home to cafes before the hipster-cafe craze took over the country. Lots to see, eat and drink here which all make for great subjects in your sketches.

9:30 AM
Holland Village MRT station
Exit B – Lorong Liput
The sketch leads will be just in front of OCBC Bank, if you need an introduction to what a sketchwalk is about. Otherwise, go explore and sketch!
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12:30 PM
Lawn area in front of Park HV
This is where we will do a gallery walk by displaying everyone's pieces together for all attendees to enjoy.
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See you there!

Monday, April 17, 2017

My Art Tools


Easter Sunday checking on my old watercolour set and brushes which I neglected for a long time.

"Mi Kwang Magic Palette" made in Korea but bought in Taipei,
"Escoda Reserva Kolinsky-Tajmyr Sable Pocket Round #12" travel brush bought in Barcelona,
"Straits Art Sable" travel brush made by Ah Seng bought in Singapore Straits Art,
"Colorpro Taklon Squuirrel" rigger brush made in Japan.

I don't use these anymore, I use mainly fountain pens and synthetic water brushes for colour washes.

Sunday, April 16, 2017



Finally scan my long Concertina Sketchbook. I remember the weather was so cold that I could not feel my fingers after this sketch and the ink didn't flow well, probably frozen too. Added some colours when I felt warmer. At Shirakawa-go, world heritage site.
世界遺產合掌村 白川鄉

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Oyama Shrine in Kanazawa


170318_Oyama ShrineI was the only soul at around 7:30am when I entered the shrine compound, I could hear everything so clearly in this cold weather while sketching. I will be able to see Cherry Blossom if I stay for another week, here the red dots are Plum Blossom.

Friday, April 14, 2017

My Flickr Pro


I still have a Flickr Pro account but it is neglected for a very long time. I just scanned and uploaded my recent sketches and this is the screen shot of those sketches in collage.
Visit my flickr Pro to see more at

Looking at the sketch collage, there are wide variety of topics from landscape, building, cafe, train, exterior, interior to figurative subjects. There are ballpoint pen, fountain pen, black ink, blue ink, brown ink, watercolours, washes and brushes. There are dots, lines, shapes, colours, textures, tones etc etc. However, there is one common thing these sketches share is the fact that they are all done in ONE old stock of Moleskine A6 sketchbook, double spread.
Another common point is that they are done fairly quick from 10 to 45 minutes. Like this simple line sketch at the Bar at National University of Singapore Society (NUSS), it took probably only 20 minutes to complete, no colours and no tonal values, the lines and blacks bring out the layers and spatial quality of the sketch.

Friday, April 07, 2017

my 6th post on Instagram is a sketch

My first Instagram post was in 2011 and I only had 5 posts thus far but over 850 followers since. I am curious as I am obviously not an active user at all. However, Instagram is great for image manipulation so I took a rare moment to spice up my recent sketch and post it. You can really make a dull sketch look great on Instagram.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Shiinoki Cultural Complex at Kanazawa

I was given one-hour notice to go to Japan at 6pm on a Wednesday, next, I found myself on a 7am flight the following Thursday morning. I was told it was a one-way ticket while office was still sourcing for my returned flight. I had very little time in Japan, so every morning, I would take my breakfast at 6:30am and walked around the hotel before my official duties at 10am. I was pleasantly surprised that the hotel was located near to a beautiful park いしかわ四高記念公園, Kanazawa Castle Park and Kenrokuen

This is the Shiinoki Cultural Complex facing Hirosaka Street in Kanazawa of Ishikawa Prefecture. The big dome-shaped grand chinquapin (shiinoki) trees at the main entrance were propped up by wooden poles. They are really good in preserving the old heritage trees.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Sungei Road Thief Market

Sungei Road Thief Market will soon be gone by July 2017. You can read about it here.

Whether you call it thief market or flea market, it is undeniably important part of Singapore's history. My uncles would come all the way from Johor, Malaysia to source for the parts that he wanted and brought back to repair his fridges or fans or even cars.

On this sketch, I thought it was important to sketch the context too, so, I chose a view to include Sim Lim Tower and Rochor Centre which will be demolished soon. You can see my sketch of Rochor Centre here.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Wheeler's Yard

I was with the students for the visit to Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall in the morning since 10am followed by Balestier Heritage Trail in the afternoon. So I was really tired when it ended at around 5pm. I refused to go home to rest as I was so near to Wheeler's Yard; a hippest cafe housed in a massive warehouse at Lorong Ampas just a stone throw away from Zhongsan Mall when I parked my car. I decided to check it out and I found myself sketching over a cup of strong long black and a small plate of black pepper lime squids at Wheeler's Yard. I knew the staff were standing behind watching me sketch since the cafe was quite empty at that time of the day. As I prepared to leave, they requested to have a closer look at my sketchbook and took a picture of the cafe sketch. I should have taken a group photo with them holding the sketch but I forgot.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

March Sketchwalk at Sungei Road

We will be swarming down to this crossroads of curious finds on Saturday to sketch it before the many peddlers are forced to move away from this local bastion of pre-loved goods.

While the focus will be the criss-cross of the makeshift stalls, the vicinity has much to capture, including the old Muslim Cemetery at Jalan Kubor, the revamped Rochor River, and the vibrant streets of Little India and Kampong Glam.

3:00 pm
Pitt St x Sungei Road junction

06:00 pm
Blk 30 Kelantan Lane
We'll meet at the back of this block in the shade it will provide.

Remember to have sun protection and water with you to stay hydrated. See you there!

Monday, March 20, 2017

Sketching in the Plane


On my way back from Nagoya to Singapore. It's a 380, very spacious cabin but I was stuck at window seat sitting next to two Japanese ladies for 6 hours. Did a sketch to kill boredom.

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Dakota Crescent

Dakota Crescent is older than Singapore. It was built by Singapore Improvement Trust (SIT) in 1958 and handed over to Housing and Development Board (HDB) in 1960. The name Dakota was taken from the American transport aircraft Dakota DC-3, which commonly landed at Kallang Airport before it was closed. The name Dakota could also commemorate the aviation disaster of June 29, 1946, when one of the Royal Air Force's Dakota aircraft crashed at Kallang Airport in a thunderstorm, killing all passengers on board. Anyway, its days are numbered too. It is to be demolished and make way for new development. You can read all about it here

The playground seen in the sketch which I cropped on the left is also iconic. It was called the Dove Playground designed by a very senior HDB architect in 1979. The same architect also designed the other iconic playgrounds in Singapore - the Dragon playground in Toa Payoh. I sketched it here. The Dove Playground will be demolished too but the Dragon Playground will remain.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

February Sketchwalk

The lights have already gone out on this 59-year-old enclave of Singapore Improvement Trust (SIT) flats built before our island nation became independent.

This is a final chance to capture the modernist architecture of the estate, albeit vacant and in a state of abandon, silent except for gawking visitors.

We will rendezvous at the playground, from where you can spread out and explore the neighbourhood.

9:30 AM

12:30 PM

Dakota Crescent Playground
Block 10 Dakota Crescent
Singapore 390010
*we will both start and end here

Dress for the weather. See you there!

Sunday, February 19, 2017

It's a Wrap for Term 4

I taught two classes of Early Childhood Studies and these students were very responsive. Teaching tip: one of my rules set up on day one with the classes is "if you find my lessons boring, please pretend to be enthusiastic, I need you to motivate me too!".

Sunday, February 05, 2017

Thursday, January 26, 2017

January Sketchwalk

It's the first sketchwalk of 2017, and also the first day to usher in the Year of the Rooster!

We're going to Chinatown, and will be starting from the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum, and ending at Chinatown Point. Along the way, while the streets and business might be quiet, there's still plenty to draw, especially the conserved shophouses with decorations put up for the Lunar New Year.


Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum
9:30 am

Chinatown Point
12:30 pm

This session is kindly led by Pocholo. See you there!

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Punggol Sketchwalk

HDB has been a long time partner with Urban Sketchers Singapore with several collaborative projects. This latest one we participated in the official opening of Punggol Square the Discovery Cube overlooking the gorgeous Punggol Waterway waterfront. Minister Teo Chee Hean graced the occasion and we hosted him at our USKSG exhibition booth.