Boon Keng Mrt Vicinity ..sharing an act for us to follow.

10 Mar



There are some people who deserves our admiration and emulation. So much talk about  reuse, recycle and reduce, but this old lady actually lives by these simple ideals.

While having my coffee in a food centre just outside the Boon Keng MRT station, I  was attracted to this old lady’s makeshift collection of used  boxes and cartons and decided to sketch it.

She probably make a decent living  selling these  cartons  she collects daily and she deserves  our commendation.

We should be thankful for such environment friendly practice, and perhaps do something positive ourselves.


Harmonicas in Chong Pang Village.. 9 Mar 2017

9 Mar

On my second visit to this quaint HDB town, I searched and finally found some China made harmonicas in Chong Pang Village. Bought this Swan (Blues Power) Harmonica for a mere $6.50…. A pocket  piece of musical instrument for me to play and relax……certainly an unbelievably fantastic bargain… sketch includes this happy purchase from  a little sports and guitar shop(Hong Tat Sport Shop) in Chong Pang Village.

Tried out the instrument, it worked like a charm, comparable to the $60, made in Germany  one. So very happy with it.


8 Mar

A kind passerby took interest in my sketching and became friends……. my sketching of two smokers enjoying their nicotine fix outside this electronics shopping mall. Photos by courtesy of Josh Irving..whom I met there and who was so kind to contribute the shots.

Chong Pang Village,Sembawang, Singapore

1 Mar

Often times the places I visit offer special opportunities to satisfy my quest for that something special, not necessarily for shopping or sight seeing. This time at this quaint place in modern Singapore, Chong Pang Village, I came here to look for  an old China brand of harmonica with the name Butterfly. I found a small music shop here, selling mostly guitars and backpacks and some harmonicas. Yes they have the brand I was looking for, and another called Swan. The Butterfly harmonicas are recent ones, not unsold old time items. Too new for me. Gave them a pass.

They  I came across  several old hardware stores. Approached them and asked for old carpenter rulers. They were  helpful and lamented that they are no longer available.

Ended my quest with a walk around the busy market and food  stalls. Had my morning coffee and did a sketch to mark my  visit.

Vintage Carpenter Ruler

20 Feb

It was just plain luck that I literally bumped into what I was interested to acquire.

The carpenter ruler holds a special place in my childhood. Father used it for his work, but I couldnt locate his ruler for many years since his passing. Now I found one, a new one  left unsold in the hardware shop for many years!! And I paid only $18.00 for it. A bargain. The seller is an old person who used to have his shop at Sungei Road, started in 1942 but now relocated to SimLim Towers.

Turtle Soup at Jalan Berseh Hawker Centre

20 Feb


This soup stall here is a popular one, selling all types of herbal soup, from pig organs, black chicken, turtle, mutton etc. I ordered the black chicken soup for $6.20 with yam rice. And the  more exotic one is the turtle soup at $17.20, for  a serving for two.

A young family shared the table with me.  They got interested in my sketching and chatted with me and became friends.


Friends of Sungei Buloh: in the new Rooster Year Lo-hei and Mangrove Tree Planting at the new Junior Wetlands

12 Feb

Welcoming the new Lunar Year with Friends of Sungei Buloh. After the traditional Lo-hei, the delicious vegetarian salad  was a great start to good nature practice, followed by  mangrove tree planti…

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