SIMLIM SQUARE

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

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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…

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

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…

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

Morning Coffee with Neighbour at Shunfu Market

10 Feb

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Sketched this group of breakfast friends at Shunfu Market while chatting with a neighbour . The Chinese New Year  buntings are very much  a tradition in most food places during this period, for at least up to the 15th of the  first Lunar month.