21 October 2019

October Sketchwalk at Our Tampines Hub

Credit: sketch by Tony Chua

Where can you find a stadium, indoor running track, sports complex, swimming pool, 5-storey library, hawker centre, shopping centre, recreation centre, playgrounds, etc. all in one place, and next to a couple of iconic mosaic playgrounds? Tampines Hub, that’s where! It’s literally a city within a city and Singapore's largest integrated community hub (https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/pm-lee-opens-our-tampines-hub-singapores-first-integrated-community-and-lifestyle-hub).

While the hub is just 2 years old after its opening in 2017, the park just next to it has some vignettes of yesteryear. Two mosaic playgrounds and an iconic sculpture call it home.

So journey to the East with us this month as we explore the new and old at Tampines!

Trivia: Did you know in the past, Tampines was spelled "Tampenis" (also "tempinis" in Malay)? The spelling was standardized as "Tampines" in 1939 (perhaps for obvious reasons), but the pronunciation remained unchanged (no, it's not pronounced as "Tam-pines"). (https://mothership.sg/2018/04/tampines-name-tampenis-spelling/)


DATE: Saturday, 26 Oct 2019

START
Time: 9:30 AM
Location: Tampines Hub (Tampines St 82 side)
(https://goo.gl/maps/wQG9RkEM6tEGDYnx6)

END
Time: 12:15 PM
Location: Tampines Hub (Tampines St 82 side)
(https://goo.gl/maps/wQG9RkEM6tEGDYnx6)


Nearest MRT: Tampines (EWL, DTL)

Note: NOT "Tampines West" or "Tampines East" on the Downtown Line. Just "Tampines"


Locations to sketch:

- Tampines Regional Library (https://www.littledayout.com/2017/08/08/tampines-library-tampines-hub-stories-beyond-books/). Great place to sketch in air-conditioned comfort.

- Tampines Hub (http://qrcgcustomers.s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/account3444219/4228001_1.pdf?0.14719489794619478)

- Tampines Central Park (with watermelon and mangosteen playgrounds and a very special sculpture!) (https://roots.sg/Content/Places/landmarks/tampines-heritage-trail-tampines-town-trail/Tampines%20Central%20Park)

Places to eat and shop:
- Many options in the hub itself and around Tampines Central

Bring:
- Hat, sunscreen if you're going to sketch the playground or outdoors. The hub itself is sheltered.

13 October 2019

Relaxing, Eating, Drinking and Sketching at Cheung Chau Island


Relax Sketching at Cheung Chau Island, Hong Kong 14 - 18 Sept 2019

My tools : Pilot 823 B nib, Pilot 823 F nib, Sailor Pen Brush, Holbien Water Brush, 
Super5 Atlantic Ink and 300gm Cold Press Watercolour Paper




Sun rise at Tung Wan Beach



View from the rooftop of Lychee Sunset Hotel


Fishing Boats



Warwick Hotel at Tung Wan


Hung Shing Temple



TV antennas


Old bayan tree by the park


Main street Cheung Chau


Happy hour


Cheung Chau Market



Hongkong International Airport

Cheung Chau Island Hong Kong - Relaxing, Eating, Drinking and Sketching


Sketching Cheung Chau Island, Hong Kong
14 to 18 Sept 2019
My tools - Pilot 823 B nib, Pilot 823 F nib, Sailor Pen Brush, Holbien Water Brush, 
Super5 Atlantic Ink and 300gm Cold Press watercolour paper.





View from the roof top of Lychee Sunset Hotel


Sun rise at Tung Wan Beach


Fishing boats





Warwick Hotel


Hung Shing Temple at Tai San Street


Old bayan tree by the park



TV antennas



Cheung Chau Main street




Happy Hour 


Cheung Chau Market


HKIA

24 September 2019

September Sketchwalk at MOE Heritage Centre

Credits: Banner photo by Favian Ee

For this month’s sketchwalk, we are going to a special location full of history and nostalgia. The Ministry of Education Heritage Centre is currently located in an old school building that still retains some of its old fittings that are characteristic of schools from the 70’s and 80’s. Come see how canteens and classrooms looked like back in the day, and sketch them before the centre moves out to their new location! There is also a museum of Singapore’s education history with many sketchable artifacts! The staff will be conducting 2 tours through the museum during the sketchwalks for groups of 15 pax each (sign up on the spot, first come first serve!). We are free to sketch inside the museum (after the tours, due to space constraints) and around the centre. Photos of the centre here

START
Time: 9:30 AM
Location: MOE Heritage Centre assembly area
402 Commonwealth Dr, Singapore 149599
6838 1614
(https://goo.gl/maps/HbH56kn8SFbjq5w38)

END
Time: 12:15 PM
Location: MOE Heritage Centre
402 Commonwealth Dr, Singapore 149599
6838 1614
(https://goo.gl/maps/HbH56kn8SFbjq5w38)

Nearest MRT: Commonwealth (EWL)

Parking is available at the centre, but HDB parking charges apply. It is $1.20 per hour, charged on a per minute basis.

Locations to sketch:
- Around the heritage centre and in the museum area

Places to eat and shop:
- Food court and eateries opposite the centre, around Commonwealth Drive and Tanglin Halt

Bring:
- insect repellant
- stools
- sunscreen

LUCKY DRAW

Don't forget to join the lucky draw contest!

16 July 2019

23 June 2019

June Sketchwalk at Jurong Lake

Credits: Banner sketch by Favian Ee

Jurong Lake Gardens is Singapore’s new national gardens in the heartlands. Covering a whopping 90 hectares, it features a glut of picturesque landscaped areas and biodiversity. Come 2021, the Chinese Garden and Japanese Garden (now closed) will join in and become part of this sprawling park. If you're wondering what's there to sketch, here are a couple of links:

- https://thesmartlocal.com/read/lakeside-garden
- https://www.nparks.gov.sg/juronglakegardens

We will be covering the north half of the gardens, down to the Forest Ramble playground next to the Chinese Garden entrance, but feel free to linger and explore the south end, or even go bowling after a hearty lunch at that unusual standalone KFC along Yung Ho Road.

START
Time: 9:30 AM
Location: Outside Fusion Spoon
(https://goo.gl/maps/GoDpBwqHtt5neAUe6)

END
Time: 12:15 PM
Location: Gateway to Chinese Garden
(https://goo.gl/maps/SdVHeHMe54mmgcyA9)

Nearest MRT: Lakeside (EWL)

Locations to sketch:
- Boardwalk
- Fusion Spoon
- Clusia Cove wet playground
- Forest Ramble playground
- White Rainbow Bridge to Chinese Garden
- Garden House
- Rasau Walk wetlands boardwalk
- People kayaking on the lake
- Much, much more!

Places to eat and shop:
- Taman Jurong Market and Food Centre
- Taman Jurong Shopping Centre
- Lakeside MRT
- Jurong Superbowl (many food options)


04 June 2019

Sign Up Now!


Urban Sketchers Singapore presents the 2019 edition of the 10x10 workshop series running globally.

The selection of workshops and list of instructors is now on USK10x10SG portal or click the photo above.

Registration opens on 6 June, so save the date in your calendar!

21 May 2019

May Sketchwalk at SOTA

Credit : Banner sketch by Benedict Tay

May sketchwalk will be in the heart of the city around Dhoby Ghaut MRT. We will meet outside the School of the Arts (SOTA). Round the corner is Selegie Road, POMO and the iconic pie-shaped Selegie Arts Centre, and across the road is the Cathay, remodelled from one of Singapore's oldest iconic cineplexes. Plaza Singapura is a short walk, which used to house Yaohan and possibly Singapore's earliest food court Doremi (now defunct), and along the way is MacDonald House, the site of one of Singapore's early terrorist attacks. Other sketchable areas nearby include Istana Park, Hotel Rendezvous, SMU, Orchard Road Presbyterian Church, Singapore National Museum, and Dhoby Ghaut Green.

May Sketchwalk on 25 May, 2019

START
Time: 9:30 AM
Location: Steps at SOTA entrance
(https://goo.gl/maps/UKXCBK9bweeo6Hux8)

END
Time: 12:15 PM
Location: Same as Starting Location.

Nearest MRT: Dhoby Ghaut (Circle Line, North-South Line, NEL)

Locations to sketch:
- SOTA
- Selegie Arts Centre
- The Cathay
- National Museum
- MacDonald House
- Dhoby Ghaut Green
- Orchard Road Presbyterian Church
- Plaza Singapura

Places to eat and shop:
- Too many to mention

21 April 2019

April Sketchwalk at Kallang Basin

Credits: sketch by Kwan Boon Choon

This month’s sketchwalk will be at a small scenic stretch of park along the banks of Rochor River and Kallang Basin with a clear view of our Stadium and waterways and the opposite bank of Tanjong Rhu. The park is situated along Republic Avenue, next to the brutalist Golden Mile Complex, also known as “Little Thailand”. Feel free to go for some mookata or Thai food after sketching!

April Sketchwalk on 27 Arpil, 2019

START
Time: 9:30 AM
Location: Park along Republic Avenue, next to Merdeka Bridge
(https://goo.gl/maps/6Ebno5JjFbUrxMnG8)

END
Time: 12:15 PM
Location: Same as Starting Location.

Nearest MRT: Nicoll Highway (Circle Line)

Locations to sketch:
- Kallang Basin
- Rochor River
- Golden Mile Complex
- Merdeka Bridge

Places to eat and shop:
- Golden Mile Complex
- Golden Mile Tower
- Kallang Wave Mall

10 April 2019

Result of March Sketchwalk



Two sketches at Sketchwalk.

It was raining cats and dogs, so I just sat there and sketched after my nice mee pok and Kopi O. Good recommendation for the noodles stall from Patrick Ng Benedict Tay Hendriko Teguh Sangkanparan and thanks Alice Lim for the popiah, all so nice. Kopi O was very good too.

Sitting there, I noticed there were so many old folks in wheel chairs or in other PMDs. The old Chinese lady on wheel chair sitting opposite us was with a sweet Malay lady, I was very sure she's a social worker or a friend. Another Malay lady came to sit with them and the old lady took out some papers from his bag. She left shortly after giving her a cheque. They had traditional breakfast (bread, egg and hot drink) in the morning and when I left, the old lady was having noodles.

So many old uncles and aunties at the coffee shop and the young ones were at the crowded food centre and market near-by.