Walls painted indoors

This page showcases some of the indoor walls I did starting with one at the living hall of a HDB apartment. This was done prior to CNY in 2017, Jan/Feb.

View of Arles from the fields - My version of the one done by Vincent Van Gogh's Vue d'Arles in a living room which also doubles as the dining room.  Never one to just sit around and do nothing. My mind is always busy thinking and wanting to do something with my hands and I must also be in the right mood and be inspired to do at that point in time.  But once I start, I do not stop.  This took me just two days to finish over one weekend.  It's doing them quickly setting a target timeline for myself that is adding to my confidence and I dare say I am a speed painter (LoL).  This kind of practice and exercise is good whenever I have back to back projects or when I am given short notice to complete the work. 

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 How the wall looks from a distance in the living room. 

How the wall looks from a distance in the living room. 

 Year: 2014 2 weekends.   Valkommen till Stockholm!  This was done in my son's bedroom.  To complete the wall, I painted another image on the right. I envisioned myself sitting in a bedroom in a ship that the Scandinavians are famed for, sipping a big cup of coffee looking out at sea and the buildings along the coast and shoreline.  It brings back memories of my stay there and also for my son who worked there as part of student exchange program.  This wall became a talking point each new year when his friends come to visit.  The bricks were also added giving it a kind of grunge look and feel to a room in the cafe. 

Year: 2014 2 weekends. 

Valkommen till Stockholm!  This was done in my son's bedroom.  To complete the wall, I painted another image on the right. I envisioned myself sitting in a bedroom in a ship that the Scandinavians are famed for, sipping a big cup of coffee looking out at sea and the buildings along the coast and shoreline.  It brings back memories of my stay there and also for my son who worked there as part of student exchange program.  This wall became a talking point each new year when his friends come to visit.  The bricks were also added giving it a kind of grunge look and feel to a room in the cafe. 

 Location : Marine Blue, Katong, Singapore. Duration: 2 days. March 2018.  Dimensions: 4 ft x 9 ft  The rooftop was converted into a garden and was specially landscaped to create a space where the family and friends can hang out and relax in. The owner wanted greenery to blend in with the surrounding plants.  I then thought of my parrots that I did at Chip Bee and added cuckatoos and parrots. It took me 2 days over the weekend. The wall was of rough texture and although the weather was good, the sun was mercilessly hot in the afternoon.  

Location : Marine Blue, Katong, Singapore. Duration: 2 days. March 2018.  Dimensions: 4 ft x 9 ft

The rooftop was converted into a garden and was specially landscaped to create a space where the family and friends can hang out and relax in. The owner wanted greenery to blend in with the surrounding plants.  I then thought of my parrots that I did at Chip Bee and added cuckatoos and parrots. It took me 2 days over the weekend. The wall was of rough texture and although the weather was good, the sun was mercilessly hot in the afternoon.  

 A closer look at the details 

A closer look at the details 

 Before and After. 

Before and After. 

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 "The Future of Us" This was done  February 2016 right after the Holland V project in 2016 at a residence in Sembawang.  Dimensions: 3x4 feet within 7 hours in one day.  The owner of the house honoured Lee Kuan Yew so much that he wanted to remember him by in his home which is used as a training ground for his staff. The wall was rough and I had to ensure that the Chinese characters look passable...and also in the right proportions. 

"The Future of Us" This was done  February 2016 right after the Holland V project in 2016 at a residence in Sembawang.  Dimensions: 3x4 feet within 7 hours in one day.  The owner of the house honoured Lee Kuan Yew so much that he wanted to remember him by in his home which is used as a training ground for his staff. The wall was rough and I had to ensure that the Chinese characters look passable...and also in the right proportions. 

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 Yang Language School, The GrandStand, Bukit Timah.  This was done in May 2016 and is a commissioned work for a school that specialises in the Chinese Language.  It took me two weekends or 4 full days to finish this.  It was the first time painting animals and for a school for me. From bottom left: first wall on the left as you walk into the room. Top - main longer wall facing you as you walk in, and bottom right: the middle wall where the bookshelf will cover the rocks in the middle under the window. 

Yang Language School, The GrandStand, Bukit Timah.  This was done in May 2016 and is a commissioned work for a school that specialises in the Chinese Language.  It took me two weekends or 4 full days to finish this.  It was the first time painting animals and for a school for me. From bottom left: first wall on the left as you walk into the room. Top - main longer wall facing you as you walk in, and bottom right: the middle wall where the bookshelf will cover the rocks in the middle under the window. 

 I enjoyed this work very much as I put myself in the children's shoes as to how they would react to seeing such animals (big and small) on the wall right where they are as they sit down in the little room during one of their reading sessions. 

I enjoyed this work very much as I put myself in the children's shoes as to how they would react to seeing such animals (big and small) on the wall right where they are as they sit down in the little room during one of their reading sessions. 

 At the other opposite wall facing the first one, I added different animals of which I find the panda is quite cute and endearing and much liked by children. 

At the other opposite wall facing the first one, I added different animals of which I find the panda is quite cute and endearing and much liked by children. 

 My other favourite image was the cheetah and her cubs.  Although they are predators, I wanted to portray the cheetah family equivalent to that of the human family in that the mother is ever protective of her young ones.  

My other favourite image was the cheetah and her cubs.  Although they are predators, I wanted to portray the cheetah family equivalent to that of the human family in that the mother is ever protective of her young ones.  

 The sketch that I did while I was on a painting trip in Athens, Greece.  It was on a morning in Athens and I had some time so did this to send to the client prior to starting as soon as I got back. 

The sketch that I did while I was on a painting trip in Athens, Greece.  It was on a morning in Athens and I had some time so did this to send to the client prior to starting as soon as I got back. 

 BANDA goes Digital! Year / Month 2017 April/May. An ad-hoc request from the Chairman of the Residents' Committee in Chinatown to have this entire room painted.  This was part of a community project to become an IT room where the seniors can go and have their IT lessons and upgrade themselves using the iPads and laptops available.  They wanted the room to look as if they are looking out at a park with people sitting and lying around,.  It was quite an experience for me and as usual, since it's part of the Tanjong Pagar constituency before, that I added the same couple that I did on the 'waterfall' wall outside where the airwell was. 

BANDA goes Digital! Year / Month 2017 April/May. An ad-hoc request from the Chairman of the Residents' Committee in Chinatown to have this entire room painted.  This was part of a community project to become an IT room where the seniors can go and have their IT lessons and upgrade themselves using the iPads and laptops available.  They wanted the room to look as if they are looking out at a park with people sitting and lying around,.  It was quite an experience for me and as usual, since it's part of the Tanjong Pagar constituency before, that I added the same couple that I did on the 'waterfall' wall outside where the airwell was. 

 An Indian couple sitting by the pond where the swans are.  Singapore is diverse in its ethnicity and people from all races are featured here enjoying the space and nature that we have in this country. 

An Indian couple sitting by the pond where the swans are.  Singapore is diverse in its ethnicity and people from all races are featured here enjoying the space and nature that we have in this country. 

 A metaphor of myself as a child during my childhood. I remember those days, there was lots of space to run around, and those were carefree days  indeed. Oh! How I miss them! 

A metaphor of myself as a child during my childhood. I remember those days, there was lots of space to run around, and those were carefree days  indeed. Oh! How I miss them! 

 Hummingbirds are colourful and lively and just love their vibrant colours. 

Hummingbirds are colourful and lively and just love their vibrant colours. 

 And so are butterflies which I have added like 20 of them all over...

And so are butterflies which I have added like 20 of them all over...

 The second section and part of the first wall.  Even the power charging stations were not spared and had to be painted over. When you got carried away with the colors and the texturing, you begin to add more and at one time, I thought I would not stop...

The second section and part of the first wall.  Even the power charging stations were not spared and had to be painted over. When you got carried away with the colors and the texturing, you begin to add more and at one time, I thought I would not stop...

 The iconic cat again - a Must-Have on all my walls somehow. 

The iconic cat again - a Must-Have on all my walls somehow. 

 Not only diversity in races, but also the young and old and their pets can enjoy the space and the beauty of nature together.

Not only diversity in races, but also the young and old and their pets can enjoy the space and the beauty of nature together.

 Before and After - transformation of the first wall

Before and After - transformation of the first wall

 There was much work in terms of texturing here but I just loved doing it layer upon layer upon layer...In order to get this effect, I had to paint like 4 x over...

There was much work in terms of texturing here but I just loved doing it layer upon layer upon layer...In order to get this effect, I had to paint like 4 x over...

 Doves and other birds were painted above in the sky.  Wanted the person/s in the room to have an overall feeling of freedom creating a stress-less environment where they are in. 

Doves and other birds were painted above in the sky.  Wanted the person/s in the room to have an overall feeling of freedom creating a stress-less environment where they are in. 

 An overview / pano view of the room which shows up to the second last wall. A request was made to paint the sky for the entire ceiling as well but that didn't materialise due to time constraint. 

An overview / pano view of the room which shows up to the second last wall. A request was made to paint the sky for the entire ceiling as well but that didn't materialise due to time constraint. 

 SuperCuts, 191 Thomson Road.  The entrance to the Salon I ended the year 2017 with this project. 

SuperCuts, 191 Thomson Road.  The entrance to the Salon I ended the year 2017 with this project. 

 The waiting area which you can see as soon as you step into the shop. 

The waiting area which you can see as soon as you step into the shop. 

 The first sketch that I did for the waiting area was that of an impressionist painting by Monet after I saw this work during the Impressionist Exhibition at the Art Museum. 

The first sketch that I did for the waiting area was that of an impressionist painting by Monet after I saw this work during the Impressionist Exhibition at the Art Museum. 

 But it became this after the owner wanted a path that leads to somewhere and nowhere in the woods...

But it became this after the owner wanted a path that leads to somewhere and nowhere in the woods...

 Details...

Details...

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 The second wall at the washing area as it was before...

The second wall at the washing area as it was before...

 After - at the washing area. Hopefully the customers can stare and admire the details on the wall while having their hair washed. 

After - at the washing area. Hopefully the customers can stare and admire the details on the wall while having their hair washed. 

 The sketch of the second wall at the washing area. Notice the retro style with the staff wearing uniforms and how hair was permed those days as I remember it when I accompanied my mom to the hair salon then. 

The sketch of the second wall at the washing area. Notice the retro style with the staff wearing uniforms and how hair was permed those days as I remember it when I accompanied my mom to the hair salon then. 

 After the wall facing the washing area where you get your hair washed

After the wall facing the washing area where you get your hair washed

 Enchanted Cafe, 88 Rangoon Road #01-04, Singapore 218374 Date/Year: 25 February 2017  Duration: Done in just 2 days. This was the other cafe apart from the one at Lorong Mambong.

Enchanted Cafe, 88 Rangoon Road #01-04, Singapore 218374 Date/Year: 25 February 2017

Duration: Done in just 2 days. This was the other cafe apart from the one at Lorong Mambong.

 Lorong Mambong, Holland Village Duration: 2.5 days  My very first commission for a cafe! 

Lorong Mambong, Holland Village Duration: 2.5 days  My very first commission for a cafe! 

 Right at the entrance is this Vespa scooter that was reminiscent of the '60s and '70s. I thought it befitting that this should be included as the look and feel was quite retro given that the color is in black and white with a tinge of yellow as requested by the client. 

Right at the entrance is this Vespa scooter that was reminiscent of the '60s and '70s. I thought it befitting that this should be included as the look and feel was quite retro given that the color is in black and white with a tinge of yellow as requested by the client. 

 The various liquors they serve. I took  the actual bottles as reference. 

The various liquors they serve. I took  the actual bottles as reference. 

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 The entire wall in monochrome with a tinge  of yellow for the lights.

The entire wall in monochrome with a tinge  of yellow for the lights.

 The handwritten menu on the wall with the daily offers. 

The handwritten menu on the wall with the daily offers. 

 It was quite a challenge to draw all those figures of people chilling and dining al fresco.

It was quite a challenge to draw all those figures of people chilling and dining al fresco.

Mothering Autism

Location: 1 Lorong Batawi, Singapore.  Duration: 5.5 days  

Dates: August 9, 10, 11, 12, 18, 19  Year : 2018.  

Dimensions:  Wall A= 9m x 2m, Wall B= 8.3m x 2.4m, Wall C = 15m x 0.8m, Wall D=1.85m x 0.8m.

When I was first asked to do this, I felt compelled to do it cos I am first and foremost, a mother and knows how parents feel when a child has such special needs. I went down and saw the wall and decided to do not one, but continue onto the next and realised there are actually three and a half walls in total -- the second runs continuously toward the smaller road which leads to the entrance of the building. 

Both brother and sister wanted to open another venue for parents and their children providing them with therapy, help the child be trained, get an education as they could not fit into the 'normal' schools and eventually, be able to fend for themselves when they become adults. As there are not many such private institutions where there are experienced teachers, the opening of this school speaks volumes of the want and necessity.  I do not have the figures of how many children there are in Singapore but I really wanted to do my part this way and as best as I know how. 

Besides children, he also rescued two abandoned dogs and an old retired police dog.  Hence their faces on the third wall. 

I chose images that are endearing and display a mother's deep love for her child regardless...their love is truly unconditional.  These are images that speak and shout of Hope, Support and Perseverance, and never ending Love. 

The owner's love for the dogs is unconditional, and so is a parent's love for their child.  This wall has many metaphors that are meaningful to the owner as well as me. There are just too many things that happened during the days that seem miraculous, unexplained and not mere coincidences.  As you browse the pictures, you will see what I mean...Below are a few and they are not in order of occurrences...Not sure if they can be considered as miracles but it's just the timing too for some of these happenings that seem to fall into place and somehow looks as if it's meant to be...The coming together of all into these 5 and a half days! Hard to believe but true and I had to quickly put these down to words before I forget. 

1 - Good, fine weather with no rain throughout the 5.5 days from Aug 9-19 except that it rained for just 10 mins on Aug 18 and I was praying to the One up there to hold it till after the project. On the last day, August 19 - it started to rain only AFTER we finished in the early evening. 

2 - Samaritan #1 - Mr Lee, the contractor who provided the big umbrella as shelter cos the sun is just too hot and I nearly got sun burnt in both shoulders.  It's hard to view the references under the hot sun too.

3. Samaritan #2 - Karen -- one of many friends I made -- who bought us cooling drinks and snacks which serve as a good respite for a short while. 

4 - This building sits right smack at the cross road giving it lots of attention and exposure to the public and traffic.  Each time I paint on the first wall, I hear cars honking asking those in front to move cos it's really a traffic stopper seeing me in action! 

5 - The timing of the Chinese program 'Morning Express' coincided with the commencement of this project and the crew came down and started filming for three days. 

6 - One of the ladies who walked by on Sunday morning happened to have the same Chinese name as my sister Poh Gek and what's funny is she has the same Chinese name as me ie. Poh Choo!  Now how often do you get this type of coincidences? 

7 - Brandon's ex-colleague lives a few houses away and Lawrence, her father came by and talked to us earlier.  It's been some time since they kept in touch! 

8 - On Day 1 - there is this lady who came and bought us and the crew egg tarts! There was a feeling of community or kampung feel as the people gathered around and created a buzz as this is probably the first time they encountered a mural. She is known as the 'egg-tart' lady.  We met her again on Day 2 and 3 again as she was passing by.  She said she had to stop by the wall each time she walks by. 

9 - Day 1 - the first passerby was interviewed by the crew as she was appreciating the work on the tree on second wall.  I was inspired to paint the leaves downwards from the tree which is believed to be a mango tree (but no fruits).  I was wondering what to add on the wall and as I looked up, it seemed the leaves were talking and telling me to paint them! Wisdom from above! 

10 - Sunflowers were also ad hoc and painted there and then giving a message of Hope. Hope for him, for them, for me, for all of us... It was also Vincent Van Gogh's favourite flower and yellow was also his fav color. There are hints of impressionism here featuring his works.  I also subtlely added swirls to the clouds. 

11 - The third wall where the dogs are - also added there and then and again, inspiration hit me and something tells me to do a French landscape with Arles as a reference and adding the cypresses making me go back to when I was last there this April.  Missing the tranquility and peace the place offers...

12 - Samaritan I#3 - Brandon Liu owner of Autism21 - he made sure I had enough water to hydrate and constantly checked on me and also assisted with the washing of the brushes, filling of paint onto the palette, etc. He also transported me on the first day with all that paint, and even provided lunch. 

13 - Meeting Heizi the German Shepherd who was brought over and seeing him up close made me felt a bit emotional as I tell myself that even for animals, they do have feelings and they feel the pain of old age.  Likewise for humans, we grow old too and he is fortunate to have his owner take care of him. When I first saw him on the floor, I was awed by this beautiful animal. 

14 - This Indian art teacher whose son is ADHD and was walking by and she remarked she could use this place for such kids too.

15 - Last but not least, I was amazed that I was able to accomplish this within a week! I thought at first with two walls, I estimated to finish in two days and with 3.5 long walls, it stretched a little longer than targeted.  I am grateful for health, strength, support from all, and wisdom! 

I see images of love and more love each day and this will forever be etched in my mind...

I hope the viewer will feel the same way and a sense of not only a mother's love but love for all including animals too from this work and their hearts touched.  I trust this brings them back to the time when they were young and when their parents were still around. And for those whose parents (and pets and those dear to them) are still around, treasure them and spend time with them whenever and wherever you are.  We never know how much we missed them until they passed on. 

Life is indeed fleeting and another message from the wall is to always remember to express our love to our family members not only in action but in words too. 

Much love and peace to all families.  

 

 After - Bringing LIFE to an otherwise empty wall

After - Bringing LIFE to an otherwise empty wall

 The first wall facing the main road (Upper Serangoon Road). Before - as it was...

The first wall facing the main road (Upper Serangoon Road). Before - as it was...

 The filming begins! They came very early to my place around 6 am and started filming all the way through till mid afternoon.

The filming begins! They came very early to my place around 6 am and started filming all the way through till mid afternoon.

 A closer look of a sketch of the first wall. After outlining and before the colours are added.

A closer look of a sketch of the first wall. After outlining and before the colours are added.

 Taking shape...

Taking shape...

 Adding another mother and child on the first wall. This was ad hoc and not intended but because the wall is long that I had to populate it more besides just flowers and plants. A lot of thought were put into plotting the images, and composition and positioning of the images. Some had to be corrected and retouched.

Adding another mother and child on the first wall. This was ad hoc and not intended but because the wall is long that I had to populate it more besides just flowers and plants. A lot of thought were put into plotting the images, and composition and positioning of the images. Some had to be corrected and retouched.

 As seen from across the road. I had to cross the road and stand by the divider in order to take progress pics like this during the process

As seen from across the road. I had to cross the road and stand by the divider in order to take progress pics like this during the process

 This is how the thought and inspiration flows when you are at the site! Where the door is, added the butterflies.

This is how the thought and inspiration flows when you are at the site! Where the door is, added the butterflies.

 From another angle to include the butterflies and the cat.

From another angle to include the butterflies and the cat.

 A touch of Van Gogh (since 2013 at MacPherson).

A touch of Van Gogh (since 2013 at MacPherson).

 The ladies I met on Sunday morning - Poh Gek is third from the left. Her Chinese name is the same as my sister's, and her sister's Chinese name is the same as mine! She is also inspired to take up drawing/sketching. For cat / feline lovers -- The cat was added.

The ladies I met on Sunday morning - Poh Gek is third from the left. Her Chinese name is the same as my sister's, and her sister's Chinese name is the same as mine! She is also inspired to take up drawing/sketching. For cat / feline lovers -- The cat was added.

 Karen who is inspired to take up the brush!

Karen who is inspired to take up the brush!

 It was nice to be appreciated by passers-by like this lady who lived around the corner. Art, like music, brings people together!

It was nice to be appreciated by passers-by like this lady who lived around the corner. Art, like music, brings people together!

 Must add the cat in all my walls...And this time, also the butterflies fluttering around..

Must add the cat in all my walls...And this time, also the butterflies fluttering around..

 The filming continues onto the second wall as I did the faces...

The filming continues onto the second wall as I did the faces...

 Wall 2 - The owner and partner of Threesixzero Productions came down personally came down to see the progress.

Wall 2 - The owner and partner of Threesixzero Productions came down personally came down to see the progress.

 Mother and child done. well almost but because of time contraint, I had to do a quick draft first and move on to the next image.

Mother and child done. well almost but because of time contraint, I had to do a quick draft first and move on to the next image.

 Filming continues each time I paint something new. Next is the sunflower.

Filming continues each time I paint something new. Next is the sunflower.

 interview indoors during lunch break. The entire video and interview will be screened on Channel 8 soon...

interview indoors during lunch break. The entire video and interview will be screened on Channel 8 soon...

 After sketching the faces and the sunflowers, I was thinking what to add to the wall. As I looked up, it seemed the leaves were asking to be painted. Viola!

After sketching the faces and the sunflowers, I was thinking what to add to the wall. As I looked up, it seemed the leaves were asking to be painted. Viola!

 Hints of Van Gogh on second wall as well. Sunflowers signify Hope and they face the parent and the child here. I only added the sound of 3 in Cantonese means Life. To give this child a chance in Life.

Hints of Van Gogh on second wall as well. Sunflowers signify Hope and they face the parent and the child here. I only added the sound of 3 in Cantonese means Life. To give this child a chance in Life.

 Smaller sunflowers were added on Day 5 to complement the Big ones.

Smaller sunflowers were added on Day 5 to complement the Big ones.

 The third wall leading to the entrance gate and facing Lorong Batawi

The third wall leading to the entrance gate and facing Lorong Batawi

 Day 2 - Filming continues - I had to skip and start drawing the dogs.

Day 2 - Filming continues - I had to skip and start drawing the dogs.

 It was a sunny day and it gets really hot around noon. Mr Lee, the kind contractor donated this lovely umbrella to shield not only me but the dog it seems! Miracle one - Umbrella provided by a Samaritan. It got moved around each time I inch to another spot.

It was a sunny day and it gets really hot around noon. Mr Lee, the kind contractor donated this lovely umbrella to shield not only me but the dog it seems! Miracle one - Umbrella provided by a Samaritan. It got moved around each time I inch to another spot.

 Sweet, Adorable Emma.

Sweet, Adorable Emma.

 Missing the French landscape and so I was inspired to add the cypresses. VG added these in his paintings as he saw beauty in such in nature.

Missing the French landscape and so I was inspired to add the cypresses. VG added these in his paintings as he saw beauty in such in nature.

 The rescued dogs from left Dobbie, (stray mongrel), adorable Emma ( abandoned three-legged) and Heizi (German Shepherd)

The rescued dogs from left Dobbie, (stray mongrel), adorable Emma ( abandoned three-legged) and Heizi (German Shepherd)

 Miracle No. 2 - Samaritan Karen whose bubbly and happy-go-lucky personality makes us smile on a hot day! She brought drinks and cooking snacks for us on Day 2. The handsome guy who took the wife is none other than Brandon who is the overlooking the operations of the therapy centre.

Miracle No. 2 - Samaritan Karen whose bubbly and happy-go-lucky personality makes us smile on a hot day! She brought drinks and cooking snacks for us on Day 2. The handsome guy who took the wife is none other than Brandon who is the overlooking the operations of the therapy centre.

 Walking down to the third wall from this angle...Hints of Van Gogh in the sky and trees/landcape. They say all dogs go to heaven...when they die...

Walking down to the third wall from this angle...Hints of Van Gogh in the sky and trees/landcape. They say all dogs go to heaven...when they die...

 Thankful also to Mr Lee the contractor for providing the planks to stand on as there is no solid ground at Wall 3! I fell into the drain while standing on something that's made of mesh and not stable but luckily the drain was not deep!

Thankful also to Mr Lee the contractor for providing the planks to stand on as there is no solid ground at Wall 3! I fell into the drain while standing on something that's made of mesh and not stable but luckily the drain was not deep!

 But I still prefer Emma followed by Heizi and Dobbie...while Mr Lee stood by Heizi.

But I still prefer Emma followed by Heizi and Dobbie...while Mr Lee stood by Heizi.

 Samaritan Mr Lee standing by his favourite dog, Heizi (a German Shepherd from China). The name means Black Child in Chinese. Heizi was the first batch of dogs from China sent here for training. They only service for like 5 years after which they are up for adoption or euthanised! But Heizi is 13 dog years and that makes him a grandpa now ie. 91 human years old. He had to wear diapers, had bad arthritis and could not walk well. Hence he is always lying down and we just do not know for how long he is going to be around so the owner Brandon continues to spend time with him while he can.

Samaritan Mr Lee standing by his favourite dog, Heizi (a German Shepherd from China). The name means Black Child in Chinese. Heizi was the first batch of dogs from China sent here for training. They only service for like 5 years after which they are up for adoption or euthanised! But Heizi is 13 dog years and that makes him a grandpa now ie. 91 human years old. He had to wear diapers, had bad arthritis and could not walk well. Hence he is always lying down and we just do not know for how long he is going to be around so the owner Brandon continues to spend time with him while he can.

 The last wall which had to be painted against all odds...

The last wall which had to be painted against all odds...

 The last wall that I did only on the last day. Photo Credit: Brandon Liu

The last wall that I did only on the last day. Photo Credit: Brandon Liu

 The entire Wall 3 including the last one so you can see the extent of the length...

The entire Wall 3 including the last one so you can see the extent of the length...

 With the cat for company, they won't be so lonely...Batawi as I have called christened it the mascot of Lorong Batawi. Batawi was former name of Batavia the colonial name of Jakarta. Betawi people are an Austonesian ethnic group native to the city of Jakarta.

With the cat for company, they won't be so lonely...Batawi as I have called christened it the mascot of Lorong Batawi. Batawi was former name of Batavia the colonial name of Jakarta. Betawi people are an Austonesian ethnic group native to the city of Jakarta.

 After the planks were removed and when I went back to touch up, I had to stand in the drain to do the job.  I have learnt a lesson well that when the drain is not deep, you don’t need a plank!

After the planks were removed and when I went back to touch up, I had to stand in the drain to do the job. I have learnt a lesson well that when the drain is not deep, you don’t need a plank!

 The finished First Wall

The finished First Wall

 Images of the three walls taken during sunset. Photo credit - Chiou Niing.

Images of the three walls taken during sunset. Photo credit - Chiou Niing.

 Here's really looking at you! A closer look at BATAWI. I just love painting them on walls where the public can interact with them as they pass by. Note the texture created by the wall.

Here's really looking at you! A closer look at BATAWI. I just love painting them on walls where the public can interact with them as they pass by. Note the texture created by the wall.

FOR THE LOVE OF UBIN

Location : The Living Fisher Village, Pulau Ubin (otherwise known as Ah Kok's house)

Duration: 1 month

It was my second time there but FIRST in really going over to the house where the resident lives.  This visit last year was a collaboration with Artsolute which runs a community project in line with Pesta Ubin to give awareness to the mainlanders and outsiders of the beauty of this island that still has its old kampong charm.   As I just finished my project in Chinatown, I figured the timing was right for another project and had always been curious about this island.  

The wall was not originally the intended project but as we went along talking with the residents that Terence Tan (who is the head coordinating this project) mentioned to me that I could do the wall at Ah Kok's house which was about 20-30 minutes walk from the entrance of the island and roughly about 8-10 minutes by bicycle. 

As I had not ridden on a bike for some years since the accident, I told myself I just had to get on to riding it again.  There were helpers who assisted to meet me at the entrance on Day 1 and also sweet Jodie who helped carried my haversack on her bag.  We settled for the duo bike as I wasn't confident enough to ride on my own.  

When I started with the wall, I realised then I had to ride on my own on days when there was no one around and I did not want to depend on anyone for help.  I then resolved and picked up the courage and rode the bike on my own the remaining days I was there till the end of the project.  Without this experience, I won't know when I would be able to ride the bike again and I am thankful that this happened. 

 

 

 

 

 Can you feel the happiness and a feeling of accomplishment here that I finally got to ride on the bike all the way to the house? This pic was taken the first day I became independent on the bike! 

Can you feel the happiness and a feeling of accomplishment here that I finally got to ride on the bike all the way to the house? This pic was taken the first day I became independent on the bike! 

 And so the work began and I started off by first washing off the grime off the old rusted wall that's made of aluminium and the surface was jagged and undulating so it was pretty challenging to paint on such a surface.  I took a pic of the mother's face from one of the pictures hanging in their rooms and I chose this one cos she was smiling and wanted to keep her spirit alive by portraying her as being eternally happy. 

And so the work began and I started off by first washing off the grime off the old rusted wall that's made of aluminium and the surface was jagged and undulating so it was pretty challenging to paint on such a surface.  I took a pic of the mother's face from one of the pictures hanging in their rooms and I chose this one cos she was smiling and wanted to keep her spirit alive by portraying her as being eternally happy. 

 Ah Ma looking out of the window from inside which is like a hall where the guests sit.  It is a large  living space where the kayakers and visitors sit and hang around and have their meals there. Behind her lies the fridge and florescent lights above on the ceiling.  With her being there, makes it seem like she is still around always smiling away -- that's how she was - a happy free spirited being filled with love especially for her family. 

Ah Ma looking out of the window from inside which is like a hall where the guests sit.  It is a large  living space where the kayakers and visitors sit and hang around and have their meals there. Behind her lies the fridge and florescent lights above on the ceiling.  With her being there, makes it seem like she is still around always smiling away -- that's how she was - a happy free spirited being filled with love especially for her family. 

 The wall as it is.  I already had a picture in mind then to fill this wall up.  Wanted to bring back happy memories for Ah Kok who's the sole occupant in this large house!  His siblings have all moved out. 

The wall as it is.  I already had a picture in mind then to fill this wall up.  Wanted to bring back happy memories for Ah Kok who's the sole occupant in this large house!  His siblings have all moved out. 

 From the mother, I then moved on to populating the wall with figures of children.  I had to do an interview with Ah Kok on how many siblings he has and what they did as children in this house.  Altogether, there are six children and I tried to depict them playing games we used to play when we were young.  Had to hold certain sections of the wall down as the surface was uneven and the wall was held by nails.  Understand these residents had been living there around 40 years or more. 

From the mother, I then moved on to populating the wall with figures of children.  I had to do an interview with Ah Kok on how many siblings he has and what they did as children in this house.  Altogether, there are six children and I tried to depict them playing games we used to play when we were young.  Had to hold certain sections of the wall down as the surface was uneven and the wall was held by nails.  Understand these residents had been living there around 40 years or more. 

 That's Ah Kok and his beloved mother who I believed paid special attention and more love to him than the others cos he was a special child.  I felt sad to learn that she had passed on one morning only a few years ago when she fell while collecting water from the well nearby.  There is a bond between them that I could feel when I was there.  It made me miss my own mother and grandmother when I was doing this too. 

That's Ah Kok and his beloved mother who I believed paid special attention and more love to him than the others cos he was a special child.  I felt sad to learn that she had passed on one morning only a few years ago when she fell while collecting water from the well nearby.  There is a bond between them that I could feel when I was there.  It made me miss my own mother and grandmother when I was doing this too. 

 There was a photoshoot.  It seemed word got around and we had visitors especially on weekends who wanted to catch a glimpse of the wall.   The little boy standing was trying out a bit of paint onto the pyjamas hanging on the pole.  

There was a photoshoot.  It seemed word got around and we had visitors especially on weekends who wanted to catch a glimpse of the wall.   The little boy standing was trying out a bit of paint onto the pyjamas hanging on the pole.  

 Ah Kok told me he used to play football which was his favourite game so here this boy is a metaphor of him as a child with his sister who's into five stones.  The monkey was added after I saw him coming over to visit around noon or lunchtime almost every day in search of food. 

Ah Kok told me he used to play football which was his favourite game so here this boy is a metaphor of him as a child with his sister who's into five stones.  The monkey was added after I saw him coming over to visit around noon or lunchtime almost every day in search of food. 

 As the floor surface was also not smooth, I had to sit at an uncomfortable angle in order to reach and with one hand holding down the wall, that was how I drew the chickens... You don't see any roaming around nowadays but there were a familiar sight those days so just had to add them. 

As the floor surface was also not smooth, I had to sit at an uncomfortable angle in order to reach and with one hand holding down the wall, that was how I drew the chickens... You don't see any roaming around nowadays but there were a familiar sight those days so just had to add them. 

  Another pix someone took of me doing up Ah Ma...

 Another pix someone took of me doing up Ah Ma...

 Viola! The handsome pair immortalised on the wall minus their little brood (due to lack of space). 

Viola! The handsome pair immortalised on the wall minus their little brood (due to lack of space). 

 The sketch of the house before I proceed to paint.  The top part was scrapped as the ground floor didn't provide a safe space for me to stand up to paint and I didn't want to risk any fall or injury.  

The sketch of the house before I proceed to paint.  The top part was scrapped as the ground floor didn't provide a safe space for me to stand up to paint and I didn't want to risk any fall or injury.  

 Closer look of the monkey a regular visitor to the house. 

Closer look of the monkey a regular visitor to the house. 

 Next on the left side - I added the other siblings. Total 3 girls and 3 boys.

Next on the left side - I added the other siblings. Total 3 girls and 3 boys.

 One of the younger brother who was there on a weekend.  It was such a heartwarming sight to see them standing by their mother...

One of the younger brother who was there on a weekend.  It was such a heartwarming sight to see them standing by their mother...

 Decided to paint the extreme left wall at the end of it all to blend in with the forestation at the back and the family dog needs to be there too since it's part of the family and Ah Kok's constant companion. Hat and sickle drawn by Ethan who was one of the volunteers. 

Decided to paint the extreme left wall at the end of it all to blend in with the forestation at the back and the family dog needs to be there too since it's part of the family and Ah Kok's constant companion. Hat and sickle drawn by Ethan who was one of the volunteers. 

 The entire wall Hope and trust this brings Ah Kok and his siblings much happiness and consolation and a feeling that their mother is always there keeping watch over them. 

The entire wall Hope and trust this brings Ah Kok and his siblings much happiness and consolation and a feeling that their mother is always there keeping watch over them. 

 This is a the left section of the entire land space where the bedrooms and toilets are and where many family pictures are forming precious memories for them. 

This is a the left section of the entire land space where the bedrooms and toilets are and where many family pictures are forming precious memories for them. 

 The living space when you arrive to the place.  Notice the dugong which forms part of the landscape.  An exhibition was held here to commemorate the end of the project. 

The living space when you arrive to the place.  Notice the dugong which forms part of the landscape.  An exhibition was held here to commemorate the end of the project. 

 Volunteers helping to varnish the wall at the end. 

Volunteers helping to varnish the wall at the end. 

 Visitors to the exhibition. 

Visitors to the exhibition. 

 Follow Your Heart - one of the four artworks displayed during the exhibition.  Acrylic done on canvas - Available for sale 20" x 16" unframed

Follow Your Heart - one of the four artworks displayed during the exhibition.  Acrylic done on canvas - Available for sale 20" x 16" unframed

 UBIN My Love - 20" x 16" acrylic on canvas.  This one depicts the view as you approach the island from the bumboat. The attap houses land a charm and beauty to the place and gives a very kampong and rustic feel...

UBIN My Love - 20" x 16" acrylic on canvas.  This one depicts the view as you approach the island from the bumboat. The attap houses land a charm and beauty to the place and gives a very kampong and rustic feel...

 Ubin My Home - 20" x 16" acrylic on canvas done en pleinair right there by the shore...It was a blissful afternoon as I sat in the sun soaking up the peacefulness around me just doing what I love most...

Ubin My Home - 20" x 16" acrylic on canvas done en pleinair right there by the shore...It was a blissful afternoon as I sat in the sun soaking up the peacefulness around me just doing what I love most...

 The Living Fisher Village - 20"x 16" acrylic on canvas.  Ubin is the last known living fisher village there is in urbanised Singapore and it's time to do something about preserving this island and hope it won't give way to modernisation...Restoration is more the word...Long Live Ubin!

The Living Fisher Village - 20"x 16" acrylic on canvas.  Ubin is the last known living fisher village there is in urbanised Singapore and it's time to do something about preserving this island and hope it won't give way to modernisation...Restoration is more the word...Long Live Ubin!

 My very first sketch when I visited Ubin - from inside looking out from a home that serves cold drinks in Kampong Durian. 

My very first sketch when I visited Ubin - from inside looking out from a home that serves cold drinks in Kampong Durian. 

 Looks different when not out in the sun, doesn't it? Final after touching up at home. 

Looks different when not out in the sun, doesn't it? Final after touching up at home. 

 Another sketch this time of the temple which is not far from the house.  You won't notice it till you walk or cycle right in.  The flags add color to the place and it was very quiet on a weekday.  Thats the beauty and lure of Ubin - once you go there, you want to return...

Another sketch this time of the temple which is not far from the house.  You won't notice it till you walk or cycle right in.  The flags add color to the place and it was very quiet on a weekday.  Thats the beauty and lure of Ubin - once you go there, you want to return...

 And now the Ubinites I got to know during my time there.   Their faces are so interesting.  

And now the Ubinites I got to know during my time there.   Their faces are so interesting.  

 Found this one which I did of the kelong that belongs to Philip Lin the owner and founder of Living Fisher Village. 

Found this one which I did of the kelong that belongs to Philip Lin the owner and founder of Living Fisher Village. 

Van Gogh Town

Period:  September / October 2013

Total number of walls = 5

Location: Pipit Road, around Blk 56 (MacPherson)

My second wall project after Clarke Quay was right here in MacPherson/Pipit area where it was named and touted as the Van Gogh Town of Singapore.  Not many residents know of this place as it's in the heartlands and they had to take the MacPherson Circle Line to reach this place.  The entire place was filled with Van Gogh works done by volunteers.  When the CEO of the mural  company saw my work, he gave me these walls to paint after VG style but with a local twist.  I am truly grateful for the opportunity without which I won't be able to build my portfolio...I noticed many cats in the area and it was my first encounter with them that I would paint them at more walls in Holland V and other places.

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 The second wall of arises after the Starry Night and it's next to the police post. I spent just two weekends with this and was pretty surprised.  My first taste of texturing on a big wall and felt the heat from the sun too.  This one was influenced by Van Gogh's irises looking at Arles. 

The second wall of arises after the Starry Night and it's next to the police post. I spent just two weekends with this and was pretty surprised.  My first taste of texturing on a big wall and felt the heat from the sun too.  This one was influenced by Van Gogh's irises looking at Arles. 

 My cherry blooms signifying that Spring is in the air here! Bringing Van Gogh to this town is fun and meaningful!  This was my version after the one Vincent painted for his nephew as a gift. 

My cherry blooms signifying that Spring is in the air here! Bringing Van Gogh to this town is fun and meaningful!  This was my version after the one Vincent painted for his nephew as a gift. 

 My first experience with height (LoL) and I had to condition my body to get used to it ie standing for long hours on the ground and on the ladder.

My first experience with height (LoL) and I had to condition my body to get used to it ie standing for long hours on the ground and on the ladder.

 My version of the seascape Vincent painted at Santes-Maries de la Mer down south of France.  I was pretty surprised when they waited for me to start this part of the sea that I did it in a rather loose style.  Not thinking much, I just picked up the brush and dipped the colors and started painting away at a fast speed just to capture the feeling and I was in the zone then...

My version of the seascape Vincent painted at Santes-Maries de la Mer down south of France.  I was pretty surprised when they waited for me to start this part of the sea that I did it in a rather loose style.  Not thinking much, I just picked up the brush and dipped the colors and started painting away at a fast speed just to capture the feeling and I was in the zone then...

 Just to let you see the length and size of the wall at this angle, and this is before the addition of the stars...

Just to let you see the length and size of the wall at this angle, and this is before the addition of the stars...

 Starry Night by the Rhone with a local twist.  'Starry Night over MacPherson' with the flats in the distance.  The feeling was hard to define as I was telling myself I was actually painting a Van Gogh and on a large wall here in my homeland. :-D

Starry Night by the Rhone with a local twist.  'Starry Night over MacPherson' with the flats in the distance.  The feeling was hard to define as I was telling myself I was actually painting a Van Gogh and on a large wall here in my homeland. :-D

 The entire wall after it's completed. Notice the addition of the couple and their kids playing on the sand. This is Starry Night over the Singapore River.  As I was living in the east, you can imagine that this is in East Coast overlooking the sea toward the flats beyond. 

The entire wall after it's completed. Notice the addition of the couple and their kids playing on the sand. This is Starry Night over the Singapore River.  As I was living in the east, you can imagine that this is in East Coast overlooking the sea toward the flats beyond. 

A Walk Back in Time

Location: Tunnel at Clarke Quay (directly to the right exit from Clarke Quay MRT) in collaboration with various artists

Total walls = 8

Year: July / August 2013

It was my first time painting on such a large 'canvas' when I drew the lion.  I  felt exhilarated.  It was a feeling that can't be described and I felt so happy during the process.  Never would I have thought I would come this far as I never intended to do murals.  After all, they are not small and takes a lot of physical work and bearing the weather etc to do them.  But it seems this was the path opened to me since.  From thereon, there was no stopping...You get passersby walking and the traffic was good. There was a busker who would take up position and sing in the night.  According to one artist who stayed late, there are drunks walking by too. I would come by in the evenings after work to help out.  

 The Coolie.  Our other national builders back then. Gotta also give credit to these hard working men who came from China aside from the women from Samsui province China. 

The Coolie.  Our other national builders back then. Gotta also give credit to these hard working men who came from China aside from the women from Samsui province China. 

 This time it's a message about preserving the environment.  A Russian photographer Victor Boudioukine commented that this looks like the young Putin. and someone said it resembled a little like me with the hair style.  

This time it's a message about preserving the environment.  A Russian photographer Victor Boudioukine commented that this looks like the young Putin. and someone said it resembled a little like me with the hair style.  

 I started her on this wall but sadly, it was vandalised. A drunkard came one night and washed it over with a paint that was around.  Guess for public places like this, we have to keep all paints away...especially when it's new a pub area...Hence the painting of her in Chinatown.  I consider this one the elder sister of the two. 

I started her on this wall but sadly, it was vandalised. A drunkard came one night and washed it over with a paint that was around.  Guess for public places like this, we have to keep all paints away...especially when it's new a pub area...Hence the painting of her in Chinatown.  I consider this one the elder sister of the two. 

 A look at the tunnel as you enter - coming from the MRT Station 

A look at the tunnel as you enter - coming from the MRT Station 

 Me at work adding more women at work but in smaller sizes after the Big Sister was done 

Me at work adding more women at work but in smaller sizes after the Big Sister was done 

 As we were nearing National Day, the client wanted us to depict Singapore History.  Hence the image of The Queen but later I saw that the other painters added a local twist by drawing her holding onto a cup of teh Tarik (LOL!) This is what collaboration is about when you do not have full ownership of the wall and picture. 

As we were nearing National Day, the client wanted us to depict Singapore History.  Hence the image of The Queen but later I saw that the other painters added a local twist by drawing her holding onto a cup of teh Tarik (LOL!) This is what collaboration is about when you do not have full ownership of the wall and picture. 

 Below this pic was a boat that was added collecting thrash from the river (LoL). Again, another message on environment preservation.  This was influenced from a trip in Bali I had earlier on and decided to draw a bridge over.  Does this look familiar in another wall somewhere? (clue: it's in Chinatown).

Below this pic was a boat that was added collecting thrash from the river (LoL). Again, another message on environment preservation.  This was influenced from a trip in Bali I had earlier on and decided to draw a bridge over.  Does this look familiar in another wall somewhere? (clue: it's in Chinatown).

 Here's a sketch as it was not fully completed when this was pic was taken.  I think the other artists added more stuff on this pic. It's showing life back then when clothes were washed by hand. 

Here's a sketch as it was not fully completed when this was pic was taken.  I think the other artists added more stuff on this pic. It's showing life back then when clothes were washed by hand. 

 My V V First Wall (no kid!). My son commented that at least it doesn't look like the Singapura lion we see in our school textbooks which are only black lines (LoL).  My version looks more 'unlocal' I guess. 

My V V First Wall (no kid!). My son commented that at least it doesn't look like the Singapura lion we see in our school textbooks which are only black lines (LoL).  My version looks more 'unlocal' I guess. 

Coloring Banda

Duration - 6 months from Sep 2014 to March 2015

Total: 14 walls (individualised and dissected)

Location: Kreta Ayer People's Theatre and Chinatown Square

This was done in collaboration with 600 volunteers from PriceWaterHouse Coopers.  They adopted Banda Street and had been involved in different community projects for the past 7 years in aid of the residents who live mainly alone in one-room flats. 

 This must be my Signature Wall there. This image was featured in an article in The Singapore Straits Times on January 1st, 2018 a befitting way to start the new year! The Samsui woman is a MUST as she lived in the vicinity and other strong women who came from China of whom one of them is still around ad we all call her PoPo (Grandma) whenever we see her. She lives alone and is very independent. I know for a fact that she is in her nineties. If you are lucky, you can see her walking around especially during lunch time. She would talk to anyone who approached her but she would not take photos as it's considered taboo from a superstition of her time. I admire such women as I identify with them for their strength and courage to move on in bad and hard times and facing challenges along the way.

This must be my Signature Wall there. This image was featured in an article in The Singapore Straits Times on January 1st, 2018 a befitting way to start the new year! The Samsui woman is a MUST as she lived in the vicinity and other strong women who came from China of whom one of them is still around ad we all call her PoPo (Grandma) whenever we see her. She lives alone and is very independent. I know for a fact that she is in her nineties. If you are lucky, you can see her walking around especially during lunch time. She would talk to anyone who approached her but she would not take photos as it's considered taboo from a superstition of her time. I admire such women as I identify with them for their strength and courage to move on in bad and hard times and facing challenges along the way.

 What a start to the New Year The ST article appeared on January 01 2018 in their Life page. This is beyond my imagination and I feel very blessed for what's happening in my life and art journey now.

What a start to the New Year The ST article appeared on January 01 2018 in their Life page. This is beyond my imagination and I feel very blessed for what's happening in my life and art journey now.

 At the very start this was how she looked like. The toothless heroine who’s my inspiration and who stands for everything that I want to aspire to be - strong, independent, fearless, and resilient!

At the very start this was how she looked like. The toothless heroine who’s my inspiration and who stands for everything that I want to aspire to be - strong, independent, fearless, and resilient!

 Slowly taking sharp. Now I had done her face, it’s time to move on to the rest ie. her sisters and the other side of the wall.

Slowly taking sharp. Now I had done her face, it’s time to move on to the rest ie. her sisters and the other side of the wall.

 The flowers were added by the volunteers with my supervision…I wanted to do just roses at first until…

The flowers were added by the volunteers with my supervision…I wanted to do just roses at first until…

 Noticed the former roses were gone…and replaced with the orchids…

Noticed the former roses were gone…and replaced with the orchids…

 I wanted to share this cos someone took it for me while I was busy doing the upper section showing the other older sister at work at the window. I had to get used to the crowds that come and go and this place was especially busy during the weekends but I am grateful I was able to take two weekdays off to do this till the end of the project.

I wanted to share this cos someone took it for me while I was busy doing the upper section showing the other older sister at work at the window. I had to get used to the crowds that come and go and this place was especially busy during the weekends but I am grateful I was able to take two weekdays off to do this till the end of the project.

 I posed for this pic after the project which ended after the demise of our then Senior Minster Lee Kuan Yew. On the day of his death, I wanted to pay respects my way by adding the two orchids named after him and his wife on this wall. This is the final day when I went down just to varnish this wall as the rest were done by the volunteers. :-)

I posed for this pic after the project which ended after the demise of our then Senior Minster Lee Kuan Yew. On the day of his death, I wanted to pay respects my way by adding the two orchids named after him and his wife on this wall. This is the final day when I went down just to varnish this wall as the rest were done by the volunteers. :-)

 Photo Courtesy of Shona Trench. It’s Women Power! “Thank you for your visit, sisters”, she said.

Photo Courtesy of Shona Trench. It’s Women Power! “Thank you for your visit, sisters”, she said.

 Next to the Chinese house, here's the grandma and cos it's near to Chinese New Year, memories of my childhood came to mind. As a kid, we wear our new pyjamas the night before and it symbolises new clothes to wear the whole year when we wake up with these new jamies. The man on the right signifies my grandpa and since there are musicians around in this area, that I like my grandpa to play some music while grandma does the work of pasting auspicious messages on our house wall as we looked on. The other children are my cousins who I lived with in.

Next to the Chinese house, here's the grandma and cos it's near to Chinese New Year, memories of my childhood came to mind. As a kid, we wear our new pyjamas the night before and it symbolises new clothes to wear the whole year when we wake up with these new jamies. The man on the right signifies my grandpa and since there are musicians around in this area, that I like my grandpa to play some music while grandma does the work of pasting auspicious messages on our house wall as we looked on. The other children are my cousins who I lived with in.

 The wall as it is after it’s completed.

The wall as it is after it’s completed.

 The wall at the air well near the Square. I wanted to portray and depict a Chinese house with a courtyard

The wall at the air well near the Square. I wanted to portray and depict a Chinese house with a courtyard

 After the completion of this wall, at the end of the project when Mr Chan Chun Sing graced the occasion that he talked and asked if I would like to do Holland V. This particular wall has a significant meaning in that it was Cheong Wan Seng Lane -FIFTY YEARS AGO. It is a secondary road off Cross Street which is the main road right at where PwC was. I so happened to see this image and it was like it was meant to be painted on this wall. This is now the lane where we walked diagonal over to the other side towards Republic Plaza (now known as GCH Equities Bldg) to take the EW train.

After the completion of this wall, at the end of the project when Mr Chan Chun Sing graced the occasion that he talked and asked if I would like to do Holland V. This particular wall has a significant meaning in that it was Cheong Wan Seng Lane -FIFTY YEARS AGO. It is a secondary road off Cross Street which is the main road right at where PwC was. I so happened to see this image and it was like it was meant to be painted on this wall. This is now the lane where we walked diagonal over to the other side towards Republic Plaza (now known as GCH Equities Bldg) to take the EW train.

 Now the loving couple can be together forever in a heavenly quiet place. Not sure if you can recognise them? Anyways, when I asked a lady while painting them there, she mentioned if you can tell the woman, you will know who the man is so I know they are recognisable. Not showing their faces for obvious reasons. I leave it to you the viewer to decipher who they are. This air well is also where the stair case is where you take to walk over to Kreta Ayer. As it’s the Chinese New Year period, I added 9 koi fishes. Today, there is a notice informing others not to clutter the place as this is where the ‘karang guni’ man (a local name for a collector of unwanted household items) stashed his boxes.

Now the loving couple can be together forever in a heavenly quiet place. Not sure if you can recognise them? Anyways, when I asked a lady while painting them there, she mentioned if you can tell the woman, you will know who the man is so I know they are recognisable. Not showing their faces for obvious reasons. I leave it to you the viewer to decipher who they are. This air well is also where the stair case is where you take to walk over to Kreta Ayer. As it’s the Chinese New Year period, I added 9 koi fishes. Today, there is a notice informing others not to clutter the place as this is where the ‘karang guni’ man (a local name for a collector of unwanted household items) stashed his boxes.

 The wall at the other side that's toward North Bridge Road. Got to walk across and over to this side that is where the food centre is.

The wall at the other side that's toward North Bridge Road. Got to walk across and over to this side that is where the food centre is.

 All raring to go! It's women's power! Coloring Banda started with a bang with two volunteers assisted on Day 1 in coloring the sky...

All raring to go! It's women's power! Coloring Banda started with a bang with two volunteers assisted on Day 1 in coloring the sky...

 The kampong home of Mr Tan Chuan immortalised on the wall.

The kampong home of Mr Tan Chuan immortalised on the wall.

 It was a poignant scene as I saw this. Here Tan Chuan looking at his house where he lived during his childhood. Life was simple then. The picture is not very clear, but there was a boy and an man standing on the front just behind where the sugar cane was. That boy was him and the man his uncle. He was my first supporter where he commissioned me to paint this house for him on canvas when I first started painting in 2013. . He had fond memories of this place with the huge durian tree behind and those days, though they were poor they were happy and free.

It was a poignant scene as I saw this. Here Tan Chuan looking at his house where he lived during his childhood. Life was simple then. The picture is not very clear, but there was a boy and an man standing on the front just behind where the sugar cane was. That boy was him and the man his uncle. He was my first supporter where he commissioned me to paint this house for him on canvas when I first started painting in 2013. . He had fond memories of this place with the huge durian tree behind and those days, though they were poor they were happy and free.

 I caught an elderly woman doing her daily exercise (qi-gong) at the space. It looked like it’s her village and she lives just round the corner or even at the house behind.

I caught an elderly woman doing her daily exercise (qi-gong) at the space. It looked like it’s her village and she lives just round the corner or even at the house behind.

 Come on my dear. We have to catch up with them. Viens mon amour! Nous allons Rattraper les autres.

Come on my dear. We have to catch up with them. Viens mon amour! Nous allons Rattraper les autres.

 Vous voulez nous rejoindre pour le Tour de Chinatown? The Tour de France right here in Chinatown? Francois and Louis Duffie representing France.

Vous voulez nous rejoindre pour le Tour de Chinatown? The Tour de France right here in Chinatown? Francois and Louis Duffie representing France.

 My first attempt at the chess players whom I saw a lot of them at the square so decided to add them here.

My first attempt at the chess players whom I saw a lot of them at the square so decided to add them here.

 The long wall which was where we started the project at the Kreta Ayer People's Theatre. I decided to add the chess players as this seems to be the favourite past-time for the men here. You can see them every day at the Square.

The long wall which was where we started the project at the Kreta Ayer People's Theatre. I decided to add the chess players as this seems to be the favourite past-time for the men here. You can see them every day at the Square.

 The finished FIRST section at Kreta Ayer. When you walk down the stairs on the right, this area is actually by the side of Keong Saik Road. If you dissect each image, this entire place has 7 walls that make up the entire stretch excluding the stairwells.

The finished FIRST section at Kreta Ayer. When you walk down the stairs on the right, this area is actually by the side of Keong Saik Road. If you dissect each image, this entire place has 7 walls that make up the entire stretch excluding the stairwells.

 Just as the men were into chess, these brothers are into cards. After Cezanne's The Card Players. Les joueurs de cartes This is one of my favourite images..

Just as the men were into chess, these brothers are into cards. After Cezanne's The Card Players. Les joueurs de cartes This is one of my favourite images..

 The brothers trying to emulate the poses and do the tai-chi with these men. My French professor Pierre Duffie and his brother who was visiting and I must say they did quite well...this wall is directly facing the junction where Keong Saik Road is.

The brothers trying to emulate the poses and do the tai-chi with these men. My French professor Pierre Duffie and his brother who was visiting and I must say they did quite well...this wall is directly facing the junction where Keong Saik Road is.

 This is by the stairs just above where the Samsui is. You can't see this unless you walk up the stairs and it's to your left. There is a map downstairs showing all the walls.

This is by the stairs just above where the Samsui is. You can't see this unless you walk up the stairs and it's to your left. There is a map downstairs showing all the walls.

 They even requested us to paint both sides of the walls at the food center. This is a relatively smaller wall compared to the rest. It wasn't easy to manage and direct the volunteers on what to do except that they could o only help with giving some color to the background. We were in quite a rush to finish as there was a deadline. No time to even touch up!

They even requested us to paint both sides of the walls at the food center. This is a relatively smaller wall compared to the rest. It wasn't easy to manage and direct the volunteers on what to do except that they could o only help with giving some color to the background. We were in quite a rush to finish as there was a deadline. No time to even touch up!

 A friend thought I was a drawing a snake. But it’s actually me sketching the entire wall which is a landscape with a waterfall.

A friend thought I was a drawing a snake. But it’s actually me sketching the entire wall which is a landscape with a waterfall.

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 Me at the wall Oh How I wish I can this everyday! You can see the happiness here…It’s sheer bliss!

Me at the wall Oh How I wish I can this everyday! You can see the happiness here…It’s sheer bliss!

 Photo courtesy of @vumanhcuongit. from Vietnam as he was walking past and took this pic. I got to make friends all over whenever I am at the wall! :-)

Photo courtesy of @vumanhcuongit. from Vietnam as he was walking past and took this pic. I got to make friends all over whenever I am at the wall! :-)

Holland Village, Commonwealth/Tanglin Halt & Chip Bee Gardens - A Burst of Colors

Holland Village - Location: Blks 12, 11 and 13 (6 walls), wet Market at Blk 45-47, Junction at Chip Bee Garden and Holland V, and the Senior Citizens Corner (2 walls).  Duration = 6 months Jan-Jun 2016

Commonwealth Dec 2016 Duration = 4,5 days Location: entrance of Long John Silver. 2 walls

Junction of Chip Bee & Holland V end July 2017 - 3.5 days on at the larger 'parrot' wall outside Chip Bee Garden. 

Total = 12 walls

This series started after the Banda project in Chinatown, and it's upon the request of Member of Parliament Mr Chan Chun Sing who graced the official opening at Banda that he asked if I was keen to color and paint some blocks at Zone D in Holland V which is his constituency.  I answered unequivocally with a Yes! not knowing the extent of the project...

I explored the entire place from Blocks 12, 11, and 13 one day and selected the largest walls on both sides of each block making it a total of 6 walls with Block 12 as the most prominent one facing the main road and not far from where Cold Storage is. It's a bohemian neighbourhood where expats live side by side with locals most of whom had been living there for 40 years... I studied a bit of the history as I always do before I do any walls that maybe special for that constituency.  I realised that the name Holland was named after a Dutch architect who lived there and there were expats with their children studying in schools in the past where the present day Chip Bee Gardens blocks are. 

My first wall at Block 12 was a gate that I painted live at Fort Canning and thought that it would blend in with the seats and chairs by the wall making it look like a park.  As the wall is just by the Senior Citizens Corner that I had included a grandfather with his grandchild (which is a metaphor or me really as a child with my grandpa whom I hardly knew as he passed on when I was just two). 

 A Russian photographer by the name of Victor Boudioukine came by and took this pic of me at the wall by Block 13 which faces the North Buona Vista Community Centre. I am grateful for supporters like him who took the time and travelled all the way just to catch me in action!

A Russian photographer by the name of Victor Boudioukine came by and took this pic of me at the wall by Block 13 which faces the North Buona Vista Community Centre. I am grateful for supporters like him who took the time and travelled all the way just to catch me in action!

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 The wall by the Police Post at the other side of Block 13 taken by another mural hunter Lim Bee-Choo who is a avid photographer and she goes around taking pictures of most murals she could find on the island as well as overseas. I am grateful for her support too.

The wall by the Police Post at the other side of Block 13 taken by another mural hunter Lim Bee-Choo who is a avid photographer and she goes around taking pictures of most murals she could find on the island as well as overseas. I am grateful for her support too.

 A gentleman who passes by every day when I am at it. I learnt at his age, he works as a janitor somewhere closely and I will know he is around by the opera music he plays — note the player he was holding—hence the pose — it’s as if both of us are in a Chinese opera too.

A gentleman who passes by every day when I am at it. I learnt at his age, he works as a janitor somewhere closely and I will know he is around by the opera music he plays — note the player he was holding—hence the pose — it’s as if both of us are in a Chinese opera too.

 The entire wall - some day, I shall visit this place. Bring Kuekenhof to the heartlands right here in SG

The entire wall - some day, I shall visit this place. Bring Kuekenhof to the heartlands right here in SG

 The wall at Block 11 which is not that prominent but you can still find it as it's on the other side where the carpark is. This is after the style of impressionist painter Claude Monet who was known for his water lilies and water reflections hence bringing a bit of art to the heartlands this way.

The wall at Block 11 which is not that prominent but you can still find it as it's on the other side where the carpark is. This is after the style of impressionist painter Claude Monet who was known for his water lilies and water reflections hence bringing a bit of art to the heartlands this way.

 If you can recognise the lady, you would know who the couple is. I drew them at the wall at Chinatown too. At the time this was in process, it was prior to Chinese New Year hence the addition of the 9 koi fish. The house on the right is also a replicate of the house I did in Chinatown. The reflections and the bridge are influenced by Monet's paintings. The cat on the right resting outside the house is a picture given by a cat lover who lives there. Upon her request, I added a few of these cats that are so loved by the residents on all the walls.

If you can recognise the lady, you would know who the couple is. I drew them at the wall at Chinatown too. At the time this was in process, it was prior to Chinese New Year hence the addition of the 9 koi fish. The house on the right is also a replicate of the house I did in Chinatown. The reflections and the bridge are influenced by Monet's paintings. The cat on the right resting outside the house is a picture given by a cat lover who lives there. Upon her request, I added a few of these cats that are so loved by the residents on all the walls.

 Was very honoured to receive a plaque as a token of appreciation by Mr Chan Chun Sing himself at the end of the entire project. They held a carnival and hosted the residents at Block 12.

Was very honoured to receive a plaque as a token of appreciation by Mr Chan Chun Sing himself at the end of the entire project. They held a carnival and hosted the residents at Block 12.

 I made friends along the way. Lisa who bought me drinks (teh is) each time I was there. And Richard who lives just upstairs at Block 12. Notice that Lisa was wearing the same blouse as the one painted on the wall. This wall is in the Senior Citizens Corner itself and is an addition after I had completed the six walls upon the request of the Residents Committee. Holland V was like a second home to me. I miss all my 'babies' and the residents each time I am done with a project but do pop by from time to time just to catch up. The picture above was taken for a publication for HDB "Dwelling Homes".

I made friends along the way. Lisa who bought me drinks (teh is) each time I was there. And Richard who lives just upstairs at Block 12. Notice that Lisa was wearing the same blouse as the one painted on the wall. This wall is in the Senior Citizens Corner itself and is an addition after I had completed the six walls upon the request of the Residents Committee. Holland V was like a second home to me. I miss all my 'babies' and the residents each time I am done with a project but do pop by from time to time just to catch up. The picture above was taken for a publication for HDB "Dwelling Homes".

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 It began at this wall. It's a park where they can sit and rest. The grandpa with the little girl and the addition of the iconic windmill on the top right in the distance. The beloved cats on the steps and the gate give the ambience of quietness and serenity when one returns from home and a space to chill.

It began at this wall. It's a park where they can sit and rest. The grandpa with the little girl and the addition of the iconic windmill on the top right in the distance. The beloved cats on the steps and the gate give the ambience of quietness and serenity when one returns from home and a space to chill.

 Has anyone seen my twin brother? This is Uncle Wah whom I immortalised on the wall. He was playing chess one morning and I quickly took a picture and painted him on the same day.

Has anyone seen my twin brother? This is Uncle Wah whom I immortalised on the wall. He was playing chess one morning and I quickly took a picture and painted him on the same day.

 I was thinking of adding a singer onto the wall as this is also the place for karaoke and in walked this dynamic lady with that hairstyle! I quickly took a picture of her and instantly drew her on the wall!

I was thinking of adding a singer onto the wall as this is also the place for karaoke and in walked this dynamic lady with that hairstyle! I quickly took a picture of her and instantly drew her on the wall!

 Me at work on the other wall at Block 12. As you walked down the steps, you can see this.

Me at work on the other wall at Block 12. As you walked down the steps, you can see this.

 Heritage and memorable especially for the Malays living here as this reminds them of their homes in the kampong (countryside). Note the calendar in those days with a Chinese movie star or singer as the main image

Heritage and memorable especially for the Malays living here as this reminds them of their homes in the kampong (countryside). Note the calendar in those days with a Chinese movie star or singer as the main image

 The other wall at Block 12. I added the children (Chinese and Malay) playing an old game that I used to play either by myself or with a class-mate when I was young. Can you guess what it is? The playground on the right used to be where the present playground is. The adults who walked by were children back then and they remembered the playground when they saw this. The shop name Khiam Teck is supposedly the oldest building in the entire neighbourhood and is still there right smack by the park before Holland MRT. It sells all sorts of paraphernalia.

The other wall at Block 12. I added the children (Chinese and Malay) playing an old game that I used to play either by myself or with a class-mate when I was young. Can you guess what it is? The playground on the right used to be where the present playground is. The adults who walked by were children back then and they remembered the playground when they saw this. The shop name Khiam Teck is supposedly the oldest building in the entire neighbourhood and is still there right smack by the park before Holland MRT. It sells all sorts of paraphernalia.

 While painting the walls, I was approached to paint over existing artwork at the market by the Community. Centre. I obliged and spent one weekend doing this wall. Decided to just add more color to it by the inclusion of the parrots and cherry blossoms. After all, it was the Lunar New Year season.

While painting the walls, I was approached to paint over existing artwork at the market by the Community. Centre. I obliged and spent one weekend doing this wall. Decided to just add more color to it by the inclusion of the parrots and cherry blossoms. After all, it was the Lunar New Year season.

 To accompany the singer, I added the pipa player on the stage. I enjoyed the process of painting him and the instrument on a Sunday afternoon.

To accompany the singer, I added the pipa player on the stage. I enjoyed the process of painting him and the instrument on a Sunday afternoon.

 Just seeing the black pants the old lady is wearing will give you an idea of the time and era. I had fond memories of my childhood with this wall. I even went and asked the shopowner's permission to paint the shop before I start.

Just seeing the black pants the old lady is wearing will give you an idea of the time and era. I had fond memories of my childhood with this wall. I even went and asked the shopowner's permission to paint the shop before I start.

 Blk 13 the wall right at the other end and it's opposite the North Buona Vista CC. When it rains, I would cross the road over to Hans and take a tea or coffee break and then resume after the rain stopped. I like this area cos it's quiet and the residents would sit around and chill in the evenings when it's cooler. There is also a lot of greenery and less buildings here. I had a Dutch guy who walked past and commented that this is where the canals are in Amsterdam. But I added a twist in that three iconic buildings were added to the western architecture. Can you guess what and where they are in this work?

Blk 13 the wall right at the other end and it's opposite the North Buona Vista CC. When it rains, I would cross the road over to Hans and take a tea or coffee break and then resume after the rain stopped. I like this area cos it's quiet and the residents would sit around and chill in the evenings when it's cooler. There is also a lot of greenery and less buildings here. I had a Dutch guy who walked past and commented that this is where the canals are in Amsterdam. But I added a twist in that three iconic buildings were added to the western architecture. Can you guess what and where they are in this work?

 One year on...I got a request last year 2017 just prior to National Day from Passion Arts to paint a nature theme on this wall. It is higher and longer than all the other Holland V walls. They set up a tentage for me and I worked under it when the sun is up and worked outside in the morning and late evening when the sun is not so hot. I was surprised I was able to complete this on time in 3.5 days!

One year on...I got a request last year 2017 just prior to National Day from Passion Arts to paint a nature theme on this wall. It is higher and longer than all the other Holland V walls. They set up a tentage for me and I worked under it when the sun is up and worked outside in the morning and late evening when the sun is not so hot. I was surprised I was able to complete this on time in 3.5 days!

 Nothing escaped my eye. I just had to paint over the pipes in order to declare this as completed! I must say I have gotten quite used to standing on ladders now...

Nothing escaped my eye. I just had to paint over the pipes in order to declare this as completed! I must say I have gotten quite used to standing on ladders now...

 Just to let you see the size of the wall. In order to paint the topmost part of the wall, I was standing on the ground with the pole and treated it as a giant brush. My colleague took this picture as she was by the road that Sunday. The gentleman standing was my constant helper Mr Yip who is one of the avid volunteers in the Zone D constituency. He helped me to carry the ladder and stuff and even helped with the varnishing on the last day.

Just to let you see the size of the wall. In order to paint the topmost part of the wall, I was standing on the ground with the pole and treated it as a giant brush. My colleague took this picture as she was by the road that Sunday. The gentleman standing was my constant helper Mr Yip who is one of the avid volunteers in the Zone D constituency. He helped me to carry the ladder and stuff and even helped with the varnishing on the last day.

 The second adjacent wall at Commonwealth showed the flats that were either gone or stated for redevelopment in the future. Those days, there was the green bus and the ma-chieh (nanny) was one character I like to add to my walls. You see them around as they work for the expats looking after their children. Since Commonwealth is near to Holland V, there should be expatriates living there too. They hand clothes outside using long poles. Teh number 48 rings of prosperity in Cantonese. The flats behind and these will probably go soon when this place is totally developed. You will notice in most of my paintings that there are no modern buildings in the backdrop.

The second adjacent wall at Commonwealth showed the flats that were either gone or stated for redevelopment in the future. Those days, there was the green bus and the ma-chieh (nanny) was one character I like to add to my walls. You see them around as they work for the expats looking after their children. Since Commonwealth is near to Holland V, there should be expatriates living there too. They hand clothes outside using long poles. Teh number 48 rings of prosperity in Cantonese. The flats behind and these will probably go soon when this place is totally developed. You will notice in most of my paintings that there are no modern buildings in the backdrop.

 The railway that was in the vicinity and now long gone! Before I started this project, I was walking around the entire area and walked to the Green Corridor where the railway line used to be. The gas tower was gone too. It was moved to Jurong Island and so were others in the mainland due to safety reasons. The hut at the railway line used to be the living quarters of the guards I was told. In the distance is a oncoming train. Many people who passed especially the older folks fondly remembered these buildings that were gone. A tinge of sadness lingered for me when I see more buildings gone but hope that these will bring back not only memories for the residents but also so that the future generations will know of their existence.

The railway that was in the vicinity and now long gone! Before I started this project, I was walking around the entire area and walked to the Green Corridor where the railway line used to be. The gas tower was gone too. It was moved to Jurong Island and so were others in the mainland due to safety reasons. The hut at the railway line used to be the living quarters of the guards I was told. In the distance is a oncoming train. Many people who passed especially the older folks fondly remembered these buildings that were gone. A tinge of sadness lingered for me when I see more buildings gone but hope that these will bring back not only memories for the residents but also so that the future generations will know of their existence.

 The completed walls

The completed walls

 Varnishing on the last day. This wall is sheltered and so even when it rained usually end of the year, I still could paint. It was here that I met a generous resident Johnathan who bought me kopi and we became friends. I am humbled by the many friends I made whom I met when they were just passers-by and who appreciated what I was doing for the community.

Varnishing on the last day. This wall is sheltered and so even when it rained usually end of the year, I still could paint. It was here that I met a generous resident Johnathan who bought me kopi and we became friends. I am humbled by the many friends I made whom I met when they were just passers-by and who appreciated what I was doing for the community.

 Pictures courtesy of the residents. Am grateful for the Commonwealth CC and Mr Chan for giving me another wall in the Tanjong Pagar constituency.

Pictures courtesy of the residents. Am grateful for the Commonwealth CC and Mr Chan for giving me another wall in the Tanjong Pagar constituency.

 Happiness was when we played with our friends who were mainly our neighbours in the fields. There were no phone, iPads, etc but just plain, pure, fun just running around amongst nature! I remember there were tall, lalang grass and we used to play hide and seek also behind trunks of big trees...Memories of childhood came flooding back again for this wall. Racial harmony is another thing I want to portray in my work as you can see here - the Caucasian and the Indian child playing together.

Happiness was when we played with our friends who were mainly our neighbours in the fields. There were no phone, iPads, etc but just plain, pure, fun just running around amongst nature! I remember there were tall, lalang grass and we used to play hide and seek also behind trunks of big trees...Memories of childhood came flooding back again for this wall. Racial harmony is another thing I want to portray in my work as you can see here - the Caucasian and the Indian child playing together.

 The last addition to the wall before I signed my name and varnished it was this cat. I know many people are cat lovers here I had grown fond of cats since I started doing walls. The cats were mostly strays but much loved and well cared for by the people.

The last addition to the wall before I signed my name and varnished it was this cat. I know many people are cat lovers here I had grown fond of cats since I started doing walls. The cats were mostly strays but much loved and well cared for by the people.

Sharing the Earth Together

The Biggest Wall Yet...

Dimension:approx. 30m x 12m

Location: SLNG 6 Meranti View, Jurong Island

Start date: February 3, 2018.  Date completed: 24 March 2018  

Duration: Approx 125 hours

Never would I have dreamed that I will be doing such a mega project.  I guess I am lucky that the CEO is someone who appreciates art especially on walls and to be exact it's fine art on terminal walls!   

They sent me for a 1-day safety Work and Height training (WAH) which is compulsory if you are doing walls that are more than 3 metres high.  There is a total of 6 levels even tho the Wall is technically only three storeys high.  This is so I don't have to stand on ladders from second level up.  It's all about safety. Each time I had to work from the second level that I have to wear the protection gear, with helmet, boots and harness. 

As at 10 March, we are into the second month and the second last weekend.  I am on track and target to finish the last level ie the ground floor by next weekend.   I was a bit concerned and apprehensive at first about being able to finish but I focused and set target timelines for myself.

The first month was spent populating the wall wth large sea animals especially giant groupers, mahi mahi, dolphins, whales, tortoises, and rays to fill the space and also included smaller fishes. 

The second month was spent mostly texturing the walls as they look kind of 'flat' and I had to add a lighter blue versus a darker blue to show the contrast in the water. 

The weather is a thing to factor as each time, there is a Cat 3 announcement re lightning that we MUST stop work and get indoors. I got a bit flustered whenever black clouds loomed ahead and kept checking at the weather forecast for the island.  There was one weekend where we had to vacate the building and spent only 3 hours.  Whenever there is rain like this - the Chinese call it 'Long life rain' where it rain all day, there is no point in staying.  The workers left the premises and so we called it a day, BUT made it up the very next day when it was cloudy which I made it  a productive and fruitful one by doing as much as I could!

This experience is another lifelong learning one where character building is concerned.  It taught me to Learn to WAIT....Each time the rains stopped, I rushed to finish whatever is needed.  

Another thing about this place is that the island is like a no man's land.  You need a pass to enter as security is super tight. They had to apply for a permanent pass for me to expedite each journey there.  Going there and going home - the staff had to make separate arrangements each time if they don't want to wait till 7:30 pm to catch the company transport out.

18 March 2018  The positive side of this is I got 'chauffeured' sometimes by the staff in charge of this project.  I am grateful to her for lending me a hand at varnishing the two top most floors today.  I feel blessed that I was able to hitch a ride back with her when she leaves.  The rule is someone HAS to accompany me whenever I am there.  As I hold a full-time job, I can only come in on weekends and she had to take time from family just to be around the terminal. 

I also got to make friends with the security and the construction workers.  There was one particular guy by the name of Sarti who assisted me on day 1 by helping me to bring my stuff up and down.  I treated him like a son.  

The first month in Feb was good in that there was no rain at all and I thought it will stay that way.  Then the rains started to come last weekend.  But it always ended and I had some time to at least do a little...To get to the island you have to take a cab and only Comfort not Uber not Grab...To get into the island, you also need to have a permanent pass which is way faster than getting a temporary one each time you visit. 

All in all, I am truly grateful that this project is coming to an end and I had done this singlehandedly except for the few half days where there was another staff who wanted to dabble a little on the wall and I let her concentrate on the ground floor with the corals and stuff.  I had to mostly return to touch these up when I take over. 

10 & 11 March - As this is fine art on walls, I had to texture the background on each level.  I was afraid I might get carpal tunnel syndrome at one point.  The background was kind of flat and I really wanted them to look more like the sea.  It was a good workout for me as I got to climb up six floors if I want to reach the top and down.  I went all the way up and painted clouds on the top 2 levels. Enlarged Marina Bay Sands and the Singapore Flyer, and painted the sea from the shoreline. 

Apart from the weather, the other downside was I had my encounter with the crawlies the first two Sundays I was there and I kinda freaked out, and had to buy Baygon for preventive measures...

17 & 18 March - Into my last weekend which I have to finish the second level when I suddenly felt a sharp pain on the left side of my back after climbing up onto the scaffold and carrying a bag of paint tubs.  I don't know what exactly happened but I had to stop moving for like half a hour before I could slowly get back slowly into movement again...I was feeling quite frustrated as I couldn't do anything.  The staff who was there readily came up in her PPE gear and helped me paint a little under my guidance and supervision as I was unable to even bend down to get hold of the brush and paint!  

After nearly 45 mins, we both managed to add some more small fishes onto the second level and then I went down to continue on the last level which is the ground floor.  That was a wake up call for me to respect my body more and to be aware and be more careful when carrying heavy stuff and especially climbing up and so on. It could happen to any one, young or old, and it's another lesson for me.  I guess I have to stretch every day and especially before I climb up to paint...

20 March Tuesday - they will finish varnishing all the walls up except for round level as well as bring the entire scaffold down this week.  I will get to see the finished product when I go in this weekend to finish the last level.  

24 March 2018 Last day I spent about 5 hrs touching the ground floor level and it felt so good not wearing the PPE and safety boots and harness...I got a good suntan too. The rain  came right after I stopped. 

I don't know what the future lies ahead after this...but will take a break to France mid April and hopefully, something else will happen....Looking forward to new projects...

 The workers prepared the scaffold for me before I start work.  Didn't know it cost so much just to bring this up.. It's all about safety...and must be done by a certified contractor. I am grateful - can't complain that they are doing this for me. 

The workers prepared the scaffold for me before I start work.  Didn't know it cost so much just to bring this up.. It's all about safety...and must be done by a certified contractor. I am grateful - can't complain that they are doing this for me. 

 That's how I look in my protective gear, helmet and boots plus harness to hook on each the pole each time I move along.  You will notice that I did not ankle the hook yet as I was just posing for the camera before I start...

That's how I look in my protective gear, helmet and boots plus harness to hook on each the pole each time I move along.  You will notice that I did not ankle the hook yet as I was just posing for the camera before I start...

 Pano view of the ground floor - entrance to the maintenance building courtesy of Dewi Chen

Pano view of the ground floor - entrance to the maintenance building courtesy of Dewi Chen

 The building as I left it last Sunday 17 March 2018

The building as I left it last Sunday 17 March 2018

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 One of a few sea turtles - one of my several favourites 

One of a few sea turtles - one of my several favourites 

 Another fav of mine this time I placed it on the ground floor so bypassers can have a closer look at it.

Another fav of mine this time I placed it on the ground floor so bypassers can have a closer look at it.

 The beauty of one of four Lion fishes - beautiful but deadly...

The beauty of one of four Lion fishes - beautiful but deadly...

 Aptly called Sweetlips...

Aptly called Sweetlips...

 Colourful groupers or trouts 

Colourful groupers or trouts 

 Giant grouper.  I was thrown into the wonders of such beautiful creatures in this project.

Giant grouper.  I was thrown into the wonders of such beautiful creatures in this project.

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 Finally unveiled today 24 March 2018 I will miss you my biggest baby to date. 

Finally unveiled today 24 March 2018 I will miss you my biggest baby to date. 

 The last section that I touched up on the last day. Added mainly corals at the bottom. I was  pretty surprised I sent only 5 hours before the rains came. It was as if God was telling me that's enough and He set the time for me otherwise I won't stop! 

The last section that I touched up on the last day. Added mainly corals at the bottom. I was  pretty surprised I sent only 5 hours before the rains came. It was as if God was telling me that's enough and He set the time for me otherwise I won't stop! 

Welcome to My Neighborhood

Location:  Lions Home for the Elders, Bishan Street 13

Duration - 11 days

30 Sep-18 Nov 2017

Dimension- approx 20 m x 8 m

The wall at the Lions Home was the second largest I had done so far.  They provided me with a scaffold which I used for the very first time as all the other previous walls - I merely used the long pole as if it's a giant brush to paint.  

The theme was heritage and I decided to take up the challenge even tho I never thought of how I was going to reach the top seeing that it was actually two storeys high.  

In addition to the height, I had to withstand the water coming in when it rained as there was no cover from both ends of the entrance to the building. 

The spot at the top left hand corner was the hottest and I had to bear the brunt of getting the sun at its hottest in the morning.  As the platform is not barricaded and the size of it was only halved the entire space of the platform, I had to be careful and my movement was restricted as I had to make space for the paints.

As it was my first time climbing up on the vertical ladder, I had to manoeuvre myself around getting on top with a sure footing. Come to think of it, it was pretty scary and dangerous as I wasn't in protective gear...

But the time to myself was a blissful one as I spent to be exact 5.5 weekends ie. 10.5 days ie. 8 hr full day like a working day each time I am there from 10 to 6 pm with a deadline to finish by end October.  The opening launch was the first weekend of November with MP Josephine Teo being the Guest of Honor.  I had to return when one side of the wall cracked and had to redo after the launch 1 weekend later. That was when I added more children symbolising my cousins. 

I made friends with the guards, the chef and the kitchen staff.  I had lunch served to me from the kitchen as I work non stop and they just want to make sure I eat. I felt quite a home each time I spend a few weeks or months at a place.  

Just wanted to share that the world is a very small one especially in a small country like Singapore. I also wanted to share that I got to meet old friends. On my very first day, I saw someone I recognised from like more than 10 years  back and he is now a resident at the Home.  A few weeks down, I met my ex-colleague who is an active volunteer. 

This wall is a memorable one as It resonates very much memories of my childhood. 

 I always added my maternal grandmother on my walls as she was the one responsible for taking care of me when my mom was busy working.  I believed mom only came on weekends to get me as memories with grandma were more vivid.  In those days, it was multi-generational under one roof those days, and I played all day with my cousins whom I lived with and the kids in the neighbourhood. The man in the shop is a metaphor of my 10th Uncle and the kids above represented my cousins.  The Chinese lived harmoniously with the other races.  We ran free and never had to care about studies or homework or tutorials.  I had a happy childhood.  We bought treats and snacks from nearby for very little those days and our friends were multi-racial.  I was told to add different races to the wall and it was a delight to add the little boy peering out from where his mother is.  

I always added my maternal grandmother on my walls as she was the one responsible for taking care of me when my mom was busy working.  I believed mom only came on weekends to get me as memories with grandma were more vivid.  In those days, it was multi-generational under one roof those days, and I played all day with my cousins whom I lived with and the kids in the neighbourhood. The man in the shop is a metaphor of my 10th Uncle and the kids above represented my cousins.  The Chinese lived harmoniously with the other races.  We ran free and never had to care about studies or homework or tutorials.  I had a happy childhood.  We bought treats and snacks from nearby for very little those days and our friends were multi-racial.  I was told to add different races to the wall and it was a delight to add the little boy peering out from where his mother is.  

 The kacang puteh seller used to carry the peanuts on his head those days and can be seen especially outside cinemas.  I am also drawn to the little girl here as I see myself when I was little in her clinging onto her mother and looking shyly out at you.  The figures were all drawn to life sizes and you can almost feel they are alive and that you just one of them standing there waiting or in line for your teh Tarik.  I was told my maternal great Great Grandmother was a Malay matriarch in Malacca whom my great Great Grandfather from Swatow married...

The kacang puteh seller used to carry the peanuts on his head those days and can be seen especially outside cinemas.  I am also drawn to the little girl here as I see myself when I was little in her clinging onto her mother and looking shyly out at you.  The figures were all drawn to life sizes and you can almost feel they are alive and that you just one of them standing there waiting or in line for your teh Tarik.  I was told my maternal great Great Grandmother was a Malay matriarch in Malacca whom my great Great Grandfather from Swatow married...

 Before and after...How the wall came 'alive' after it's being painted...

Before and after...How the wall came 'alive' after it's being painted...

 As you can see, the size of the platform to stand on was halved and I had to be careful each time I move around.  The space was quite limited with the paints and stuff around.  There as one time when I came down after standing and not moving for like 1.5 hrs and felt a sharp pull on my right leg due to inactivity for that period of time.  I then do stretches after this before climbing just to warm up the muscles before climbing up...

As you can see, the size of the platform to stand on was halved and I had to be careful each time I move around.  The space was quite limited with the paints and stuff around.  There as one time when I came down after standing and not moving for like 1.5 hrs and felt a sharp pull on my right leg due to inactivity for that period of time.  I then do stretches after this before climbing just to warm up the muscles before climbing up...

 Shall we check out the place further by walking down the lane or join the queue for a cup of tea? 

Shall we check out the place further by walking down the lane or join the queue for a cup of tea? 

 Finally a look at the entire wall.  On my last day, I added the. bicycle and the pots of flowers to fill up the space in the foreground.  The paint was tearing on the top left due to the heat, and the contractor had to repaint over it.  The weekend after, I had to go up again to touch it up.  That's when I painted my cousins. 

Finally a look at the entire wall.  On my last day, I added the. bicycle and the pots of flowers to fill up the space in the foreground.  The paint was tearing on the top left due to the heat, and the contractor had to repaint over it.  The weekend after, I had to go up again to touch it up.  That's when I painted my cousins. 

 Details showing the vase I saw in the garden with the dragon motif which I added onto the wall.  The cat is looking at the bystander. and since the auspicious words that are commonly seen at entrances of Chinese houses. 

Details showing the vase I saw in the garden with the dragon motif which I added onto the wall.  The cat is looking at the bystander. and since the auspicious words that are commonly seen at entrances of Chinese houses.