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.