Location: Blk 674 Yishun Ave 4, Singapore 760664
Duration/Period: 1.5 months or 17 full weekend days or 136 hours from Jan 29 (commencement with volunteers in the afternoon) to 15 Mar, 2019
Total number of walls - 10 Number of images = 14 (not counting the Peranakan tiles before the coffeeshop)
To be continued….PART II (remaining 8 more walls)
What a way to start the new year! Memories and people immortalized on the walls in another mega project — this time at the heartlands in the North. I was painting at the Austism Therapy Centre at Hougang in August last year when someone drove up to me and enquired about painting a mural. Come December, I was informed that the project was going ahead and learnt that this person who spoke with me had left the organisation. It was as if this encounter with this person led to the next person and then eventually to the actual thing…I have come across from my past experiences that may seem like coincidences to you regarding projects I obtained and this is what I meant by roads or paths that are opened. There is something ‘spiritual’ about these incidents. I don’t go market myself directly or ‘knock on doors’ per se. I can daresay that when the road is opened, I will take it because I can testify they do lead to something else…I tend to look at the overall BIG picture - of something else although I can’t tell or foresee the future…I base on my instincts, and Trust in the Universe to allow things to happen…I go with the flow and allow nature to take its course. And these projects do not overlap. I always have time to rest after a project before I go on to the next one.
There were somehow always ‘angels’ in the form of volunteers and helpers who stayed throughout with me in my big projects who gave me assistance in terms of transportation, food, drinks etc…I am thankful to them and have made friends for life as a result. The General Manager drove me to and fro, a staff by the name of Mr Lim came over and spent entire Sundays as I was alone and helped with touching up the walls and carrying things etc. Ai Peng, who’s another staff, willingly came and helped with the chinese words on top of the coffeeshop. I would be able to do it myself at a later date, but it so happened they have someone like her to do this — all for which I am truly grateful…
Acknowledgement and thanks to the volunteers from Giken Sakata (S) Limited, Rotary Club of Queenstown, Singapore and the ASH Volunteers Group, and Nippon Paint Singapore for their kind sponsorship of the emulsion paints and materials.
Sometimes, we can’t CHOOSE the path like a specific location we want to work on. Patience is the key here too….and along with it, lot of HARD WORK, DETERMINATION and PASSION that drives me. What surprises me even more was that I was given all the walls available to continue here…:-) . I am taking a mini break now and hope to start on PART II soon.. Thank you for your visit and feel free to leave your comments. I would love to hear from you! :-)