The Silver Parade

Venue: Institute of Technical Education, 4300 Ang Mo Kio Ave 5, Singapore 569869

Duration: Completed in 1.5 days

Event Day - March 15, 2019 (4 hours from 7:30 am - 11:30 pm)

Dimensions: 3 metres by 2 metres (3 wood panels of 1 metre each).

Theme: heritage

It was prepared on the day prior to the Event itself and I spent the entire day ensuring at least 80% of it is completed as we only have four hours the next day to complete it.

When I arrived on the actual day at 7:30 am, I realised that since it’s rotatable, that I decided to paint the other side as well to complete the overall image so the images can be seen from both sides. Understand that it would be used for a road show in early May, and kept in the CDC premises thereafter.

Demo to the students on how to draw and paint clouds

Demo to the students on how to draw and paint clouds

I told them there is absolutely no formula to draw anything. It comes from within yourself to express it out via your hand and onto the brush.

I told them there is absolutely no formula to draw anything. It comes from within yourself to express it out via your hand and onto the brush.

Wished I was young again and it made me feel young when I am with young people…:-)

Wished I was young again and it made me feel young when I am with young people…:-)

I was stationed at the Learn Section of the Hall.

I was stationed at the Learn Section of the Hall.

There were altogether four stations - Play, Eat, Challenge and Learn.

There were altogether four stations - Play, Eat, Challenge and Learn.

The day prior to the Event, I had to be there to start first otherwise can’t finish the work the next day.

The day prior to the Event, I had to be there to start first otherwise can’t finish the work the next day.

Does this look familiar? The concept is that of a kampong or village.

Does this look familiar? The concept is that of a kampong or village.

Added the chickens which are a must cos they run around the compound. Can you guess what’s that in the distance on the right?

Added the chickens which are a must cos they run around the compound. Can you guess what’s that in the distance on the right?

Almost complete and ready for the actual Event!

Almost complete and ready for the actual Event!

The banner at my stand

The banner at my stand

This was done on the spur of the moment when I arrived at 7:15 am on the Event Day. I figured that since this board is rotatable that the other side should also be painted so all can see both sides…

This was done on the spur of the moment when I arrived at 7:15 am on the Event Day. I figured that since this board is rotatable that the other side should also be painted so all can see both sides…

When all have left, I spent the next one hour sprucing it up…

When all have left, I spent the next one hour sprucing it up…

It’s finally completed - three wood panels of 1 metre each and 2 metres in height.

It’s finally completed - three wood panels of 1 metre each and 2 metres in height.

The role model of active ageing - Theresa of Holland V happened to be there. She’s looking real good!

The role model of active ageing - Theresa of Holland V happened to be there. She’s looking real good!

Participants queuing up to get their stamps in order to get freebies during the Event.

Participants queuing up to get their stamps in order to get freebies during the Event.

A 69 year-old ex silver medallist in body building proved that age is just a number when he won the young ones in the push up contest lasting 90 mins with over 100 push-ups!

A 69 year-old ex silver medallist in body building proved that age is just a number when he won the young ones in the push up contest lasting 90 mins with over 100 push-ups!

Activities include hair grooming, makeup, singing, and eating…

Activities include hair grooming, makeup, singing, and eating…

Her opera singing brought me back to my childhood. A very experienced singer doing the role of male and female. Great voice!

Her opera singing brought me back to my childhood. A very experienced singer doing the role of male and female. Great voice!

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.