#SG50

Personal

So the long awaited golden jubilee SG50 long weekend finally arrived, and with it came lots of excitement.

Courtesy lion Singa quit his job as the courtesy ambassador several years ago because of an increasingly miserable society. But he’s kind at heart, and when he sees his best pal, the Merlion, throwing up non-stop, he just can’t bear not to step forward to lend a helping paw. This is truly “inconspicuous compassion”: he’s doing it for the sake of kindness, not to be seen.

This piece resonated with many Singaporeans, and generated many laughs. It was really fun and satisfying to see people engage with the piece and to watch it spread across multiple platforms – I received several texts about people sending it to one another through WhatsApp. Someone even requested to make a T-shirt out of it lol 🙂

Pioneer Portraits: Parade of Dreams and Culture

Exhibitions

So the Pioneer Portraits are finally up! Thanks to the hard work of the entire team from OuterEdit and the opportunity provided by the Orchard Road Business Association, or ORBA. I heard that the installation lasted overnight, all the way to the morning of the launch day itself. Thanks guys, especially Ryan, Shermeen and Evelyn for doing such a great job at coordinating the whole thing and keeping all of us updated all the time.

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“Parade of Dreams and Culture” – Tanky

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Ms Indranee Rajah, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Law and Ministry of Education,  gracing the event with her presence.

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She kept repeating that she really likes the Ah Meng. Lol

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CharaExpo 2015

Conventions

IMG_0400_2I managed to drop by the CharaExpo 2015 today to sign my illustration piece, despite having the flu. Founder and CEO of Liongeeks, Reuben Sim, shared with me that “Civil Wok” was moving well. It was especially satisfying to see complete strangers picking up my stuff. It’s definitely encouraging, but at the same time it also means I need to do more to improve on the marketability of my original art.

Japan 2014

Personal, Travel

I’m still in the midst of setting up my blog here, with tonnes of photos and thoughts to sort out XD In the meantime, here’s a pilot test post about my Japan trip in 2014! We went to the Kansai region (Kyoto, Osaka, Nara etc). It was my second trip to Japan but this country is just soooo interesting that I don’t think I’ll ever be bored of it. If anything, being able to immerse myself in the art and design that crops up at every corner is enough of a reason to visit again and again 🙂

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Taipei 2013

Personal, Travel

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My mum seldom had the opportunity to go overseas when she was young, and most of her adulthood was spent working and raising us. Her knees are basically disabled from the manual labour she used to do, and even after operating on them, she can’t walk very well. Taiwan is predominantly Chinese, and has great infrastructure for someone whose mobility is limited, so my girlfriend and I brought my mum to Taipei for a few days to soak in the atmosphere, shop and eat a lot, and generally have a nice vacation within a culture that is still relatable to her. 🙂