Asialink Hanoi, Vietnam 2019 (1st Oct-6th Oct)

It had been a while for me to join the Urban Sketchers in any of the activity. Decided to sign up for the Asialink event at Hanoi.

Asialink Hanoi Opera House
Hanoi Opera House

Asialink Hanoi Hang Trong flower garden
Hang Trong Flower Park

Asialink Hanoi Cong cafe
Cong Cafe

Asialink Hanoi Dao Duy Tu

Asialink Hanoi Dao Duy Tu Street 1

Asialink Hanoi

Asialink Hanoi Dao Duy Tu 1
Quan Chuong Gate

Asialink Hanoi Hoan Kiem District Police
Hoan Kiem District Police

Asialink Hanoi Post Office 1
Hanoi Post Office

Asialink Hanoi Hoan Kiem Lake

The GlassHouse at Chijmes

This is a hipster hang out place. I like the selection of types of furniture and the coffee.  The open concept with natural light and lots of plants. Just wondering what wrong with the crowd. At one time more than a dozen people came in, only 4 made the order, while the rest standing there and talk. Then, a small size lady came in with 3 friends. She was talking and laughing so loud that we couldn’t stop staring at her from a distance, and 2 of her friends just keep on entertaining her. A while later, a lady sitting behind me waved to her friend and chatted about her new job etc. Not sure was it because of the ambience that the crowd became so pretentious. I just need a cup of good coffee and do my sketch.

Glass House 1

Ang Siang Road

It was the 2nd day of the Lunar New Year. I followed few sketchers to sketch around Ang Siang Road. There was a stretch of old houses across the road. A very quiet afternoon as it was a public holiday.Ang Siang Road 1.jpeg

Chan Chor Min Tong

I attended the open house of the Chan Chor Min Tong during the Lunar New Year. It was the only occasion during which the red doors are opened for visitors. It allowed its beneficiaries, supporters and members of the public an opportunity to pay their respects to the hall’s deities and its elders.

Chan Chor Min is a Buddhist women’s vegetarian hall or zhaitang. Named after its founder, it was the sister lodge to article’s main subject. It is located at No. 3 Bassein Road. A men’s zhaitang at Jalan Kemaman, which shared the same founder and also the same name.

The one that I sketched was established in 1936. This came ten years after the hall at Jalan Kemaman was founded. While the latter provided lodging to men who might otherwise have to live their twilight years on their own, the Bassein Road hall catered to unattached women.  Both zhaitang have since ceased operating as places of lodging, and are today maintained by their trustees as religious halls.

Chan Chor Min Tong

SOLD- My Awesome Cafe

My second time at this cafe. The last time I came here was about 3 years ago. The previous experience was alright. However, I wasn’t really enjoyed myself this time around. Firstly, I was pushed from behind by one of the staff just right after I settled down on the high chair. Then, the staff pushed me again when he was putting the cutleries on the table. It was so obvious, that my friend who was sitting opposite was staring at him. I was shocked by the behaviour of him. I had to sit upright throughout the whole cafe sketching session.

My Awesome Cafe