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.
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.
It was a relaxing afternoon at Otto’s Deli Fresh. I was looking at the rain outside the window with a warm cup of coffee in my hand. What else can I ask for 🙂
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.
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.
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.