Ajumma’s Korean Restaurant

Met up with friends when I was having a short break in between job last year. One of the sketchers recommended Korean food at Cathy. I ordered Chicken Bulgogi. Didn’t realised the portion of the dish was big, good to share for two.





Tembusu tree at Botanic Gardens

The Tembusu is one of Singapore’s most distinctive trees. This native of Singapore is a large, evergreen tree that grows up to 40m in height.

This tree can be recognised by its deeply fissured dark brown bark and unique perpendicular branching. It is highly robust and can grow even in poorly drained, clayey soils.

During the flowering season in May – June and October – November, its creamy white flowers open at sunset and give off a strong fragrance in the evening. This gives rise to its scientific name, Fagraea fragrans – ‘fragrans’ means sweet-smelling, or fragrant.

A photograph of the finest Tembusu in the Singapore Botanic Gardens can be found on the back of the ‘Portrait’ series $5 note. This Heritage Tree is reportedly more than 150 years old.


Ng Kim Lee Confectionary

One of the few remaining old-school bakeries in Singapore is Ng Kim Lee Confectionary at 4 Chun Tin Road.

Ng Kim Lee has been around for more than 60 years, selling Teochew-style pastries and old school Western cakes.

Some Teochew families still continue to order wedding cakes and betrothal baskets from them. Other than the old-school tau sar pia, they are known for their mushroom pies, muffins and butter cakes.


One Kind House

I miss travelling. I miss walking down the quiet streets. I miss spending time with friends and just sketching.

Here I am, back to full-time work. Almost the same routine every day. Trying to catch a little joyfulness in life.

I was delighted to discover a hidden gem in this city. One Kind House is like a modern kampung house. A garden, an art studio, a cafe and an open concept kitchen with a long dining table. It makes you feel like home.

Will love to visit this place again.


Former Yan Kit Swimming Complex

September Sketchwalk

Yan Kit Swimming Complex is located along Yan Kit Road at Tanjong Pagar area. It opened in 1952 and was the second public swimming pool in Singapore. The complex, owned by Singapore Sports Council (SSC), was closed in 2001 after a spike in maintenance fees due to a dramatic decline in the attendance of swimmers.

In November 2011, the demolition of the site commenced and the three pools were levelled.


Malabar Mosque

Malabar Mosque, located at the junction of Victoria Street and Jalan Sultan, was constructed in the 1960s. Managed by the local Malabar Muslim community, the mosque is built in the traditional Islamic mosque architectural style.

The Malabar Mosque is the only mosque in Singapore which is managed totally by the Malabar Muslim community. The Malabar Muslims, originally from Kerala in India, settled down in Singapore from the early 19th century and were mainly traders dealing in textiles and jewellery. In 1927, these immigrants formed an association, the Malabar Muslim Jama’ath, to look into the affairs of their small community.


Kim Choo Joo Chiat Place

Tony and I walked past Kim Choo that day. And decided to sketch their stall front. My parents love their Soon Kueh (Turnip dumplings) and Otah (fish paste with spices wrapped in banana leaves).

They are famous for their  Kim Choo Kueh Chang (Rice dumpling). My favourite is Nyonya Dumpling, which has a distinctive sweet and savoury taste from the diced winter melon and meat in the filling.