Monday, July 25, 2016

Postcards from the Edge

Recently, Urban Sketchers Kuching took part in a postcard exchange with the Hong Kong Urban Sketchers - each of us are assigned a partner, mine is a Grace Tam. I hope she gets my postcard in one piece. I sent mine 'naked' just as how postcards are designed to be sent. Not in envelopes protected from view..

I sent Grace a scene from my work neighbourhood, a view from the Drunken Monkey Bar towards the river which I sketched one evening after work. Drinking beers with Claudia, George, Fiona and Sam.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Capturing the Essence

5 minutes, Saturday afternoon, in the shade, without glasses.

Saturday, July 2, 2016


Last Friday, I was invited to participate in the 3rd installment of PechaKucha Kuching; organised by local architectural firm, Integrated Design Consultants. 12 speakers share a special interest using 20 slides, at 20 seconds per slide - each 'chat'  lasts 6 minutes and 40 seconds. Not easy for a long winded architect - some would say...and they were right..(I missed having my slide clicker)

* PechaKucha is 'chitchat' or chatter in Japanese

I talked about my work with architecture students, designing and building the designs. Here are the 20 slides with their blurbs:

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Enjoying Architecture

These two photos were taken years apart, yet they have much in common. Apart from the shapes and the postures, one might say that there is a delight in their enjoyment of architecture. To engage with it, to touch the material with their hands and in Sara's case, to quite sub-consciously measure it for (her) scale.

Quite the architect, even at 12...

Saturday, April 30, 2016


It has been a busy few months - plenty of over-time and lost weekends for our little office. A good problem to have as some would say. Busy as I am, I still try to set time aside for family and friends (and for exercise). But I often over-estimate myself; trying to do too many things all at once.

On the one occasion, I arrived home too late to cook the pasta dinner I promised some friends. Sam saved the day, again. Even before I took off my bicycle helmet, one of them teased me, saying ' ..I would have thought that now that you are your own boss, you would have more freedom' 

This time, another family member saved the day - Sean replied for me ..' it is not freedom from work but freedom to choose when to work'.