Monday, January 21, 2019

Saturday, December 22, 2018

Sketching St. Jo Cathedral

Ivy and her friends are writing a book about the St. Joseph's Cathedral in Kuching. They had the idea of using my line drawings for the chapter dividers. Always ready to contribute, I agreed but also suggested that they contact Urban Sketchers Kuching for additional sketches and illustrations.

This is a first sketch of the cathedral; its folded roof form is hard to capture and do justice to, its colour changing as it catches the sun.

Monday, December 3, 2018

run, swim, work

It was a rainy start to the day. But one that reminded me to be grateful for my health, my waterproof backpack and the relatively short 6km to work. And grateful that we are in Kuching, because this would have been quite impossible in KL, for example. I stopped over at the Sarawak Club for a short swim and shower, it was 7:15 a.m. when I started to walk the rest of the way to Carpenter Street for my morning coffee.

The advantage of getting the daily exercise out of the way in the morning is that you can concentrate on the other things at hand, such as work. The thing I enjoy most about my work is the drawing. Drawing takes several forms in our line of work - this is a detailed section through a temporary show unit for a condominium development. It is essentially a large steel structure with one of the units dressed up and fitted out for sales and display. We introduced a skylight to bring natural lighting deep into the building, and made all the steel connections de-mountable, so that we can re-use the building's structure elsewhere after one year.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Nanshan wedding

Qilin and Michelle met at university, I met them in Kuching when they trained as interns together with Sheng, Sueann and Ka Yee. They were Sam's original 'cicaks', so when they moved to Chongqing to be in Qilin's hometown - we promised to attend their wedding.

One day, Michelle wrote to me asking if we were available on the 18.11.18 - inviting us to their garden wedding in Nanshan. 

Michele is a bubbly and warm young lady, and  we were not surprised that her family and her friends whom we met for the first are also a personable lot. Wendy, her younger sister was the Emcee and shown here bent over in laughter. Many of these young people have only just met, having traveled from Shenzhen (from Qilin's former office), from Malaysia (friends from kindy through university) and former colleagues from Chongqing.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Remembering hotel rooms

Reminder to self - sketch the hotel rooms that I like so that I can refer to them in the future. And to take care to record their dimensions (estimated) and imagine their section, and construction.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Sarawak Heritage Society

This is a photo from several years back, when the Urban Sketchers Kuching participated in one of the SHS's events. That's my sketch of the General Post Office in the background.

More recently  I was added to a chat group - a collection of members and non members (I'm on this group) to share ideas and information regarding Sarawak's heritage.

I began by asking a question - does SHS have a list of the gazetted buildings in Sarawak? These are buildings protected by law in Malaysia because of their historical value. It is as simple as it sounds. It seems that this social club is still in the process of obtaining this list from the Museum. My thinking is that unless there is a baseline to work from, how can an organisation of concerned (and learned in many instances) citizens hope to conserve our built heritage.? There isn't a 'brief' to start with, and worse still none to built on - to continue the list of buildings to be placed under protection.

In the midst of the conversation, I was reminded that they are a non partisan, non profit organisation of volunteers. I have heard this phrase used before, using to account for shortfalls in their performance. '.. we are only volunteers, how much can we do?'

A lot, you can do a lot if you heart is in the right place. And I feel that if you want to carry a banner for conserving local heritage, you'll need to do more than just host events to run shoulders under the fuse of promoting awareness 

I have been invited to join this society before, one of their members wasted RM50 to purchase an enrolment form on my behalf  which I never signed or submitted. Many of their events are informative, about Sarawak's heritage; music, stories, art, fabric, and others.

But it falls short if one considers the number of learned and powerful people amongst its members.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Paris 2013

Canal Saint Martin

Place de la Republique