See The Big Picture

21 Jul 2014 – With Stephen Wiltshire



Fri: from 16-20 Jul, Stephen Wiltshire will draw our skyline from memory life @Paragon as part of SPH’s 30th anniversary celebrations. Diagnosed with autism when he was 3yrs, Stephen is acclaimed for his astounding ability to draw detailed cityscapes from memory after viewing the scene once – amazing to be able to be in the audience this morning.

IMG_3868imagesBus to Mandi Crematorium where these  Simpoh Ayer/Dillenia suffruticosa grow wild by the bus stop. Leaf are used to wrap tofu, tempeh, and other foods. The colourful seeds are more striking that the yellow flowers. Thanks to Bian for the info.

IMG_3871IMG_3875With Lawrence and Jo to pay respects to our parents.

Late lunch at AMK HubFoodFare with SiongYuen/Charles and another of the ex-banking staff of the old family KLBank. Both his father and grandfather worked for my father and grandfather in the bank! Interesting to hear stories from another era!


Sat: Happy Anniversary to Linn&Jeff. Katy, Ellie, JohnW, Sophie and James are the smart and beautiful new generation after 17yrs 🙂 Am truly blessed.



Art Apart Fair 2014 at one of my favourite hotels ParkRoyal on PickeringSt on Level 14 with views of the  Pinnacle@Duxton stands tall, ready for the National Day!


and the Presidential Suite where the Russian Contemporary artists were displayed. Another SIN Skyline by Studio 30 Lilia starting bid at S$18,000, anyone?? This art fair features 1,500+ artworks by emerging contemporary artists from around the world including –


Kumari Nahappan’s Point of View. Her giant bronze chilli-pepper, Pedas Pedas/2006 was commissioned by the National-Museum, the Saga/2007 at Changi-Airport, the Nutmeg/2009 at ION Orchard.


Giant Safety Pins by? Dolls by V Zhornik, glossy acrylic on canvas are by SionKhan/Korea and the glass sculpture by Orlina/Philippines.

Appreciations to Clem for lunch at Crystal Jade Kitchen***B2 in Takashimaya. Back to Paragon…


10411365_756065587750168_600423030746780924_nThanks to Charles for this surprise pix of my back yesterday @Paragon. Was seen and photographed from the next level, Fri 18 Jul 1030hrs. Incase I am accused of any crime, here is my alibi 🙂 🙂

Sat 19Jul 1500hrs and the crowds were more than I could handle. Took a few pix of the progress and left. Drawing to be completed tomorrow 1700hrs but will not even attempt to be there. Stephen will be presenting the complete work to  Dr Tony Tan, SIN President and the crowds without a doubt will  be worse!


Sun: breakfast with Lawrence at Changi Airport T3 which  is all set to mark Hari Raya Puasa celebrations. Safe journeys to him who is heading home to KCH via a few days in KL.


SOTA with Audrey for the 2nd and last Piano Concerto Festival, works of Beethoven, Mozart and Rachmaninoff. Returned to Art Apart Fair with Audrey. Stanley Quek is now in oil on canvas by Tatiana – have known Stanley since our Dublin days and he looks the same since Dublin! Dinner in Chinatown with Audrey who is starting a new chapter in her life’s journey. All the best to her!

Past 2 weeks have been busy with more than the usual dose of arts and music!


Was not @Paragon today but it’s done. See The Big Picture (pix downloaded). Thank you to Stephen Wiltshire for this beautiful SIN Skyline.

Sometimes you have to disconnect to stay connected. Remember the old days when you had eye contact during a conversation? When everyone wasn’t looking down at a device in their hands? We’ve become so focused on that tiny screen that we forget the big picture, the people right in front of us – Regina Brett

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