Monday 21 April 2014

Singapore: Arab Street

Sultan mosque - Kampong Glam
Today's sketching activities took much of the day due to heavy rain which forced the consumption of a substantial burrito in Piedra Negra on Haji street, opposite the Visual Orgasm Tattoo 'n' Piercing parlour. The restaurant also had a toilet where I am now spending much of my waking day due to Mrs M's nagging about not drinking enough water. 

Omani scenes - Muscat Street, SingaporeI spent a couple of hours leaning against a tree in front of the mosque which was located at the start of the tourist and school trip trail. It was quite an interesting insight into the Singaporean education system listening to teachers giving lectures to bespectacled children with the aid of microphones.

Omani turtles - Muscat Street, SingaporeOn the way home, I passed through Muscat Street which is lined with granite carvings depicting scenes from our previous home in Oman. I studied each of the images with fond memories: the smell of frankincense, children in traditional dress, watching turtles laying eggs in Ras Al Jinz, visiting endless forts, the gift of a Khanjar from my work colleagues when I left. The panels also depict the journeys made by Omani dhows centuries ago. These voyages were commemorated by the reconstruction of a dhow that sailed from Muscat to Singapore in 2010. We visited the exhibition at the ArtScience Museum when we first arrived in Singapore - the dhow is now on permanent display in the Maritime Experiential Museum and Aquarium on Sentosa.

1 comment:

Cammie Neo said...

Dear Mr and Mrs M,

I'm contacting you on behalf of my company, Design Bridge Asia. As we are based in Kampong Glam, we've decided to gather inspiration on the area for our newest set of name cards and reception mural to promote the area to our local and foreign clients.

During the search, we chanced upon your beautiful sketch of Masjid Sultan and would like to obtain permission to use snippets of that image in the photo collage we are creating.

That photo collage will be on the background of our reception area and become the canvas for our company's name cards (the canvas will then be cropped randomly in name card size to create a unique set for each employee)

Just to be clear, the photo collage will only be showcased in Singapore for a minimum period of 5 years (thats when we will next change our namecards)

I look forward to hearing from you and please do not hesitate to ask about anything that you are unsure of from above. My contact details are below.


Cammie Neo

Market Analyst
Design Bridge Asia

+65 92711878