28 February 2013

Bank of China

Losing things

I generally do not lose things. Yet, this year, I had lost two drawings and two drawing pens on two separate occasions. It is particularly upsetting since I usually careful and tidy.

The recreation of the two pieces

I will try to work on the two pieces on Sunday afternoon depending on my mental state. And also early Friday afternoon, depending on what time I leave the office.

Of picking myself up and continuing

I spent ten minutes sketching and re-creating my two lost pieces last night. If I can find the time, meaning weekends, I should be able to re-do those two pieces in a month. The two pieces would not be the same but I can capture the spirit of them. I had put my heart into those lost ones, they weren't throwaway as some stuff.

Of lost drawings

Alas. I discovered to my dismay that two pieces that were important to me were lost. They were two ink sketches, one of a city and one of a space port. I had been drawing them since last year and I was close to completion for the two of them.

I had been careful and had made it a point not to carry many completed pieces with me. For these two pieces, I had carried them as I had been wanting to finish them. I had needed another two hours.

I had also made it a point to carry a bag to put my pieces these days.

The two pieces had probably slipped out as I carried them yesterday or last week.

I am sad now. They were to be pieces 19 and 20 of a set. I had put my heart into these two drawings. What can I say?


Sampling cheeses with Sweetie, heavenly. The delight on her face melted my heart.

27 February 2013

A day of travel

A day of journeying throughout. I was in the office at Upper Thomson in the morning. Then, I was at Junction 8 at Bishan. Afterwards, I took the train to Raffles Place and visited the Bank of China.

When I was done, I went to Outram Park and took bus no. 970 to Valley Point at River Valley Road. I collected my passport photos and I took bus no. 14 to Paterson Road. I strolled over to Kinokuniya and browsed before taking the train to Novena Square.

In the evening, I was at the Botanic Gardens momentarily. Phew!

I managed to finish a drawing of a mecha which I had started in August last year.

14 February 2013

10 February 2013

ARGH! Dreary day. I slept a bit too long. I didn't mean to. I am not rested for some reason. Okay, time to read!

09 February 2013


A wonderful day of drawing and painting. I was in town earlier today. I met Siu Hean and we browsed at Kinokuniya. There was a storm.

I also managed to finish two drawings and one old watercolour piece. Ooh! More to come!

Four Winds

Against my better judgement, I bought 'Four Winds' by the Lightning Seeds. The previous albums were excellent. However, the most recent Ian Broudie solo album was a dreary affair. I should have realised that that had signalled a shift in musical direction. Where the Lightning Seeds used to have soaring guitars and wonderful melodies, this is a bland thing. My little sister heard it once and threw it back at me. Ugh.

This is my last Lightning Seeds album.

On a related note, I heard the first single, 'Heaven' from the upcoming Depeche Mode album, 'Delta Machine'. It was truly awful. I will not be buying it. Depeche Mode's music has not been good from 1993. Ugh. I had persisted hoping but it was hopeless.

07 February 2013

Old stamps

I found these old stamps while I was re-arranging stuff in my cupboard a few days ago.

Hmm..  The top two stamps were in my other drawer and were not so old.
It does seem as if my passport photo taking will be delayed by a fortnight due to the Chinese New Year.

Oh well.

I don't really like delaying things. I usually prefer to get things done fast.
It was a chilly 25.5 degrees in the evening. I did not go run as a storm was brewing and I heard the rumble of thunder in the distance. It was the same the day before.

05 February 2013

More artwork finished!

Another piece from a year ago completed. Yay! I am close to finishing another. Tying up loose ends in a way I guess.


I found some old drawings of dragons that I drew twenty years ago. Wow! Ballpoint pen sketches. I wished I had done more of those. I wonder if I still have the skills I did then for that. The imagination is there.

Greater coucal

I saw a greater coucal this morning. I have seen it from time to time over the years. They usually come in pairs. I think it was a greater coucal rather than a lesser coucal on account of its size. The one I saw was larger than a crow or chicken and it was waddling on the ground before flying off. It was a very shy bird. I had tried taking photos of it but it was difficult. I heard the harsh scolding "skeeaaaw" frequently, one of the calls of the greater coucal.

03 February 2013

Sweet squirrel and bubblegum ice-cream!


I did a major re-arrangement of the things in my study today. The first time in years. I moved my wargames to the upper shelves and moved the books down. It made more sense. I am also throwing out old hardware. I am bringing some hardware to the office to upgrade the office machines.


Ice-cream! Sky Blue! Brunetti! Yes! Yummy!


Mosquito, piak piak piak!

01 February 2013

A dreary day. I need to focus. I had ran 5.2 km thrice this week. Perhaps, I will get to draw or paint later today, possibly even browse.