Thursday, January 21, 2010

Tiong Bahru thru the eyes of a painter

Have you ever thought how our SIT estate would look through the eyes of an artist?
You can now satisfy your curiosity, as well as perhaps buy one of the paintings of Tiong Bahru's backlanes, at the following exhibition.

It is good to know that our estate is the inspiration for many artists. If our estate was better maintained, it may attract even more attention, and have more art work created!

Perhaps one day, we will have a feature film set here!

In the meantime, do visit the show in nearby Kreta Ayer, South Bridge Road. This is also one form of 'community outreach'. By the way, Keng Hock is a local boy, who grew up in Tiong Bahru.

Do you recognise YOUR backlane?

UTTERLY ART cordially invites you to visit the haunts of the


THURSDAY 21st January 2010 7pm
Utterly Art Exhibition Space
(diagonally opposite the Sri Mariamman Temple, Pagoda St Exit)
229A South Bridge Road (2nd Level) Singapore 058778
Call Keng Hock for appointments Tel: 6226 2605 or 94872006
Mon-Sat 12 noon - 8 pm Sun 12 noon - 5.30 pm
The exhibition runs to SUNDAY 31st Jan 2010 .

About the exhibition:

While hardly reminiscent of a boy band, Singapore’s very own Backstreet
Girl wanders the quiet passages behind our older housing estates to get
inspiration for her own impressionistic compositions with paint and brush.
Capturing a facet of Singapore’s urban landscape rarely broached in local
art, Tan Ai Ngin finds artistic angles and viewpoints to romanticize hidden
communal spaces amidst dense apartment blocks. Venturing from previous
painterly forays into Tiong Bahru and Kampong Bahru, she now includes
glimpses of Geylang and Tanglin Halt. Painting plein-air might attract nosy
neighbours, but it allows her access to a diversity of atmospheres,
cultures, people, weather and scenarios to document the unique charm and
peculiarity of living in Singapore.

About the artist:

Tan Ai Ngin (born 1972, Singapore) obtained her Diploma in Fine Arts at the
Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in 1996 and her Bachelor of Arts in Chinese
painting at the Nanjing Arts College, China in 1999. She went on to
complete a one-year course in visual arts at the School of Fine and
Performing Arts Constantijn Huygens, in Kampen, The Netherlands in 2001.
She has been collected by the Frans Walkate Archief in The Netherlands and
the Tokyo office of the Singapore Tourism Board. Backstreet Girl is her
fourth solo exhibition.

Kampong Silat SIT estate

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Tiong Bahru Hawker Centre - what does a good Alsatian White wine go with?

Its good to know that food and drink experts from overseas also find that our hawker centres are real treasures... read more in this blog entry where he talks about being shown this treasure of our multicultural cuisine, 'Enjoying Singlish & Hawker Centre lifestyle' by the head honcho of Hugel & Fils....

Drink up and Eat Up and be merry....

too bad there is no Indian prata stall at the market that would make the range of classics complete.....

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Block Party at Seng Poh RC

Dear Friends and Neighbours!

A Happy New Year to one and all!

Before the new year gets into its full stride, here are pictures of the last block party of 2009, brought to you by Seng Poh Residents Committee, to celebrate Christmas, and also, the successful completion of the repainting exercise.

Heres our RC members and their 'assistants' hard at work setting up the food.

Many thanks to all who could make it - it was not just the makan, but the company too that made the afternoon an enjoyable one, where neighbours could get to know each other better.

Here's Joseph and his flock (above)

We also had an interesting session viewing pictures taken by the Photo Interest Group for Tiong Bahru Estate and our nearby sights. Check out more on

There was also a special feature on CATS! Yes, Cats of Tiong Bahru... so, if you are interested in pictures of CATS - be it viewing or taking or sharing, drop us a line...

Last but not least, there was Karaoke - we have some really good singers in the neighbourhood!

Look out for the next Block Party at the RC and have a great year ahead!