MAAD – Market of Artists and Designers

Posted on Aug 01, 2014 in Art & Culture, Bing, Singapore

A “night market” that wasn’t a pasar malam. It was one of the most interesting night markets I’ve ever been to in Singapore and was a creative showcase of work by young and talented (local) artists. There was food, beer, a live band, art lessons, creative exhibitions, and rows of stalls displaying and selling photography work, vintage stuff, illustrations, craftwork, quirky jewellery and heaps more.. It was a fabulous evening with my girlfriends. I’m rediscovering Singapore. MAAD operates one Friday each month, from 5pm to midnight at the Red Dot Museum at 28 Maxwell Road, Singapore. For updates on the next MAAD event, check out the MAAD Facebook page. Admission is free. Remember to bring cash to do some shopping. #iphonephotos #bloggingontheipad #throwbackfriday...

The Final Bits of SA – Night Time in Joburg

Posted on Jun 19, 2013 in Art & Culture, Bing, Photography, South Africa

People often ask us about night life in Joburg. The truth is we rarely went out at night unless it was for a dinner party at a friend’s house or a night out at a nice restaurant or an evening of drinks and shopping at the Night Market on Main. There’s heaps to do at night in Joburg and the younger generation would vouch for that. The Fordsburg Night Market was a bustling street of Indian delights at night and possibly the best place to grab a good bryani in Joburg and there was the occasional wine event that we would go to. But we were a couple of oldies who didn’t dance, sing or drink like our livers could still take it, so clubs were out for us. What I really enjoyed doing in the late evenings in...

The Most Amazing Piece of Street Art

Posted on Jun 06, 2013 in Art & Culture, Bing, South Africa

Pardon the silence. With the packing and moving for our relocation back to Singapore, I have been up to my neck sorting out our lives. The last thing I wanted to do every day was to sit in front of my computer and process pictures. But today, I suddenly remembered that I haven’t shared and updated on a particular piece of street art that I had mentioned earlier in my post, The Final Bits of SA – Street Art and the Inner City. In April this year, while the City of Gold festival was going on, I had gone on a walk with only my iPhone and had seen this particular graffiti master from Germany painting on a huge wall. The wall was so large, the artist was painting while being hoisted on cranes. It was one of the...

The Final Bits of SA – Street Art & The Inner City

Posted on Apr 11, 2013 in Art & Culture, Bing, South Africa

It’s the City of Gold Festival in Johannesburg again. And this is the time of the year where street artists and graffiti fanatics go crazy on the streets in the inner city and paint to their hearts’ content on the largest walls ever, without having to worry about the police coming from behind them with handcuffs. It’s a mighty grand time for the inner city folks, as they marvel at the colourful wonders that are happening to their neighbourhoods and find amusement from watching meek and scared visitors coming into the inner city to see this glorious display of public art. This week, I left my DSLR camera at home and walked the streets to see the artists do their good work with my iPhone and the good old Hipstamatic App. Street art in South Africa holds a very...

La Pedrera (Casa Milà)

Posted on Aug 22, 2012 in Art & Culture, Bing, Travel

One cannot come to Barcelona and not have a list of architectural miracles by Antoni Gaudi to visit. Gaudi was one of the most inspiring architects in the world. As my friend Alice would say, his work was poetic. And one of the best stops to learn and understand Gaudi’s work is the La Pedrera, also known as the Casa Milà. This huge building with an austere facade was built from 1905-1912. At a time where building designs were largely straight lines, symmetrical columns and classical detailing, the La Pedrera building was regarded as a bold and controversial design with an exterior undulating stone facade and wrought iron decorative motifs on the balconies. I didn’t have a zoom lens to capture those wrought iron decorations from the streets, so here’s a shot taken of the balcony from inside one...

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