Museum Escapades: The Affordable Art Fair Singapore

Museum Escapades

It has been a while since I went to either a museum or an exhibition. So, when Val invited me to head to the Affordable Art Fair with her, I was ready to give it a shot.

Browsing, browsing...
Browsing, browsing…

Spanning two storeys of the F1 Building, the Affordable Art Fair doubles as a fine art exhibition or convention and an art fair where you could buy certain pieces of art for relatively affordable prices. 74  galleries from places like Singapore, Japan, The Netherlands, and the United States, among many others were exhibiting. And unlike a usual Art Gallery where you are left in silence most of the time, there were representatives in every booth explaining and introducing artists to you.

Of the many pieces we saw, these were the few artists who caught my eye…

Sophie Derrick, under Degree Art Gallery, United Kingdom

Lady really likes the broad, colourful strokes!
Lady really likes the broad, colourful strokes!

The first collection I saw upon entering the art fair, Derrick’s colours already stood out, only to be enhanced with the bold strokes and distinct textures from the paints. Zooming in to her models, her moves complementing each expression, punching the piece from concept to canvas to viewer. Find out more about her art here.

Rone, under Otomys, Singapore

With piercing glares...
With piercing glares…

The works of this mural artist from Melbourne caught my eye with his model’s fierce expressions and the interesting use of mixed media to bring out the mood of the piece. Both his pieces could pierce with a glare, each piece carrying the soul of the expression. Commissioned to paint murals all over the world, Rone is due to visit Singapore sometime soon. Find out more about his art here.

Shay Peled, under Tzuki Art, Israel

The music from his heart.
The music from his heart.

What attracted me to Tzuki’s works was the friendliness and brightness of it all. Each installation piece is painted with car paint for maximum colour richness and galvanized to last and to endure handling. Apart from the clever colour compositions, each piece was relatable, yet light-hearted and fun to view. I especially liked his collection of flowers and musical instruments. Find out more about Tzuki Art here.

Jordi Pinto, under Barnadas Huang, Singapore

Panel art pieces by Jordi Pinto
Panel art pieces by Jordi Pinto

I am a huge fan of rich, complementary colours and smooth shading. When I saw Pinto’s work, it reminded me of children’s picture books and fun stories to delight your kids with before they go to bed. Mixing his bird’s eye view and various fantastical elements, Pinto’s work is easy on the eye and easy to relate to. Find out more about his art here.

There were definitely way more outstanding artists than who I’ve mentioned here, these artists were just the ones which stuck in my head for the longest time after I left the fair. It was a great platform for artists, galleries, and buyers, with many representatives signing up enthusiasts for further exhibitions featuring favourite artists. The art pieces were also able to hold their own – colours or collage on canvas or aluminum, sculptures, installations, etc…

Despite having to cover so much in that limited amount of time the both of us had, Val and I were still able to find pieces we really liked and could relate to. Most of the pieces mentioned here were priced rather well too – none of the pieces we liked went over five figures, although it will be a while before either of us decides to purchase something for the moment.

This was the Affordable Art Fair in Singapore for Spring 2015. The next fair held here will happen in November (when Val and I head to Hong Kong!). To find out more about how you can go soak in the atmosphere and appreciate the art, click here.

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Book Bites: Comic Week @ Books Actually

Book Bites

Today’s session is brought to you by the word, “Transformers!”

The Gathering of Guessers
The Gathering of Guessers

To be honest, this was a great start to the International Tabletop Day weekend. Instead of having a panel where a few artists would gather and talk about their work or their processes, Kenny and his team came up with the awesome idea of putting the artists in the spotlight with a game of Pictionary.

Val, Weiman, Raven, and I were there to support the Tiger as one of the featured artists. And thus, we became guessers among the three teams: Red Wine, Salmon Pink, Green Holly.


Red Team artists Gene and Eva getting ready for a shot.
Red Team artists Gene and Eva getting ready for a shot.

Val and Weiman got into that team together, guessing the prompts drawn by Gene, Evacomics, and Gwee. Apart from Gene’s antics, and Eva’s enthusiasm, it was hilarious to see Gwee bring the “How to play Pictionary” meme to life:

  • Draw something for people to guess.
  • Point at the same thing when people can’t guess it.
  • Point harder when they still can’t guess it.

The only difference was how Gwee introduced the foot of the drawing board to his own foot.


Troy in the middle of pictioneering.
Troy in the middle of pictioneering.

The team of guessers for Koh Hong Teng, Drewscape, and Troy Chin had to go first since the artists for the Red Wine team were not ready as yet. Regardless, they did a great job gearing everyone up and feeding the atmosphere for everyone.

This was also when the “Transformers!” catchphrase came about – Kenny would yell “Transformers!” the moment Renee announced a ‘movie’ category.

Everyone caught on.

Soon it was Kenny, Gene, the Tiger, myself, or just anyone at random yelling out “Transformers!!” whenever Renee went, “Category: Movie!”


The Tiger raising an eyebrow at his prompt
The Tiger raising an eyebrow at his prompt

Raven and I were the guessers for this team, with our artists being – the Tiger (Max Loh, hehehehe), Xiao Yan, and Lim Cheng Tju. The Tiger went through his prompts so fast, he still had half a minute left to go over the prompts he missed. Xiao Yan’s drawings were really amazing. And Cheng Tju, despite his protests of him not being able to draw, still managed to get some points in.

Especially when he drew someone with a cat and I went, “KENNY!!!”

To be frank, a lot of the prompts were harder than expected, which resulted in all the funny antics we had through the session. Execution was all over the place, but we all had fun and many people ended up buying books so the event really worked out well.

Before I end my post, however, I’d just like to raise this note: Books Actually has not only been a great avenue for writers and readers to come together, but also a home for all these creative ideas for creators from all mediums and walks of life.

Many thanks to Kenny, Renee, Angelin, and the team for putting this event together, and we look forward to many more!

The guest artists's major selfie as orchestrated by Gene. LOL.
The guest artists’s major selfie as orchestrated by Gene. LOL.

To support Books Actually and the many local writers they feature, click here.

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Eternal Sights; Spotted Mind: Taking a Break

Eternal SightsNot taking a break from whatever I’m doing entirely, but taking a break from side posts like my uploads on Wattpad. I have not been either on time or uploading things altogether for one simple reason – I have neither idea nor time.

The year started out exciting and incredibly busy – 2 major literary projects and a few trips. Work is work, but thus far, everything has been okay at best. Despite being able to cope relatively okay, I have been feeling stretched to the point of losing both creative energy and ideas to do free writing or creating.

Therefore, I decided to trim everything down to the minimum and focus on the 2 major projects for the moment. Aside from balancing work, social life, family, writing, and other creative stuff, I’m going to suspend what I can so that I can enjoy the things I enjoy without worrying about looming deadlines or feeling guilty if I spend one weekend becoming a potato instead of churning a new story after forcing some inkling of an idea while burning the midnight oil.

That being said, I will be suspending Muse Moment until I regain time or energy for writing spurts which come close to coherent sentences (unlike this one). The rest of the sections will still see posts here and there, so you can still come in and read about the foodie, crafty, gamey, adverturey, and literary stuff that goes on.

Maybe I might sneak in a bit of Muse Moment here and there, but like I said – I really want to enjoy what I’m doing at the moment. And right now, there’s just too many self-imposed expectations, compartmentalisation, and day job fatigue to do so right now.

Thank you all for reading and see you at my next post!

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Next-in-Reading #42: RunHideSeek

Next in Reading

Title: RunHideSeek – The 1st Two Books of the Trilogy
Author: Gabby Tye
Year: 2013 & 2014
Bubbly Books

What would you do when you wake up, barefoot, aching, with mud caking your jeans, and you have no idea where you are, or what your name is? When Zee woke up in the midst of a marauding pack of teenagers an children, she remembered nothing, until her old gang came back with her history – a history of being Kayla.

The RunHideSeek series is a dystopian trilogy set in future Singapore, where disease has ravaged the world, the animals and plants are all dead, and the people are running out of food. Told through the eyes of Zee/Kayla, a fifteen year old cast out of the safe camp, the story tells of her journey to find out why she was sent out in the first place. And why soldiers from the camp are after her.

Fast-paced and action-packed, Tye has managed to craft the story into a page turner with her short sentences and visual action scenes. The design of the book helps bring the reader into the scenes, the accents and paper melding perfectly into this young adult dystopian environment. I would imagine Zee/Kayla finding a book like this while on the run.

Setting the story in a middle of a group of teenagers may not be unique in young adult circles, but Tye does a good job in localizing certain aspects of Singaporeanness without going overboard. Fighting zombies with children and teenagers? Sure. Fighting zombies with children and teenagers with no hope of finding the firearms you could somehow so easily get in stories like ‘Warm Bodies’ and ‘The Hunger Games’? I have only seen another novelist presenting a setting like this – Nicholas Yong (Land of the Meat Munchers).

The only thing which gets me in this book is how it sounds better than it reads. Quick enough to get through, the novels give you a good grasp of the story within a relatively short period of time. While the story has good-enough standing, words like “Juuuust” appearing in the book can set you off a little. Despite all that, I believe this trilogy will make an entertaining podcast series.

A great read if you would like something entertaining and relatively quick to get through, the RunHideSeek trilogy is by Gabby Tye, and published by Bubbly Books. Seek is due to be out this year, so you can find out more about the trilogy here.

And I’ll see you next week!

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Signal Boost: International Tabletop Day 2015

Signal Boost

Last week, I had a signal boost on an event which I was gearing up for this coming Friday. This week, I am trying to hold my excitement in for something after this Friday’s mayhem.


Announced quite some time back on the Geek & Sundry YouTube Channel, International Tabletop Day will be held all over the world on the 11th April 2015. I will be heading for a board game gathering with some friends and will probably be tweeting throughout the day.

Last year, our hashtag for Tabletop Day was #AreYouGameEnough. I have yet to come up with a hashtag for my Tabletop Day tweets this year so if you do have any suggestions, leave them in the comments or tweet me!

Get your cards and dice out this Saturday, and we will see you at the table!

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Muse Moment #7: Looking Inward

Muse Moment

I would say that the past few weeks has been a rather reflective time. It questions many things – of success, of respect, of death, of mortality, of hope, of rejuvenation, just to name a few. As such, I feel that my Muse Moment post today should reflect this contemplative mood I am going through, as simple as it may be.

Joelyn Alexandra

In quiet inspiration
Of left legacies.

Hopefully, I will be able to come up with more stuff when it’s time for me to upload stuff on my Wattpad! Thanks for reading!

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Signal Boost: Comic Week at Books Actually!

Signal Boost The weekend after the Good Friday weekend will be an exciting one for me. With International Tabletop Day on Saturday (11 April 2015), I find that it’s incredibly apt that I will be starting my tabletop weekend with Pictionary during Comic Week at Books Actually!

Event: Comic Week at Books Actually
Venue: Books Actually @ No. 9 Yong Siak Street
Date: 10 April 2015, Friday
Time: 7PM onwards

Prepare for battle as artists Stephanie Ho (Fatman & Superchub), Gene Whitlock (The Unsavoury Alphabet), Troy Chin (The Resident Tourist), Gwee Li Sui (The Myth of the Stone), Koh Hong Teng (10 Sticks 1 Rice), Xiao Yan (The Girl Under the Bed), Evangeline Neo (Evacomics), Andrew Tan (Drewscape), Lim Cheng Tju (International Journal of Comic Art), and Max Loh (The Road Not Taken) join Kenny (Actually, the Warlord of the Book Country) for a night of supersized Pictionary and comic madness!

For more information on the event, click here. See you there! Blanket Fortress Logo