I know there’s been some radio silence around the place of late. I’ve been keeping busy. Alongside my work and church commitments, I’ve been helping out with a start-up clothing label. A.BCH is the brainchild of my friend Courtney; a fashion label with an eye on ethics, sustainability and transparency throughout the supply and production chain, and I’ve been helping with some of the production side in my spare time.
In the image above I’m wearing my new A.BCH A05, an organic linen button up shirt, along with A06 organic denim tote, a limited edition print created for our research and development night late last year.
I love our stuff, and can’t wait to see the business expand and grow, and hopefully make a difference in what is one of the world’s dirtiest industries.
I spent my final day wandering around the city centre. The Orchard Road shopping precinct is pretty intense, lined with shopping malls, but one doesn’t have to wander too far to find things of interest.
me @ the singapore squirrels: *kissing noises*
squirrels: *run away*
me: hey come back lil buddy !
squirrels: *don’t come back*
Then all that remained was going back to the airport for a 7ish hour over-night flight back to Melbourne.
By this time I had walked well over 80 km in the three days I’d been in Singapore. The third day saw us head up to the MacRitchie Park/Reservoir which is a jungled nature reserve and water catchment area.
So, on with the show.
I had more than one person tell me before I went that Singapore is the cleanest city I’d ever go to, but I have to say that isn’t really the impression I got when I was there. Maybe it’s because I was taken around areas that aren’t on your usual tourist checklist, but I saw my share of grime and litter (Singaporeans blame it on visiting Malaysians I’m told). Also, who expects to find a ditch that had been recently de-natured and had apparently been used as a dumping ground for random rubbish including Eames-style chairs ? Certainly not me (but I do love that kind of thing, so…).
By the end of the third day my feet were ready to part with the rest of me and go to an early grave. RIP.
Look! It’s more of what I did in Singapore. Day two featured the Botanic Gardens and a visit to Singapore Art Museum which I didn’t know was hosting work from the Singapore Biennale 2016 (which I didn’t even know was happening—good timing, hey?).
So, first the Botanic Gardens…
From there it was back to the city, and after conferring with my Spoon friend I decided I wanted to see some contemporary art, so on to the Singapore Art Museum housed in the former St. Joseph’s Institution, an old catholic school for boys.
I Wander, I Wonder, 2016
Mixed media: found objects, artist-made icons, concrete and paint
Endless Hours at Sea, 2014, 2016
Video, sound and light installation, water, stainless steel, aluminium, mechanics, LED light and air compression
Noah’s Garden II, 2016
Aluminium alloy steel frame, mirror glass, LED lighting, real and artificial plants and rocks
Jaonua: The Nothingness (King of Meat:The Nothingness), 2016
5-channel video installation
Mardijker Photo Studio, 2015
Installation with framed photographs (digital C print on paper)
Land of Undefined Territory, 2014-2015
Archival pigment print and museum rag board
I had a lot of people mention how good the food is when I said I was heading to Singapore, and I’m pretty particular about what I eat so this night really proved it to be true. I mean, they probably weren’t talking about the Indian food, but man, the mushroom curry I ate was next level. So good. Little India was pretty amazing as well.
And here’s a picture of one of the Singaporean kopitiam or coffee shops that are all over the city.
Okay, bye. (More coming soon).
I’ve been needing a break for a while. To get away from everything. So I made a decision, and last week I took off to Singapore for a few days. I was visiting someone I kind of knew through the Internet and seeing a part of the world I haven’t previously.
Here’s a kind of look at some of what I pointed my camera at…
What you see here starts at East Coast Park and winds around to Gardens By the Bay, into the Cloud Forest then through the city and ending up on Fort Canning hill. It seems that I didn’t take too many pictures of the city because I’m far too obsessed with the tropical plants.
More coming soon…
Lydia Cole. How ? How do you manage this every time ? No one’s music touches me in the way yours does, creeps through the cracks in my hard exterior like yours does. Breaks me open in the way yours does. Welcome back, and thank you so so so much.
The situation is this
I have found myself in a situation
I have become entangled
In a situation
With a stranger on the Internet
I like my situation
To be frank with you
To be quite honest
It is a delightful exchange
And behind the words
There are feelings
Stretching and growing
Taking on shapes
Like strange topiary inside
And on the screen