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Saturday, October 18, 2008

Hanging Out at Kenyalang Park: Part 2

The Kenyalang Park Wet Market has been around for quite some time.

I can't really remember what the uncle there told me, but I think it was built sometime in the mid-90s thereabouts, more or less. Plus or minus.

In my days of youth, I usually hung out at the Petanak Market cos they had good food at night & into the wee hours of the morning. The Keo Chap Bee Hoon, Porridge & sugar cane drinks were to die for. So was the sugar cane stall's owner's daughter.

But I had never been to the Kenyalang Wet Market before. I know, it sounds pathetic.

So naturally, when I brought my students over for a sketching trip, I didn't really know whether it would meet our expectations.

I wasn't talking about the food of course. We were after something more visually simulating & aesthetically more interesting.

From the wet market, you can see the surrounding Kenyalang Park houses. If not for the recent ammendment in the land renewal rates, the owners would have lost their land titles.

And what you'd see here would have been something else instead. In place of these beautiful & colourful rooftops would be a white multi-million ringgit turn key project - Telekom University.

But for now, the battle has been won, & things will remain the same. For now.

This is one of the frequent fixtures at the market.

For some reason, the uncle repeatedly kept asking me to take a photo of the dog's teeth. I obliged of course.

Before I left, my wife managed to get me to buy a bunch of veges for dinner.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Hanging Out at Kenyalang Park: Part 1

I brought a bunch of kids to the Kenyalang Park Wet Market this morning.

This is what I meant by kids. They're not really kids anymore, but they're not old enough to be adults either.

It's always nice to be able to get away from the classroom & the office. This is one part of the job that I enjoy the most. It's like being given the license to sit in the kopitiam during office hours you know.

The kids were supposed to do gesture drawings, which meant fast sketches of things/people on the move.

So in sketches like these, you can't capture too much detail. You'd try to sketch down the essence of things like the outlines. But I guess in an old place like Kenyalang Park, nothing moves fast anymore.

I was excited by this trip partly because it was an opportunity for me to do some photo shooting with my small amateurish Nikon Coolpix for poor people.

More shots to come...

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Ah Beng in Class

I have an unstoppable habit of doodling & sketching on the edges & corners of my notebook, when I'm attending seminars, workshops, conferences & meetings.

I've been doing that eversince I was still in my undergrad years, in class. That's like 15 years ago man. I know, it's a very nerdy thing to do. But what makes it even more nerdier was that I had actually cut all these little doodles up & kept them.

I didn't really know the real reason I kept them for. Maybe one day when the stock market crashes, I might need them.

Or maybe I thought that one day I would be able to keep them nicely in an album & then pass them down to my nerdy great grandchildren as priceless heirloom.
Oh, by the way, these were all done using a variety of cheap ball point pens.

Sunday, October 12, 2008