a homemade chocolate chip and toffee cookie larger than the size of my palm!
p.s. recipe for cookie in this post!
|our first day in seoul we took a cable car to the top of this mountain where there was this lookout tower,|
a couple of guys in traditional dress performing whatever duty this still serves, and a tower to
take you even higher up.
|street shopping in seoul. tons and tons of people and tons and tons of merchandise. very colorful advertising|
covers every surface.
|kitchen utensil seller. this guy came over to see what i was drawing. it's you, dude with a pony tail and a fan.|
this shop was jam packed with every utensil you could imagine for the kitchen.
|the umbrellas were part of the market that really began to stand out for me. the repeating pattern was|
something soothing in the pushing, shoving, shopping, advertising conglomeration i was suddenly a part of.
|a quiet staircase that climbs a huge hill in insa-dong.|
|ancient and contemporary. this drawing is a metaphor for seoul in general. you can feel the history of the city|
down to the mud huts of millennia ago. and you can feel it pushing into contemporary, everyone with their
heads in their samsung phones, dressed in something outlandish, stuffed in the ancient alleys between high
rising post-modern buildings.
|one of the buildings at the palace. i drew this one from outside the wall. |
it's one of my favorite sketches from the trip.
|my favorite little canal. it had lanterns strung across it the whole distance. it was a quiet place in the midst|
of the bustling city above. here i stood above it on the bridge. i have another drawing where i sat at the
edge of the water.
|the city center in seoul. our hotel was not far from here so i stopped here and drew a couple of different|
angles of this space. then i walked up the street about 2km and stopped along the way and sketched
as many things as i could.
|a view from our window at the Vie hotel in Bangkok. giant skyscrapers and hotels and condominium buildings and sheet metal shacks beneath all of it.|
|one of my favorite places that we visited in bangkok. the grand palace and the temple of the emerald buddha. we had a private tour guide and a driver. our tour guide was a bit nuts. the driver seemed calm and only gave wry chuckles to stories and the occasional response to our guide. they were cartoons right out of a movie driving us around the streets of bangkok.|
|the temple of the emerald buddha. this is about a 10 minute sketch. i couldn't finish it out because we|
couldn't take photographs. and this does not do it justice. the walls are covered with a mural every bit
as detailed and as moving as i'm certain the sistine chapel is. the emerald buddha sits in the center,
surrounded by standing buddhas. there are piles of jasmine and incense and cash boxes where
you can make a donation.
|view of the city from equinox restaurant at the stamford swissotel.|
|one of the first things we did in singapore was eat at a hawker center at pasir panjang. this is lunch the|
next day at people's park in chinatown. we were seated at the community seating, cafeteria-style tables
and these guys were eating something delicious looking across from us. it was quite crowded and
people constantly streamed passed our table. the giant oscillating fan cooled the place.
|another hawker center. this is where we ate chili crab, prawns, grilled stingray. a couple of beers. a couple of|
fish. a couple of vegetables. and everything was delicious. really delicious. this was a hawker center near
where mindy grew up. one of my favorite dinners.
|famous chinese temple on bugis street. there were tons of people in the street. the little umbrella stands reminded|
me of the street market in seoul.
|besides eating, shopping is the thing to do in singapore. orchard road is a street lined with every high end and|
middle end brand you can ever imagine and about 6 versions of each. this is ion mall, a melting structure of
glass held up by pillars that mimic tree branches.
|looking out the window from opera art gallery on one of the upper floors at ion. the art was neon colored|
acrylic twisted into big candy wrppers. the green one had a soccer ball in it. the little green guy is kwon ki soo's
character. i had to add him in. they had one of his paintings on the wall and i find his aesthetic fun and new.
|standing in the middle of the bridge with a sketchbook. this is clarke quay (pronounced 'key' [british spelling|
i imagine, for the same reason clark ends in an 'e']). went for foot massage with my father-in-law after sketching
here for few minutes.
|singapore national botanic gardens. it's really hot in singapore, so it took some courage to come out of the|
AC long enough to go to the gardens, but it was one of our favorite places to visit. this is an old british
colonial building in the middle of the orchid garden.
|orchids. (pictures and post on our trip to the botanic gardens can be read here)|
|my legs got eaten by ants, because i had to stand in the jungle grass underneath the bridge to draw this. |
this is the henderson waves bridge, and this is the best version of the several that i did. this bridge is a cool
space because it really is one of the only quiet places in the city.
|a view of the city from the deck in front of the artscience museum looking across the bay. there is so much|
new construction going on in singapore. there are giant cranes hanging off every other building.
|a view of the city from our hotel room at marina bay sands (MBS). the artscience museum is that flower|
on the right. esplanade, the performing arts center are the bug eyes in the middle ground.
the tall building behind it is the stamford swissotel and equinox. see post here.
|the infinity pool overlooking the city on the skydeck at marina bay sands. featured in this post.|
|esplanade, the performing arts center that looks like 2 bug eyes. stamford swissotel in the background. i drew|
this from across the bay standing on the deck at the artscience musuem. the sunset was so full that night.
and after the sun set, we watched a laser light and water show on the bay.
|behind MBS is gardens by the bay all lit up at light. the colored forms at the right are giant versions of|
the bougainvillea terraces they have at the getty museum in LA. the glass building is another botanical
garden. the space is still under construction so it looks a lot different during the day as trucks haul in huge
trees and plants and crews build the giant landscape designed space. it's better at night though, because
this is really the end of the city lights as you look out pass MBS and the rest of the city.