Thursday, March 15, 2018

The Teacher

A book written by a retired teacher the story spans across educational changes and the modernizing Singapore from the Seventies to the Nineties. Through the desire of a modern woman, it described the journey where desires slowly corrupt the young mind, resulting in disappointment, betrayal, and hatred.

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Monday, October 30, 2017

With The Wind

It was last year that I suggested to Hoon Loon that we should gather his verses which he has been posting on the FaceBook into a printed book. I shared with him the joy of writing and publishing. At that time, he was hiding in his home recuperating and thinking through his life; he had a stroke which paralysed half of his body. Writing gives him inspiration and a sense of being, perhaps at his low point, one would ask the same question: What is Life?  What are we doing here on earth? Where am I going? Well, we have plenty of answers, but they seem too remote to be useful at the moment, he was trapped in his immobility and frustration. Writing gives one a sense of releasing his thoughts and emotions, which perhaps is all there is required for the purpose of life.
In September, I gathered all his verses from the Facebook and select them for this book. It was a joy to read and reread them in the quiet night and designing the book. Perhaps it was my early acquaintance with printing that gives me the joy in designing books, posters, and postcards. My dad worked in the press and he often brought me to his workplace, I would watch paste-up artists, photographers, offset printers, all working hard at their desks or operating the huge machinery. I went through the desktop revolution and see work scope being replaced and retrenchment. Lives had to change and we made changes. Hoon Loon too has to make changes. Laozi said what goes up has to come down, paralleling the Bell curve.

A verse from Hoon Loon
you can stay here
with your common sense
i am soaring to the moon
with my nonsense.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Friday, September 23, 2016

Transference - from Kandinsky to Architecture to Digital Suprematism

A book Exploring Kandinsky, Architecture, and Suprematism. Shengyiyu Zhu and Italo Castella in collaboration. Buy paperback at Amazon or hardcover at Lulu

Kandinsky’s work of lines, shapes and colours was chosen as the premise for exploration and translation of art into an architecture language to be used and demonstrated in a dwelling project for a musician. Kandinsky’s very special form of abstraction derived from his understanding of music, free of things of nature and the past, but of things of the abstract which were forms of virtual creation derived from his subjective universe. As paintings should never be a copy of other things, not nature, not human, not everyday things, but of itself.

A two storey house of two geometrical shapes, one stable and another rotated, punctured by an axis from one into another and terminated on the outside with a subtraction in a two-dimensional circle. Planes of different shapes attached themselves to the axis, all miraculously anchors themselves with the line.

Using the three-dimensional model of the house, a virtual camera explores different angles with varying focal length, perspective and axonometric were generated with different shading of the model, such as wire frame, X-ray and hidden lines. At times the model is also sectioned to allow one to explore the inside of the model. Sectional planes could be vertical, horizontal or slanting. The lines also take on different forms, thin continuous or dash lines. 
With the captured images, certain areas were given weight with black fill or sometimes various greys. The images are presented with different layering, alternating between two-dimensional and three-dimensional. 
Through the digital medium, the final images started from the simple to complex interactions where the mind is no long able to grasp the initial simplicity of forms. It is led to trace and move from one line to another to another, pausing as the becomes shapes. Energy moves, pauses, explodes, coalesces, races, and dissipate in a geometrical landscape of transference between the two and three dimension.

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Portraits of Singapore with Antonio Berlusconi

One great book on the Art of Street Photography. It details how fun street photography can be done even with an inexpensive action cam, the Xiao Yi, from the same company that brings the Mi mobile. It makes street photography seems so easy, in fact, it is that easy, if one learns to strike a quick rapport with strangers, and yes anyone can learn the skill, which the photographer has shown in the book.
Simple text accompanies each photograph and provides additional information that makes for an easy read. It is a leisure book that showcases Singapore's unique people and culture that most tourists would not have encountered. It shows the liveliness and spontaneity of the people in multicultural Singapore. One would definitely feel the pulse and dynamism of Singapore's diversity.

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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Dao De Jing

This is a coloring book for all ages, children, teenagers, adults or seniors. It is the first of its kind where the ancient classic Dao De Jing is reproduced in Modern Chinese Calligraphy, using traditional Chinese brushes and ink written on rice paper. On the left pages are the most common texts reproduced in Fang Song typeface, with calligraphy artwork on the right. These pages allow for quick references. Dao De Jing is the most translated text written around 500 B.C. by the author commonly know as Lao Zi. It forms the philosophical text of Chinese thoughts apart from Confucianism.
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Sunday, August 21, 2016

Coloring for Seniors - Little India, explained

This is a very special colouring book - sketches of real places and real people of the EXOTIC Little India. It is also special to me as I worked on this book together with my younger son. Inside you will find our sketches, documenting the lives and activities of Little India. The sketches are rendered with lines and etching, creating a classical form with a modern twist and perspectives. You can get a copy here,
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The cover is a sketch of the fish monger at the Tekka Market from a high angle. This market is special because the frantic activities can be viewed from the upper floor. Here we can see the spectacle of morning grocery and food marketing. This was a scene recreated from photographs of the 80s, where sign boards and refrigeration were not a common sight. Fishes were laid on top of the stall with some ice cubes spread above and underneath them. The floor was usually wet and soon it would become greasy as one walked along the aisles from one stall to another. Perhaps, one could recall doing grocery with one's mother or aunt, mesmerized by the price haggling, laughter, at times screamings, couples with the stench of raw fishes, pork and mutton.

Drawn with Platinum 3776 EF Nib.
The Gentleman. It is a common scene where old India gentleman’s dressing in their neatly ironed traditional daily wear, having his breakfast. The same beverage and the same Prata, nothing special, nothing bothers him. Every day is just another day. The same dressing, but he is not complaining about boredom as everyday is another repeat of the same. Perhaps he has seen through all the fancy and superficiality of live. Perhaps the ultimate reality lies in the flavour of ‘masala cha’ and the daily recurrence.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Coloring Places - Tiong Bahru

This coloring book is about real places and real people, it captures the Genius Loci of Tiong Bahru, a place that is constantly changing, reflecting the pulse of the young and spirit of the entrepreneur generation. The creative spirit and innovative approach to life is part of the everyday scene of Tiong Bahru. Though it is constantly moving, it has tried to hang on to its rich history. However, the sweeping economic forces and social changes would slowly shift and mould its current history. Its history is also influenced by global trend through the huge influx of both foreign and local creative class. The hip and trendy, late twenty to late thirty, artists, writers, designers, architects, lawyers, accountants, economists form the proactive residents of Tiong Bahru. Contrary to popular myth of authority's gentrification as the impetus for the changes in Tiong Bahru, causing rental to rise and displacing the existing residents, it is the economic forces and flow of foreigners vacating from the town center to the peripheral accelerating these changes, for some it is for the better, but for those being displaced it would seem that it is going down hill.
Since the sketches had been made, many places had changed, trees had fallen and landscape had been  re-moulded, people came and left, shops opened and shifted away. Many of the sketches become a figment of the memory of those yesterdays, for the new comers it is the history of the place, for those who lived through them, it is a certain loss and erasure of their existence. Perhaps through these sketches and colouring them, it would bring back fond memories.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Learning about art

Interesting story of how the Art is a storage of money and how it can use for evading taxes and money laundering. The Panama Papers are quite revealing.
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Monday, October 5, 2015

Yiyu's Exhibition at French Book Shop

After setting foot on the path of an Artist I am once
again amazed at the leftover history at this quiet blocks
of shophouses that bustles at night. It led me to take up
my pen once more. --- Zhu Shengyiyu
An Exhibition at the French Book Shop, Tiong Bahru
Link :

55, Tiong Bahru Road #01-53 Open 11am-6pm Wed, Thu, Fri. 
  • Closed on Monday, Tuesday, Sunday
  • Singapore, Singapore 160055

The Tiong Bahru Club 
Ink on paper, platinum 14K gold nib
25th September 2015
The Tiong Bahru Club. A place i stumbled
upon while walking along the shophouses
and admiring the interesting curvature and
shapes which were different to those in
Little India. 

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Project 49 - 49 days of painting Marina Bay Sands

Project 49. Everyday, I painted the Marina Bay Sands, pondered about the significant of it all for 49 days. It was a form of meditation. 49 days has a great significant in Chinese numerology, pugilistic master goes into a sealed cave or room to meditate for 7x7 days and supposedly emerge with greater wisdom. '49 days' is a form of therapy of the mind. The process was really enriching as I had to juggle with work, traveling and the growing size of the canvas I had painted. It is all worth, as discipline and perseverance is key to completion of the project. I had selected some to be printed on fabric and used in these 'Throw Pillow' . Enjoy and thank you to all. Have a great Christmas!!!

Project 49 - 49 days of painting Marina Bay Sands

Project 49. Everyday, I painted the Marina Bay Sands, pondered about the significant of it all for 49 days. It was a form of meditation. 49 days has a great significant in Chinese numerology, pugilistic master goes into a sealed cave or room to meditate for 7x7 days and supposedly emerge with greater wisdom. '49 days' is a form of therapy of the mind. The process was really enriching as I had to juggle with work, traveling and the growing size of the canvas I had painted. It is all worth, as discipline and perseverance is key to completion of the project. I had selected some to be printed on fabric and used in these 'Throw Pillow' . Enjoy and thank you to all. Have a great Christmas!!!

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Saturday, November 29, 2014

2 Face - Photography and Poetry. Meng Foo and Dan Snow

This book was inspired by 2Face the coffee shop at Tiong Bahru. In the day it was a traditional coffee shop serving Yong Dau Foo and noodles, but in the night it becomes western restaurant serving Pizza and some fusion dishes.

A sketch of 2 Face

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

A Beautiful Day – A Love Story

I had photographed many weddings since the Eighties, no other wedding had touched me so deeply except this very special one which I had the opportunity to participate. Each time I revisit the photographs I learned to see the beauty of life and I am more determined to live each moment to its fullest. The big picture becomes clearer and the nasty little distractions dissolve into obscurity. This beauty motivates me to retell the story in this Photographic Non-Fiction Book bestrewed with comment from the bride and her friends. 

More than 400 over pages photographs described that special day. A woman's living wish to be married in Church was fulfilled by her friends after she suffered a relapse of her incurable sickness. A beautiful and touching day that one would always remember. 

Sept 26th 2016
About a week ago, a friend bought a copy of this book and she said that she cried when looking through the book. The only thing is that the photos did not come out well in the printing, black is not black enough. I knew about the difficulties in black and white printing, it is just not economical enough to print them in the highest quality and eventually the solution is to have them printed in color and look like Monochrome. My consideration was to have the images and the words tell the story, even when the quality of the images suffer, as I prefer to have the book than have no book while waiting for the perfecting. Perhaps for me the perfection is in getting the story out at the cost that we all could afford. 

Here I had made a slight improvement by designing them in Hardcover and better quality paper. Hope I can get more copies sold. BUY HERE Hardcover!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Yoga in Nature - an exploration of nature and the mind

A photographic journey of yoga and nature inspired by the yoga instructors. Through YOGA and nature, we hope to see the relationship between man/woman and nature as completeness and wholeness. The limitless situations and their responses present a certain coincidence of occasion, where we could see the beauty in the mundane or the mundane in the beautiful. Both coexisting and situate in the landscape of stillness, framed and freeze in a single moment, a single imagery. Presenting themselves for the readers’ interpretations and calisthenics of the minds. All will seek an inward journey reaching the ocean of inner within – the whiteness of peace.
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After many months of photographing, reading and pondering, the book is finally out.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Saturday, October 4, 2014

One Bodhi Tree

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This is a record of the celebration and praying on honour of the special Bodhi Tree.

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

We love PAP

Election documentation
All the teammates were raised up above the crowd when they won!
I had put the photos into a Photobook form. They can be purchased here

Friday, September 19, 2014


We had great fun

It was a great way to promote healthy and friendly living.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Take a Portrait - Artist Day Out at Istana Park

This is a community project to bring awareness among people living in Singapore, helping to foster a happy and friendly environment. It was started a few years ago in Little India. Portraits were taken and the workers wrote on the photographs and we helped to send them back to India or Bangladesh. Now it has enlarged to include all who love this country.

We started with Little India.
Take a portrait awareness event. To date we had done 3 of such events in the first year. We had 2 sponsors, Cher Tan and Fotohub. The first one we did was at Little India, the second at Golden Mile Complex and the third Lucky Plaza vicinity. 

The Plan.

Thank you to our first sponsor of the event Cher Tan, we deeply appreciate his generous donation. Slight changes to the timing as advised by Ande. It will be postponed to 23rd Sunday from 10:00am to 12:00noon

Usher -
Printer - Ande
Photographer - Meng Foo
Date: 23rd Oct, Sunday

Start Time : 10:00am to 12:00noon, (Volunteer are to come at 9:30am for briefing)

Venue : Golden Mile Complex, Beach Rd
Contact Email :

An event to bring awareness to Singaporean about the contributions the foreign workers have done in Singapore. At the same time, provide the foreign workers a photograph to send home. Simple set up with cameras and swapping of SD card for printing by Ande. The project cost is consumables or printing cost only. We are looking for sponsors for the premise and printing cost. If possible, the postage can be sponsored too will be great. It will be held in Golden Mile Complex.

For Golden Mile Complex Event
The set up

The briefing started at 9:30am at Golden Mile Complex, in front of unit #01-46.
All volunteer photographers are to bring at least 2 SD cards so that the card can be swapped for printing. Please indicate your name on the card to reduce confusion during the printing process.
Ushers will help to explain and prepare the people for the shoot. Allocate 1 ushers to a photographer. Usher will helps to put in name and contribution of the worker on plastic cards with erasable ink to go with the portraits.
Ande will manage his printer with a helper to give out the print. The helper will help to ensure addresses are written behind the postcard. So the last step is a stamp to go with it.

The printer is a speedy printer this time

Volunteer required to stay from 10:00am to 12:00noon

Ushers and helper minimum 2 – Shashi
Photographer minimum 1 – Meng Foo
Printer minimum 1 – Ande