It’s already February of a brand new decade! It’s been a challenging start to the decade hasn’t it, with bad news coming one after the other. The two cities closest to my heart, Singapore and Hong Kong, among many others, have been dealing with the hit of the COVID-19 virus.
With all that’s been going on, and myself being in the early stages of starting a new job, I didn’t have the time or the heart to share adventures from my sunny city. However, I did something much needed this month, which was to take time off. It’s incredible how some time off, sleep, catching up with family and friends and a relaxed few days can do so much good, especially in the midst of … everything.
I like to try to focus on the positive whenever possible, so there’s still happy news, despite not going out much to avoid the spread of the virus and all. Happy news like recently winning some book vouchers (this is super exciting for me!), scoring a fantastic deal online for a dress I love which I’ve been eyeing for months and also having my blog featured in this list of the 24 Best Lifestyle Blogs in Singapore on the Best in Singapore website!
I’m delighted that the Best in Singapore team included my little personal blog in their list among so many incredible blogs, several which I read as well! :) My blog is a personal site and I do this as a hobby, so this is both wonderful news and encourages me to keep at it. Do check out my feature here, and maybe discover other Singapore lifestyle blogs to add to your reading list!
Moving on with the post, I wanted to share about this new art exhibition I visited recently, featuring the works of Singaporean illustrator and author Lee Kow Fong, perhaps more commonly known as Ah Guo (阿果). The exhibition is called Whimsical Reality and is currently on show at the Singapore Flyer.
Ah Guo is known for his colourful, happy and childlike illustrations, featuring locations and scenes of Singapore, which he sketches and then completes into watercolour paintings. These watercolour paintings are the ones on display at the exhibition.
According to the friendly staff who shared this with me at the exhibition, these paintings are not for sale. If you live in Singapore though, you might have come across a wide selection of merchandise featuring Ah Guo’s illustrations in bookstores and gift shops. Personally, I’m a fan of his work and have bought some of his stationery products for myself and as gifts, so I was pretty excited to see this mini exhibition dedicated to showcasing his work. Bonus: the exhibition is FREE admission! :)
I really liked how the Singapore Flyer created this exhibit, with light music tinkling softly in the background and a few items of Singaporean elements on display alongside the paintings. The whole lighthearted vibe just matches the works on display, which is great!
I thought it was a good idea to share this post now in the midst of all the noise and worry, for a little positivity and reprieve. This exhibition just opened in January and there is no confirmed closing date for it. When I asked, the staff told me that it’ll likely be ongoing for quite a long time, depending on the response from the public. I hope you get a chance to check it out too!