Sunday, April 17, 2011

Singapore Heritage Shophouse No. 36 - SOLD

"Singapore Heritage Shophouse Series No. 36"
6x6 Oil on Panel
Available through Chan Hampe Gallery
I'm really starting to enjoy these night scenes.  A fair portion of the shophouses are white or cream colored. So often during the day, the sun is strong (or its super hazy), the houses are white, and there is very little shadow.  In other words, it's a pretty uninteresting scene, except for the fact that the shophouses have really interesting architecture.  But then, once the signs light up at night, new colors and shapes show up, and an otherwise drab scene becomes quite beautiful.

This weekend two of the other artists in the studio made me try Stinky Tofu.  I'm a pretty adventurous eater, but usually for my general meals, I do tend to eat western food.  It's easier to pack a sandwich than to try and make something local.  And eating from the hawker's isn't the healthiest option (a lot of it is fried rice and noodle varieties - not good for a girlish figure).  So they seem to think I don't eat enough local fare, even though I do eat a fair share.  In any case, they made me try stinky tofu.  It smelled like a combination of dirty socks and body odor, but the first bite I tried wasn't so bad.  Kind of just tasted like tofu.  So then I made my mistake.  I tried the second bite.  As I was eating that second bite, it was much more pungent and somehow the taste very much tasted like the first bite smelled.  It tasted like I was eating dirty socks.  And then after I finished, the taste/smell seemed to get stuck in my mouth and nose. I couldn't get rid of it.  Ungh.  Not my thing, I can tell you that.  But the tea boiled eggs weren't too bad, and there was another dessert kind of thing that tasted a bit like apple crumble.  So if anyone offers you stinky tofu, it is, in fact, stinky.


  1. Nice atmosphere in this one. The sign even glows.

  2. Oh Shelby,
    you are BRAVE.
    Just the name puts me off and the smell would've sent me running.I'll pretty much try anything but......
    I used to work in a Chinese Restaurant (I may have mentioned this before) and the cooks, of course, ate the way they'd eat at home. Chinese people do not eat batter fried food or chow mein or PuPu platters. They eat rice and vegetables and meat and seafood. I learned to prefer their cooking over the restaurant fare especially the tofu. Didn't like the bitter melon's bitter ;) and the worst thing I ever put in my mouth was a gritty Octopus tentacle. Ewwwwwwwwwww. Discreetly spit it into a napkin. Gross.

    I'm loving what you're doing with facades here. I would love to see what you see every day.


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