A couple weeks ago, my teacher had a solo painting exhibition.  It has been sometime since his last solo.  He showed off his best 100+ Chinese paintings and a couple of ink sketches.  Most of them were sceneries and daily lives of Singapore people.  It lasted four days and he had sold most of them.  The remaining paintings will be exhibited in American Club from today for a few days.  To our surprised, we were told that he would give his sketches to some students who had helped during the exhibition.  It is a thank you note from him to us.  This is what I got.

clarke quay

Clarke Quay – Singapore

A bit of history from Wiki. Clarke Quay is a historical riverside quay in Singapore, located within the Singapore River Planning Area. The quay is situated upstream from the mouth of the Singapore River and Boat Quay.  Clarke Quay was named after Sir Andrew Clarke, Singapore’s second Governor and Governor of the Straits Settlements from 1873 to 1875, who played a key role in positioning Singapore as the main port for the Malay states of Perak.

The Singapore River has been the centre of trade since modern Singapore was founded in 1819. During the colonial era, Boat Quay was the commercial centre where barge lighters would transport goods upstream to warehouses at Clarke Quay.  At the height of its prosperity, dozens of bumboats jostled for mooring space beside Clarke Quay. This continued well into the later half of the 20th century. By this time, the Singapore River had also become very polluted. The government decided to relocate cargo services to a new modern facility. The bumboats and lorries departed to their new home and Clarke Quay fell silent.  Clarke Quay has since been converted into a pedestrian mall.

At present, five blocks of restored warehouses house various restaurants and nightclubs. There are also moored Chinese junks (tongkangs) that have been refurbished into floating pubs and restaurants.  River cruises and river taxis on the Singapore River can be accessed from Clarke Quay. One of its most popular attractions is its exciting host of CQ’s signature events happening once every quarter. Clark Quay has become known as a hub of Singaporean nightclubs. Clarke Quay MRT Station is located within the vicinity. A new SOHO concept development cum shopping centre called The Central, above the MRT station.

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