Street Art or ‘Arrrghhhh’….?

June 25, 2012 at 11:53 pm | Posted in itchy fingers | Leave a comment
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One of the recent hot topics in the news is about a local artist expressing her artistic freedom by plastering tongue-in-cheek stickers on traffic lights and stencilling words on roads and public buildings. In some countries, graffiti, or street art are more common and accepted by people, and there are some artists famed for their street art. But here in Singapore, other than a few designated areas, it is against the law to use public places as canvases for art. There are people who are against graffiti or street art. They view it as unsightly markings that vandalise, disfigure and dirty public properties, and to clean up, valuable public funds, resources and manpower are used.

But street art, as the name implies, belongs to the street. Itchyfingers are not totally against street art, as long as it is done nicely…hahah…Most of the graffiti here are found sporadically on lamp poles or walls, and we have to agree that most are just vandalism rather than art. But there is one place that you can find better graffiti work, and it seems legal or maybe people there are more tolerant and feel that the chaos rather complement the kind of businesses and atmosphere there. It creates a narrow escape for graffiti artists to express themselves freely, and is none other than Haji Lane.

Each time Itchyfingers visit Haji Lane, we are able to find new artwork…

The first thing we saw was this colorful wall mural depicting indians of
South/Central Amercia…the whole shophouse was coated but the street was
too narrow for us to move
 backward for a wider shot 

Another part of the mural. Nice colourful headgear that looked like a 

Street art belongs to the street, so things like the wheeler-bin or a motorbike
parked against the wall are all part and parcel of its presentation…

The mural was done to promote this brand of spray paints developed by our
local graffiti artist… 

Integrating the artwork into part of the shop’s decor…

As part of the shop’s branding…

Event posters plastered on pillar…

How are you?

Stencilling is one of the quickest way of graffiti art besides stickers….

This is cool…Stencilling plus spraying a chimpanzee on a ball…

Another nice one…See the difference between art and ‘arrghhhh’ here?

Nice! The beauty of these street art is they may be here today and gone
replaced by another layer of spray paint. Catch them while they
are still
 around, before the authorities decide to hunt for the culprits and clean
up the so-called mess and return the walls their original boring state….

Also see related post:
> A Narrow Escape 


What’s on Your Plate?

June 22, 2012 at 11:44 pm | Posted in itchy fingers | Leave a comment
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Recently, within a short two-week’s time, there were two unfortunate and fatal road accidents involving Singaporean driving overseas for holidays. 😦 One was in Australia, the other in New Zealand – both are vast countries with long, straight and endless highways. Coincidentally, Itchyfingersfirst road trip happened to be in New Zealand, and thank goodness for us, it was a fairly smooth journey throughout with no road bullies, no bad weather, and no traffic police jumping out from the bush to fine anyone exceeding the speed limit of 100km/h, even by just a little. Hahah…of course, that was a joke we made cos Tisu Boy’s friend was really issued a ticket by the traffic police. He didn’t notice they were around until it was too late…

Well, Itchyfingers were blessed to have a safe road journey, in which Tisu Boy loved to brag that it was because he had superb driving skills…But skills aside, sometimes unfamiliarity with a foreign country’s traffic rules and conditions can really get you into troubles. The endless highways, especially in places like New Zealand, which run through some flat landscapes can be quite monotonous after a while. Many a time we were the only car on the road. So it is easy for drivers to feel drowsy after hours of driving. The ideal situation is to have a second driver to share the driving load or very chatty passenger(s) to keep the driver awake, unless he is one that needs 100% concentration and cannot drive and talk at the same time. Unfortunately, I don’t drive and though talkative at times, am one of those who gets sleepy-bug attacks whenever I am on a moving vehicle.. :p I doze off quite easily when my mouth is not moving (either talking or eating) after a certain time frame, usually within a maximum of an hour.

So to keep both of us safe on the road, I have to be awake! But how? I can’t keep eating right?

Recently, while driving on the roads of Malaysia, I discovered something that I can do, besides eating, talking and singing out-of-tune – to keep a look-out for unique or even funny car plate numbers! As we all know, Singapore latest privately owned cars have three letters that starts with an S. To avoid confusion, no vowels were used after the letter S so no meaningful words can be formed, e.g. SEA, SIT, SEX, SEE etc.

But things are totally different in Malaysia and that is what makes it so interesting! 😀

Driving this car will never get you lost cos it is a MAP! 😀

We have MBS (Marina Bay Sand) in Malaysia too!

Saw RWS (Resort World Sentosa) too, but it sped past us too quickly…

JAW! Beware of killer shark!

If you can’t hold your bladder during long-distance driving, don’t ever stay behind this car….

Cos it will keep reminding you that you need to PEE! 😀 The car seems
to be wearing a cheeky grin on his face…

Wow, January 1111? Did he bid for this?

Just last month, the paper reported that there was a record RM520,000 (S$213,000) bid for “WWW 1” licence plate, which is the acronym for World Wide Web. Sounds crazy right? Itchyfingers‘ car happened to have a rather auspicious number when read in Mandarin or even the Cantonese dialect, but really, we didn’t bid for it! Hahah…So I wonder if these car owners really bid for these plate numbers or it was just coincidence? Otherwise, I wonder how much does this plate fetch in the market…

WTF!!!! We also see the milder version, WTH, but it was too fast for us to 
catch up… 

Itchyfingers will continue to look for interesting car plate numbers to stay alert! 😀

Also see related post:
> Under Probation

Building a LovingSG

June 20, 2012 at 7:16 pm | Posted in itchy mouth | Leave a comment
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Always wanted to be part of the National Day celebration but always failed to secure tickets to the Parade? Now you have a chance to be part of it! Of course, Itchyfingers are not trying to sell the much sought-after tickets here…hahah…

If you never have a chance to be at the Parade, maybe the next best thing to feel like you are part of it will be to have someone or something there to represent you?

Held in conjunction with Singapore’s 47th National Day this coming 9 August, the “Building  a LovingSG” event let you customise your own pair of LEGO minifigures with a donation as little as $5. One of the figures will be placed on the seating gallery of the miniature Marina Bay Floating Platform re-created using LEGO bricks, while the other is for your keepsake as a reminder of your participation. This LEGO mini platform will then be brought down to the actual Parade Day for display!

Itchyfingers were at Funan Centre during the weekend and happened to pass by this roadshow at the ground floor. We knew about this from the news but didn’t pay attention on where can we participate. So it was a nice surprise.

All proceeds go to the Straits Time School Pocket Money Fund…

The last time Itchyfingers were in the Parade was a couple of years back, and it was only the Preview. Since it is for charity, we decided to be part of it and made a donation of $10…that means we can have two pairs of figures!

Body parts on the table! Er…not much choices leh…cos we saw some figures
with interesting hairstyles seated on the platform…the nicer and more 
popular ones must had run out liao…. 😮

Tisu Boy reminiscing his childhood….

We used up all the available shirts, pants, hairstyles and head accessories
to form our four minifigures…The hair for the one on the right was
intentionally turned over to create an illusion of a different hairstyle…hahah

Put all four on the platform for a group shot! The one with grey helmet was
trying to snatch the other guy’s spunky hairstyle cos he was jealous…hahah.
I like the chef hat too! 

A closer look at our figures…hahah

Wow I like the blue helmet too! 

Wow these guys looked like they were cheering! 

There, Itchyfingers’ four mini figures on the front fourth row near the
middle. The two seated ones were left behind, representing Itchyfingers to
attend the Parade…

There were still many empty seats left to be filled up. Do head down to the four roadshow venues till 24 June to make your donation and LEGO minifigures, to do your little part for charity as well as send yourself a representative to the National Day Parade!

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