Sketchwalk at Bukit Pasoh / Sg Heritage Fest
This month's sketchwalk was at Bukit Pasoh in conjunction with the Singapore Heritage Festival that was happening this weekend. Roads at Bukit Pasoh and Keong Saik were closed for the event! You can check out more details at their website: http://heritagefest.sg/
Below's my sketch from the sketchwalk:
After the sketchwalk I had lunch with my sketchmates at Grassroots Bookroom. They serve a small variety of nice bread and pumpkin soup. It was all warm and lovely. Later on I attended a talk on the history of the area. I learnt a huge deal of the place! How there was actually another name for Ann Siang Hill before it was called Ann Siang Hill. How Chinese intellectuals used to thrive in Bukit Pasoh Road. How some of the buildings along Bukit Pasoh Road were used as brothels to house comfort women during World War II. So much history I didn't know about! As to why Bukit Pasoh was called Bukit Pasoh; "Pasoh" refers to a kind of tree while "Bukit" means hill. The road used to have a lot of Pasoh trees hence it was called Bukit Pasoh.
He also talked about how the illiterate got to learn about what's happening in the world, the latest news. There were storytellers back then and they would also tell the latest news. People could come to listen for free or pay a small sum of 10cents to get a seat up close.
The Heritage Festival also has a lot of entertaining and interesting programs lined up. You can stack stones, try yoga or kpop dance on the street, draw the street. There are also performers like dance and local bands performing. I think it's one of the most enjoyable street festival I've attended in Singapore. Kudos to the organiser. I particularly enjoyed strolling alternatively from Keong Saik to Bukit Pasoh Road and vice versa. Once one event is over you can walk over to the next street and catch another. I really enjoyed myself trying out the stations, listening to the history talks and the performances.