OH! Occupy Tiong Bahru.

Author’s Note: This is the first set of photos from the new Fujifilm x10. NEX5 has, unfortunately, gone for a dip in the beaches of Krabi and thus died prematurely. So from now until the brother replaces NEX, I’ll be forced to choose between flat/dull images, or the burden of a full DSLR (sigh).

Open House (OH!) is into its third year running, and had decided to occupy Tiong Bahru — a quiet and relatively undisturbed neighborhood lined with distinct art deco architecture. It’s probably the only time we can go poking our nosy noses around other people’s homes in the name of art.


Kuih-Muih //Sokkuan Tye


Waste Management //Isabelle Desjeux

A tiny price tag, though, involves climbing up and down as there are no lifts in this area.


Sleeping Matah Puteh //Zhao Renhui


Heimlich //Jying Tan


Unconsciousness: Consciousness //Lavender Chang


I’m A Kway, You’re A Kway //Stephen Black


Mother Tongue //Green Zeng

The response was overwhelming (tickets were sold out by about 5pm) and thus we had to hurry from place to place to avoid delaying others. Wish we had more time looking at the artworks, and pondering over their significance. Nonetheless, it’s intriguing how art can be fused into a neighborhood, raising relevant issues and themes concerning it.

Math Paper Press.

Math Paper Press is an independent publisher by the folks behind BooksActually, which have done a remarkable job in promoting local writers and literature. Ceriph, their quarterly literary journal, allows local writers and artists a space to realize their works.

Ivory has a tint of yellow, what does it taste like?

A door one had always seen to be blue modulated by scarcely perceptible stages until, suddenly, it was a green door.
— Angela Carter, The Infernal Desire Machines of Doctor Hoffman

Barette’s Feast, on the other hand, is a series of chapbooks that materialized over literary potluck gatherings, organized by BooksActually and open to public.

Behold: I am old.
I am
unafraid. The flame
of eternity
wavers in my head.
To call this bliss
would be to miss
the point. In truth, I am
neither naked
nor ideal. I am nobody
with a name.
— Cyril Wong, Birthday

Happiness is down to anything, anywhere.
Happiness is up to you.
— Terry Lee, Happiness is…

Poems and short stories are, for me, delightful punctuation marks in between weighty readings. Short and pithy, they also make ideal travel companions.

BooksActually
No.9 Yong Siak Street, Tiong Bahru, S(168645)
Open Mon: 11am-6pm, Tue-Fri: 11am-9pm, Sat: 10am-9pm, Sun: 10am-6pm.

The Orange Thimble.


Opened for only about a month, The Orange Thimble is a few streets away from its crowded, high-profile neighbor, Forty Hands. So while others are flocking to Forty, Thimble is enjoying a relaxed cuppa pace with comparably good food and coffee.


Seating at Thimble is pleasantly spacious with partitioned corners and benches, suitable for both individuals and small groups. Iced water is provided for self-service, and jars are promptly refilled, a feature I find rather thoughtful and homely.



Their version of egg mayo sandwich comes with a toss of coriander.


I love the grilled creases..!


English breakfast was a hearty plate with a savory surprise — bacon baked beans!




I know I’ll be back soon. Hopefully before reviews and features push this waterhole up the ladders.

The Orange Thimble
Blk 56, #01-68, Eng Hoon St, Tiong Bahru.