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It’s a sticker street art day in George Town Penang, Malaysia

sticker street art in George town Penang

Today was a sticker art day in George Town, Penang. I made some stickers for Hello, Hide and seek treasure hunt game organised by We Are Artists in conjunction with George Town Festival and I had some left over stickers to share some BulanLifestyle art around town.
The stickers are made of cork and will naturally biodegrade over time 🙂

Bringing made in #Penang products to Little penang street #market

Bringing made in Penang products to Little penang street market
Bringing made in Penang products to Little penang street market

Last Sunday of the month is market stall day for me. It was a beautiful Sunday to be out with my friends bringing made in Penang arts and crafts to Little Penang street market. As you can see, we are truly an international mix and truly asia.

I would write more about it but hopefully the photos says it all.

I’m exhausted. Good night.

An inspiring afternoon at Tedx Weld Quay Penang in conjunction with George Town Festival #GTF2014

tedx weld quay

I attended the annual Tedx Weld Quay conference yesterday. This is the 2nd one ever held. Last year I couldnt get tickets because they were sold out but I managed to meet the speakers after the talk and was so taken by the positive energy of the team and speakers that I promised that I would attend the next one. So, the moment the tickets were released, I bought in! It was another sold out event. Quite a few of my friends wanted to attend but they didnt manage to get the tickets. For me, I admire the spirit of the organisers, their passion in putting an event like this together and curating a group of diverse yet inspirational speakers. Admittedly, not all the speakers spoke or presented well, but all of them had passion and a special story to tell. Ironically, the speaker who had the worse delivery had the most interesting and inspiring story that grabbed my full attention. Someone asked me, who was your favourite speaker. I had to pause and think about the answer because to be honest, they were all incredible people and their stories have fueled the fire in me to make some changes.

It’s made me think, what have I done in my life that I could tell a group of strangers to inspire them?

“TED is an annual event where the world’s leading thinkers and doers are invited to share their passions. “TED” stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design – three broad subject areas that are shaping our future. n the spirit of ideas worth spreading.

TEDx is a program of local, self organised events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. These local, self-organised events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organised TED event.

In line with TED’s mission of Ideas Worth Spreading, TEDxWeldQuay aspires to be a catalyst; which aims to inspire, change and cultivate the minds of the Penang community and the world beyond. Being a platform, TEDxWeldQuay looks to undertake its mission by showcasing undiscovered treasures and talents from the local and international scene. At the same time, we hope to also showcase Penang, the Pearl of the Orient, to the rest of the world through TEDxWeldQuay. ”


Matt Brandon

Matt Brandon is a Malaysia based humanitarian and travel photographer, who collaborates with NGOs to tell their stories and to train their field staff to do the same. Well known as a photographer and international workshop instructor, Matt’s images have been used by clients such as Partner Aid International, NeighborWorks, the BBC, Honda Motor Corporation, and Bombadier Transport Corporation, Asian Geographic, KLM Airlines and others. His photographic pursuits have taken him to the land of Egypt, Tibet, India, Indonesia, Thailand, Maldives, Philippines, Malaysia to name a few. Matt also is known for teaching presenters how to present their message in the most effective and memorable way. This makes Matt a great teacher to any workshop or classroom. Matt is also a key member of the International Guild of Visual Peacemakers, he’s on the advisory board for Focus for Humanity and on the design board for Think Tank Photo, a camera bag manufacturer.

Recently Matt founded the On Field Media Project to train the staff of non-profits to use appropriate technology to produce timely as well as quality images. Matt and the OFMP staff want non-profits to develop the skills to tell their own story, as well and as often, as possible. Non-profits and NGOs are rich with beautiful, inspiring stories, and OFMP truly believes there’s no one better to tell these beautiful stories, than themselves.

Davina Goh

Actor, Radio talk show host and writer. She shared with us her grueling 8 months training experience with the 32nd Generation warrior monks in Maling Shaolin Kung Fu Academy, Jiangsu Provincetraining in China and what that taught her about life.

Venus Khor

A brand management strategist and entrepreneur. She talks about how brand building and marketing has helped everyone including her volunteer work with physically challenged communities.

KG Krishnan

Journalist, photographer and spoken word artist, his art explores ideas concerning sexuality, gender politics and the intimacy of human relationships in contemporary cultural contexts.

As a commercial photographer and art director, kG Krishnan’s clientele comprises design institutions, fashion designers, advertising agencies, filmmakers, musicians and lifestyle publications – for whom he produces images, film and fashion productions. His work has been published in Malaysia, Singapore, Spain and the UK.

Daniel Chan

Daniel Chan started music at a very raw age, progressing from the electone and picking up the guitar at the age of 12. Coming from an early Christian background, gospel/church music has been his backbone in his progress towards musical creativity.

Mohd Rizwan

Realizing the uninitiated potential of the history, inheritance and culture of the Indian Muslims, he then championed a mission with a group of young volunteers and successfully established an NGO – Indian Muslim Community Organization in 2011. The aim and objective of this NGO is simple – to raise the community’s awareness in returning the history of inheritance of Indian Muslim’s society and their developments.

Priscilla Ho

Founder of Creativity at Heart, a non profit child guidance centre. She is also a certified play therapist. She shares with us how art therapy can give a voice to children in need.

Jason Godfrey

Model and tv presenter and writer, He talks about how the cruel world of modelling has help shaped his future.
tedx weld quay
tedx weld quay
tedx weld quay speakers
tedx weld quay speakers

Indigo Fashion show at Blue Mansion for George Town Festival #GTF2014 Penang, Malaysia

5. Indigo fashion show
Indigo fashion show #GTF2014 Penang, Malaysia

Yesterday evening was the Indigo fashion show for George Town Festival held at the historical Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion, also known as the Blue Mansion. The show featured Southeast Asian fashion designers — Ong Shunmugam from Singapore, Nita Kenzo from Indonesia, Mae Teeta from Thailand and Khoon Hooi from Malaysia. The old chinese courtyard mansion provided a stunning a unique back drop to the fashion show.

The front row seats include Laurence Loh, award winning Heritage preservationist responsible for the restoration and Jimmy Choo the world famous designer, who is from Penang.

Indigo Fashion show #GTF2014 Penang, Malaysia

The photo above includes Ong Shunmugam from Singapore, Nita Kenzo from Indonesia, Mae Teeta from Thailand and Khoon Hooi from Malaysia and Joe Sidek, George Town festival director


Indigo Fashion Show #GTF2014 Penang, Malaysia





George Town, Penang Unesco World Heritage site celebration



Today marks the 6th anniversary of historical George town being recognised as a Unesco world cultural heritage site.

George town is a melting pot of Chinese, Malay, Arab, European, Indonesian, Burmese and Indian settlements. It was an important multi cultural trading port and at one time, one of the most important tin trading ports of the British empire.

Today the festival celebrates its intangible heritage. Its culture that includes its crafts, social practices, rituals and cuisine.

Unesco heritage squat kite Le penseur door

wooden window
wooden window

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Sketch of the day no 350: Wooden shutters in George Town Penang

Wooden shutters in George Town Penang
Wooden shutters in George Town Penang

Walking around Georgetown inspires me to draw. There are so many interesting things to see at every corner. This is a sketch of a typical wooden shutter used in Pre War shop house windows.



Sketch of the day no 305: Old Penang door original art #4

Penang Door
Penang Door

Back to the old door series. This metal grill door is from George Town, Penang heritage zone.

I’m going into the jungle today so I will have no internet. I have scheduled the release of today’s sketch which I did before I left. Will post up my jungle trip when I come back 🙂

Sketch of the day no 302: Earth hour 2014 cheeky T shirt revamp

DIY Refashion, Revamp t shirt
DIY Refashion, Revamp, Repainted t shirt

Earth hour T

We wanna be eco warriors ;p
We wanna be eco warriors ;p


My sketch of the day today is adding some leaves to the WWF Malaysia Earth Hour Tshirt. I just thought that the design needed some ‘green’ elements to it. I also hacked off the sleeves and neckline, slashed the back of the tee. I’m going to wear this tonight for the walk, hope they don’t mind my cheeky revamp ;p

Below is the original design by Miau & Wafu Pafu

Designed by miau and wafu pafu
Designed by miau & wafu pafu


Earth Hour
Earth Hour


Saturday 29th March 2014, between 830 pm – 930 pm, individuals, businesses, governments and communities will turn off their lights for one hour to show their support for environmental issues such as climate change. Climate change is one of the biggest environmental threats facing our planet, and it is something we can all relate to at the moment with the global weather patterns going all haywire.

A global environmental initiative in partnership with WWF, Earth Hour began in 2007 in a single city, but by 2012, Earth Hour reached more than 7,000 cities and towns across 152 countries and territories, becoming “the world’s largest campaign for the planet”

Earth Hour’s mission is three-fold. To bring people together through a symbolic hour-long event. To galvanise people into taking action beyond the hour. And to create an interconnected global community sharing the mutual goal of creating a sustainable future for the planet.

If you would like to support one of their projects, visit Earth hour blue
The historical city of George town, Penang will be participating. WWF Malaysia has organised a night walk around the heritage zone of George Town to raise awareness.
Earth hour walking route
Earth hour walking route


our crew
our crew
Above are the photos from the walk. We managed to recruit the volunteers from humanitarian vessel VEGA and jungle man/conservationist Hymeir from Earth Lodge Ulu Mudah

Sketch of the day no 301: Old door in Penang original art #3

Old Penang door
Old Penang door

This is a sketch of the doorway of an old shop lot. There are many different types of doors and they are all so different. I think I’m going to carry on this door series.

I live on the island of Penang. The old town know as George Town is a UNESCO HERITAGE SITE. There are loads of interesting architectural features to draw.

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