Preserving Heritage in Art & Food
YC is my favourite Singaporean muralist; he does an important & beautiful work preserving our Singaporean heritage through his paintings. He recently completed a 3-storey in Chinatown – it’s on my To-See List. View another one of his murals here and here.
Last year, he had a studio exhibition of works on canvas (and wood, blinds, table tops) where I enjoyed the work featured above.
Looking closer, I had to get some real life examples of the foods & bird cages he depicted:
A quintessentially Singaporean breakfast of kaya (coconut custard) toast, soft-boiled eggs, tea/coffee. This used to be my breakfast of choice at the end of many a run, pre-pandemic. I have not eaten out in public since.
水粿 Shui Kueh (literally “water cake”) is a steamed rice cake, served with preserved radish. Although a popular breakfast food, my most recent fond memories of this food is at the end of Marriage Encounter meetings, when it is almost always present at our potluck suppers.
Loving Husband ran to get this image for me from one of the few remaining birdsong venues.
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Manja at Embarassment of Riches’ has a This day in my Blogging History segment at the end of each of her posts. I am inspired to peek back at my old posts from around this day to see what caught my attention then:
- 25 Jan 2021: Monday Mural: Evolution (coincidentally, a mural from Penang, Malaysia)
- 29 Jan 2020: Rural Charm (a whimsical door in Ipoh, Malaysia)
- 30 Jan 2019: The Changing Seasons (winter in London, UK)
- 25 Jan 2018: Silence in Bangkok – Peaceful morning runs (quieter side of Bangkok, Thailand)
- 13 Jan 2017: And the sun rises (London, UK)
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This post is my contribution to One Word Sunday: Heritage hosted by Debbie at Travel with Intent