Friday, September 19, 2014

Accidental Tourist - Archiwalks with Fabian of ArchiWalks

Spent a pleasant Thursday evening walking around Bugis / Kampong Glam area with Liza. The walk is part of the ArchiFest 2014 and conducted by Fabian of - we started with the quirky Park view Square (built in 2002 aka Gotham City and inspired by 1920-30s Art deco architecture) before heading to the various art done around the edge of Kampong Glam by Earnest Zacharevic, skipped and jumped to a beautifully tiled Malabar Muslim mosque (Masjid_Malabar) and a conservation boutique hotel called The Sultan. We ended the walk with a sumptuous archiwalk inspired cuisine cooked by Mark Wee at A for Arbite. 

From the massively impressive mural of the girl with lion cub (it spans from the front to the end of the wall of the length of the shophouse all done using a photo not projection!) to the trolley kids (similar to the bicycle kids in Georgetown), the peeping kid and kids having a wild time somersaulting out of boxes. These street art murals are done on the side walls of shophouses in Jalan Pisang and Jalan Klapa, facing Victoria Street, which houses events and marketing company amcasia!

We ended with a short but insightful tour around The Sultan, boutique hotel nestled along Jalan Sultan (2012 URA Architecture Heritage Award winner) where we had the chance to go in to take a look at the various detailing and careful work done to preserve the beauty of the traditional shophouses ( 

Dinner at A for Arbite was inspired by the walk itself and created by Mark. He took the time to come out after each dish is served to explain his inspiration for the dish. A Truly wonderful experience to end a delightful walk! 

My walk was "Eat Your Architecture" -

There are more walks planned end Sep till early Oct 2014 so hurry along and get your tickets from them at 

Till the next time, onto the world and beyond! 

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