[By Paul Wang, Singapore] Early September, I had the privilege of travelling to Kuching (East Malaysia) to visit Peggy Wong and all the fellow Kuching urbansketchers. The other very important mission was to bring my recent Manchester symposium workshop (SHAPE SHIFTER) to the sketchers. So glad to have 17 sketchers who attended my workshop on the last day of my stay in Kuching.
This is my first trip to Kuching and to East Malaysia. I can see it is no longer a sleepy city. Lots of new cafes and new hotels springing up everywhere. The food is excellent and you never go hungry here. East Malaysia is also home to many indigenous people who are still very proud of their culture and heritage. You might have heard of the headhunters living in long houses. Now everyone is friendly and inclusive. No one is bothered if you are chinese, malay or indigenous. Everyone is welcome. I felt very welcome too.
(Top Left) Old Coffeeshop that remained unchanged. (Top Right) Local pastries
called Kuehs. They are fashioned to look like little tortoises.
(Bottom Left) Workshop location at Carpenter Street. (Bottom Right) Famous KoLo Noodle from Kuching.
That is me hanging out with Peggy at The Barber. No we did not go for a haircut. It is a real barber shop that turned into a hipster restaurant.