Individual Artists’ Research

I picked these three works for research as it uses the space creatively they are given for their performance, be it physically or in the case of the 21st Century, the Internet, utilized creatively . As the artists’ thought of their platforms, they are able to collect the response they had wanted to achieve or even a response at all.

I believe I can reference these artists when it comes to choosing a specific location in ADM. It will make me think of what can my audience feel and get to respond or interact through that location. Continue reading Individual Artists’ Research

4D II Project 2 – Soundscape

Artist Statement

This was inspired by the peacefulness I felt when I hear rain after a long day and how sometimes, rain can also be an anxiety trigger. So, I wanted my soundscape to be about an emotional journey of someone having to go through social pressure and having to cope with it through the soothing sounds of rain.

Concept Development

My concept first started with being inspired from a book called Walden by Henry David Thoreu in which it was a book about living in natural surroundings and it talks a lot about living on your own and discovering yourself. After that, it was also inspired by the fact that Singapore had been raining so much lately that it makes me take a moment to appreciate the feeling of rain, the sounds, the smell and feeling about it.

So I went with recording it with the focus on towards the sounds of rain and I slowly had a more clear concept of how I wanted it to be a journey of someone, a day in a life of a person who goes through social anxiety each day.

So, like a day in a life of someone who lives through and copes with it through the sound of rain to calm her down.

Challenges was that recording didn’t seem to be as smooth as there will always be unwanted sounds such as my neighbor talking outside for so long and scolding their kids, sounds of construction and hacking being picked up and my family themselves not being able to keep quiet.

Another challenge was whether my concept was clear as it was abstract and whether it was relatable as it was inspired from books I’ve read that I wished to depict into sounds that were only a few minutes long.

Project 2 Part I : Neighbourhood Explorer Research

For this project, I got the neighborhood…
→ Boon Keng !

I knew very little about Boon Keng but I do know about the very famous Chicken Rice outlet my family goes all the time that I realized my parents are friends with the manager… HAHAHA It’s called Boon Tong Kee tongue-out . But other than that, I know very little about the neighborhood.

I asked a good friend ( – funny enough we call him BOON ) who stays there and I asked what’s good to check out when I visit, and it was the bakery shops and yep, Boon Tong Kee Chicken Rice.

Basic Information about Boon Keng

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It’s on the North East Line (Purple line) of the MRT, 2 stops away from Serangoon MRT Interchange

Boon Keng has many roads such as three main roads: Boon Keng Road, Upper Boon Keng Road and Lorong 1 Geylang, leading to popular neighbourhoods like Little India, Farrer Park, Bugis, Kallang and within close proximity to CBD.

History of Boon Keng
Lim Boon Keng
Area is named by a Chinese Physician, Lim Boon Keng who promoted social and educational reforms in Singapore during the period of nation-building. He is a prominent figure in Singapore history.

After the war, Lim retired from public life and passed away on 1 January 1957, leaving behind his wife, six children, 30 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. One of his great-granddaughters is the playwright Stella Kon. Lim was buried at Bidadari Cemetery, which was cleared in the 2000s to make way for redevelopment. His remains were exhumed and the tombstone placed at the Bidadari Memorial Garden at Mount Vernon. Boon Keng Road and Boon Keng MRT station are named in his honour.

During a 2004 international conference, then Senior Minister Lee Kuan Yew hailed Lim as a role model of biculturalism that Singapore Chinese should emulate as the influence of China grows.

Boon Keng is a fairly new residential area and the housing estates are fairly new and more constructions are being developed to have Boon Keng prosper that is due to complete in the coming years.

It has a population of 10, 970 people living there.

As it is a subzone of Kallang, it’s history is related in which it was a home to early settlers and there were villages found in the area before modern developments took place.

It holds “historic sites” such as the Central Sikh Temple in which it stood there in Boon Keng during the Kallang Planning Area in 1986. The gurdrawa is the main place of worship for the 15,000 Sikhs in the country, and is also known as Wada Gurdrawa.

– about 22 schools are located in Boon Keng

– There are more private kindergartens/ preschool located within Boon Keng Area
– Only a few public schools; such as Bendemeer Primary & Bendemeer Secondary School
– NorthLight School has moved to Boon Keng recently

– private
– public
– shops/ markets/ cafes
– religious sites
– stats of people buying properties there

– races
– religions
– age groups
– hobbies

– types of food ; western/indian/ chinese/malay/etc
– peak times when people visit for food ; dinner/lunch/supper

I had a short interview with a friend:
Z: What do you know about Boon Keng?
B: I know Boon Keng got the name from Lim Boon Keng, some wealthy Chinese physician and social activist. He also contribute in building Singapore.

Z: How long have you stayed in the neighborhood?
B: For 7 years.

Z: Do you think it's a convenient area (in terms of yourself travelling from the places you go, e.g. downtown, school, church)
B: Yeap, I think its extremely convenient. It takes less than 15 minutes for me to reach town (Orchard, Somerset), 5 mins train ride to both Dhoby Ghaut and Serangoon.

Z: Have you thought of moving out of the area? Why?
B: I'll probably move out when I get my own home in the future. Probably live somewhere near a park, for the quiet, chill and slow vibes.

Z: Do you have friends or relatives who stay in Boon Keng?
B: No leh

Z: When asked about where you live, do people know where Boon Keng is?
B: Haha, most of the time people don't really know where it is. I'll elaborate more like "purple line" or "3 stops away from Serangoon"

Z: One particular place you like about Boon Keng.
B: The park connector/canal near my house.

I went to take a quick search up on Google about Boon Keng and what I found was…

1. Bendemeer Shopping Mall
– parts of it were demolished for the construction of Boon Keng MRT
– small business such as barbers, clothing shops, bakeries, nail salons, kopitiam etc

– I didn’t know it was a shopping mall as it looked like a market in Ang Mo Kio near to where I live

2. A Residential Estate

– Boon Keng is a subzone ton Kallang
– not well-known estate
– usually eclispsed by its more famous neighbor estates such as Little India, Farrer Park, Rochor, Bugis
– however, it’s location near these estates, CBD and Orchard area make Boon Keng attractive

3. Boon Tong Kee
– Boon Keng has a Boon Tong Kee Chicken Rice outlet that many have come to visit, known as the “Whampoa West Outlet”
– Located near Boon Keng MRT Station Exit B
– this is an expanded outlet from the original in Balestier
– It’s always crowded during dinner, especially on the weekends, whereby they have a waiting system therefore it’s the outlet whereby big groups of customers don’t usually visit as an outlet…

So the first place I did was just a simple walk around the neighbourhood, finding what’s  here for someone who visited there for the first time. I traveled by train (it’s located on the purple line) on the first day so, the first thing I realize was how scarce and quiet a train interchange was.

And the only few people who were there were students, and the elderly. The art in the MRT that was along the station.


But when I had stepped out at one of the exits, I was welcomed by Boon Keng’s wonderful array of pastel colours found in their HDBs. There was light purple, blue and even yellows.



Boon Keng is surrounded by both new and old buildings. There was another condominium near the MRT that was being constructed.

From just the first glance, I noticed that there are quite a bit of minority groups living here and it was a very diverse community with both youths and the elderly living together.



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There’s a small park nearby the canal/connector and there were youths walking by after their school had ended, one elderly seated by the stone benches and joggers exercising along.


Not afterwards, I visited the Bendemeer Shopping Mall that I felt what Singapore is identified with because of it’s “no brand” business, barber and the kopitiams located there.There was an SKP shop, in which I also bought some art materials, a kopitiam (-that had yong tau foo, hor fun, chicken rice, western food and noodles), and they were selling fruits there. On the side, the neighborhood police were regulating their bag checks on a table. It felt like Ang Mo Kio Market, a bank, and lots of cheap clothing shops.

There was lots of people here -mainly the elderly and it felt like the whole neighborhood gathered here. 

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When I walked to the furthest exit of Boon Keng, there was more constructions opposite the residential HDBs. dsc_0017When you turn around, the Sikh Temple was nearby, decorated beautifully. It’s the very first Sikh Gurdwara here in Singapore and it is the main place of worship for said to be 15000 Sikhs here in the country. It was first a bungalow before it had turned to what it is today.

It is also called the Wada Gurdwara which means The Big Temple.


So, in the weekend, my family visited Boon Tong Kee to eat again and aunty was there greeting us. We ordered the “usual” of Sweet and Sour pork, Chicken , Fried Tou Fu with bowls of rice, Hor Fun and paired with a jug of cold Barley.


A short interview with "aunty manager", (it was short because it was busy peak period time with lots of customers)
Z: How long have you been working here?
A: Since outlet was here so about 8 years?

Z: Do you live near the neighborhood?
B: quite near ah, I live Serangoon there.

Z: Do you think it's a convenient area?
B: I think so cause Kallang near and PIE also near.

Z: Do people know where Boon Keng is?
B: I think especially regular customers know 

Z: One particular place you like about Boon Keng.
B: The park connector/canal near my house.

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Overall, Boon Keng is a very small little estate and it’s a very quiet neighborhood. It felt like in comparison, the suburban part of Singapore. Most of the time, you can hear the cars on the main road bypass the area to get to Kallang.

And the people are very friendly, and welcoming when approached. They seemed suspicious of me when I was holding a camera but, treated me well when it comes to directions.

Project 1: Que Sera Sera Process

Project Brief

This project was to create typographic portraits by using our name or nicknames to describe your future job. Each solution has to have the choice of typeface, style, size, weight ,use of upper and lower case characters, as well as space in between letters.

The aim was to to use typography as an end in itself, minimizing supporting imagery. 

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4D II Project 1 – Alter Ego

 Alter Ego 

Password: ego
Director & Story: Zerline Jade
Actor & Narration: Sammi Neo
 복주네 치킨집 (Bok Joo's Family Chicken Restaurant) by Various Artists,
 못난이 삼인방 (A Mischievous Triangle) by Various Artists,
 비만클리닉? (Obesity Clinic?) by Various Artists,
 What?? by Various Artists

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Inspiration File → Jade West

This is an Inspiration File for the Character, Jade West, from the American Sitcom, Victorious.  Here are two videos to describe her character briefly in the course of the show since not a lot of people know her;

Another video if you’re interested; 

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