2D II-(Project 2-Part 2) “ ZINE ” (2) – FINAL

Front Cover
Khong Guan biscuit tin represent treasure/something precious to grandmother. Choosing this as my cover page symbolizes this zine as a little important diary my character grandmother(onion head) want to pass down to her future generation. Adding the two colored character give a connection between my cover page and my content inside.

P.s why I choose onion head is because that is my grandmother favorite food.

Spread 1
Linking back to my infographic of zhu ba jie, the onion head as a young child going to the famous food in pasir ris. ordering her favorite dishes every time she visited the market. As well as Tampines IKEA with their iconic dishes.
Since the onion head is still young she did sprout yet.
also the little character at the top corners are the characters at different stages of life. I had this idea because it was suggested during my group consultation that I could have something throughout the spreads that link them together and also telling the audience who the main focus character are.

Spread 2
Spread 2 as well as the middle spread. is the development of the two character relationship. Meeting her husband (my grandpa favorite food: Garlic) at downtown east chalet because they attended other people 21st birthday. And also them growing up in their relationship they have to face the two years of boys army life. Linking back to my infographic, tang seng who travel to the east for chalet and sun wu kong who travel to pasir ris for meeting point at the interchange to tekong.
Since this is a spread about them in their teenage years, on the left page the onion sprout first because people always say girls hit puberty earlier than guys and on the right both grew up and sprout. The top comer character also change from individual onion (she have boobs now cause is teenage puberty age) to them as a couple on the right top corner. I also receive very helpful feedbacks that I could use normal people instead of food character to make the main lead pop out as the focus! THANK YOU!

Spread 3
This last spread was inspire by my own grandparents story. Back in the days, Changi prison was also a drug rehabilitation center. In kampong time, many people take the drug-opium. Including my grandfather. When my mom was young my grandmother receive a call from the police saying my grandfather was caught as was lock inside. So my grandmother had to wake up 4am in the morning to cook breakfast and lunch for my mother and uncle before she head to work. Because now she is the only source of income. Also on the table is what they always eat. Simple meal such as porridge with salted egg and fried fish. On the left is a hand-written letter (I actually got my grandmother to help me write-old people Chinese word SUPER NICE!) that the onion head wrote in the zine to pass down, words she want to say to her future generation. The yellow sleeve onion is like her younger generation reading.
Now the onion have grew old and starting to dry up.

Back Cover
This back cover is the funeral table of the onion head symbolizing the end of her life. On the desk the zine was place there.
P.s my grandmother is still alive and healthy:)

My Infographic🙂

I had a really fun time doing this zine and also understand many fundamental that we need to take note when creating a zine and would definitely help us when we create brochure, magazine, book etc in the future. Most importantly, on the first day of foundation 2D II I said that my goal this time round was to improve my graphic. And I think I really did improve, I can do many more type of style compared and also I learn a new software. (I did learn Indesign in poly-but “you know~~ HAHA”) Also I am so grateful for this group of wonderful classmate. Always giving their best attention when someone is presenting and helping as much as they can during consultation. Also Thank You Joy for making my year 1 in 2D class fill with so much precious memories. From the post-it note that filled with so much encouragement, the consultations that you always put in so much effort in helping us despite so many students, the pizza! and also always saying “please feel free to email me if you have any problem:)”. I really appreciate your passion in trying to teach us as much as you can and always pushing us. THANK YOU THANK YOU!

2D II-(Project 2-Part 2) “ ZINE ” (1) – RESEARCH AND CONCEPT

When we were told to create a zine link to the same location from our previous project. I was a little worry because like before, there isn’t much I could extract from Pasir Ris apart from it having alot of parks. Looking back at my infographic, I find it a little too (老人ISH-too old people like). Firstly, it contains so many heavy informations and would usually fit the like of older adult or basically elderly. So, I was thinking if I should continue with the same concept but work with a different style. But something new that I want to incorporate into this zine would be the idea of “Kong Guan Biscuit Tin”. Why “Khong Guan Biscuit Tin” is because grandmother likes to wrap their money inside a handkerchief or towel and then place them inside the biscuit tin, so the biscuit tin became something really important and precious to them.

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But the problem is I have no idea how to link them to Pasir Ris:( So thankful for the consultation with Joy, she gave me a wonderful suggestion that I could create a zine like a diary style. Inside containing all the different stage of her(grandmother) life. Linking back to my previous infographic, Food, Chalet, Army and Changi Prison. They could actually fits into a grandmothers different stages and age or her life. Before the consultation, I have also look into different style my zine could be. Like previously Chinese? minimal? newspaper? cartoon? vintage? Searching through Pinterest I cam acrosss some Japanese magazine. I really love the clean and simple line work Japanese illustration looks and personally I am also a fan or Taiwanese comic illustration artist (台湾插画), no actually I really like Taiwan, Korea and Malaysia comic illustration. There are similarities between some of these artist is that even though they are from diffrent coutry. There is definitely a group of them uses very simple lines to create stories about their daily life. Some example are Cheeming Boey from Malaysia & WanWan from Taiwan


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Confirming my style and concept I want, I went on to create a mini zine to help me understand how the booklet pages suppose to be print and also to draft out the layout of my zine. (As shown in my sketch book). After consulting with Joy and approving the layout design, Its time to draw, draw, draw…… (You may click on hem to view it larger:))





I had to to create many drawings also making sure it doesn’t have any broken lines so I could fill in the color when i work with vector on illustrator. Appreciate sooo much that my grandma re-write the letter so many times for me because she keep insists old people handwriting messy:) HAHA. BUT AFTER ALL OF THIS I FINALLY HAD THE VERY FIRST ZINE I CREATED IN MY LIFE!!



東遊記 Journey to the East

It is a set of four piece of Infographic form by the two traditional red and green pick out from the Calendar and each containing different character from Journey to the West with Characters fitted on to them. It is in both English and Chinese for difference races. I separated the four into individual because different people would want different information when then visit east. Depending on what they are heading there for. 

First : 唐生 Tang Sheng

Tang Sheng = People travel happily to Pasir Ris for Chalet

Among the characters traveling to the west , Tang Sheng is the most willing one. Similar to people going for chalet because they are heading there for fun just like people traveling there for chalet/for fun they are willing to travel all the way to Pasir Ris. Therefore in the infographic Tang Sheng is seen bringing a backpack and a lotus to chalet.

In the middle, ” Orh, Downtown East Uh ” is the kind of reply locals always give when seomone told them they are heading for chalet. Everyone would definitely assume you’re heading to Downtown East Chalet.

At the bottom, just like Chinese calendar it contains all the informations. In this infographic it have informations like what does the chalet provides and what you need to know and bring before hands. P.s One bar Wifi = No Wifi!!!

Second : 孙悟空 Sun Wu Kong

Wu Kong = Army boys reluctant to travel to the East

Wu Kong was the most reluctant and unwilling person to go on the Journey to the West. Similar to the army boys, traveling to Pasir Ris means booking in to tekong and they are reluctant traveling all the way to Pasir Ris. Therefore in the infographic, Wu Kong is seen wearing his wushu shirt but in print of the camou patterns.

In the middle, ” Pasir Ris Chalet ” is locals army boys way of referring to booking in to tekong:)

At the bottom, it contains all the informations regarding the things to prepare and bring for tekong camp. These are informations and tips provided by other army boys that have been to tekong.

Third : 猪悟能 Zhu Wu Neng

Wu Neng = People travel to the east for food

Wu Neng (aka: 猪八戒 Zhu Ba Jie) is well-known for being constantly greedy for food. It definitely represent people traveling to the east for food. Therefore, in the infographic, Wu Neng is seen bringing along all the “da bao” food and “Yuan Bao” with him.

In the middle, ” We Go Pasir Ris Eat Loh ” is locals singlish way of suggesting or telling the place we’re gonna eat.

At the bottom, it contains all the informations and address of the famous and popular food found in the East. The red box are icons of different ingredient needed to create that dish

Fourth : 沙悟净 Sha Wu Jing

Wu Jing = Prisoners on the way to Changi Prison

I fell like Wu Jing is the most useless guy throughout the whole journey to the West. Throughout the Journey he old get caught and needed people to save him, pretty meaningless. Just like Wu Jing prisoners going to the Changi Prison have a very meaningless Journey there. Therefore in the infographic Wu Jing is shown guarded by many police dogs on his journey.

In the middle, ” Changi Chalet ” is locals term for Changi Prison:)

At the bottom, it contains all the information and history of the Changi Prison. Why I’ve decided to put these informations was because firstly, I don’t think there is a need to prepare anything when you’re own your way to the prison. Secondly, I believe like me, other than knowing it as a prison in general many locals actually do not know anything about how the  prison runs, how many times do caning session occurs, when? And ofcourse the history behind this prison. 

谢谢:) SEH SEH:)


To be honest I was a little disappointed after my visit last week because nothing in Pasir Ris park actually caught my attention. On my way back to Boon Lay I was wondering why did I travel all the way to the east? In fact, why people travel all the way to east? For food? Visit? Airport? Chalet? for me I think I only visited east side twice a year. For chalet:)

During consultation, I was given the suggestion to fit characters (People that travel to the east) into Chinese legends story character. Example : 八仙过海 (Eight immortals cross the sea) or 西游记 (Journey to the west). Googling online I found out that Changi Prison was nearly. And also Hao Ran and Gerald told me that the army boys actually meet up at Pasir Ris interchange when they have to book in to tekong.

I decided to go with 西游记 (Journey to the west) since it is more well-known and create an infographic for west-sider! Actually for anybody that want to know what there is in the east and what to prepare when heading towards the east. A very localized infographic with familiar terms like:

” Pasir Ris Chalet ”
” Changi Chalet ”
” Orh, downtown east uh. “

I went on to look for some visual inspiration:

Then I spotted the Traditional Chinese Calendar at home. I’ve never ever taken time to read what is written on the chinese calendar and never understand why my dad love it so much:) But OMG! it actually contains ALOT of information and as Singapore there is no way you would not recognized this!

Adding on, I also look into the most common Chinese type font use throughout in Chinese related graphic works and Web:) You can check them out here:


As well as Singapore Singlish and good food in the East:)


And so I came out with: 东游记



Project 2 is gonna be a loooonggg project:) Honestly, I’m happy and also worried:( Happy because it is a new project, worry because if I didn’t do well on part 1 it might affect part 2:(

But anyway that aside, I got assign to PASIR RIS! Well actually not assign more of my “suay hands” pick. Why suay because I stay in Boon Lay. But this project is about EXPLORING so actually it’s ok!:) I believe it would be a great experience for me!:) 

Before I visit Pasir Ris, I did some research. First I ask my class mate Chia Te who lives in Pasir Ris if there is any interesting place I could go to because all I know is Downtown East and Wild Wild Wet. She answer ” PASIR RIS GOT NOTHING ONE SIA! “. ok, die liao lo.

Then I went google, type ” Explore Pasir Ris”, the first result I get was Pasir Ris park. Apparently there is alot of things to do in Pasir Ris Park. So, my main focus was to visit the park and also exploring the estate. 

When I reach Pasir Ris MRT, my friend and I have no idea how to go to Pasir Ris Park. So with google map, we got Pasir Ris Town Park. 


We didn’t know that we are heading towards the wrong park we thought Pasir Ris Town Park is Pasir Ris Park. Inside, there is a HUGE Pond? For fishing and prawning. There is also cafe, bars and kayak rental for people.


Well, it obvious we are on the wrong park. It is Impossible to have Maze, Mangrove Walk way Or even horse stable here. Finally….


Pasir Ris Park is really a very nice place for family to chill and Relax during the weekend:) It got really great view and fresh Air. Beside, there is alot of nature entertainment for kids to enjoy like the mangrove walkway, bird viewing tower, kayak, bycicle, horse stable, spice kitchen etc. It is also a really good place to exercise! 

Kids’ Playground

You would have to climb up this mini robe maze to reach the tip of the slide.

The first place that I saw when I reach the Park is the Kids’ Playground. It’s main attraction would be the red pyramid like rope maze for you to climb. The playground is really huge and not like the typical playground where you only have one main construction to play in the middle of the are. But this playground is split into alot of different section with many unique rides that you don’t really see in neighborhood playground. I wanted to slide down the long slide, then I realized in order to slide down, you would need to climb up the robe maze to reach the tip of the slide. Ok, Im too old for that, besides, I’ll probably stuck on the slide. 

Horse Stable

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The horse stable it on a mini mountain like ground. And it is located pretty deep inside the park. Most probably if you want to visit the different area of the park a bike would be recommended:) It also have a walk way barrier that is most probably for the horse to guide them while visitor experience horse riding. And if we take a close look the barrier are actually made up of water bottle! SO RECYCLE! However, we were really disappointed because we didn’t have a chance to see any horse most probably because they are renovating. But instead, we saw CHICKEN! HAHAAHAHA!!!!!!

Bird Watching at the Bird Tower

The bird eye tower is located a little infront of the horse stable, but still quite a distance. You can climb up the tower for birds watching. But honestly, I saw more bird on the ground level than climbing up. Professional bird lover also place their camera on the ground level. But we do spot couples up there though, Valentines Day mah:)

Mangrove Swamp

At the both side below the bird tower is the entrance to the mangrove Swamp. It is a long wooden bridge like walk way for people to look down and explore things like crab. To be honest it’s pretty silence and a little creepy because when you’re walking inside you have no idea what is going on outside. All you can see are tress and plant. Also also prepare mosquito repellent:)

Maze Garden

I was a little reluctant to go in atfirst because it just looks like there is alot of insect inside of something is gonna crawl out in any moment. Haha, but If you are here with kids I don’t know if it’s a good idea to go inside. The plants barrier are pretty high so is not a simple bonding maze for family haha!


Based on my research, Pasir Ris to me is relatively a new estate. All the new project and facilities that the government have created for this town is all mostly to serve the purpose of family bonding unlike places like Ang Mo Kio, Redhill, Bedok, Bukit Timah. that have alot of history and the usually their main focus is to preserve. But I still believe there is a certain traditional features that you can find in every location of Singapore, and personally I really love the retro elements in HDB probably because I grew up with my grandma in Bukit Timah with alot of old auntie and uncle from their old kampong. Or maybe I am just searching for that warm I used to get from them. 

I went around the HDB trying to find these elements and I realized that is really really hard. In Bukit Timah you would see void deck full of ah gong and ah ma from your block gathering and chit chatting and it’s really really loud sometimes to the point noisy. But you would never feel alone or scare when you travel home, if you’re afraid of being home alone just stay at the void deck. But here in Pasir Ris, it is totally different, the void deck are so quiet and even if you see a family they are young couples. Not even little kids running around.

I manage to spot some traditional elements like the bycicle lock, new ones are two stroy high and some come with lock. Not all void deck have table tennis table for people to play and also the most iconic tiles table and stool. Or the hole in the pillars and also the metal tin dust pan. 

I feel I should probably visit the place where resident buys their groceries or kopitiam to further understand the life of resident there:)


Back home, I went to do more research and I find places like,

A very beautiful Public Library. It is a reopen library cater to the public and is design very modernly with many new technology. 

Then, I found a page about retro Playground in Singapore, I am very fond of retro and there isn’t much retro playground left in Singapore. So When I saw this I was extremely happy! But sadly I only found this on the internet after my visit so I didn’t have a chance to visit 🙁 

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On consultation day, Hao Ran also old me that Pasir Ris is a place for army boys to gather when they book in for Tekong, and there are many shops there cater for them!!:)

I didn’t know Changi Prison was near there, and there is a term call Changi Chalet?

On Pinterest I also link to places like:

The Pasir Ris Hotel, circa 1962-64.
This book showcase activities happening in Singapore Housing Development Board (HDB) estates – Macpherson & Pasir Ris HDB estates
Elephant @ Pasir Ris – Old Singapore Playground

Consultation helps me to set my direction more clearly. Now I needed to gather all the elements I need for the info-graphic:)