Book Review: Singapore: Sketches of the Lion City

Singapore: Sketches of the Lion City

This is an unexpected find at a local museum. This book isn't sold on Amazon so you'll have to use the ISBN 9789889732837 to hunt it down.

The sketchbook is by Lorette E. Roberts. I've previously reviewed her other sketchbook Sketches of Soho — she has many more sketchbooks.

I like this one too. It manages to capture the vibrancy and life of Singapore, the less busy more colourful side. There are watercolour sketches of the streets, the people, culture and even food. It's not all touristy as she also covers places that tourists don't normally go to like Pulau Ubin, a small island offshore that hikers go to. There are lots of interesting sights, and bits of information that I'm also reading for the first time.

The book was published in 2009. The majority of content is quite timeless, but you can also see from the sketches some of the landscape have changed with the addition of more buildings. There are even sketches of the F1 race that's held here.

It's a beautiful sketchbook about Singapore.

Again, it's not an easy book to find.

ISBN 9789889732837

Singapore: Sketches of the Lion City
Different things you can see at Raffles hotel

Singapore: Sketches of the Lion City
Drawn from the National library at Bras Basah. The background with all the cranes have been replaced with Marina Bay Sands with its hotels and casinos.

Singapore: Sketches of the Lion City
Clarke Quay. A place frequented by office workers and tourists.

Singapore: Sketches of the Lion City
Singapore skyline. There are more buildings on the left now.

Singapore: Sketches of the Lion City

Singapore: Sketches of the Lion City

Singapore: Sketches of the Lion City

Singapore: Sketches of the Lion City
Chinatown is also one of the must-visit places in Singapore.

Singapore: Sketches of the Lion City
This is Chinatown from the top. Many of the shophouses are preserved.

Singapore: Sketches of the Lion City
There are lots of great food in Singapore.

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