The Lovely Lady Jeepney

Lovely Lady Jeepney

Another example of artwork on the side of the popular Philippines mode of transportation, the jeepney.  This one is called the Lovely Lady.  It’s also worth noting that the running board has the phrase “To God be the Glory” painted onto it.  The Philippines is the most Catholic country in the world, with around 60 million active practitioners last I read.  It’s very common to find religious references everywhere you go.

The Fantasy Ladies Jeepney

Fantasy Ladies Jeepney
Fantasy Ladies Jeepney

Jeepneys are a popular form of transportation in the Philippines and most owners customize them to suit their tastes and to attract passengers.  This Jeepney has a Fantasy Ladies theme that reminds me of Japanese RPG video games.  Maybe the characters actually are from a video game?

Anime style decoration on a Philippines tricycle.
Anime style decoration on a Philippines tricycle.

I also saw this tricycle today and thought the art on the back was pretty neat.  We know someone whose nickname is Weng.  We’re going to send her a copy of this photo too.

Filipino tricycle driver.
Filipino tricycle driver.

The driver of the tricycle was really excited that I was taking a photo of his vehicle.  Well, maybe his friends were the ones that were more excited.  They insisted that he pose for a photo of him and the tricycle together.

I really enjoy how creative people get with the designs on the public transportation here.  Hopefully I can get a few more good photos of examples before I leave.

Graffiti At the Somerset MRT Skate-Park

The most used entrance and exit for the Somerset MRT station is the one that opens into the new 313 @ Somerset mall.  Even before that mall was there, that entrance was still the most used since it opened onto Orchard Road, which is the main shopping strip in Singapore.  I actually never even knew there was another entrance and exit until I was directed to go back into that area to find an iPhone armband for jogging at the SingTel store.

The area that surrounds that MRT entrance is very green, with tall trees and lots of grass. There’s also a skate park there.  It has half-pipes, rails and ramps, at least that I noticed.  It looked like a good place for people to hang out.  The idea of skateboarding there wasn’t what caught my attention though; it was the graffiti.

Graffiti isn’t something you see in Singapore all that much to start with, and you definitely don’t see graffiti of the quality that’s on display in this skate park.  As we passed by I snapped a few shots.

I don’t have a problem with graffiti.  I think it’s pretty cool, as long as it’s tastefully done on public areas, rather than people’s businesses or personal property.  It’s a great method of self expression and goes a long way towards cultivating artistic talents.

“Chan” Graffiti

I found this random bit of graffiti art on what I think is a power box for the pedestrian crossing light where the Park Connector path crosses Pasir Ris Drive 1 at Pasir Ris Town Park.

I don’t know what the significance is, but the word “chan” makes me think of the popular internet image boards 4chan and 2chan, where it’s short for ‘channel’.  Or… it could be someone’s name.  Who knows?  It also looks like there used to be a robot graffiti and some sort of square shaped graffiti on there too.