|TWG Tea Salon at ION|
As I started on my café personal sketchwalk last December, one of the first places I went was TWG at Ion. Serving perfectly steeped tea in a cosy, it has always been my favourite haunt for a delicious pot of brew. When I was there for the sketching session, I caught the attention of Kenneth, a very enthusiastic and warm tea-sommelier. While conversing (how I miss this a lost art of eloquent dialogue), he brought me along on a wonderful discovery journey on the subject of tea. We were later joined by the manager-on-duty, Jeffrey, who also added lavishly to my education of and acquaintance with the camellia sinensis.
Such was the extent of their hospitality that they generously offered a complimentary pastry that I may complete my sketch in the delicious comfort and company of their conversation and confections. When I was done with my uncoloured sketch of the salon and was about to leave, I promised to return to show the completed, coloured version of the drawing.
Life happened and I was caught in the busy-ness of the everyday. It wasn’t till March when I was to keep my promise and return to the salon for a follow-up. I had then decided present a token of my appreciation to the salon for their warm hospitality and generosity: I wanted to gift them with my very painting of the salon the last I was there:
|My humble gift in appreciation of fine hospitality received...|
Of course, being an avid sketcher, I could not pass up a chance to journal the place graphically, especially when I am offically on a collection of review and sketches of worthy coffee and tea places in Singapore. So here is one from that very visit (at my usual spot, I might add)...
|Seated at my usual spot and journaling the place...|
I believe, I shall be visiting the salon again, very soon. Anyone interested in joining me for a fine tipple…?