My Weekend

Ernest Zacharevic works on an art piece.
Ernest Zacharevic works on an art piece.PHOTO: THE RITZ-CARLTON, MILLENIA SINGAPORE

ERNEST ZACHAREVIC, 28, LITHUANIAN ARTIST

Zacharevic has lived in Penang for close to five years now. He made waves three years ago when he painted a 6m-high graffiti image of an old man on a wall in Armenian Street in George Town, Penang.

Since then, the bachelor's work, which combines thick messy lines from spray cans with detailed brushwork, can be seen in Penang and in Singapore too.

Art-lovers will be able to spot his works around Victoria Street as well as in the Kampong Glam and Joo Chiat areas. He was in Singapore recently to paint in the lobby of The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia hotel.

"I'm actually more of a night person.

In the morning, I'm mostly doing boring stuff like replying my e-mail or going to the supermarket.

During the weekends, I also like to cycle and swim.

Sometimes, I'll go to the beach with my two dogs. I'm not sure what breed they are, but they are brown and black in colour. Their names are Gorgeous Girl and Hazelnut Boy and I'm really attached to them.

I get sad when I have to travel and I don't get to see them.

Penang is full of small, independent cafes where I like to hang around on weekends. One of my favourite places is Narrow Marrow (252 Lebuh Carnarvon, George Town, 10100 George Town). It's a really charming place with great design. Another is The Daily Dose (36 Stewart Lane, 10200, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia).

Penang's coffee culture is growing, which is bad for me as I'm a coffee addict. If I don't control myself, I can drink up to eight cups a day but I limit myself to just two cups of long black.

I like to indulge in some curry mee on weekends. If I had to choose one dish to eat every day, that would be it. At this moment, though, I'm craving some Penang laksa.

The underground music scene in Penang is growing. Sometimes, I'll watch local metal band Coma perform.

For me, a good weekend is one where I manage to find the balance between being productive and setting apart time for myself. Each weekend tends to be different from the last, so my policy is to enjoy each day as it comes."

Rebecca Tan Hui Shan

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 03, 2015, with the headline 'MyWeekend'. Print Edition | Subscribe