Virtual 3D Walkthrough by Equator Academy of Art

Did you know that here at Equator, we equip our Interior Design students with the knowledge of virtual 3D walkthrough? Powered by Autodesk 3ds Max, animated visuals of virtual 3D walkthroughs allow clients to view, experience, and live the final result of a design. It is fast becoming a trend in the world of interior design, and students may take this course to improve and enhance their work.

Take a look at the example of virtual 3D walkthrough created by our Interior Design Student

Client: Noma, the Nordic cuisine.
Created by: Jessly Yeoh Ai Chia (Diploma in Interior Design)


Pinterest Weekly Roundup: 22/3/2014

How is your week going so far? Since it’s the weekend, take some time to really explore our Pinterest today.

Why so one might ask? Well, mainly because we feel trapped in the future yet travelled back in time. No doubt we are all busy due to the Star Education Fair and student’s graduation showcase, but we are also surrounded by people, music and events that remind us to TAKE IT SLOW. 

Remember how Jordin Sparks sang ‘We live and we learn to take one step at a time, there’s no need to rush.’? Our Pinterest roundup this week revolved around that notion. Not too futuristic, not too dawned in the past, but just right. 

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Pinterest Weekly Roundup: 22/3/2014


A Penang Adventure

Back in February, our Admin Executive, Ree Na, embarked on an impromptu Penang island trip without wheels. This following is her account.

If you’re visiting Penang, it’s very likely that you have come across the term, “Street Art.” Made popular in 2012 by Lithuanian artist, Ernest Zacharevic, old streets in George Town have since been given a new lease of life, but despite being a proud Penangite, I can’t honestly say that I’ve made it a point to view any of it - until recently. A friend of mine from KL, Jason, texted to say that he was heading north during Chinese New Year - do I want to meet up? Long story short, we decided to go around town - on foot - to see the street art. Oh, and to eat, of course.

Credit: Dean Wickham

Fort Cornwallis
Credit: Wikipedia

Penang Town Hall
Credit: Wikipedia

We decided to start early before it gets too hot, and we hopped on the free Rapid Penang Central Area Transit (CAT) bus to Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling. Yup, our first stop was breakfast, because that’s what you’re supposed to do in Penang: eat. Obviously, I brought Jason to Sri Ananda Bahwan, a pure vegetarian Indian food restaurant in Penang Street. It is the one place my dad and I could agree serves the best ‘thosai’ (fermented crepe). After breakfast, Jason and I walked to Esplanade (Padang Kota Lama) to look at the Penang Town Hall, the ocean, and the Fort Cornwallis, and by ‘look,’ it was really just a quick glance - a lot like, “Okay, we’re done. Let’s go.”

Credit: Lisa @ From My Lemony Kitchen

Steel rod art at Queen Street
Credit: Jason Ng

Kapitan Keling Mosque
Credit: Wikipedia

St. George's Church
Credit: Wikipedia 

Kuan Yin Temple
Credit: Edward C.

Sri Mahamariamman Temple
Credit: Wikipedia

Soon, we were heading back towards the “Street of Harmony.” Being the history buff I am, I explained that it is called so because of the places of worship of four different faiths are all found along this one road: a mosque, a Hindu temple, a Chinese temple, and a church. Anyway, I was apparently pretty bad at reading maps, because it took us some time before I could find the first steel rod sculpture, the one located at Queen Street. 

Born Novelist - Steel rod art at Lumut Lane
Credit: Jason Ng

Learning Penang Hokkien at Armenian Street
Credit: Jason Ng

Magic at Armenian Street
Credit: Jason Ng

Procession at Armenian Street
Credit: Jason Ng

The Main Street
Credit: Jason Ng

Then & Now at Armenian Street
Credit: Jason Ng

Long queue along the Children on Bicycle mural art
Credit: Jason Ng

Children on bicycle mural art
Credit: Say Khoon G.
After snapping a picture or two, we left for Armenian Street, where I knew most of the famous art was at. Sadly, we weren’t the only people there. The place was swarming with tourists (and perhaps even locals like me). There were even peddlers selling souvenirs. Imagine that! We took a few pictures - I was especially amused by the artwork that teaches tourists how to speak Hokkien, the local dialect - but unfortunately, Jason didn’t manage to take picture with the artwork he most wanted to see. He managed to snap a picture of the spectacular queue, though.

Steel rod art at Fish Lane
Credit: Jason Ng

Walking towards Toh Aka Lane via Lumut Lane, I found a steel rod sculpture right outside the back door of the house I used to live in when I was a child. Who would have known a celebrated author was born in this street? Perhaps he wouldn’t be the only one! We moved towards the junction of Fish Lane and Malay Street, and surprise, surprise - we found another steel iron sculpture! It was 11 AM, time for second breakfast.

Located at the junction of Carnarvon Street and Malay Street was Ping Hooi Cafe, the place with arguably the best “loh bak” (pork strips wrapped in soybean sheets) anywhere in Penang. Then, it was time for dessert. Jason loves “cendol,” a dessert made from coconut milk and jelly noodles, and the best place for that was at Keng Kwee Road. Walking along Kimberley street, we came across another steel iron sculpture! At this point, I’d pretty much given up trying to decipher that darn map. However, when we arrived at the “cendol” store, it was buzzing with more people than usual. There was a massive traffic build-up, and the queue of customers waiting to be served snaked around the corner and into the adjourning street. It was going to be quite a wait, so I suggested going across the road to their Komtar Walk shop, but sadly, that place was closed.

Penang Ferry
Credit: Wikipedia

Jason and I enjoying the ferry ride
Credit: Jason Ng

No problem. We simply took another CAT bus to the jetty, where we hopped onto a ferry to bring us to the mainland. It has been a long time since I was last on a ferry, and Jason had never been on one before. Besides, around this time, it was much too hot and humid to be scouring the town for street art. It was a cloudless day, and the sea breeze was pleasant, if a little salty. Once we reached the mainland terminal, we took the next ferry back to the island, and then we embarked on another CAT bus to the Komtar bus terminal. Spotted another street art along the way.



With everything that has been happening around us lately, we hope this week’s pins put a smile on your face.

Let’s keep our faith strong, and don’t stop believing in miracle.

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DIY : Brown Sugar Body Scrub

Have you ever felt that your skin is dull and dry, and yet, you don’t like the slick texture of moisturizer?

Well, we have had days like that, and honestly, the humid weather nowadays isn’t a big help to our complexion. Ladies, listen up! 

We’ve been making homemade scrubs for years, and personally, it works wonders! Not only are the ingredients affordable, you can customize your fruit scrub, aromatherapy scrub, or floral scrub! Say goodbye to money down the drain and flaky skin!

Brown Sugar Body Scrub

You will need:
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 40ml baby oil / essential oil of your choice
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • Glass jar for storage

3 Wonders

Here, we use baby oil with Vitamin E and Aloe Vera
Organic raw honey


1. Pour brown sugar into a clean and dry bowl. We will be using this bowl to do the mixing (so make sure it’s big enough!)

2. Pour in honey and mix until well-combined.

3. Slowly drizzle in the oil, and mix the scrub. You can add more oil depending on the consistency you prefer.


10 Inspiring Places For Artist To Visit

Venice, Italy
Beauty of Venice
Credit: HD Wallpaper

Display art of Venetian Mask
Credit: Tanya Nagar 

Sunset by the cafe
Credit: Wallpaper Up

Stretching across a number of small islands in the Venetian Lagoon, Venice is exceptionally well-known throughout the world for the beauty of its setting, its gorgeous architecture, and its amazing artwork. Connected by waterways and bridges, Venice is commonly known as the “City of Water,” “City of Bridges,” “City of Canals,” and “The Floating City.”

Venice is rich and diverse in architectural style, and it is famous for “Venetian Gothic architecture,” a building style combining the Gothic lancet arch with Byzantine and Moorish architecture influences. One such example is the Palazzo Cavalli-Franchetti, a palace situated on the Grand Canal.

Architecture aside, Venice is renown for its art, having been a major centre of art during the Middle Ages, Renaissance, and Baroque periods. Artists of high calibre had left their mark all over the city, and today, Venetian paintings can be viewed in abundance at museums such as the Gallerie dell'Accademia.

Bled, Slovenia
Calm waters of Lake Bled
Credit: Beauty Places

Lake Bled scenery after sun down
Credit: FHDW

Lake ride on a traditional wood boat, Pletna.
Credit: Slovanian Alps
Bled, an Alpine town in northwestern Slovenia, has been a settlement area since prehistoric times. It is Bled’s breathtaking and romantic scenery that makes it so appealing to artists and travellers alike. Places of interest around Bled includes Bled Castle, a picturesque red and white complex enclosed by a Romanesque wall with parapets, ramparts, and towers. If you venture beyond the castle walls, you’ll find a small museum exhibiting the region’s history.

Another place of interest is Bled Island, on which the Church of the Assumption was erected back in 1534. The original Gothic church features a wishing bell, and locals believe that ringing this bell can fulfill one of your wishes.

Last, but not least, the Vintgar Gorge is almost too gorgeous to miss. Located approximately 4km northwest of Bled, this ravine was discovered by Jakob Žumer, the Major of Gorje, and the cartographer and photographer, Benedikt Lergetporer, in 1891. The 1.6km long trail leads you over wooden bridges, ending in a bridge overlooking the majestic, 13m high Sum waterfall. 

Seopjikoji, Jeju Island, South Korea
Waterfall at Jeju Island
Credit: Vimac 

Tourist walk along the country fields
Credits: Korea Tourism Organization

Mushroom-like statues known as Harubang
Credit: Wallsave
Located on Jeju Island and carving out of its eastern seashore, Seopjikoji is one of the most picturesque the island has to offer. With Seongsan Ilchulbong (Sunrise Peak) standing majestic in the background, and with an unrivalled combination of untainted, blue seas, ebony cliffs, and striking green fields, Seopjikoji is definitely worth immortalizing, be it on canvas or on film. 

Indeed, several Korean dramas have been filmed on this site, with the most famous being “All In.” Scenic trails leading up to a church as well as a quaint, white lighthouse offers opportunities for the artistically inclined to paint gorgeous landscapes. Perhaps Seopjikoji is where you’ll find your muse.

Reykjanes, Iceland
The ever famous Northern Lights
Credit: Wallpaper Up

A steamy peninsula biking tour
Credit: Extreme Iceland

Lake in an old volcanic crater
Credit: Wall Wide HD
Another picturesque spot, Reykjanes, a lunar landscape beaded with volcanic and geothermal wonders, is cited as the best place to watch the Aurora Borealis, otherwise known as the Northern Lights, a natural light display in particularly high northern latitudes.

It is widely believed that in Reykjanes, lighthouses outnumber villages, so if white lighthouses set against a field of green and a sky of the clearest blue is your thing, this is where you should head. Alternatively, if you’re feeling adventurous, you can choose to camp outside and paint the spectacular Aurora Borealis, which is most commonly found in shades of red, green, and purple. 

Phi Phi Islands, Thailand
Clear water of the Phi Phi Island beach
Credit: HDW Papers

A dive underwater with friendly turtle
Credit: Best Tropical Beach Vacation

Phi Phi Island preparing for the night
Credit: Wikipedia
Located between the island of Phuket and the western Strait of Malacca, Phi Phi Islands, a small archipelago of six islands, is famed for its stunning beaches and turquoise waters. Ko Phi Phi, one of the six, is considered to be one of the most naturally beautiful islands in the world, and indeed, a person with an artistic eye should not miss the abundance this cluster of islands have to offer in terms of white, sandy beaches, dazzling seas, and gorgeous limestone cliffs. 

Additionally, if it’s art you’re looking for, Phi Phi Islands are also known for its batik, a form of patterned cloth made from wax-resist dyeing technique. Otherwise, if you’re an artist looking for a tropical getaway, look no further: Phi Phi Islands is a feast for all your senses.

Santorini, Greece
Blue domed church and whitewashed stone houses
Credit: MR Wallpaper

Breezy stroll along Santorini's vineyard
Credit: Wallpaper Passion

Bird-eye view of the breathe taking Santorini Beach
Credit: Top Wallpaper
Santorini, a volcanic island in the Cyclades group of Greek Islands, is famous for its dramatic views, to-die-for sunsets, and stretches of gorgeous black pebble, white, and red beaches. Santorini is also home to a flourishing wine industry, though the yield per year is only about 10 to 20 percent of what is produced by France or even California. 

One also shouldn’t miss the architecture of Santorini. Low-lying cubicle houses made of local stone, whitewashed or limewashed with various volcanic ashes are typical of Santorinian architecture, and it is no doubt a refreshing change after glass cities of skyscraping complexes. Santorini is also famed for its blue-domed churches, and although the city cannot lay claim to famous artwork, tourists can visit the Art Space Gallery and Winery to view work done by both local and international artists.

Paris, France
Sunset at Eiffel Tower
Credit: Wallpaper Zoo

The grand foyer of Opéra Garnier
Credit: Wikipedia

Paris Fashion Week Runway
Credit: International Business Times
A city renowned for its art and history, is it any wonder that Paris is a place any artist should visit? Situated on the River Seine, Paris is the epitome of culture and romance. For generations, artists have flocked to this city, eager to educate themselves and seek information from the artistic resources available. Paris is also home to numerous museums, most notably The Louvre, the world’s most visited museum.

Renowned for its fashion, Paris is known as the “international capital of style.” The city is noted for its haute couture tailoring, often sewn on expensive fabric with a keen attention to details. Without a doubt, Paris Fashion Week is one of the most highly anticipated events, attracting fashion aficionados from the world over.

The city also boasts a plethora of landmarks, both beautiful and breathtaking, from the Eiffel Tower to the Arc de Triomphe to the Opera Bastille. Visit Paris to take in the charm of age-old Gothic churches, houses, and theatres.

Fiordland, New Zealand 
Fiordland National Park
Credit: Wallsave

Fiordland crested penguin, also known as Eudyptes pachyrhynchus.
Credit: Paddy Ryan

Reflection of trees at the South Island
Credit: Wide Wallpapers
If you’re a Lord of the Rings fan, chances are you’ve heard of Fiordland, New Zealand, even if in passing. Fiordland represents the River Anduin as the Fellowship of the Rings paddles south from Lothlorien. Situated on the south-western corner of South Islands, Fiordland is the least populous area of South Island. It is hardly accessible, except by boat and by air, but once you’re there, you can be sure to be greeted by a splendid sight. 

Dominated by snow-capped Southern Alps, Fiordland boasts deep lakes, steep valleys, and tall waterfalls. In fact, the Browne Falls and Sutherland Falls are amongst the tallest in the world. If you’re looking for somewhere peaceful to retreat to, perhaps to draw and paint in peace, this tranquil, virtually-inhabited spot is what you’re looking for.

Berlin, Germany
Gendarmenmarkt square in Berlin
Credit: Wikipedia

Colourful street art paint war
Credit: 4 HD Wallpapers 

Night lights of Berlin City
Credit: Free HD Walls
A city of culture, Berlin is famed for many things, among them its art and architecture. Berlin’s history left behind an eclectic array of buildings: the Brandenburg Gate and the Fernsehturm, for example. Berlin is also home to the Gendarmenmarkt, a neoclassical square that dates back to the famous Gens d’armes regiment located here in the 18th century. In addition, cathedrals, churches, and museums are also in abundance.

Speaking of museums, Berlin has 153 of them including the Altes Museum, the Neues Museum, the Gemäldegalerie, and the Hamburger Bahnhof. The museum ensemble found on Museum Island is also a recognized UNESCO World Heritage Site 

Art aside, Berlin is also known for its vibrant nightlife, perhaps the most diverse in all of Europe.