Tuesday, January 31, 2006

"As far as the trip is concerned, it focuses on the culture of different races that constitute the majority of S'pore. I initially doubted whether there is real "culture" here but it turned out to be a positive answer."
Aaron muses about his Singapore heritage and cultural spots jaunt.

"I found a hidden gem! ...It's located in the URA building behind maxwell market ...Can see the new casino, reservoir and marina south park. and many new buildings in shenton. my fav find was the skycam controller which allows control and viewing of the surrounding shenton way and chinatown and parts of singapore river."

Read about Mr Lee-Lin's recent discovery.

Thursday, January 26, 2006

Stumped by where to go when the malls are closed during the Lunar New Year holidays?

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Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Read about Edwin's account of his visit to Power Dressing at Asian Civilisations Museum, Empress Place.
"We visited ACM for the special event Power Dressing. This special showcase presents textiles for Rulers and Priests from the Chris Hall Collection. Featured are the Chinese dressing of silken treasures from the 5th century BCE to early 20th century."

It was the last Sunday before the Chinese New Year. As with Chinese traditions, the guys should go for their haircut before the New Year. So, as if it was a calling from within I joined the crowd. Gone are the days when if you have long hair you might be served last.
Check out chinatown boy's interesting account of his visit to a "modern barber shop of the old, but not of the new generation type".


Do Chinese ceramics and the origins of kilns interest you? Come visit Museum, NUS Centre For the Arts.

This talk is your chance to learn more.

Fujian Export Ceramics
Speaker: Prof Li Jian An, Fujian Provincial Museum, China
Date: 24 February 2006 (Friday)
Time: 7:00 – 8:00 pm
Venue: Green Room, University Cultural Centre, NUS
Talk conducted in Mandarin

Chinese ceramics were once exported in large quantities to Southeast Asian, Japan and Europe. Fujian kilns were one of the main kilns where these export ceramics were made. What roles did these Fujian kilns play and the archaeological findings? What are the recent discoveries of Fujian export ceramics? What are the basic characteristics of Chinese export ware and how do we tell them apart?

Prof Li Jian An (Director of Archaeology Institute, Fujian Provincial Museum, China) will discuss the above topics with visual illustrations and selected ceramic pieces from the collection of the Museum, NUS Centre For the Arts.

Li Jian’an graduated from Xiamen University in 1982, in History and Archeology. In the same year, he joined the Fujian Provincial Museum and carried out many land and underwater archeological expeditions. Now, he is the Director of Fujian Archaeologcial Institute. Prof Li has participated in the archeological work of prehistoric, bronze, Jian kilns, xxx kilns, Zhangzhou kilns, Dehua kilns and many others. He has also written about 70 academic reports, and published ‘Zhangzhou Kilns’ and ‘Ancient Export of Fujian Ceramics – Discoveries from Underwater Archaeology’.


Here's what's happening at the Singapore Philatelic Museum during the Lunar New Year.

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Our friends at Museums, NUS Centre for the Arts dropped by and told us more about the Tan Cheng Lock Baba House Museum.

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BABA HOUSE MUSEUM: Applauded at the Peranakan Festival.

Come September 2006, walk back in time with Museums, NUS Centre for the Arts to the era of babas and bibiks. Experience authentic Peranakan culture in perhaps the last remaining Peranakan house in Singapore.

Exhibitions and events held at the Baba House Museum will showcase fascinating aspects of Peranakan heritage that are best captured in its eclectic mix of artifacts, signature decorative ornaments, Peranakan cuisine, social customs and lifestyle in a living context. Listen to Peranakan stories and songs while enjoying ayam buah keluak, kueh kueh and rojak. View artefacts such as the beautifully restored wedding bed and ancestral altar table.

Stay tuned for more developments.

We've just received news that Singapore History Museum at Riverside Point is going to close in early March.

The official word.

"Closure of the Singapore History Museum & Rivertales exhibition at Riverside Point from 6 March 2006
The Singapore History Museum at Riverside Point will be officially closed to the public from 6 March 2006. The last day of operation at the Singapore History Museum is 5 March 2006. The Rivertales exhibition at Riverside Point was launched in August 2003. The closure will enable the preparation and setup for the opening of the new
National Museum of Singapore at Stamford Road.

The new National Museum of Singapore at Stamford Road will be officially open to the public in December this year. From April to November 2006, the various event spaces at the new Museum will be opened in succession. A series of film, visual and performing arts events have been scheduled to allow our local and international visitors a preview of the new National Museum."

It'll be a good idea to catch them before they close.

It might very well be your last chance to
perform heroics in a national museum...

and get a photo with Ju Ming's Living World Series Sculpture by the river side.

Looks like Vanessa Tan had fun at Reflections at Bukit Chandu recently.

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Wednesday, January 11, 2006

We browsed through Victor Koo's archives and really enjoyed his pix on Clarke Quay and the Singapore skyline.

We then went digging through the National Archives's online repository and looked for corresponding images.

Browsing through the photo repository sure invokes a strong feeling of nostalgia.

Chinese New Year Open House Programme at SHM

This came into today from the Singapore History Museum

Some of the interesting programmes they have lined up.


Sunday, January 08, 2006

bullockcartwater was at Chinatown for the 2006 Chinese New Year Light Up and has exclusive pictures and posts.
It was "ren-shan-ren-hai" (people mountain people sea) from People's Park Complex to Sago Lane. It was almost like the old days when there were only shoppers and the stalls. Last night, the crowd was created in part, with the show and the small walking space for the people who flocked to Chinatown to watch, amongst many things fireworks

Thursday, January 05, 2006

oceanskies79 comes through again with another reflective post on places in Singapore
"...I understand that Anderson Bridge was built (completed in 1910) because the nearby Cavenagh Bridge was not able to cope with the increasing traffic.

The one thing that we should be grateful of is that Cavenagh Bridge was not demolished after Anderson Bridge was completed. Instead, it was converted to a pedestrain bridge, and has continued to serve this function till today. It is nice to catch glimpses of bumboats passing by while standing on Cavenagh Bridge."

Happening at Asian Civilisations Museum, Empress Place on 14 January.

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In line with the upcoming CNY festivities, the Singapore Philatelic Museum is organising a Singapore Zodiac Stamp Exhibtion & Fair.

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Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Victor Koo's post on Sungei Road is really amusing
"So what potential buys can you find in Sungei Road? Anything and everything. You can see the assortment of goods which the above seller is selling. From a fan that is missing its blades or blades that are missing a fan; to a bicycle that is missing an owner or an owner that is missing a bicycle. Some of the browsers in the above photo may in fact be looking for things that they have recently lost to a thief.

That's why Sungei Road is also popularly known as 'thieves market'. You can pick up a second-hand (perhaps more accurately 'several-hands') mobile phone. Or rather, it could also possibly be a 'third hand' mobile phone. "

Happening at the Malay Heritage Centre...

Aidiladha - Understanding the Sacrifice
Till 15 January 2006

Go on a journey to discover the real meaning behind Aidiladha, its rituals and practices. Free admission and light refreshments. Free transportation for groups of 30 or more.

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Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Good Morning Yesterday

We are avid followers of Mr Lam's blog which is a heartfelt retrospective on Singapore's yesteryears and was pleased to learn about his motivation for it in his latest post.

"The last day of the year is a good time for reflection. I think I should explain in more detail why I started this blog.

Basically I have 2 reasons:

1) To reminisce about the ‘good old days’.
2) To educate the next generation about what life of their parents was like when they were young."


Stefan and Dave share with us one of the many new features to expect when the National Museum of Singapore re-opens in December 2006.

"We have created for the National Museum of Singapore the first outdoor interactive audio guide on mobile phone in the world... What makes it different is that you are able to not only hear about the three architectural features of the Museum (via the pleasing voice of Programming Manager Katharyn Peh), but you are also invited to leave your feedback on the buildings, express your opinion on them, and what they mean to you or to Singapore's history.

We've left these recording options open-ended so that our audio guide is not merely a conduit of information, but a dialogue between museum and community. We will save the best recordings and make them available to future visitors to the museum."


Monday, January 02, 2006

oceanskies79 has a nice blog with pictorial posts about heritage-themed places in Singapore.

Check out oceanskies79's latest visit to Reflections at Bukit Chandu on their New Year's Day Open House.

"My favourite exhibits were:
- Battle For Singapore!: It gives a vivid snapshot of the Japanese invasion of Singapore from 7 - 15 Feb 1942. I felt I attended a good history lesson within a span of ten minutes.
- Bukit Chandu Theatre: Through the use of very good multmedia and sound effects, it gave me a better understanding of what the soldiers from the Malay Regiment might be facing when they were bravely fighting against the invaders."