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Grandmother’s 1st Year Anniversary

Time passed by very quickly in the blink of an eye, a year has passed since you left us from this world. A strong matriarch who loved her five generations, under her leadership and direction.

Your presence can still be felt when the extended family came back for your 1st year anniversary, preparing your favourite food and offerings for the memorial service.

I will always remember you, stories, thoughts and feelings from my remembrance article that I wrote in dedication to your memory in January 2017. It’s not just me, the entire extended family too, will always remember you, in their hearts, mind and soul.

From the young and bubbly great-grandchildren, to us, the grandchildren and your children, the strength and unity is one of the best testimonials to you as the matriarch who led, controlled and took great care of this family.

Sending money, clothes, gifts and durian to my matriarch, my paternal grandmother in heaven, the entire extended family of 5 generations under her, hope that she likes the gifts when she receives it!

农历十月二十一,阿嬷的祭日,全家五代永远记得在心。

Anime X Stamps at Singapore Philatelic Museum

Anime and stamps, are they meant to be together? Have you seen them together before? Yes, they have and they can be together! At the Singapore Philatelic Museum (SPM), there is a very special theme exhibition, celebrating the centenary of Japanese anime in a pop-culture themed exhibition titled “Anime X Stamps”.

If you are an Anime fan, you have to visit this exhibition! Anime X Stamps exhibition is now running at SPM from 16th November 2017 to April 2018! This exhibition is more than just special, it’s colourful, immersive, comprehensive and nostalgic (for anime fans!). Being a special pop-culture themed exhibition, there are a pretty big collection of stamps and philatelic materials from Japan and Singapore, limited edition collectibles, and one-of-a-kind orginal production artworks specially put together for this special anime theme exhibition!

“This year marks the 100th anniversary of Japanese anime. Anime has developed over the pastcentury to encompass a diverse repertoire of stories and characters, enjoyed around the world by people of all ages. Anime X Stamps explores how Japan showcases anime, their creativity and innovative way of doing things through stamps! This attests to the fact that stamps are the pride of a country.”

Ms Tresnawati Prihadi, General Manager of SPM

Let me share with you readers, some of the highlights of the exhibition:

  • A collection of over 700 stamps that depict anime, which cover about 80 different titles. Get up-close to stamps of beloved classics like Astro Boy and Doraemon, all-time favourites like Dragon Ball, Gundam, Pokémon, works by Studio Ghibili, as well as more recent series like One Piece, Naruto and Attack on Titan.
  • Rare one-of-a-kind original production artwork from Naruto and My Neighbour Totoro.
  • Limited edition collectibles, toys, costumes and figurines from the Dragon Ball and Mazinger Z series, and Astro Boy collectibles from the 1960s.
  • Photo opportunities in colourful immersive galleries featuring Fifi, the exhibition mascot, who cosplays iconic scenes from different anime.

When I visited the Anime X Stamps exhibition at SPM, I was secretly excited inside me (cannot show too much excitement if not I would reveal my age) because I went back to the good old days when I was watching Japanese anime! I had a chat with the curator, who is a huge anime fan herself, on some Japanese anime series, whether they produced stamps such as those featured inside this Anime X Stamps exhibition. While this exhibition is pretty comprehensive, the Japanese anime world is so huge that not all of them produce stamps and philatelic materials. I was looking for some of my favourite Japanese anime series such as Samurai X, Initial D, Slam Dunk. How I wished these Japanese anime series produced stamps and philatelic materials for their fans around the world!

Touring the exhibition and observing the Anime X stamps, I spotted Ranma ½ stamps, that was brought to our attention by the curator (I am probably the only one in that group on that media preview tour that watched Ranma ½ and I would proabably give my age away as well). I also spotted Doraemon and friends (who doesn’t know them!), City Hunter, Astro Boy, Naruto, Dragon Ball Z etc etc … So many nostalgic memories coming back to me!

There are many more exciting and fun activities inside the Anime X stamps exhibition at SPM. Keep a lookout for the upcoming Animania Sunday on 17th December 2017, anime fans, mark it down on your calendar! More information and updates can be found on the SPM website and SPM Facebook page.

Here’s a peak (through my photos) into what you can view inside this special and interesting Anime X stamps exhibition! If you love Japanese anime, you (MUST) have to visit! Bring your children, nieces, nephews, grandchildren down to SPM, it’s educational and great fun for them during this festive school holiday season! For those adults who love Japanese anime and bringing their kids down to Anime X stamps exhibition, it’s like a mini pilgrimage returning into the world of Japanese anime (and you know you want it, deep inside your heart). Remember to share your experiences inside Anime X stamps with the hashtags #animexstampsSPM and #singaporephilatelicmuseum !

Welcome back to the Japanese anime world inside the Anime X stamps exhibition at Singapore Philatelic Museum!

Details of Anime X Stamps exhibition

日本动画 X 邮票

アニメX 切手

Venue: Singapore Philatelic Museum, 23-B Coleman Street, Singapore 179807

Date: 16 November 2017 to April 2018

Opening hours: Monday – Sunday from 10.00am – 7.00pm

Admission charges: Free admission for Singaporeans and Permanent Residents

Admission charges for tourists:

Adult $8

Child (3 – 12 years) $6

Tel: 63373888

Website: www.spm.org.sg

Official hashtags: #animexstampsSPM #singaporephilatelicmuseum

* Information courtesy of Singapore Philatelic Museum *


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Sirri na Pesse

This word, “Bugis”, what comes into your mind? For the local Singaporeans and overseas visitors, the first thing that comes to their mind would most probably be Bugis Junction, Bugis MRT station or Bugis Village. Yet behind these few known names and locations in both local and international visitors, do you know about the history, heritage, cultural and economics that the Bugis community brought into Singapore, the influence and outreach that shaped the Bugis community and presence in today’s modern Singapore society?

Sirri na Pesse, loosely translated into “Honour and Pride” in the Bugis language, features the history and development of the Malay-Bugis community in Singapore, tracing their roots through the historical developments and changes in the Malay world during the 18th to 20th centuries. The exhibition Sirri na Pesse was officially launched on Friday 13th October 2017 at the Malay Heritage Centre by Guest of Honour, Mr Baey Yam Keng, Parlimentary Secretary, Ministry of Community, Culture and Youth (MCCY), along with the Malay Culture Fest 2017 that took place from 13 – 28th October.

During the launch programme, guests were treated to an amazing artistic showcase titled, “Aga Kareba Performance”, a compressed history of the Bugis people from the myth of creation to the beginning of their settlements in the Malay Kingdoms.

Act 1: Myth of Creation

Act 2: Thriving Port of Makassar

Act 3: The Makassar War

Act 4: Departure & Arrival

The 4 acts performed were very nice to watch, beautiful traditional dancing, music and performances. Through the narration by the emcee and short write up in the programme booklet, visitors like me were able to understand and learn more about the Bugis community in Singapore.

After watching the performance, I visited the Sirri na Pesse exhibition at Gallery 1 & 2. Due to time constraints, I made another trip back to Malay Heritage Centre and continued my learning and understanding tour of the history, heritage, cultural and economics development of the Bugis community in Singapore.

When you visit Sirri na Pesse exhibition at Malay Heritage Centre, make sure you start from Gallery 1, in the following order of the exhibits below (Remember to pick up the exhibition guide book before your start your tour)

Gallery 1

1) The Bugis

2) Politics and Economy

3) Language and Literature

4) Indigenous Knowledge and Expertise

Gallery 2

5) Presence in Singapore

6) Practices and Beliefs

7) Memory and Identity

“Navigating Bugis Identities in Singapore”, a perfect quote for the visitors to the Sirri na Pesse exhibition at Malay Heritage Centre. Indeed, I am navigating my tour and journey into the Bugis world, from their origins, whether of royal descent, or seafarers or merchants, I was like I am on their phinisi (a traditional Bugis ship) sailing through in time and history, from their origins to modern Singapore today, inside this highly enriching exhibition.

With my limited knowledge initially, I only knew the Bugis community as seafarers, merchants and business people. After visiting and leaving the Sirri na Pesse exhibition, I am glad to learn and know more about the Bugis community in Singapore.

There are so much more to learn and understand about Singapore’s history, heritage and culture, the Sirri na Pesse exhibition is an excellent exhibition that I strongly encourage people to visit, learn and understand more about them.

Over the years that I had been writing and covering heritage, history and cultural exhibitions, events and related topics on the ground, there is always new knowledge, understanding and appreciation of our different races and cultures in Singapore that helped to grow, change and shape Singapore today.

The Galleries 1 & 2 at the Malay Heritage Centre may be small in exhibition space floor size, however, they are able to showcase a rich, diversified, concise, enriching and eye opener on the history, heritage, culture, conservation and preservation on the Bugis community and identities in Singapore.

*** More photographs of the Sirri na Pesse exhibition can be viewed here inside my Flickr photography album ***

Exhibition details and information

Sirri na Pesse: Navigating Bugis Identities in Singapore (In partnership with the Singapore-Bugis Community)

Dates: 14th October 2017 to 24th June 2018

Malay Heritage Centre

Galleries 1 & 2

Free Admission

Malay Heritage Centre

Address: 85 Sultan Gate, Singapore 198501

Opening Hours: Tuesday – Sunday 10am – 6pm

(Closed on Mondays)

Last admission at 5.30pm

Website: www.malayheritage.org.sg

Facebook: Malay Heritage Centre

Instagram: @malayheritage

Email: NHB_MHC@nhb.gov.sg

Telephone: +65 6391 0450


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Haenyeo Singapore Photography Exhibition

A photography exhition on an intangible culture that is facing its own challenges and continuation in the modern era today, a rich tradition that is slowly being eroded and a risk of this tradition and culture being lost. This topic resonates deeply in me, an area where I have an interest and passion in. This is the Haenyeo Singapore Photography Exhibition by Jose Jeuland, a professional Fujifilm X photographer based in Singapore.

Photo courtesy of Epson Singapore

During the official launch event at The Fullerton Hotel Singapore, I had the opportunity to view the wonderful and amazing photography works on display, telling us the stories behind the Haenyeo people, brave and amazing women that take on such a dangerous nature of work. . I remembered watching the Haenyeo in action on television, diving into the water gathering clams, abalone or seaweed from the ocean floor with just a lead-weighted vest and googles.

Viewing the photography works by Jose, I can sense and feel the connections with the subjects in the photographs. Maybe I have similar connections in our photography genre, through my personal heritage, cultural and conservation photography projects that I have undertaken over the years.

Photo courtesy of Epson Singapore

There were more than 30,000 Haenyeo diving off the shores of Jeju and Udo Island daily. Today, less than 5,000 with two-thirds being over the age of 60 remains. This traditional culture is facing many challenges ahead and it is recognised by UNESCO as an Intangible Cultural Heritage to be cherished.

The photography prints on display at the Haenyeo Singapore Photography Exhibition were supported by Epson Singapore, the official print sponsor by supporting the exhibition with its commercial and industrial photo graphic production printer, creating stunning high and professional quality prints.

Epson SureColor 64″ SC-P20070 Printer (Photo courtesy of Epson Singapore)

In the exhibition, there is a collection of compelling portraits of Haenyo are printed using the Epson SureColor 64″ SC-P20070 with UltraChrome® PRO Pigment Ink on Epson’s Signature Worthy Hot Press Bright.

Let me share with you more information on the Epson SureColor 64″ SC-P20070 Printer

The exhibition-quality prints were created with Epson’s 64″ SureColor SC-P20070 printer, using the Epson’s UltraChrome PRO nine-colour pigment ink system, with an extended colour gamut and four levels of black, and advanced PrecisionCore™ MicroTFP printhead technology to develop vibrant prints with lasting durability.

Used with Epson’s Signature Worthy medias, this advanced printing technology produces exceptional colour gamut and high maximum density (D-Max), offering photographic quality prints that is a favourite of photographers and artists alike

Ms. Tan May Lin, General Manager, Sales, Marketing and Customer Service Division, Epson Singapore said, “Epson Singapore is proud to be the official print sponsor for Jose’s first ever photography exhibition in Singapore. Jose has captured wonderfully compelling stories that bring the raw emotions of the Haenyo sea women to life. With Epson’s photo graphic production printers, we’re excited that our unique combination of Epson’s printhead technology and UltraChrome® PRO archival ink technology can help deliver the very best representation of his artworks in final print format.”

José Jeuland, a Singapore-based French professional photographer said, “I am thankful for Epson’s support as I launch my first-ever photography exhibition here in Singapore. Epson’s unique printing technology accentuates the key features of the Haenyeo as seen from the photographs at the exhibition. This in turn portrays the raw emotions of these women of great fortitude. With Epson’s support, I am happy to share the inspiring story of the Haenyeo women-divers from Jeju, Korea.”

Whether you love photography, travel, traditional culture and also Korea, do take the time and visit the photography artworks of the Haenyeo at The Fullerton Hotel Singapore. It’s a real eye opener to a wonderful culture and tradition, facing its own challenges and hurdles in the modern era. Do check out the Epson printer on display there too!

Details of Haenyeo Singapore Photography Exhibition

Date: 28th October 2017 to 23rd November 2017

Venue: East Gearden Foyer, The Fullerton Hotel Singapore

* Admission is free for all *

Jose Jeuland website/social media links

Website

Facebook

Instagram

Twitter

Pinterest

* Information courtesy of Epson Singapore and Lewis PR *

I would like to thank Epson Singapore for the invitation to the official launch of the Haenyeo Singapore Photography Exhibition.

Happy Mid-Autumn Festival 2017!

A festival that always attracts the whole family with children, for a fun time of family gathering and fun together. Mid-Autumn Festival has always been an important festival for the Chinese community around the world, an occasion for celebration on the Chinese Lunar Calendar, the 15th day of the eighth lunar month, which is today, 4th October 2017.

On the weekend 30th September and 1st October 2017, I visited Wan Qing Yuan, Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall for an evening of Wan Qing Mid-Autumn Festival 2017 Celebrations (秋月明夜亮晚晴). There were a number of fun activities organised for the weekend, great for families and children, do check out some of their photographs uploaded on their Facebook Page.

I visited 晚晴园 on 30th October for Mid-Autumn Festival 2017 celebrations. It was great to see families with children coming down for family bonding time and having fun together. The lanterns were a big attraction for the children and also for the parents too, they are childhood memories for the adults too! With the outdoor booths around the lawn area, fun activities and food for the visitors, beside visiting the museum and other activities taking place inside Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall.

The evening concert was great; the LED Dragon Dance got everybody excited as they moved around the crowds, getting up close and personal with them. That was followed by live music performances on the stage, entertaining and captivating the visitors celebrating Mid-Autumn Festival 2017 at 晚晴园, some of the memorable scenes for me were the cute and enthusiastic young children sitting right in front of the stage, watching, cheering and recording videos of the live music performances on stage, spreading great joy and love to the different performers. Let me share some of my memories from Wan Qing Mid-Autumn Festival 2017!

Today is Mid-Autmn Festival 2017! Wishing everybody a Happy Mid-Autumn Festival 2017! Have a great time of fun and bonding with your family during this festival!

祝大家中秋快乐!


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Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival 2017

The time of the year, the Mid-Autumn Festival season in Singapore would start today on the 23rd September 2017, for a month long celebration to 19th October 2017. Many beautiful lanterns, over 1,000 beautiful, handcrafted lanterns will light up the streets of Chinatown each evening, a very beautiful, bright and colourful grand display of lights and colours, a popular annual event that attracts both the locals and overseas visitors as well.

The theme for Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival (牛车水庆中秋) 2017 is “Celebrations of our Traditions 《传统新意庆中秋,同心共乐贺团圆》”, emphasizing on family togetherness along with the return of traditional cellophane lanterns, the inspiration for this year’s Street Light-Up.

Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival 2017 is organised by the Kreta Ayer-Kim Seng Citizens’ Consultative Committee (KA-KS CCC) and supported by the Singapore Tourism Board. Mdm Halimah Yacob, President of the Republic of Singapore, is the Guest-of-Honour for the Official Light-Up and Opening Ceremony (开幕典礼与亮灯仪式) on Saturday 23rd September 2017. From my previous experiences watching the Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival opening ceremony from the side lines, the opening ceremony performances have always been spectacular and lively!

Visiting Chinatown for Mid-Autumn Festival 2017, observe the lanterns! Do you remember the lanterns shaped like dragons, rabbits, roosters and rabbits made of cellophane paper hung over bamboo strips or wire frames? More than 1,000 lanterns along Eu Tong Sen Street, New Bridge Road and South Bridge Road. They are all handcrafted by expert craftsmen from China, designed in collaboration with students from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA), inspired by the traditional cellophane paper lanterns popular in Singapore during the 1960s to 1980s, a reminiscent of the colourful cellophane paper lanterns from the 60s to 80s era.

When you visit Chinatown in Singapore, you can’t miss the Mid-Autumn Festival lanterns on display, the lanterns are always well liked and received by both locals and overseas visitors. You can’t miss this big centrepiece lantern on display at Chinatown Mid Autumn Festival 2017! Measuring 12m tall by 10m wide, decorated with about 60 animal lanterns, located at the junction of Eu Tong Sen Street and Upper Cross Street. Keep a lookout for the large-scale lantern display sets of families representing Singapore’s multicultural community on the centre divider between Eu Tong Sen Street and South Bridge Road.

There are many activities and events taking place during Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival 2017 till 19th October:

Family togetherness celebrated at inaugural Mid-Autumn Family Fest @ Chinatown

A new event this year is the Mid-Autumn Family Fest @ Chinatown (中秋 @ on 24 September 2017where families and friends can take part in a morning of traditional activities associated with the festival. Held at the Kreta Ayer Community Club, there will be various hands-on activities, such as mooncake-making, tea appreciation, calligraphy writing and lantern painting.

Activities and Events taking place during Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival 2017

Starting from 20 September, local and overseas visitors can look forward to finding a wide array of festive must-haves and treats from mooncakes and tea to preserved fruits and decorative ornaments at the annual Festive Street Bazaar (中秋街市集).

For the arts-inclined, the Nightly Stage Shows (中秋综艺晚会) at Kreta Ayer Square will fill the evening air with song and dance performances by local and overseas troupes and entertainers that will amplify the celebratory mood during the festival.

The Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival 2017 will draw to a close with the Mass Lantern Walk (中秋大型游灯会) on 1 October, where up to 5,000 people are expected to come together to mark the Mid-Autumn Festival under a moonlit night, topped with entertaining performances by local clan associations, overseas performing groups and dragon dance troupes.

More info on the event highlights for the Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival 2017 can be found in the Annex.

For more information, please visit us at:

Website:              www.chinatownfestivals.sg

Facebook:           https://www.facebook.com/chinatown.festivals

Witness to War: Remembering 1942

A new World War Two exhibition at the National Museum of Singapore, commemorating the 75th anniversary of the fall of Singapore. When I heard of this upcoming exhibition, my first initial reaction, “Another World War Two exhibition? How different is this from the rest of the other exhibitions?” I wasn’t too sure and I am a bit skeptical on what this exhibition Witness to War: Remembering 1942 is going to showcase to the public.

As I entered into this exhibition for a sneak preview with the curators, prior to her official opening to the public. I knew this was going to be something different and special, it’s not your usual World War Two exhibition. Let me bring you through my experiential journey through my photos and story.

First and foremost, it’s indeed like an international exhibition blockbuster, with more than 130 artefacts from 10 overseas museums and institutions, some never-before-seen artefacts and untold real life stories and accounts of the fall of Singapore.

Catch some old vintage films first

At the beginning of the exhibtion, you would be greeted by different vintage films montage, showing key international events from 1914 to the late 1930s. Observe carefully and you can spot Singapore landscapes and sceneries inside some of the vintage films! The films montage does take your attention span and you might be glued to the big tv projector screens!

Walking down, entering into the central area of the exhibition galleries, you would be to view many artfacts on display, some are really big and you can’t miss them, some are small, don’t go too fast. While I am unable to write and share on every artefact on display, I would highlight and share on artefacts that personally stood out for me. Please visit my photograph album for this exhibition inside my Flickr collection.

New gems and rediscover cherished classics from National Collection

25-Pounder Field Gun

Japanese Army Bungle

Enfield No. 2 Mk. 1 revolver

World class artefacts from 10 overseas museums and institutions

Steel sword (katana) of Lieutanant General Tomoyuki Yamashita

Union Jack Flag

4 pods, 4 themes

Every pod has stories, real life stories from survivors. Visit the pods, sit down, watch and listen, feel, ponder and reflect.

I – Destruction

II – Displacement

III – Love & Loss

IIII – Fortitude

5 stations for children engagement, learning, participation and interaction

Experiential learning is one of the best ways in my personal opinion to learn, especially for young children. There are 5 stations inside the exhibition that the young children are able to engage, learn, participate and interact within and from the exhibition itself.

Student Archivist Project

In this exhibition, visitors can view the works of the next generation of storytellers, the students involvement in this exhibition making process, through their help in recording, preserving and sharing of the war survivors’ experiences. This is an excellent and most meaningful involement, to connect and bridge the different generations together, through inter-generational dialogue and bonding.

 

Sit down, reflect, leave a mark behind with your thoughts and feelings

At the end of the exhibition, I sat down and reflected on the latest exhibition to be held at the National Museum of Singapore. This wasn’t just another World War Two exhibition that I thought it would be, it’s something really different, something special and unique, the real life stories, heartwarming and heartwrenching at times, the interactions, engagements. There are some things that tugged the heart strings that made it very different and special from the other World War Two exhibitions. The exhibition has the engagements and interactions, ideal for parents to bring their children down to visit and learn more about the war that took place in Singapore, the history, the stories of our survivors. Let’s not take our peace, stability and security of Singapore for granted.

My own personal thoughts and feelings

At the nice table located at the end of the exhibition, sitted on the nice softa, I looked at the small piece of paper for me to pen down my thoughts and feelings of the whole exhibition, the stories from the World War Two survivors. Somehow or another, I couldn’t and I didn’t manage to write it down. I am going to return back to this exhibition again, tour it one more time slowly, observe and learn more about our World War Two history that never see, hear and feel before in other World War Two exhibitions. Of course, I am going to pen it down my thoughts and feelings, and drop into the letter box at the side of the table, for the survivors who shared their remarkable stories with us in this exhibition.

My initial skepticism of this World War Two exhibition had totally changed, this is not just another World War Two exhibition. The experiences, the stories and interactions with and inside the exhibiton make it special and unique. Only when you are there, you will be able to enter into this experiential journey to understand and learn more about the Witness to War: Remembering 1942.

Lest We Forget.

Exhibition details

Location: National Museum of Singapore Exhibition Galleries, Basement Level

Period: 23rd September 2017 to 25th March 2018

Opening hours: 10am to 7pm (last admission at 6.30pm)

Free admission for Citizens, Permanent Residents and visitors aged 6 years and below

If you do visit this exhibition, share your experiences, chronicle it on social media via the hashtag #remembering1942.


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150th Anniversary of the First Postage Stamps Issued in Singapore

A new exhibition has recently opened to the public at the Singapore Philatelic Museum (SPM) from 1st September 2017 to 1st January 2018, visitors to SPM are able to enjoy a very interesting and intriguing exhibition of stamps, some of the stamps have a very rich and old history, some of the rarest stamps, covers and other philatelic materials on display, showcasing the history and significance of Singapore from her Colonial days when she was an international port of call around the world.

On 31st August, I was at the official launch and opening of the exhibition – 150th Anniversary of the First Postage Stamps Issued in Singapore, attended and launched by Guest-of-Honour Mr Chan Yeng Kit (Chairman of Infocomm Media Development Authority), Mr Woo Keng Leong (CEO, Postal Services at SingPost), Mr Hong Tuck Kun (Chairman of the Stamp Advisory Committee), Mr Richard Tan (President of the ASP) and Professor Cheah Jin Seng (Chairman of SPM Board) at the SPM.

Thereafter, I went into the exhibition space to view the collection of stamps on display at this exhibition. When you entered into the exhibition space, it might look small in terms of floor size, however, there are a lot of stamps on display and some of the rarest stamps are there! Every stamp, cover and philatelic material tells a story of Singapore, her postal history and history as part of the Straits Settlements. It’s really amazing, mind blowing at times, it’s not just the history behind it, there are also stories behind some of the stamps on display there. This exhibition is excellent and very suitable for parents to bring their children there to learn more about Singapore’s history and culture.

Just to share a bit on the history of the Straits Settlements, in the year 1867, Singapore, Penang and Malacca were transferred from the jurisdiction of the East India Company in India to British rule in London as a Crown Colony. Singapore took control of the seat of the government of the Straits Settlements, along with its postal affairs. In order to commemorate the change of governance, a new set of stamps was issued on 1st September 1867, for the first time by the Singapore Post Office.

I didn’t get the chance to view and learn about every single stamp, cover and philatelic material on display because there are many stamps inside the exhibition. I have to plan a time and visit the exhibition at SPM again. For my next visit, I am going to slow down, view, observe and learn more about each stamp, their story and history.

When you visit 150th Anniversary of the First Postage Stamps Issued in Singapore at SPM, you can purchase a momento of this key postal milestone, the following items will available during the exhibition period:

  • A limited edition, 150th Anniversary of the First Postage Stamps Issued in Singapore. Price: $50
  • A series of 150th Anniversary of the First Postage Stamps Issued in Singapore exhibition picture postcards. Each month, a different set of 4 serialised picture postcards will be available. The pictures on the postcards are of the exhibits on display. Price: $10 for a strip of four postcards.
  • Special Exhibition Souvenir Covers: Bring home a special exhibition souvenir cover with 1st local stamp and the event date stamp (1st September 2017). Price: $3.

In conjunction with the SPM exhibition 150th Anniversary of the First Postage Stamps Issued in Singapore, SingPost has 1st local, 2nd local, 60cents, 70cents and $1.30 issued in Singapore stamps. Pre-cancelled First Day Covers affixed with the complete set of stamps are available at $4.25. There is also a Collection Pack, comprising of the 5 SingPost stamps and 3 Pos Malaysia stamps commemorating the first Straits Settlements will also be sold. You can buy them at the General Post Office, Philatelic Store which starts operations at the SingPost Centre, Jurong West Post Office and online at shop.singpost.com.

For more information , check out the URL links below-

Do visit the the exhibition – 150th Anniversary of the First Postage Stamps Issued in Singapore at SPM, if you are a parent, bring your children there, it would be a fun learning experience for them!

Vintage Flea Market by The Retro Factory

On the second weekend of the month, there is a flea market that I would like to share with everyone of you here. They specialise in vintage, retro, historical and nostalgia items that have quite a long history behind them. From vinyl discs, watches, books, jewellery, hats etc etc. It is usually held at Katong Square, in the the past few months, they have received more visitors to their vintage flea market and they have also expanded to other events/locations such as Singapore Heritage Festival 2017 at Caldecott Hill and most recently at Turf City.

I had been visiting and covering the vintage flea market by The Retro Factory at Katong Square for the past few months. There’s always something different being displayed at the flea market, I would take the opportunity to take a look around the various stalls and try to spot a treasure/retro item that I really like. There are a few items in mind, that I am planning to get it, sometime down the road!

The vintage flea market by The Retro Factory reminded me of my uni days in Australia (from studying in Brisbane, to visiting Sydney and Melbourne) when I would regularly visit and discover various flea markets in the cities and outskirts/nearby smaller cities. Some of the flea markets are vintage markets, some are artwork and modern living. There is something for everybody to explore and enjoy when they are visiting the flea markets.

I found and bought something!

Most of my readers/followers here would know of my history and connection with the Scouting movement, I still have a lot of Scouting items and memorabilia when I was with the Gan Eng Seng Dragon Scout Group. One of the items that I still kept was my whistle that I owned and used during my Scouting days. This was an item that I treasured, during a visit to one of the vintage flea markets, I found a whistle from the 1940s and I was mesmerised by the vintage whistle. After some consideration, I decided that I wanted to own this whistle and replace it on my lanyard that accompanied me during my Scouting days!

There are many different types of retro vintage items that you can discover at the Vintage Flea Market by The Retro Factory. For history, heritage, conservation, preservation and culture supporters in Singapore, do check out and follow their Facebook Page for updates and details of their Vintage Flea Market!

Facebook Page: Vintage Flea Market by the Retro Factory

Facebook Group: The Retro Factory

Instagram: The Retro Factory SG

During my visits to the Vintage Flea Market, I got to know friends who are fellow history and heritage enthusiasts! I had great chats and discussions with them, I also learned a lot from them because they are more senior than me, had seen the changes and they enlightened me on the topics of history, heritage, conservation and preservation discussion!

In my personal humble opinion, I feel that Singapore has the market and potential to grow its own flea market. While it might take a bit of time, with increasing awareness on the topics of history, heritage, conservation and preservation, the vintage flea market in Singapore can grow and expand in the very near future.

Do visit the Vintage Flea Market by The Retro Factory, you never know what kind/types of retro stuff/treasures that you can find there!

An Infinity Rainbow World of Artworks with Yayoi Kusama

I entered the National Gallery Singapore and I was greeted by big yellow balls with black dots hanging from the courtyard ceiling of the City Hall. These unique and special artworks welcome us visitors into a very special, different, unique and abstract world, of one of the world’s most influential artists, Yayoi Kusama.

This marked the start of a rainbow journey, from a very colourful start with the brightest and most colourful artworks into the other end of the rainbow, into a black and white world. Located in three galleries (Gallery A, B and C) and the City Hall Chamber, visitors have over 120 works across media to view, explore, interact and connect with Yayoi Kusama, starting with her paintings from the 1950s to her modern artworks of today.

Entering into the world of artist Yayoi Kusama at the National Gallery Singapore, it’s more than just having the best Instagram worthy locations, it’s more than taking selfies and wefies with her mirrors artworks. Yayoi Kusama iconic and abstract artworks are more than just for photography opportunities, her artworks engage us in many ways of our life, space and fashion.

Upon entering into the world of Yayoi Kusama, I spotted and discovered, trends, patterns, colours, from polka dots and nets, pumpkins, infinity mirrors. I also started exploring space, colour and form from her amazing artworks across different media, from paintings to sculptures, collages and videos.

Yayoi Kusama works are bold, captivating, abstract, intriguing, mind blowing. With over 120 of her works on display, I just want to share these few key works below, that you have to visit:

The Spirits of the Pumpkins descended into the Heavens @ Gallery A

Infinity Mirrored Room – Gleaming Lights of the Souls @ Gallery B 

With all my Love for the Tulips, I pray forever @ Gallery C 

Life is the Heart of a Rainbow @ Gallery C

 Are we able to view and connect with her artworks in our daily life today? That’s the rainbow question for you, seeking the golden pot at the end of the rainbow, by visiting and discovering YAYOI KUSAMA: Life is the Heart of a Rainbow exhibition at the National Gallery Singapore.

When you enter into the world of Yayoi Kusama, do not rush, engage yourself and be involved with her artworks, the interaction and connection, feel them and capture them down in your memories, through your eyes, heart, soul and cameras. Remember to hashtag #SGLovesKusama, share your photos along with your inner most thoughts and feelings about/with Yayoi Kusama.

Personally, as a commercial/events/travel photographer, while I seldom enter into the foray of artistic/abstract photography, there is something very magical that feeds our creative soul, to learn from the creative artists of another discipline, through their eyes, heart, soul, ideas and ultimately their artworks. Through my Instagram, I shared some photos that I took at the exhibition with my thoughts and feelings. More photographs of YAYOI KUSAMA: Life is the Heart of a Rainbow Exhibition can be viewed in my Flickr collection.

I may not know where this will bring me or help me in my current photography adventures. There is one thing that comes up into my mind, that is to explore cross disciplinary artwork creations with artists from other fields with my photography. Maybe one day in the near future.

Flying into an infinity rainbow world of artworks with Yayoi Kusama and beyond, what goes beyond there? Now, it’s up to me to explore and discover what is waiting for me at the end of this infinity rainbow world.

I think I need to make another visit to YAYOI KUSAMA: Life is the Heart of a Rainbow Exhibition, maybe a few more visits.

YAYOI KUSAMA: Life is the Heart of a Rainbow Exhibition details

Dates: 9th June – 3rd September 2017

Venue: City Hall Wing, Level 3, Singtel Special Exhibition Gallery

Ticket details

Singaporeans / PR

All-Access Pass

  • Adult $15
  • Concession $10

Includes complimentary general admission + YAYOI KUSAMA: Life is the Heart of a Rainbow

Non-Singaporeans

All-Access Pass

  • Adult $30
  • Concession $25

Includes general admission + YAYOI KUSAMA: Life is the Heart of a Rainbow

Special Exhibition

  • Adult $25
  • Concession $20

YAYOI KUSAMA: Life is Heart of a Rainbow

Book Tickets

The YAYOI KUSAMA: Life is the Heart of a Rainbow exhibition is by timed-entry, stipulated on your ticket. Visitors can book their tickets online here: https://www.nationalgallery.sg/visit/admissions

For more information, check out the links below


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