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Tango-enabled VR and AR tour of the National Museum of Singapore

The use of virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) in the society is slowly gaining acceptance and application in real life. In an earlier article, I shared an article on using AR in a hospitality/hotel environment. Today, I am going to share another story, the use of VR and AR in a museum in Singapore, the National Museum of Singapore.

With the Tango technology platform created by Google, the National Museum of Singapore is one of the first museums in the world to adopt this technology. Tango is a set of sensors and computer vision software that enables smartphone augmented reality that allows users to imagine new spaces, get things done, and play games in a new dimension.

Visitors can enjoy the VR and AR tour with a Tango-enabled mobile device and they can go back in time and history, to retrace and learn about the National Museum of Singapore’s early history, artefacts and exhibits over time. This is a very interesting journey and I had the opportunity to experience, test and share my stories and photos with my readers here. Using indoor mapping, VR and AR, visitors will be able to explore how the National Museum of Singapore has evolved over the past 130 years.

There are six points of interest that participants of this tour can explore on the Tango-enabled Architecture tour with the Museum guide. Let me bring you a sneak peak into some of the VR and AR scenes from the Tango-enabled mobile device.

3D model of the National Museum

At at the Main Rotunda on Level 1 and the Glass Atrium on Level 2, the visitors on this tour can activate a 3D replica of the building on the Tango-enabled mobile device, it provides information on its structural components and allows the participant to navigate around the façade. Visitors can also see how the National Museum of Singapore has changed over the years, just by using the “Time Slider” view.

Virtual World of Past Artefacts

The iconic and famous 90 feet high Rotunda at the main entrance of the National Museum of Singapore, visitors on the Tango-enabled tour are able to go back in time into a virtual world of what this space looked like in the 1950s. Spot the world of past artefacts that were once on display at this location, such as the marble bust of Sir Stamford Raffles and the famous Revere Bell. Observe the floor tiles of the National Museum of Singapore in the earlier days and the floor tiles today, can you spot the difference?

Say hi to the Whale

At the glass passage on Level 2, one of the largest frameless, self-supporting glass structures in the world, visitors can see an AR view of the museum’s iconic Indian Fin Whale Skeleton. Listen to the sound of the Indian Fin Whale “saying hi to you”! Remember to say hi back!

I strongly encourage you to sign up for this very interesting, interactive and informative tour that combines modern technology using Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality, with stories from the National Museum of Singapore guide leading you on the tour. This would greatly enhance learning history, heritage, culture and stories of Singapore and the National Museum of Singapore.

The tour is an hour long and registration is free, on a first come, first serve basis. If you keen to sign up for the Tango-enabled tour at the National Museum of Singapore, visit National Musuem of Singapore guided tours link and register.

Please take note that there are limited places, maximum capacity is 15 people on a first come, first serve basis, to ensure that the tour is conducted in a manner that is optimal and enjoyable for all participants.

Seats are limited! Remember to check out on the availability of the places for the upcoming tours for the Tango-enabled VR and AR tour of the National Museum of Singapore!

* I would like to thank National Museum of Singapore for the invitation to try out the Tango-enabled VR and AR tour of the National Museum of Singapore *

Precious Artistic, Beautiful and Cultural Eggs Exhibition

Eggs, when you hear this word, what comes to your mind? Food? What are the various ways that I can cook the eggs? What type of eggs? My mother gave me the best answer, “Salted egg yolk” when she saw my collection of photographs that I took recently of this new, unique and very interesting arts exhibition at the Singapore Philatelic Museum, titled “Precious Eggs: of Arts, Beauty and Culture

Like most human beings, the first thought and reaction upon hearing the word “eggs” is about food. I have to confess that I was thinking about eggs in the form of food initially! Upon visiting the Singapore Philatelic Museum, I was brought into an amazing world that I never dreamed of and something that is even possible, it’s an exhibition about eggs!

With a total of 148 unique artistic egg inspired works from the Liechtenstein National Museum, this is the first time that they are displayed outside of Europe and they are now at the Singapore Philatelic Museum in Singapore! When I started viewing and observing the eggs, I was totally blown away, how did the artists managed to produce such fine and delicate artworks on the eggs?

Every egg has a story behind it, from arts, beauty, culture, history, faiths and traditions. There were also different types of eggs used, from quail, chicken, duck, goose, swan and ostrich, as well as eggs crafted from precious and enamelled metals, glass, porcelain, wax, crystal, marble, stone, wood, reindeer horn, cardboard and papier-mache.

The selection of unique artistic egg-inspired works on display at SPM are drawn from the renowned Adulf Peter Goop Collection belonging to the Liechtenstein National Museum. Born in Liechtenstein, Mr Adulf Peter Goop (1921-2011) started to collect Easter eggs in 1985. He was inspired by his experiences as a boy giving painted eggs on Easter morning to Russian soldiers seeking asylum at the end of World War II, who were touched by the gesture of friendship. Numbering about 4,000 eggs, his impressive collection hails from all over the world – some from the Russian Imperial Family. In 2010, Mr Goop donated his comprehensive art collection to the Principality of Liechtenstein.

Ms Tresnawati Prihadi, General Manager of SPM says, “We are delighted to partner the Liechtenstein National Museum to bring this precious collection of egg art pieces to Singapore. We hope this exhibition will challenge Singaporeans to rethink what makes art, and how ordinary, everyday items, such as the humble egg and stamps, can tell such beautiful stories of love, history and faiths, and serve as windows to cultures of the world.” 

Prof Dr Rainer Vollkommer, Director of the Liechtenstein National Museum said, “Eggs are a symbol of peace, love, friendship and fertility. We would like to share this with everybody with this exhibition.”

 Source: Singapore Philatelic Museum press release


The Singapore Philatelic Museum has incorporated multi-media experiences for visitors to this exhibition that they can experience together when they are viewing the eggs exhibition. Visitors can have direct and personalised interaction with some of the eggs. When visitors tap into the “Precious Eggs” network via a QR code, they can have a 360 degrees view of the egg on their mobile device.

At the media preview, we were also introduced to Ukraine’s history, heritage, culture and folktales of Ukraine, via their beautifully decorated Ukrainian eggs and friendly folks from the Ukraine community in Singapore.

This was the Pysanka Eggs demonstration and we had the opportunity to make our own too! You can try it out too, when you visit Singapore Philatelic Museum on Easter Sunday on 17th April 2017, more details in the Annex 1 below!

Key information and details of the exhibition – Precious Eggs: of Arts, Beauty and Culture

Venue: Singapore Philatelic Museum

23-B Coleman Street, Singapore 179807

Date: 12 April – 8 October 2017

Opening hours: Monday – Sunday

10.00am – 7.00pm

Admission charges: Free admission for Singaporeans and Permanent Residents

Admission charges for foreigners:

Adult $8

Child (3 – 12 years) $6

Tel: 63373888

Website: www.spm.org.sg

Tell your family, relatives and friends about this special and unique exhibition about eggs, come on down and explore all 148 unique eggs! Pass It On and spread the word! When you visit Singapore Philatelic Museum, do remember to check out the other interesting exhibitions inside there too!

I haven’t manage to capture all 148 eggs on display at the exhibition yet and I hope to capture each and every one of the 148 eggs on display! Meanwhile, visit my photos collection and take a look at some of the eggs that I photographed!

I would like to thank Singapore Philatelic Museum for the invitation to the media preview of the Precious Eggs: of Arts, Beauty and Culture exhibition.

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Annex 1

Easter Sunday at Singapore Philatelic Museum

Date: Sunday, 16 April 2017

Time: 10.00am – 7.00pm

Usual museum admission applies

Free admission for Singaporeans and Permanent Residents

Admission charges for foreigners: Adult $8; Child (3 – 12 years) $6

Activities:

Easter Craft

10.00am – 5.00pm

Make your own fun pop-up chicky craft!

Donations apply.

Fun Quiz

10.00am – 5.00pm

Visit the museum galleries and take part in the fun quiz to win exciting prizes. Learn stories behind these beautiful stamps as you go on an adventure around the museum.

Pysanka Egg Demonstration

1.00pm – 4.00pm

Come see beautiful Ukrainian decorated eggs and get the opportunity to make your own! These traditional designs on eggs tell stories of culture, folktales and heritage of Ukraine.

Donations apply.

Green Eggs & Ham

2.30pm – 3.00pm

Join us as Centre Stage School of the Arts breathes new life into Dr Seuss’s fabulous story “Green Eggs & Ham”. Suitable for all ages.


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Armenian Street Party 2017 by Peranakan Museum

A short stretch of the road and space in front of the Peranakan Museum closed to the traffic for two nights, transforming into a fun party venue for visitors to bring their family, children and friends down, visit the museums and soak in the party atmosphere. This was the Armenian Street Party 2017 organised by Peranakan Museum that took place on 10th and 11th March. The Armenian Street Party made her maiden debut in 2016, I was there too at the first Armenian Street Party!

For this year 2017 Armenian Street Party, I dropped by on Friday evening and managed to catch some of the performances at the street party. The theme for Armenian Street Party 2017 was back to school, going back to the good old school nostalgia days (when we were young), some of you might remember going to detention class, disliking certain subjects such as literature, tuckshop food during recess time, English and grammar class, PE class, music class etc etc.

The Armenian Street Party was also a perfect time to visit the Peranakan Museum and Singapore Philatelic Museum with their family, children and friends. This street party is perfect for the two museums to have more publicity and awareness from the public, they are two great museums with really great and wonderful artworks, contents and exhibitions, that the public may not know as much, compared to her bigger fellow sister museums such as the National Museum of Singapore.

At the Armenian Street Party 2017, on the Friday that I visited, I saw the mass P.E. class by Upside Motion, it’s not a bad idea to conduct P.E. class on the road without the vehicles! The iconic Peranakan Museum favourite band of singers, the Peranakan Sayang, were in action on Friday, with the theme “Balek Sekolah!”, translated to “Back to school!”. This group of singers are really good and they never fail to light up the crowds!

The Armenian Street Party is not just about the two museums, Peranakan Museum and Singapore Philatelic Museum, it’s a community event, the kampung spirit, with fellow neighbours along Armenian Street coming in, participating and be a part of this festive party. Timbre Group, Substation, Upside Motion, True Blue Cuisine and SMU were neighbours, part of the Armenian Street kampung. They all played a part in this year’s street party.

There were also delicious food by True Blue Cuisine, selling all time favourite tuckshop treats, I didn’t manage to go down and eat all the food on Friday. I only manage to eat the laksa during the media preview (I was rushing for time on that day) prior to the street party weekend.

I took the opportunity to visit Singapore Philatelic Museum, a very short walk down the road from Peranakan Museum. I forgot when was the last time I visited this museum, they looked small in physical size yet they packed some pretty wonderful collections inside there. Touring the Singapore Philatelic Museum brought me back many memories, I used to collect stamps when I was a young kid in school and I am beginning to wonder where have I kept my stamps? Probably somewhere in my home!

After touring the Singapore Philatelic Museum, I stayed on and watched two performances –

Literature Class: Music & Prose of the Past

By Cappella Martialis

Literature Class: Will The Night Away!

By Centre Stage.

Two great performances held inside this small and cosy Singapore Philatelic Museum.

The performance “Will The Night Away!” was about a Shakespeare classic “Romeo and Juliet”, that most students would probably have studied if they took Literature during their secondary school days (I didn’t take Literature in my upper secondary school). This is Singapore style, a Singapore spin “Romeo and Ah Lian”. Their play was hilarious, interactive and engaging, with the Shakespeare exhibition theme behind them, this was a perfect setting for Romeo and Ah Lian!

Since I was only there on Friday, I couldn’t catch the rest of the performances and activities that were held during the Armenian Street Party 2017, although I did manage to catch a glimpse of some of them during the media preview.

Personally, I feel that the Armenian Street Party is a great community event that doesn’t need to go massively big, it may not (and need not) be the biggest street party event or museums event, they just leverage and combine together as the Armenian Street “kampung”, the Peranakan Museum and Singapore Philatelic Museum, along with their neighbours along Armenian Street.

Looking forward to the next edition of the Armenian Street Party!


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Battle for Singapore 2017 – 75th anniversary of the Fall of Singapore

On 15th February 2017, everyone of us needs to remember one of the important dates in Singapore’s history. 75 years ago, on 15th February 1942, Singapore fell to the Japanese and we entered into a period of history known as the Japanese Occupation of Singapore. It is very crucial and important for Singaporeans (especially for those that did not experience the Japanese Occupation of Singapore) today to learn more in depth on this part of our history.

To commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Fall of Singapore, the National Heritage Board (NHB) has organised many different initiatives across the year 2017, starting from the annual Battle for Singapore commemorative event, starting from 16th February to 12th March 2017. There are different activities, guided walks, public talks and activities at the various Museum Roundtable (MR) museums to learn more about the events leading up to the Fall of Singapore, the stories of the Japanese Occupation from the survivors and veterans.

The Battle for Singapore 2017 commemorative events runs from 16th February to 12th March 2017, a total of 49 tours to 11 World War II (WWII) related sites and structures in Singapore. They are interesting and informative guided tours, I strongly encouraged my readers to sign up to learn and know more in depth of the Japanese Occupation of Singapore. There are four new tours for the Battle for Singapore 2017 –

  • Singapore Occupied: This offers a visit to the buildings and sites that held the Japanese Broadcasting Department and the Kempeitai (Japanese Military Police) Headquarters, to name a few.
  • Botanic Gardens to Bukit Brown – a WWII Trail: Walk through the heritage corridor from the Botanic Gardens to Bukit Brown cemetery, and hear the brownies share stories of WWII heroes and prominent personalities at heritage landmarks, including the Jacob Ballas Garden, old Raffles College as well as Former Command House. Explore the remnants and stories of the ‘kampong’ life that was once at Bukit Brown cemetery.
  • Fort Serapong @ Fort Siloso: Discover the fascinating structure of the former Fort Serapong, which was one of the three forts that were built at Pulau Blakang Mati to defend Singapore’s waterways.
  • The Last Days of Empire: Japanese Advance Along Bukit Timah Road, 1942: This walk attempts to tell the harrowing story of the battle based on the grim testimonies of the soldiers who fought in the last days of the British Empire.

(Information courtesy of National Heritage Board)

For more information, please visit www.museums.com.sg and check out their website for more details. Sign up for the guided tours begins on 6th February 2017 at 1000hrs, slots are limited and allocated on a first-come first-serve basis.

During the media preview of the Battle for Singapore 2017, we went for one of the guided tours: The Last Days of Empire: Japanese Advance Along Bukit Timah Road 1942. Here are the details of this guided tour if you are keen to sign up when registration opens –

Tour dates: 25, 26 Feb; 4, 5 Mar 2017

Timings: 9:00 am – 12:00 noon

Meeting point: University Cultural Centre, National University of Singapore

Let me share with you some stories and photos of the locations along this guided tour.

This tour is organised by the National University of Singapore, Southeast Asian Student’s Society in collaboration with National Heritage Board. The tour is led by Dr Mohamed Effendy and Syonan Gallery Docents. The start/meeting point is University Cultural Centre, National University of Singapore.

There is a grass patch beside the entrance of University Cultural Centre, overlooking Clementi Road and Ayer Rajah Expressway (AYE). Clementi Road connects to Upper Bukit Timah Road, whereby some of the heaviest fighting between the Japanese forces and British forces, as well as the Australian, Indian, Malay and Chinese volunteers took place along this stretch of road.

WWII marker near to Clementi Road and Dover Road

Our next stop was along Dover Road, at the edge of University Town, National University Singapore. Behind this bus stop, there is a World War II marker/plaque that marks the area where captured commandos from Operation Rimau in 1944 were behaded near Clementi Road and Dover Road. Having read up and research on World War II, I came across Operation Jaywick and Operation Rimau, knew about these two operations conducted by the Allied forces. The location whereby the captured commandos of Operation Rimau was something that I didn’t know and from the tour, I learned something new that afternoon.

Junction of Clementi Road and Ulu Pandan Road

After Dover Road, we went on to the junction of Clementi Road and Ulu Pandan Road. I grew up in Clementi and Clementi West areas (and still living in this area), thus I know the area quite well. Dr Effendy shared on the importance of the hill on the left side of Ulu Pandan Road (where the Singapore Police Force had taken over the Mowbray Camp, formerly used by the Singapore Armed Fores). The area where Pine Grove now sits, was another high point where there were artillery guns placement to defend attackers coming in from the sea but not from inland, that’s where the Japanese came in from.

Junction of Clementi Road and Upper Bukit Timah Road/Bukit Timah Road

This is a major arterial road junction, with Bukit Timah Road and Dunearn Road leading to the city centre of Singapore, while Clementi Road leads towards Pasir Panjang followed by the harbour and city centre. Dr Effendy shared a few stories at this location, on how the Japanese forces advanced towards the city of Singapore.

Bukit Timah Hill (WWII marker at foot of Bukit Timah Hill)

The Bukit Timah area saw some of the heaviest fighting between the Japanese forces and Allied forces. Bukit Timah is a strategic and important location for both British (to defend) and Japanese forces (to attack). The Bukit Timah and Duneran Roads lead towards the city area. There is a WWII marker at the foot of Bukit Timah Hill, giving visitors information on the battles that took place in the Bukit Timah area during the Battle for Singapore in 1942.

Bukit Batok Hill – Syonan Chureito

A beautiful hill park, surrounded by nature and wildlife. This hill has some WWII history behind it, during the Japanese Occupation, a Shinto shrine and war memorial was built on this hill, to commemorate the fallen Japanese soldiers who were killed in action during the Battle for Singapore. Today, the only remains of the Syonan Chureito were the 121 concrete steps built by the prisoners of war.

Former Ford Factory – Syonan Gallery

During the media preview, the Syonan Gallery was not ready to host us thus we did not manage to visit the revamped Syonan Gallery at the Former Ford Factory. This would be the end point for this guided tour. I would try to arrange my timing and schedule, I would visit the revamped Syonan Gallery and add on to below after my visit.

Attending a guided tour is good, informative and interesting. Listening to the subject matter experts do give you a greater, wider and more insights into the history for the Battle of Singapore. Do sign up for the different guided walks that you are interested in.

I am planning to sign up for a few guided tours that I am interested in. I would share my stories and photos after attending the guided tours that I signed up, stay tuned!

* I would like to thank National Heritage Board the invitation to the Battle for Singapore 2017 preview event *

Enchanted rainforest at National Museum’s revamped Glass Rotunda

The Glass Rotunda at the National Museum of Singapore went through a revamp for the past two years and today on Friday 10th December 2016, they will reopen to the public again. The revamped Glass Rotunda is going to showcase two new permanent installations, visitors would be entering into an enchanted world of flora and fauna, mesmerised by the art light work projection displays inside the Glass Rotunda. The two new permanent installations are – “Story of the Forest”, a commissioned work by internationally renowned art collective teamLab and “Singapore, Very Old Tree” exhibit by acclaimed local photographer and artist Robert Zhao.

Story of the Forest by teamLab, is a very beautiful and engaging light artwork projection display (FYI, teamLab was the artist for iLightMarinaBay 2016 Art Science Museum installation display!). They are inspired by the rich ecological heritage and history of the tropical rainforest, the flora and fauna that lives in the tropical rainforest, with sights and sounds that visitors can identify with. Upon entering into the Glass Rotunda, be prepared to be mesmerised and blown away by the enchanted rainforest. The ceiling of the Glass Rotunda is 15m high and visitors are going to walk down a 170m passage to the base of the Glass Rotunda. At the beginning of your enchanted rainforest journey, visitors will be welcomed and greeted by constant celestial movements of flora that falls from the top of the dome structure.

As you walk across the bridge, into the middle section of the Glass Rotunda, the night turns into day. Continue walking, observe and experience the life, the richness and gorgeous colours of the tropical rainforest beside you, as you walked down the passage. Do not rush, enjoy the time and tranquility, spot the animals such as the animated Malayan Tapir. Nearing the bottom/lower segment of the Glass Rotunda, the scenes started to turn dark, entering into the night time zone.

Reaching the base of the Glass Rotunda, look up above, walk around, get close to the walls and interact with the light artwork projections. Experience and witness with your own eyes and heart, the growth and bloom of native flowers and fruits. If you prefer to lie down on the ground and look up above into the top of the Glass Rotunda, go ahead and do it! The base section of the Glass Rotunda is really amazing, it’s a mix of an enchanted rainforest, night sky and space. When I was there looking up at the enchanted rainforest inside the Glass Rotunda, how I secretly wish that they could fly me away inside the enchanted rainforest world!

There is an app for you to download into your smartphone that can enhance your visitor experience at Story of the Forest inside the Glass Rotund. It’s available to download for free on the App Store and Google Play.

Once you exit from the Story of the Forest installation, you will enter into another world, iconic trees that showcase the roots and history of Singapore. Some of the trees are not just iconic, they are a part of Singapore, the heart, culture and society, the personal and intimate connections that bind the trees and people of Singapore together. In my exploration and documentation of old places in Singapore over the years, as well as growing up in Singapore, I can identify some of the old trees on display and I can relate to the personal and intimate connections between the trees, society and people.

Once you completed touring both Story of the Forest and Singapore, Very Old Tree, visitors have the option of beginning their experience of the Singapore History Gallery from the Glass Rotunda. I visited the Singapore History Gallery before and this tour schedule starting from Story of the Forest, followed by Singapore, Very Old Tree and starting the Singapore History Gallery tour is a pretty good itinerary for a visit to the National Museum of Singapore with your family and friends.

Come on down and visit the National Museum of Singapore, let yourself be mesmerised by the enchanted Story of the Forest, Singapore, Very Old Tree and take a walk down into Singapore’s History Gallery!

Fore more information, visit www.nationalmuseum.sg

One Night in Wuchang: 1911 Revolution and Nanyang

On that one night in the early 20th century that started, defined and created a new era, a revolution that changed an entire country, China. This special exhibition currently ongoing at Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall in Singapore gives a great and amazing insight into the history, culture and stories of that One Night in Wuchang, the 1911 Revolution and how Nanyang played her role in this revolution.

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At the official opening of the One Night in Wuchang: 1911 Revolution and Nanyang special exhibition at Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall, graced by many VIPs attending and touring this special exhibition. I had the opportunity to learn and understand more about this particular segment of China’s history from the last Qing dynasty to the founding of modern China in her 1911 Revolution.

This was also my maiden visit into the exhibition halls of Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall, this special exhibition is a perfect fit to understand how the Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall came about and the role this double storey villa played in the 1911 Revolution. Dr Sun Yat Sen chose Singapore as the headquarters of his revolutionary movement in this double storey villa Wan Qing Yuan (current Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall), garnering support for his Tong Meng Hui or Chinese Revolution Alliance in Nanyang. When you first enter into Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall, you would pass by a gallery showcasing Singapore’s early pioneers, the key supporters of Dr Sun Yat Sen in Singapore.

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Before entering into the special gallery where the One Night in Wuchang: 1911 Revolution and Nanyang special exhibition is held, there are introductions/short write ups and a timeline on both sides of the wall leading into the special gallery, I strongly encourage the visitors to make a stop, read the introductions and look at the timeline first before entering into the special gallery and starting your tour of the special exhibition.

Walk inside, turn left and start the tour of One Night in Wuchang: 1911 Revolution and Nanyang. This special exhibition may look small in scale size yet it is packed with a rich volume in history, culture, sociology, information, values and treasures. Some of the items inside the special exhibition are priceless, you can’t put a monetary value on them.

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This special exhibition One Night in Wuchang: 1911 Revolution and Nanyang not just traces the stories behind the stories of the 1911 Revolution, it also pays a tribute to Dr Sun Yat Sen, his revolution, his supporters and how this brought about cultural changes to the Chinese and the dawn of a new era in China’s modern history in the areas of republicanism, national identity and citizenship.

From paintings, to calligraphy, invitations, identity cards, advertisements, uniforms, bonds and money. Visitors can have a close up view of the items that defined and shaped the identity of modern China after the fall of the dynasty. I strongly encourage you to visit this special exhibition whereby you can have the feel and connection with this special (and important) part of China’s rich and long history. Visiting Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall, you will be able to know and understand how Nanyang (Singapore) played a role in the 1911 Revolution.

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Take a walk back in time, through this special exhibition at Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall and you would be able to see, learn, feel and understand the stories behind the stories of One Night in Wuchang: 1911 Revolution and Nanyang.

I would like to thank National Heritage Board and Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall for the invitation to the official opening of the special exhibition.

Key information on One Night in WuChang: 1911 Revolution and Nanyang Special Exhibition

Location: Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall

Period: 5th November 2016 – 30th April 2017

Opening Hours: 10am – 5pm (Tuesday – Sunday)

Address: 12 Tai Gin Road Singapore 327874

Hotline: 6256 7377

Website: Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall


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Celebrating the beauty of the Malay language at Malay CultureFest 2016

Language, its role, significance and importance can never be compromised and neglected. Over many centuries, the human race evolved and transformed, using language to communicate and connect with people among themselves and others around the world. In Singapore, a multi-racial society that was slowly built up over time, Singaporeans and visitors from around the world have the opportunity to be exposed to a number of different languages. Through our communal living and interaction, we are able to pick up some bits and pieces of other languages in Singapore beside having learnt our own mother tongue and the English language.

Bahasa Melayu (the Malay language) is a language that plays a part in our daily life of every Singaporean, there is something special about Bahasa Melayu without us knowing it. They have always been near to us and close to our hearts of every Singaporean, regardless of race. We used Bahasa Melayu everyday in our daily conversations with Singaporeans from all walks of life. This year, Bahasa (a.k.a Language) takes centre stage as the theme for Malay CultureFest 2016 and its 5th Annual Special Exhibition at the Malay Heritage Centre.

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On Saturday 15th October 2016, I attended the official opening event of the Malay CultureFest 2016 and Mereka Utusan: Imprinting Malay Modernity at the Malay Heritage Centre. Visitors watched performances on stage, Malam Dondang Sayang and Alunan Gambus before proceeding to visit the Mereka Utusan exhibition.

Let me share more about Mereka Utusan: Imprinting Malay Modernity 1920s – 1960s and Malay CultureFest 2016 – celebrating Bahasa Melayu in arts and culture.

Mereka Utusan: Imprinting Malay Modernity 1920s – 1960s

This exhibition is held inside 2 small galleries at the Malay Heritage Centre, yet they are very rich in content and history. Mereka Utusan opens my eyes, my mind and knowledge, there is always something to know, learn, explore and understand more about our multi-racial, multi-cultural Singapore society, our fellow Singaporeans from different ethnic groups. Singapore is a young country packed with a pretty significant volume of history, heritage and culture, that we might not have fully learned and known by Singaporeans today.

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Mereka Utusan showcases the insights into the development of Malay modernity and identity through the language of advertisements and editorial cartoons produced during the 1920s to 1960s. In the 1920s period, there was a growth of Malay publishing houses throughout the Straits Settlements and inside the 2 galleries at the Malay Heritage Centre, you can have a close up look of the various newspapers and magazines displayed inside the Mereka Utusan exhibition.

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When I toured the Mereka Utusan exhibition, there were a lot of interesting items, newspaper, magazines, cartoons and exhibits. Through this exhibition, I learned more about Malay culture and language, its influence and impacts on the publishing and printing industry in early Singapore.

Malay CultureFest 2016 – celebrating Bahasa Melayu in arts and culture

The Malay CultureFest 2016 runs from 15th October to 5th November 2016, celebrating Bahasa Melayu in arts and culture. This is a very enriching, exciting and entertaining experience through the performing arts. With a line up of 21 different programmes, visitors to Malay CultureFest 2016 are able to enjoy dance and music performances, education talks, tours and interesting workshops. There is something for everybody, from the adults to young children.

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Keep a lookout for the Malam Dondang Sayang, a really fun and witty exchanges of pantun, directed by respected writer and composer Datuk Suhaimi Mohd Zain (Pak Ngah), you would love the energy, singing and “chit chat” when they are performing. There is also a musical collaboration Alunan Gambus between Singapore group Sri Mahligai and Malaysia’s Kuympulan Gambus Nurulhilal as part of the inaugural Singapore Gambus Conference.

There are other interesting programmes e.g. specially curated Publishers and Printers Heritage Trail around Kampong Gelam, hands-on workshops for printing art etc. For more information on the Malay CultureFest 2016, do visit Malay Heritage Centre website www.malayheritage.org.sg

I would like to thank National Heritage Board for the invitation to the official opening event of the Malay CultureFest 2016 and Mereka Utusan exhibition.

What is Not Visible is Not Invisible ?

A contemporary, modern and abstract art exhibition based on the article title above “What is Not Visible is Not Invisible”, what comes to your mind when you read this sentence? What do you think would be the different types and artwork mediums that define this type of contemporary art exhibition?

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I visited the world of “What is Not Visible is Not Invisible” in Singapore, they are currently being hosted at the Exhibition Galleries, Basement of The National Museum of Singapore. Upon entering into this world, some parts are imaginary, some are tangible, some require your imagination to see the invisible behind the visible. Some artworks can be pretty abstract and not easy to understand, that is also the beauty of contemporary and modern art.

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There must be questions inside your mind now, where is “What is Not Visible is Not Invisible” from? Who are the artists behind them? What is the exhibition about?

This special and unique contemporary art exhibition features selected artworks from the French Regional Collections of Contemporary Art (FRAC). They explore with a broad perspective, surveying and sharing their thoughts, ideas, feelings and emotions through their artworks. A total of 34 artworks by 32 French and international artists, navigating a transient journey through philosophy, tangible, some are conventional, some are unconventional, some are pretty abstract and deeply rooted, profound, mind-boggling yet modest and grounded.

As you walked through the exhibition galleries, the artworks attract you, calling out to you, encouraging you to come into their world, to play, interact and immerse yourself inside the artworks. What do you see? What is Not Visible? What is Not Invisible? What is Not Visible is Not Invisible? Can you feel the intangible, the emotions and relationship with the artworks?

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Visit The National Museum of Singapore and have an experiential artwork journey into the world of “What is Not Visible is Not Invisible Exhibition”. They can open up your mind, eyes, heart and soul, to relate, connect and understand relationships, the tangible versus the intangible, the abstract between the organic, structured and finally the visible and invisible in our world.

If you a fan of the Biennale, the What is Not Visible is Not Invisible Exhibition fits in perfectly for the upcoming Singapore Biennale 2016. Don’t miss it!

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What is Not Visible is Not Invisible Exhibition

  • Location: Exhibition Galleries, Basement, The National Museum of Singapore
  • Period: 7th October 2016 to 19th February 2017
  • Opening Hours: 10am to 7pm (from 1pm on Thursdays)
  • Fees: Free admission for Singaporeans, Permanent Residents and visitors aged 6 years and below

Admission Charges (Source: The National Museum of Singapore website)

  Citizens & Permanent
Residents
(Please present your identification card)
Non-Citizens & Non-Permanent
Residents
Adult Free $8
Concessions1
Senior Free $4
Student2 Free $4
Special Access (Adult/Senior/Student) Free  $4
SIA-Krisflyer Special Rate Free  $6

*NTUC Cardholders: Present your membership or credit card at the Visitor Services counter to enjoy special admission privileges. 

Valid proof of identity must be presented at the Visitor Services counter. Terms and conditions apply.

2Applies to non-Singaporean and non-Permanent Resident students from the following types of schools:

  • Govt Aided Schools / Singapore Universities: eg. NAFA, LaSalle, SOTA, Sports School, NUS, NTU, SMU, SUTD
  • Independent Local Schools: eg. Hwa Chong School Int’l, NUS High
  • Private Schools and other non-member International Schools in Singapore: eg. Kaplan, MDIS, SIM, LaSalle International
  • Students from Overseas Schools

A valid School Pass/ID must be presented to enjoy concession price.


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Old Playgrounds Lanterns at Wan Qing Yuan Mid Autumn Festival 2016

My favourite old playgrounds of Singapore, of my childhood days, came back to life in the form of brightly lighted handmade lanterns. It’s more than just nostalgic, it meant a lot to me personally. For those who had been following my photography works, documentation and story telling, old playgrounds had been my personal project for a few years.

When my friends at National Heritage Board informed us of these old playgrounds lanterns were to be part of Wan Qing Yuan Mid Autumn Festival 2016 at Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall, my eyes popped up! I was looking forward to visiting them!

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I managed to plan my time and schedule, making a pilgrimage to view my Old Playgrounds lanterns on Tuesday 13th September night. Upon reaching the entrance, I saw the big bright lights from the Old Playgrounds lanterns. They were pretty big and I was able to get up close with them. Immediately, I am able to identify all the Old Playgrounds there, it felt like going back in time to my childhood days again. I saw young children playing with their lanterns around the Old Playgrounds lanterns, they were having so much fun. Sometimes, we adults all have a secret wish to be a young kid again and just have fun like them.

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I walked around, soaking in the Mid Autumn Festival with the Old Playgrounds lanterns. It was a bag of mixed emotions, of nostalgia, fun and longing for the free fun childhood running around days at the Old Playgrounds. The Old Playgrounds may not be of greater significance compared to some other aspects of heritage and history. However, the cultural and emotional communal bondings, intangible and tucked inside our hearts and souls, we all might be carrying a fondness for them and a wish to return to the fun days.

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The Wan Qing Yuan Mid Autumn Festival 2016 is until 18th September 2016, time to bring your family and children down there for a Mid Autumn Festival outing and a time for family bonding and story telling of your good old childhood days playing at the old playgrounds.

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Come on down, take a walk into the world of bright and colourful Old Playgrounds!

Details

Location: Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall

Address: 12 Tai Gin Road Singapore 327874

Dates: 9th September to 18th September 2016

Time: 7pm to 10pm


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Singapore Night Festival 2016

The 9th edition of Singapore Night Festival 2016, was recently concluded over the weekends of 19th, 20th, 26th and 27th August 2016 at various locations around the Bras Basah Bugis precinct. This was also my 9th year covering and photographing Singapore Night Festival since her maiden debut in 2008. I attended their media preview session prior to the start of Singapore Night Festival 2016 and had a glimpse of what I could be expecting in the 9th edition of Singapore Night Festival, sharing sneak peak photos and information in an article post that I shared earlier.

Similar to the previous years Singapore Night Festival, there were a lot of different programmes, arts performances, music performances, light projections, artworks etc in different sectors of the Bras Basah Bugis precinct. I would try my best to photograph and cover as much as possible during the two weekends.

Let me bring you back the memories and fun of Singapore Night Festival 2016 over the two weekends of 19th, 20th, 26th and 27th August, through my eyes, heart and soul, via my photographs, stories, feelings and thoughts.

The overseas artists performance acts were always a crowd puller since the year they started Singapore Night Festival. This main outdoor performing acts segment are something that I always enjoyed thoroughly. This also explained why it can be very crowded at the Singapore Night Festival, around the main grounds of The National Museum of Singapore. It had been an increasing challenge and difficulty year after year, to watch and capture the performing artists in action. More photos of Singapore Night Festival 2016 can be seen here inside my Flickr collection!

19th and 20th August – The Wheel House by Acrojou (UK)

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20th and 27th August – Invasion by Close-Act (NL)

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Armenian Street –We now have a real street party in Singapore!

The Armenian Street where the Peranakan Museum is located will be closed for the Singapore Night Festival, turning it into a vehicle free zone, allowing visitors to walk on the road and have fun. I reckon our Armenian Street is turning into a real street party that we saw overseas, with music bands performances on the stage and a roving music band that rocks the whole street, people dancing, singing and having fun to the beats of the drums and musical instruments.

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The Peranakan Museum façade was lighted up with colourful lights too, bright and colourful. Visitors to Singapore Night Festival also took the opportunity to visit the ongoing exhibitions at the Peranakan Museum.

I reckon we can officially declare Armenian Street in Singapore as our very own street party location!

Night Lights 2016

The Night Lights are a key feature of Singapore Night Festival programmes. I had some mixed feelings and thoughts for the 2016 Night Lights segement. Although there were some pretty talented and nice light artworks and projections, there seemed to be less artists involved in the Night Lights segment and lesser light artworks on display.

Somehow, I felt that at times, the Night Lights segment for 2016 had shrinked, I always look forward to the Night Lights during Singapore Night Festival, along with the main overseas artists performance acts. I really hope that the Night Lights would be bigger and better for the 10th edition of Singapore Night Festival in 2017.

There were artists from UK and France that graced our Singapore Night Festival 2016, providing lots of lights, music and projections on the facades of The National Museum of Singapore and Singapore Art Museum. The artwork projections on the facades of our iconic historic buildings never fail to attract the crowds there.

Over the years, I have seen visitors to Singapore Night Festival, especially those in the front, sitting down and watching the lighting artwork projection shows.

Journey by NOVAK (UK)

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KEYFRAMES by Groupe LAPS (FR)
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Komorebi 2 by Lighting Planners Associates in collaboration with NUS Design Incubation Centre (SG) B47X3088

#showerthoughts by LiteWerkz (SG) B47X2833

Into Pulsar by Ryf Zaini (SG)

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:Samara by Max Pagel & Jonathan Hwang B47X2752

Light Force, Night Falls by GSM Project (SG) B47X3115

 Les AquamenS by Machtiern Company (FR)

They were very unique, special, walking around with their head stuck inside a jar of swimming goldfish! Some of my friends said they looked scary when I posted it on my Instagram! They were roving around all over the various festival grounds of Singapore Night Festival 2016, it was very difficult to catch them! When they stopped to “scare” or make fun of the visitors at Singapore Night Festival, the reactions by the visitors were hilarious!

Luck played a big part for me when I managed to capture this shot of the “Goldfish Men”! I was just walking around the SMU Campus Green compound when I was exploring the art stalls. I just waited for a while and they happened to walk past me, made a stop (very near to me!) planning to “scare” the visitors again!

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I took up my camera, press the shutter button and I got my shot!

Festival Food Village

Where the food is and where the food goes, there will be people flocking there. Along with live band music performances, it’s a lively and fun place to be at, eating, drinking and watching live band music performances. It’s crowded and can be quite difficult to find a bench and sit down to enjoy the meal and music.

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With the conclusion of Singapore Night Festival 2016, I have completed 9 editions of Singapore Night Festival photography coverage. It had been a fun and exciting 9 editions, everyone of them special and unique in its own rights. Last but not least, I also played a small contribution to Singapore Night Festival 2017!

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The 10th edition of Singapore Night Festival will be in next year 2017, looking forward to something even bigger, brighter and more unique for the 10th edition!


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