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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!

Celebrating 25 Years of Lomography

25 years of Lomography, a milestone reached! From an accidental creation in 1992 by a small group of passionate friends, it became a huge, accidental, analogue movement around the world. Even facing the growth and expansion of the digital movement, the analogue movement by Lomography is still going strong today, through their LomoWalls, exhibitions, opened shops, Lomographic Embassies, opening up the eyes, hearts and minds of photographers.

Celebrating their 25 years of Lomography, there would be Massive LomoWalls, they are an iconic symbol of Lomography, staged across all over the world, in celebration of their strong analogue community.

  • 25 Years of Growing up with the Lomographic Movement: looking back on over two decades of tireless experiments, epic exhibitions, wacky workshops, the growth of a worldwide community — and eternal analogue love.
  • Building Walls That Unite: The LomoWall. Celebrating Lomography’s emblematic symbol, a kaleidoscopic testament to the power of photography to unite cultures from around the globe.
  • Inviting All to Help Build the Biggest LomoWall Exhibition in History: announcing the construction of a huge international exhibition, with tons of opportunities to take part all over the planet!
  • Loads More Going on All Year Round: giveaways, competitions for all 196 countries in the world, surprises that might be camera-shaped, and stacks more anniversary events

For more information, check out the links below:

Website
www.lomography.com

Online Shop
shop.lomography.com/sg

* Information and pictures courtesy of Lomography Online Services *

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!

Stitches of Love – Hidden Blessings in Children’s Clothing & Accessories

The world of fashion, clothing and accessories have went through many changes over the centuries, whether for adults or children’s fashion and clothing. Look at the modern children’s fashion, clothing and accessories today, do you remember your childhood fashion and clothing? How about those children’s fashion, clothing and accessories during the era of our forefathers, what does it looks like?

On 27th May 2017, the Stitches of Love – Hidden Blessings in Children’s Clothing & Accessories was officially declared opened at a opening ceremony with performances by Mr Baey Yam Keng, Parliamentary Secretary for Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth.

At Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall, you can take a walk back in time into ancient Chinese culture of children’s fashion, clothing and accessories. In ancient Chinese culture, the children’s clothing and accessories were more than just a clothing for their body. They were showered with lots of love, hopes and blessings on the children’s clothing and accessories, worn by the young children.

When you visit this exhibition, look and observe closely at the children’s clothing and accessories on display. Do you notice the motifs featured on them? All these motifs are on the children’s clothing and accessories, they are meant to bestow blessings, good fortune, longevity and good health upon the young children wearing them. Some motifs are there to protect the children from harm against misfortune and disaster.

Whenever the children wore those clothing, they were blessed with lots of love, hope and affection by their parents, that were hidden and stitched onto their clothing and accessories.

This special exhibition “Stitches of Love – Hidden Blessings in Children’s Clothing & Accessories”, is co-presented by Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall and the Memorial Museum of Generalissimo Sun Yat-sen’s Mansion from Guangzhou, China. There are over 99 clothing and accessories featured inside this special exhibition, from the late Qing dynasty to the early Republican period, visitors can view items such as hats, ear muffs, bibs and shoes.

Whenever I looked at old photographs from the late Qing dynasty and early Republican period, I began to understand more in-depth on the significance of the children’s clothing and accessories. They had so much love, hope and affection stitched onto them! Do visit this special exhibition at Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall! Keep a lookout for their public lectures and free guided tours by their volunteer guides!

Do visit this special exhibition of love at the Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall with your family and children, it’s a great exhibition to learn and share about history, heritage and culture on clothing and love!

Exhibition Details

Location: Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall

Dates: 27th May 2017 to 4th March 2018

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

Website: www.sysnmh.org.sg

Children’s Season 2017 @ the National Museum

The June 2017 school holidays have arrived! Many many exciting activities, fun, excitement, exhibitions at Children’s Season Singapore, more than 120 exhibitions and activities by 29 partners, taking place across different museums and festival partners in Singapore.

The Children’s Season Singapore 2017 is big and diverse, jointly organised by the National Heritage Board and Museum Roundtable, there are many cultural and educational experiences that will attract our children, inspiring them, engaging them and educating them in the areas of history, heritage, culture, arts and education during the June 2017 school holidays season. This is a perfect time for family bonding and activities together at some of the various museums in Singapore during this school holidays season!

Before you enter into the world of Children’s Season Singapore, please collect the following Children’s Season kit/brochures before you begin your Children’s Season adventure –

I am going to share about what you and your family can see, look, do and enjoy at Children’s Season @ the National Museum of Singapore!

Bouncy Ride

Every Saturday & Sunday | 10am – 12pm & 4pm – 6pm

Last admission at 530pm

Front Lawn, Level 1

Suitable for ages 7 and up

First and foremost, when you arrive at the main entrance of the National Museum of Singapore, there is something that you cannot miss! The bumboat bouncy ride is an interactive ride and children will love it! This bouncy bumboat will be a good, fun and interactive play to share with the children on the history of bumboats transporting goods along the Singapore River until the 1980s.

The Soft Dome by Atelier YokYok

Saturday 27th May – Sunday 30th July | 10am – 550pm

Last admission at 540pm

Rotunda, Level 1

Suitable for ages 3 and up

When I saw this, I wanted to go in and play but I am not a young child anymore and I have to give priority to the children. Do you ever thought of lying down at the Rotunda and look up above? With this immersive and interactive installation, now the young children can have this amazing and wonderful opportunity!

Inside this installation, the children can lie down, look up above and admire one of National Museum most iconic architecture, the stained glass dome.

Children, for your own safety, please take note of the following

  • Wear comfortable clothing
  • No footwear allowed inside the installation except socks
  • For hygiene purposes, socks are required
  • For safety reasons, only a limited number of visitors are allowed in at each time slot

The Giant by Jean Jullien

Saturday 27th May – Sunday 30th July | 10am – 6pm

Last admission at 530pm

The Canyon, Basement

Suitable for ages 3 and up

The Giant is sleeping soundly and snoring very loudly inside the National Museum of Singapore. Children, now is the time for you, to have fun drawing and doodling on the Giant! Time to unleash your freedom of creative expression, a great family bonding activity time!

Children, do remember, not to wake the Giant up!

Our Favourite Places – Bumboat Trail

Co-developed with School of the Arts (SOTA)

Saturday 27th May – Sunday 30th July | 10am – 6pm

Last admission at 530pm

The Concourse, Level 1

Suitable for ages 3 and up

At this installation, the children can visit and set sail with the bumboats, to learn more about the history, heritage and cultural significance of the bumboats that ply the Singapore River and the also visit the historical sites such as the former Parliament House and Cavenagh Bridge along the Singapore River banks.

Our Favourite Places – Trolley Bus & Trishaw Trails

Co-developed with Nanyang Technological University, School of Art, Design and Media, Graduate Programme

Saturday 27th May – Sunday 30th July | 10am – 6pm

Last admission at 530pm

Glass Atrium, Level 2

Suitable for ages 5 and up

Children, time to hop on a trolley bus and explore Chinatown, Kampong Glam, Little India and Katong, Singapore’s cultural heritage sites, by using your senses of taste, touch, smell and sight. Remember to stop by and indulge in some art and craft work, you can decorate very own Peranakan tile and more!

Children, you can also peddle back in time on a trishaw, into the 1970s and 1980s, visiting popular entertainment venues such as amusement parks and Singapore Zoo. There are interactive sensory stations, remember to stop by and have fun there exploring!

Beside the installations and exhibitions, there are also other programmes, story telling sessions, tours and workshops at the National Museum during the Children’s Season Singapore.

More information can be found on the website www.museums.com.sg/cs17

The National Gallery Singapore is also one of the participating museum for the Children’s Season Singapore, one of the museums of the Museum Roundtable. I visited their Children’s Biennale recently, do drop by my article and check out what you can discover and have a fun family bonding time there! I am planning to visit some of the other participating museums involved in Children’s Season Singapore, I would share my stories and photos if I do visit them!

Parents and adults, the Children’s Season is a perfect time to bring your children/nephews/nieces out to the various museums/galleries in Singapore, visit, participate and have a good family bonding time together! Enjoy and have lots of fun at Children’s Season Singapore!

National Gallery Singapore Children’s Biennale

A Biennale, this word originates from Biennale, an international art exhibition held every two years at Venice, Italy. In today’s context, it is a large art exhibition held biennially. I had visited the past few editions of Singapore Biennale, however, for a children’s biennale, this is something very new, interesting and exciting to me! A large art exhibition for the children, a Children’s Biennale at the National Gallery Singapore. The Gallery’s Children’s Biennale is about dreams and stories.

From 20th May 2017 to 8th October, the children in Singapore has a large art exhibition dedicated to them, to learn, participate and enjoy themselves at the National Gallery Singapore. Since June is the school holidays season, it’s a perfect time for parents to bring their children down to National Gallery Singapore for Children’s Biennale, the first ever Gallery Children’s Biennale!

At the Gallery Children’s Biennale, there are many artworks for the children to learn, enjoy and have fun. For the parents and adults, you can also participate together with the children too! What are the artworks and activities that you can do together with your children at Gallery Children’s Biennale?

Let me share with you my (back to being a child) journey into Children’s Biennale at National Gallery Singapore –

First and foremost, pick up a Gallery Children’s Biennale Art Pack at Level B1 ticketing counter, costing just $5, they are the passport kit set to have fun there, information and tools, consisting of activity cards, kid-sized festival pass, cute rainbow pencil and many more! Once you have the Children’s Biennale Art Pack, it’s time to start the fun rolling with your children!

Open the festival map, you can see that the artworks are spread over 4 levels, Level B1, 1, 2 and 3. You can choose your own adventure flow or you can start from Level B1, followed by Levels 1, 2 and 3. Every artwork tells a story, whereby the child can learn and see the world through the eyes of the artists. Let me start from Level B1

Level B1

Rock & Sphere

Ian Woo | City Hall Wing, Level B1, Auditorium Anteroom | Until 24th September  

What can happen with two objects that can be taken apart and rearranged into something else, new forms, shapes and sizes, based on your own imagination and creativity.

Time to let the children unleash their creativity and imagination!

Homogenizing and Transforming World

teamLab | City Hall, Level B1, The Ngee Ann Kongsi Concourse Gallery

Navigate your way through the maze of glowing orbs that change colour and produce sounds when touched. Probably another one of the visitors favourite artworks of Children’s Biennale!

The Obliteration Room

Yayoi Kusama | Supreme Court Win, Level B1, Concourse Gallery 2

This artwork, in my personal opinion, could be the most popular artwork of Gallery Children’s Biennale. A creative and colourful avenue for the children to paste colourful stickers all over the furniture and walls of this white room.

I can’t wait to see how this room transforms into on the last day of the Gallery Children’s Biennale. I haven’t paste my colourful stickers yet and I want to return back there again.

Firewalk: A Bridge of Embers

Mark Justiniani | Supreme Court Wing, Level B1, Outside Concourse Gallery 2

Take a walk, on this very special bridge. You MUST LOOK DOWN while you walk and do not be afraid! Observe and discover the many different artefacts and items, from the excavations of the former Supreme Court building below.

Level 1

Being Yourself

Chng Seok Tin | Padang Atrium, Level 1

The artist’s woodcuts on the wall tell a few stories. The children can feel, touch and colour out the stories from the woodcuts on a piece of tracing paper. This form of art and craft paperwork brought back memories to me when I was a young student doing such form of art and craft. Somehow, it can be pretty therapeutic art and craft activity.

From Rochor to Kallang

Vincent Leow | City Hall Wing, Level 1, City Hall Foyer

An interesting (and probably a little bit abstract) artwork, inspired by the iconic colourful HDB blocks of Rochor Centre, they had recently relocated to the Kallang area. Listen to the sounds of nature as you explore those wooden towers with interesting items kept inside the bird traps.

Let Your Imagination Take Flight

City Hall Wing, Level 1

Visit the refreshed Keppel Centre for Art Education, explore the spaces and activities that the children would love.

Level 2

A Guide to the Flora and Fauna of the World, Children’s Edition

Robert Zhao | City Hall Wing, Level 2, Social Table

The human race has changed the Earth landscape tremendously over the centuries. What are some of the animals, plants and environments that have been affected by the actions of the human race? Visit this artwork to discover and learn more about them!

Duplet

Lynn Lu | City Hall Wing, Level 2, Singapore Courtyard

This is an interesting artwork. There is a cloud artwork beside the wall, your family can sit down together below the cloud, then everyone of you pop your heads into the cloud, look at the questions posed by the artist and answer them.

This Changed My Life

Lynn Lu | City Hall Wing, Level 2, Singapore Courtyard

This is one of my favourite artworks! We usually pen down our memories, thoughts and feelings on pieces of paper, at this particular artwork station, it’s slightly different. The children (and adults) can pen down a significant memory on a piece of ribbon. Thereafter, bring it into the room and tie it across the room, forming a web of shared memories.

I am wondering how all those web memories would transform into, as more visitors contribute and pen their significant memories?

Level 3

The Sonnet in Blue

Tran Trong Vu | Supreme Court Wing, Level 3, Supreme Court Foyer

This is like a playground, a maze of handmade flowers with poems and stories written on the petals. The children will love to play hide and seek with you at this artwork!

As an adult, I really had a great time at the first Gallery Children’s Biennale! Personally, I think inside every adult, there is a child inside you that is waiting to appear again, enjoying the carefree childhood fun days.

To all parents with children and adults with nephews and nieces, the National Gallery Singapore Children’s Biennale is something magical, fun, experential, interactive and learning. This is an excellent and wonderful family bonding time, the young children can learn about artworks, explore their curiousity and creativity.

If you are an adult (young or old), why not visit Gallery Children’s Biennale, explore the artworks and be a young child again? I am planning to go back and revisit the National Gallery Singapore Children’s Biennale again. There are some artworks that I haven’t fully cover/photograph in detail and I also want to play with the artworks again. Which artworks do you think that I would be going back to?

For more information and details of the Children’s Biennale and other programmes, visit their website – www.childrensbiennale.com. If you are sharing your Children’s Biennale adventure photos on social media platforms, do hashtag #childrensbiennale !


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Singapore Heritage Festival 2017 @ Singapore River

The Singapore Heritage Festival 2017 is now entering into her final weekend, this Saturday 13th May and Sunday 14th May, consisting of many different festivities, performances, fun, food and celebration, with the Singapore River being the main attraction for this final Singapore Heritage Festival 2017 weekend.

Taking place at Singapore River this weekend, organised by Asian Civilisations Museum, it’s going to be transformed and brought back in time to the era when the Singapore River was a thriving hub that helped to define Singapore’s status as a trading port and one of the cross roads of the world shipping routes. At where the Asian Civilisations Museum is located, Singapore Heritage Festival 2017 final weekend takes place on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th May, they are taking over the space, bringing visitors back in time to learn and understand Singapore’s early history, heritage and culture of the Singapore River through the activities, performances and of course, delicious food.

What are some of the festivities, performances and fun that you can expect when you visit Singapore Heritage Festival 2017 at Singapore River from 12th to 13th May 2017?

  • Singapore River Performances

Asian Civilisations Museum

Various timings

Free admission

The Asian Civilisations Museum presents a series of performances related to, and inspired by, food stories and migratory cultures.

The performances include:

  • Through My Eyes

by Act 3 International

12 May | 7.30pm

13 May | 3.30pm and 7.30pm

Asian Civilisations Museum (Outdoors), Hardcourt

Meet three living statues, and listen to them bring the history of Empress Place to life. Revisit hawkers by the river, the old Immigration department, and the government offices of bygone years.

  • Part I: The Dream

by TO ensemble

13 May | 2pm and 4.30pm

Asian Civilisations Museum, Level 1, Contemporary Gallery

Spice up your afternoon with fusion music that explores the founding of the Lion City.

  • Part II: Port City

by TO ensemble

13 May | 3pm and 5.30pm

Asian Civilisations Museum, Level 2, Foyer

Be transported back to the hustle and bustle of the old Singapore River scene, and experience its growth over the years through this multicultural musical performance.

  • Sounds of the Island

by TCR Music Pte Ltd

12 and 13 May | 10pm | Asian Civilisations Museum (Outdoors), Hardcourt

& 13 May | 6pm   | Asian Civilisations Museum, Level 2, Foyer

Sing along to Xinyao, Singapore Mandarin pop tunes, surrounded by the river, food, and people that are distinct to the island.

  • A Banquet of Songs

by Vox Camerata

13 May | 1.30pm and 4pm

Asian Civilisations Museum, Level 2, Foyer

Groove to a delectable collection of folk tunes, as this a cappella group tickles your aural palate with songs of adventure, travel, and longing.

  • Museum of Eating

Asian Civilisations Museum

Date & Time: 28 April – 14 May | Throughout museum hours

Free admission

We love our Singapore food, we eat a lot, however, do we know more about food, the processes, habits, quirks and practices here in Singapore? Visit the Museum of Eating inside the Asian Civilisations Museum to find out more!

  • Masak Makan Trail

Asian Civilisations Museum, Level 1, Central Staircase

Date & Time: 12 and 13 May | Throughout museum hours

For children only

This fun activity would be ideal for parents bringing their children to Singapore Heritage Festival 2017 at the Singapore River.

Question: “Do you know why the spouts of coffee pots connect near the top of the pot, and tea pots from the bottom?”

You can find the answer by going on a self-guided trail through the Asian Civilisations Museum to discover the answer!

  • Somewhere Around Here

Asian Civilisations Museum (Outdoors)

Date & Time: 28 April – 14 May | Daily

Free admission

Photography enthusiasts, history, heritage, conservation and preservation enthusiasts, this photographic installation will definitely interest you. Walk around the environment around the Asian Civilisations Museum, discover how the surroundings around it had changed over time, through archival photos. Remember to check out the stories and anecdotes from the Oral History archives.

  • Outdoor Film Screening

Asian Civilisations Museum (Outdoors)

Date & Time: 12 & 13 May | 7.30pm – 10pm

Free admission

Watching movies under the stars, have you tried it before? It’s been a long time since I went to watch a movie under the stars! At Singapore Heritage Festival 2017 at the Singapore River, catch the local films being screened!

  • Kway Chap (2015)

by Sun Koh (15 minutes)

12 May | 7.30pm

Asian Civilisations Museum (Outdoors), ACM Green

Even though filmmaker Sun Koh grew up in a family of famous kway chap hawkers, she never made a film about them. But now she makes a last-ditch attempt to document the memories of her family and their livelihood. But many of the places where they started the trade no longer exist – is she too late?

  • Old Friends (2015)

by Royston Tan (67 minutes)

12 May | 8pm

Asian Civilisations Museum (Outdoors), ACM Green

From the creators of Old Places and Old Romances comes the final instalment of the trilogy: Old Friends. Savour the stories of those who pioneered the rich, authentic flavours of traditional Singaporean cuisine – and those lucky enough to taste them – in this evocative film by Royston Tan and his team. 

  • The Missing Ingredient (2016)

by Wang Eng Eng (19 minutes)

13 May | 7.30pm

Asian Civilisations Museum (Outdoors), ACM Green

The filmmaker follows the struggles of her cousin as he prepares for the Mid-Autumn festival in Singapore. His challenge – recreating the family’s signature salt and pepper moon cake. His efforts are subjected to criticism by the rest of the family, who feel he doesn’t know the recipe. The expectations of continuing a culinary tradition weigh heavily upon the shoulders of her cousin once again this Mid-Autumn.

  • Wanton Mee (2015)

by Eric Khoo (71 minutes)

13 May | 8pm

Asian Civilisations Museum (Outdoors), ACM Green

Wanton Mee presents the journey of Koh Chun Feng, who takes his camcorder with him to local food stalls. He begins to amass the stories of the stall owners, and hidden within those, the history of how Singaporean dishes were created.

Last but not least, when you visit Singapore Heritage Festival 2017 at the Singapore River, YOU CANNOT MISS THIS!

  • New Empress Place Food Centre

Asian Civilisations Museum (Outdoors)

Date & Time: 12 May | 7pm – 10.30pm

& 13 May | 5pm – 10.30pm

Free admission

Do you remember the Empress Place Food Centre which used to be in front of the Former Empress Place Building (now known as the Asian Civilisations Museum)? I still have some memories of this place when I was a young kid!

Now, you can relive those memories again, with the New Empress Place Food Centre! Let me show you, some photographs of the delicious local food that you can enjoy when you visit!

This is the final weekend of Singapore Heritage Festival 2017, with Singapore River being the spotlight! Come on down, visit and enjoy yourselves with your family, relatives and loved ones! Do visit the Singapore Heritage Festival website for more details of activities and events taking place at other locations too!

Singapore Heritage Festival 2017 @ Singapore River (organised by Asian Civilisations Museum)

Date & Time:

  • 12 May: 7pm – 10.30pm
  • 13 May: 1pm – 10.30pm

Free admission to the whole museum during the festival, including the Joseon Korea special exhibition.

Visit www.heritagefestival.sg for more details.

* Information courtesy of National Heritage Board *

Festa di Papia Kristang 20-21 May 2017

The human race and society had evolved, transformed and changed tremendously over the centuries. Our living, the food we eat, an immense number of inventions and innovations, how we live as a society. Through the test of time, we had seen, learn and gain many things, as well as, losing many things in the world. One part of the human race around the world that is in danger of losing it is the art of language.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) recognises this area of huge and grave concern. They have a website dedicated to endangered languages around the world. Inevitably, probably a lot of us around the world might not be too concerned with the loss of languages. This is something that we all need to stand up and take a look into as well.

In Singapore, do we have languages that are endangered of being lost forever? Yes, there are! I was introduced to this language by my friend Ida, she shared briefly with us, a group of fellow heritage enthusiast about this language. I will be the first to confess that I never heard of this language before. What is the name of this language?

This is Kristang, a 500 year old critically-endangered heritage language of the Portuguese-Eurasian community in Singapore and Malacca. While I do know about the Eurasian community in Singapore, I never know about their language Kristang.

Festa di Papia Kristang – 1st Kristang Language Festival will be held at the Asian Civilisations Museum from 20th to 21st May 2017. I would like to take this opportunity to help publicise Festa di Papia Kristang and to help raise awareness of endangered languages. This event is open to all, regardless of heritage, experience, and language, who appreciates history, heritage, culture, conservation and preservation.

What is the Kristang language all about?

The language was once widely spoken in the Portuguese-Eurasian community in Singapore and Malacca until the 1930s; however, in Singapore at present, the language is unrecognised nationally and institutionally, intergenerational transmission of the language has ceased, and few Singaporeans even know it exists. Kristang, like every community language, represents a crucial and intangible part of the heritage of the Portuguese-Eurasian community, and immediate preservation and revitalisation efforts are required if the language is to be saved from extinction. The Kodrah†Kristang (‘Awaken, Kristang’) long-term revitalisation initiative thus seeks to revitalise the language to a more healthy state by 2035.

* *Information courtesy of Kodrah Kristang**

What does the Kristang Language Festival hopes to address and achieve?

  1. promoting awareness of the critically endangered status of Kristang
  2. encouraging the preservation of Kristang among Singaporeans of Portuguese-Eurasian descent.
  3. developing in all Singaporeans an awareness of and respect for the value of the heritage of our different races and ethnic communities, including language and culture-specific knowledge.
  4. seeding awareness of Kristang’s existence into broader Singaporean public discourse such that the preservation of the language starts to accumulate both institutional support and support from the general public.

* *Information courtesy of Kodrah Kristang**

There are a number of different events and activities lined up for Kristang Language Festival 2017 on 20th to 21st May 2017. For more information, check out the URL links below

Website: http://festa.kristang.com/

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/kodrahkristang/

Email: kodrah@kristang.com

Do help to Pay It Forward and Pass It On, share it with your family, relatives and friends on the Festa di Papia Kristang! Let’s help to keep our diverse history, heritage and culture of Singapore alive and strong, not just for the current generation, also for the future generations and beyond.

* Information and picture courtesy of Kodrash Kristang *

Singapore Heritage Festival 2017 – Say Hello to Caldecott Hill

Watching local Singapore television dramas and shows when you were growing up, were you ever curious on Caldecott Hill, where the Caldecott Broadcast Centre was located, how does the location looks like and what goes on behind the scenes? I had never visited Caldecott Hill before and I was curious to know and see for myself how it looks like, if the opportunity arises. With Singapore Heritage Festival 2017, we are able to do so, a visit to Caldecott Hill, specially opened to the public during the Singapore Heritage Festival 2017!

Starting from 28th April to 14th May 2017, you now have an opportunity to visit Caldecott Hill and say hello to Caldecott Broadcast Centre (Dates for visiting Caldecott Broadcast Centre – 28th, 29th & 30th April and 5th, 6th & 7th May) because Singapore Heritage Festival 2017 says Hello! A new programming is in place for Singapore Heritage Festival 2017, they are “taking over” some iconic and distinctive locations in Singapore with a rich history and heritage yet many Singaporeans were not able to access and visit such valuable and interesting unexplored spaces, also other lesser known or forgotten places in Singapore.

With over 110 programmes and close to 80 partners, Singapore Heritage Festival 2017 is looking to be very interesting, exploring many different parts of Singapore uncover unknown facts and stories of Singapore, learning more about our history, heritage and culture, There is something for everybody, great and ideal for the young children and adults, a time for family bonding, exploration and adventure in Singapore.

Let me give a sneak preview of the programmes and happenings taking place at Caldecott Hill during Singapore Heritage Festival 2017 –

TV 50 Exhibition/Warehouse

Aksi Mat Yoyo to The Awakening and back again

Do you remember watching Aksi Mat Yoyo? Do you remember watching The Awakening? Watch them and relive your memories of local television on the cathode ray TV sets!

Dates: 28th April, 5th May & 6th May

Time: 6pm – 10om

Dates: 29th & 30th April

Time: 4pm – 10pm

Dates: 1st & 7th May

Time: 10am – 2pm

Take a trip down memory lane for some nostalgia at TV50 Exhibition! This exhibition is perfect for the adults to share with the young children today, their TV watching days when they were young. Spot the iconic TV shows, the furniture and the old box type TV!

Continue walking and check out the props used in the local dramas, do they look familiar to you?

Fat Kids Are Harder to Kidnap at the Main Stage

I remembered watching them perform during one of the Singapore Night Festival, they are quirky, funny and entertaining, taking on topics on current affairs. They will do 20 plays in 30 minutes and the audience can get to decide the order of the plays. Don’t miss it when you are there!

Dates: 28th, 29th & 30th April

Time: 7.30pm – 8pm & 9pm – 9.30pm

Island Stories – Untold Stories of Sisters Islands and Kusu Island

A live radio play, discover the untold stories of Sisters Islands and Kusu Island. Gather around the table and sit down on the bench, like the good old story telling days. Watch and listen, discover how sound effects are made live on stage.

Dates: 28th April, 5th & 6th May

Time: 6.15pm – 6.45pm

Dates: 29th & 30th April

Time: 4.15pm – 4.45pm & 5.15pm – 5.45pm

Dates: 1st & 7th May

Time: 11.15am – 11.45am

Studio 6 at the Caldecott Broadcast Centre Film Studio

A set of various dynamic and lively performances, based on iconic characters, stories, variety shows, children shows and local drama series. Studio 6 is presented by contemporary theatre company Sweet Tooth by Cake. Once you watch them perform, it’s like going back in time, back to the days of the variety shows, children shows and local drama series (especially for the older adults who grew up watching them). Amazing, exciting, funny, heartwarming and nostalgic. Don’t miss it when you are there!

Dates: 28th April & 5th May

Time: 7pm – 7.30pm & 8.30pm – 9pm

Dates: 29th & 30th April

Time: 5pm – 5.30pm & 7pm – 7.30pm & 9pm – 9.30pm

Dates: 6th May

Time: 7pm – 7.30pm & 9pm – 9.30pm

Dates: 1st & 7th May

Time: 11am – 11.30am & 12.30pm – 1pm 

Lip Sync Your Heart Out

Closet singers, this is the time, to come out and “sing” your heart out to theme songs from your favourite and well-loved local drama series. You can receive a video as a keepsake of your talent time at Singapore Heritage Festival 2017! Welcome to your own Talent Time!

Reruns Cinema

Catch up with your favourite local drama serials, a venue for watching shows and game shows, a communal outdoor area to watch tv and interact with fellow visitors.

Dates: 28-30 April & 5-6 May

Time: 6pm – 10pm

Food, Drinks and Fun at the Festival Village

Don’t worry about going hungry at Caldecott Hill, there are food and drinks at the Festival Village. Remember to check out the fun retro themes at the Festival Village too!

Flea Market

The Retro Factory is participating at Singapore Heritage Festival 2017, curating the Vintage Flea Market segment at Caldecott Hill. I visited their vintage flea markets at Katong Square previously a few times and I am always amazed by their vintage stuff on display at the flea market. For retro, heritage and history fans, you have to visit the flea market and check them out! You might find some treasures/retro stuff that you really like!

Key Information and details for Singapore Heritage Festival 2017 @ Caldecott Broadcast Centre

If you are planning to visit Caldecott Broadcast Centre, parking space is very limited and visitors are strongly encouraged to take the free shuttle bus service.

More information below –

  Route 1 – Caldecott MRT Station Exit B

Toa Payoh Rise

Route 2 – Bishan MRT Station Exit A

Junction 8 Linkway

Route 3 – MacRitchie Reservoir Park

Reservoir Road

28th April, 5th May, 6th May 2017 First Bus departs 5.30pm

Last Bus departs 9.30pm

Frequency: Every 15mins

29th April, 30th April 2017 First Bus departs: 3.30pm

Last Bus departs: 9.30pm

Frequency: Every 15mins

1st May, 7th May 2017 First Bus departs: 9.30am

Last Bus departs: 1.30pm

Frequency: Every 15mins

Singapore Heritage Festival 2017 is not only at Caldecott Hill, they are also saying Hello to everybody at locations around the island! The key venues are Singapore River, Bukit Pasoh and Little India!

More information on the various exhibitions, films & talks, open houses, tours and workshops can be found on the Singapore Heritage Festival website! Do visit the website and check out all the programmes, find the ones that you like, help to spread the word, pass it on to your family, relatives and friends!

I am definitely returning back to Caldecott Hill to say Hello again! Keep a lookout for my coverage and updates during Singapore Heritage Festival 2017! I am also planning to cover Bukit Pasoh and Singapore River, two other venues during the three weeks of Singapore Heritage Festival 2017!

I would like to thank National Heritage Board for the invitation to the media preview of Singapore Heritage Festival 2017 at Caldecott Hill.