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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 *

Jubilee Walk – A History and Heritage Walkabout in Singapore

Going for a walkabout in any city, town or country is one of the best (interesting and fun too!) ways to enjoy the views of the city, to learn the history, heritage and culture of the country and its people. A walkabout is suitable for both locals and international visitors alike, a meaningful and experiential experience for all.

Singapore celebrated her Golden Jubilee year in 2015, with lots of festivities and celebrations throughout the year. During the year 2015, Singaporeans started to learn and know more about her rich history, heritage, culture and society that goes further back and beyond the first 50 years of independence in 1965, to the days when she was a thriving port and trading hub during her Colonial days.

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While Singapore’s history may not be as long as compared to others, she does have her own unique stories to tell and share that she went through to reach her status today. By embarking on the Jubilee Walk, you can walk and go through the flow of time to learn, experience and see Singapore’s heritage from her Temasek era to Colonial era, nationhood, modernisation and metamorphosis into the modern urban city today. Over a distance of 8km, the Jubilee Walkers would be able to see and feel the experiences of history, heritage, culture and society of Singapore. It’s like walking through a warp time zone, from the past to the present and into the future, starting from the National Museum of Singapore, ending at the Marina Barrage.

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I went for a Jubilee Walk Guided Tour (5km distance) with fellow photographer, social media and heritage friends recently. The starting/meeting point is the National Museum of Singapore and the end point is Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay. Our guide, Marcus Ng, is very experienced and friendly, sharing a lot about the various history and heritage stories during the Jubilee Walk Guided Tour.

Here’s a short summary of the locations that we walked to during the Guided Tour ~

National Museum of Singapore -> Fort Canning Park -> Peranakan Museum -> Singapore Philatelic Museum and National Archives of Singapore -> Armenian Apostolic Church of St. Gregory the Illuminator -> Central Fire Station -> Old Hill Street Police Station -> The Singapore River -> Asian Civilisations Museum.

Along the Jubilee Walk route, you are able to find interesting artefacts, artworks, historical monuments, landmarks etc. Here are some of the photographs that I took during the Jubilee Walk Guided Tour, keep a lookout for them! Due to our eager and enthusaistic participation and interaction with our guide Marcus, our walking pace slowed down and we had to end the Guided Tour at Asian Civilisations Musuem due to time constraints. Thank you National Heritage Board for organising the Jubilee Walk Guided Tour!

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Nevertheless, I am planning to continue from where we left off from the Guided Tour and do my own second half Jubilee Walk walkabout on my own or with my fellow photographer and heritage friends.

The Jubilee Walk is suitable for both locals and international visitors, you can also download the maps and app into your smartphone or tablet and you are good to go ahead with your Jubilee Walk walkabout! I have prepared some tips (with some help from the friendly folks at National Heritage Board) for the Jubilee Walkers who would like to go on their own Jubilee Walk walkabout.

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Tips for Jubilee Walkers

  • Wear comfortable clothes and shoes
  • Bring water along the Jubilee Walk
  • Bring along an umbrella or raincoat (just a precaution)
  • Bring along your hat and wear it
  • Start your walk from the late afternoon (e.g. 4pm) when it is not too hot and you can reach Marina Bay/Gardens By The Bay/Marina Barrage around 7pm (depending on your walking pace) to enjoy the Singapore sunset view
  • Get hold of the Jubilee Walk booklet or download the Time Walk app and maps into your smartphone or tablet
  • Don’t carry too heavy and too many things during the walk
  • Keep a lookout for the SG50 markers along the Jubilee Walk route
  • Enjoy and have fun! Take more photographs and share them on social media with the following hashtags #JubileewalkSG, #Funwithheritage, #jubileewalkSGguidedtours
  • If you can’t finish the walk in one sesssion (due to time constraints or bad weather), don’t fret, you can always come back on another day to continue with your Jubilee Walk from the last point where you left off

Useful links

If you like to join a Jubilee Walk Guided Tour, check out this link on the Guided Tour dates and availability.

Have a good walkabout on the Jubilee Walk in Singapore! Enjoy and have fun walkabout into Singapore’s history and heritage from the past, to the present and into the future!


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River Nights 2015 @ ACM

Our Singapore River played a major and significant role in the history and economic development of Singapore as a trading port, the cross road between the East and the West. While Singapore River had changed tremendously since her early days packed with warehouses and the iconic bumboats that carry supplies to the ships in Singapore’s waters. Today, the Singapore River is bustling with tall business buildings, making up the financial hub and business hub of Singapore.

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River Nights 2015 at Asian Civilisations Museum celebrated the changes and achievements of Singapore River, from a trading port during her colonial days to the current hub for both business, leisure, history and nightlife. There were many activities, events, art works on display and performances on the nights of 23rd, 24th, 30th and 31st October 2015 for all to enjoy and have fun.

Although I wasn’t able to watch and enjoy all the activities and events organised by Asian Civilisations Museum for River Nights 2015, I was able to go down and capture some beautiful lighting and artworks display during River Nights 2015. I loved the artworks and lighting displays that were present at River Nights 2015 at ACM.

Les Voyageurs by Cedric Le Borgne

There were a few human figures, stationed at different points around Asian Civilisation Musuem, some were on the ground, some were in the air. These larger than life figures, we can see through them, the transparency of the material, accompanied by the lighting projection on them, they lighted up the surroundings around Asian Civilisations Museum and themselves too.

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160 by Trafik

160 light bars, 60m in area, an interactive light and sound installation, popular with the visitors to River Nights 2015. Many people can be seen standing inside the light installation arches, taking photos and enjoying the lighting displays.

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Delight by Yves Moreeaux

I am a big fan of light projections artwork displays on building facades. Yves presented a colourful and bright light and sound display, with the Asian Civilisations Museum, Singapore River and the Central Business District as a backdrop.

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Walter by Dawn Ng

Oh yes, how can I forget my favourite giant rabbit sculpture? I seen Walter a few years ago and it was great to see Walter making an appearance again! Welcome back, Walter the giant rabbit!

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It had been a fun River Nights 2015 at Asian Civilisations Museum even though I wasn’t able to catch all the performances and activities during the event. Moving ahead, I hope to be able to share more events and activities from the various museums that I visit!


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Singapore Heritage Fest 2015 – Light Projection Events

The Singapore Heritage Fest 2015 started on 17th April 2015 for a month of many different heritage festivities. There were many exciting events, programmes and activities that were organised and conducted during the Singapore Heritage Festival 2015. Due to my recent heavy workload and work commitments, I wasn’t able to attend and enjoy many of the various events and programmes organised during Singapore Heritage Fest 2015. I did manage to attend the weekend highlights – Telok Ayer Street Light Up and From The Belly of The Carp at Singapore River. These were two light projection events on Singapore’s heritage, history and culture.

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At the Telok Ayer Street Light Up (8th and 9th May 2015), a small section of the road, Telok Ayer Street, between McCallum Street and Boon Tat Street, was closed to the traffic and people can just walk freely along the road. This is a very historical and significant road in Singapore’s history, it is one of Singapore’s oldest roads and has six National Monuments in its precinct. Telok Ayer was the area where the early sea travelers and immigrants from the various communities visited to give thanks and express their gratitude for a safe passage at their places of worship.

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There were special light projections on some of the National Monuments, celebrating the long and rich history, heritage and culture of Singapore. The light projections gave the places of worship along Telok Ayer Street a rich and colourful aura to their architecture, design and artworks, with many people taking photographs of the colourful light projection displays. Along Telok Ayer Street, there were wooden push carts, peddling food/drinks/tidbits, replicating the scenes of early days in Singapore’s history and there were also stage performances.

Having work in the CBD for a number of years and my previous job office location wasn’t too far away from Telok Ayer Street, it was really nice to see the historical and cultural Telok Ayer Street given greater awareness and highlights from the SG Heritage Fest and the special light projections!

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The other light projection event was From The Belly of The Carp at Singapore River (15th and 16th May 2015). This was something very interesting, it was a light projection display on the waters of the Singapore River! From Singapore Heritage Fest 2015, I learned that the south bank of the Singapore River was named “Belly of the Carp” by locals due to the shape of the river at this wide band, near Cavenagh Bridge!

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The golden carp is an auspicious symbol for abundance and good fortune, that was how the Singapore River became an important part of Singapore’s growth as a trading port and commerce in her early days. At the widest point of the Singapore River, there were many shophouses, godowns and warehouses that were once the heart of Singapore’s trading and commerce. Watching the light projection display, it was colourful and most fitting to the history, culture and rise of the Singapore River, the trading port and commerce of Singapore’s early trading days.

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Even though I was only managed to cover these two special light projection events of the Singapore Heritage Fest 2015, I am glad that I managed to document and photograph them! Check out my Flickr collection for more photos!


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Mid Autumn Festival in Singapore

In the Chinese Lunar Calendar, the 8th Month, an important festival that would fall on the Lunar 15th Day of the 8th Lunar Month, known as the Mid-Autumn Festival – 中秋节 , the history, mythology and origins, varies accordingly. Nevertheless, it was a month of gatherings, events, enjoying moon cakes, admiring the moon in the sky, carrying lanterns and photography for me.

The light up had begun in Singapore, with Chinatown and Clarke Quay spruced up with beautiful lights and displays, brightening up the region even brighter, many people, including tourists were all beginning to visit and enjoy the festivities and atmosphere. Starting at Central, I began my walking down along the Singapore River, taking photographs of the displays and lights. It was too crowded yet, as the date draws nearer to the the 15th day of the 8th Lunar Month, whereby the Moon in the sky would be round and beautiful, the crowds would slowly build up.

There were booths with different varieties of snacks, food and cultural items, that drew quite a crowd and it was quite a challenge to get across to the other side, crossing the bridge to Clarke Quay and hiked back towards Central. Along the way, finding suitable locations and making use of the surroundings to take long exposure shots of Singapore River and the Mid Autumn Festival lightings.

Proceeding to Chinatown after that, it was another area of packed activities, lots of people enjoying the festivities and celebrations of Mid Autumn Festival. People, of all ages, young and old, locals and tourists, were enjoying themselves and taking photographs to celebrate the Mid Autumn Festival.

Check out my photographs here on Flickr ! The Mid Autumn Festival 2010 in Singapore is still ongoing 11 September to 10 October, do drop by Clarke Quay, Chinatown and Central for a visit !

A Spectacular Night at Singapore River Festival 2010 !

An awesome night of performance, across the Singapore River, in between Clarke Quay and the Central. The Singapore River Festival 2010 kicked off with a great bang with a magical performance known as AIR – A Spectacular by the River.

Combining the elements of air and water, along with aerial acrobatics and beautiful choreography, this wonderful performance showcase the essence and history of Singapore River, from its days of an international port to the present hip and happening dining and entertainment belt along the Singapore River. Combining the 2 elements of air and water, it’s like a combination of East meets West, that is a cosmopolitan of rich cultures and diversities all coming together, that made Singapore today, with the Singapore River playing a huge part in the history and economical development of modern cosmopolitan Singapore.

As the performance got underway, it was very entertaining and amazing, let my photos bring you through the journey of a spectacular night at Singapore River Festival 2010 !


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Mid Autumn Festival by the River – 6th September 2008

After my adventure at the NBA Madness that was held at Marina Square, had dinner with Ray and Vik before we all split up to do our own stuff.
For me, I had planned to visit Mid Autumn Festival by the River, whereby the lanterns and lights were on display beside The Central and opposite Clarke Quay, along the Singapore River. When I reached there, there were quite a crowd of people of all ages, both locals and tourists, soaking in the event.
The Mid Autumn Festival is a significant day in the Chinese Lunar Calender, with history and origins from folklore, myths and history. Wikipedia does an excellent job to summarise on The Mid Autumn Festival, do drop by their site to read on the different versions on the history of The Mid Autumn Festival
Another key component of this wonderful event is Mooncakes, whereby there were many different varieties and styles evolved over modernisation and they were getting more interesting, I am not the biggest fan of Mooncakes, however, if I had the opportunity, I would do a special blog post on the various mooncakes. 
Back to the festival, there were many different light ups along the river, 12 Chinese Zodiac animals, deities, myths and folklore, history. It was a great family festival and if you are touring Singapore, do drop by and take a look ! There was also an awesome performance by a Shanghai Martial Arts Performing Troupe, that I didn’t manage to get information on, performing outside The Central shopping mall. When I was there, it was raining heavily and I couldn’t manage to get a good location to take nice photos of their wonderful performances, in the midst of difficult conditions and non-ideal shooting location.
Do drop by my flickr site for more photos ! 
Oh, let’s start counting down to the 15th day of the 8th Lunar Month ! Bring out your lanterns and start lighting up the sky !