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Tiong Bahru Air Raid Shelter Heritage Tour

In one of Singapore’s oldest housing estates, Tiong Bahru, there lies a very interesting place/trail that not many Singaporeans know about that is right beneath their homes. Located at Blk 78 Guan Chuan Street lies an air raid shelter that is 1,500 sqm in floor size! The Tiong Bahru Air Raid Shelter was first opened to the public for guided tours in 2013, I didn’t manage to join the guided tour and visit the Air Raid Shelter. When National Heritage Board (NHB) organised guided tours for February 8th and 15th 2014, I managed to sign up for the last tour on 15th February 2014 and it was an eye opener to learn and know more about Singapore’s past, and explored a significant part of Singapore’s history that not many knew about.


The Air Raid Shelter at Blk 78 Guan Chuan Street is of great importance and significance because it is the only public housing building by the Singapore Improvement Trust to have an Air Raid Shelter built as part of its design and it is also the last remaining pre-war civilian Air Raid Shelter still in existence today (Source: National Heritage Board)

Joining a group of heritage enthusiasts in the guided heritage walk inside the Tiong Bahru Air Raid Shelter, I got to see what it could be like during World War 2 when the bombs were dropping on Singapore. Our heritage guide was enthusiastic and knowledgeable in sharing her research and stories about the Tiong Bahru Air Raid Shelter with the participants. Walking inside the Air Raid Shelter can be pretty stuffy and perspiring, due to the limited ventilation outlets, this allowed the participants to have a feel and idea of how the people felt when they were hiding inside the Air Raid Shelter during World War 2 when the Japanese bombed Singapore. It wasn’t comfortable and with the bombing above them, those were indeed very tough and dark times during Singapore’s history that we must not forget.


As the guided tour finished, I added another tick to my list of Old Places Exploration in Singapore. The guided tour was enriching and an eye-opener to the history and heritage of Singapore that we must preserve and conserve. Joining heritage tours organised by NHB gave me more details and knowledge beyond history books and websites, the tours gave me a feel of our history, heritage and stories behind them.


For more information on Tiong Bahru Air Raid Shelter, you can check out the link here to NHB website. Do keep a look out on NHB and I Love Museum websites when they announce guided tours for Tiong Bahru Air Raid Shelter in the future!

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SAF Total Defence Day Commemoration Event 2014

15th February is just like any other day in our calendar. For Singapore, 15th February is an important date for us to remember in our history, it’s the day when Singapore entered into a period of darkness 72 years ago on the 15th February 1942, when Singapore surrendered to the Japanese during World War 2, plunging Singapore into a dark period from 15th February 1942 to 12th September 1945.


15th February is an important date for all of us to solemnly remember and not to forget our history and what happened to Singapore in 1942. Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) held a Total Defence Day Commemoration Event at the War Memorial Park in City Hall area, with a weapons presentation ceremony to the new recruits of 3rd Battalion, Singapore Guards. The weapons presentation is an important milestone in the life of a recruit becoming a soldier in their National Service.


The War Memorial Park is of great and important significance for Total Defence Day and the weapons presentation ceremony. The 61m tall memorial monument comprises of 4 columns, representing the 4 races and it is joined at the base to signify the unity of all races. It was built to remember the civilians of all races who lost their lives during World War 2. Having the weapons presentation at the War Memorial Park reminds our soldiers on the ultimate purpose that they have been training for, to defend Singapore.


The Total Defence Day Commemoration Event started with the laying of the wreath by the selected recruit from 3rd Battalion, Singapore Guards along with the Chief of Defence Force.  The Last Post was played (and for those who understand the significance of the Last Post) it was a sombre moment to remember those who had fallen, followed by the 1 minute of moment of silence.  The playing of the Rouse was followed after the moment of silence.



At 1820hrs, the time when General Percival surrendered to the Japanese in 1942, the weapons presentation commenced and it brought me back memories, to my days of serving National Service and receiving my weapon in the ceremony. The Recitation of Weapon Pledge and the SAF Pledge followed after that, with the National Anthem being played at the end of the SAF Pledge.

Let’s take this time to remember our fallen, our history, and progress and not take things for granted. Everybody plays a part in Total Defence.

Lest We Forget

* I would like to thank Mindef Public Relations for the invitation to attend SAF Total Defence Day Commemoration Event 2014 at the War Memorial Park at City Hall *

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A Visit to N.E.mation! 8 – The Making of Adventures

The Final Top 10 teams, in their final 3 weeks of intense preparation to produce their animation clip for N.E.mation! 8 theme – “Because You Played A Part”. The N.Emation! Competition is an annual inter-school competition animation competition for students from secondary schools, junior colleges and centralized institute(s) to express their thoughts on Total Defence. The theme this year is “30 Years of Total Defence: Because You Played A Part”, Singapore today, we enjoyed stability, security, peace and prosperity. All these will not be possible without everyone’s effort that played a part in building up our nation, Singapore, our home today! We went through bad times and good times and every one of us played a part to overcome challenges and celebrate our success together with every one of us here.

 The N.E.mation! Journey starts from the Top 100 teams that were shortlisted for 1-week selection, followed by the 1st cut in a 1 week selection, down to the Top 40 teams, thereafter a 2nd cut in a 1 week selection, down to the Top 20 teams and finally, the final cut to the Top 10 teams. The Top 10 teams will go through a 3 weeks production to produce their animations.

I was invited down to visit the Top 10 teams of N.E.mation! 8 during their 2nd week to have a look behind the scenes of the Top 10 teams in their making of adventures! It was a very fun time that I spent there chatting with the young students from the various schools, learning more about their animation themes, what techniques they were using, their progress so far in their 3 weeks production. All the Teams are special and unique in their own ways and ideas; you can spot their creativity, talents and teamwork inside them, mentored by the instructors of Animagine. The N.E.mation! 8 this time promises to be 10 different unique animation productions and I am looking forward to viewing the animation productions of the Top 10 teams when they finally complete and submit it!

When I was chatting to the young boys and girls from the Top 10 teams of N.E.mation! 8, they don’t have prior knowledge or experience in animation or using animation production software. You will be amazed when you see how much they can produce and showcase from their 3 weeks of animation production. Having been involved and being part of N.E.mation! for the past 2 series, I am confident they N.E.mation! 8 is going to bring the level of animation production to greater heights! Each team has a unique storyline to share and tell, I encourage every one of you to Play A Part too! Visit each Team from the Top 10 teams of N.E.mation! 8, read their stories and adventures, encourage them to keep on preserving and get ready to view their animation productions! Remember to share about the N.E.mation! 8 Top 10 teams happenings, news and adventures with your family, loved ones and friends too!

Let me introduce to you the Top 10 teams of N.E.mation! 8

Team Alpacalypse – CHIJ St Nicholas Girls’ School


Theme: Greater Heights

Synopsis: Everyone has to do their part to achieve greater heights. Story shows how Singaporeans played a part in die rent Singapore campaigns and events (e.g., baby bonus, haze, clean & green Singapore, curry incident, National Day Parade) through a song “To a greater height”.

You can follow Team Alpacalypse updates here –




Hash tag: #NE8C01

Team Dairy Products – School of the Arts


Theme: Reframe, Don’t Refrain

Synopsis: This clip uses frames to show how Singaporeans can step out of their comfort zones to play their part in ghting dengue and help one another.

You can follow Team Dairy Products updates here –




Hash tag: #NE8C02

Team Delta-Gaytors – CHIJ St Nicholas Girls’ School


Theme: Prison “Break”

Synopsis: This clip shows the life story of a business man who was succumbed to bribery. But he was caught and imprisoned soon after. He repented and managed to pick himself up with the help of the Yellow Ribbon Project and became successful with a new business setup. He then pays it forward to help others.

You can follow Team Delta-Gaytors updates here –




Hash tag: #NE8C03

Team Hashtag – School of Science and Technology Singapore


Theme: Every Man’s Journey

Synopsis: This clip features the journey of a National Serviceman and how other people in his life have played a part in his journey and contributed to the 30 years of total defence.

You can follow Team Hashtag updates here –




Hash tag: #NE8C04

Team Momento Mori – CHIJ St Nicholas Girls’ School


Theme: Keeping Watch

Synopsis: Uses parts of a watch as metaphor to show that every part are like Singaporeans, which are all important, no matter how small they may seem.

You can follow Team Momento Mori updates here –




Hash tag: #NE8C05

Team Partta Kappa – School of the Arts


Theme: It Takes More …

Synopsis: This clip uses silhouette play to bring attention to the less acknowledged roles which have been signicant in establishing the successful nation we have today.

You can follow Team Partta Kappa updates here –




Hash tag: #NE8C06

Team Synch – Kent Ridge Secondary School


Theme: Because “I” Play A Part

Synopsis: This clip uses typography to illustrate and highlight the importance of “I” and its role in playing a part in many die rent Singapore campaigns and events like racial riots, yellow ribbon project, SARS and haze. 

You can follow Team Synch updates here –




Hash tag: #NE8C07

Team The 4 Of Us II – Tanglin Secondary School


Theme: Unsung Heroes

Synopsis: True life accounts of three Singaporeans who have played a part in contributing to TD (i.e., Chinese student relating her story on how her family gave food to a Malay neighbour who lost his job before Hari Raya, Josiah from “While it was hazy” giving out liang teh and free masks, NSF 2LT Kamalasivam relating how he saved his recruit from a grenade incident).

You can follow Team The 4 of Us II updates here –


Hash tag: #NE8C08

Team Unicorns and Rainbows;) – Orchid Park Secondary School


Theme: Enlightenment

Synopsis: This clip shows that one can inuence others to do their part and anyone can contribute to society, regardless of age. It uses colour/grayscale to highlight nice small actions done by Singaporeans in dierent situations (e.g., SARS, donations, giving up seat on train).

You can follow Team Unicorns and Rainbows;) updates here –


Hash tag: #NE8C09

Team WAYNE STARK CO – Methodist Girls’ School


Theme: Quilted Together

Synopsis: This clip uses quilt patches as a metaphor to show how Singaporeans come together and play their part for Singapore based on their dierent talents and passion. By adding their “patches to the quilt, they are strengthening it, just like how Singapore’s social fabric becomes stronger as more people play their part.

You can follow Team WAYNE STARK CO updates here –



Hash tag: #NE8C10

It has been a fun time following, supporting and being a part of N.E.mation!, from the 6th edition to the current 8th edition. Over the years, I had seen some great artistic and creative talents showcased by our younger generations. I wish all the Top 10 teams of N.E.mation! 8 – Good Luck and All The Best! Great job and Well Done!

For more details and information on N.E.mation! Check out the links below –


Facebook  – https://www.facebook.com/nemation

Instagram (@nemation)  – http://instagram.com/nemation8

Youtube  – http://youtube.com/nemators

Flickr  – http://www.ickr.com/photos/nemation

Twitter  – http://twitter.com/nemation

* Top 10 Teams information and details courtesy of N.E.mation! *

Let’s Stand Together against CyberShock!

CyberShock! There is a cyber-attack attacking our cyber networks and our national essential services! Are you ready to stand together against CyberShock and defend  THE NATION?


In our highly connected internet and social media networking lifestyle today, with many IT gadgets and running a web of technology lifestyle. The importance and significance of Cyber Defence, education and awareness just got even bigger and to be a part of our Total Defence and National Security. CyberShock is a fun and interesting event that aims to awaken Singaporeans to the likelihood of a cyber-attack affecting our lives in Singapore. This event bridges the gap between the virtual and physical worlds with the help of a LEGO city called THE NATION and a digital game. National Security is an abstract concept that encompasses many different things, Cyber Defence/Cyber Security is just one of the pillars of National Security.




At the CyberShock event currently held at Suntec City West Atrium, there are over 168,277 LEGO pieces that forms THE NATION , comprising of The City Centre with five essential services namely (1) The Airport, (2) The Water Works, (3) The Federal Bank, (4) The Telecommunications Centre and (5) The Electricity Board. Being a LEGO fan, I really loved how the LEGO was used to build THE NATION! Once you are at CyberShock, play the various games there! By simulating a cyber-attack on essential services within a fictional environment, the game echoes the rallying cry “Let’s Stand Together”, as players solve a variety of puzzles to restore THE NATION’s five crippled essential services. Educational elements are also woven into the game in the form of booster questions. Oh, play the games, and you might win some attractive prizes, visit CyberShock and find out more!


Share CyberShock with your friends, both online and offline, the importance and significance of Cyber Defence. Open up the minds of your family, relatives, loved ones and friends about Cyber Security, Cyber Defence and how everybody’s collective action “Let’s Stand Together” can help to prevent a cyber-attack! Given our current sophisticated and social media connectivity lifestyle, we are always on our smartphones, tablets, laptops and desktops, both at work and leisure. Cyber Security affects everybody and it is not just the role of the Government to protect and defend our Cyber Security. You can play a part too and this is the time to share and Pass It On, the knowledge, importance and significance of Cyber Security and Cyber Defence!

Key Information and Event Details of CyberShock

Website: Let’s Stand Together

Facebook Page: Let’s Stand Together

Dates: 4th to 6th October 2013

Location: Suntec City West Atrium

Time: 11am to 8pm

Share it with your friends, drop by Suntec City West Atrium and visit CyberShock! For the Parents, do bring your children down to CyberShock, share with them and let them understand more about Cyber Defence.

Remember! Everybody plays a part in Cyber Defence, no matter how big or small. Let’s Stand Together against CyberShock and build a very strong Cyber Defence and Cyber Security!

N.E.mation!8 – Are You Ready to Kick-Start?

The 8th edition of N.E.mation!8 is back and ready to kick start a brand new year with a brand new theme! This will be my third year being involved in N.E.mation! I was part of the N.E.mation! journey from N.E.mation! 6 and this season is N.E.mation! 8, and I am very happy to be part of this journey to share and encourage everybody to be part of the N.E.mation! adventure and journey. N.E.mation! 8 is now open for entry! It’s time to share this with your friends, loved ones and family about N.E.mation! 8. When I was part of N.E.mation! 6 and N.E.mation! 7, the talents and creativity by our students were of the highest level and it was very heart warming and touching too! I am an avid supporter of the N.E.mation! journey and I strongly encourage all of you to be part of the N.E.mation! journey, either as a participant or as a supporter (like me) !!NE8LOGO_FA

Some of you may ask, what is N.E.mation! all about? N.E.mation! is a digital animation competition organised by Nexus for youths to express their thoughts on Total Defence. Into its eighth season this year, the competition has proven highly successful, with more than 9,900 students participating since its inception in 2007. With training and guidance, students with no prior experience in animation have been able to produce clips of broadcast quality to screen on free-to-air television. Some of these clips were even selected for international animation festivals and won several awards.

The theme for N.E.mation! 8 is

“Because You Played A Part”

30 years of security and stability as a nation was built upon everyone’s efforts. We stood with each other through the good times and bad, overcoming challenges and celebrating our successes. We are able to enjoy what we have in Singapore today because each of us has played a part, in building this nation, our home.”

This year’s N.E.mation! 8 theme resonates with me a lot, everybody plays a part in Total Defence, no matter who you are. We all have a part to play, no matter how big or small our part is.

This year, students are asked to use their creativity to produce storylines centred on the theme of “Because You Played A Part”. The animation clips produced by the top 10 finalist teams will be judged by a panel comprising industry professionals such as Melvin Tan (Senior Animator, Blue Sky Studios). In addition, the public can vote for their three favourite clips come January 2014 at www.nemation.sg, Facebook or via SMS. The winning team will win a coveted trip to visit a renowned animation studio in the USA!


N.E.mation! 7 Results Announcement during Total Defence Day 2013

How do I get started in the N.E.mation! 8 journey ? 


Just 3 Simple Steps !!!

1. Form a team of 3 to 4 students from your school.

2. Register online at http://nemation.sg/

3. Submit your story ideas on the theme (Because You Played A Part) by 21st August 2013, 1PM.

Don’t know how to start? No worries, we have some resources here to help you get your creative juice flowing and craft a winning story:

1. View the Free online Story Workshop at http://nemation.sg/story/

2. Receive coaching on your story ideas when we visit you in school, or when you attend our Public Story Clinic session*!

*The option to choose your preferred Public Story Clinic session is available when you register online. 83% of all past N.E.mation! Top 10 teams attended this same Story Clinic session and this is why you need it too!

N.E.mation! 8 – Share Your Story Contest

If you are not eligible to participate in the competition (like me, no longer a student and over the age limit too!), don’t despair, you can still be part of the N.E.mation! 8 journey, the fun, excitement and adventure! All you have to do is to join the N.E.mation! 8 – Share Your Story Contest! contest on Facebook that is opened for all ages to participate (for Singaporean & Permanent Residents).

Share Your Story

Simply submit a story online on our contest page to tell us how you have played a part for Singapore and stand to win either a $50 shopping voucher or a pair of movie tickets!

Contest Period:

 Round 1 – 5 to 11 Aug 2013

 Round 2 – 12 to 18 Aug 2013

Prizes for each round are:

 1 x S$50 Shopping Voucher (Judges Choice)

 8 x a pair of movie tickets (Random Draw)

For more information about N.E.mation! Here’s a list of the Official Website and Social Media Channels

Website: http://nemation.sg/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nemation

Twitter: http://twitter.com/nemation

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/NEmators

Instagram: http://instagram.com/nemation8

Boys and Girls, share about N.E.mation! 8 with your classmates, friends, family and loved ones. Let your creativity and talents showcase here! You will definitely enjoy this learning and wonderful journey in N.E.mation!. Ladies and Gentlemen, let’s all Support N.E.mation! 8 Because You Played A Part too! Remember Because You Played A Part and you can make a difference and an impact!

Total Defence Day 2013

This day, the 15th February is an important and significant day in Singapore’s history. In the year 1942, on the 15th February, Singapore fell to Japanese control when the British forces led by General Percival surrendered at 1820hrs to the Japanese Army. Every 15th February marks Total Defence Day, it also marks the anniversary of the surrender of Singapore during World War II.  Total Defence is for everybody to play a part no matter how big or small, in everyday aspects of our life from all walks of the society, to make our country Singapore, more resilient.


15th February 2013 marks the 71st Anniversary of the surrender of Singapore during World War II.  The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) organised commemoration events in conjunction with Total Defence Day. I was invited by MINDEF Public Affairs to a private military event a Weapons Presentation Ceremony for the new recruits of 1st Battalion, Singapore Guards at War Memorial Park, which was part of 2013 Total Defence Day events.

The Weapons Presentation Ceremony is a special and unique event for the recruits during Basic Military Training when they made the symbolic first step from recruits into soldiers. This kind of ceremony is usually private and held in SAF camps or a place of historical significance. Being a former soldier that served my National Service, I went through the Weapons Presentation Ceremony before, in my camp. It was an important event and significant for the recruits that were presented with the weapons to defend our country Singapore.


War Memorial Park is an ideal location for the Weapons Presentation Ceremony, it was constructed to remember all the civilian lives lost during World War II. The 61 meters tall monument, consisting of four columns, representing the four races in Singapore, joined at the base, signifying the unity of all the races. The new recruits of 1st Battalion, Singapore Guards; that were presented with their weapons at the War Memorial Park, would deeply remember their role, purpose, significance and importance of their roles in defending Singapore as a soldier of the Singapore Armed Forces. The Total Defence Day event on 15th February 2013, started with the placement of wreath by ceremonial military police, followed by the Last Post (Bugle Call) and the Observation of 1-minute of silence. It was a sombre moment with the Last Post being sounded and the moment of silence, reminding us of the fallen civilians during World War II. At 1820hrs, the weapons were presented to the recruits of 1st Battalion Singapore Guards, the approximate time when General Percival of the British forces signed the surrender agreement of Singapore in 1942.



The weapons presentation was also attended and observed by family members of the recruits of the 1st Battalion Singapore Guards. Watching the weapons presentation ceremony from the sidelines, this brought back my National Service memories when I also went through the ceremony. After the weapons were all presented to the recruits, it was followed by the Recitation of the Weapon Pledge, the Recitation of the SAF Pledge and lastly the National Anthem of Singapore.



While this marked the end of the ceremony and Total Defence Day 2013, their importance and significance must never be forgotten. Lest We Forget Total Defence Day. I would like to say a big Thank You to MINDEF Public Affairs for this special invitation to attend and observe this special ceremony.

N.E.mation! 7 – Watch, Vote & Win Prizes!

The journey of N.E.mation! 7 is reaching her climax! A digital animation competition organised by Nexus for youths to express their thoughts on Total Defence, it was highly successful and well received by many students, who participated in the N.E.mation! over the past 6 seasons. Recalling my Stop Motion Workshop in N.E.mation! 6 and my initial N.E.mation! 7 post when they launched their season 7 and looking for submissions based on the theme “Together We Overcome”. Today, there are 10 teams of students worked through the December holidays to bring their stories to life! Simply visit www.nemation.sg on your PC or mobile devices and watch all 10 clips. Vote for your three favourite clips, and stand to win attractive prizes like the iPad (with Retina Display, WiFi + Cellular), Xbox 360 Kinect, iPad mini, Canon products, Universal Studios Singapore passes and more! Voting ends 7 February 2013.


Voting starts from 18th January 2013 to 7th February 2013 !! Here are the 4 methods that you cast your vote for N.E.mation! 7

4 Methods to Vote:

1. Visit www.nemation.sg from your PC. View all 10 clips and vote for 3 of your favorite clips!

2. www.nemation.sg is now smartphone-friendly! You can now use your smartphone to view and vote for the clips!

3. Visit N.E.mation! Facebook page on www.facebook.com/nemation

4. Vote via SMS in the following format: NE7<SPACE>WEB<SPACE> [1ST CHOICE], [2ND CHOICE], [3rd CHOICE]<SPACE>NRIC<SPACE>FULL NAME

Example: NE7 WEB C01 C02 C03 S1234567A BEN TAN WEI CHEN

Those below 21 years of age must seek parental consent to participate in the SMS Voting. Standard SMS rate applies.

4 ways to vote

Since there are 4 ways to vote and 4 chances to win, share it with your family members, loved ones and friends to watch, vote and win prizes at N.E.mation! 7 . Good things are meant to be shared! Pay-It-Forward and Pass-It-On! Share with them what are the attractive prizes below that they can win by watching and voting!

Win Attractive Prizes

Not only are the prizes attractive and wonderful! From my experiences following the journey of N.E.mation! over the past few seasons, I am confident that the students would be able to produce very high quality, exciting and heartwarming animation clips. In the different seasons of N.E.mation! , I was amazed by the quality and standards of the animation clips produced by the students! N.E.mation! is a digital animation competition organized by Nexus for youths to creatively express their thoughts on Total Defence.

Enjoy the videos from N.E.mation! 7, remember to vote for your favourite animation clips! Share this wonderful N.E.mation! 7 and you might also stand to win attractive prizes too!