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The Songs We Sang: A Xinyao Concert

Aug 26, 2014 | 2 Comments
The Songs We Sang: A Xinyao Concert

Xinyao emerged from empty classrooms and simple guitar chords in the 80s—a wave of music written and sung by Singaporean youths. We draw up a chair with filmmaker Eva Tang to talk about her upcoming documentary on this cultural phenomenon. In Mandarin, it’s called 书城 (shu cheng), which translates to ‘book city’. Filmmaker Eva Tang […]

Uniquely Singapore Childhood: Chew Lian

Aug 22, 2014 | No Comments
Uniquely Singapore Childhood: Chew Lian

After watching a travelogue on TV, Chew Lian was inspired to recall her childhood: the visits to her aunt’s farm, eating pineapple slices over the drain, and keeping an ear out for the ice-cream man’s ringing bell.

Lau Par Sat Kopi Yew: Pang Cheng Lian

Aug 19, 2014 | No Comments
Lau Par Sat Kopi Yew: Pang Cheng Lian

For fifty years, a group of Singaporean first-generation immigrants has gathered daily at an informal kopi club, where Mr. Lok Chwee Khin will treat you to kopi and a chat.

Passing Through: Lai Ah Eng

Aug 12, 2014 | 3 Comments
Passing Through: Lai Ah Eng

We wonder of our fellow train passengers: who are you? Where are you going? Ms. Lai Ah Eng shows us how her family tree has stretched its branches by passing through the Tanjong Pagar Railway Station.

Half a Century in Love: Eric Lim

Aug 5, 2014 | No Comments
Half a Century in Love: Eric Lim

Mr. Eric Lim’s parents have spent fifty years loving and being loved. Despite being polar opposites, they believe that simplicity is the key to the longevity of their marriage.

All Dolled Up: Chan Li Teng

Jul 29, 2014 | No Comments
All Dolled Up: Chan Li Teng

A simple game inspires wonderful memories of Chan Li Teng’s childhood days, and was also the beginnings of her journey to becoming a fashion designer and merchandiser.