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Bon for the Ages: Pop Yeh Yeh & the ’60s

Sep 15, 2017 | No Comments
Bon for the Ages: Pop Yeh Yeh & the ’60s

For Mr Basiron Bon, the 1960s was defined as a time of kampung spirit, Sunday dancing and ‘Pop Yeh Yeh’ – the Malay pop music sensation he was part of that made waves in Singapore. Ask 77-year-old Mr Basiron Bon about what he remembers of his youth, and he would point out two things: feel-good […]

Paper Gods

Sep 8, 2017 | No Comments
Paper Gods

Kim zua (literally ‘gold paper’ in Hokkien) symbolises death and the netherworld. It is central to the age-old tradition of burning offerings for ancestors, which bridges the physical and the spiritual realms. For one man, however, kim zua also represents his livelihood and family legacy. The term kim zua conjures up images of joss paper […]

Seng Wong Beo Temple: Lifting the Veil on Ghost Marriages

Sep 1, 2017 | No Comments
Seng Wong Beo Temple: Lifting the Veil on Ghost Marriages

The centuries-old tradition of ghost marriages is still kept alive at the Seng Wong Beo Temple. Tanjong Pagar is a melding of big-city metropolis and old-world charm. On weekdays, suits power-walk by some of the oldest temples and clan associations in the country to get to their towering offices. Right where the five-foot-way shophouses and […]

The Unsung Hero

Aug 18, 2017 | No Comments
The Unsung Hero

He might not have represented Singapore on the hockey pitch, but Peter Martens’s contributions to the sport is one worth celebrating. “Why don’t you come over to my place and we can have a chat about this story?” Peter Martens asked warmly. “I’ve just gotten my hands on some rambutans and I can guarantee they’re […]

Life in the Police Quarters

Aug 11, 2017 | No Comments
Life in the Police Quarters

Mr Vernon Wee grew up in the police quarters during the turbulent days of Singapore’s early independence, watching his father and his colleagues in the police force train and live. Nearly half a century later, Vernon still remembers the sights, sounds and smells of life back then. One of Mr Vernon Wee’s tasks as a […]

A Point to Prove

Aug 4, 2017 | No Comments
A Point to Prove

Annabel Pennefather, a highly successful Singaporean lawyer and former sportswoman, is out to prove that women can hold their own against men at the workplace. During a primary school English oral test at the Convent of the Holy Infant Jesus (CHIJ), then situated on Victoria Street, Annabel Pennefather was asked by the principal, a nun, […]