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She’s Game!: SMP Memory Maker Series

Mar 28, 2015 | No Comments

Join us on an interactive talk highlighting the female athletes in the Singapore Women’s Hall of Fame who’ve crossed boundaries to win a place in our records and hearts such as Yip Pin Xiu, a Paralympian and Singapore’s first Olympic-medal gold winner (pictured). The session will feature Dr Teoh Chin Sim, Director and Senior Consultant […]

First Look at the Past Forward Showcase

Mar 17, 2015 | No Comments
First Look at the Past Forward Showcase

What are the irememberSG fund awardees up to? Come look at the first 20 projects in progress from 17-20 March 2015 at The Plaza, National Library Building! The Singapore Memory Project (SMP) celebrates Singapore’s 50th birthday by showcasing stories that have yet to be told. Our forward-thinking collaborators offer a range of perspectives on Singapore’s past […]

Picturing Chinatown: Through A New Lens

Mar 12, 2015 | 2 Comments
Picturing Chinatown: Through A New Lens

“Chinatown” was never known as such to its locals. They called it Ngau Cheh Sui(牛车水)or Gu Chia Chwee (“bullock cart water” in Cantonese and Hokkien respectively). In days gone by, others knew it as the more developed Da Po (大坡,“greater town” in Mandarin) south of the Singapore River, and less developed Xiao Po (小坡,“lesser town” […]

A haven for foodies: James Seah

Mar 9, 2015 | No Comments
A haven for foodies: James Seah

From an island with limited resources to a Southeast Asian hub for multi-cultural cuisines – Join James Seah as he recollects and rationalises how Singapore became an international haven for foodies.  Scotts shopping centre under construction. Photo credit: James Seah This is not a “foodie blog”.But food is in the mouth of everyone and everyone must eat […]

The river without an end: James Seah

Mar 6, 2015 | 2 Comments
The river without an end: James Seah

James Seah fondly remembers Commonwealth Estate as chap lak lao chu (sixteen storey tall flats). It is the third estate developed between 1962 and 1964 under the Housing Development Board. He remembers the hills that cut across the agricultural area – feng xing and feng ling, and shares what he knew about the place before […]

Reflections on Novena Church: JJ

Mar 1, 2015 | No Comments
Reflections on Novena Church: JJ

A large part of my growing up years was spent at Novena Church, (officially known as Church of St Alphonsus), that iconic church at Thomson Road. I started making weekly visits when I was 7, when my father took me along for the Saturday novena sessions. Five years on, I joined its youth group, Vine […]