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For The Love Of Watches

Apr 24, 2014 | No Comments
For The Love Of Watches

From Panerai to Seiko, a man’s passion for vintage watches has led him to collect, sell as well as share his love for such timepieces with the younger generation. “We measure time according to the movement of countless suns; and they measure time by little machines in their little pockets. Now tell me, how could […]

A Simple Dish of Steamed Fish

Apr 10, 2014 | No Comments
A Simple Dish of Steamed Fish

The deceptively simple dish of steamed fish can imbue so much –  food history, slowly vanishing wet markets and a mother’s love – as shared by Adeline Lee. Fish features prominently in Chinese cuisine because it is a symbol of abundance and prosperity. Yet steaming fish is a delicate matter and not knowing the appropriate […]

The Caretaker of the Siti Maryam Shrine

Apr 7, 2014 | No Comments
The Caretaker of the Siti Maryam Shrine

Wak Ali was not only the caretaker of the Siti Maryan shrine, but also custodian of its history and the stories of those who visited it. Wak Ali Janggut, or bearded Ali. That was what they called him. “They” being the community of people who visited the Siti Maryam shrine, before it was exhumed and […]

Yesterday In Transit: My Father’s Collection

Apr 2, 2014 | No Comments
Yesterday In Transit: My Father’s Collection

Besides being the essential tool in getting around Singapore over the last two decades by public transport, one man decided to collect them for keepsakes. “What’s that?” my 15-year-old brother asked when he picked up a magnetic MRT ticket among the dozens I had laid out on the table. I looked at him, aghast. “You […]

Mang Kar Ka’s Rustic Shine

Mar 26, 2014 | 2 Comments
Mang Kar Ka’s Rustic Shine

Managing the tension between the old and the new for those who frequent Bendemeer Shopping Mall. Whenever Mum shouted from the kitchen that she had run out of light soya sauce, garlic, coriander or the like while fixing dinner, I would enthusiastically volunteer to pick up whatever she needed. Unofficially named after the jackfruit trees […]

Books That Moved Me… Once More

Mar 23, 2014 | 2 Comments
Books That Moved Me… Once More

Once upon a time, they were all that mattered, till we moved on and they moved out. But what if the books we have forgotten, haven’t forgotten us? Through our memory documentation process, the Singapore Memory Project has curated a selection of old books. These books not only the stories they were meant to tell, but […]