Play for Keeps in Queenstown

Play for Keeps in Queenstown

Posted by on Jan 4, 2016 in Memento | No Comments

Their passion never wavered: “No matter if we make it or we don’t, our heads are always up.” Watch the famous Queenstown water polo club look back at training with coach Kenneth Kee, at the swimming complex that has remained almost unchanged from the 1970s. #sgmemory

Chess Players of Chinatown

Chess Players of Chinatown

Posted by on Dec 28, 2015 in Memento | No Comments

Have you watched Chinatown folks play Chinese chess and dum (local checkers)? The camaraderie is palpable, but for a reason. Often, they are elderly and the support network matters: “We look out for each other.” Elvin Gan visits them and tries to study under the tutelage of Uncle Boti and Uncle Yong! #sgmemory

Kebun Baru Birdsinging Club

Kebun Baru Birdsinging Club

Posted by on Dec 21, 2015 in Memento | No Comments

With their feathered companions, they gather for friendship, birdsinging, and competitions. “Some people think it is crazy to sit here for hours… When you really understand it, you will find it very meaningful, and healthy.” A hobby and an art – there’s no doubt about the esprit de corps at Kebun Baru Birdsinging Club! #sgmemory

The Tans celebrate Christmas

The Tans celebrate Christmas

Posted by on Dec 18, 2015 in Memento | No Comments

Compared to the quiet Novenas and overnight services that the families of many Singaporeans attend to mark the season, writer Joel Tan’s family bash is a loud, boisterous, sweaty and self-induced lead-up to a food coma. Christmas has been a significant feature of life for my extended family, Chinese New Year and Christmas being the […]

Sim Kwang Teck: A Teacher to Remember

Sim Kwang Teck: A Teacher to Remember

Posted by on Dec 14, 2015 in Memento | No Comments

Three-second test: Who is your most unforgettable teacher? As a Nanyang painter and founder member of the Singapore Watercolour Society, the late artist Sim Kwang Teck is remembered by his granddaughter as a gentle quiet man who impacted lives: “He has a knack for quietly letting you discover.” #sgmemory

Building Memories: Photography

Building Memories: Photography

Posted by on Dec 7, 2015 in Memento | No Comments

“Don’t potatoes grow on trees?” With a twinkle in his eyes, Mr Lee, a person with dementia, and formerly a vegetable farm worker, knew just the answer to that. A group of participants and volunteers set out on a photography tour – creating and reconnecting with memories, and more importantly, to improve their well-being. #sgmemory […]

The Foo Leong Record Store

The Foo Leong Record Store

Posted by on Nov 30, 2015 in Memento | 2 Comments

Mention Foo Leong Record Store at Chinatown Complex, and the enduring businesswoman figure of Mrs Wong comes to mind! Her customer Richard Kan says: “You had to wait your turn before the folks in the front row finished choosing or browsing their cassettes or CDs. It was sweaty at times. People who couldn’t wait would […]

The Masters of Waijiang Music

The Masters of Waijiang Music

Posted by on Nov 23, 2015 in Memento | No Comments

“It made me realise how people in the past used what they had around them to remember someone. He could use his entire life, all his money, to honour Thau Yong 陶融儒乐社. I believe he did it all in remembrance of his father.” Turn up the volume to hear masterfully played Waijiang music! #sgmemory

The Four HDB Blocks of Siglap

The Four HDB Blocks of Siglap

Posted by on Nov 16, 2015 in Memento | No Comments

“This place was once burnt down.” Metaphorically, it was no child’s play but that was literally true for Siglap’s big fire in 1962. Today, Mr Lim’s old movie ticket is a sentimental momento that reminds him of one of Singapore’s first public housing. Farewell, the four HDB blocks of Siglap. ‪#‎sgmemory‬

Deepavali with my Father

Deepavali with my Father

Posted by on Nov 10, 2015 in Memento | No Comments

Born to an Indian father and Chinese mother, writer Shree Ann Mathavan grew up celebrating the festivals of both races. She reflects on years of Deepavali celebrations, a festival close to her father’s heart. Beyond good food, Deepavali is special to me because my father loves it so much. Even in his late seventies, he […]