Old Friends, New Beginnings

Old Friends, New Beginnings

Posted by on Apr 30, 2013 in One of Us | No Comments

In late March this year, the Singapore Memory Project (SMP) organised its first-ever appreciation event for its Memory Corps volunteers and SMP’s most active partners at the National Museum of Singapore. It was an evening filled with smiles and laughter as we celebrated the contributions of our most avid supporters of SMP, without whom we […]

A Community in Bloom with NParks

A Community in Bloom with NParks

Posted by on Mar 18, 2013 in One of Us | 2 Comments

One of the most distinct characteristics of Singapore is its “greenness” – a “City in a Garden”, as they call it. It was precisely this reason that the Singapore Memory Project (SMP) grabbed the opportunity to collaborate with NParks for many exciting memory documentation initiatives. One of these major initiatives is with NParks’ Community in […]

Memory Corps in the Making

Memory Corps in the Making

Posted by on Feb 20, 2013 in One of Us | No Comments

A brand new year and new volunteers to be inducted into our Memory Corps! We recently held a round of induction sessions for our new volunteers, where we shared with them what the Singapore Memory Project was all about and the various ways our volunteers could contribute to us – be it interviewing and documentation, […]

Beneath the Surface: Debra Thang

Beneath the Surface: Debra Thang

Posted by on Feb 7, 2013 in One of Us | One Comment

Regular readers of irememberSG will know that we’re no stranger to student projects. Many of these that tap on our collected memories of Singapore for their own interpretation of what “Singapore Memory” means to each of them. Debra approached us last year for some leads on the vanishing spots in Singapore for her final year […]

On Age and Phone Card collectors

On Age and Phone Card collectors

Posted by on Jan 10, 2013 in One of Us | 3 Comments

You’re on your way home and wondering if anyone at home would like to grab a bite as you could pick something up along the way. Retrieving your mobile phone from your pocket, it is an easy task to immediately connect to loved ones back home, wherever you are. However, before the prevalent use and […]

Christmas in the 1950s: Lily Bok

Christmas in the 1950s: Lily Bok

Posted by on Dec 24, 2012 in One of Us | One Comment

‘Tis the season to eat, drink and be merry – perhaps also for reminiscing. Responding to our iremember Christmas initiative, our Memory Corps volunteer Lily Bok shares with the Singapore Memory Project on Christmas time in Singapore in the 1950s. Christmas was considered a western festival, associated with the British or ‘angmoh’ (red hair in Hokkien) […]

Kopitiam Culture: Stanley Yin

Kopitiam Culture: Stanley Yin

Posted by on Dec 17, 2012 in One of Us | One Comment

I love kopitiams. If there is anything more Singaporean than Singaporeans themselves, this is it. Back when Singapore was still littered with kampongs, these coffee houses already served as gathering points for people to socialise, chat and exchange news. Even as people were relocated into spanking new housing estates, the kopitiam continued to be a central place for neighbours to […]

Marry Me: Peh Chengwan

Marry Me: Peh Chengwan

Posted by on Oct 29, 2012 in One of Us | 2 Comments

Ms Peh Chengwan is a social worker at the Assisi Hospice. Her touching tribute to Mdm Lee and her family was first featured on the Singapore Memory Project. Mdm Lee had a last wish to have a wedding and family photo so that her family can remember her. She never had a wedding photo due […]

Love You Forever, Nan: Azira Amran

Love You Forever, Nan: Azira Amran

Posted by on Oct 25, 2012 in One of Us | No Comments

We were made for each other, my mother used to say. We were both skinny, forgetful, and stubborn. Made for each other, my mother would repeat emphatically, shaking her head and smiling. I would just roll my eyes at my grandmother as she laughed. While my sister was mummy’s girl and my brother, papa’s boy, […]

Remembering St Margaret’s School

Remembering St Margaret’s School

Posted by on Sep 14, 2012 in One of Us | No Comments

St Margaret’s School has a long and rich history—it was founded in 1842, after Mrs Maria Dyer, a missionary, was horrified after she came across a group of young girls being auctioned off as slaves for the rich while she was passing through Singapore en route to China. She eventually started a small school for […]