Category Archives: Memories of Singapore

This is home, truly, where I know I must be.

Foo Leong Record Store (富 良 唱片)

“Aunty 有没有英文的歌?” (do you have English songs) “有啊, 有 Justin Bieber ah.” (yes yes, we have Justin Bieber) So began my conversation with 75-year old Mrs Wong, owner of the institution that is Foo Leong Record Store (富 良 唱片),

Foo Leong Record Store (富 良 唱片)

“Aunty 有没有英文的歌?” (do you have English songs) “有啊, 有 Justin Bieber ah.” (yes yes, we have Justin Bieber) So began my conversation with 75-year old Mrs Wong, owner of the institution that is Foo Leong Record Store (富 良 唱片),

What does ‘Support Local’ really mean?

The term ‘support local’ today is primarily used to show support for individuals and independent business that market themselves as new creators of made-in Singapore content. Often, the ‘content’ in mind relates to that of the arts, fashion and the

What does ‘Support Local’ really mean?

The term ‘support local’ today is primarily used to show support for individuals and independent business that market themselves as new creators of made-in Singapore content. Often, the ‘content’ in mind relates to that of the arts, fashion and the

Life in Hougang SMC – Is it any different?

Much has been made about my constituency of Hougang SMC, the second longest opposition held ward since 1991, and a place that I’ve lived all my life. It’s an area that’s been constantly at the centre of political attention, particularly

Life in Hougang SMC – Is it any different?

Much has been made about my constituency of Hougang SMC, the second longest opposition held ward since 1991, and a place that I’ve lived all my life. It’s an area that’s been constantly at the centre of political attention, particularly

What is Singapore Music?

British Invasion, Seattle Sound (Grunge) and even K-Pop are some of the more commonly known genres of music born from their respective nations/states of origin. Which brings a question to mind, is there such as thing as Singapore Music? For

What is Singapore Music?

British Invasion, Seattle Sound (Grunge) and even K-Pop are some of the more commonly known genres of music born from their respective nations/states of origin. Which brings a question to mind, is there such as thing as Singapore Music? For

Chip Bee Gardens – The Village of Holland Village

Unbeknownst to many who frequent the area for his its upmarket boutiques, restaurants, and more recently, trendy cafes like Sunday Folks and Baker & Cook, the estate of Chip Bee Gardens is also home to 349 terraced houses and 40

Chip Bee Gardens – The Village of Holland Village

Unbeknownst to many who frequent the area for his its upmarket boutiques, restaurants, and more recently, trendy cafes like Sunday Folks and Baker & Cook, the estate of Chip Bee Gardens is also home to 349 terraced houses and 40

Of Gods Amongst Men: The rituals of the Ji Tong Spirit Medium

In Singapore, the act of Ji Tong 乩童, an ancient form of shamanism that dates back over 5,000 years, can still be observed in temples or procession commemorating the birthday of their gods of choice across the island. While the

Of Gods Amongst Men: The rituals of the Ji Tong Spirit Medium

In Singapore, the act of Ji Tong 乩童, an ancient form of shamanism that dates back over 5,000 years, can still be observed in temples or procession commemorating the birthday of their gods of choice across the island. While the

Walking on Ridout Road

Tucked away in-between Holland Road and Commonwealth Avenue sits a network of roads, namely Ridout, Swettenham and Peirce Road that are home to an array of private homes sitting quietly in near untouched tropical surroundings. These roads, all of which were

Walking on Ridout Road

Tucked away in-between Holland Road and Commonwealth Avenue sits a network of roads, namely Ridout, Swettenham and Peirce Road that are home to an array of private homes sitting quietly in near untouched tropical surroundings. These roads, all of which were

Remembering Dakota Crescent: Is it really worth saving?

The traditionally sleepy estate of Dakota Crescent came to life last Sunday with a commemorative event titled Remembering Dakota Crescent. What started out as a simple block party soon evolved to a mini-carnival that had both members from the nearby

Remembering Dakota Crescent: Is it really worth saving?

The traditionally sleepy estate of Dakota Crescent came to life last Sunday with a commemorative event titled Remembering Dakota Crescent. What started out as a simple block party soon evolved to a mini-carnival that had both members from the nearby

Dawson and Alexandra Heritage Trail – From Army Bunkers to Butterfly Blocks

From forested army bunkers to butterfly blocks, the recently launched Dawson and Alexandra Heritage Trail presents a different side of the historic Queenstown neighbourhood, brought to life through stories by passionate guides and long-time residents. Starting off at the commercial

Dawson and Alexandra Heritage Trail – From Army Bunkers to Butterfly Blocks

From forested army bunkers to butterfly blocks, the recently launched Dawson and Alexandra Heritage Trail presents a different side of the historic Queenstown neighbourhood, brought to life through stories by passionate guides and long-time residents. Starting off at the commercial

Time with a wartime survivour

It’s hard to believe, but within the better part of the next two decades, there will be next to no survivours of the Japanese Occupation, and with it, their personal stories that history textbooks would never tell you about. Thankfully,

Time with a wartime survivour

It’s hard to believe, but within the better part of the next two decades, there will be next to no survivours of the Japanese Occupation, and with it, their personal stories that history textbooks would never tell you about. Thankfully,

Old Singapore Badminton Hall

Located at 100 Guillemard Road, the Old Singapore Badminton Hall is exactly what you imagined it to be, a large-open space with sloping a zinc roof, concrete grandstands with fainted seat numbers, and of course the identifiable markings of multiple

Old Singapore Badminton Hall

Located at 100 Guillemard Road, the Old Singapore Badminton Hall is exactly what you imagined it to be, a large-open space with sloping a zinc roof, concrete grandstands with fainted seat numbers, and of course the identifiable markings of multiple

Katong Shopping Centre

With its vintage IKEA like tones of blue and yellow, Katong Shopping Centre sits stoically on the edge of East Coast Road. Like the many businesses along Katong and Joo Chiat, it has had to keep up with the times,

Katong Shopping Centre

With its vintage IKEA like tones of blue and yellow, Katong Shopping Centre sits stoically on the edge of East Coast Road. Like the many businesses along Katong and Joo Chiat, it has had to keep up with the times,