Category Archives: Social history from the coffeeshop

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Kebun Baru Bird-singing Club

The Kebun Baru Bird-singing Club facility is Singapore’s largest and possibly oldest public area where bird-collecting hobbyists from all across the island and even abroad come to listen and admire these unique prized possessions. Unlike the void deck bird corners, the

Kebun Baru Bird-singing Club

The Kebun Baru Bird-singing Club facility is Singapore’s largest and possibly oldest public area where bird-collecting hobbyists from all across the island and even abroad come to listen and admire these unique prized possessions. Unlike the void deck bird corners, the

Communal Chinese chess tables

The communal Chinese chess table is a regular fixture in the void decks of many HDB estates. Over the years it has helped serve as a gathering place for members of the older generation, be it to battle at the

Communal Chinese chess tables

The communal Chinese chess table is a regular fixture in the void decks of many HDB estates. Over the years it has helped serve as a gathering place for members of the older generation, be it to battle at the

Places where we played soccer as kids

There is perhaps nothing more ingenious than the way we’ve transformed spaces like our void decks into our own venue for a World Cup Final. Interestingly, the many other places where we played soccer as kids in Singapore have required

Places where we played soccer as kids

There is perhaps nothing more ingenious than the way we’ve transformed spaces like our void decks into our own venue for a World Cup Final. Interestingly, the many other places where we played soccer as kids in Singapore have required

Colbar: The Colonial Bar at Whitchurch Road

Colbar, which is short for Colonial Bar, was first opened in 1953 by Mr Lim at Jalan Hang Jebat to serve as the unofficial canteen for members of the British Army. On its 50th anniversary of establishment in 2003, Colbar

Colbar: The Colonial Bar at Whitchurch Road

Colbar, which is short for Colonial Bar, was first opened in 1953 by Mr Lim at Jalan Hang Jebat to serve as the unofficial canteen for members of the British Army. On its 50th anniversary of establishment in 2003, Colbar

Kueh Baulu: A Family recipe and tradition

For as long as I can remember, I would look forward to spending the weekends leading up to the Lunar New Year helping my dad make his famous Kueh Baulu (Egg Sponge Cake), a traditional New Year goodie handed down

Kueh Baulu: A Family recipe and tradition

For as long as I can remember, I would look forward to spending the weekends leading up to the Lunar New Year helping my dad make his famous Kueh Baulu (Egg Sponge Cake), a traditional New Year goodie handed down

The many ways we played soccer as kids

It is safe to say that many Singaporeans have played soccer at one point or another, whether it was during PE lessons on the school field, at the void deck or even your living room. While I now indulge in

The many ways we played soccer as kids

It is safe to say that many Singaporeans have played soccer at one point or another, whether it was during PE lessons on the school field, at the void deck or even your living room. While I now indulge in

The history behind not cutting your hair during Lunar New Year

I’ve always wondered if the act of raising prices at the neighbourhood barbershop two weeks before the Lunar New Year had anything to do other then being a business strategy that capitalises on the many superstitious Chinese in Singapore, with

The history behind not cutting your hair during Lunar New Year

I’ve always wondered if the act of raising prices at the neighbourhood barbershop two weeks before the Lunar New Year had anything to do other then being a business strategy that capitalises on the many superstitious Chinese in Singapore, with

From Kampung to Void deck to iPad: How the games we played have changed

Toys and games have always been an integral part of growing up. More than just fun, it also allowed us to mingle with other kids from different backgrounds, gave us something to laugh or cry about, and helped hone both

From Kampung to Void deck to iPad: How the games we played have changed

Toys and games have always been an integral part of growing up. More than just fun, it also allowed us to mingle with other kids from different backgrounds, gave us something to laugh or cry about, and helped hone both

The trouble with citizen journalism in Singapore

The following article ‘ The Myth of the Online Bypass ‘ by Cherian George perhaps sums up the state of citizen journalism in Singapore, the flaws, air of arrogance and an oxymoronic version of what we would like to call

The trouble with citizen journalism in Singapore

The following article ‘ The Myth of the Online Bypass ‘ by Cherian George perhaps sums up the state of citizen journalism in Singapore, the flaws, air of arrogance and an oxymoronic version of what we would like to call

My life as a Scout in Singapore

When I look back on my life as a scout in secondary school, I can’t help but appreciate the many life skills learnt away from the classroom, and more importantly, the friends and values I’ve brought along with me till

My life as a Scout in Singapore

When I look back on my life as a scout in secondary school, I can’t help but appreciate the many life skills learnt away from the classroom, and more importantly, the friends and values I’ve brought along with me till

Singapore Scouting History

Scouting in Singapore has a rich history having been around for over a century. It started on 2 July, 1910 when Frank Cooper Sands (F.C. Sands), a scoutmaster from Nottingham,UK, opened the 1stSands Troop, consisting of 30 boys under the

Singapore Scouting History

Scouting in Singapore has a rich history having been around for over a century. It started on 2 July, 1910 when Frank Cooper Sands (F.C. Sands), a scoutmaster from Nottingham,UK, opened the 1stSands Troop, consisting of 30 boys under the

The rise of the keyboard warriors

If the pen is mightier than the sword, then the keyboard is like the Death Star’s Gamma Ray burst onto Alderaan, a universal weapon of choice adopted by individuals I would like to call, Keyboard Warriors. Call them warriors, avengers

The rise of the keyboard warriors

If the pen is mightier than the sword, then the keyboard is like the Death Star’s Gamma Ray burst onto Alderaan, a universal weapon of choice adopted by individuals I would like to call, Keyboard Warriors. Call them warriors, avengers