Thursday, October 23, 2014

Remembrance Sunday Service at Kranji War Cemetery will be on 9 Nov 2014


Remembrance Day is a day to remember the British and Commonwealth military and civilian servicemen and women who have died in the line of duty since the end of World War I. Remembrance Sunday is held on the second Sunday in November, which is the Sunday that is nearest to Remembrance Day. This year, Remembrance Sunday falls on 9 Nov 2014.

If you are in Singapore and you would like to observe a Remembrance Sunday service, the Kranji War Cemetery is one of the venues you could consider.

AngloINFO Singapore has featured the Remembrance Sunday service at Kranji War Cemetery(also known as the Kranji War Memorial) as one of the events in its events listing for November 2014. For your convenience, I am listing the details here:

Remembrance Sunday
Venue: Kranji War Cemetery, 9 Woodlands Road, Singapore.
Date: 9 Nov 2014 (Sun)
Time: 7.30 a.m. (Please arrive by 7.00 a.m.)
Admission: Free. All are welcome.
Media and Photography: Media and photographers may be present. Members of the public are welcome to take photos. Please observe the solemnity of the event when taking photographs.

Source: AngloINFO Singapore

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I have attended my first Remembrance Sunday service at the Kranji War Memorial on 11 Nov 2012. It was a solemn and moving service.

If you are attending a Remembrance Sunday service at Kranji War Cemetery for your first time, you may wish to take note that unless you are an important invited guest who will be given special access passes to drive into the Kranji War Cemetery, no vehicle without the special access passes will be allowed to drive into the Kranji War Cemetery during the duration of the Remembrance Sunday's service. Taxis (without the special access passes) will not be allowed to drive in either.

Getting there: Nearest MRT Station: Kranji MRT station
Bus services to get there: 160, 170, 178, 960, 961

1) Take the MRT train to Kranji MRT station. Either walk or take bus services number: 160, 170, 178, 960, 961 to bus stop #45119 (two bus-stops away) that is along Woodlands Rd. Thereafter, take a 10 -15 minutes stroll into the Kranji War Cemetery.

2) Take a taxi to Woodlands Rd and alight nearby bus-stop #45119. Then take a 10 - 15 minutes stroll into the Kranji War Cemetery. For more directions to get to the Kranji War Cemetery, please read: How to get to Kranji War Memorial by Leone Fabre.

Attire: There is no specified dress code. It is observed that most of the guests will be in uniforms or wearing formal attire for the service. Singapore's climate tends to be humid. You may wish to take this into consideration.

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Yet another Changi Museum War Trail: End of Empire
11 Nov 2012: Remembrance Sunday Ceremony at Kranji War Cemetery
Back to the time of WWII Singapore

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Experience Teochew culture at the Singapore Teochew Festival 2014



Photo source: https://www.facebook.com/teochewfest2014

Ngee Ann City Civic Plaza
Singapore Teochew Festival
25 Sep - 5 Oct 2014

Experience glimpses of Teochew culture at the Singapore Teochew Festival 2014 that will be held from 25 Sep - 5 Oct 2014 at Ngee Ann City Civic Plaza. This event is organized in conjunction with the Teochew Poit Ip Huay Kuan's grand 85th anniversary celebrations in Singapore. Sprawling an area of 30,000 square feet and featuring more than 20 vendors, this event offers visitors glimpses to delectable Teochew delicacies, historical artefacts, unique art performances and more.

There has been a lot of media publicity on the event. The publicity has been very successful and brought about a huge turnout at the Singapore Teochew Festival when I was there on the evening of 27 Sep 2014. Even though admission fee is S$5 per person, many people were willing to pay the fee to experience glimpses of Teochew culture and to savour a number of authentic Teochew dishes.

A good turnout at the Singapore Teochew Festival 2014.

Teochew Food Street
The Teochew Food Street is clearly one of the most popular sections of the Singapore Teochew Festival 2014 exhibition. The braised duck stall and the roast meat stall seemed to be pretty popular. Other Teochew delicacies that were hot favourites were the Swatow dim sum, the Bak Kut Teh and oyster omelette. Please check out Eastcoastlife's blog, Teochew Festival 2014 (25 Sept - Oct) - Photohunt, for snapshots of the Teochew Food Street.

Prices of the food start from $2. The braised duck rice, Bak Kut Teh and the Teochew fried rice noodles with kailan and preserved radish each costs $10 per serving. Be prepared to spend at least $10 per person for a meal from the Teochew Food Street.

During meal hours, there is a long queue to enter the Teochew Food Street section. I learnt that due to fire safety regulations, there is a limit to the number of people who can be present in the section at any one single time. It will help to exercise patience to enter the Teochew Food section during meal hours.

More Teochew delicacies
I was very intrigued by the demonstration of the making of peanut candies. Visitors were given opportunities to sample freshly made peanut candies. These peanut tidbits tasted good even though they were on the sweet side. If you like them very much, you get buy them home to share!

Demonstration of the making of peanut tidbits.

Teochew tidbits for sale.

I heard that the Teochew rice dumplings sold at the Thye Moh Chan stall were very popular. These rice dumplings were sold out before the end of the day.

I was acquainted with Fish Maw when I was at the Singapore Teochew Festival 2014.

Fish Maw at the Singapore Teochew Festival 2014.


Arts and Culture
Be fascinated by the intricate Teochew embroidery and wood carving. The organizer has also arranged for various cultural performances such as Teochew Opera (小梅花) to entertain the visitors.



The lanterns caught my notice. I was interested to figure out how these were weaved.



I observed that many of the visitors spoke Teochew dialects with the vendors. Teochews are likely find it heartwarming to visit the Singapore Teochew Festival 2014 and to converse in Teochew with other Teochew speakers.

I am not a Teochew. Nevertheless, it was quite an interesting experience to experience glimpses of the Teochew culture during the two hours visit I had spent at the Singapore Teochew Festival. The organizers could help to improve visitors' experience by facilitating the ease of the ordering of food during meal hours, and by putting up clearer information on the festival's programmes in both English and Chinese on its website.

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Singapore Teochew Festival 2014

25 Sep - 5 Oct 2014
11 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Ngee Ann City Civic Plaza
391 Orchard Road
Admission fee: S$5 per person.

For the programme schedule of Singapore Teochew Festival 2014, please visit http://www.teochewfestival.com/highlights.html (text in Chinese).

An online copy of the brochure is available from http://teochew.sg/?portfolio=%E6%BD%AE%E9%9D%92%E8%8A%82

The Festival's Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/teochewfest2014

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Sunday, September 07, 2014

News: Nanyin at Kusu Island Tua Pek Kong Temple visit 2014

Kusu Tua Pek Kong Temple. Nov 2012.


Two years ago, I have had the pleasure to join members and supporters of the Siong Leng Musical Association on a visit to the Kusu Tua Pek Kong Temple. Other than a delightful treat to an evening of Nanyin music, I have had the pleasure to enjoy the beauty of the Kusu Island, a Southern island away from the hustle and bustle of city life.

It is an annual affair for Siong Leng Musical Association to visit the Kusu Tua Pek Kong Temple  during the 9th lunar month. This year, the date is set to be on 18 Oct 2014, from 4.30 p.m. - 10.00 p.m. The trip to join them to the island on this date will cost S$25 per person (pending confirmation on the chartering of the ferry).

For more information, please visit this Facebook event page: Nanyin at Kusu Island Tua Pek Kong Temple and fill in the google.docs. form to indicate your interest.

Proposed Date: 18 Oct 2014 (Sat)
Time: 4.30 p.m. - 10.00 p.m.
Specially chartered ferry will bring the group from the Marina South Pier to Kusu Island, and back.

Special thanks to Victor Yue for initiating this event.

Note: Registration closes on 12 Oct 2014.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Singapore Night Festival 2014: The second weekend

William Close and the Earth Harp.
Photo courtesy of Belinda Tan.

Have you caught a glimpse of William Close's performance on the first weekend of the Singapore Night Festival? On the second weekend of the Singapore, William Close will present a new set of performances together with Austrian-based collection, Phoenix.

Phoenix. Photo credit: Bras Basah.Bugis.Precinct


According to the festival guide, Phoenix's fiery and gravity-defying performances will be accompanied by William Close's "Earth Harp" that transforms the museum into a giant instrument. It looks like audience who will be attending the second weekend of the Singapore Night Festival will be treated to aerial dances and LED light performances.

Check this out:
William Close Featuring Phoenix (USA/AUT)
Front Lawn, National Museum of Singapore

Fri and Sat, 29 and 30 Aug 2014
7.30 p.m. - 11.45 p.m. (with breaks between)

7.30 p.m.: William Close and Phoenix (Aerial performance)
8.45 p.m. William Close and Phoenix (LED light performance)
10.00 p.m.: Phoenix (Fire performance)
11.15 p.m. William Close and Phoenix (Grand finale)

Each show is 30 minutes long.

In the meantime, if you have missed the Singapore Night Festival 2014 last weekend and would like some recommendations, here is a link to some of my picks for the Singapore Night Festival 2014: Bold and Beautiful.


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Singapore Night Festival 2014
22 and 23 Aug 2014
29 and 30 Aug 2014
8 p.m. - 2 a.m.
Free admission
www.sgnightfest.sg

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http://instagram.com/brasbasahbugis
http://pinterest.com/sgnightfest

Festival Venues:
- Basah.Bugis Precinct (5 zones)
- National Museum of Singapore
- Armenian Street (including Peranakan Museum, The Substation and Armenian Church)
- Singapore Art Museum and Queen Street (including National Design Centre)
- Singapore Management University and School of the Arts
- Cathay Green (Opposite SOTA)
Nearby MRT stations: Dhoby Ghaut, Bras Basah, City Hall MRT stations



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Other articles on the Singapore Night Festival 2014:
Singapore Night Festival kicks off, CNA.
10 Things to Check Out at the Singapore Night Festival 2014, by Bandwagon. Words by Delfina Utomo.
Singapore Night Festival 2014 - Bold and Beautiful By Johnny Chen
Bold and Beautiful - let's Harp on it by Jerome Lim, The Long and Winding Road.