thelongnwindingroad.wordpress.com Archives - 24 April 2014, Thursday

  • Annie Leibovitz at the ArtScience Museum

    Annie Leibovitz at the ArtScience Museum

    A rather interesting story that Ms Leibovitz did share was of infamous portraits that she took of Queen Elizabeth II in 2007 - a commission she got some 5 years after she had first written to the British monarch’s press secretary for an unrelated shoot. The press secretary had remembe...

  • The last rubber tree

    last rubber tree

    On this, another story from the area does come to mind. The story is one that takes us back to the days when the huge King George IV graving dock was being constructed – one that also involved a rubber tree that needed to be cleared to level the ground to build the dock. Workers had f...

  • Barefoot in the park

    At least nine Dragon (or Snake) Kilns were once found along the 13th to 18th Milestones of Jurong Road, attracted by the availability of Jurong White Clay - ideal material for clay latex cups. The cups were fired by the kilns to feed a huge demand from the rubber estates in the area. ...

  • Colours of April: The Hindu festival of Panguni Uthiram

    Colours of April: The Hindu festival of Panguni Uthiram

    A colourful Sembawang tradition that goes back to the days of the Naval Base , is the commemoration of the Hindu festival of Panguni Uthiram by the Holy Tree Sri Balasubramaniar Temple . While much of the landscape through which the procession of kavadis that is associated with the fe...

  • A #Singapore #blogger 's take on his long and winding road to #Ipoh...

    Ipoh

    With some time to spare after a stroll through parts of old Ipoh, where I was reacquainted with the genius of Arthur Benison Hubback in the form of the wonderful Railway Station and Town Hall on New Year’s Eve, I decided to take a drive with the help of an Asus Garmin A10 GPS mobile p...

  • The Peace Boat docks at the POD

    Peace Boat docks at the POD

    It was two Sundays ago at the National Library’s the POD that the opportunity arose to hear the accounts of the Hibakusha . Survivors of the atomic bombs dropped on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki close to seven decades ago, the group of seven, together with other partic...

  • A headless Chairman Mao

    A headless Chairman Mao

    What I did think were particularly interesting were two series being exhibited and on which Madame Argillet elaborated on at the media preview. One, the Poems by Mao Zedong, was commissioned in 1967 by Argillet and involves eight illustrations some of which were political satires. The...

  • New journeys to the west

    New journeys to the west

    Boon Haw did however restore the gardens to it former glory adding to it over the years until his death in 1954. Following his death, new flavours were added to the grounds by his nephew, Aw Cheng Chye, creating “international corners” within the gardens. In the corners, Cheng Chye er...

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    1. New In ohsofickle.blogspot.com 20 Mar '14, 7am
  • Reflections on the new world

    Reflections on the new world

    , seen at twilight on 6 March 2014 from the edge of the pond at the ArtScience Museum. Built on land reclaimed from the sea that, the ArtScience Museum is part of the new Marina Bay Sands Complex that lies on top of the area where the detached mole that separated the inner roads from ...

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    1. New In ohsofickle.blogspot.com 20 Mar '14, 7am
  • The grass IS greener on the other side

    grass IS greener on the other side

    The contrast can’t be any more striking than when viewed at the transition between the manicured greens of a golf course with a public space such as is seen in the photograph. The photograph was taken on 9 March 2014 from the fringe of one of the two Singapore Island Country Club’s (S...

  • The mystery of Bukit Gombak

    mystery of Bukit Gombak

    With the area being one that had a strong connection with the military – the British having maintained a military installation and radar station on the ridge line that ran from Bukit Gombak to Bukit Panjang, and the Japanese having set up camp on the hill during the occupation, James ...

  • The catwalk in the sky

    catwalk in the sky

    The J Spring Fashion Show, which was held on 5 March 2014, saw models strutting down the 128 metre long aerial walkway – said to be “the most unconventional catwalk yet”, dressed in a combination of Haute Couture and Prêt-à-Porter collections from UK, Russia, Singapore, China, Kenya, ...

  • Last rites for the Singaporean soul

    At least nine Dragon (or Snake) Kilns were once found along the 13th to 18th Milestones of Jurong Road, attracted by the availability of Jurong White Clay - ideal material for clay latex cups. The cups were fired by the kilns to feed a huge demand from the rubber estates in the area. ...

  • A sneak peek at i Light Marina Bay 2014

    A sneak peek at i Light Marina Bay 2014

    From the eye-catching, to the fun and quirky, there is something that will certainly catch your attention as Marina Bay brightens up from this evening until the end of March 2014, all in a sustainable way I should add - the festival’s 28 light art installations have been picked so as ...

  • Recoloured waters

    Recoloured waters

    The once filthy waters of the river, spilling not anymore into the harbour, but into a body of sweet water – the Marina Reservoir, carved amazingly out from the sea and is now surrounded by the modern skyline that has come up at what is today Marina Bay , has since been cleaned up – t...

  • The Gateway into the Lost World

    Gateway into the Lost World

    Ferrie passed away in the UK in February 1993, and it would only be in his paintings, that the memory of the world around him in Sembawang is preserved, with the boats he sought to depict having long disappeared along with the villagers the boats belong to. The area however does remai...

  • Getting high on Martell Elegantology

    Getting high on Martell Elegantology

    Martell VSOP recently introduced its philosophy of Elegantology at The Black Swan. Intended to put the focus on elegance and the elegant life, it celebrates individuals who embody the philosophy through qualities such as unique elegance, self-confidence and charisma and in combination...

  • The ladies behind Avenue 1960s

    ladies behind Avenue 1960s

    Meet Candy Tan Hui Shi (22), Koh Xin Yue Karen (22), Phang Su Hui (23), and Tan Huay Peng (22), the gang of four who are behind Avenue 1960s: Stories of Live, Laugh, Love in Singapore . Avenue 1960s is an initiative by the four undergraduates at the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication...

  • Painting the sky

    Painting the sky

    One of the highlights of the acrobatic aerial displays at Singapore Airshow 2014 has to be that of the Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF)Black Eagles flying the Korean Aircraft Industries (KAI) T-50B Golden Eagle aircraft. Some photographs taken of the Black Eagles painting te sky wi...

  • The lost world Featuring the abandoned Jurong Line of the Green Corridor

    lost world

    Interesting, while much evidence of the main railway line that ran from Tanjong Pagar to Woodlands up to the end of June 2011 has disappeared, and beyond the two very visible bridges in the Clementi area, there are portions of the Jurong line that does lie largely intact. Although lar...

  • An alternative view of Orchard Road

    An alternative view of Orchard

    The best view one can possibly get of Singapore’s famous ‘shopping mile’, Orchard Road, is perhaps from up above. It is high up above the ground that one does see an unseen side of the street, known more for its gleaming modern shopping malls: that of the cover of trees – something th...

  • Find out more about the history behind the statue of Sir Stamford Raffles. Credits Jerome Lim.

    Raffles walkabout

    The black statue of modern Singapore’s founder, Sir Stamford Raffles, which stands in the shadow of the beautiful clock tower which I have always seen as the Big Ben of Singapore belonging to the wonderful building which houses the Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall in Empress Place, h...

  • The celebrating of Spring in the greater town

    celebrating of Spring in the greater town

    Without the sound of firecrackers going off through the night, and perhaps with the distractions of the modern world and the dilution of cultural practices, Chinese New Year does seem a quieter affair these days. Chinese New Year, is however, very much still an occasion for the family...

  • Take a walk 600 million years back in time @ArtSciMuseum from Sat 25 Jan #dinosaurs #dawn2extinction

    A walk 600 million years back in time

    Beside the many imposing recreations of dinosaurs and their skeletons spanning the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods, the highlight for me was being able to go up close to real fossils – one of which is a newly discovered fossil of an Adeopapposaurs, uncovered in Argentina as ...

  • On fire in Sembawang

    On fire in Sembawang

    Beside the rich cultural and religious traditions brought in by our immigrant forefathers such as Thaipusam , which was celebrated on Friday, we do increasingly also see the influences from non-traditional sources adding much colour to Singapore. One example that I did come across tod...

  • Faces of Thaipusam 2014

    Faces of Thaipusam 2014

    Photographs from this year’s Hindu festival of Thaipusam. The festival, which is commemorated by the southern Indian community in both Malaysia and Singapore is celebrated with much zeal and passion bringing much life and colour to the streets of a Singapore. In Singapore, the festiva...

  • Names in tofu and pigs that fly

    Names in tofu and pigs that fly

    Another set of work that will catch the eye is that of Filipino artist Mark Justiniani, which uses reflective media to good effect in the artist’s attempt to explore the principle of Superposition. Also represented in the country/regional platforms are India, China, Taiwan, Australia,...

  • We Are Asia - Art Stage Singapore 2014

    We Are Asia – Art Stage Singapore 2014 |

    The largest Platform will be Southeast Asia, curated by Art Stage Singapore in collaboration with six country advisers. To look out for will be newly commissioned works from Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Cambodia, Laos, The Philippines and Thailand. The fair will also see a strong l...

  • Thaipusam at Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple via @wordpressdotcom

    Thaipusam at Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple

    on the streets over the last two Thaipusam celebrations in Singapore, as well as with Thaipusam falling on a work day this year, I decided to set off early this year to take a look at the preparations of the Kavadi bearers at Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple in Serangoon Road at the break...

  • Soonambu Kambam welcomes the month of Thai

    Soonambu Kambam welcomes the month of Thai

    Pongal is a harvest festival that is celebrated mainly by the Tamil community in Singapore and brings Campbell Lane (and Hastings Road this year) to life – with a bazaar coloured by steel and earthen pots, as well as lots of festivities in the lead up to the festival – which is celebr...