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2020

City Stories: Mapping the Spatial Narratives of Singapore’s Landscapes

City Stories: Mapping the Spatial Narratives of Singapore’s Landscapes

Developed by the School of Art, Design and Media, Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and supported by the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), this multimedia platform invites viewers to learn more about the rich history of Telok Ayer Street and Amoy Street. This community storytelling website combines urban and ethnic studies to help share public narratives of place and geographies of cultural memory embedded in this historic district.

Explore the transformation of this area from shoreline to skyline through maps. Go on a virtual tour of the streets via video interviews with past residents as well as researchers and scholars. Scroll through the neighbourhood as if you were strolling in a panoramic streetscape of photos from the URA. Select a shophouse to explore its stories. See photos of the 1960s to 1980s, taken from the vaults of the URA archives and made public for the first time. Browse through a gallery of selected paintings and historic images from the National Archives and National Museum and view other materials that capture a glimpse of these streets as they’ve evolved over time.

The BETA version of the platform is available at http://citystories.sg so do take a walk down Singapore’s street of harmony and diversity.

Connect, Check-in and Dance

Connect, Check-in and Dance

Who says you can’t have fun while staying at home? Join us in this unique stay-at-home version as we re-imagine and transport to nature and understand how certain sounds of nature make you feel while loosening up and enjoying some dance moves.
It is time to connect with ourselves and nature more so than ever.
It is time to enhance our physical, mental and social well-being.
It is time to connect, check-in and dance.

Connect to Nature

Connect to Nature

Nature is closer to our urban jungle than we might think! Singapore’s nature sites and biodiversity are even older than some local traditions or historical buildings. Join Heiqal and June from the World Wide Fund Singapore (WWF - Singapore) on this podcast and find out how you can connect to nature. Discover nature’s importance to us and what you can do to conserve our natural heritage.

Cooking with Kim Choo: Nonya Zhang

Cooking with Kim Choo: Nonya Zhang

Kim Choo Kueh Chang’s rice dumplings have been a mainstay in Singapore’s diverse epicurean tapestry since 1945, withstanding the test of time to preserve its rich taste and unique fragrance owing to the use of traditional recipes and culinary techniques. Embark on a culinary adventure in this exclusive online cooking tutorial by Kim Choo Kueh Chang and get step-by-step instructions on how to prepare Kim Choo’s famous bak zhang and nonya zhang from the comfort of your own kitchen!

Dear Tanjong Pagar

Dear Tanjong Pagar

Dear Tanjong Pagar weaves the tales of rickshaw coolies treading the streets; nurses of St. Andrew’s Mission Hospital caring for poor women and children; teachers of Umar Pulavar, Singapore’s first Tamil-medium high School; opera singers hailing from popular opera theatre, Lai Chun Yuen; and the Baweanese community of Pondok Peranakan Gelam Club; into a chronicle of everyday heroes. This series of anthropomorphic tales depict triumph, resilience and hope; shedding light on moments in our history that remind us how we arrived to where we are today whilst inspiring us to create a just and meaningful future.

DIY Craft Activity: Mini Dragon Boat

DIY Craft Activity: Mini Dragon Boat

Building a real dragon boat can take up to a week of hard work by a skilled master craftsman, but you can now create your very own origami dragon boat by following the instructions in this fun craft tutorial. Be creative and use bright colours to make your masterpiece stand out!

DIY Craft Activity: Origami Rice Dumpling

DIY Craft Activity: Origami Rice Dumpling

Unleash your inner crafter in this family-friendly DIY tutorial, as you learn how to paint and fold your own origami rice dumpling. Create your very own festive art pieces by following these step-by-step photos. Challenge yourself by using recycled materials and save the earth while having fun at the same time!

Dragon Boat Stationery Craft Activity

Dragon Boat Stationery Craft Activity

Do something fun with your little ones in celebration of Duan Wu Jie (Dragon Boat Festival). Watch our video to create your very own stationery trays using milk cartons and craft materials that can easily be found at home. These trays are great for storing letters, stationeries, and knick-knacks

Eat Play Love @ Pasir Ris

Eat Play Love @ Pasir Ris

The idyllic beach-front setting and relatively removed location of Pasir Ris has shaped its identity as a holiday resort town. It is where Singaporeans go to get away from it all. Many Singaporeans would probably have memories of going to Pasir Ris for class chalets and family picnics. Older Singaporeans might even remember the exclusive beach resorts and the extravagant cabarets that used to take place here in the 60s and 70s.

This seaside resort theme is built into the DNA of Pasir Ris town. Join us on this tour that is curated by a long-term resident of Pasir Ris. We will find out more about the town's history as we walk along the gorgeous coastline, through the serene parks and lush mangroves, and of course, dining at our favourite makan places.

“Grandfather Stories”

“Grandfather Stories”

In 1896, the King and Queen of Siam were treated to a lavish lunch by Teochew tycoon Seah Liang Seah, at Bendemeer House off Serangoon Road. This was not the first time that the stately mansion embodying Chinese, Malay, and European influences had hosted royalty or prominent people. Originally called Whampoa House, Bendemeer House was originally designed and built in 1840 by Whampoa (also known as Hoo Ah Kay), a prominent Chinese leader who maintained a tradition of hosting magnificent parties. After his death, the mansion was bought over by Seah Liang Seah, who renamed the house. He carried on Whampoa’s tradition and soon became well-known for his gracious hospitality at his magnificent home, which had a ballroom, a tower, and sweeping grounds, surrounded by a vast estate of plantations. A colourful character and entertaining host, Seah Liang Seah would have his guests participate in activities such as miniature rifle shooting, guessing games, and even whistling competitions where the whistler had a biscuit in his mouth, while a teammate had to guess the song!

In 1964, the government acquired the historic building and the 30-acre estate (around 30 football fields in size) on which it stood for the development of the Kallang Basin housing and industrial project. The building was soon demolished to make way for the development of Boon Keng estate. Today, the mansion and estate are no more, and only the names Bendemeer and Whampoa remain. Knowing these names is good, but knowing the stories behind them is even better.