Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Yishun: When east meets ... middle east??

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Whoa! Nuffnang may be risky to visit?

At least that's what my McAfee SiteAdvisor allegedly pointed. But I, being a loyal nuffnanger, choose to ignore it. Heh. And blogged about it instead.

Mid-Autumn Festival at JB City Square

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Man, Iron Men??

Sunday, August 10, 2014

of StarHub 4G4Good Charity Campaign

StarHub calls on customers to pledge 4G4Good. From 12 July 2014, they will be given the power to pledge their unused talktime, mobile data and SMS for a good cause. “4G4Good is really about customer-driven philanthropy; StarHub is just the enabler,” stated Ms Jeannie Ong, Chief Marketing Officer, StarHub. “It is our altruistic customers who generously choose to pledge any unused talktime, mobile data and SMS in support of the beneficiaries. StarHub is extremely happy to be the first in Singapore to facilitate this kind of charitable campaign.”

Creative. Truly! And yes, I cannot resist not to opt in. Heh.

From StarHub 4G4Good Movement - FAQ:
1. What is this 4G4Good movement about?

4G4Good movement is an initiative by StarHub Mobile with the goal to do more with 4G by empowering, educating and inspiring as many as possible.

Between 12 July to 31 August 2014, StarHub Mobile post-paid subscribers can pledge their unused talk-time, mobile data, and SMS from their StarHub Mobile post-paid bill for August 2014 towards the less privileged. StarHub then aims to disburse StarHub Prepaid cards to each beneficiary with a minimum of 80 minutes’ talk-time, 300 SMS and 1GB of data per month for 12 months beginning October 2014. We hope to support up to 500 beneficiaries from the five selected charity organisations, as determined by StarHub.

2. How can I participate?

StarHub Mobile post-paid subscribers, who want to participate in the 4G4Good Programme, may pledge unused minutes, data, and SMS from their StarHub Mobile Postpaid line by sending “Opt-in” to 6904 via SMS.

3. How will I know that my pledge has been received?

A confirmation SMS will be sent for each successful pledge. Each eligible StarHub Mobile post-paid line is only able to make a pledge once under this Programme.

4. Which are the adopted charity organisations that StarHub is supporting and why?

StarHub has selected five charity organisations whose beneficiaries would greatly benefit from access to mobile telecommunication. This would either be due to their reliance on support from caregivers for medical reasons or due to disabilities. Selection of individual beneficiaries would also take into consideration their income status, to help ensure that the truly needy benefit.

Our adopted charity organisations for this initiative are:

Asian Women’s Welfare Association

AWWA, being in its 44th year, served over 5000 clients from infancy as young as 9 months old to seniors at 97 years old. Our mission is to empower the disadvantaged (children with special needs, disabilities, families, elderly & caregivers) to maximise their potential to lead independent and dignified lives.

Cerebral Palsy Alliance Singapore

Formerly known as Spastic Children’s Association of Singapore, the Cerebral Palsy Alliance Singapore (CPAS), was established in 1957 to provide persons with Cerebral Palsy and multiple disabilities with early intervention, special education, rehabilitation services, day activity centre programmes, vocational training and gainful employment in Singapore.

ISCOS (Industrial &Services Co-Operative Society)

ISCOS (Industrial & Services Co-operative Society Ltd) is a social organisation that helps members (ex-offenders) and their families make positive changes to reintegrate successfully into society. Established in 1989, it has now over 13,000 members who have benefited from various programmes and initiatives ranging from employment and skills training to family-bonding activities.

Singapore Association of the Visually Handicapped

The Singapore Association of the Visually Handicapped (SAVH) is a voluntary welfare organisation, founded in 1951. Their mission is to help the Visually Impaired help themselves by acquiring new skills and gaining self-reliance to cope with the integration into society.

Society for the Physically Disabled

The Society for the Physically Disabled works towards the integration of people with disabilities into mainstream society. Through programmes that encompass rehabilitation, employment, training, education, consultation and assessment in assistive technology, day care, and social service support, they work in partnership with people with disabilities to maximise their potential and to help them to be self-reliant and independent.

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Out on your corner in the pouring rain, looking at the girl with the broken smile (simply because she has no umbrella with her!)


Saturday, August 02, 2014

Oro22 is brought to you by Poh Heng ...and inspired by Rurouni Kenshin anime?

As mentioned earlier, I happened to be at Northpoint Shopping Center, and I couldn't resist not snapping the below photo. About Oro22 jewelry by Poh Heng. And then I wonder whether any of Poh Heng management ever googled about the word 'oro' before deciding naming their product. Yes, I'm referring to the infamous 'oro' often muttered by one Japanese anime character, Himura Kenshin in his confusion/disorientation. Heh. Ill omen if Poh Heng try to portray their product to bring in one's confusion/disorientation!! Oro?

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Singapore's Gambling Problem Problem (HBO)

Check this out: "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Singapore's Gambling Problem Problem (HBO)". Hilarious. I like the part when the other 2 kids said, "Shut up, Andy!"...LOL. In the latest episode of Last Week Tonight With John Oliver, the comedian talks about ungrateful Andy, before showing some parodies of the ad, this time with 'Andy' talking about his father betting on American football and even predicting that Ryan Gosling will impregnate Eva Mendes.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The student is being sexy and comfortable ... in the library?


Wednesday, July 09, 2014

The Panda Kai Kai at River Safari Singapore


Wednesday, July 02, 2014


Here is what I'd hope as a win-win situation. Interested in the deal below offered for UOB cardholders but you happen not to have the credit card? Drop a note in the "Comment" with your email address and I'd contact you. What the special price shown in the UOB website is what you'd pay. Not a single cent more! So why am I doing this, you may ask. Well, just because I find that I hardly utilize my card & by doing this I can anyway earn a little point.

This offer is valid till 1 Sept 2014, but do take note that the tickets are limited.


UOB has secured exclusive Formula 1® combination packages for Cardmembers at this year 2014 FORMULA 1 SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX taking place at the Marina Bay Street Circuit on 19-21 September. The special Combination Packages will enable you to experience different parts of the Marina Bay Street Circuit over each of the three days.

You can choose from 3 types of 3-Day Combination Packages: Package A, Package D, Package F. The prices reflect savings of 10% (for Package A), 14.3% (for Package D ) and 16.7% (for Package F) off the regular price. The regular prices for Package A, Package D and Package F are S$988, S$698 and S$598 respectively. Tickets are limited.

*All Zone 1 ticketholders are able to transit through Zone 3 to get to Zone 4, and vice versa. They can also access the undercroft of the Bay Grandstand to enjoy the food and beverage offerings. However, only Bay Grandstand ticketholders can get onto the Bay Grandstand.

Terms and conditions:
• Offer valid till 1 September 2014, or until UOB Cardmembers' Exclusive Formula 1® 3-Day Combination Packages sell out. Tickets are limited.
• Offer is valid only via UOB website.
• Payment must be made with UOB Credit/Debit Card.
• UOB assumes no liability or responsibility for the acts or defaults of the merchant, or defects in the goods and services offered in the promotion.
• UOB is not an agent of the merchant.
• All feedback regarding quality and services should be directed at the merchant.
• UOB reserves the right to vary or amend the terms and conditions governing the offers at any time.
• Other terms and conditions apply.

Behold, the Kings of Fruits reign in Chong Pang


Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Hot Filipino woman inspired by "She's The One" posts video of her dream guy and asks help from netizens to meet him...

Check this out, "Filipino woman wants your help to find her handsome dream guy -- whom she spotted on the MRT". And no, this is not an ad by SMRT. It's more about a stalker-wannabe, one Ms. Harlene Azuela (the sweet stalker in the 1st screenshot below) who posted a courageous video proclaiming her feelings for the guy, who caught her eye on the MRT. The guy's identity was then revealed as "He Who Does Not Like to be Stalked". Just take a look at the 2nd screenshot below showing his face expression.

Harlene Azuela, reportedly a pharmaceutical company manager based in Singapore, is urging netizens to help her look for her dream guy she spotted at the MRT in the city. Many netizens praised Azuela for being brave enough to post the video and look for her dream guy. However, there are those who bashed her for doing so, insinuating that she is trying to get some attention. Others have expressed disgust because if the guy is married with kids or has a commitment, the post might affect the relationship. As of posting, there are no information that confirms Azuela has found her dream guy in the train.

I personally find this video suspicious. If she was really into tracking the guy, she should have mentioned more details about the train. For example, the train is on the way to Jurong East MRT station or some other clues like that. The timing too may help. Or did she notice him when he first came onboard? Or was it the other way around as in the guy had been there earlier than her. Anyway...

Unfortunately for this Filipino woman, whose video appeal on a handsome MRT commuter went viral, it seems a happy reunion is not on the cards.

A Facebook user who claims to know the man told citizen journalism site Stomp that he already has a girlfriend.

The friend added that the man is a nice guy and is happily attached to a Malay-Singaporean.

The Filipino woman, Ms Harlene Azuela, had previously posted a courageous video proclaiming her feelings for the guy, who caught her eye on the MRT.

Featuring a 30-second recording of him, the video went viral and has been reshared more than a thousand times on Facebook and on content-sharing sites like All Singapore Stuff since last year.

In the video, Ms Azuela said she was inspired by Star Cinema's She's The One, a Filipino romantic-comedy which revolves around a similar plot.

In the movie, a guy had spotted a girl fixing her car in the rain and was immediately entranced by her, posting a video of her it on social media titled "Girl in the Rain".

It went viral and after a series of events, the lovers found their way to each other.

However, it appears life really isn't like the movies and Ms Azuela will not be getting the same ending.
From Asiaone, "Handsome commuter in Filipina's viral video has a S'porean girlfriend".

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

United Colors of ... the night market (at Toa Payoh) already bustling in the afternoon


Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Oh, he is a jolly good Bee! (Or about a father, a son, and a GIANT bee?!)


Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Where are the bus riders anyway??

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

This poster may indeed ignite the spark (NOT the sponsored post by LUX)

Monday, June 02, 2014

MALAYSIA CHABOR by Joyce Chu 四葉草@Red People

Check this out: MALAYSIA CHABOR by Joyce Chu 四葉草@Red People. Uploaded on 23/05/14 and has so far gathered such impressive 1,946,532 views!! A beauty with a strong sense of nationalism, alright! (I'm especially referring to the part of her song: "I'm a true Malaysian girl".) Well done, Joyce Chu...

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Hello Kitty and the lovely girl who is studying at the bus stop

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

of They're lovin' it (of the 2 security officers watched longingly at the McDonald cafe? This post is NOT sponsored by McDonald!)


Wednesday, May 14, 2014

of the Wonderful view of the Library as I'm taking the escalator down...


Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Look Up by Gary Turk

The prose is just rhyming nicely. Heh. The message is something worth pondering too. Hmm...

Published on Apr 25, 2014, 'Look Up' - A spoken word film for an online generation. 'Look Up' is a lesson taught to us through a love story, in a world where we continue to find ways to make it easier for us to connect with one another, but always results in us spending more time alone. Written, Performed & Directed by Gary Turk.

Here is the "Look Up" poem in text:

I have 422 friends, yet I am lonely.
I speak to all of them everyday, yet none of them really know me.

The problem I have sits in the spaces between,
looking into their eyes, or at a name on a screen.

I took a step back, and opened my eyes,
I looked around, and then realised
that this media we call social, is anything but
when we open our computers, and it’s our doors we shut.

All this technology we have, it’s just an illusion,
of community, companionship, a sense of inclusion
yet when you step away from this device of delusion,
you awaken to see, a world of confusion.
A world where we’re slaves to the technology we mastered,
where our information gets sold by some rich greedy bastard.
A world of self-interest, self-image, self-promotion,,
where we share all our best bits, but leave out the emotion.

We are at our most happy with an experience we share,
but is it the same if no one is there.
Be there for you friends, and they’ll be there too,
but no one will be, if a group message will do.

We edit and exaggerate, we crave adulation,
we pretend we don’t notice the social isolation.
We put our words into order, until our lives are glistening,
we don’t even know if anyone is listening.

Being alone isn’t the problem, let me just emphasize,
that if you read a book, paint a picture, or do some exercise,
you are being productive, and present, not reserved or recluse,
you’re being awake and attentive, and putting your time to good use.

So when you’re in public, and you start to feel alone,,
put your hands behind your head, and step away from the phone.
You don’t need to stare at your menu, or at your contact list,
just talk to one another, and learn to co-exist.

I can’t stand to hear the silence, of a busy commuter train,
when no one wants to talk through the fear of looking insane.
We’re becoming unsocial, it no longer satisfies
to engage with one another, and look into someone’s eyes.

We’re surrounded by children, who since they were born,
watch us living like robots, and think it’s the norm.
It’s not very likely you will make world’s greatest dad,
if you cant entertain a child without a using an iPad.

When I was a child, I would never be home,
I’d be out with my friends, on our bikes we would roam.
We’d ware holes in our trainers, and graze up our knees;
we’d build our own clubhouse, high up in the trees.

Now the park are so quiet, it gives me a chill
to see no children outside and the swings hanging still.
There’s no skipping or hopscotch, no church and no steeple,
we’re a generation of idiots, smart phones and dumb people.

So look up from your phone, shut down that display,
take in your surroundings, and make the most of today.
Just one real connection is all it can take,
to show you the difference that being there can make.
Be there in the moment, when she gives you the look,
that you remember forever, as when love overtook.
The time you first hold her hand, or first kiss her lips,
the time you first disagree, but still love her to bits.

The time you don’t need to tell hundreds, about what you’ve just done,
because you want to share the moment, with just this one.
The time you sell your computer, so you can buy a ring,
for the girl of your dreams, who is now the real thing.
The time you want to start a family, and the moment when,
you first hold your baby girl, and get to fall in love again.
The time she keeps you up at night, and all you want is rest,
and the time you wipe away the tears, as your baby flees the nest.

The time your little girl returns, with a boy for you to hold,
and the day he calls you granddad, and makes you feel real old
The time you take in all you’ve made, just by giving life attention,
and how your glad you didn’t waste it, by looking down at some invention.

The time you hold your wife’s hand, and sit down beside her bed
you tell her that you love her, and lay a kiss upon her head.
She then whispers to you quietly, as her heart gives a final beat,
that she’s lucky she got stopped, by that lost boy in the street.
But none of these times ever happened, you never had any of this,
When you’re too busy looking down, you don’t see the chances you miss.

So look up from your phone, shut down those displays,
we have a finite existence, a set number of days.
Why waste all our time getting caught in the net,
as when the end comes, nothing’s worse than regret.

I am guilty too, of being part of this machine,
this digital world, where we are heard but not seen.
Where we type and don’t talk, where we read as we chat,
where we spend hours together, without making eye contact.

Don’t give in to a life where you follow the hype,
give people your love, don’t give them your like.
Disconnect from the need to be heard and defined
Go out into the world, leave distractions behind.
Look up from your phone, shut down that display,
stop watching this video, live life the real way.

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

The shot of a crowded Night Market during the daytime (Or a girl with a pair of long legs getting self-conscious as her photo's taken)


Friday, May 02, 2014

Dynamic Ryukyu by Enchanting Yuko Narisoko (and by JGSDF and by Akira Ikuma)

I recently was hooked to this TV channel, "Hello! Japan" and I happened to see this enchanting video clip 2 nights ago. The title is "Dynamic Ryukyu" performed by Yuko Narisoko (official website

Here is the YouTube clip of the music video, "ダイナミック琉球/成底ゆう子 【PVフル】". Yuko Narisoko's voice is simply, well, enchanting too! And the background dancers, heh. Cute. Are they performing a kind of martial arts? Hmm...

Further check about the song, "Dynamic Ryuku" and I came across one, "平成24年度自衛隊音楽まつり ダイナミック琉球" performed by JGSDF (Japan Ground Self-Defense Force). Cool, eh?

More searching on the YouTube and I encountered one, "【イクマあきら】ダイナミック琉球LIVE ver 2010.12.31" performed by Akira Ikuma. Nice outfit too. Heh.

He seems to the be actual singer who popularized the song. Well, any Japanese readers might perhaps correct me about this?

By the way here's the lyrics:
*Ikuma Akira with Hirata Daiichi*


umi yo inori no umi yo
nami no koe hibiku sora yo
daichi fuminarashi tataku
shima no teeku nu hibiki

umi yo inori no umi yo
nami no koe hibiku sora yo
daichi fuminarashi tataku
shima no teeku nu hibiki

kaze ni fukarete shima wo aruku
yume ni fukarete umi wo wataru
tsuki ni fukarete namida wo nagashi
tsumi ni fukarete asu wo omou

mihatenu yume wa
kanadeteru omoi
toikakeru mirai
hashiru ano sora he

kaze yo hikari no kaze yo
meguru sadame no shirube yo
daichi fukinarashi tataku
shima no teeku nu hibiki


~ kuduchi – rap ~
pai nu kaji fuku
urizun nu gutu ni
muni nu umui yu
katati hanasa na
umi nwatariti
shima nmeguriti
washita niseetaa nu
chimu ya dondon
tisaji meeuchi
uta yu sanshin
haiyasasa ha haiyasasa
haisaisaisa ha haiyasasa
haisaisaisa ha haiyasasa



hoshi no kotonoha nami ni ukabete
yozora wo wataru yume no sabani
kuon no sora ni nagareboshi hitotsu
nami wa omoi wo yosete kaesu

na mo naki tami no
koe naki uta wo
michi ni tatsu hito yo
kaze ni toki hanate

sora yo moeru tida no
inochi no ibuki ni yume
ooshiiku hirogeta tsubasa
ten takaku chuu wo mau

umi yo inori no umi yo
nami no koe hibiku sora yo
daichi fuminarashi tataku
shima no teeku nu hibiki

umi yo inori no umi yo
nami no koe hibiku sora yo
daichi fuminarashi tataku
shima no teeku nu hibiki

shima no teeku nu hibiki

shima no teeku nu hibik

So what is this "Ryukyu"? And what makes it "Dynamic"? Well I can't really answer the 2nd question. But here are what I gathered about "Ryukyu":
1. The Ryukyu Islands is known in Japanese as the Nansei Islands (南西諸島 Nansei-shotō, lit. "Southwest Islands") and also known as the Ryukyu Arc (琉球弧 Ryūkyū-ko), are a chain of volcanic Japanese islands that stretch southwest from Kyushu to Taiwan: the Ōsumi, Tokara, Amami, Okinawa, and Sakishima Islands (further divided into the Miyako and Yaeyama Islands), with Yonaguni the southernmost. The largest of the islands is Okinawa.

2. The Ryukyu Kingdom (Japanese: 琉球王国 Ryūkyū Ōkoku; Ryukyuan: 琉球國 Ruuchuu-kuku; traditional Chinese: 琉球國; simplified Chinese: 琉球国; pinyin: Liúqiú Guó; historical English name: Lewchew, Luchu) was an independent kingdom which ruled most of the Ryukyu Islands from the 15th century to the 19th century. The kings of Ryukyu unified Okinawa Island and extended the kingdom to the Amami Islands in modern-day Kagoshima Prefecture, and the Sakishima Islands near Taiwan. Despite its small size, the kingdom played a central role in the maritime trade networks of medieval East and Southeast Asia.

3. And from "History of the Ryukyu Islands": The name Ryūkyū originates from Chinese writings, while "Okinawa" was coined in Okinawa.[1][2] The earliest references to "Ryūkyū" write the name as 琉虬 (Mandarin Pinyin: Líuqíu; Jyutping: Lau4kau4) in the Chinese history Book of Sui in 607. It is a descriptive name, meaning "glazed horn-dragon".

4. Japan Focus, "Examining the Myth of Ryukyuan Pacifism" has a mention of a musical, "King Sho Hashi--Dynamic Ryukyu". Hmm...

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Giant Burger vs Little Girl (Or this post is NOT sponsored by Burger King!)


Monday, April 28, 2014

The Seaside Motel

Partially watched this movie, "THE SEASIDE MOTEL シーサイドモーテル" yesterday at Hello! Japan TV channel. Well, the movie is based on Yukio Okada's manga "Motel". So I was pleasantly when I encountered this free movie at the YouTube, "The Seaside Motel 2010 full movie english subtitle".

Here's the synopsis:
This is a story about one night in a motel. People from different walks of life gather at the "Seaside Motel". All the guests are curious why it is called "Seaside Motel" since it is located in the mountains and no sea is found anywhere near. The motel guests are in one way or another eccentric in character, and in one way or another, seem to be unhappy and unlucky. In each room, strange incidents and unexpected oincidences occur. Gradually, each story unravels, the paths of the characters cross and the stories interweave as the nigh nears the end. When the sun rises, as each hope for their dose of happiness, will they be able to find "the sea" in the "Seaside Motel" surrounded by the mountains? Come spend one night at the "Seaside Motel" and it is sure to bring laughter and a little dose of happiness...

You can read the review of the movie: here and here. Partially quoted:

Masayuki (Ikuta Toma) is a failing salesman, forced to this backwoods hellhole to peddle fake skin cream. He is not to return home until he has sold his entire suitcase of samples, but is suffering from a serious crisis of conscience and self-confidence. His evening turns from tedious to titillating however, when call girl Candy (Aso Kumiko) mistakenly turns up at his door and the pair seem to make a rare, genuine connection. Candy was meant to go upstairs, where grocery store manager Katsutoshi (Furuta Arata) had ordered in some much-needed relief to aid his marital boredom. His plan backfires, however, when his wife (Kojima Hijiri) dresses him in drag before taking off for the evening, threatening to divorce him if he changes.

In the room next-door, insufferable gambler Yosuke (Yamada Takayuki) is hiding out with his girlfriend (Narumi Riko), after running out on a ¥30 million debt. It is not long before the yakuza track him down, in the form of Yosuke's old childhood buddy Toshio (Tamayama Tetsuji) and his clueless lieutenant (Emoto Tokio). The fourth room plays host to scheming wannabe playboy Tatsuya (Ikeda Tetsuhiro) and the agonisingly high maintenance nightclub girl, Marin (Yamasaki Mami) he has finally convinced to come away with him.


What the film lacks in originality it compensates in style, warmth and overall fun. There are some pretty amusing characters and some nifty coincidences that will raise a fair few smiles along the way. Fans of the genre should definitely feel right at home amongst the colorful cast and events on display here.

It's fun really. I like how the scene at the (real) seaside is transformed to the painting. It explains about the 'couple' alright. Heh.

Honey, this Singapore Tourism Board's Horrid Promo Vid

Saw this parody clip, "Honey, Look! (Parody)" and right away I recall the video it's inspired from, "Singapore Tourism Board's Horrid Promo Vid". Heh.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Dream Girl (or kiss me & you'd get a radio!)

OK. The title of the wonderful Short Film is "Dream Girl (a short film)" by Storyteller Productions. The title is not "Dream Girl (or kiss me & you'd get a radio!)". Heh.

I just can't resist the made-up part in the brackets, though. See, earlier I (like many others who are bedazzled by the Dream Girl--I mean the Girl alright!) would be taking this screenshot of the short film to justify my, uhm, bedazzlement (?). Heh.

"A smile is a curve that sets everything straight."

And I even manage to resist lampooning the fantastic short film by focusing solely on the comic acts of these characters. Heh.

What I would like to focus is something perhaps irrelevant to the whole plot, but I suspect it may have a significance somehow: the radio.

Girl: "See this nice radio? Nice, right? It's yours...if you kiss me!"

But really, is that the same radio shown in the following screenshot? If what the Bobby Tonelli's character said "you can't dream of a person you've never met before, your brain doesn't make up faces" is indeed right, surely the same logic applies for the song right? As in "you can't dream of a song you've never heard before, your brain doesn't make up tunes". Ergo, the protagonist could have heard the song "Rather Be" from the very same radio in his office? Hmm...

PS. This Short Film is indeed very much thought-provoking alright! Enough that it compels me to participate in the Comment section of the video. Heh.

This is Condensation ~ a creative graffiti in Singapore Library


Monday, April 21, 2014

Khoo Seok Wan Singapore early Poet ... and Reformist too!

Khoo Seok Wan Singapore early poet. Saw his calligraphy & poems at Woodlands Regional Library today. Featuring three of his works: "A Letter to Lee Choon Seng", "Relocating" and "Making Ink to My Wife's Boudoir".

Khoo Seok Wan (born 1874) is one of Singapore’s literary pioneers. He is not only remembered as a prolific literary giant, having penned over 1,000 poems, but also as the main player of the reformist movement in early Singapore. Khoo is also believed to be the person who first popularised the name ‘Sin Chew’ (literally meaning ‘Starry Island’) to refer to Singapore. In this exhibition, Khoo Seok Wan: Poet and Reformist, visitors will be able to explore these two elements of Khoo’s colourful life and through that a vignette of Singapore’s early history. On display are rare documents like handwritten manuscripts of poems by Khoo, couplet with the seal of the Guangxu emperor (reign 1875-1908) and letters from Kang Youwei, leader of the reform movement of 1898 in China. To appreciate Khoo’s literary output, visitors will be able, with the help of audio-visual displays, to listen to his poems recited in Mandarin and in Hokkien, with English translations. Come and discover in this exhibition, why Khoo Seok Wan has earned the esteemed title of ‘Master Poet of the South’.

From National Library Board, "Khoo Seok Wan: Poet and Reformist 浪漫与革新:南侨诗宗邱菽园".