Media Preview – library@orchard Protoype Exhibition

This is a long overdue blog post. I blame the busy but fabulous month of December. It all started with a tweet from National Library board of Singapore (their twitter page). I was invited for library@orchard Protoype Exhibition bloggers preview on 19 December 2012 (my birthday). After a quick evening nap, I made my way to Central Public Library at Victoria Street. A bit of mingling ensued with other fellow bloggers and reps from Singapore Poly and NLB.

Image Credit : Wikipedia
Image Credit : Wikipedia

The preview started with brief presentation from Jasna (NLB) and Gareth (SP). They basically covered the closure of Old Library@Orchard to the Design thinking¬†(this is where SP comes in) approach in building the new one. Students from Singapore Poly have interviewed people around Orchard area and gathered their feedbacks into a big board. It was then categorised into three main themes – Learn & Discover, Engage and Escape. The underlining foundation will give answer on how to redefine library beyond it’s¬†traditional¬†roles, ie books and borrowing.

These multi-perspective approach gave birth to various cool (sometimes futuristic) ideas and innovations. I also liked the idea that the library needs to re-invent and evolve to stay relevant. The old Library@Orchard has always been the playground to test new innovations and this will continue with the revival. NLB and SP have developed a range of prototypes on ideas of space design and set up an¬†exhibition¬†for the public. This will run until 31 January 2013. Location : Basement 1, Central Public Library, 100 Victoria Street, National Library Building. If you can’t make in person, do it online¬† or ¬†join in the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #OrchardPL

After the presentation, we were given an exclusive tour around the exhibition space and got us acquainted with the prototypes. My favourite will be the Cocoon and soon you will find out why. Let the journey begins..

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The prototypes have been design and build around these themes:

Learn and discover through multiple platforms, from print to digital and visual resources

Engage by actively creating and sharing user content; connecting with like-minded people; and moving beyond being passive borrowers of content

Escape by getting lost in time and other realities, both past and present

~ Trend Gallery ~

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Library patrons can view design-themed interactive multimedia exhibitions at this gallery. It’s expected to promote innovations which can be executed immediately with the help of relevant apps and software. Their work can also be produced on a 3D digital printer and added to the gallery. How cool is that!

~ Memory Bank ~
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Visitors will see curated collections of home grown stories and achievements ranging from Singaporean Olympians to successful local business start-ups. Think Charles Keith bags and shoes. If your creation from Trend gallery is super-fantastic, you may also get a chance to showcase it here.

~ Cocoon ~

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The cocoon was one of the most provocative design concept discussed during the preview especially due to space limitation we have in Singapore. ¬†These pods will bring joy to many, imagine having a space for yourself with adjustable lighting and ambiance music. You can just grab a book from the display or immerse yourself with multimedia content. The idea is a perfect hideaway from the bustling of Orchard road. I imagine these will be filled by school children studying for exams. Hmmm let’s see!!

~ Book Tree ~

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I just finished reading a fantastic book at the library and I feel the adventure should be shared with others. What do I do? I place that book onto the tree. Hopefully someone else will share my¬†admiration and joy. The tree will also be fitted with QR bookshelf, you just need to whip out your smart phone or tablet and scan. Instantly the eBook will be downloaded into your device. The book spinner is like a jackpot akin to the “Tikam-tikam” game – spin and pick a book. ¬†The other fabulous feature is the 10-minute station – you’re in a rush and got 10 minutes to spare, all you got to do is punch in your variables ie time, content type. Something will be pulled out from the archive just for you.

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The three pillars of the Trend Gallery
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Pictorial Journey of the Library@Orchard Project

I hope you are as excited as I am. So don’t wait, go down to the Central Library and visit the exhibition. While you are there take part in the co-creation feedback exercise (you need to fill a small¬†questionnaire). Are you curious on ¬†the location of new Library@Orchard. It’ll be located on the 3rd and 4th floors of Orchard Gateway shopping centre and is slated to open in the 1st quarter of 2014.

Please share your views on the comment box.


How PI spends his life at sea [INFOGRAPHIC]

Found this interesting Infographic of the movie!!  Enjoy..

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If you’ve missed our previous posts on Life of Pi and Suraj Sharma, here you go :

  1. At the movies with Presh Life of Pi –¬†
  2. Life of Pi Let’s stay alive :¬†
  3. Our take on happiness :

Special : World AIDS Day #AIDSwalksg

World AIDS Day on 1 December brings together people from around the world to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS and demonstrate international solidarity in the face of the pandemic. The day is an opportunity for public and private partners to spread awareness about the status of the pandemic and encourage progress in HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and care in high prevalence countries and around the world.

Between 2011-2015, World AIDS Days will have the theme of “Getting to zero: zero new HIV infections. Zero discrimination. Zero AIDS related deaths”. The World AIDS Campaign focus on “Zero AIDS related deaths” signifies a push towards greater access to treatment for all; a call for governments to act now. It is a call to honor promises like the Abuja declaration and for African governments to at least hit targets for domestic spending on health and HIV.

Some HIV facts for you to ponder on and share with your family and friends. That’s the only way – to learn and share. It’s not a taboo anymore, even in ¬†Singapore. Do not be shy?

HIV facts

HIV stands for the Human Immunodeficiency Virus. It is a virus which attacks the body’s immune system ‚ÄĒ the body’s defence against diseases.

HIV can be passed on through infected bodily fluids, most commonly via sex without a condom or by sharing infected needles, syringes or other injecting drug equipment.

There are now¬†more people than ever¬†living with¬†HIV¬†in the UK ‚ÄĒ more than 90,000 ‚ÄĒ with around a quarter of those unaware they have the virus.

Here are a few more facts about HIV in the UK:

  • Over 90% of people with HIV were infected through sexual contact
  • You can now get tested for HIV using a saliva sample
  • HIV is not passed on through spitting, biting or sharing utensils
  • Only 1% of babies born to HIV positive mothers have HIV
  • You can get the results of an HIV test in just 15-20 minutes
  • There is no vaccine and no cure for HIV

Read more here :

So what’s happening in Singapore

AIDSwalk Sg organised by Action for AIDS Singapore.  AIDS Walk 2012walking towards zero new infections, zero deaths, zero stigma and discrimination. Over 4000 people live with HIV in Singapore and many live with it alone. Come Walk With Me and show your support for people living with HIV. All you got to do is register at  and show up at 3pm at SCAPE.

Help them spread the word too. Share this page, take a photo and tag Action for AIDS (@afa singapore) on Facebook or #AIDSwalksg when you tweet.


MOE Financial Assistance Scheme #HelpTheNeedy

Do you know of anyone who might need financial assistance in school? MOE enhanced its Financial Assistance Scheme earlier this year and you can find out more about it in this info-graphic.

For more info and the latest updates on FAS, please visit:

Olympic Special #london2012

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Some information about the games –

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The Olympic Flame is lit for the whole of the Games. This tradition started with the Ancient Greeks who used a flame that they lit from the sun’s rays at Olympia, the site of the first Games. The flame is still lit from the sun’s rays in Olympia, which is then used in the Olympic Torch Relay. When it arrives at the stadium, the Olympic Cauldron is lit. The flame stays lit for the whole of the Games.

Unlike the Olympic Flame and its links to Olympia in Greece, the Paralympic Flame has no historical home, so each Host City can choose a lighting site that is important to their nation.

In Australia, the flame was lit in front of Parliament House in Canberra. The Paralympic Flame then toured Australia’s capital cities until it arrived at Stadium Australia for the Opening Ceremony.

The Olympic Rings

The Olympic Rings represent the five major continents which come together for the Games. These are Africa, America, Asia, Australia and Europe. They are linked to represent the athletes of the world who meet at the Games.

The five Olympic Rings were designed in 1913.

The Paralympic Symbol

The red, blue and green of this symbol are the most widely used in flags around the world. The symbol is in motion, around a centre point.

The IPC at the centre stands for International Paralympic Committee who bring athletes together from around the world. The symbol also shows Paralympic athletes moving forward and never giving up.

The Olympic and Paralympic Flags are raised at the Opening Ceremonies of each Games.

The Opening Ceremony happens on the first day of the Games and the sports stadium is filled with music, singing and dancing. The flag is lowered at the Closing Ceremony at the end of the Games.

On the Olympic Flag, the rings are shown on a white background. There are six colours, including the white, on the flag. When the flag was designed in 1913, these colours represented all the colours in all the national flags from countries who were part of the Olympic Movement.

On the Paralympic Flag, the red, blue and green of the symbol are the most widely used colours in flags around the world.

At the end of the Olympic Games or Paralympic Games, the Mayor of the city that organised them returns the flag to the President of the International Olympic Committee or the International Paralympic Committee, who then passes it on to the Mayor of the next city who will host the Games four years later. This ceremony is known as the ‚ÄėAntwerp Ceremony‚Äô because this is where the tradition started.

Did you know?

Athletes from 205 different countries are expected to compete in 26 Olympic sports and 20 Paralympic sports at the 2012 Games!

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[CONTEST] How much do you love Singapore?

I came across Chloros Solutions during our last Green Singapore Sale. You must be wondering what they do? ¬†Chloros Solutions is a Green Technology Consultancy and Projects Management firm providing customized Green solutions for homeowners to improve their quality of life and save on utility bills along the way! It’s an one-stop-hub concept seeks to cut down as much hassle as possible for their clients, making going green easy to understand and even easier to implement! Well that’s in a nutshell. You can learn more by visiting their website :¬†

Their services will be invaluable to new and existing home-owners wanting to go green and do not know where to start. If you are on Facebook, like them and get more information around the green topic.

If you are feeling all red and white for National Day, now there is another reason to smile.¬†Chloros Solutions¬†is running a fabulous contest with “How much do you love Singapore” theme. Please see below for details

Good luck to everyone and please help to spread the news!!


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