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.


Temple Of Fine Arts Presents Ramayana An Asian Cultural Confluence

With blessings of our Founder and Guide, His Holiness Swami Shantanand Saraswathi, the Temple of Fine Arts celebrates its 30th anniversary this year with a big bang production based on the ever relevant epic Ramayana.

The epic, a tale of principles and virtues is very relevant in today’s world deprived of the very ethos of it’s existence. A thread of sacredness runs through the characters (whether living or non-living) and their inter-relationships epitomized by Lord Rama’s depiction of Maryada-Purshottama – person of unsurpassed integrity and principles.

Ramayana – An Asian Cultural confluence is an attempt to highlight the relevance of this epic through the potent medium of the arts. A dance drama inspired by the art forms of all the places where Ramayana has a place in people’s hearts.

The subtle and overt inspirations of dance styles like Bharathanatyam, Odissi, Kathak, Balinese, Thai and Folk create a magic of its own in each rendition of this dance drama by the teachers and students of the institute. The surreal aura of this production has touched the hearts and souls of thousands across the globe for the last 20 years.

The grandeur of the decades old spectacular has been kept alive by a multi-generational troupe of dedicated volunteers giving this show a feel of divine longing. While costumes and backdrops artistically handcrafted by these very volunteers are awe inspiring the relentless effort of the backstage crew provide a technically class act each time.

As is the tradition of Temple of Fine Arts this arts production too is humbly presented with the sole motive of giving the audience joy and uplifting the soul, hence there will be no admission price for the priceless offering. However in the material world there is a cost to everything and so we would much appreciate your generous donations which will go a long way in keeping the spirit of “Arts, just for the love of it” alive for generations to follow.

Sunday, December 9, 2012
6:00 to 8:00 PM
Trcc Theatre Republic Polytechnic
9 Woodlands Avenue 9 Singapore 738964

More information here :

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 — 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 — more than 90,000 — 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.


Clothes swapping made fun by Etrican


Do you have any clothing that is in good condition yet lies forgotten in a corner of your wardrobe because it doesn’t fit you or is no longer your favourite?

Bring it to Tampines  on Nov 24th and give it a new life by making it someone else’s favourite. No one leaves empty handed, you get to exchange it for another garment brought in by another swappers.
You help the environment by reducing clothing waste, freshen up your wardrobe and maybe even make some new friends, all at the same time. At no cost to you. Simple.

When: Sunday, Nov 24th, 5-8pm
Registration: Sunday, Nov 24th, 1-5pm
Where: Re-Live Exhibition at Tampines MRT

Register here –

Christmas Light-Up at Orchard 2012

Christmas always brings a big smile to my face and joy to my heart. Of course Diwali is also very special, but it’s more with close friends and family. Christmas, on the other hand brings together some of my favourite activities like eating out, shopping, gift wrapping and cooking (not that I get around kitchen much nowadays). Working at the end of Orchard road belt (near Tanglin Mall) gives me a nice preview of how Orchard road will look like after the light up.

Orchard Road is famous in bringing a particular theme into life with props, figurines, lights and effect. This year the theme is titled “Christmas on A Great Street,” it is hoped that the Yuletide traditions will bring out the nostalgic charms of Christmas on Orchard Road from Saturday 17 November 2012 to Sunday 6 January 2013.

The street will be splashed with specially produced figurines – the Tree for Joy, the Heart to represent Love and Dove for Peace. What’s extra special this year is you can purchase these specially produced merchandise and take it home (or back to your country). Other attractions includes Orchard Road’s annual Best Dressed Building contest and of course the Switch-on Ceromony on November 17, to be officiated by  Singapore’s President Dr. Tony Tan at ION Orchard.

I will try to get some pictures from Orchard Road soon. Now let me share some from past year celebration. Do leave a comment  with your stories around Christmas and Orchard Road.

Event Details

Christmas Orchard Road Switch-on Ceromony

17 November 2012

ION Orchard

World Vegan Day heats up #PETA #UK

A cucumber has never looked so good – or so wicked. In honour of World Vegan Day, watch this spicy video that gives a wink to the sexual health benefits of going vegan by showcasing men enthusiastically and proudly showing off some healthy protrusions from their trousers.

I’ve been trying to get on the Vegetarian path for sometime now.. without much success.. I do stay away from meat but seafood.. can’t resist a freshly rolled sushi.. hmmm

Read the original article here –

Pledge on their website to go vegan for 30 days & If you have any comments on the video please share

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Japanese Traditional Performing Arts

Lecture and Demonstration

 Japan Creative Centre is proud to present a lecture and demonstration of Japanese Traditional Performing Arts. This lecture and demonstration includes, Shinnai Joruri (Narrative song), Kuruma Ningyo (Traditional Puppet) and Hayashi (Tsutsumi (Taiko) & Fue (Flute)). There will also be a demonstration of “Yajikita” (English version) by Shinnai, Kuruma Ningyo & Nihon Buyo.

This event will be taken place in conjunction with the performance on 22 & 23 November @ JAS. By joining this lecture & demonstration, you’ll be able to enjoy much MORE of the performance on 22 & 23 November!

Shinnai is a style of narrative singing (Joruri) that traces its origin to the early 1700s. The firstTsuruga Wakasanojo began composing and performing narrative songs in the 1770s. His style of music became widely popular through the exceptionally passionate performances of his apprentice Tsuruga Shinnai, whose name later became synonymous with the genre. The intensely emotional and often tragic stories of the Shinnai repertoire captured the popular urban lifestyle of the capital city of Edo (present-day Tokyo) and the culture of the vibrant pleasure quarters.

Hachioji Kuruma Ningyo is a form of puppet theatre created by the first Koryu Nishikawaaround the end of the Edo period (late 19th century). It is called “Kuruma Ningyo” because the puppeteer sits on a small seat with roller wheels (Rokuro Kuruma) when operating the puppet (Ningyo). This small seat, and the fact that only one person is needed to operate each puppet, distinguishes Kuruma Ningyo from Bunraku, in which three people are needed to operate each puppet. This one-to-one relationship allows great flexibility and realism as the puppet and the puppeteer move in unison. With these advantages, the Kuruma Ningyo troupe of Nishikawa Koryu has been active in collaboration with other performance genres.

Hayashi is a form of musical accompaniment or a group of performers who provide musical accompaniment for Japanese Noh or Kabuki theatre, creating a special atmosphere during the performance. In the many styles of Hayashi, such as Nogaku Bayashi (Noh music), Kabuki Bayashi (Kabuki music), and Matsuri Bayashi (Festival music), various kind of musical instruments are used such as the fue (Japanese flute), kotsuzumi (Shoulder drum), taiko (Drum hit with drumsticks), and otsuzumi (Big drum).

In this performance, kotsuzumi and yokobue(Transverse flute) will be played. Kotsuzumi are made of horsehide and cherry wood, and are played by beating the drum by hand, accompanied by the voice of the performer. Depending on how the drum is beaten, and how the player’s left hand is used, not only rhythm, but also various kinds of tones can be created. Yokobue are made of bamboo. Changes in how the performer breathes, blows, and covers the finger holes result in a rich and delicate sound.

Since ancient times, there has been a wide variety of genres of Japanese dance. Today, there are two main divisions of dance in Japan namely, Bon Odori and folk entertainment which are religious dances relating to ordinary people’s lives and Nihon Buyo which is a more disciplined and sophisticated performing art performed on stage in full make up and costume, showcasing classical works and creative contemporary cultural dances.

Nihon Buyo evolved from the theatrical performing art of KABUKI (classified as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage) which began in the early 17th Century encompassing dance, music and drama. Nihon Buyo extracted from the dance portion of Kabuki has been handed down for generations and has flourished over the centuries together with Kabuki. The beautiful style of Nihon Buyo is based mainly on the culture and lifestyle of the Japanese people.

Please register early to avoid disappointment. We regret to inform that as there are limited seating, seats will be confirmed only upon receipt of confirmation email from JCC.


Japan Creative Centre

4 Nassim Road, Singapore 258372
+65 6737 0434/

Updates : 12 November – The confirmation email from JCC is very prompt, I just got mine. Do register immediately as seats are limited.