Sunday, September 28, 2014

Experience Teochew culture at the Singapore Teochew Festival 2014



Photo source: https://www.facebook.com/teochewfest2014

Ngee Ann City Civic Plaza
Singapore Teochew Festival
25 Sep - 5 Oct 2014

Experience glimpses of Teochew culture at the Singapore Teochew Festival 2014 that will be held from 25 Sep - 5 Oct 2014 at Ngee Ann City Civic Plaza. This event is organized in conjunction with the Teochew Poit Ip Huay Kuan's grand 85th anniversary celebrations in Singapore. Sprawling an area of 30,000 square feet and featuring more than 20 vendors, this event offers visitors glimpses to delectable Teochew delicacies, historical artefacts, unique art performances and more.

There has been a lot of media publicity on the event. The publicity has been very successful and brought about a huge turnout at the Singapore Teochew Festival when I was there on the evening of 27 Sep 2014. Even though admission fee is S$5 per person, many people were willing to pay the fee to experience glimpses of Teochew culture and to savour a number of authentic Teochew dishes.

A good turnout at the Singapore Teochew Festival 2014.

Teochew Food Street
The Teochew Food Street is clearly one of the most popular sections of the Singapore Teochew Festival 2014 exhibition. The braised duck stall and the roast meat stall seemed to be pretty popular. Other Teochew delicacies that were hot favourites were the Swatow dim sum, the Bak Kut Teh and oyster omelette. Please check out Eastcoastlife's blog, Teochew Festival 2014 (25 Sept - Oct) - Photohunt, for snapshots of the Teochew Food Street.

Prices of the food start from $2. The braised duck rice, Bak Kut Teh and the Teochew fried rice noodles with kailan and preserved radish each costs $10 per serving. Be prepared to spend at least $10 per person for a meal from the Teochew Food Street.

During meal hours, there is a long queue to enter the Teochew Food Street section. I learnt that due to fire safety regulations, there is a limit to the number of people who can be present in the section at any one single time. It will help to exercise patience to enter the Teochew Food section during meal hours.

More Teochew delicacies
I was very intrigued by the demonstration of the making of peanut candies. Visitors were given opportunities to sample freshly made peanut candies. These peanut tidbits tasted good even though they were on the sweet side. If you like them very much, you get buy them home to share!

Demonstration of the making of peanut tidbits.

Teochew tidbits for sale.

I heard that the Teochew rice dumplings sold at the Thye Moh Chan stall were very popular. These rice dumplings were sold out before the end of the day.

I was acquainted with Fish Maw when I was at the Singapore Teochew Festival 2014.

Fish Maw at the Singapore Teochew Festival 2014.


Arts and Culture
Be fascinated by the intricate Teochew embroidery and wood carving. The organizer has also arranged for various cultural performances such as Teochew Opera (小梅花) to entertain the visitors.



The lanterns caught my notice. I was interested to figure out how these were weaved.



I observed that many of the visitors spoke Teochew dialects with the vendors. Teochews are likely find it heartwarming to visit the Singapore Teochew Festival 2014 and to converse in Teochew with other Teochew speakers.

I am not a Teochew. Nevertheless, it was quite an interesting experience to experience glimpses of the Teochew culture during the two hours visit I had spent at the Singapore Teochew Festival. The organizers could help to improve visitors' experience by facilitating the ease of the ordering of food during meal hours, and by putting up clearer information on the festival's programmes in both English and Chinese on its website.

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Singapore Teochew Festival 2014

25 Sep - 5 Oct 2014
11 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Ngee Ann City Civic Plaza
391 Orchard Road
Admission fee: S$5 per person.

For the programme schedule of Singapore Teochew Festival 2014, please visit http://www.teochewfestival.com/highlights.html (text in Chinese).

An online copy of the brochure is available from http://teochew.sg/?portfolio=%E6%BD%AE%E9%9D%92%E8%8A%82

The Festival's Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/teochewfest2014

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Sunday, September 07, 2014

News: Nanyin at Kusu Island Tua Pek Kong Temple visit 2014

Kusu Tua Pek Kong Temple. Nov 2012.


Two years ago, I have had the pleasure to join members and supporters of the Siong Leng Musical Association on a visit to the Kusu Tua Pek Kong Temple. Other than a delightful treat to an evening of Nanyin music, I have had the pleasure to enjoy the beauty of the Kusu Island, a Southern island away from the hustle and bustle of city life.

It is an annual affair for Siong Leng Musical Association to visit the Kusu Tua Pek Kong Temple  during the 9th lunar month. This year, the date is set to be on 18 Oct 2014, from 4.30 p.m. - 10.00 p.m. The trip to join them to the island on this date will cost S$25 per person (pending confirmation on the chartering of the ferry).

For more information, please visit this Facebook event page: Nanyin at Kusu Island Tua Pek Kong Temple and fill in the google.docs. form to indicate your interest.

Proposed Date: 18 Oct 2014 (Sat)
Time: 4.30 p.m. - 10.00 p.m.
Specially chartered ferry will bring the group from the Marina South Pier to Kusu Island, and back.

Special thanks to Victor Yue for initiating this event.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Singapore Night Festival 2014: The second weekend

William Close and the Earth Harp.
Photo courtesy of Belinda Tan.

Have you caught a glimpse of William Close's performance on the first weekend of the Singapore Night Festival? On the second weekend of the Singapore, William Close will present a new set of performances together with Austrian-based collection, Phoenix.

Phoenix. Photo credit: Bras Basah.Bugis.Precinct


According to the festival guide, Phoenix's fiery and gravity-defying performances will be accompanied by William Close's "Earth Harp" that transforms the museum into a giant instrument. It looks like audience who will be attending the second weekend of the Singapore Night Festival will be treated to aerial dances and LED light performances.

Check this out:
William Close Featuring Phoenix (USA/AUT)
Front Lawn, National Museum of Singapore

Fri and Sat, 29 and 30 Aug 2014
7.30 p.m. - 11.45 p.m. (with breaks between)

7.30 p.m.: William Close and Phoenix (Aerial performance)
8.45 p.m. William Close and Phoenix (LED light performance)
10.00 p.m.: Phoenix (Fire performance)
11.15 p.m. William Close and Phoenix (Grand finale)

Each show is 30 minutes long.

In the meantime, if you have missed the Singapore Night Festival 2014 last weekend and would like some recommendations, here is a link to some of my picks for the Singapore Night Festival 2014: Bold and Beautiful.


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Singapore Night Festival 2014
22 and 23 Aug 2014
29 and 30 Aug 2014
8 p.m. - 2 a.m.
Free admission
www.sgnightfest.sg

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http://pinterest.com/sgnightfest

Festival Venues:
- Basah.Bugis Precinct (5 zones)
- National Museum of Singapore
- Armenian Street (including Peranakan Museum, The Substation and Armenian Church)
- Singapore Art Museum and Queen Street (including National Design Centre)
- Singapore Management University and School of the Arts
- Cathay Green (Opposite SOTA)
Nearby MRT stations: Dhoby Ghaut, Bras Basah, City Hall MRT stations



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Other articles on the Singapore Night Festival 2014:
Singapore Night Festival kicks off, CNA.
10 Things to Check Out at the Singapore Night Festival 2014, by Bandwagon. Words by Delfina Utomo.
Singapore Night Festival 2014 - Bold and Beautiful By Johnny Chen
Bold and Beautiful - let's Harp on it by Jerome Lim, The Long and Winding Road.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Singapore Night Festival 2014: Bold and Beautiful


The Singapore Night Festival 2014 is set to impress with performances, light art and activities anchoring on this year's theme, Bold and Beautiful.

After a quick browse of the festival guide, these will be my personal picks for the Singapore Night Festival 2014:
William Close and Earth Harp
William Close and the Earth Harp at the National Museum's front lawn.
Photo courtesy of Belinda Tan.
Special thanks to her for the permission to use her photos taken at the media preview.


William Close Featuring ZingO and Sound of Sirens
National Museum of Singapore, Front Lawn
Fri 22 and Sat 23 Aug 2014
7.30 p.m. : ZingO
8.00 p.m. : William Close and ZingO
9.15 p.m. : William Close
10.30 p.m. : Sound of Sirens
11.45 p.m. : William Close and Sound of Sirens
(Each show is about 30 minutes long in duration. )

This set of specially commissioned performances is a collaboration between international artist, William Close (United States), and Singapore's Sound of Sirens and the local trailblazing drum group ZingO.

I am curious to witness the larger-than-life instrument, "Earth Harp", that William Close has invented to explore the connection between architecture and music. According to the festival guide, William Close, is inspired by the renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright's belief that "architecture is frozen music".

ZingO. Singapore Night Festival 2014.
Photo courtesy of Belinda Tan.

Night Lights
I was told that compared to previous years of the Singapore Night Festival, this year's Night Festival has the most number of Night Lights projects. This year, the Singapore Night Festival pays tribute to the power of nature and the creation of light.

For more information, please visit www.sgnightfest.sg

Night Lights
Night Lights. Taken near the National Museum of Singapore.
Photo courtesy of Belinda Tan.

ALSOS* By Scenocosme (France)
Armenian Church
This interactive installation will give me enough reasons to visit the Armenian Church. In this interactive installation, visitors are equipped with flashlights as they walk into a clearing that is hypnotically lit. From the descriptions printed on the festival guide, it seemed like visitors have to prepare ourselves for surreal experiences which involve light and sound.
ALSOS
ALSOS, Armenian Church. Photo courtesy of Belinda Tan.


Dresses of Memory (France/Korea) By Taegon Kim
Armenian Church
Who would have thought that the dresses floating in the dark would be made of fibre optic cables? Each dress tells its own story. This night light installation seems enthralling.

Dresses of Memory. Singapore Night Festival 2014.
Photo courtesy of Belinda Tan
At the Armenian Church. Singapore Night Festival 2014.
Photo courtesy of Belinda Tan.


Divine Trees By Clément Briend (France)
National Museum of Singapore, Main Ground
The festival guide cautioned "As you approach the Main Ground in front of the National Museum, don't be alarmed if you see a majestic visage of a divine figure looking down at you." These surreal light projections onto objects of nature are said to be a study of the divine and the spiritual in the world.

Divine Trees by Clément Briend.
National Museum of Singapore, Main Ground.
Photo courtesy of Belinda Tan.

Greenhouse Effect By Maro Avrabou and Dimitri Xenakis (France)
SMU Walkway (Opposite Kopitiam along Bras Basah Road)
This light installation questions the impact of industrialisation on our environment and what we perceive to be nature. Possibly a tongue-in-cheek installation to discuss about serious environmental issues.

At SMU Walkway. Singapore Night Festival. Greenhouse Effect.
Photo courtesy of Belinda Tan.

Festival Village
Cathay Green (Opposite School of the Arts)
7 p.m. - 2 a.m.
After feeding the soul with good art, remember about feeding the stomach with good food too. This year, the Festival Village at Cathay Green is a dedicated zone for festival-goers to chill out, eat, drink and be merry. This is the place to listen to the performances of local bands and to catch film screenings.

I recommend that festival-goers go for the delicious and fresh salad made with love by Spinacas. It is possible to enjoy delicious food that is healthy too at the Singapore Night Festival. Many of my friends who have eaten the salads from Spinacas have given positive reviews of the salads. I heard from a friend who has attended the media preview of the Singapore Night Festival that the meatballs that went with the salads from Spinacas were very good. The truth is, this Singapore Night Festival 2014 will be my first time eating the salads from Spinacas. I hope I will be able to get a serving of it before the salads are sold out!

Delicious and healthy salad from Spinacas.
Photo courtesy of Belinda Tan.

Singapore Night Festival 2014
22 and 23 Aug 2014
29 and 30 Aug 2014
8 p.m. - 2 a.m.
Free admission
www.sgnightfest.sg

https://www.facebook.com/brasbasahbugis
https://twitter.com/brasbasahbugis
http://instagram.com/brasbasahbugis
http://pinterest.com/sgnightfest

Festival Venues:
- Basah.Bugis Precinct (5 zones)
- National Museum of Singapore
- Armenian Street (including Peranakan Museum, The Substation and Armenian Church)
- Singapore Art Museum and Queen Street (including National Design Centre)
- Singapore Management University and School of the Arts
- Cathay Green (Opposite SOTA)
Nearby MRT stations: Dhoby Ghaut, Bras Basah, City Hall MRT stations



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Other articles on the Singapore Night Festival 2014:
Singapore Night Festival kicks off, CNA.
10 Things to Check Out at the Singapore Night Festival 2014, by Bandwagon. Words by Delfina Utomo.
Singapore Night Festival 2014 - Bold and Beautiful By Johnny Chen
Bold and Beautiful - let's Harp on it by Jerome Lim, The Long and Winding Road.