Saturday, September 26, 2015

Goodbye 74 to 80 Commonwealth Drive Carnival

Image courtesy of My Community and Queenstown Heritage Committee

In the year 2008, it was announced that seven blocks at Commonwealth Drive has been identified by the Housing and Development Board (HDB) for the Selective En Bloc Redevelopment Scheme (Sers). These blocks are 10-storey blocks. By early 2014, all the residents had moved out. The replacement flats for the residents are located across the road, at Blk 50 to Blk 54 Commonwealth Drive.

On 3 Oct 2015, from 1100 to 1900 hrs, there will be a commemorative event "Goodbye 74 - 80 Commonwealth Drive" to bid farewell to one of Singapore's most iconic housing estates. The farewell event includes final access to the blocks before they are demolished.

Programmes on 3 Oct 2015 include:
1) Screening of "7 letters"
2) A photography exhibition, Forget Me Not, by Nicky Loh and Erwin Tan
3) Performances by Tay Kexin and Shigga Shay
4) Free flow of drinks and ice-cream

Endearing places, 7 blocks of public housing at Commonwealth Drive, will be demolished.
In our hearts, they will be remembered.
They are replaced.
Yet they are irreplaceable parts of our shared and collective memories.
It shall be with ambivalent feelings of loss and commemoration that I shall attend this event.
Goodbye 74 to 80 Commonwealth Drive...

Photo courtesy of My Queenstown.

Image courtesy of My Community and Queenstown Heritage Committee
Goodbye 74 to 80 Commonwealth Drive Carnival
3 Oct 2015, Sat
11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Blk 74 Commonwealth Drive Carpark
Nearest MRT station: Commonwealth MRT station
Organized by My Community, Queenstown Citizens' Consultative Committee

Please also visit:
Tanglin Halt Estate, posted on Singapore Lost and Filed


An exhibition on anything coffee and inspired by coffee
17 Sep 2015 to 28 Oct 2015
The Art Gallery @ GCV 
Glocal Connect Village
Temasek Polytechnic

21 Tampines Ave 1, Singapore 529757
Free admission to the exhibition.
For the details on visiting hours, please contact Temasek Polytechnic.

Bus services: 9, 15, 23, 69 and 519
Nearest MRT stations: Tampines/ Bedok.

This post is for readers and friends who are interested in learning about coffee. Temasek Polytechnic's Centre for TransCultural Studies, in collaboration with their exhibition partners, Coffee Artist Maria Filatova, Dutch Colony Coffee and Santino Coffee Specialists, will be presenting an exhibition titled 'Coffee Culture Conversations' at the Art Gallery @ Glocal Connect Village, from 17 Sep 2015 to 28 Oct 2015.

Glocal Connect Village (Blk 41 - 43, 45), Temasek Polytechnic.

"In this exhibition, The Art Gallery @ GCV celebrates coffee as a centuries-old culture, with diverse social practices, characteristics and values evolving into the exciting global phenomenon this day. It brings to the learning space in GCV the science and art of a commodity that is second only to oil in its importance to world trade. This curated exhibition at the gallery will bring a deeper understanding of coffee, from its history and origins to intriguing stories from religion to politics to revolutions, from the science of growing, harvesting and processing to the art of roasting, grinding and flavour pairing. "

A section on brewing.
Some of the equipment used to brew coffee.

Thanks to one of my friends, I got to learn about this exhibition and the coffee workshops that were organized in conjunction with this exhibition. I had signed up for and attended one of the workshops. The Latte Art workshop that I had signed up for is catered to members of the general public, including people with no prior barista knowledge and skills. The workshop is worth a good consideration. Special thanks to the trainers for an enriching class and for their patience.

Latte Art Workshop

The exhibition came across to me as visually pleasing and offered an introduction to coffee from the science of growing, harvesting and processing to the art of roasting and more.

A section on Traditional Coffee Culture, the 'Nanyang' style.

While I prefer to read about coffee than to learn about coffee through an exhibition because I prefer learning at my own pace over a longer period of time, I think anyone curious to learn more about coffee could consider checking this exhibition out especially if one is nearby the Temasek Polytechnic.

Coffee Art. Beautiful works.