Free exhibition at SBG: “Beneath Tide, Running Forest” – an art and science exploration of Singapore’s marine biodiversity

“Beneath tide, Running forest” is an art and science exploration of Singapore’s marine biodiversity. Curated by Dr. Ruobing Wang, this is a group exhibition by four local artists: Chen Sai Hua Kuan, Shirly Koh, Henry Lee & Wang Ruobing.

Exhibition details: 24 Nov 2018 – 14 Apr 2019: 9:00am – 6:00pm @ Singapore Botanic Gardens: CDL Green Gallery @ SBG Heritage Museum, free entry. For details, visit the NParks webpage.  

Catch artist Henry Lee live in action at the gallery from 2.00pm – 3.00pm on the 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd Dec 2018

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Discover Pulau Ubin with the month-long Pesta Ubin 2018 with lots of free activities!

Pesta Ubin 2018From Pesta Ubin 2018 coordinators:

Find a Pesta Ubin activity that suits your interest and schedule [link]

Here’s some FREE activities that do NOT require registration. Just come to Ubin on Sunday morning.

  • 27 May (Sun): FREE Ubin Nature Walk with Strix Wildlife Consultancy, 9am-12noon [link]
  • 27 May (Sun): FREE Pesta Ubin Photo Booth, 9am-11am [link
  • 27 May (Sun): FREE Kampung Games at Teck Seng’s Place with U Cares Volunteers, 10am-2pm [link]
  • Ubin Town will also be full of activities as villagers prepare for the Tua Pek Kong Festival which starts 28 May (Mon) [link]
  • Activities on Sunday that require registration [link]

“It’s become so crowded…” – visual comparisons of street directories with One Historical Map

When looking over the Faculty of Science from the Science Library, my former classmates from 30 years ago looked over the faculty against their mental images and remarked, “It’s become so crowded”.

Our BSc class year graduated in 1990 and One Historical Map has street maps from 2017, 2007, 1995, 1984, 1975 and 1966. The webpage allows a side by side comparison and I picked the 2017 and 1995 maps. Yes, it has become crowded indeed.

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Street map comparison of Faculty of Science in 2017 (top) and 1995 (below); screenshot from One Historical Map

In addition to building density, student numbers have increased too, especially amongst grad students. There were 4,977 students (4,594 u’grads + 383 grads) in 1994/5 and this had increased to 6,675 students by 2016/17 (5,126 u’grads + 1,549 grad students).

Oh well, during this time, the population density in Singapore increased from 4,814/sq. km to 7,796/sq. km. These are different times indeed.

theory.isthereason.com (and its archives) live on!

More than a decade ago, before Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and what not extinguished the wild wild west of personal blogging, my regular blogging kakis included Ivan Chew and Kevin Lim.

Amidst a larger group of media socialists, we three would meet every couple of years or so for some intense face to face discussions. We’d share experiences and techniques, evaluate ideas and translate some thoughts into overt action.

Some of that underscores how we do things today. So beyond reminiscing, old posts allow me to extract useful lessons from the past to catalyse new effort.

Which is why I’m glad Ivan Chew left his blogspot posts at Rambling Librarian, even after he reimagined himself at artistivanchew.tumblr.com).

I shifted to this WordPress site a decade ago (10th Jan 2008), so those posts are all here. Last year, I managed to salvage and transfer my first blog on the NUS science server to a server fronted by sivasothi.com.

Then two days ago, Kevin announced he had to abandon his expensive MediaTemple host. He’s a geek so quickly found out how to shift to a server, install a WordPress template and that retained his URLs. So theory.isthereason.com, and its archives, lives on!

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A passionate Kevin at the “Youtube and beyond” workshop
at the National Library Singapore, 19 Jun 2007

Haze, but its not transboundary – a reminder that we’re polluting our own skies throughout the year

Man oh man, I could not see Bukit Timah hill yesterday morning when I peeked out at 7am to see what the early morning fuss building up on Facebook was all about.

PSI values over at the NEA site had climbed and I was fretting about whether there was going to a repeat of 2015. But the source is local, and NOT transboundary haze – NEA would say “there were no significant hotspots or smoke haze detected in the nearby region”. Yes, all made in Singapore, and accumulating when there is little wind to disperse particles.

And guess what? It’s the early/morning Sumatras storms of Apr-May which will wash it down from the sky! Thanks Sumatra, for being the island that you are, and for Indonesia significantly arresting the massive fires typical of the past years.

Time to take a good look at ourselves!

See Audrey Tan’s article in The Straits Times.

Exercise by briskwalking the Southern Ridges

Torpidity will ruin us so here we go again!

In an effort to get some baseline walking done, and in particular, to help other lethargic NUS staff members, Kenneth, Weiting and I met to discuss possibilities. We had led some walks last year, and had always meant to restart the series.

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Two lunch time chats later, and after roping in Joleen and Airani, we decided we can begin with five Friday evening walks, just one a month, on the following dates:

  1. Fri 24 Mar 2017: 5.30pm
  2. Fri 28 Apr 2017: 5.30pm
  3. Fri 19 May 2017: 5.30pm
  4. Fri 30 Jun 2017: 5.30pm
  5. Fri 28 Jul 2017: 5.30pm

To register, visit the Eventbrite page.