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Wonderful job! Like yourself, I enjoy taking pictures of everyday Singapore life in equal parts to "downtown".One quick comment: On the durian pictures, you (or I) should try to capture the "traditional way" of serving durian in areas like Geylang before it's too late and everything is served in their plastic-wrap form! Hehe
nice photos; taking a break from heavy stuff? I thought I would list your articles with no. of comments, indicating level of interest among your readers---------------------Why only 'practical NGOs' and for economic reasons? posted by Yawning Bread Sampler @ 00:37 1 Comments 15 June 2008Did unbridled capitalism leave people vulnerable to oil and food price rises? posted by Yawning Bread Sampler @ 01:46 3 Comments 13 June 2008Norway legalises gay marriage posted by Yawning Bread Sampler @ 22:01 0 Comments Rainbow rising in the Western sky posted by Yawning Bread Sampler @ 17:46 2 Comments Gopalan Nair's quickie press conference posted by Yawning Bread Sampler @ 01:59 2 Comments 09 June 2008Pity that Youthquake 2 didn't make it to the Richter scale posted by Yawning Bread Sampler @ 15:05 11 Comments 08 June 2008The Singapore Democratic Party: method or madness? posted by Yawning Bread Sampler @ 16:43 28 Comments 07 June 2008We duds at the pinnacle of evolution posted by Yawning Bread Sampler @ 03:19 16 Comments US Catholic group spends franctically to oppose gay marriage posted by Yawning Bread Sampler @ 02:16 1 Comments 05 June 2008Whose misbehaviour diminishes us all? posted by Yawning Bread Sampler @ 01:26 27 Comments 04 June 2008Attorney-General says "human rights now a religion" with fanatics posted by Yawning Bread Sampler @ 18:23 5 Comments 03 June 2008A family's invisibles posted by Yawning Bread Sampler @ 01:09 6 Comments 01 June 2008Necessary conditions for economic growth and the varnished truth posted by Yawning Bread Sampler @ 13:07 5 Comments 30 May 2008The second Burmese conversation posted by Yawning Bread Sampler @ 02:45 2 Comments The displacement of reason posted by Yawning Bread Sampler @ 02:36 14 Comments 27 May 2008Seminar on Internet regulatory reform posted by Yawning Bread Sampler @ 14:15 0 Comments 26 May 2008From Azerbaijan with camp posted by Yawning Bread Sampler @ 17:04 1 Comments 24 May 2008Where are we now with stem cell research? posted by Yawning Bread Sampler @ 23:33 10 Comments 23 May 2008We're prepared to listen, says government posted by Yawning Bread Sampler @ 16:29 10 Comments Cuba holds anti-homophobia event posted by Yawning Bread Sampler @ 03:19 2 Comments 22 May 2008The unnatural afterlife of the Section 377A debate posted by Yawning Bread Sampler @ 15:09 6 Comments 20 May 2008Long term investments or long shots? posted by Yawning Bread Sampler @ 02:59 7 Comments 18 May 2008Burma should be suspended from Asean posted by Yawning Bread Sampler @ 16:11 4 Comments 16 May 2008Gay marriage victory in California Supreme Court posted by Yawning Bread Sampler @ 04:42 2 Comments 12 May 2008Stop demolishing, start integrating posted by Yawning Bread Sampler @ 23:27 9 Comments 11 May 2008Hong Kong broadcasting regulator's decision overturned by court posted by Yawning Bread Sampler @ 16:48 7 Comments 09 May 2008Here's proof: Section 377A being enforced posted by Yawning Bread Sampler @ 13:20 12 Comments 08 May 2008In the eye of the cyclone stands immobile the junta posted by Yawning Bread Sampler @ 16:53 12 Comments IDAHO - International Day Against Homophobia, 17 May 2008 posted by Yawning Bread Sampler @ 11:41 0 Comments MICA acknowledges the internet proposals submitted posted by Yawning Bread Sampler @ 11:40 0 Comments 06 May 2008The pigeons are among us already posted by Yawning Bread Sampler @ 14:14 12 Comments 04 May 2008Guilty until proven innocent: the case of William Ding posted by Yawning Bread Sampler @ 15:22 11 Comments 03 May 2008Packable politics and its press posted by Yawning Bread Sampler @ 19:35 8 Comments 01 May 2008HIV hits new high. Solution: punish posted by Yawning Bread Sampler @ 02:26 17 Comments 29 April 2008China and (inter)nationalism posted by Yawning Bread Sampler @ 18:12 7 Comments
Check out this flickr group with the same objectives as your photo essay:http://www.flickr.com/groups/singapore_hdb_flats_architecture/
Thanks for the explanation of the term "department store". It never made sense to me, but I thought it was the difference between American and British English.
Interestingly, the term 'department store' is used in many countries, not only in Singapore. I saw many in Indonesia, and also in Malaysia...
Yes please! Keep what you can. Even if its just in pictures.Every time I come home, it like a little piece of what I knew just disappears.
Nice photos of the heartland. Thanks. I had some of the best and cheapest durians from a similar market in Bedok.Regarding the translation of the chinese store sign, "Department" reflects our British colonial (perhaps stiff upperlip?) heritage. I agree almost every store to shopping malls such as Yaohan and Emporium were called department store when I grew up in the 70's.
a "department" store is meant to have sections specializing in particular type of products, e.g., woman's clothing, with staff having relevant expertise (the buyer who knows the market trends and orders the right kinds of merchandise at the right amount/price, the sales staff who know the products and the customer requirements...)WalMart is not a "department" store, because it saves money by having minimum customer support, and better off people used to disdain shopping there, but today's situation is very different - people want bargains and no longer feel they need the better services the department stores supposedly offerthe little HDB general stores are called "department stores" because of the chinese translation 百货公司 is vague enough to describe both - a shop with many types of goods; the english translation is then taken along even though the meaning is not rightsgsociety.com
The term "department store" is almost universal to English speaking countries:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Department_store
Those are all great, but pic no.9 is my favourite!
It's almost a historical walk through when viewing your photos!It's unfortunate that many of the practices we used to see frequently are fast disappearing. Many will be missed. I applaud the efforts in attempting to pursue recycling as a culture, but the approach is wrong. As you have pointed out, the bins are labelled in English only; alienating the older population. Education should begin from the young and work their way upwards into society as standard practices. In this regard, we have a lot to learn from the Japanese.
The bazaars are very formulistic too.Gaudy mattresses: no harm since they are going to covered by bedsheets anyway.Public phones: do people still use them?
Here's a link to a past project by 2 local artists about collective memories, nostalgia and shifting sentiments of home.
I love your web site & commentary. Your photo essays are terrific. This is social history that you're writing & you are a national treasure. I take a few shots in Singapore too around the HDBs and the Hawker Centres:http://igloomelts.my-expressions.com/galleries/6325_1869187992/37620http://igloomelts.my-expressions.com/archives/6325_1869187992/212947
I love your photo collection of the Heartlands, one important feature of heartland life that I would like to include would be - funeral services under the void deck.
I am a Filipino who used to work in Johore Bahru. On weekends, I often cross the bridge to your country. These images brought back a lot of memories of the backlots behind Singapore's highrises. I used to stay in the apartment of a friend.And hey, kudos to your DAYOFF campaign. Have passed them to my friends.Ciao! :)
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