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Singaporelang - What The Singlish?Singaporelang - What The Singlish? by Aw Zinkie

This unique hardcover, handmade die-cut, "Photo-Language" collection consists of 40 photographs that depict Singlish scenarios. It also has a dictionary glossary of 100 Singlish in the 4 main languages - English, Chinese, Malay, Tamil. There are also 3 essays on Singlish, sticker pullouts for readers to caption their own photos to complete the scene. It encourages reader to fill in the blanks on provided stickers, for their own Singlish interpretations.

50+ Things To Love About Singapore50+ Things To Love About Singapore by Long, Susan (Ed.)

This intimate study of the things we know and love about Singapore is written by some of ST's most authoritative beat reporters. It is a dossier of modern Singapore halfway through her first century, an often surprising composite portrait of the little quirks, incongruities and rhythms of life in Singapore, which we chortle, ruminate and worry over, with familial affection but sometimes also exasperation. The writers do not flinch from looking at where Singapore is showing her age and what she has had to leave behind in the quest forher next edge.

Ecstasy Of The DeepEcstasy Of The Deep by Buxton, Tony

The astonishing autobiography of an Englishman who spent his whole life chasing his dreams. Most of them were either underwater exploring far off unknown reefs in Asia and the Pacific or living it up with the rich and famous who shared his passion for diving. Tony Buxton's charmed life takes him from the French Riviera and Rome in its 1950s and 1960s heydays to years operating an underwater tourism business in idyllic Ceylon. Later, he finds himself in Singapore, where his diving expertise combines with a nose for business, and he builds up thriving enterprises that re-invent the commercial diving industry. There he befriends Malaysian royals with whom he developed a passion for the sport of polo. Tony Buxton's tale from the deep is one for adventurers and lovers of travel, a story that takes them to exotic, unspoilt locations that today no longer exist.

My Dear PapaMy Dear Papa by Anwar, Nurul Hana

This book captures the emotions and history of what happened in Nurul Hana's eyes, the youngest child of Anwar Ibrahim. She expresses the personal and emotional aspects of what she experienced. This book shows what she went through from 1998 until 2015.

Mosquitos And SingaporeMosquitos And Singapore by Wilkins, Ted

*** This book will be published in November 2015, but can be pre-ordered now. *** This memoir covers the three years in the 1950s during which a young RAF serviceman was called up for National Service and based in Singapore for a tour of duty in 81 Photographic Squadron at Seletar Airbase. Based on diaries, notes and letters, Ted Wilkins describes life in the Squadron and the aerial survey work concerning the "terrorists" during the Malayan Emergency. Through these pages, the author warmly describes how he embraced the customs and livelihoods of Singapore's pleasant, always-smiling people, bringing to life all the excitement of exploring a new and fascinating country, so far removed from the author's previous country life in the UK. The climate, the people, all the hustle and bustle, the flowers, the clothes and colours of this "magical glamorous island" are all lovingly captured.

Under A Shadow by Puthucheary, Rosaly

When Singapore surrendered to Japan in 1942, Rosaly Puthucheary was only six years old. Under A Shadow offers her personal account of what it was like growing up during those precarious years under the Japanese occupation. Despite the hardships of war, her childhood, as seen through the eyes of a precocious child, was not entirely marred and remained a relatively happy one. She still enjoyed the fun of pretend play with her sister Hazie and the excitement of witnessing her father's latest procurement of a new farm animal. Unfortunately, as the occupation dragged on, it became inevitable for her family's living conditions to deteriorate. After an unpleasant incident with a Japanese officer, her family sold off almost all the farm animals and moved to a different home. The fortune of her family runs a similar parallel to the difficulties which the people experienced during the fall of Singapore. With this memoir, Rosaly shares intimate details of her childhood and how it was affected living under an ever.

Hakka Woman's Singapore Stories, AHakka Woman's Singapore Stories, A by Lee Wei Ling

Dr Lee Wei Ling, scion of Singapore's first family, writes about her life as a daughter, doctor and diehard Singaporean. This book addresses a range of matters affecting Singaporeans in a personal way. It reflects her personality, profession, relationships, passions and perspective of life, Singapore and the world, and her loved ones. The chapters are grouped thematically and are capped by an epilogue of six articles which encapsulate the two events that had a major impact on the writer, and resonated deeply with Singaporeans: the passing of her parents.

How My 8 Year-Old Son Scored An A For Igcse PhysicsHow My 8 Year-Old Son Scored An A For Igcse Physics by Sim Lim Onn

The author's son sat for the IGCSE O level physics in November 2014 when he was 8 years and 3 months old. The result which was released on 21 January 2015 saw him score an 'A'. The author wrote this book with the aim of sharing the importance of the alignment of mind-sets to turn a boy of ostensibly average intelligence to one who holds a Singapore record.

Prominent Indonesian Chinese: Biographical SketchesProminent Indonesian Chinese: Biographical Sketches by Suryadinata, Leo

Indonesia is the largest country in Southeast Asia where there is a significant number of ethnic Chinese, many of whom have played an important role. This book presents biographical sketches of about 530 prominent Indonesian Chinese, including businessmen, community leaders, politicians, religious leaders, artists, sportsmen/sportswomen, writers, journalists, academics, physicians, educators, and scientists. First published in 1972, it was revised and developed into the present format in 1978, and has since been revised several times. This is the fourth version.

Tales Of Old Batavia: Treasures From The Big DurianTales Of Old Batavia: Treasures From The Big Durian by Kami Ehrich

The city of Jakarta, today the capital of Indonesia, has had other incarnations and other names, most notably as the regional headquarters of the Dutch East Indies when it was known around the world as Batavia. As the capital of the Netherlands' highly unlikely empire in the far east of Asia, Batavia was for 200 years the lynchpin for the international spice trade. This book features highlights from the fascinating history of one of the most great cities of Asia.

Culture, Identity & Foodways Of The Terengganu ChineseCulture, Identity & Foodways Of The Terengganu Chinese by Tan Tao Sua; Kamarudin Ngah

The Chinese minority in Terengganu, Malaysia, are struggling to maintain their Sinic culture, identity and community in the face of socio-political changes and Islamisation since the early 1970s. They are also facing problems due to population attrition from an outflow of the younger generation to larger cities in Malaysia for jobs and further education. The acculturated Terengganu Peranakan Chinese, descendants of the earliest settlers who arrived at least two centuries ago, face additional inter-generational tensions and challenges. This book is based on extensive interviews and fieldwork and includes: an overview of the role of the Kuala Terengganu Chinese associations in promoting traditional Chinese culture and identity; a study of the Peranakan Chinese in Tirok, to further examine issues of identity maintenance and identity shift; and a comparison between the foodways of the Tirok Peranakan Chinese with a similar rural Peranakan community in the neighbouring state of Kelantan to demonstrate the community's continual negotiation of Sino-Malay identity.

Introduction Of Japanese CultureIntroduction Of Japanese Culture by Sosnoski, Daniel (Ed.)

The richness of Japan's history is renowned worldwide. The heritage of culture that its society has produced and passed on to future generations is one of Japan's greatest accomplishments. This book provides an overview, through 68 original and informative essays, of Japan's most notable cultural achievements.

Paul's RecordsPaul's Records by

As a youth in Saigon's Chinatown of the 1960s and 70s, Paul Au was greatly affected by American "hippie" culture and Rock and Roll. He was smuggled into Hong Kong in 1974 to escape the South Vietnamese military draft. At first living in rooftop squats, he started to trade used vinyl records on the streets of Kowloon, and finally established an underground reputation for his eclectic blend and unending supply of recorded music. This book also explains how the American music of the 1960s and 1970s influenced the people of Hong Kong and Asia.

Shanghai's Baghdadi JewsShanghai's Baghdadi Jews by Meyer, Maisie J.

A compilation of 26 biographical accounts from the entire spectrum of Shanghai's Baghdadi Jewish society offers fresh insights into a remarkable community that lived through the crossroads of China's 20th-century history. Using previously unseen diaries and archival material, Shanghai's Baghdadi Jews documents the rise and fall of larger-than-life personalities who witnessed the Sino-Japanese War, the Occupation of Shanghai and the Communist Party's rise to power. Photographs illustrate the life and times of these individuals and the magnificent, cosmopolitan city they called home.

Biographies And Notes: Chinese Music 20Th Century And BeyondBiographies And Notes: Chinese Music 20Th Century And Beyond by Li Lanqing

Li Lanqing retells the Chinese music renaissance that took place more than 100 years ago through a set of chronologically arranged biographies. The book presents 18 modern Chinese composers who were born no later than 1912, active in the first half of the 20th century, and are no longer around today. Some, like Nie Er, Xian Xinghai, and He Luting, are household names whose songs and music are still being sung and played today; the others, including Shen Xingong, Zeng Zhimin, and Huang Zi, may have been closely studied by music scholars and students but remain largely obscure to ordinary Chinese music lovers even though all of them were prominent figures in the Chinese music scene during the first five decades of the 20th century. By retracing the life trajectories of these music pioneers, the book offers a loosely structured yet highly fascinating historical account of the modern Chinese music.

Demography Of Indonesia's EthnicityDemography Of Indonesia's Ethnicity by Aris Ananta, Evi Nurvidya Arifin Et Al

Indonesia, the largest country in Southeast Asia, has as its national motto "Unity in Diversity." This book is a demographic study on ethnicity, mostly relying on the tabulation provided by the Badan Pusat Statistik, based on the complete data set of the 2010 population census. The information on ethnicity was collected for 236,728,379 individuals, a huge data set. The book has four objectives: To produce a new comprehensive classification of ethnic groups to better capture the rich diversity of ethnicity in Indonesia; to report on the ethnic composition in Indonesia and in each of the thirty three provinces using the new classification; to evaluate the dynamics of the fifteen largest ethnic groups in Indonesia during 2000-2010; and to examine the religions and languages of each of the fifteen largest ethnic groups.

From Clementi To Carnegie: The Journey Of Singaporean Violinist Siow Lee ChinFrom Clementi To Carnegie: The Journey Of Singaporean Violinist Siow Lee Chin by

From Clementi to Carnegie is an inspirational autobiography of Singaporean violinist Siow Lee Chin. The story of one of Singapore's favorite daughters of classical music began at age 15 when, against the odds, Lee Chin made the leap from her humble Clementi HDB flat to become the first Singaporean talent-spotted to study at America's prestigious Curtis Institute of Music. Single-handedly, she carved a name as one of the most distinguished violinists of her generation, at a time when classical music was not the popular career choice in Singapore. But success was by no means smooth sailing.

ShariaSharia by Bradbury, Ray

This memoir provides a fascinating look at what life is like living under Sharia law, the Islamic code of conduct. Bradbury has seen it first hand in Sudan where he first went to work as an engineer, and suffered at the hands of it. He tells it as it is and what to expect in this gripping memoir.

Home Thoughts From A ManHome Thoughts From A Man by Ogilvie, Daniel

In this quirky memoir, join our titular hero and his stalwart wife when, after 40 years of living in the UK, he uproots and travels through Singapore, Canada and finally Thailand, taking on all the world can throw at him. And losing.

Best I Could, The (Reprinted 2010)Best I Could, The (Reprinted 2010) by Anandan, Subhas

Subhas Anandan was undoubtedly Singapore's best-known criminal lawyer. The Best I Could traces the life and career of an advocate whose tireless devotion to the Singapore criminal justice system is legendary. In this highly personal autobiography, first published in 2009, Subhas describes not only the many sensational cases he covered, including those of Took Leng How, Anthony Ler and Ah Long San, but also his views on mandatory death sentences and 'police entrapment'. But why did he choose to represent clients who were to all intents and purposes guilty? And were the criminals he represented the monsters they were made out to be?