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Architecture
Upstart!: Visual Identities For Start-Ups And New Businesses

Upstart!: Visual Identities For Start-Ups And New Businesses

Upstart! presents fresh branding ideas for entrepreneurs and designers. To stand out in a land of consumerist plenty, the new generation of small business entrepreneurs has learned to set high design standards. Poised between playfulness and professionalism, their holistic visual identity concepts become an integral part of their core business. From hemp farmers to local box clubs to eyelash extension services, fresh start-ups and spin-offs from all sorts of sectors present themselves as inventively and style-savvily as ever before. Communicating through vivid visual languages that unfold across media applications, they involve the customer in authentic styles and stories. Upstart! explores the contemporary start- up scene's manifold ventures. With a focus on creativity and transformational branding ideas, the compilation covers classic stationery designs, innovative merchandise, interior concepts, and fresh digital applications that have been skillfully orchestrated to leverage business.

Shoplifter! New Retail Architecture And Brand Spaces

Shoplifter! New Retail Architecture And Brand Spaces

Shoplifter! explores innovative store concepts and provides expert insights into how brands can engage with their customers in novel ways. Disrupted by online shopping, shops and brands find themselves in a permanent battle over the most innovative store concepts, striking window displays, and genius presentation of goods, to breathe new life into the traditional retail flow. This creative struggle has heralded a golden era of retail design. Brand experiences now stretch far beyond the end product; the dialogue between a shop and its consumers is becoming increasingly important. Companies are tapping the talents of top designers and using them in sophisticated flagship stores or unexpected temporary venues. Shoplifter! showcases the most outstanding concepts across a number of industries, introducing the most innovative brands with rich, in-depth case studies.

Petite Places: Clever Interiors For Humble Homes

Petite Places: Clever Interiors For Humble Homes

When cities are great, living space is limited, giving rise to the question: How can I get the most out of my compact apartment? But any living room, kitchen, or bedroom can reveal immense possibilities if its interior is well considered. Clever furniture and storage solutions create more space to relax, cook for friends, or read in a cozy nook. Petite Places shows a variety of projects in different styles, from Scandinavian minimalism to cozy nostalgia, together with insights from interior designers and decorators. Learn how to achieve striking results with easy and practical ways to change a tiny apart- ment using light, color, and textiles, where to purchase products, and which materials to use to add interest.

Modern Spaces: A Subjective Atlas Of 20Th-Century Interiors

Modern Spaces: A Subjective Atlas Of 20Th-Century Interiors

In Modern Forms, Nicolas Grospierre traveled the globe to sample the best modernist buildings from the 20th century. Now, he takes his camera indoors to show how modernist ideas are manifested within the walls of buildings both famous and obscure. Rather than a chronological or geographical tour, these photographs are organized in a visual flow, that allows readers to appreciate similar characteristics in interiors that would normally never be grouped together. Shot in the same distinctive and striking manner as his previous book, these images reveal the forms that define modernism. Built with forward-looking, Utopian ideals, decades later, they exist in a startling range of conditions, from dazzling to downtrodden. Through the visual flow of the book, readers can make connections between a private residence in Sri Lanka, a stair-way at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Brasilia, a cinema in Bangkok, a bus station waiting room in Odessa, and the vaults of a bank on Wall Street, New York. Responding to our desires to categorize and catalog, this photographic journey crosses spatial and cultural borders to tell the story of modern architecture.

Managing Change: Urban Heritage And Community Development In Historic Asian Cities

Managing Change: Urban Heritage And Community Development In Historic Asian Cities

Part 1 of this volume consists of five chapters that examine broader issues of conservation principles and approaches in historic cities of Asia. The contributions discuss various perspectives ranging from critiques of current conservation policies regarding local heritage conservation to recent trends of rapid and unplanned development of historic quarters in Asian cities. The case studies in Part 2 of this volume contextualise current debates on the role of community engagement to conserve historic urban quarters and examine diverse contexts across Malaysia, Taiwan, Thailand and Philippines. All five chapters are about real-world projects where the authors were actively involved in various roles - as facilitators, professional advisers, community leaders and coordinators, and activists. Why does local heritage matter to communities? The contributions explored the fundamental reasons for this question and argued that heritage mean more than just mere identity, continuity and accumulated layers of memories.

People + Places: Exploring The Living Heritage Of Songkhla Old Town

People + Places: Exploring The Living Heritage Of Songkhla Old Town

The 'living' heritage is closely associated with a community. To manage this dynamic heritage, it is not only necessary to look beyond the established heritage frameworks developed by experts, but also to empower communities so that they can maintain and even enhance their 'own' heritage. "People + places" is a fully illustrated book that offers participatory ways in the form of community mapping for exploring the relationship between the people and places of the Songkhla Old Town. This book analyses and summarises the social, cultural and economic assets directly related to of the old town as identified with the assistance of the locals. It also contains a detailed metric survey of two historic buildings in Songkhla old town - Railway station and a historic shophouse to raise public awareness and appreciation of Songkhla's rich and varied built heritage. This is an essential book for community architects and architects, city planners, urban designers, heritage groups, and anyone else concerned with public engagement in cultural heritage management.

Monumental Treasures: Singapore's Heritage Icons

Monumental Treasures: Singapore's Heritage Icons

Embark on a spectacular journey of Singapore's culture and heritage as you follow this guide that explores more than 70 of the country's national monuments. Rich in architectural value, historical worth and social relevance, these buildings include our civic institutions, places of worship, schools, museums and even hotels, with some going back to more than 150 years old. This is a collection of colourful stories and specially curated photos designed to take the reader on a grand retelling of Singapore's built heritage while celebrating the city's communities and their contributions to its physical landscape.

Bauhaus

Bauhaus

This accessible introduction to the Bauhaus tells the story of a radical concept of artistic expression that would transcend the traditional boundaries of the arts. Written in an engaging journalistic style and featuring an innovative layout, the book sheds light on the unconventional lives of the people involved in the Bauhaus, examines the experimental teachings of the movement, and profiles its major figures. This new volume in the Living Art series gives an overview of the developments and ideas of the Bauhaus and offers new perspectives on the art and personalities of this important era. Including approximately 100 full-colour reproductions, this volume presents the historical context that fostered the movement and introduces readers to the major Bauhaus artworks and artists. A fascinating introduction for anyone interested in learning about this renowned movement, here is a book that is as readable as it is informative.


Art
Sunset Survivors: Meet The People Keeping Hong Kong's Traditional Industries Alive

Sunset Survivors: Meet The People Keeping Hong Kong's Traditional Industries Alive

Sunset Survivors tells the stories of Hong Kong's traditional tradesmen and women through stunning imagery and candid interviews. Covering a myriad of curious professions that are quickly falling into obscurity, from fortune telling to face threading and letter writing to bird cage making, readers soon find themselves immersed in the streets of old Hong Kong. Filled with interviews, photographs and little-known facts about the city's twilight industries, Sunset Survivors is a tribute to those who keep the flame burning in a city besieged by foreign imports and stiff competition. Survivors is more than just a travel or coffee-table book; it is a tribute to the city's character, a celebration of its roots and a guide to its evolution. Survivors is a vital piece of history.

What Is Not Visible Is Not Invisible

What Is Not Visible Is Not Invisible

This bilingual catalogue was published following the What is Not Visible is Not Invisible exhibition featuring the FRAC collections in Asia. It presents the genesis, process and artworks from the exhibition, which was showcased in Singapore, Seoul and Bangkok from 6 October 2016 to 26 July 2017. Together with an essay from art critic Patrick Javault, and the introduction to the exhibition by Laurence Gateau and Anne-Claire Duprat, this catalogue includes contributions from Régine Hatchondo, Pierre Buhler, Philippe Richert, Bernard de Montferrand, Angelita Teo and Iman Ismail, Laurencina Farrant-Lee and Pichaya Aime Suphavanij. The catalogue is published by Platform in partnership with the National Museum of Singapore and supported by Institut fran?ais, Paris.

Redefining The Archaic: The Art Of Lim Tze Peng

Redefining The Archaic: The Art Of Lim Tze Peng

Redefining the Archaic: The Art of Lim Tze Peng is a new comprehensive publication on Lim Tze Peng's life and art. Published in conjunction with the exhibition Redefining the Archaic: The Art of Lim Tze Peng at Artspace@Helutrans, 28 July - 12 August 2018, the book is authored by young historian Tan Yong Jun. The book comprises 11 chapters of study and 200 artwork images covering the different periods of Lim Tze Peng's artistic trajectory.

Wong Keen: Flesh Matters

Wong Keen: Flesh Matters

Wong Keen: Flesh Matters is published in conjunction with the exhibition Wong Keen: Flesh Matters at Artspace@Helutrans, 12 July - 22 August 2018. The exhibition charts the latest development in the New York-trained artist's prolific career, which encompasses oil, ink, acrylic, mixed media, and collage works. The book features almost 100 colour illustrations from the artist's Flesh Series, with an essay contributed by Ms. Lee Chor Lin.

Visions Of Sojourns: Paintings Of Ong Kim Seng

Visions Of Sojourns: Paintings Of Ong Kim Seng

Visions of Sojourns: Paintings of Ong Kim Seng is published in conjunction with the exhibition Visions of Sojourns: Paintings of Ong Kim Seng at The Arts House, Gallery I, 25 August - 2 September 2018. The book features over 50 colour illustrations and Mr. Ong's detailed discussion of his observations and techniques in tackling different scenes and stylistic devices in watercolour.

Lim Cheng Hoe: Painting Singapore

Lim Cheng Hoe: Painting Singapore

Lim Cheng Hoe stands apart from most of Singapore's first-generation artists in many regards. He grew up and was educated in Singapore, and is considered a self-taught artist in the watercolour tradition. His ardour and discipline as a painter merge in his evocative portrayals of light and life in Singapore. In this catalogue, an anthology of out-of-print writings cast the existing body of scholarship on Lim into relief, while newly commissioned essays illumine his practice as a largely self-taught plein-air painter.

Color And Light: The Neo-Impressionist Henri-Edmond Cross

Color And Light: The Neo-Impressionist Henri-Edmond Cross

Inspired by the work of Realist painters such as Gustave Courbet and Francois Bonvin, Henri-Edmond Cross's earliest paintings were compositions in dark, somber colors. Following his involvement with the avant-gardist circle around Georges Seurat, he gradually adopted the Neo-Impressionist technique and began to develop a unique visual vocabulary. After his move to the Mediterranean coast in 1891, Cross's palette became increasingly lighter, resulting in dazzlingly colorful landscapes, genre paintings, and compositions that are overlaid with mythological and allegorical allusions. This volume traces Cross's artistic trajectory through all stages of his prolific career and situates his masterful approach to color and light within the broader context of the European avant-garde of his time. In addition, it examines the painter's anarchist sympathies and the political dimensions of his depictions of utopian sceneries.

Rosetsu: Ferocious Brush

Rosetsu: Ferocious Brush

Born into the family of a low-ranking samurai, Nagasawa Rosetsu (1754-1799) is renowned today as one of the most imaginative artists of early modern Japan. His visually stunning and highly idiosyncratic paintings earned him a place in Japan's Lineage of Eccentrics. This book surveys Rosetsu's art with sixty of his most important paintings, beginning with his earliest works in the realist mode of his teacher Maruyama O- kyo, and ending with his haunting, visionary, and occasionally bizarre final masterpieces. Screen paintings, scrolls, and albums depicting Zen eccentrics, raucous children, ethereal beauties, otherworldly landscapes, and vivacious animals and birds take viewers on a journey through Rosetsu's own travels and into his unbridled imagination.

50 Bauhaus Icons You Should Know

50 Bauhaus Icons You Should Know

Founded by Walter Gropius in 1919, the Bauhaus School had an enormous impact on the arts and everyday life. Fifty of the most representative pieces of Bauhaus art and design are presented here in illuminating and engrossing two-page spreads. This book selects the artists, buildings, furniture pieces, theatrical productions, toys, and textiles that epitomize the Bauhaus ideal of uniting form and function. Artists such as Josef Albers, Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, Wassily Kandinsky, and Joost Schmidt are featured along with lesser-known but equally important designers and artists. Anyone interested in the history and accomplishments of the Bauhaus will find much to learn and enjoy in this unique compilation that reveals the movement's range as well as its influence on today's artistic practices.

Why Materials Matter

Why Materials Matter

What does it mean to live in a material world, and how do materials of the past and present hold the keys to our future? This book tackles these questions by focusing on various issues that human beings face and by discussing potential materials-related solutions. Through the lens of intriguing projects by designers, artists, makers, and scientists, it presents a colorful panoply of ideas, technologies, and creative efforts that focus on the earth's most basic elements, while also showing how these elements can be transformed into entirely new materials. It explores, for example, how ancient practices such as dyeing fabric and making glue may hold the secret to renewable and earth-friendly consumer products, as well as how recycling plastics can tackle food waste, and how a type of light metal being developed may one day make air travel less fuel-reliant. This book also investigates the potential of the digital experience, suggesting how this most ephemeral type of matter can be used to improve our world. Eye-catching and provocative, Why Materials Matter serves as both a stimulating catalog of possibilities and a timely manifesto on how to consume, manufacture, and design for a better future.

Dialogue With The Ancients: 100 Bronzes Of The Shang, Zhou And Han Dynasties - The Shen Zhai Collection

Dialogue With The Ancients: 100 Bronzes Of The Shang, Zhou And Han Dynasties - The Shen Zhai Collection

Dialogue with the Ancients showcases 100 ancient Chinese bronzes from the Collection of Shen Zhai, the Studio of Reverence. Built over four decades, the Collection covers almost all types of bronze vessels found in the entire span of Shang, Zhou and Han Dynasties, circa 1600 BC-AD 220. It is lavishly illustrated, capturing the beauty of the bronzes, with the majority featured in actual size. Each piece is documented in detail, with reference to comparable specimens and archaeological findings. Uniquely, the Catalogue includes several series of objects in chronological sequence; this enables the reader to study the evolution of form, design and technology throughout the three dynasties. Opening with the Editor's essay on his personal journey in forming the Collection, the volume brings together six thought-provoking essays that contribute refreshingly to the scholarship on ancient Chinese bronzes and early China. Dr Tianlong Jiao places the Shen Zhai Collection within the historical context of bronze collecting and modern Chinese archaeology. Prof Eugene Wang offers a thesis on the Hu vessel as the embodiment of life-affirming energies. Prof Li Feng makes a case for 'archaism' as a divergent tradition in Western Zhou. Prof Allison Miller fleshes out the new hybrid style and iconography of Han bronzes, which gave form to an all-inclusive imperial imagination. Two iconic bronzes with animal motifs stand out: the double-headed owl zun and the gilt-bronze bear figure. Dr Wang Tao delves into the symbolism of the owl in early China, highlighting the significance of the Shen Zhai owl zun, which he traces to the transition from late Shang to early Western Zhou. Ms Sarah Wong examines the Shen Zhai bear and discusses the mythological roots of the bear motif in Han bronzes. This will serve as a valuable reference book on ancient Chinese bronzes.

Let's Draw! Singapore

Let's Draw! Singapore

Let's draw! Singapore is an initiative to record Singapore's neighbourhoods by compiling artworks from 61 contributors. Three sketchbooks were circulated amongst participating sketchers where each person had one week to sketch a personal experience of their choice. Their works take us through our neighbourhoods where we live, work or grew up in.

Lost

Lost

When his older brother, Alif, abruptly leaves home and never returns, Sol is left to watch his mother withdraw into a world he can no longer enter. As they search for each other in their respective worlds, they reminisce their common past, realizing eventually what it is that they've lost. As one story unfolds after another they finally meet, or do they? Lost is filled with the author's own illustrations, colourful and haunting at the same time. They convey the often unspoken half, drawing the reader to conclusions of his own. The third dimension of the book is its typographical design, words have been purposefully emphasized and de-emphasized to heighten the reader's reading experience.

Art Of Chua Mia Tee, The: A Portrait Of A Life's Work

Art Of Chua Mia Tee, The: A Portrait Of A Life's Work

The Art of Chua Mia Tee: A Portrait of a Life's Work is the first significant monograph on the artist Chua Mia Tee, marking his conferment of the Cultural Medallion in 2015. This ambitious undertaking brings together for the first time in a single volume, more than 300 works of art that have anchored Chua's reputation as one of Asia's foremost Realist artists. Special features in this book include over 30 of Chua's Parliamentary sketches of1978-79, and portraits of almost every single Singapore President sworn-to-office and nearly every Chief Justice appointed. Chua's stellar list of luminaries in Singapore throws light on the breadth and scope of his commissioned works. This publication also traces how his depictions of the working-class and "vanishing scenes" of a rapidly changing city have captured the hearts and imagination of the larger community. With essays and contributions from prominent writers and museum curators, this monograph illuminates the life, thought and work of one of Singapore's most influential artists. This definitive artist monograph, spanning almost seven decades of Chua's practice since the 1950s, is an invaluable resource and addition to the canon of works in Singapore art research and development.


Business
Asia Cmo - Driving Brand Growth: Best Practice In Marketing, Effectiveness And Efficiency

Asia Cmo - Driving Brand Growth: Best Practice In Marketing, Effectiveness And Efficiency

Twenty years ago, the business world's focus was primarily on Europe and North America. Today, Asia accounts for most of the growth of the global economy, and companies have realized the vast potential of such a large and complex consumer market. Asia CMO explores what has driven brand growth in Asia in the past, and what we can expect in the future. The readers can tap on the wisdom of thirteen Founders, CMOs and CEOs who are leading some of the most prominent brands in the region - from home grown ones such as DBS, Singtel and GO-Jek through to international giants such as Mastercard, Tiffany and Coca-Cola. Each contributor has an exciting story to tell on how to build better brand leaders that can conquer the exciting markets of Asia.


Children
Anak Kampung Bernama Sidek (A Kampung Boy Named Sidek)

Anak Kampung Bernama Sidek (A Kampung Boy Named Sidek)

Anak Kampung Bernama Sidek is a 36-page bilingual children's illustrated book. It is Sidek Saniff's true account centred on his memories of growing up in a kampung before highrises dominated the Singapore landscape. The former Senior Minister of State, who turned 80 recently, lived in Kampung Radin Mas, a Malay village that had its beginnings in the 1880s and was demolished in 1973 as part of the nation's development plan. Guided by the adage 'It takes a village to raise a child', Cikgu Sidek - who was bestowed the title Tokoh Guru, or Exemplary Teacher, by his alma mater Sultan Idris Training College, now UPSI - looks at a time when kampung residents celebrated the kampung spirit by looking out for one another as a family. It was this same 'helping hand' spirit that led him to start Mendaki and Tabung Amal Aidilfitri. With 12 grandchildren of his own, Cikgu Sidek tapped on his experience both as a teacher and a grandfather to select vignettes he believes will 'speak' to young readers and inspire them; he addresses them the way a loving grandfather would.

Vinod And The Deepavali Dishes

Vinod And The Deepavali Dishes

At the start of the book, Vinod is at the market with his Aunt Meera, who is buying vegetables and other items for Deepavali. Along the way, he enjoys the sights and sounds of Little India. Back home, he is surprised to see his grandfather, whom he calls Tatta, cooking delicious-smelling and perfect-looking murukku and learns that his grandfather used to be a chef. Vinod then helps his aunt and his grandfather cook many dishes. He decides to design a large menu to list all the dishes there will be. Aunty Meera suggests he adds candles and lamps to his poster since it is for Deepavali - the festival of lights.

Mei Lin And The Reunion Dinner

Mei Lin And The Reunion Dinner

Mei Lin and her mother are decorating the house for Chinese New Year. When Mei Lin's mother realises that Mei Lin has eaten up all the love letters, she sends her to her grandmother's - her Nai Nai's - house to make more. Nai Nai shows her how to combine the coconut milk, eggs, sugar and flour for the batter and how to use the special mould for love letters. Mei Lin helps Nai Nai prepare the food for steamboat, for reunion dinner, and arranges the items for yu sheng (tossed raw fish salad). Through the story, readers will learn more about the three dishes highlighted in the story - love letters, steamboat and yu sheng - as well as some of the colourful customs of Chinese New Year.

Hafiz And The Raya Recipes

Hafiz And The Raya Recipes

Hafiz is disappointed because his parents will not be home in time for Hari Raya. He and his siblings decide to cook for their own Hari Raya feast, with their favourite dishes like ikan bakar and ayam goreng, and to invite their relatives and friends. They ask their Nenek - their grandmother - to show them how to cook, but because she cooks by sight, touch and taste, she suggests that they look for her recipes that are "somewhere around the place… stored in an old suitcase". Hafiz manages to find the suitcase and he and his siblings are able to cook their favourite dishes for Hari Raya.

Emma And The Eurasian Potluck

Emma And The Eurasian Potluck

Emma is writing in her diary on 25 December 1963, after her family's yearly midnight Christmas party. She recounts how she and her sisters went to Tekka Market with their mother to buy ingredients for Eurasian pie, how they made pineapple tarts on the charcoal oven, and she mentions the other dishes at the party such as prawn bostada and devil curry. A few lines of Kristang are spoken by an aunt.

Beverly And The Peranakan Feast

Beverly And The Peranakan Feast

The story starts when a little girl called Beverly coming across her mother weeping in the kitchen because a Nonya dish she is trying to cook is not coming out right. Beverly telephones her grandmother and asks her to come over to help. Together, the three of them cook up a number of special dishes, such as pong tauhu (meatball soup), for a party. Along the way, Beverly learns more about special Peranakan dishes, some traditional tools used, such as the batu lesong (mortar and pestle), and traditions such as the tok panjang, or a sumptuous Peranakan feast.

Animal Allstars: African Animal Facts And Folklore

Animal Allstars: African Animal Facts And Folklore

The anomalous animals of the African continent get their moment in the spotlight. From honey badgers to electric catfish, Animal Allstars provides factual and fantastical fun. Every animal within the vivid pages of Animal Allstars has a tantalizing tale to tell. Each creature presented is illustrated next to a breakdown of both notable and curious traits including class, weight, habitat, and social behaviors. To further deepen each narrative, the animal's special skill is offered alongside its corresponding African folk tale -interweaving method and myth.

Recordmania: Atlas Of The Incredible

Recordmania: Atlas Of The Incredible

The biggest, the strongest, the fastest, the loudest-- Recordmania sets the bar for the best atlas of the world's incredible records. From mind-boggling feats of human endurance to the unimaginable extremes of the natural world, these pages are filled with records that defy expectations and surprise the imagination. Split into 6 categories and covering every- thing from sports, architecture, animals, humans, technology, dinosaurs, space, and nature, each category is packed with feats that will delight. Trace out locations across each atlas before delving into the detail behind each record. Recordmania: Atlas of the Incredible is cleverly designed and thought-fully illustrated, the perfect gift for the curious-minded.

Great Ports Of The World: From New York To Hong Kong

Great Ports Of The World: From New York To Hong Kong

Travel to the world's ports and you'll learn much about a country's people, culture, and industry. Ports are thriving hubs of activity, filled with an endless variety of boats, cargo, and workers. This unique book takes young readers on a journey around the globe's ports and features some of the world's most fascinating destinations. In colorful spreads, readers are given insights into each port city: What are they eating in Hong Kong? What lives on the Nile River? What do the boats of Venice look like? From flora to fauna and from tropical climates to polar regions, this book is packed with vibrant, 1950s-era inspired illustrations. As entertaining as it is educational, this book gives children a window into a new way of seeing the world.

Where's The Architect? From Pyramids To Skyscrapers - An Architecture Look And Find Book

Where's The Architect? From Pyramids To Skyscrapers - An Architecture Look And Find Book

From the top of China's Great Wall to the base of the Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx, this journey through the world of architecture stops in nearly every continent and travels through centuries. Annabelle von Sperber populates her dynamic and intricate double-page spreads with many details and a hidden architect or important figure on every page that kids will have fun trying to locate. Along the way they'll learn about the iron workers who built the Empire State building, how many bulbs it takes to light the Eiffel Tower, where the royal jewels are kept at the Tower of London, and why there is so much red and yellow in Beijing's Forbidden City. Young readers will find themselves fully immersed in this large format book while learning about the incredible architectural wonders that continue to amaze us today.

By The River Of Borneo

By The River Of Borneo

The Wild Treehouse gang come to the rescue when Toobi's little brother, Ehvan, wanders off into the forest and makes a new friend who needs help. This colourful sequel to The Wild Treehouse of Borneo revisits the beauty of the rainforest and celebrates the wildlife of Sabah, as well as the culture of the Kadazan-Dusun people.

Super Seagrass Search, The

Super Seagrass Search, The

This book is part of the Raffles Institution's Ecological Literacy children's books series, which aims to teach young readers about local wildlife and nature through accessible picture books. Nobody can beat Doo the Dugong at a game of hide and seek! Doo begins to find Ollie the Octopus in the beautiful and rich coast of Chek Jawa, Pulau Ubin. In the marine playground, Doo makes endless discoveries about seagrass and other wondrous marine animals!

Woosh! A Coral's Journey

Woosh! A Coral's Journey

This book is part of the Raffles Institution's Ecological Literacy children's books series, which aims to teach young readers about local wildlife and nature through accessible picture books. Cory, the little coral spat, follows the current on an adventure to find a home. It travels to any fascinating places but it doesn't seem to belong! Where can Coral go?

What A Mix-Up! (Rubiah From Semarang, Book 1)

What A Mix-Up! (Rubiah From Semarang, Book 1)

With a heavy heart, Rubiah leaves her home in a village near Semarang to become a domestic helper in Singapore, vowing to send money back to her family. As she takes cooking and English-language lessons, she is nervous about her new role. In Singapore, she starts working for the Tans, but disaster strikes in the kitchen when she is asked to make carrot cake. This is the first title in the three-book series called Rubiah from Semarang which aims to shed light on the journey of helpers and open the eyes of young Singaporeans who interact daily with them.

Big Tree In A Small Pot

Big Tree In A Small Pot

Privileged, sensitive and smart, Eric Teo learns by accident that he has a Peranakan grandmother - a woman with a dark past who isn't allowed to see him. Curiosity, together with simmering tensions at home, drives him to go on a search for her to unearth the truth. Rajah - thoughtful, unflappable and visually impaired - lives modestly with his music-loving family, who do their best to help him live a normal life. When the two boys meet, each brings with him something the other must learn, and a friendship is forged that will change them both. Then, a tragic event occurs, and their newfound bond is put to the test. Set in modern-day Singapore, Big Tree in a Small Pot explores the meanings of friendship, family, loss and the values we live by.

Sengkang Snoopers: The Mystery Of The Hermit's Hut

Sengkang Snoopers: The Mystery Of The Hermit's Hut

When their usual travel plans fall though, Lee Su Lin and her little brother, Su Yang, reluctantly spend their school holidays on Pulau Ubin instead. Along with their new friends, the sensible and smart Zizi, and the perpetually hungry Bus, they form the Sengkang Snoopers and discover a mysterious hut at the top of a quarry hill, where a hermit is rumoured to live. When they hear strange sounds coming from the hut, they just can't keep away, but what will they find there?


Culture & People
Destination Shanghai

Destination Shanghai

For the privileged a cosmopolitan pleasure ground; For the desperate a port of last resort. A pot of gold at the end of an Oriental rainbow; A thick slice of hell denounced from the pulpit. The start of a journey for many; The end of the road for some. A place to find fame, or to seek anonymity; Rogues, chancers, showgirls, criminals... For so many people from so many lands, there was one phrase that sent a tingle of hope or a shiver of anticipation down every spine: "DESTINATION SHANGHAI".

Heritage Dim Sum: A Teacher Remembers

Heritage Dim Sum: A Teacher Remembers

Through engrossing, easy-to-read anecdotes, a pioneer-generation Singaporean recounts the significant milestones in his life, including his varied experiences as a classroom teacher, university tutor, vice-principal, senior lecturer, assistant director, Commonwealth Fund for Technical Co-operation International civil servant, specialist advisor and newsletter editor. Koh Kong Chia taught English in Singapore, Port Moresby, Kota Kinabalu, Sandakan, Tawau, Chengdu and Beijing over a span of 33 years. The sights, sounds and charms of old Singapore as seen through his perspective growing up in the post-war colonial period are also lovingly conveyed, as is his lifelong fascination with Chinese dialect opera. This book hopes to provide a unique appreciation of Singapore's heritage and culture through the lens of someone who had a ringside seat witnessing the birth of modern Singapore from the 1940s onwards.

Quest For Freedom, A

Quest For Freedom, A

A Quest for Freedom - freedom from poverty, freedom to learn, freedom to live - without fear or favour. This has been the quest of Gopalan Raman, known to most of his friends and fellows in the legal fraternity as G Raman. His critical mind and outspoken nature led to his arrest and detention without trial whilst he was still a practising lawyer. Despite the ordeal, he returned to practising, and teaching younger entrants to the hallowed profession, one which he still upholds in the highest regard.

Home Is Not Here

Home Is Not Here

One of Asia's most important public intellectuals, Wang Gungwu is best-known for his explorations of Chinese history in the long view, and for his writings on the Chinese overseas. In this book the historian of grand themes turns to the intimate scale of a single life history: his own.

Other Voices, Other Eyes: Expatriate Lives In Hong Kong

Other Voices, Other Eyes: Expatriate Lives In Hong Kong

The stories of expatriates in Hong Kong - the most dynamic, dramatic and diverse city in the Asia-Pacific region - come to life in this book. Why did they come? Why do they stay? How did Hong Kong change them and their view of the world? What did they gain and what did they lose? Human beings are on the move, driven by economic globalisation, political persecution, love or simple curiosity; and this global flow defines the age in which we live. From these expat stories, larger themes loom: identities transformed; racism, naked and clothed; blended relationships; and the tensions and tolerance engendered through peoples, languages and cultures in contact.

Girls Can't Be In The Mafia: A Memoir

Girls Can't Be In The Mafia: A Memoir

Morbidly funny and inspiring, Danielle West's memoir is heart-breakingly honest about her years of angst and escape. Getting away from her dysfunctional family was Danielle's one mission as a child in America. After a stint of homelessness, she becomes a dominatrix and a go-go dancer, a soap-maker and a professional MMA fighter in London, a digital marketer and a novelist-all before stepping foot in Singapore, where she has made her home.

I Am Not A Label, I Am Gary

I Am Not A Label, I Am Gary

An abused child. A tattooed gangster. A Boys' Town resident. A punk rock chef. A camp leader. A speaker and facilitator. A recipient of LKY Model Student Award. A tuition teacher. A trainee social worker. Gary is all of these. In this memoir, Gary recounts the events of his life with sincerity and in a straightforward way, from his childhood to present day. It details his transformation from an at-risk youth with criminal involvement into a promising young man seeking to build a career and pursue his dreams. In sharing his experiences, he also offers his thoughts about discrimination, empathy and its importance in relating to at-risk youths, as well as his experience of abuse and how it may be prevented. Can delinquents change and turn over a new leaf? Gary's story is an example of not only the possibility of transformation, but of drawing on past mistakes to fortify one's attitude and dreams of a better society.

Reward Beyond Description, A

Reward Beyond Description, A

In a teaching career spanning a period of over 50 years, Mrs Lee Gek Kim has motivated numerous students to excel in the subjects she taught and others to discover the potential they had. Mrs Lee shares the secrets of her success as an educator and reveals the joys and learning experiences she has had as well as the wonderful friendships that she has gained with her students. As someone who has a great impact on her students' lives, she continues to keep in contact with many students who organise regular gatherings with her. Her memoir demonstrates how teaching can be a fulfilling experience.

Asking Why

Asking Why

Asking Why is a collection of eclectic speeches and writings by prominent entrepreneur Ho Kwon Ping during his life so far, from schooldays through to a career in journalism and as a public intellectual, over a period of over 40 years. Curated into clusters with their own prefaces to provide context to the pieces, plus a separate chapter relating the chronology of his life so far, Asking Why is Ho's take on various issues around him, to which he asked why frequently - and which were often without clear answers. Ho Kwon Ping is the founder chairman of both Banyan Tree Holdings and Singapore Management University. Though both institutions are quite established in their own fields, his early life was a lot less respectable, involving being kicked out of university and a stint as a political detainee. Trained in development economics, employed as a journalist, and then becoming an accidental entrepreneur and amateur educator, Ho in the process has commented on many issues through speeches and published articles.

Life In Plastic

Life In Plastic

In this entertaining and often touching memoir, well-known plastic surgeon Woffles Wu lifts the lid on his early childhood, his growing-up years in London and his life as a young doctor in Singapore. He also writes about his role models in life, going on a remarkable "US tour" to talk about plastic surgery, what it is like being famous, and much, much more. Filled with short standalone pieces covering the different stages of his life, each page of this book takes you deeper into his mind as well as into the past.

Cosmopolitan Intimacies: Malay Film Music Of The Independence Era

Cosmopolitan Intimacies: Malay Film Music Of The Independence Era

The 1950s and '60s are now thought to be the Golden Age of Malay film. A big part of what made films of this era so popular was their beguiling music. In this absorbing study, the scholar and musician Adil Johan examines the social and cultural impact of the film music of the period, and its role in nation-making. Drawing on analyses of lyrics and music, interviews with musicians, and the content of Malay entertainment magazines, in an approach that spans ethnomusicology and cultural studies, he reveals this body of work to be a product of a musical and cultural cosmopolitanism in the service of a nation-making process based on ideas of Malay ethnonationalism, initially fluid but increasingly homogenized over time. Malay film music of the period covertly expressed radical sentiments despite being produced within a commercialized film industry. Written in a lively style and illustrated with musical examples, the book will satisfy ethnomusicologists, composers, and film studies scholars interested in Southeast Asia and the Malay world. It will equally be of interest to scholars interested in the role of culture in nation-making more broadly.

Jeremy Monteiro: Last-Night Thoughts Of A Jazz Musician

Jeremy Monteiro: Last-Night Thoughts Of A Jazz Musician

Jazz pianist, composer, producer, vocalist and educator - Jeremy Monteiro FRSA has been a professional musician since 1976, with more than 40 solo albums to his name. Jeremy is also a keen observer and deep thinker. Here, for the first time, he has put many of his "late-night thoughts" to paper, offering us a wealth of hard-won wisdom about life, love, music and human nature. From fond reminiscences that tug at the heartstrings, to funny anecdotes that will evoke a huge guffaw, the essays in this volume take us on an intimate journey into the mind of one of Singapore's most talented, most respected and most loved musicians.


History & Geography
Farewell, My Colony: Last Days In The Life Of British Hong Kong

Farewell, My Colony: Last Days In The Life Of British Hong Kong

In the heart of Beijing, a large digital clock marked off the seconds until July 1, 1997, when the red, five-star flag of China would be hoisted over Hong Kong - and the grand but untried idea of "one country, two systems" would be put into practice. Farewell, My Colony is a real-time journal of the end of an era by an objective observer. American journalist Todd Crowell captures a unique moment in history as Britain stoically soldiers through the last months of its 156 years of colonial rule, China waits restlessly to resume its sovereignty, and Hong Kong buzzes with endless speculation. He tells how Hong Kong's Chinese and expatriates, taipans and cagemen come to terms with the impending change of rule. He mingles with the rich and famous and common people alike. A long-term resident, he votes in elections controversially called by Governor Chris Patten. He then follows the selection of a rival legislature, and of Patten's successor, shipping magnate Tung Chee-hwa, as the first chief executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. The city's pulse is charted by his pen, through to the pomp, circumstance and partying of the day of handover itself. Now, 20 years later, Crowell has updated this valuable historical record with reflections on what has happened to Hong Kong since 1997.

The Peak: An Illustrated History Of Hong Kong's Top District

The Peak: An Illustrated History Of Hong Kong's Top District

The Peak is Hong Kong's top residential district, where property prices are as high as the altitude. How did it become an exclusive enclave in the bustling business center of 19th-century Asia? The British wanted relief from summer heat and the Peak was the obvious place to escape it. When the Governor adopted Mountain Lodge as a summer getaway, development accelerated and the opening of the Peak Tram in 1888 made access easier. Gradually a community developed and a church, a club and a school were established. This book describes how the now-popular tourist area developed over time and adapted as needs changed.

Tin Hats And Rice: A Diary Of Life As A Hong Kong Prisoner Of War, 1941-1945

Tin Hats And Rice: A Diary Of Life As A Hong Kong Prisoner Of War, 1941-1945

"I can't visualise us getting out of this, but I want to TRY to believe in a future," wrote 23-year-old Barbara Anslow (then Redwood) in her diary on 8th December 1941, a few hours after Japan first attacked Hong Kong. Her 1941-1946 diaries (with postwar explanations where necessary) are an invaluable source of information on the civilian experience in British Hong Kong during the second world war. The diaries record her thoughts and experiences through the fighting, the surrender, three-and-a-half years of internment, then liberation and adjustment to normal life. The diaries have been quoted by leading historians on the subject. Now they are available in print for the first time, making them available to a wider audience.

Hong Kong Confidential

Hong Kong Confidential

A former senior Chinese Administrative Officer has at long last lifted another corner of the veil of half-truths which have shrouded many of the decisions taken under the long governorship of Sir Murray MacLehose. David Wong - who started working life as a dishwasher in a Chinese restaurant at the age of 13 before becoming a journalist, teacher, bureaucrat, businessman, and then a writer of short stories and novels - has turned his narrative skills to producing a pungent, cerebral and revelatory insider memoir of his experiences in the upper reaches of the colonial administration during the 1970s. He constantly struggled with a three-horned dilemma: how to serve the people of Hong Kong, who paid his salary; the wider Chinese nation, from which he was culturally and emotionally inseparable; and the demands of the British crown, to which he had publicly sworn his allegiance. This is a valuable contribution to the historical mosaic of a dynamic and paradoxical Chinese community living through turbulent times.

Postcards From The South: Memory And History Of The Malaysian Railways

Postcards From The South: Memory And History Of The Malaysian Railways

The first railway line in Malaya was built in 1869 by the ambitious Maharaja Abu Bakar of Johor. Two decades later, the British built an extensive network to facilitate the transport of tin, and later rubber, to the ports. This network remains in use today as a passenger line, stitching together three corners of the peninsula. For more than a century, the railways have remained a mainstay in the lives of all Malaysians, a romantic symbol of travel to exotic destinations, and of power, industry and modernisation. Postcards from the South retraces the historic Southern Line, giving voice to the railway, the people and the places they call home. A parallel narrative explores new perspectives on a century and a half of railway history and its role in nation-building, using previously unpublished photographs, documents and maps.

Deals, Datus And Dayaks: Sarawak And Brunei In The Making Of Malaysia

Deals, Datus And Dayaks: Sarawak And Brunei In The Making Of Malaysia

This book tells the story of Malaysia's formation and its early struggle for survival. A treasure trove of recently de-classified records from the UK National Archives and the US Consulate in Kuching, demonstrate how the British, Singapore and Malayan governments seized upon the Brunei revolt, and Indonesian attacks across the Sarawak border, to justify their extensive use of coercive measures against the strongest opponents of the federation proposal, and to reinforce strong messaging that forming Malaysia was the best available future for Sarawak, Sabah and Singapore too. Despite all of those efforts, new archival evidence shows how the political situation in Sarawak almost caused Malaysia to be aborted at the last minute. The book then goes on to document how strong international and internal pressures throughout 1964 and 1965 meant that the very survival of Malaysia was in doubt.

Ancient Southeast Asia (Routledge World Archaeology)

Ancient Southeast Asia (Routledge World Archaeology)

Ancient Southeast Asia provides readers with a much needed synthesis of the latest discoveries and research in the archaeology of the region, presenting the evolution of complex societies in Southeast Asia from the protohistoric period, beginning around 500BC, to the arrival of British and Dutch colonists in 1600. Well-illustrated throughout, this comprehensive account explores the factors which established Southeast Asia as an area of unique cultural fusion. Miksic and Goh explore how the local population exploited the abundant resources available, developing maritime transport routes which resulted in economic and cultural wealth, including some of the most elaborate art styles and monumental complexes ever constructed. The book's broad geographical and temporal coverage, including a chapter on the natural environment, provides readers with the context needed to understand this staggeringly diverse region. It utilizes French, Dutch, Chinese, Malay-Indonesian and Burmese sources and synthesizes interdisciplinary theoretical perspectives and data from archaeology, history and art history.

Unmarked Graves: Death And Survival In The Anti-Communist Violence In East Java, Indonesia

Unmarked Graves: Death And Survival In The Anti-Communist Violence In East Java, Indonesia

The anti-communist violence that swept across Indonesia in 1965-66 produced a particularly high death toll in East Java. It also transformed the lives of hundreds of thousands of survivors, who faced decades of persecution, imprisonment and violence. In this book, Vannessa Hearman examines the human cost and community impact of the violence on people from different sides of the political divide. Her major contribution is an examination of the experiences of people on the political Left. Drawing on interviews, archival records, and government and military reports, she traces the lives of a number of individuals, following their efforts to build a base for resistance in the South Blitar area of East Java, and their subsequent journeys into prisons and detention centres, or into hiding and a shadowy underground existence. She also provides a new understanding of relations between the army and its civilian supporters, many of whom belonged to Indonesia's largest Islamic organisation, Nahdlatul Ulama.

Soul Catcher: Java's Fiery Prince Mangkunagara I, 1726-95

Soul Catcher: Java's Fiery Prince Mangkunagara I, 1726-95

Mangkunagara I (1726-95) was one of the most flamboyant figures of 18th-century Java. A charismatic rebel from 1740 to 1757 and one of the foremost military commanders of his age, he won the loyalty of many followers. He was also a devout Muslim of the Mystic Synthesis style, a devotee of Javanese culture and a lover of beautiful women and Dutch gin. His enemies-the Surakarta court, his uncle the rebel and later Sultan Mangkubumi of Yogyakarta and the Dutch East India Company-were unable to subdue him, even when they united against him. In 1757 he settled as a semi-independent prince in Surakarta, pursuing his objective of as much independence as possible by means other than war, a frustrating time for a man who was a fighter to his fingertips. Professor Ricklefs here employs an extraordinary range of sources in Dutch and Javanese-among them Mangkunagara I's voluminous autobiographical account of his years at war, the earliest autobiography in Javanese so far known-to bring this important figure to life. As he does so, our understanding of Java's devastating civil war of the mid-18th century is transformed and much light is shed on Islam and culture in Java.

Finding Jesselton

Finding Jesselton

Finding Jesselton is about the author's search to discover why a historical trading post in the South China Seas was so intriguingly once named after his great-grandfather, Sir Charles James Jessel. The story starts with Aaron Jesel of Frankfurt in the mid-18th century and finishes with his grandfather who died in 1977. This book and its photographs are meant only to be the author's personal version of his family's side of the Jessel lives and how the story relates to the naming of a muddy creek on the West Coast of North Borneo.

Empress: The Astonishing Reign Of Nur Jahan

Empress: The Astonishing Reign Of Nur Jahan

Four centuries ago, a Muslim woman ruled an empire. Her legend still lives, but her story was lost-until now. In 1611, thirty-four-year-old Nur Jahan, daughter of a Persian noble and widow of a subversive official, became the twentieth and favourite wife of the Emperor Jahangir who ruled the Mughal Empire. An astute politician as well as a devoted partner, she issued imperial orders; coins of the realm bore her name. When Jahangir was imprisoned by a rebellious nobleman, the Empress led troops into battle and rescued him. The only woman to acquire the stature of empress in her male-dominated world, Nur was also a talented dress designer and innovative architect whose work inspired her stepson's Taj Mahal. Nur's confident assertion of talent and power is revelatory; it far exceeded the authority of her female contemporaries, including Elizabeth I. Here, she finally receives her due in a deeply researched and evocative biography.

Between The Lines: Early Print Advertising In Singapore 1830'S-1969'S

Between The Lines: Early Print Advertising In Singapore 1830'S-1969'S

This book not only gives us a vivid overview of advertising copy and artwork spanning 130 years, but also provides fascinating insights into the shifting social and economic dynamics of Singapore and their impact on the advertising industry. This pictorial collection presents nearly 400 advertisements from print materials such as newspapers, books, periodicals and ephemera held in the collection of the National Library, Singapore. The advertisements are complemented by insightful commentaries - on subjects ranging from hospitality and household goods to food and fashion - that provide valuable context to the ad campaigns and help us understand the minds of both advertiser and consumer in Singapore, and by extension, the socioeconomic conditions of the time.

Studying Singapore Before 1800

Studying Singapore Before 1800

Historians rely on Singapore's strategic position to explain its great success as a royal trading port in the 14th century, and as a British colony after 1819. What, then, accounts for the many centuries when it seemed not to thrive? This volume collects studies about Singapore before 1800, bringing together different efforts across the 20th century at reconstructing Singapore's ""missing years"".

Semiramis' Legacy: The History Of Persia According To Diodorus Of Sicily

Semiramis' Legacy: The History Of Persia According To Diodorus Of Sicily

There are only a few detailed histories of Persia from Ancient Greek historiography that have survived time. Diodorus of Sicily, a first century BC author, is the only one to have written a comprehensive history in which more than cursory attention is paid to Persia.

Masanobu Tsuji's

Masanobu Tsuji's "Underground Escape" From Siam After Japanese Surrender

First published in English in 1952, this is an account by the `notorious' Colonel Tsuji of his escape through Thailand (Siam) - supposedly dressed as a Buddhist monk - following the Japanese surrender in Bangkok in August 1945; subsequently, Tsuji was to find his way into China via Hanoi before returning to Japan in 1948. It is a remarkable story, which includes significant analysis of Japan's relationship with Thailand and the latter's role in Asia, as well as Tsuji's experiences in Kuomintang China. In his Introduction, Nigel Brailey states: `Tsuji Masanobu is at one and the same time one of the most interesting and preposterous figures of the entire Japanese war - which, if you rely on his own megalomaniac accounts, he waged "almost single-handed"...' This is an important book which has been carefully edited with supporting annotations, and has its place in the military history of the period. Controversially, Colonel Tsuji who, according to Louis Allen, was responsible for `unspeakable atrocities' in Singapore and elsewhere during the Pacific War, was never prosecuted for war crimes.

Five Dynasties And Ten Kingdoms

Five Dynasties And Ten Kingdoms

The period of the Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms (907-960 B.C.E) has long been treated as an anomaly in the history of China, an age of great disunity between the empires of the Tang and the Song dynasties. Breaking with previous scholarship on China's middle period, this book presents individual studies that focus on the art, culture, and politics of the interregnum, challenging underlying assumptions about the unitary nature of dynastic culture and its value as a category of historical analysis. This volume understands these decades as a time of important transition in which the incipient cultural shifts of the mature Tang dynasty turned into the foundations of Song society. Consequently it highlights the complex narrative processes that gave birth to Song culture.


Leisure
Allanbakes Really Good No-Nonsense Nyonya Treats

Allanbakes Really Good No-Nonsense Nyonya Treats

Prepare irresistable Peranakan snacks and desserts at home with ease. AllanBakes Really Good No-Nonsense Nyonya Treats takes a no-frills approach and distils into simple steps the art of preparing these crowd-pleasing delights. From the creamy and sticky kuih salat (steamed glutinous rice cake with a coconut custard layer) to the hearty, sweet and savoury Nyonya chang (savoury rice dumpling) and the crispy and fluffy kuih bahulu (petite egg sponge cakes), this collection of colourful, rich and aromatic treats will be relished by everyone. With this book, creating traditional Nyonya favourites in the kitchen will be as enjoyable as savouring them.

Allanbakes Really Good No-Nonsense Cookies

Allanbakes Really Good No-Nonsense Cookies

Sweet, savoury and surprisingly straightforward - explore the limitless possibilities for cookies without complicated steps in AllanBakes Really Good No-Nonsense Cookies. This collection of recipes features classics and new creations with unexpected flavours. Indulge the taste buds with crispy salted egg yolk cornflake cookies, or surprise your loved ones with red curry cookies and eggless longan cookies. While playing with flavours and textures, Allan takes a no-frills approach and keeps his recipes easy to understand. Satisfying those cookie cravings at home has never been more enjoyable.

Allanbakes Really Good No-Nonsense Cakes

Allanbakes Really Good No-Nonsense Cakes

Prepare scrumptious home-baked cakes with little fuss. AllanBakes Really Good No-Nonsense Cakes serves up a collection of seriously delicious cakes that can be baked effortlessly at home. Indulge in luscious treats such as molten lava cake, berries and cream shortcake, and rich chocolate cream cheese pound cake, or try the unusual black pepper cake. Allan's no-frills approach keeps his recipes easy to understand. Be it a special occasion or a quiet afternoon treat, there is always room for a slice or two of Allan's honestly good creations.

No Sugar, Low Carb, No Guilt: Japanese Style Desserts

No Sugar, Low Carb, No Guilt: Japanese Style Desserts

It's time to stop feeling guilty about eating desserts. As a patissier and nutritionist, Hisae Sakamoto recognises that many people struggle to balance their health and love for sweet treats. She came up with the perfect solution by creating sugar-free options for popular desserts. While these creations look like and taste as delicious as their typical versions, they will be kinder on the body. This collection of healthy, low-sugar recipes can be made by beginners and experienced bakers alike.

Creative Baking: Macarons Basics

Creative Baking: Macarons Basics

With their delicate meringue-based shells and variety of decadent fillings, macarons are the perfect treat to share with family and friends. Now you can take them to the next level with creative baker Tan Phay Shing. Her first book, Creative Baking: Macarons, took the baking world by storm with a collection of macarons in the shape of animals, vehicles and things around the house. In this book, she shares all the basic techniques she uses to make her adorable macarons.

When We Were Kings: A Golden Era Of Singapore Rugby

When We Were Kings: A Golden Era Of Singapore Rugby

The 1978 Singapore rugby team made history by beating the powerful Kiwis, clinching the Malaysian Rugby Union Cup and winning a treble of national awards. Yet their triumphs were all but wiped from sporting history. Veteran sportswriter Godfrey Robert traces the blood, sweat and tears behind an extraordinary decade for Singapore rugby, starting in 1972 with the controversial first all-Asian team and culminating in another unthinkable victory in 1982. When We Were Kings includes first-person accounts from the heroes of the day: Coach Natahar Bava, skipper Song Koon Poh, Singapore Rugby Union boss Howard Cashin and many others.

On The Table At Home: Food I Love To Make

On The Table At Home: Food I Love To Make

Model, mother, home cook and now author, Danielle Graham is a woman of style, passion and substance. In this beautifully photographed book of her favourite healthy and delicious recipes, she shares the greatest gift her family has given her - the love of good food, and a passion for cooking with heart and soul. This is the food she cooks for her family and friends - a combination of Asian and European style dishes, each with its own story, inspired by people and places dear to her, and adapted with her own personal touches. Danielle has gathered over 70 recipes from her childhood favourites, from cooking lessons with her chef friends and from dishes she discovered during her international travels, and made them her own with personal touches. It will inspire you to nourish those that you hold close to your heart and to sit around the table at your home, enjoying the food you love to make. Invest in goodness, cook with passion and make it real.

Quintessential Filipino Cooking: 75 Authentic And Classic Recipes Of The Philippines

Quintessential Filipino Cooking: 75 Authentic And Classic Recipes Of The Philippines

Experience classic and authentic recipes from the Philippines with Quintessential Filipino Cooking. This incredible collection of 75 recipes highlights the traditions and favors of Filipino cooking, and gives each one Liza's personal touch that takes it to the next level. These recipes highlight the standout favors of Austronesian, Malay-Indonesian, Indian, Japanese, Chinese, Spanish and American cuisines to make unforgettable dishes. Using easy-to-find ingredients and simple techniques Liza teaches readers to cook their own lumpia (spring rolls), sinigang (sour soup), longganisa (sausage), adobo (chicken or pork), kare kare (stewed oxtail), leche fan and more.

Onigiri: Fun & Creative Recipes For Japanese Rice Balls

Onigiri: Fun & Creative Recipes For Japanese Rice Balls

One of Japan's favourite comfort foods, onigiri or rice balls are quick and easy to put together, nutritious, low in fat and, most importantly, delicious. This cookbook shows you how easy it is to prepare onigiri for any occasion, whether it is for a meal or a tasty snack to pack in your lunchbox. With this collection of 50 recipes, discover the endless variety of onigiri you can create with just a few simple ingredients. Treat yourself to classic Japanese favourites such as Tarako (Salted Cod Roe) Onigiri, Tenmusu and Umeboshi Onigiri, or fun creations such as Omurice Onigiri, Dry Curry Onigiri and Chicken Rice Onigiri with this cookbook.

Dash Of Szechwan, A

Dash Of Szechwan, A

A Dash of Szechwan presents more than 50 delicious recipes from Chen Kentaro, the Executive Chef behind the multiple Michelin star awarded restaurant, Shisen Hanten. Chef Kentaro's recipes showcase the very best of authentic Chinese Szechwan cuisine, and he proves that award-winning quality food does not need to be complicated. Each dish is complemented with beautiful food photography, and the step-by-step images help illustrate the slightly more complex techniques.


Literature
Minorities, The: A Ghostly Novel

Minorities, The: A Ghostly Novel

Meet the four misfits living in one HDB flat. One is a Malay-Jew who is trying to get his father to come back as a ghost. Cantona is a promising Bangladeshi artist on the run from a construction company. Tights is a Chinese illegal immigrant with a Forrest Gump obsession. And Shanti is a gifted Indian lab technician hiding from her abusive husband. When a forlorn pontianak begins haunting them, the four friends find themselves embroiled in a surreal showdown that may just upend the world, or at least Singapore. Written in Suffian Hakim's trademark humour, The Minorities is a novel about those living on the edges of society and their soulful bond.

Swordfish + Concubine

Swordfish + Concubine

Swordfish + Concubine is a play inspired by the old Malay classic Sejarah Melayu. Playwright Kee Thuan Chye takes the popular story of the swordfish attack on Singapura and that of the Sultan's favourite concubine who is sentenced to death by impalement, and weaves them together to produce an epic that resonates with the present. He infuses it with drama, comedy, action, satire, gamelan music and rap. Yes, rap! It is sweeping, lavish and filled with fun, and it appeals to the senses, the mind and the heart. In 2006, it was judged one of the top five plays entered for the International Playwriting Festival organised by Warehouse Theatre in the UK.

18 Walls: A Novel

18 Walls: A Novel

This action-packed thriller follows a squad of 18-year-olds who must fight an army of Savages in a war they did not choose. Ren is an elite fighter who feels no emotions. That makes him the perfect soldier to battle the Savages, a feral army of half-animal, half-human species prowling outside the 18 walls protecting the city...at least that's what the propaganda machine will have him believe. He and his motley squad are armed with genetic enhancements before venturing beyond the walls. They come to learn more about themselves and their enemies than they could have ever imagined.

Imaginary Friends: 26 Whimsical Fables For Getting On In A Crazy World

Imaginary Friends: 26 Whimsical Fables For Getting On In A Crazy World

Imaginary Friends is a collection of modern fables for adults based on the letters of the alphabet. These modern morality tales are humorous, witty and great fun to read. Come meet Annie the Ambitious Apple, Greta the Grouchy Grape, Olivia the Overachieving Octopus and their friends. Accompanied by quirky illustrations that capture the perculiarities of these personalities, you will be chuckling along as you see your friends and colleagues in many of these imaginary friends.

When The Lights Went Off

When The Lights Went Off

As the poet navigates through middle age, beset by questions on aging, love and loss, and the incipient awareness of mortality, these poems give shape and meaning to those attendant, oft-unspoken anxieties. Through coy irony, imagined personas and leaps of creative faith, Tan's fifth collection of poetry interrogates the redemptive possibilities of art, promising a journey through the familiar and the off-kilter.

Bite Harder: Open Letters And Close Readings

Bite Harder: Open Letters And Close Readings

Fifteen years ago, Koh Jee Leong left a promising career in Singapore's Education Service in order to become a poet in New York City. The change was transformative. Bite Harder tells the story of the change through essays that blend the personal and the literary: unlikely friendships in graduate school and the Village; encounters with the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche and the activism of gender rights advocate Pauline Park; reading Eavan Boland on the Upper West Side and reading Gregory Woods in Queens. These formative experiences are described alongside pioneering essays on Singapore poets, such as Goh Poh Seng, Cyril Wong, Yeow Kai Chai, and Justin Chin, and uncompromising letters about the struggle for freedom of expression. Koh's unique perspective as both insider and outsider informs these essays and letters. Bite Harder is a vital contribution to the nascent genre of literary essays and the field of cultural criticism in Singapore.

Vital Possessions

Vital Possessions

Vital Possessions by Marc Nair contemplates how city-dwellers negotiate their uneasy relationship with nature in a world where growth is both man-made and natural. The jungle is always one trim away from over-running us and we are often oblivious to it. The poems question what we hold as vital amid ceaseless consumption and our urban existence.

Common Life: Drawings And Poems

Common Life: Drawings And Poems

With crayons and stained paper, artist Ho Chee Lick wanders around neighbourhoods in Singapore observing, perceiving, looking for that "something": quiet and unremarkable objects and scenes of basic everyday life. One day some of his drawings came into the hands of poet Anne Lee Tzu Pheng who rediscovers the quiet beauty of these captured moments and explores their story with her words. Common Life is a visual and poetic journey into territories the mind often finds too familiar to excite feelings or thoughts.

Regarding

Regarding

Written in response to the National Gallery Singapore's exhibitions, Madeleine Lee's volume of ekphrastic poetry enacts the ways in which language may respond to art. Each poem a vignette of a show, words compose, question and revision the visual in novel forms of their own making. regarding is the first title in the Gallery's Words on Art series-books dedicated to articulating the intersections between visual and literary art.

Velouria

Velouria

Velouria is a seminal collection of microfiction. Daren Shiau, better known as a novelist and a poet, experimented with flash fiction in between lengthier works in the mid-200os. The title story of the book is named after a track by Boston-based alternative rock band, the Pixies. Other stories in the volume were titled after the songs by artistes such as My Bloody Valentine and Thelonious Monk. This 2017 reprint contains a new story "Sedimentary", which received the top prize in The Straits Times' inaugural microfiction competition in 2007.

Woman Who Turned Into A Vending Machine, The

Woman Who Turned Into A Vending Machine, The

A housewife turns into a vending machine. Zombies are coming for tea. An unnamed narrator dreams of a cat. "The Woman Who Turned Into A Vending Machine" is a book on metamorphosis - metaphorical and physical, calculated and involuntary. Here is an invitation to explore how myth fits with the mundane, and how we shapeshift alongside our endlessly changing environments, muddying along life as best as we can.

Pantomime

Pantomime

Pantomime is a homily for the weary social actor, seeking a place of shelter. These poems meander through the performative in society, sieving through letters, anthems and declarations to find the ramshackle hut at the end of the road. Come, stranger, and walk with me.

Afterimage

Afterimage

Afterimage: an image that continues to appear even after the original has ceased. Werner Kho's debut poetry collection is both personal and yet universal, an exploration of the process of loss and how our they come back to us in every different angle.

Band Eight

Band Eight

In the Nation, citizenship is competitively earned, and the sting of failure strikes swift. The smallest professional blemish may spell demotion or even deportation to offshore labour communities called Depositories, while the affluent are insured against all misfortune and can do no wrong. Santhosh is a Transient student hoping to ace the Civil Primaries and make Citizen the following year, when his father is suddenly deported and State agents murder his guardian's entire family. Adopted by a motley band of fugitives who hold wealthy Citizens ransom for a shot at freedom, Santhosh searches for his father and struggles to keep his integrity in a world where the only true choices are luxuries.

Kallang Basin Adagio

Kallang Basin Adagio

A tribe of nomads journeys through a post-apocalyptic Singapore devastated by environmental collapse, for the promised land of the Kallang Basin. While searching for shelter, they rescue a starving young boy and his musically-inclined android, who upend the tribe's dynamic. When machines become symbols of our aspiration and extensions of our will, what role do they serve when we fight to survive? A testament to the strength and endurance of the human spirit.

Marriage And Mutton Curry

Marriage And Mutton Curry

A kimono-clad Tamil woman greets Japanese soldiers at the door while her Anglophile husband cowers in his Jaguar. Two sisters share a husband when one fails to produce a child for the longest time. An American diplomat's urgent inquires about the Malaysian treasury's facilities are hilariously misunderstood. A daring civil servant proposes to a Ceylonese lady in his hometown mere minutes after meeting her, breaking a thousand years of marriage protocol. M. Shanmughalingam's debut collection paints, with gentle wit and humour, the concerns and intrigues of the Jaffna Tamil community in Malaya. At turns satirical, empathetic and insightful, these fifteen stories explore what happens when we hold on to-and choose to leave behind-our traditions and identities in a changing world.

If It Were Up To Mrs Dada: A Novel

If It Were Up To Mrs Dada: A Novel

Today is National Day. It is also Cheryl Dada's birthday. As Elderflower Home prepares for the celebration, Cheryl Dada too gets ready for her party. Between the hours of noon and seven p.m., she encounters the cantankerous residents and caregivers, her mother and people of yesteryears. What unfolds is a story about a woman coming to terms with age, loss and love.

Yellow House, A

Yellow House, A

Ten-year-old Singaporean Maya is lonely: her grandmother is dead, her mother is focused on her career and her best friend has become a bully. When Aunty M, a domestic worker from Indonesia, joins the family to take care of Maya and her baby sister, Maya is ready to hate her. Aunty M smiles a lot, but says little. However, after Aunty M rescues a fellow maid living in the same building and beaten by her employer, Maya discovers a side of Singapore hitherto unknown to her. She and Aunty M grow closer as they meet more and more women in need. What will happen when Mama finds out about Maya and Aunty M's growing involvement with the aunties? Will Maya lose Aunty M too? After all, Mama did say she hates busybodies …This poignant coming-of-age story, told in the voice of inquisitive Maya, explores the plight of migrant domestic workers in Singapore and the relationships they form with the families they work for.

Iban Woman

Iban Woman

In Iban Woman, volume 3 of the Iban Dream series, the traditional folklore and lifestyle of the Ibans of Sarawak provide the inspiration for this fantasy fiction. Life has changed for many modern Iban women in Borneo, but the aspiration to be a traditional perfect woman is still considered noble.

Operation Blind Spot

Operation Blind Spot

After years of jungle service, Jason Rance, a maverick Chinese-speaking British major of Gurkhas has one final chance of qualifying for promotion to lieutenant colonel. During a covert operation on the Thai-Malayan border, Rance meets a Chinese schoolboy friend from jungle-operation days and together they must pit Malaya's orang asli, or indigenous people, against Chin Peng and the Malayan Communists, now hiding in south Thailand, trying to rescue two stranded wartime Gurkhas as they do. Rance is further tasked to command Borneo's Border Scouts during the Borneo Confontation, an undeclared war fought between British, Australian and New Zealand forces and Indonesian troops supported by China and the Soviet Union. Rance and his Gurkhas lead raids over the border into Indonesia and Rance becomes a personal target for the Indonesian military.

Delhi & Agra, A Traveller's Reader

Delhi & Agra, A Traveller's Reader

Spanning the Mogul Empire and the British Raj through to the struggle for Indian independence, this collection takes the reader on a journey through Delhi and Agra, recreating the key events, customs and lives of residents and visitors.

Choice Of Evils, A

Choice Of Evils, A

This epic novel is set against the backdrop of the Sino-Japanese war, from the time Japan annexed Manchuria in the early 1930s until the end of the Second World War. During these years, a militaristic Japan pursued an aggressive dream to colonize not only China but also the whole of Southeast Asia and beyond. The story of these tumultuous years is told through the lives of a disparate group of fictional characters: a young Russian woman emigre caught between her complex love affair with a British journalist and a liberal-minded Japanese diplomat, an Indian nationalist working for Japanese intelligence, a Chinese professor with communist sympathies, an American missionary doctor and a Japanese soldier, who are all brought together by the monstrous dislocation of war. Enmeshed in a savage world beyond their control, each character turns to the deepest part of themselves to find a way to survive.

Footnotes On Falling

Footnotes On Falling

footnotes on falling is a collection of 44 poems about sub-optimal life choices. the poems constantly laugh at themselves because they are polite, and asian. they shuffle their feet sideways while declining eye contact. they indulge in wordplay because it gives them something to do with their fingers. they prefer to read out but also prefer this be done in private. they secretly would like you to bring them home.

Organ Gold: A Medical Thriller

Organ Gold: A Medical Thriller

Racy, pacy and packed with near-death experiences, drama, mounting hospital bills, desperate family members, suspicious characters and mysterious human organ traders, Organ Gold is a medical-themed thriller set in Singapore that looks at the darker side of organ donors and the booming black market in human organs. The excitement begins in the very first chapter, when Jack, an American teen in Singapore for a visit, is accidentally shoved through a window and ends up in a coma. His parents, already in agony that he may never wake up again, also have to deal with the worry of medical costs. Soon after, a mysterious man contacts Jack's father and offers him US$200,000 - for Jack's organs. The book includes a 7,500-word epilogue examining the arguments and issues about organ donation and organ trading.

Romancing The Language: A Writer's Lasting Love Affair With English - A Collection Of Essays

Romancing The Language: A Writer's Lasting Love Affair With English - A Collection Of Essays

"I had fallen head over heels in love with a foreign language that others in my community were indifferent to, had grudgingly learnt or positively hated. I embraced the English language fully, wanting to learn everything about it, to celebrate it and serve it, like the completely enamoured and enslaved lover." This delightful collection of essays by Catherine Lim explores her love affair with the English language through her stories and anecdotes about her relationship with the language.

Trafalgar Sunrise

Trafalgar Sunrise

From Singapore Literature Prize-winner Danielle Lim comes a powerful meditation on love, grief, redemption and awe at the resilience of the human spirit. Ward sister Grace Hwang battles alongside fellow healthcare workers in Singapore when the SARS virus-invisible, relentless and deadly-strikes in 2003. In the thick of it, she looks back at her teenage years in Trafalgar Home, a leper colony where Alice, her best friend, was forced to give her newborn up for adoption. With Alice now in the last stages of cancer, Grace attempts to reunite mother with long-lost daughter before time runs out. Along the way, she seeks to discover the person who found the cure to leprosy. Elegant, thoughtful and richly portrayed, Trafalgar Sunrise is a double helix of a novel that intertwines the gripping drama of the present with the haunting anguish of the past, pitting human against microbial, choice against consequence, and deed against redemption.

It Happened On A Scrabble Sunday

It Happened On A Scrabble Sunday

A late-night call leads Uday Aurora to find his beloved daughter barely alive after a gruesome attack. Uday wants justice, while his son demands vengeance. While the comatose Lavinia's condition deteriorates, Uday learns the identity of the real culprit. Distraught, Uday must choose carefully to determine his next steps, for the die is cast, and he now needs to come to terms with the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune that life has thrown at him. What will it take for a supremely decent man to abandon his characteristic morality, to protect his family while avenging brutality against his daughter? Especially when money buys nearly everything. Even absolution. A dark, crafty and thrilling stew blending social satire, murder and revenge, It Happened on Scrabble Sunday is inspired by Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus, liberally flavoured with curry.

Bonsai Tree, The

Bonsai Tree, The

Liberal-minded Jun Nagai, heir to a prominent business empire, brings his beautiful and intelligent English wife Kate Scott back to Japan after a whirlwind romance - a marriage his complex, powerful and traditional mother Itsuko naturally disapproves. While Jun is pulled between the two cultures, owing loyalty to both, Kate is thrown into an unfamiliar world where her role of a wife lies within strict social constructs. Stripped of all romantic illusions, she struggles to retain her individuality. A shattering encounter leads her directly to the gritty abject underbelly of Kamagasaki - dumping ground for the destitutes and untouchables, a section ruled by gangsters and plyed by prostitutes, with no place in society. First published in 1983, this is Meira Chand's unforgettable novel of the clash of Western and Japanese cultures, now in an updated edition for a new generation of readers.

Last Quadrant

Last Quadrant

Twenty years ago English doctor Eva Kraig adopted Akiko, the illegitimate daughter of Kyo, who had abandoned the baby and then turned to prostitution. Now Eva may lose her beloved Akiko, for Kyo - ravaged by time and drink - has returned to claim her grown daughter. In the havoc of a great typhoon, Akiko finds herself stranded with her adoptive mother, the natural mother she has never known and a troubled young man who has fallen in love with her. In the brief calm of the typhoon's eye, the group arrives at the comparative safety of their wealthy English neighbour's concrete house. There they must wait out the violence of the last quadrant - the wildest part of the storm. As the refugees draw together in a fight for survival and are forced to reckon with their deepest selves, the terrible night becomes a turning point for each of them. First published in 1981, this is Meira Chand's haunting, dramatic second novel, now in an updated edition for a new generation of readers.

Gossamer Fly, The

Gossamer Fly, The

An evocative story of a young girl thrust into a dark and sinister adult world. Natsuko, of English-Japanese parentage living in Japan with her older brother and parents, faces the loss of her fragile mother, who is sent back to England for treatment after a breakdown. She is confronted by an arrogant and manipulative new maid, who wins over her father and brother as a surrogate wife and mother. As Hiroko's influence grows, Natsuko retreats into mounting isolation, confusion, fear and anger, resulting in a dramatic conclusion to this emotionally charged story. First published in 1979, this is Meira Chand's mesmerising, stylish debut, now in an updated edition for a new generation of readers.

Nimita's Place: A Novel

Nimita's Place: A Novel

It is 1944 in India and Nimita Khosla yearns to attend university to become an engineer, but her parents want a different life for her. As she accepts her fate and marries, religious upheaval is splitting the country and forcing her family to find a new home. In 2014, her granddaughter, molecular biologist Nimita Sachdev, escapes India to run away from the prospect of an arranged marriage. Staking out a future in Singapore, she faces rising anger against immigrants and uncertainty about her new home. Two generations apart, these two women walk divergent paths but face the same quandaries: who are we, and what is home?


Politics & Economics
Anatomy Of An Electoral Tsunami

Anatomy Of An Electoral Tsunami

This is a collection of articles by three of Malaysia's most prolific and respected political commentators on the forces which created the historic GE14 result in 2018.

Dividing Asean And Conquering The South China Sea: China's Financial Power Projection

Dividing Asean And Conquering The South China Sea: China's Financial Power Projection

The "ASEAN Way" is based on the principle of consensus; any individual member state effectively has a veto over any proposal with which it disagrees. Dividing ASEAN and Conquering the South China Sea analyzes how China uses its influence to divide ASEAN countries in order to prevent them from acting collectively to resolve their territorial disputes with China in the South China Sea. Using comparative case studies of China's relations with Cambodia, the Philippines, and Myanmar, O'Neill argues that the regime type in the country with which China is interacting plays an important role in enhancing or constraining China's ability to influence the governments of developing states within ASEAN and globally. Authoritarian institutions facilitate Chinese influence while democratic institutions inhibit that influence.

Philippine Economy, The: No Longer The East Asian Exception?

Philippine Economy, The: No Longer The East Asian Exception?

In this volume, a leading group of scholars pose the question, has the Philippine economy rejoined the dynamic East Asian mainstream and, if so, what set of policies and priorities are required to maintain the strong economic momentum of recent years? Successive chapters address issues related to growth and poverty, infrastructure and urbanization, education, health, the environment, energy, development finance, and governance and institutions.

Catharsis: A Second Chance For Democracy In Malaysia

Catharsis: A Second Chance For Democracy In Malaysia

Malaysia pulled itself back from the brink on 9 May 2018. That day the majority of its voting population decided to topple the Barisan Nasional government that had been in power for over 60 years and that had come to be seen as corrupt beyond redemption, and incompetent to boot. Lined up against the unpopular administration of Najib Razak was a coalition led by former strongman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who at the age of 92 had decided to return to Malaysian politics to stop the rot which many believed had begun during his earlier period in power, in 1981-2003. As the oldest prime minister in world history, he is now setting about creating structure that he believes will lead to a Malaysia that will achieve the Vision 2020 that he first propounded in 1991. This compilation of insightful analyses is Ooi Kee Beng's seventh, and discusses key events from the last five years leading up to 9 May 2018 and beyond. These seven books together cover the strange period we may come to know as the Inter-Mahathir Era, and the present volume discusses some of the challenges facing the new government, and the Malaysian population in general, now that the Barisan Nasional has imploded.

Regime Change In Malaysia: Ge14 And The End Of Umno-Bn's 60-Year Rule

Regime Change In Malaysia: Ge14 And The End Of Umno-Bn's 60-Year Rule

This book is a collection of 40-plus essays by 30-plus Malaysians about GE14 on 9 May 2018. It is a record of an unprecedented defeat of the UMNO-BN government, in power since 1957, and its replacement by Pakatan Harapan, a newly formed coalition. These essays discuss the major election issues, the principal actors, the campaign, the results and where we might be headed in the next decade. Regardless of the specifics, GE14 has ushered in Regime Change. We are witnessing change that goes beyond the displacement of one government by another as occurs when a different party takes over in western liberal democracies. Regime Change is more than that in at least three aspects: first, there are changes in the make-up of the socio-economic alliance that is backing up the new government; second, we see changes in the major political institutions, as in the whittling down of the humongous Prime Minister's Department and impending reform of some others like the MACC, the SPR and the civil service, and the replacement of self-serving, inefficient top personnel; and third, the adoption of new policies in public transport, education, labour and welfare concerns or disaster management - which are hopefully more pro-people and less wasteful of resources compared to previous policies.

Rising Moon, The: Political Change In Sarawak, 1959-1972

Rising Moon, The: Political Change In Sarawak, 1959-1972

The Rising Moon was the first in-depth study of the beginnings of modern politics in Sarawak between 1959 and 1972. The plural society of that state offered a stark contrast to that elsewhere in Malaysia, for in Sarawak viable political parties spanned ethnic divisions, a development that had not then taken place in the other parts of the nation. Side-by-side with the development of politics came the integration of Sarawak within Malaysia, and all the attendant tensions that followed from the merging of this its largest state within an expanded federation. The resultant pattern of politics was dynamic, and throughout this phase remained quite tentative due in large part to Indonesian confrontation and the armed activities of the local communist organisation. Amongst the states of Malaysia, Sarawak is unique, as all groups are in a minority, whether they be defined by ethnicity, religion or mother tongue. That necessitated political compromise spanning ethnic, religious and cultural divisions.

1Mdb: The Scandal That Brought Down A Government A Prime Minister, A Whizz Kid And The Biggest Kleptocracy The World Has Ever Known

1Mdb: The Scandal That Brought Down A Government A Prime Minister, A Whizz Kid And The Biggest Kleptocracy The World Has Ever Known

This book is a gripping account of the biggest, most audacious kleptocracy the world has ever known - over RM40 billion lost or stolen by a corrupt Malaysian government through 1Malaysia Development Berhad or 1MDB. It has all the elements of a Hollywood thriller with a cast featuring a sultan, a prime minister, his high-flying and even more high-spending wife, and a baby-faced whizz kid as the mastermind who was in his late twenties when it all started and who cavorted with actors and socialites such as Leonardo DiCaprio and Paris Hilton on yachts and other expensive places. Despite the Barisan Nasional government going to great lengths to cover up the scandal, it exploded and spread. The people tired of the blatant theft threw BN out in the general elections of 9 May, ending 61 years of uninterrupted BN rule. The book shows how the scandal developed, the way the various embezzlements were executed, traces the money flows and tracks the beneficiaries of a crime which could not go undetected because it was so big. Now, those who are responsible are finally being brought to account through a process which will take years.

Sarawak Report, The: The Inside Story Of The 1Mdb Expose

Sarawak Report, The: The Inside Story Of The 1Mdb Expose

This is the story of the have-nots and the have-yachts,of the failings of globalisation, and how a tiny rainforest campaign derailed the world's largest theft and brought down a government. The Sarawak Report is the stranger-than-fiction tale of how one woman uncovered the world's biggest theft which, in 2018, brought down the Malaysian government. Investigating the deforestation of Sarawak, Borneo, and the dispossession of its people, journalist Clare Rewcastle Brown followed a trail ofcorruption that led her to the heart of Malaysian politics and to Prime Minister Najib Razak himself Determined that the public should know the truth, she started a blog, which became Malaysia's go-to news outlet for information that the government was trying to suppress - and whistleblowers wanted to get out. She was soon running a radio station too. To nail down absolute proof, Rewcastle Brown criss-crossed the globe and, defying danger, pieced together the evidence of the 1MDB scandal- the theft of billions from the country's sovereign wealth fund. Her reporting - exposing the shady dealings of international politicians, finance powerhouses, prominent PR firms, and Hollywood glitterati - convulsed Malaysian politics and reverberated around the world. The US government made its largest ever kleptocracy asset seizure, while banks and bankers fell. Sweeping in scope, The Sarawak Report provides a jaw-dropping behind the-scenes narrative of Malaysia's recent turbulent political struggles, revealing, as never before, how government funded cyber-warfare and fake news operate, and, in an era of threadbare mainstream media, demonstrating that epoch-changing investigative journalism is still possible. It is an urgent account of the reality of globalisation - and the astonishing story of how one person made a difference.

Mythbusting In Vietnam: Facts, Fiction, Fantasies

Mythbusting In Vietnam: Facts, Fiction, Fantasies

Vietnam is studied and understood in myriad ways. Even so, much of this knowledge is framed by a limited number of dominant paradigms. The concern of this volume - which applies a postmodern approach to knowledge production in area studies - is to highlight the value of knowledge diversity by challenging some of these paradigms and the myths that are shaped within them. The purpose of this volume, thus, is twofold: first, to identify problematic axiomatic knowledge and raise alternative possibilities and, second, to highlight the value of interdisciplinarity and methodologically diverse approaches in expanding and enhancing knowledge production.

State, Ulama And Islam In Malaysia And Indonesia, The

State, Ulama And Islam In Malaysia And Indonesia, The

In response to the Islamic resurgence of the 1970s and beyond, the Suharto and Mahathir governments undertook massive Islamisation programmes in Indonesia and Malaysia respectively. This included co-opting influential religious scholars into state-sponsored institutions. The 'official' ulamas - the religious scholars who participated in these institutions - were expected to support the states' ideologies in exchange for reward and recognition. The State, Ulama and Islam in Malaysia and Indonesia examines the extent to which official ulamas in contemporary Indonesia and Malaysia capitalised on their co-optation to 'capture' the states. By capture, a concept popularized in political economy, the author refers to societal actors' ability to influence laws, policies, and the distribution of resources in their favour. The book examines how policies undertaken by Suharto and Mahathir determine capture successes and failures of official ulama in their respective countries.

Special Relationship In The Malay World: Indonesia And Malaysia

Special Relationship In The Malay World: Indonesia And Malaysia

Ho Ying Chan provides an expert analysis of Malaysia-Indonesia relations. He demystifies the concept of a "special relationship," rescuing it from woolly, sentimental rhetoric that often emanates from political figures and popular commentators. His well-informed study shows how a state's will to survive in the amoral world of international relations drives its conduct even in circumstances of common identities and common strategic interests with other states. He evaluates comparative evidence to shed light on how a special relationship leads to the emergence of a pluralistic security community.

Other Ladies Of Myanmar, The

Other Ladies Of Myanmar, The

In Myanmar, Aung San Suu Kyi is often not called by her name. Instead, she is just "The Lady", an honorific nickname that signifies her place in the collective imagination of her country. And from global human rights icon to Myanmar's de facto leader, she is certainly a towering figure. But The Lady's reputation has only tarnished in recent years in the face of the persecution of her country's Rohingya minority. In this new book, we present some of Myanmar's other ladies: women from across the social spectrum who are changing their country, and its perceptions of gender, from the ground up. From the artist who defied the junta to hand out sanitary towels at her exhibition, to the Muslim campaigner who has already spent a quarter of her life in prison; from the feminist Buddhist nun to the pop star who gets called a whore for performing; these are the voices of The Other Ladies of Myanmar.

Can Singapore Fall? Making The Future For Singapore

Can Singapore Fall? Making The Future For Singapore

Lim Siong Guan, Singapore's former Head of Civil Service (1999-2005) was the Institute of Policy Studies' 4th S. R. Nathan Fellow for the Study of Singapore. This book contains edited versions of the three IPS-Nathan Lectures he gave between September and November 2017, and highlights of his dialogue with the audience. Lim addresses the question, "Can Singapore Fall?", by examining the state of Singapore today and proposing what Singapore and Singaporeans must do in order to prevent economic and social decline. Taking inspiration from Sir John Glubb's essay, The Fate of Empires and Search for Survival, Lim urges Singaporeans to counter decline by observing the "three legs of honour": Trust, Diversity, and Excellence. These include becoming a gracious society and building up a culture of innovation, excellence and outwardness.

Does Asean Matter? A View From Within

Does Asean Matter? A View From Within

Written by the highly regarded diplomat Marty Natalegawa, former ambassador and foreign minister of Indonesia, this book offers a unique insider-perspective on the present and future relevance of ASEAN. It is about ASEAN's quest for security and prosperity in a region marked by complex dynamics of power. Namely, the interplay of relations and interests among countries - large and small - which provide the settings within which ASEAN must deliver on its much-cited leadership and centrality in the region. The book seeks to answer the following questions: How can ASEAN build upon its past contributions to the peace, security and prosperity of Southeast Asia, to the wider East Asia, the Asia-Pacific and the Indo-Pacific regions? More fundamentally and a sine qua non, how can ASEAN continue to ensure that peace, security and prosperity prevail in Southeast Asia? And, equally central, how can ASEAN become more relevant to the peoples of ASEAN, such that its contributions can be genuinely felt in making better the lives of its citizens?

Trends In Southeast Asia 2018 #19: Agriculture In Johor: What's Left?

Trends In Southeast Asia 2018 #19: Agriculture In Johor: What's Left?

Despite decades of industrialization, Johor remains an agricultural powerhouse. The state is Peninsular Malaysia's largest contributor to agricultural gross domestic product, and its official agricultural productivity is Malaysia's third highest. Johor's agricultural strengths lie primarily in product specialization, namely the farming of oil palms, various fruits and vegetables, poultry, pigs, cut flowers, and ornamental fish. Johor's production clusters have taken decades, if not centuries, to build up their regional dominance. Urbanization, often blamed for diminishing agriculture's importance, has actually helped drive Johor's farm growth, even until the present day. Johor's agricultural sector will persist for at least another decade, but may become even more specialized.

Trends In Southeast Asia 2018 #18: U.S. Relations With Southeast Asia In 2018: More Continuity Than Change

Trends In Southeast Asia 2018 #18: U.S. Relations With Southeast Asia In 2018: More Continuity Than Change

The US maintains a comprehensive and robust presence throughout Southeast Asia that has grown dramatically since the 1980s. It includes the commercial, security, education and diplomatic, and other domains. However, this presence is not very well appreciated or reported by regional media, whereas China's presence and influence is pervasive. Most Southeast Asian governments are often reluctant to recognize or publicize the US presence or contributions to regional security, stability, and growth. As US-China competition escalates, Southeast Asia will become an epicentre of this competition. Southeast Asian states and ASEAN must elevate their own emphasis and engagement with the US. The US brings many more strengths and benefits than does China and is a far more comprehensive actor in the region. In particular, it would be helpful if ASEAN and its member states would more publicly recognize the contributions and importance of the US.

Trends In Southeast Asia 2018 #16: Developing Eastern Johor: The Pengerang Integrated Petroleum Complex

Trends In Southeast Asia 2018 #16: Developing Eastern Johor: The Pengerang Integrated Petroleum Complex

The Pengerang Integrated Petroleum Complex (PIPC) is a huge development that has emerged on the east coast of Johor. Comprising Petronas' largest refinery facility and numerous ancillary and supporting industrial areas, it is pegged to diversify Malaysia's petrochemical industry and reap the benefits of the area's fortunate position on international maritime trade routes. While initial responses to the PIPC development were of concern for Singapore's oil and gas business, the island-nation's long reputation and position in the industry means that the PIPC has some steep learning curves to traverse before coming on par with its southerly neighbour. However, the PIPC is likely to provide a solution to Singapore's limitations in terms of costly services and limited land space. It may also rejuvenate an industry now seen by some SMEs to be somewhat stagnant. While there are myriad global trends that may inhibit the complete success of the PIPC, it seems to be well placed to provide economic spillover benefits for Johor and Malaysia. Even if it does not become a top regional player, it will be able to meet local demands for Euro 5 quality products.

Networked: Business And Politics In Decentralizing Indonesia, 1998-2004

Networked: Business And Politics In Decentralizing Indonesia, 1998-2004

B. J. Habibie may have served the shortest term of any of Indonesia's presidents, but his push for decentralization would affect the country for decades. Habibie came to power in 1998 and immediately set to work restructuring the government. He gave local districts more power, allowing them to elect their own leaders and create their own bylaws. After years of authoritarian rule, these reforms were meant to return power to the people. But that led to local governments engaging in bureaucratic and political conflict with the central government over control of valuable natural resources and the distribution of the revenue they generated. Decentralization became the most important political economic development in Indonesia of the past 30 years. This volume evaluates three cases of deep-seated political conflict and intrigue including central government, local governments, and multinational companies. It looks at how the structure of the national political economy has changed as the result of local politicians becoming involved in disputes with the national government over control of natural resources. It also analyzes how these changes will affect the distribution of wealth in the country as well as Indonesia's evolving democratic politics and modes of governance.

Aspirations With Limitations: Indonesia's Foreign Affairs Under Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono

Aspirations With Limitations: Indonesia's Foreign Affairs Under Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono

As the first directly elected Indonesian president, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY) served at a crucial juncture in Indonesia's history. Succeeding the three short presidencies of BJ Habibie, Abdurrahman Wahid and Megawati Sukarnoputri, his presidency had a lot to prove. While critical assessment of SBY's domestic policies have been undertaken, less attention has been paid to his foreign policy. This volume seeks to fill this gap by examining key foreign policy issues during SBY's tenure, including bilateral relations, Indonesia's involvement in international organizations, and pivotal issues such as international labour and terrorism. The book provides an assessment of the direction of his foreign policy and management style, paying particular attention to his concerns over Indonesia's territorial integrity and sovereignty, the significance of international institutions, and Indonesia's right to lead.

Trends In Southeast Asia 2018 #15: State Formation In Riau Islands Province

Trends In Southeast Asia 2018 #15: State Formation In Riau Islands Province

The formation of the Riau Islands Province (RIP) in 2002 is argued to be part of a broader trend of pemekaran (blossoming) that saw the creation of seven new provinces and more than 100 new districts throughout Indonesia after the fall of the New Order. This article argues that the main motivation for these subnational movements was a combination of rational interests and cultural sentiments. Since becoming its own province, RIP has been performing well and has surpassed Riau, the "parent" province, in multiple aspects including human development, poverty alleviation, and government administration. Despite the usual hiccups such as capacity gaps and corruption, the formation of the Province has been positive in achieving a balance between keeping the country intact while allowing local stakeholders a substantial level of autonomy.

Trends In Southeast Asia 2018 #14: Pancasila And The Challenge Of Political Islam: Past And Present

Trends In Southeast Asia 2018 #14: Pancasila And The Challenge Of Political Islam: Past And Present

Islam has become an important symbol in post-Suharto Indonesia, and political figures or parties feel they cannot afford to be seen to be against the religion or be considered unfriendly to it. Islamism emerges to challenge Pancasila (or cultural pluralism) again. The future of Pancasila depends on whether the Indonesian government and other pluralist forces are able to control the Islamists and provide political stability and economic development in the country.

Trends In Southeast Asia 2018 #13: The

Trends In Southeast Asia 2018 #13: The "Free And Open Indo-Pacific" And Implications For Asean

In recent times, the US, Japan and Australia have all promoted extremely similar visions of a Free and Open Indo-Pacific as the central organizing concept to guide their efforts in the region. The concept is essentially a reaffirmation of the security and economic rules-based order which was cobbled together after the Second World War - especially as it relates to freedom of the regional and global commons such as sea, air and cyberspace, and the way nations conduct economic relations. ASEAN and its member states continue to delay any definitive response to the Free and Open Indo-Pacific concept. Although its principles are attractive to many ASEAN member states, long-held conceptions of ASEAN centrality and its meaning gives the organization apparent reason for hesitation. The reality is that while ASEAN and major member states are focused primarily on the risks of action, there are considerable risks of inaction and hesitation. The current era will either enhance or lessen the relevance of ASEAN in the eyes of these three countries in the years ahead depending on how the organisation and its key member states respond.

Anwar Returns: The Final Twist - The Prosecution And Release Of Anwar Ibrahim

Anwar Returns: The Final Twist - The Prosecution And Release Of Anwar Ibrahim

On 16 May 2018, Anwar Ibrahim was released from prison and receives a full royal pardon from the King of Malaysia. This was an astonishing turn of events for the former Deputy Prime Minister who was serving a second prison term for sodomy, a charge that Anwar has always refuted. Read about the dramatic twists and turns in the prosecution of Anwar Ibrahim, from when he was first charged with sodomy in September 1998 to his vindication 20 years later. This book covers not only the trials and prosecution Anwar was subjected to and which led to the guilty verdict and sentence of fiveyears' imprisonment in February 2015, it also recounts the changing political tide sweeping through Malaysia that culminated in his historic release in 2018. Mark Trowell also presents an exclusive interview with Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim. In a wide-ranging discussion, held in May 2018, Anwar reveals much about his time in prison, his new relationship with Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad and his vision for Malaysia.

Daughter, The: A Political Biography Of Aung San Suu Kyi

Daughter, The: A Political Biography Of Aung San Suu Kyi

As the Rohingya crisis exploded, observers of Myanmar were shocked to see Aung San Suu Kyi, champion for the causes of liberal democracy and human rights, stand by as atrocities tore apart the western reaches of her country. This is an in-depth exploration of this icon-turned-leader and of the people, ideas, and experiences that have shaped her political identity. What emerges is not a shift in ideology but a consistent picture of the contrasts and multidimensionality that have defined her-prisoner and leader, principled resistor and pragmatic politician, the Lady and Mother Suu. Translated and updated from the original German, this is essential reading for professionals, journalists, and other observers seeking to understand Aung San Suu Kyi's role in Myanmar.

Trends In Southeast Asia 2018 #11: Indonesia And China's Belt And Road Initiatives: Perspectives, Issues And Prospects

Trends In Southeast Asia 2018 #11: Indonesia And China's Belt And Road Initiatives: Perspectives, Issues And Prospects

For Indonesia, which is keen to accelerate its infrastructure development, Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is seen as an opportunity to tap into China's huge financial resources and technological capability. There has however been no concrete BRI project agreed to between China and Indonesia so far. While China considers all projects, including infrastructure projects and economic interactions as part of BRI, Indonesia only considers those infrastructure projects initiated during the Xi Jinping period as BRI projects. Indonesia has offered several broad areas for cooperation under the BRI framework and carefully selected project locations to minimize political risk for the Joko Widodo government. But no agreements have been signed yet as China requires detailed project proposals from Indonesia, which it has apparently not received. What appears to hamper progress are four key issues: the perception of China's economic domination, the ethnic Chinese issue, the Natuna issue, and the mainland Chinese workers issue.

Asian Waters: The Struggle Over The Asai-Pacific And The Strategy Of Chinese Expansion

Asian Waters: The Struggle Over The Asai-Pacific And The Strategy Of Chinese Expansion

Few territories are as hotly contested as the western Pacific Ocean. Across the 1.5 million square mile expanse of the East and South China Sea, six countries lay overlapping claims that date back centuries. BBC foreign correspondent Humphrey Hawksley has been following this increasingly precarious situation in East Asia for decades. Reporting on years of political developments, he has witnessed China's rise to become one of the world's most powerful trade entities, elbowing smaller markets out in the process. In Asian Waters, Hawksley draws on his experience as a veteran journalist to portray the region in all its complexity and delivers a compelling account of where it is heading. Will China continue to rise to power peacefully or will its ambition prompt a new world war? Will Japan, the Philippines, South Korea, and Taiwan create a multi-lateral alliance similar to NATO to pre-empt further encroachment? Asian Waters delves into these topics and more as Hawksley presents the most comprehensive analysis of the region to date.

Selling The Future: The Perils Of Predicting Global Politics

Selling The Future: The Perils Of Predicting Global Politics

In an age of uncertainty, those who can anticipate revolution, the outbreak of wars, or which states might default are much in demand. The marketplace of ideas about the future is huge, and includes 'wonks', scholars and pundits who produce scenarios, predictions and ratings. The more opaque the future seems to be, so the relation between knowledge and power intensifies, above all the nexus between those who sell their expertise and those who consume it. In his investigation of the paradoxes of forecasting, Ariel Colonomos interrogates today's knowledge factories to reveal how our futures are shaped by social scientists, think tanks and rating agencies. He explains why conservative and linear predictions prevail, and why the future, especially when linked to national interest, reflects a systematic search for stability.


Religion & Philosophy
Complete Book Of Everyday Christianity, The: An A-Z Guide To Following Christ In Every Aspect Of Life

Complete Book Of Everyday Christianity, The: An A-Z Guide To Following Christ In Every Aspect Of Life

A lot has happened since The Complete Book of Everyday Christianity was first published in 1997 by IVP. We felt that for the book to be really useful for the reader today, we had to add a few critical articles. Some of them include climate change, global financial crisis, restorative justice, social media, and shame. Here, in one book, is the complete guide you need for every part of your life - family, money, relationships, job, church, entertainment and more. This sound, biblical handbook shows you how to resolve conflicts biblically, understand aging, find God in the ordinary aspects of life, work effectively with committees, discover the benefits of walking, choose the best radio stations to listen to, keep shopping under control, avoid pitfalls of grandparenting, think critically about movies, and much more.

Jesus: The Path To Human Flourishing - The Gospel For The Cultural Chinese

Jesus: The Path To Human Flourishing - The Gospel For The Cultural Chinese

This book seeks to present the Gospel in a way that seamlessly corresponds with Confucius's ideals for humanity but with a realistic solution. In fact the uniqueness of one's culture and ethnicity is affirmed, as the Lord of Heaven is the Creator of all. There will be no identity dilemma - one can be a Chinese and a Christian with honor.

Dao Of Healing, The: Christian Perspectives On Chinese Medicine

Dao Of Healing, The: Christian Perspectives On Chinese Medicine

The last 50 years have seen the popularity of Chinese medicine grow exponentially. In China, Korea, Japan and Singapore, Chinese medicine has been incorporated into their healthcare systems to varying degrees. In the West, it is no longer uncommon for patients to consult Chinese medicine doctors, many of whom are non-Chinese. However, among Christians in many parts of the developed world, Chinese medicine is still viewed with suspicion and negativity. Are these fears justified? How can we better understand the roots and practices of Chinese medicine? The Dao of Healing takes us on an in-depth exploration of the histories and philosophies that have shaped both Western biomedicine and Chinese medicine in order that we might make informed judgements about them.

Hamka And Islam: Cosmopolitan Reform In The Malay World

Hamka And Islam: Cosmopolitan Reform In The Malay World

Since the early twentieth century, Muslim reformers have been campaigning for a total transformation of the ways in which Islam is imagined. Islam in the Malay World has a long list of innovative Muslim reformers. The author Haji Abdullah Malik Abdul Karim Amrullah, commonly known as "Hamka," is one of the most influential. In Hamka and Islam, Khairudin Aljunied employs the term "cosmopolitan reform" to describe Hamka's attempt to harmonize the many streams of Islamic and Western thought while posing solutions to the various challenges facing Muslims in the Malay world. Among the major themes explored by Aljunied are reason and revelation, moderation and extremism, social justice, the state of women in society, and Sufism in the modern age, as well as the importance of history in reforming the minds of modern Muslims. Aljunied argues that Hamka demonstrated intellectual openness and inclusiveness towards a whole range of thoughts and philosophies to develop his own imaginary and vocabulary of reform, attesting to Hamka's unique ability to function as a conduit for competing Islamic and secular groups.

Place Of Music In The Church And In Society, The

Place Of Music In The Church And In Society, The

Music is an unavoidable part of our humanity. Like religion, music too is a universal phenomenon because human beings were created with aesthetic aspect. This booklet discusses the importance of music both in the Church and society. It begins with a description of music from the perspective of the aesthetic mode. After placing music in its relation with the aesthetic aspect, it describes music from the biblical perspective and proceeds to draw insights from the Reformers on their theology of music. The three general typology of church music will be analyzed and examined. Finally, the place of music in society is discussed, before concluding.

Daily Work As Divine Vocation - A Christian Perspective

Daily Work As Divine Vocation - A Christian Perspective

This book explores how our daily work can also reflect God's ongoing work in the world; and why our everyday occupations and activities are a vital channel through which He works to fulfil His present and future purposes. It does this by Taking a fresh look at biblical instructions on, and stories about work; Considering the views of some leading Christian theologians who connect God's work with ours; Tracing important historical developments on work as vocation up to the present day; and Providing practical steps to help readers discern how much their work aligns with God's plans for their lives. The book culminates with examples of the difference it makes to view our daily work as a divine vocation, and with a glimpse at the place of work in God's coming kingdom.

Labour Justice And Low-Paid Migrant Workers In Singapore - A Christian Perspective

Labour Justice And Low-Paid Migrant Workers In Singapore - A Christian Perspective

This book attempts to evaluate Singapore's approach to and treatment of low-paid temporary migrant workers from a justice-oriented framework. This framework is congruent with a Christian perspective that prioritises social justice. Justice features prominently in the Bible, and Christian social teachings on justice, poverty and oppression illuminate the moral dimension of human rights and international labour standards and reveal the truth a faith that is alive to the suffering and hardships of others. These teachings contribute to an ethical framework convergent with fundamental values enshrined in core labour standards and rights. They also cohere with other major spiritual and religious traditions, thus demonstrating a viable path for solidarity and cooperation between and among not just diverse faith-based communities but equally with secular groups in pluralistic societies.


Science & Technology
Phillipps' Field Guide To The Mammals Of Borneo Sabah, Sarawak, Brunei And Kalimantan

Phillipps' Field Guide To The Mammals Of Borneo Sabah, Sarawak, Brunei And Kalimantan

A fully updated second edition of this user-friendly field guide to the mammals of Borneo, covering Sabah, Sarawak, Brunei and Kalimantan. The book gives descriptions of all 247 land mammals and 30 marine species. These are superbly illustrated in 141 colour plates. Each plate is accompanied by species descriptions covering taxonomy, size, range, distribution, habits and status. Distribution is shown by detailed thumbnail maps. There are 7 habitat plates, 12 regional maps, fast-find graphic indexes and a full overview of vegetation, climate and ecology.

Malesian Orchid Journal Vol. 21 (2018)

Malesian Orchid Journal Vol. 21 (2018)

Malay Peninsula, Greater Sunda Islands (Sumatra, Java, Borneo, Sulawesi), Lesser Sunda Islands (e.g. Bali, Lombok, Komodo, Sumbawa, Flores, Timor), and Papuasia (Maluku, New Guinea and the Bismarck Archipelago, but excluding Bougainville). Many of the world's biodiversity hotspots are located in Malesia. The flora may be represented by as many as 30,000 flowering plants, including 6000 native orchid species in 200 genera. Approximately 3000 species are recorded from the island of New Guinea alone, while Mount Kinabalu on Borneo, an area of only about 1200 km2, has 850 taxa of orchids in 137 general.

Twilight Of The Angonoka: Biology And Conservation Of The World's Rarest Tortoise

Twilight Of The Angonoka: Biology And Conservation Of The World's Rarest Tortoise

The fascinating wildlife of Madagascar is the result of millions of years of isolation of that continental island from the rest of the world. It has a unique and rich flora and fauna, the latter including the extraordinary tortoise species locally called the Angonoka. This is the most striking and best-studied of the Madagascan tortoises but, unfortunately, also has the dubious distinction of being the world's rarest and most endangered tortoise, with fewer than 220 individuals living exclusively in isolated pockets of shrub-bamboo thicket in the north-western corner of the island. This timely book provides a complete summary of the biology and conservation of the Angonoka by two knowledgeable experts in biodiversity conservation and the biology of this species. While this meticulously researched book will fulfil scientists' needs for accuracy and detail, Miguel Pedrono and Alison Clausen have maintained a personal touch that provides even the lay-reader with a realistic understanding of the ecology and conservation exigencies of this species.

Field Guide To The Frogs Of Borneo, A (Third Edition)

Field Guide To The Frogs Of Borneo, A (Third Edition)

This third edition of the Field Guide to the Frogs of Borneo introduces the non-specialist reader to the diverse frog fauna of Borneo, found in habitats ranging from the islands' low coasts to near the summits of its highest mountains. More than 180 species of frogs have now been found on the island and the number continues to grow. The current book contains significantly revised and expanded natural history information on Bornean frogs, some of it previously unpublished, and details accounts for all species currently known. The success of field identifications has been enhanced by addition of new keys to species under each genus, concise morphological descriptions, ecological notes, and high-resolution images. geographical information has also been includes for all species presented. Contributions by many expert photographers and assistance by other herpetologists has greatly enhanced the value of this book as a reference for the Bornean frog fauna.

Taxonomic Guide To The Stick Insects Of Singapore, A

Taxonomic Guide To The Stick Insects Of Singapore, A

The third in the series Taxonomic Guides to the Stick Insects of South East Asia. The book is lavishly illustrated with extremely well reproduced colour photographs of all species found in Singapore and beyond. All species are shown in full together with relevent parts of their anatomy, as well as eggs where possible, all of which are essential for correct identification in the field, laboratory or museum. Its 175 pages with 600 photographs will be referred to time and time again, both for the sheer pleasure of looking at beautiful photographs and then also for serious taxonomic pursuits. But this book includes the nomenclature of more than just the species occurring within Singapore. It clarifies some of the taxonomy of species from the region with which the Singapore fauna is closely related. It is therefore an essential reference for anyone interested in the fauna of Singapore, Malaysia, Sumatra and indeed of the entire South-East Asian region.

King Cobra: Natural History And Captive Management

King Cobra: Natural History And Captive Management

The king cobra, the longest venomous snake in the world, is widely distributed across much of tropical and subtropical Asia. Its generic name Ophiophagus ('snake-eater') is indicative of its cannibalistic tendencies; its diet is comprised almost exclusively of snakes, including its own kind. It is widely considered as one of the most formidable snakes in the world. This book, profusely illustrated with excellent photographs from a number of very talented photographers, details the natural history of the king cobra, looking closely at all aspects of its life including distribution, diet, reproduction and venom, as well as its relationship with humans and conservation. The author also provides notes on the captive management of the king cobra, drawing on his experience of maintaining and breeding this species for a number of years.

Lady Tankerville's Legacy: A Historical And Monographic Review Of Phaius And Gastrorchis

Lady Tankerville's Legacy: A Historical And Monographic Review Of Phaius And Gastrorchis

Phaius are spectacular terrestrial orchids, widespread from tropical and subtropical Asia, Australasia, Madagascar and Africa. The genus comprises just over 40 species and used to include the endemic Madagascan genus Gastrorchis which has nine known species. For historical reasons and because they have frequently been artificially hybridized, both genera are covered in this monograph. They have a fascinating history: Phaius tankervilleae was the first tropical orchid to be grown and flowered in England some 250 years ago. It certainly stimulated interest in the growing of exotic orchids that took off spectacularly in the following century as tropical plants flowed into Europe and once growers had established the appropriate cultural conditions for them. This book introduces many showy and little known species to the reader and will, no doubt, stimulate interest in them and their attractive and easy-to-grow hybrids.

Fieldnotes Of A Psychiatrist

Fieldnotes Of A Psychiatrist

Elder abuse. The troubled attitudes many people have towards dying and death. Our attempts to live in a meaningful way in the messiness of life. These are just some of the issues covered in this book, a wide-ranging collection of 50 essays in which psychiatrist Chong Siow Ann, who is also vice-chairman of the Medical Board (Research) at the Institute of Mental Health, shares his thoughts and reflections on almost every aspect of psychiatry and mental health. Thoughtful, thought-provoking and often moving, these pieces draw on a wide range of sources including psychiatric papers and popular culture, and also include stories about individuals, their struggles and their resilience.

Naturalist's Guide To The Snakes Of Southeast Asia Including Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand Myanmar, Borneo, Sumatra, Java And Bali (2Nd Edition)

Naturalist's Guide To The Snakes Of Southeast Asia Including Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand Myanmar, Borneo, Sumatra, Java And Bali (2Nd Edition)

This easy-to-use identification guide to the 239 snake species most commonly seen in South-East Asia (covering Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Myanmar, Borneo, Sumatra, Java and Bali) is perfect for resident and visitor alike. _High quality photographs from the regions's top nature photographers, some of species that have never before been published, are accompanied by detailed species descriptions which include nomenclature, size, distribution, habits and habitat. The user-friendly introduction covers snake topography, how to deal with snake bits and a glossary. Also included is an all-important checklist of all of the snakes of South-East Asia encompassing, for each species, its common and scientific name, IUCN status as at 2012 and its status in each country.

125 Best Birdwatching Sites In Southeast Asia, The

125 Best Birdwatching Sites In Southeast Asia, The

An expanded and fully updated edition of The 100 Best Birdwatching Sites in Southeast Asia. The book covers sites in Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, The Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste and Vietnam.

Discover Forensics: How To Use Science For Investigations

Discover Forensics: How To Use Science For Investigations

In this book, experts will guide you to explore how everyday objects can provide vital clues to investigative questions. You will learn to debunk myths commonly depicted on television, immerse in Singapore stories that make headlines in newspapers and challenge yourself with fun activities.

99 Privacy Breaches To Beware Of: Practical Data Protection Tips From Real-Life Experiences

99 Privacy Breaches To Beware Of: Practical Data Protection Tips From Real-Life Experiences

Data breaches, privacy leaks, sensitive personal information falling into the wrong hands. Why do these things happen even with the existence of data protection laws, with hefty fines are punishment? And why do they happen even in organisations that have instituted all the policies and procedures required by the law? Because privacy breaches can happen despite legal compliance and good information governance. They happen because of failures in operational compliance. So, how do you avoid privacy breaches happening to you? Drawing on a wealth of real-life case studies and onsite data protection audits, this book investigates the range of things that can easily go wrong on the ground - and indeed have gone wrong! From careless practices and indiscreet communications to IT vulnerabilities and third-party risks, this book shows you where the weakest links are in the collection, usage, retention, disclosure and disposal of personal data.

Malesian Orchid Journal Vol. 20 (2017)

Malesian Orchid Journal Vol. 20 (2017)

Malay Peninsula, Greater Sunda Islands (Sumatra, Java, Borneo, Sulawesi), Lesser Sunda Islands (e.g. Bali, Lombok, Komodo, Sumbawa, Flores, Timor), and Papuasia (Maluku, New Guinea and the Bismarck Archipelago, but excluding Bougainville). Many of the world's biodiversity hotspots are located in Malesia. The flora may be represented by as many as 30,000 flowering plants, including 6000 native orchid species in 200 genera. Approximately 3000 species are recorded from the island of New Guinea alone, while Mount Kinabalu on Borneo, an area of only about 1200 km2, has 850 taxa of orchids in 137 general.


Social Issues
Departing From Java: Javanese Labour, Migration And Diaspora

Departing From Java: Javanese Labour, Migration And Diaspora

From colonial times through to the present day, large numbers of Javanese have left their homes to settle in other parts of Indonesia or much further afield. Frequently this dispersion was forced, often with traumatic results. Today, Javanese communities are found as close as Kalimantan and as far away as Suriname and the Netherlands. Meanwhile, migrant workers from Java continue to travel abroad, finding short-term employment in places like Malaysia and the Middle East. This volume traces the different ways in which Javanese migrants and migrant communities are connected in their host society and with Java as a real or imagined authoritative source of norms, values and loyalties. It underlines the importance of diaspora as a process in order to understand the evolving notions of a Javanese homeland across time and space.

Growing Up Perempuan

Growing Up Perempuan

Growing up as a woman is hard. Growing up as a woman in the Muslim community is harder. In a world still filled with superstitions, if you die during childbirth you become a vampiric ghost and if you survive you might get attacked by a flying ghost. You collect experiences in the workplace that should be office satire but aren't. You face constant judgement, try to live up to endless expectations, and somehow…still fall short. Growing Up Perempuan is a collection of stories written by women, for women. This book offers stories of love and loss, strength and endurance, confidence and courage - stories that inspire and empower. This is a book about challenging the status quo and learning to chart our own paths instead of having the world define them for us.

Birthday Book, The: The Roads We Take

Birthday Book, The: The Roads We Take

The roads we take don't always lead us to our final destination. Sometimes, the roads are filled with crevices and potholes. At other times, the roads may be smooth-sailing, but we question our decisions in taking these routes. Regardless of these decisions, they make who we are and influence how we will continue to traverse different roads in the future. In the 2018 edition of The Birthday Book, contributors reflect on the paths they have chosen to take in their lives. More than just personal stories, these essays highlight the importance of resilience and the evolution of the political and social landscape in Singapore. The book compels readers to think of the complexity of the future roads we must take, as individuals, as a nation-because in sunny Singapore, no one road stays forever.

Ensuring A Square Meal: Women And Food Security In Southeast Asia

Ensuring A Square Meal: Women And Food Security In Southeast Asia

Research on women and food security in Southeast Asia has been limited. The collection of chapters in Ensuring a Square Meal: Women and Food Security in Southeast Asia is one of the first attempts at providing a lens into the linkages between women and food security at the household, community, national and transnational levels. More broadly, the chapters examine women's contribution to the food security of households, resource distribution to produce food, and the purchasing power to buy food. In analysing the various facets to food security in relation to gender, the analyses focus on women and food security within the meanings of "private" and "public", and the extent to which the effects of the two spheres spill over into each other. Given women's critical role in food and agricultural production and provision, Ensuring a Square Meal: Women and Food Security in Southeast Asia assesses the structural forces that enable women to access productive resources and, in turn, ensure sustainable strategies for food security at the household level.

Trends In Southeast Asia 2018 #17: The Private Healthcare Sector In Johor: Trends And Prospects

Trends In Southeast Asia 2018 #17: The Private Healthcare Sector In Johor: Trends And Prospects

The future of the private healthcare in Johor and in the Iskandar Malaysia (IM) special economic zone in particular is intimately tied to larger property developments and trends in the region, both because private healthcare developers are increasingly the same as property developers and because IM's future population growth relies heavily on corporate settlement in IM and the jobs that such settlement generates. Volatility in corporate investment and settlement in IM may have significant consequences for the sector's development. The Federal and Johor State Governments intend to turn IM into a world-class private healthcare destination for local residents and foreign visitors alike. A range of strategies and policies have been launched to develop IM's medical care, aged care, and lifestyle and well-being sectors. It is essential to track the impact of federal and regional fiscal incentives for private healthcare development and monitor actual demand for private sector capacity in order to assess the value and utility of such incentives, especially given the potential for such incentives policies to promote the generation of excessive private sector hospital and clinical capacity if left unchecked.

Trends In Southeast Asia 2018 #12: Living On The Edge: Being Malay (And Bugis) In The Riau Islands

Trends In Southeast Asia 2018 #12: Living On The Edge: Being Malay (And Bugis) In The Riau Islands

In Indonesia's Riau Islands Province, ethnic Malays are the proud heirs and custodians of a rich legacy associated with a once-sprawling Malay empire that stretched across present-day transnational borders from Indonesia, to Singapore, to Malaysia. Malays of Bugis descent have long played a disproportionately central role in the history, and the historiography or "history-telling", of the region that now encompasses Indonesia's Riau Islands Province. While steadfastly "Malay", members of this community readily acknowledge that their ethnically Bugis roots maintain an enduring historical and ideological salience in their everyday lives. However, transregional economic trends and rapid sociodemographic shift shaped by ongoing migration flows have led to feelings of "marginalization" (peminggiran) among the islands' Malay-Bugis community. While international focus continues to centre on Indonesia's Chinese-pribumi divide as diagnostic of Indonesian inter-ethnic and religious relations on edge, a grounded assessment of ethnicity in the Riau islands offers an alternative perspective on these important issues.

Hand In Glove: Handling Love - The Journey Of Gravity From The Ocean Within

Hand In Glove: Handling Love - The Journey Of Gravity From The Ocean Within

The universe, its mysterious mechanism, and the implications that the scientific study of its foundation and its boundaries have on our philosophical and spiritual experience of reality, are the topics carefully explored by Paraman in this book. Perhaps as paradoxical as its object of study, Hand In Glove - Handling Love (HIG) is, in itself, a very condensed exposition of ground-shaking ideas that are then expanded rapidly into a series of mind-blowing realizations about our spiritual life and the very nature of reality as we experience it. Readers of philosophical and physical science backgrounds will enjoy this book immensely. A must read, definitely.

Leadership In Parenting

Leadership In Parenting

Leadership in Parenting presents the idea of raising children with a clear, strong purpose: to raise them as future leaders, based on the Hierarchy of Successful Parenting Leadership Model. Learn the five levels of parenting function, and the Proactive Purposeful Parenting Approach. Packed with real stories, examples and practical strategies, the book expands your capacity to lead your child better, to become your child's Inspirer, so they earn their place as future leaders.

Matter Of Mutual Survival, A: Social Organization Of Forest Management In Central Sulawesi, Indonesia

Matter Of Mutual Survival, A: Social Organization Of Forest Management In Central Sulawesi, Indonesia

This volume contains a collection of articles based on empirical social science research in forest margin communities around the Lore Lindu National Park in Central Sulawesi, Indonesia. It refers to a worldwide and particularly topical issue, i.e. the declining forest resources and man's role in the observed processes of nature degradation. However, it refrains from rather simplistic protectionist approaches which boil down to a separation between man and nature in order to avoid the depletion of natural resources. Instead, the approach adopted regards the existence or development of co-evolutionary potentials, both in nature and human society, as a precondition for the establishment of a sustainable equilibrium in the interaction between man and nature.


Travel
Eastern Horizons: Hitchhiking The Silk Road

Eastern Horizons: Hitchhiking The Silk Road

Award-winning TV adventurer and travel writer's enthralling account of his youthful expedition to Central Asia.

Inside The House Of The Raja

Inside The House Of The Raja

Forgotten in Thailand's troubled Deep South, on the border of Muslim Malaysia, stands a dilapidated wooden palace once home to a Malay ruler, the last of his dynasty. Locals call it the House of the Raja, a place suffused with loss and solitude, laden with the region s glorious past and tragic present. Intrigued by this demonised, yet little-known borderland, Xavier Comas chanced upon this mysterious house. Crossing the doorway, he fell under its spell and felt compelled to delve into its past. The caretaker, a Muslim shaman who held rituals inside, invited the author to stay and initiated him into its hidden dimensions. As he builds a bond of trust with the inhabitants of the house, the missing pieces of its history gently fall into place, revealing an ancient culture long hidden and the building s ties to the centuries-old struggles in this contested region. Comas evocative story take us into a realm of hauntings, mystic powers and fading memories. His first-hand account enthralls the reader with vivid descriptions in which the real and the magical entwine. Inside the House of the Raja provides a missing key to controversial issues of legacy, belief and identity in Thailand s Muslim South.

Playing In Luxury: South And Southeast Asia's Top Family Hotels

Playing of Luxury, a high end, hardcover, exquisitely illustrated coffee table book is intended to serve as a pictorial guide to some of the most luxurious family-friendly hotels/resorts in Asia (South and South East) that welcome both adults and kids alike. Whether it be world-renowned names or hidden gems (the book has both), this book proves that luxury travel and families are not mutually exclusive. This beautiful piece of art to adorn coffee tables would double as a handy guide for the travelling family that is used to luxury. From bed to pool slides to horse riding over waves on the beach; pirate cruises in the open seas to kids' clubs your little ones never want to leave; private butlers that teach your kids to learn to ride a bicycle to free for all chocolate rooms; adult only pools to private islands parents can picnic at; these hotels have them all and you need to see them now!

Singapore Dreams And Other Adventures Travel Writings From An Asian Journey

Singapore Dreams And Other Adventures Travel Writings From An Asian Journey

In 1911, Hermann Hesse sailed through southeastern Asian waters on a trip that would define much of his later writing. Hesse brings his unique eye to scenes such as adventures in a rickshaw, watching foreign theater performances, exploring strange floating cities on stilts, and luxuriating in the simple beauty of the lush natural landscape. Even in the doldrums of travel, he records his experience with faithful humor, wit, and sharp observation, offering a broad vision of travel in the early 1900s. With a glimpse into the workings of his mind through the pages of his journals, poems, and a short story - all translated into English for the first time - these writings describe the real-life experiences that inspired Hesse to pen his most famous works.

North Korea - Anonymous Country

North Korea - Anonymous Country

North Korea certainly wouldn't come first on a general list of dream destinations. Nevertheless, the country exudes an eerie fascination. It's a mystery, an anonymous country isolated from the rest of the world. With two friends, German photojournalist Julia Leeb made a journey to better understand the country and its people. The result is a spectacular illustrated volume that offers a riveting look at its architecture, culture, and society. Readers get to immerse themselves in an unknown world. We witness celebrations for the 100th birthday of the country's founder, Kim Il Sung, and follow hundreds of North Koreans as they participate in an Arirang (Korean folk song) synchronized dance spectacle. But even the "quieter" impressions evoke emotion in the viewer: an excited bride, a mother with child--everyday scenes that are somehow quite different. These multi-layered images linger in the memory long afterwards, even when you have already put the book aside.