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Wedding Prelude -Your Definitive Guide To Wedding PlanningWedding Prelude -Your Definitive Guide To Wedding Planning by Teo, Peiru

Not sure where to start planning your wedding, but know you want to avoid ending utterly stressed out? Want a wedding that looks like a million dollars without bursting your budget? If you need a friendly expert to guide you through your wedding planning, Wedding Prelude: Your Definitive Guide To Wedding Planning is the book to choose. This book will help you to ask the questions that matter, and avoid the devastating mistakes that most first time married couples to be tend to make. Expect insider scoops, behind-the-scenes stories, practical solutions, step by step checklists and comprehensive coverage of everything wedding related from setting a budget to gown selection to honeymoon planning.

Transcend: 50 Years Of Singapore Modern ArtTranscend: 50 Years Of Singapore Modern Art by Liu, Iola; Seng Yu Jin & Tan Ping Chiang

This art catalogue is published in conjunction with the exhibition - Transcend - 50 Years of Singapore Modern Art, showcased at Visual Arts Centre from 28 June to 11 July 2017. The catalogue presents essays and a timeline documenting the development of Modern Art in Singapore from 19th Century to 1988, written by Iola Liu, Seng Yu Jin and Tan Ping Chiang, and features the biographies and selected artworks of twelve second-generation Singaporean artists who were integral in propelling a Modern Art movement from 1960s to 1980s. The artists featured are: Chieu Shuey Fook, Choy Weng Yang, Ho Ho Ying, Leo Hee Tong, Lim Leong Seng, Low Puay Hua, Swee Khim Ann, Sim Pang Liang, Tan Ping Chiang, Tay Chee Toh, Thang Kiang How and Thomas Yeo.

I Am A Giant PandaI Am A Giant Panda by Zhang Zhihe

This book takes us, in an educational and informative way, on a giant panda's fascinating journey from birth to maturity. The exclusive photographs in this book, which capture the endearing personalities and natural behaviours of the giant pandas, have never been previously published. This book will undoubtedly prompt the reader to ponder over, and hopefully support the conservation efforts of the well-loved giant panda so that future generations can also experience the joy which the giant panda brings to every child and adult.

17A Keong Saik Road: A Personal Story17A Keong Saik Road: A Personal Story by Leung, Charmaine

17A Keong Saik Road recounts Charmaine Leung's growing-up years on Keong Saik Road in the 1970s when it was a prominent red-light precinct in Chinatown in Singapore. An interweaving of past and present narratives, 17A Keong Saik Road tells of her mother's journey as a young child put up for sale to becoming the madame of a brothel in Keong Saik. Unfolding her story as the daughter of a brothel operator and witnessing these changes to her family, Charmaine traces the transformation of the Keong Saik area from the 1930s to the present, and through writing, finds reconciliation. A beautiful dedication to the past, to memory, and to the people who have gone before us, 17A Keong Saik Road tells the rich stories of the Ma Je, the Pei Pa Zai, and the Dai Gu Liong-marginalised, forgotten women of the past, who despite their difficulties, persevered in working towards the hope of a better future.

State Of Emergency: A NovelState Of Emergency: A Novel by Tiang, Jeremy

Siew Li leaves her husband and children in Tiong Bahru to fight for freedom in the jungles of Malaya. Decades later, a Malaysian journalist returns to her homeland to uncover the truth of a massacre committed during the Emergency. And in Singapore, Siew Li's niece Stella finds herself accused of being a Marxist conspirator. Jeremy Tiang's debut novel dives into the tumultuous days of leftist movements and political detentions in Singapore and Malaysia. It follows an extended family from the 1940s to the present day as they navigate the choppy political currents of the region. What happens when the things that divide us also bind us together?

Singapore Is Not An Island: Views On Singapore Foreign PolicySingapore Is Not An Island: Views On Singapore Foreign Policy by Kausikan, Bilahari

This is a compilation of essays and public speeches by Bilahari Kausikan over the last 25 years. His is a frank and dispassionate assessment of the geopolitical realities to date, and the uncertainties that have emerged. It is for anyone interested to know about protecting Singapore's interests, nicely or otherwise, in a rapidly changing and complex world.

Yesteryears by Cham, Sean

Yesteryears captures 50 abandoned and forgotten buildings in Singapore through a series of in situ self-portraits. The buildings photographed are in different states of ruination, from the crumbling roofs of Istana Woodneuk to the soon-to-be demolished Rochor Centre. These buildings represent the modern ruins of post independence Singapore, an era that lives not only with progress but also the fleeting ruins left in its wake. In a city that is ever modernizing and growing, there is barely any room for the ruin. Buildings that are deemed obsolete will be torn down to make way for something bigger and butter. But in the face of the storm called progress, as German philosopher Walter Benjamin expounded in 'Thesis on the Philosophy of History', it is important to retain our historical consciousness. Yesteryears does this not through monuments, or officially sanctioned heritage spaces, but through the more minor, often forgotten ruins created by an ever-changing Singapore.

Preliminary Report On The Archaeological Investigations At The National Gallery SingaporePreliminary Report On The Archaeological Investigations At The National Gallery Singapore by Lim Chen Sian

The Nalanda-Sriwijaya Centre is pleased to present our first report on archaeological rescue operations conducted in Singapore. Despite Singapore being a comparatively small island in the region, the archaeological assemblages are quite substantial, densely packed, and critically important vis-à-vis numerous applied and academic concerns. They not only add considerable depth to local and regional history, but also provide a wealth of data useful for global theories and models. Although many readers are often drawn to the prominent 14th century CE component of several Singaporean sites since their discovery in the 1980s and 1990s through the pioneering research conducted by Professor John Miksic and others, Singapore offers a rich historical archaeology potential from the 14th century onwards, particularly from the colonial period through the 20th century. It is quite intriguing to consider the different manifestations of Singapore's "port city" history (ancient, colonial, and modern) through the unique narratives provided by the archaeological record; a record that yields complementary, sometimes contradictory, and often missing narratives to historical studies. Furthermore, all periods are heavily characterised by complex inter-regional and inter-cultural interaction, commerce, and networks. On the other hand, inter-site and intra-site variability and dynamics are evident. These give ancient Temasek and historic Singapore a unique verve and personality. Moreover, the intra-site variability hints at different vocational, political, social class and perhaps cultural variability that adds considerable richness and dynamism to ancient urban studies.

1987: Singapore's Marxist Conspiracy 30 Years On1987: Singapore's Marxist Conspiracy 30 Years On by Chng Suan Tze, Low Yit Leng & Teo Soh Lung (Eds.)

Survivors of Operation Spectrum-the alleged Marxist conspiracy-speak up in this volume. For many of them, this is the first time that they cast their minds back to 1987 and try to make sense of the incident. What they did in that period was meaningful and totally legitimate. Their families and friends share the same view. The detainees were subjected to ill-treatment, humiliation, and manipulated television appearances. Under duress, and threatened with indefinite imprisonment without trial, they had to make statutory declarations against their will.

William Farquhar And Singapore: Stepping Out From Raffles' ShadowWilliam Farquhar And Singapore: Stepping Out From Raffles' Shadow by Wright, Nadia H.

Brushed aside by the Raffles PR machine and, possibly, the inability of many in Malaysia and Singapore to pronounce his surname correctly, William Farquhar and his legacy have not matched the high regard in which they were held during his life time. Based on research of the British East India Company records and other contemporary sources, Nadia Wright demonstrates that much of the credit for the establishing of the Singapore settlement that has been attributed to Raffles, more properly belongs to his subordinate, Farquhar. The book covers Farquhar's successful role as Resident and Commandant of Malacca before moving on to Singapore take up the same position in the vital first four years of its rule by the Company.

Find And Seek SingaporeFind And Seek Singapore by Roydhouse, Sally

When a child steps outside his ordinary world and travels to a foreign city or country, an adventure awaits. In Find and Seek Singapore a small boy arrives in Singapore with his family, willing to explore his new surroundings with an open heart and a spirit of wonder. Universal themes of travel, exposure to new cultures and a sense of discovery are pertinent to the story. His adventure will leave an impression on the reader's memory to keep, and hopefully ignite a love of travel in this diverse world in which we live. Find and Seek Singapore is colourful, educational and written in simple verse, and makes an enjoyable read for all members of the family.

Surrogate ProtocolSurrogate Protocol by Tham Cheng-E

A man of many names and identities. Landon Lock has lived many lifetimes, but his memory spans only days. Because Landon is no ordinary barista. Danger brews as Landon struggles to piece reality together through the fog of amnesia. A mysterious organisation bent on hunting him down, a man called John who claims to be a friend and women from Landon's past who have come to haunt him. As the organisation closes in on Landon, he finds himself being increasingly backed into a corner. Battling his unreliable memory, Landon is forced to decide who he can trust.

My Little Nyonya DiaryMy Little Nyonya Diary by

Selamat datang or welcome to the ornately beautiful world of the Nyonya, a graceful, decorous hybrid of two very old traditions. This pictorial journal represents the author's loving expression of the Nyonya world from which she continuously derives much inspiration for her work. It is Koh Tze Yin's third publication, having completed the Penang Passion Cookbook which was released in year 2007 and Nostalgic Penang in year 2008.

Tang Shipwreck, The: Art And Exchange In The 9Th CenturyTang Shipwreck, The: Art And Exchange In The 9Th Century by Chong, Alan; Stephen A. Murphy (Eds.)

This book tells the story and presents the objects found on the Tang Shipwreck, discovered off Belitung Island in Indonesia in 1998, and now housed at the Asian Civilisations Museum in Singapore. It is one of the most significant archaeological discoveries of recent times. Found at the site was a remarkable cargo of some 60,000 Chinese ceramics dating from the Tang dynasty (618-907), along with finely wrought gold and silver objects, bronze mirrors, and more ordinary objects belonging to the crew. The ten essays in this profusely illustrated volume discuss the ceramics and other commodities on board, the ship's construction and possible origin, China's maritime trade in the Tang period, Chinese ceramic production, ports of call in Asia and Southeast Asia, and life on board the ship.

Singapore: Country Of Many FacesSingapore: Country Of Many Faces by Lam, Jimmy

This book presents a rich, diverse, complex and vibrant portrait of Singapore and its people beyond the tourist sites and provides an intimate look into the various segments in society today. Lam captures the deep cultural roots of the native Malays and the early Chinese and Indian migrants even as the economic, physical and human landscape was transforming rapidly in this small country. Despite its small land area and short history are since independence, the book shows many faces of Singapore that will surprise and fascinate many. It is an important visual record of the country and its accomplishments over the years.

Life Is A MixtapeLife Is A Mixtape by Low, Ignatius

When Ignatius Low quit his civil service job and joined The Straits Times as a business reporter in 1999, never in his wildest dreams would he have thought that he would end up writing fortnightly personal columns in the Sunday newspaper on music, love, life and his many trivial obsessions. This is a collection of his best columns from over more than a decade, telling the story of a Singapore boy who grew up in the '80s. From pirated cassette compilations to second-hand vinyl records, shady Sim Lim Square shops to Zouk's dancefloor, Ignatius takes readers on a nostalgic tour of familiar memories. He muses about old friends and growing relationships, ponders Singapore society and the meaning of travel - and waxes lyrical about Bras Basah's bookstores, a history of Nokia phones, and the annual Club 21 sale.

Great Lengths: Singapore's Swimming PoolsGreat Lengths: Singapore's Swimming Pools by Lau, Jocelyn; Lucien Low (Eds.)

Every child who is "physically fit" should learn to swim by the time he or she leaves primary school, said Singapore's first prime minister Lee Kuan Yew in the 1970s. Swimming, now practically a national pastime, appeals to young and old, amateurs and elite athletes alike. However, little has been documented about the genesis of our aquatic aspirations and reminiscences: the swimming pool. Evoking nostalgia, Great Lengths: Singapore's Swimming Pools pays tribute with delightful illustrations, lovely old photographs and cherished memories.

Parsis Of Singapore, The: History, Culture, CuisineParsis Of Singapore, The: History, Culture, Cuisine by Kanga, Suna; Subina Khaneja

When Suna first moved to Singapore, there were barely forty Parsis; today there are well-over 350 Parsis in the country. During her four decade-long stay in Singapore, she was often asked, "Who are the Parsis?" This sparked the idea for a book to highlight the distinctive culture and cuisine of a notable but diminishing Indian community that settled in Singapore in the 1800s. The Parsis of Singapore: Heritage, Culture, Cuisine documents the history and heritage of this unique community.

Hdb Homes Of SingaporeHdb Homes Of Singapore by Miyauchi, Tomohisa; Keyakismos

Eitaro Ogawa and Tamae Iwasaki, with Japanese architect Tomohisa Miyauchi, started out focusing on artistically-renovated flats but later photographed flats that featured occupants hailing from "different races, different religions, different lifestyles, all kinds of age group", with every house they visited to be included in the book in chronological order. In total, they took 4,000 photos; 1,500 of them were selected to be in this book.

Sam: A Mother's Journey Of FaithSam: A Mother's Journey Of Faith by Lim Soo Hoon

Monday, 6 September 2004, turned out to be one of the most harrowing days for our family. So begins Lim Soo Hoon's journey as she discovers that her elder son, Sam, is suffering from Hodgkin's disease, a cancer of the lymphatic system. Over the course of two years, amidst numerous trips to the hospital and the everyday details of Sam's treatment, Soo Hoon wrote a fiercely honest series of updates to family and friends, chronicling her struggles and deepest fears. This book is a story of unexpected blessings and small mercies, of how faith can sustain us when hope seems most unlikely, and is a testament to the redeeming power of personal belief and familial love. Sam: A Mother's Journey of Faith was first published in 2006 and reprinted twice in that year. This edition contains a 2017 preface by the author and an update on Sam, who is now a trained teacher in a secondary school, teaching English Literature and English. All royalties from the book go to the Singapore Cancer Society.