Scene City: Singapore – Wednesdays 8.30pm on Channel News Asia

Scene City: Singapore – Promo

Description from YouTube:
A BRAND NEW photographic & cultural series that checks out the less explored & undiscovered Singapore, follow TOM ANG – as he leads 2 guests photographers each week as they visit places less known!

Lineup

19th August – Resorts World & School of the Arts
 
26th August – Singapore Dance Theatre & Timbre
 
2nd September – Semakau Landfill & Pulau Ubin
 
9th September – Kim Keat Lane Bakery & Changi Fishery
 
16th September – PSA & Print Dynamics
 
23rd September – Pearl Bank Apartments & Margaret Drive
 
30th September – Southern Ridges & Sungei Buloh
 
7th October – Star Cruises

Scene City: Singapore
Channel News Asia
Wednesdays, 8.30pm to 9pm

Digitised and searchable Straits Times archives (1845-1982)

I have used the National Library’s microfilm collection a few times. They have issues going back to to the beginning of the Straits Times.

If you are searching for an article with microfilm, you have to know roughly when the article was published. The microfilms have a number of issues on each reel. You load it onto a special projector, then start scrolling through the film to find what you are looking for.

It’s manual and tedious – though strangely enjoyable, like a treasure hunt – but if you have absolutely no idea when an certain article was published, then you’re stuck. At very least, you need to know the month and the year.

So, I want to thank the National Library Board for coming up with http://newspapers.nl.sg/. (Thanks, Ai Lin, for pointing this out!)

NLB has scanned its Straits Times microfilms, so now the text is searchable. No more wading through rolls of microfilm. And you can discover other articles related to your search which you might not have been aware of.

If you search from home, you get article titles and short abstracts. The microfilm reel number is listed too.

You can only access full text and get prints if you’re at the library using one of their multimedia terminals. Or, since you now know the microfilm number, you can zoom in to the article faster. At least you know which reel it’s on! You still have to scroll through the film to get to a particular article. No shortcuts there.

It’s an amazing resource!

Will have to try “Malay Regiment” and “Battle of Pasir Panjang”. Already saw some interesting abstracts…

Microball by Serenity Nichols Ibsen
reproduced under a CC-BY-NC 2.0 license

Digitised and searchable Straits Times archives (1845-1982)

I have used the National Library’s microfilm collection a few times. They have issues going back to to the beginning of the Straits Times.

If you are searching for an article with microfilm, you have to know roughly when the article was published. The microfilms have a number of issues on each reel. You load it onto a special projector, then start scrolling through the film to find what you are looking for.

It’s manual and tedious – though strangely enjoyable, like a treasure hunt – but if you have absolutely no idea when an certain article was published, then you’re stuck. At very least, you need to know the month and the year.

So, I want to thank the National Library Board for coming up with http://newspapers.nl.sg/. (Thanks, Ai Lin, for pointing this out!)

NLB has scanned its Straits Times microfilms, so now the text is searchable. No more wading through rolls of microfilm. And you can discover other articles related to your search which you might not have been aware of.

If you search from home, you get article titles and short abstracts. The microfilm reel number is listed too.

You can only access full text and get prints if you’re at the library using one of their multimedia terminals. Or, since you now know the microfilm number, you can zoom in to the article faster. At least you know which reel it’s on! You still have to scroll through the film to get to a particular article. No shortcuts there.

It’s an amazing resource!

Will have to try “Malay Regiment” and “Battle of Pasir Panjang”. Already saw some interesting abstracts…

Microball by Serenity Nichols Ibsen
reproduced under a CC-BY-NC 2.0 license

Pasir Panjang Heritage Trail – Registration open!

Reflections at Bukit Chandu

Mark down Saturday 19 July 2008 in your calendar – that’s when the Pasir Panjang Heritage Trail is on!

Held in support of Singapore HeritageFest, this year the Pasir Panjang Guides will be conducting two walks on that day. We’ll be focusing on the question: who’s your hero?

We’ll start at the Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research in NUS, make our way to Kent Ridge Park and end at Reflections at Bukit Chandu. Of course, if you’ve got the time and energy, you can continue through the Southern Ridges!

As we walk, you’ll hear about who (and what!) the guides find heroic (or maybe even villainous..) in the Pasir Panjang area.

Join us for the walk!

More details and registration information at http://heritagefest.rafflesmuseum.net/.

Vote for Good Morning Yesterday in omy’s Singapore Blog Awards

Vote Good Morning Yesterday!

One of the blogs I enjoy reading most is Lam Chun See’s Good Morning Yesterday. His blog has been nominated among the Top 10 individual blogs in omy’s (as in ‘Oh my!’, I think) Singapore Blog Awards 2008.

If you enjoy reading his blog, as I do, show your support!

Vote for him* at the Singapore Blog Awards website. You can vote once a day for a blogger in each category.

If you’ve never checked out his blog before, what are you waiting for? He and his guest bloggers will tell you lots of things about Singapore in days of yore which you never knew. It’s chock full of stories and photos.

Someone else who deserves to be among the Top 10 individual blogs is LaoKokok. He blogs at Times of My Life. (Another heritage blog with a Paul Anka inspired title.) He’s kept lots of stuff from his younger days and shares them with his readers. Even though you can’t vote for him, you might want to read his blog. If you like Good Morning Yesterday, you’ll probably enjoy Times of My Life.

* For accountability (I suppose), you have to give up your personal information like your IC number. A small price to pay for making sure that the online voting is fair.

Envirofest 2008 this weekend

Envirofest 2008

Envirofest 2008 is on this weekend. It will be held in the open area in front of Toa Payoh Community Library from 11am to 8pm on Sat 28 and Sun 29 June.

Lots of nature and environment groups will be there! Me? I’m going to be at the Toddycats booth from opening to 1pm on both days.

Hmmm… what’s this SWITCH mentioned in the banner? Apparently, it stands for Simple Ways I can Take to Change my Habits.