nooka booth

here are finally some better pictures of our booth and the nooka kaiten-sushi market. unfortunately, our booth is in a dark corner of the show and people do not seem to figure out that you need to walk through the doorway to see the items on exhibit. i wanted a booth design that reflected the stated theme of the show "PLAY" without straying from the nooka concept – it seems i was the only one trying to do so – which has been a painful exercise in how i over-think everything!'s all experience to apply to next years show and to shows in NYC.

Tours down memory lane

The Straits Times - (Life Section)
Nov 1, 2007

Tours down memory lane
New tours to old buildings with architectural significance are part of an inaugural festival to bring architecture to the masses

By Tay Suan Chiang

EARLY FLATS: Tiong Bahru SIT flats, Singapore's first large-scale public housing project. They were designed by the Singapore Improvement Trust and adapted the shophouse typology through the planning of courtyards and back lanes between adjacent blocks.

BUSLOADS of visitors will be dropping by iconic buildings such as the Singapore Conference Hall, City Hall and the Gallery Hotel to marvel at their distinctive facades next month.

The buildings are among the attractions in a new tour of Singapore called ArchiTours organised by a group of third-year architecture students from the National University of Singapore (NUS).

There will be two day tours and one night tour every day from Dec 1 to 9. Participants will get to learn about the history of certain buildings and how they have played a part in shaping Singapore's architectural heritage.

'We realised that not many Singaporeans know about local buildings so we decided to run this tour,' says Mr Paul Yeo, 23, head of the organising committee.

Together with two other committee members, the trio picked about 20 locations for the tour based on their historical and architectural significance.

The tours will be guided by NUS architectural students who did their research by reading up on the history of the buildings and speaking to their professors.

The day tours, which last about 41/2 hours each, will take visitors to historical and modern buildings such as the Pearl Bank Apartments and the National Library.

They cost $40 for members of the public and $25 for students.

The night tours, which last seven hours, will travel to nightspots such as Zouk, St James Powerhouse and Muse Bar at the National Museum.

OLD AND NEW: Muse Bar at the National Museum is proof of how changing lifestyles can co-exist with old buildings. -- PHOTOS: ARCHITOURS

Mr Yeo says these locations share one common feature - they are old buildings providing nightlife entertainment.

'Even when they are out clubbing, we want participants to ponder how our changing lifestyles can co-exist with these old buildings,' he says.

The night tour costs $60 for the public and $40 for students.

Mr Bryan Koh, 23, a third-year NUS science student who went on a preview of the tour last Friday, found it educational and says he will recommend it to his friends.

Among the buildings he visited were People's Park Complex and Golden Mile Complex.

'I got to see the residential areas of these two buildings, which was more than what I would usually have,' he says of the two mixed-used developments.

The ArchiTours are part of the inaugural Singapore ArchiFest 07, organised by the Singapore Institute of Architects (SIA).

The two-week-long festival is to celebrate Singapore's built environment and is a precursor to the Singapore Architectural Biennale to be held in 2010.

Mr Tai Lee Siang, 42, president of SIA, says he wants to take architecture to the streets with the $250,000 festival. It is sponsored by steel company Bluescope Steel and co-sponsored by the Architecture and Urban Design Excellence Promotion Programme of the Urban Redevelopment Authority.

'We want to engage with the public to make architecture more relevant and meaningful,' he says.

He adds that the tours will be a good starting point for Singaporeans to get interested in local architecture.

The SIA is expecting about 50,000 visitors to the festival from Nov 27 to Dec 8. A highlight is a collection of exhibitions at the City Hall featuring award-winning works from various architectural competitions such as for the Marina South Residential District and the National Art Gallery.

There will also be a two-day forum with 12 local and international architects speaking on the challenges of urban architectural design.

Singapore ArchiFest 07 will be on from Nov 27 to Dec 8 at various locations. For more information and to buy tickets to ArchiTours and the forum, log on to

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design tide day one

last night was the press preview and then opening party for design tide. i was interviewed and photographed for mono magazine in the afternoon which was great. i will write a longer post on our booth and the nooka people, but i thought i'd give a taste of some of the other exhibitors first [and also, my installation is sooooo sad in comparison to the design studios from europe whose booths are financed by their respective embassies!]. i need to get on finding a sponsor to do an NYC pavilion type installation next year and bring some local NYC talent along with nooka...any ideas? or maybe i should bring tide to NYC? both ideas excite me...

from top: me with a nooka logo mustache.
entrance area with installation by Pearson Lloyd of London.
LED Abacus...a lot of fun!
installation by bleed of norway [who sell nooka in their concept shop] to showcase lamps by norway says.
instant libraries by BACH tokyo.

I’m no angel in the city of angels.

(At Bangkok, even the ladyboys are angels! You just have to see them at the Calypso Cabaret! But that’s another story. Maybe.)

Staying in a hotel might have its benefits: comfort, prestige & sense of security. Compare that to a humble room in a guesthouse which you need to have your own padlock to secure your room.

What I dislike about staying in a hotel is the room service.

I don’t need the room service. I don’t need the towel to be changed daily. I don’t need someone to tidy my own bed.

So that’s what I told the counter lady during my check-in.

No room service for me, please.

She smiled & confirmed that there would be no room service for me.

I returned to the room happy & put a few coins of Singapore dollars on the table. No point in carrying them with me.

On the next evening, I returned & found the room tidier. The table was clean. And no coins were seen.

I called the operator & repeated my request about not giving me the room service. I told them about the vanishing coins. She asked me how much. Heck, who really counted one’s coins?! I picked a number. Two dollars. Then I quickly added that I didn’t mind about the loss. I explained that I was disappointed that my request for the room not to be entered at all cost was not heeded.

I repeated my request. Again. Then I slammed the phone.

A few minutes passed & someone knocked the door.

I opened it slowly wondering whether someone complained about me loudly slamming the phone.

That would be interesting, won't it?

Instead, I saw the maid smiling & mumbling her sorry & giving me back the coins. Three dollars and twenty cents. I was stunned.

I was impressed that the hotel did the investigation quickly without me asking.

I was impressed with the honesty of the maid. She could just claim that there were no such coins on the table & anyway, how on earth could I prove the existence of the coins—hey, I won’t bother to do so. I merely wanted nobody to enter the room.

I was impressed that the maid didn’t choose to argue. She could say that she thought the coins were meant as a tip for her good service tidying the room. She just smiled & said her sorry & left.

Leaving me filled with shame.

Doctor Tanaka

i began an email exchange with artist, shin tanaka after the success of the nooka+garbege collaboration [thank you garbege for the introduction] which resulted in the tanaka+nooka boxboy collaboration. up until recently, shin lived in kyushu and we never managed to meet face-to-face until this weekend. of course, our mixi pages are linked, so we keep up-to-date on each other. he has a top secret job as a scientist at a research center near mt. fuji [i promised not to reveal his day job to anyone, and it awes me that someone can do so many things as well as he does]. i was honored he took time to come to tokyo to meet and hang out. check out his great web site.

(how do you like my new cap? it was ¥100 at the yoyogi flea market)

devilrobots 10th anniversary party

it was great that the devil robots 10th anniversary party happened while i was in tokyo as it was a great way to catch up with old friends - especially people from osaka i haven't seen in many years who came up for the opening. it was about 8 years ago when i first met the devilrobots team in new york when i assisted them in the installation of their very first gallery exhibition for the tofu-oyako at zakka on grand street. it's been wonderful to see their characters grow into an international phenomenom and become friends along the way. the opening party was held at the parco gallery in shibuya.

you can learn more about team devilrobots here though the site is japanese

top: with mori chack.
bottom: mister kitai, creator of the tofu oyako series [left], special guest gachapin [middle], and tofu oyako no hitori [right].

i also got to meet mister tei of furifuri company who recognized me from my mixi page [mixi is the japanese equivilent of facebook], and mister mori chack, creator of gloomy bear, who's work i love and also knew only through mixi until the party. mixi is a one way i keep up my japanese writing skills.

design tide tokyo

here i am again in tokyo japan for the now anual design tide exhibition. this time though, i have a proper office in sendagaya to do work while away from nyc. design tide happens concurrent to 100% design and is a great time to be in tokyo -- designers and architects from all over the world are here with exhibitions, presentations and shows! check out for more information. also, check out the webpage for my new tokyo office:

makes me wanna bawl

somewhere in china...

A dog was seen in the middle of busy street watching over its friend, which had been hit by a car. It kept trying to wake its already-dead friend...

and push it out of the road.

you'd do that for me, Rosie?
"hope i never have to."

Tiong Bahru Rooster

If you ever wandered along Yong Siak Street or the the junction of Kim Pong Road and Moh Guan Terrace, this smart looking rooster may have caught your attention.

I am sure many shutter-bugs would not have missed the opportunity to shoot this fine looking fowl.

There is a sad story behind this rooster.

This rooster used to live in the alley between Yong Siak Street and Bo Bo Tan Gardens. He had 3 other companions.

Every morning, he and his buddies would start to crow just after 4am. I think there were some problems with their internal clocks.

As a result, there were many complaints that were lodged against these FOWL gang but people were still generally tolerantly.......until the bird flu epidemic came about.

The authorities were quick to witch hunt all suspects and this brood were not spared.....except for this one who got away during the capture and destroy operations.

If this rooster could talk and feel, he would be telling you how much he misses his buddies right now. Perhaps that is why he is still walking around this area with the hope of reuniting with his friends.

Anyway, after he became "SINGLE", he always ended up at Bo Bo Tan Gardens as he was well fed there. A retired nurse had a cat there and this rooster had the audacity to eat from the same bowl as the killer cat.

Both Cat and Rooster co-existed very well and the nurse ended up caring for the rooster as well.
By the way, that cat at Bo Bo Tan was a top killer. He would kill pigeons and slowly eat every part of them except for the wings. He also kills rats very efficiently.

Why he left the rooster alone remains a mystery to me.

With a new home and a new found mammal for a buddy, life seems to be going well.

But little did this rooster and cat knew that they would be displaced very soon.

Bo Bo Tan was sold en-bloc and all of us had to leave.

As we move out of this place, we salvaged whatever useful things we could bring along and conveniently left the USELESS stuff behind.

So Mr Tiong Bahru Rooster was once again left alone to figure out how his future would look like. I would only say it looked pretty "beak".

Everyday, this rooster has outwit, outsmart and outplay his way so that he does not end up being a road that he could crow at 4am for one more time.

I really dread the day I see a lifeless chicken carcass in the middle of the road just because someone was driving too fast for this chicken to cross the road.

So why did the chicken cross the road?

Counting down to NaNoWriMo 2007

I am looking forward participating with the event. With dread. As I reckon I would be very likely to unable reaching 50,000-word finishing mark. After 2 years of achieving the target in y2005 & y2006 (oh, I can still recall the exhilarating sense of joy & achievement--if Greenspan were a writer, he'd have coined it as "irrational exuberance"), it will hurt my ego that due to (insert typical lame excuses, all labeled under Responsibility here) I won't be able to manage my time to even achieve 1,700-word something per day for the novel.

Yeah, it even hurts more to know that a story will fail to be formed. =(

Anyway as per today, there have been 362 registered WriMos affliated with Singapore. Feel free to drop by at the launch party this coming Saturday, 27/10 at the Earshot Café.

Links: NaNoWriMo, Singapore Forum, Singapore Novelists.

long haired heaven

Marble has a nice cuddly companion in Cream at her new home. she's been renamed Koffee after Cream's first companion, who expired of old age earlier this year. according to new owners, she looks exactly like her previous namesake. so, Koffee and Cream, anyone?

little maine coone also has it pretty good - a new home, a new arm and a new nick, the incessant meow-er.

our downstairs strays are not to be outdone. no hair, no home but they got something else...

Like the wallpaper sticks to the wall
Like the seashore clings to the sea
Like you'll never get rid of your shadow
You'll never get rid of me

Let all the others fight and fuss
Whatever happens, we've got us.

And now to repeat what I said at the start
You'll need a large crowbar to break us apart
We're alone but far from blue

Before we get finished, we'll make the town roar
We'll hit a few late spots, and then a few more
We'll start out at Stringy's and maybe Groucho
Life is gonna be wow-wow-whee!
For my shadow and me!

this happens to be the man and woman's song too... :)

eye of the storm

yesterday's storm flushed this little thing out from the drain. too sadly drenched for the woman to leave outside so she spent the night in the back room drying out... great timing for next week's Free Spay Day, actually. fingers crossed that we secured our slots!

The sleeping giant has woken up...

Referring to this article, "SPH's 18% rise in annual profits to $506m surpasses forecasts", dated 13/10/07 (Full story: here).

Partially quoted:
MULTIMEDIA group Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) has blown away market expectations with an 18.1 per cent rise in net profits to $506.2 million for its full year ended Aug 31.

A 10-analyst poll by Bloomberg had put SPH's earnings at $465.2 million, while a 12-analyst poll by Reuters Estimates put the group's gains at $462 million.

Its profits were boosted by a 'maiden profit' of $47.8 million from the sale of its sold-out Sky@eleven condominium and a 79 per cent surge in investment income to $146.2 million.

Revenue was $1.16 billion, up 13.6 per cent from $1.02 billion the year before.

The figures may seem to be hardly impressive: increase of 13.6% & 18.1% in sales & profit respectively. The trick is, therefore, in managing (market) expectations.

Imagine if the analyists had been more bullish in guesstimating the numbers. That will lead to SPH financial results to be seen to be below expectation which, in turn, may or may not adversely affect its stock price.

By the way, the result was announced on Fri, 12/10/07 after the trading hours so we can only see next Mon, 15/10/07 if the news was really a positive one & would boost SPH stock price. Of course there's also a possibility of the buy-on-rumor-and-sell-on-news scenario. That is to say, we may also witness a sell down happening next week. But with the dividend of 19 cents per share announced, I hardly think that it's possible for the stock price to dip.

I could be wrong, though.

Random photos

The focus ought to be on the majestic clouds, not on the lights.

Yes, finally!

Shot on a small boat at Ancol, Jakarta.

your bed are belong to us

papa took 6 stitches in the ear to drain a burst capillary, causing it to curl like a pretzel. lets hope it will spring back to shape after the stitches come out...

New Lease of Life II

The Straits Times
10 October 2007
Joyce TeoA SMALL firm, Katong Hostel, has emerged as the top bidder in a tender to find a managing agent to lease out 120 HDB flats.

The flats - likely to be let to international students and expats - have been vacated ahead of redevelopment under a pilot HDB scheme.

They will be leased out for three years with an option for three more years.
The 60 three-room flats and 60 four-room flats are in Blocks 1, 3, 5, 7 and 9 in Tiong Bahru Road.

The residents have moved to new flats under HDB's Selective En-bloc Redevelopment Scheme which is designed to add new flats to meet demand.

Katong Hostel's bid of $230,280 a month is 22 per cent above the next bid of $188,000, the provisional tender results released by the HDB yesterday showed.

That price is the sum the agent proposes to pay HDB to lease the flats - to be leased in turn to tenants.

Katong Hostel, which provides international student housing, is part of the Vita Group of hostels.

The tender, which attracted 15 widely varying bids from small firms and individuals, comes amid growing demand to lease HDB flats in a rising market.

The lowest bid came in at a mere $600 a month.

HDB has said that it will decide whether to expand the scheme, based on the tender response, as it has a potential supply of 4,000 to 5,000 flats which could boost supply in the next three years.


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S'pore rejoins Unesco 20 years after pullout

The Straits Times
Oct 8, 2007
By Theresa Tan

MORE than two decades after pulling out from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco), Singapore is re-joining the organisation.

Minister of State for Education and Manpower Gan Kim Yong told reporters on Monday that that it is in Singapore's interest to engage Unesco.

For example, Singapore can learn from other member countries how to improve its education system, he said.

Also, Singapore is keen on cultural and scientific exchanges with other Unesco members in its push to build a knowledge-based economy.

Singapore became a full member of Unesco in 1965 but withdrew from the group in 1985 for several reasons.

One arose from the way Singapore's contributions were calculated, said a statement from the Education Ministry on Monday.

In 1999, then Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong said that Singapore left Unesco because it was asked to pay more dues than it thought was fair.

Also, Singapore felt that Unesco was a bloated organisation and took the chance to leave after the United States pulled out in 1984.

Washington was unhappy with Unesco's policies and management and felt that it was trying to establish a 'new world information order' that could restrict press freedom.

In 2002, the US rejoined Unesco.

For the past two years, Singapore has been an observer at Unesco, meaning that it can participate in Unesco activities.

The 192-member UN body aims to contribute to global peace and security by promoting education, science and cultural collaboration and communication among nations.

The Singapore's National Commission for Unesco will be set up by end of the year and will include three sub-commissions focusing on education, science and culture and information.

The Commission will plan and co-ordinate Singapore's activities in Unesco and is chaired by Mr Gan.

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Other Singapore Unesco Related Articles :
He Wants to put Tiong Bahru on the World Map
Unesco Site? Dirty Tiong Bahru's is not ready for that


The Electric New Paper :


The construction boards have finally come down at Tiong Bahru Block 53's famed bird corner and the pre-war flats have reopened as a boutique hotel.

By Ng Tze Yong
08 October 2007

THE bird brand just won't sit right.

But the melody of the songbirds - the mata puteh, sharma and jambu - is still missing.
The management of the new Link Hotel, which opened in July, hasn't been able to find sponsors for the corner's hooks and number tags.

The problem? Advertisers just don't want to be seen as condoning the caging of birds.

Said the hotel's executive assistant manager, Mr James Ting, 47: 'Nowadays, every company wants to be eco-friendly. Everyone wants to love the earth.'

In the past two months, he has approached about 10 companies.

His pitch is tantalising as far as business proposals go: The welding of the 360 custom-made stainless steel hooks is expected to cost between $4,000 to $5,000 - peanuts in advertising terms.

Unlike an advertisement, the hooks will be there permanently. Locals - and flocks of tourists - will see it.

But Mr Ting's pitch is falling on deaf ears.

'Cruel, lah' is the reluctant reply.

No advertiser wants to see its logo swinging above a poor little songbird.

Animal rights activists compare bird-singing to bull-fighting. It's animal abuse, plain and simple.

Said Mr Lim Kim Seng, a committee member of the Nature Society's birdwatchers' group: 'No animal should be kept in captivity just for the sake of enjoyment.

'There should be a higher purpose, such as to save a species from extinction.'

The 45-year-old hopes that 'one day, society matures so that there is no longer a place for bird-singing'.

But Dr Kelvin Tan, president of the Singapore Heritage Society, begged to differ.

Animal rights is a good thing, he said. 'But then, what about pet dogs and zoos?'

The debate could go on forever, but will Tiong Bahru's bird corner ever see life again?

Public communications professor Lee Chun Wah from Nanyang Technological University believes that a sponsor can have its cake and eat it too.

'These days, companies talk about 'community PR', about generating goodwill beyond business,' he said.

'It can be defined in a broad way. It can be about heritage today and about the environment tomorrow.'

In the old days, it was an unlikely company - Dutch airline KLM - which was the sponsor. (See report below.)

Link Hotel has not approached KLM.

'We want to find a company that will fit our corporate image,' said Mr Ting. 'Airlines are kind of in the leisure business.'

Ultimately, the Link Hotel will pay for the hooks and the number tags if it has to.

It is contractually-bound to maintain the bird corner under the terms of the tender it won from the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) four years ago.

Still, it's not just about the hooks.

'You need to bring back the joy of the good old days,' said Tanjong Pagar Town Council's property manager Loy Sai Sai, 55.

It was his idea in 1997 to upgrade the then-shabby bird corner to what it is today.

'The old-timers loved it. They came here from Katong, from Malaysia and even from Thailand,' said Mr Loy.

On weekend mornings, there would be as many as 150 enthusiasts.

The onus, said Mr Loy, will be on the hotel to woo them back. Woo because of a spirit that went out with the kampungs: Community.

'If you go up to a stranger in a kopitiam and try to befriend him, people will think you are mad. But if you have your songbird, your cup of kopi... it's different,' said 56-year-old odd-job labourer Yee Weng Wah.

PASSION Theirs is a passion about nature's own song, a sport where singlets and slippers will do.

The old-timers decorate the cages like doll houses, with porcelain cups and cucumber slices.

They listen for hours, the chirping taking them back to the kampung days.

Strict conservation rules have preserved the facade of Block 53. But the place now has a classy, cosmopolitan feel.

The old kopitiam where the old-timers huddled with their songbirds on rainy days is now a swanky Japanese restaurant. Hotel staff in spiffy suits tend to coachloads of tourists at the 288-room hotel, where one night costs between $260 and $600.

Although the hotel will only be officially opened next month, 90 per cent of the rooms have already been booked. Mr Ting wants the bird lovers to be part of its future.

'They don't have to worry about their attire. People walk around in hotels in their swimming trunks anyway,' he said.

'As long as the bird-lovers are well-behaved, they are welcome to our hotel for a drink or even just to use the toilet.'

The red carpet has been laid out. The hooks will come. But will that be enough to woo the birdmen back?


Bird corner started at Tiong Bahru Block 53 about 50 years ago.

Dutch journalist and bird lover Guus van Bladel joins uncles at Tiong Bahru bird corner in late 1980s.

He writes about corner in Dutch newspapers, drawing reporters from Holland, Japan, US and other countries.

Later, a friend from Dutch airline KLM gets company to sponsor bird-singing contests.

KLM even provides hooks, number tags for cages.

In 1997, Tanjong Pagar-West Coast Town Council renovates bird corner under $60,000 spruce-up plan.

In 2003, block is put up for redevelopment. Macau-based Hang Huo Enterprise Group, which has businesses in construction and casinos, moves in to build Link Hotel.

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Khoo Tiong Poh (1830 - 1892)

Tiong Poh Road within the Tiong Bahru Estate was named after a Fujian merchant, Khoo Tiong Poh.

He came to Singapore from China at 22.

He founded Chop Tiong Ho in Market Street and then quit in 1874 to set up Bun Hin & Co with his friend as shipowner.

He then engaged in ship chandlery business in the name of Ann Bee & Co.

He was also a partner with Keng Nam and Co and Chop Sin Bee Siang.

In 1888, he sought and was conferred a honorary title by the Manchu government.

He died in 1892 at 62.

As if only Singapore invests in Myanmar...

I was reading the above post & at first, I was impressed with the way the list is compiled by the blogger, Cloudywind. Comprehensive. Then I started wondering--Is Singapore the only country investing in Myanmar? No way! Can't be, right?

Then I googled.

Then I came across this site.

And I realized the magical practice of Copy & Paste---without the referrence from where it's copied.

Why am I not surprised?

Anyway, I observe too that there are at least 4 Australian companies identified in the site. Hmm...puzzling. From the way this article, "Web of cash, power and cronies" was written, one would have expected that there would be no Australian companies willing to have any business dealings whatsoever with Myanmar.

48 30

Forty-eight stocks getting crammed in the Index; Twenty-two were kicked out; Four were warmly welcome and then there were Thirty. (Sorry, can't resist. Click here for the source of inspiration. Heh.)

From this article, the 30 revamped STI stocks (in blue & bold are the new additions):
1. Capitaland
2. Capitamall Trust
3. City Developments
4. Cosco Corp
5. DBS Group Holdings
6. Fraser and Neave (F&N)
7. Genting International
8. Hong Kong Land
9. Jardine Cycle & Carriage
10. Jardine Strategic
11. Keppel Corp
12. Keppel Land
13. NOL
14. Noble Group
15. Olam
16. OCBC
17. Sembcorp Industries
18. Sembcorp Marine
19. SIA Engineering
20. SIA
21. SGX
22. SPH
23. ST Engineering
24. SingTel
25. StarHub
26. Thai Beverage
27. UOB
28. Wilmar
29. Yangzijiang
30. Yanlord

Compare that to the current 48 STI stocks (in red & bold will be out from the Index):
1. Allgreen
2. Ascendasreit
3. CapitaComm

4. CapitaLand
5. CapitaMall
6. Chart SemiCond
7. CityDev
8. ComfortDelGro
9. Cosco Corp
10. Creative Tech
11. DBS Grp
12. Datacraft
13. F&N
14. Genting International
15. HK Land
16. Hyflux
17. JMH
18. JSH
19. Jardine C&C
20. Jurong Tech
21. Keppel Corp
22. Keppel Land
23. Labroy Marine
24. M1

25. NOL
26. Noble Grp
27. OCBC Bk
28. Olam
29. Parkway Hldgs
30. People's Food

31. SIA
32. SGX
33. SPC
34. SPH
35. ST Engg
36. Semb Corp Ind
37. SembMar
38. SingPost
39. SingTel
40. Star Hub
41. SuntecReit
42. Thai Beverage
43. Total Access
44. UOB
45. UOL
46. UTAC
47. Venture Corp
48. Wing Tai

Koh Eng Hoon (1823 - 1880)

Eng Hoon Street is named after a Malacca merchant Koh Eng Hoon (1823 - 1880).

Eng Hoon is is Koh Kee Oot’s son and Koh Teck Hin’s grandson.

Eng Hoon came from an old Chinese family that has been in Malacca for over 200 years.

He came to Singapore in 1840 at the age of 17 in search for opportunity.

First he worked as a shop assistant, and later a cashier with Boustead & Co.

He quit the company in 1845 to set up his own company, Benefit Society.

He had large dealings with the Bugis as a merchant and commission agent.

He died in 1880 at 57, leaving behind considerable properties in Singapore and Malacca.

Free Burma!

Free Burma!

Before He...Disappears

Perhaps, it's just another case of a severe self-censorship? Or perhaps, the blogger's site just happened to be down? I don't know.

The snapshot from

The blogger, Feed Me To The Fish: "Link to the post".

The blogger, Feed Me To The Fish: "Link to the main page".

Intriguing, perhaps for some. But for me, it just makes me realize how little I know about Medisave. Sure, there's a helpful Guide to CPF on Medisave as well as the Medisave Calculator.

The Guide also include a "Contact Us" details like the hotline at 1800-227-1188 or 1800-225-4122 and the email address:

So no excuse to be ignorant, is it?

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