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Contemporaneous Architecture Singapore

Contemporaneous Architecture Singapore

Contemporaneous Architecture celebrates 70 architectural projects that have shaped Singapore's landscape in the last 15 years. The selection includes works by renowned home-grown architects and President*s Design Award winners WOHA Architects Pte Ltd, DP Architects Pte Ltd and SCDA Architects Pte Ltd, as well as works from smaller and emerging practices such as Linghao Architects, Chang Architects, ip:li Architects, FARM Architects Pte Ltd, Red Bean Architects and Lekker Architects Pte Ltd.

Resilience Of Tradition, The: Malay Allusions In Contemporary Architecture

Resilience Of Tradition, The: Malay Allusions In Contemporary Architecture

In The Resilience of Tradition: Malay Allusions in Contemporary Architecture, the authors attempt to address rhetorical questions like how and to what extent contemporary Malaysian architecture is influenced by Malay culture, values and forms, and in what way is the Malay Modern situated within the discourse of contemporary tropical architecture? Can the evolution of Malay architecture answer the challenge of developing climatically appropriate eco-architecture? Such questions are being asked in Malaysian universities, and in international conferences looking at modernism, postmodernism, regionalism, tropical architecture, green building and sustainability.

Unforming/Forming

Unforming/Forming

This is the second in the series of books that present the students works that are created by Architecture and Sustainable Design (ASD) program students at Singapore University of Technology and Design. It presents a collection and documentation of the rich design studio work that emerges from the rather distinctive structure and focus that is adopted in ASD. The student works presented in this book are organized according to ASD's core and option studio structure. The themes of the studio explorations are motivated by a sustainable future. These explorations strive to leverage and improve the available technologies to create a more sustainable future.

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Serve And F

Serve And F

For some artists, being in the army might be a straitjacket for creativity, but not Esmond Loh. For two years whilst serving in mandatory National Service, he armed himself with his sketchbook and pen, documenting his experience in the form of drawings and notes. Initially intended for personal reflection, this series of over 130 artworks and accompanying inscriptions represents a rare entry point into the often closed and esoteric rite of passage unique to Singaporean males. Keenly observed and underscored with affection and surprising emotional heft, this book details Loh's years in the military in ways that range from the mundane to the dramatic, evocative and downright comedic. Serve And F_______ is the entirely original and earnest result of the grappling of an artist with both the freedoms and limits that come with being in the military.

Soo Pieng: Drawings - A Centenary Reflection

Soo Pieng: Drawings - A Centenary Reflection

Cheong Soo Pieng (1917-1983) made more than 2,000 drawings in the course of his life's work, from which he produced a large body of major artworks in many expressions. He is now hailed as an important artist of the post-war Chinese diaspora. This book closely examines Soo Pieng's lifetime of drawings from 1943 to 1983, tracing it in tandem with developments of the artist's major works. This is the first detailed study on the drawings of Soo Pieng. It explores the basis for the thousands of drawings he made, many previously unseen in public, and how these are intrinsic to an understanding of his life's work. Both essay and image sections provide fresh insights into the way the artist chose his subjects, drew and re-drew, composing copiously, providing a deeper and more sensitive understanding of his art. Includes 250 artwork images.

Modern Art Of Southeast Asia: Introductions From A To Z

Modern Art Of Southeast Asia: Introductions From A To Z

Modern Art of Southeast Asia: Introductions from A to Z features 60 concise and accessibly written accounts of the key ideas and currents underlying modern art in the region. These are accompanied by over 250 beautifully reproduced artworks from the collection of National Gallery Singapore, and other public and private collections in Southeast Asia and beyond. The book offers an informative first encounter with art as well as refreshing perspectives, and is a rewarding resource for students.

Homecoming: Chen Wen Hsi Exhibition @ Kingsmead

Homecoming: Chen Wen Hsi Exhibition @ Kingsmead

This 96-page exhibition catalogue is published in conjunction with the landmark exhibition Homecoming: Chen Wen Hsi Exhibition @ Kingsmead at 5 Kingsmead Road, Singapore, from 12 April-3 May 2019. 5 Kingsmead Road is the former residence of Singapore pioneer artist Chen Wen Hsi. It is the only private residence that has been marked as a historic site under two categories by the National Heritage Board, specifically culture and community, and art. The exhibition opens this private residence to the public for the first time to showcase two historic mural works created by Chen Wen Hsi in the period of 1959-1964. Around 35 paintings drawn from private collections are also on exhibit inside the house, which offers audience a unique opportunity to view some of the best works created by the artist in his lifetime. This catalogue features around 35 colour plates of Chen Wen Hsi's paintings, an essay on the history of Chen Wen Hsi's former residence and painted murals by Ms. Chow Yian Ping, Lianhe Zaobao Senior Correspondent & former Assistant Director (Programmes and International Relations) and Curator at Singapore Art Museum, an essay on designing for conservation by Ms. Angelene Chan, CEO of DP Architects, and a reproduced essay self-written by Chen Wen Hsi in 1976.

Hua Shuo: Yan Chu Xin Sheng Ju Zi Shen: Tong Zhenshi You Hua Yu Chen Zhirui Shi Ge (The Painting Speaks: Paintings By Tong Chin Sye And Poems By Tan Chee Lay

Hua Shuo: Yan Chu Xin Sheng Ju Zi Shen: Tong Zhenshi You Hua Yu Chen Zhirui Shi Ge (The Painting Speaks: Paintings By Tong Chin Sye And Poems By Tan Chee Lay

This hardback publication features a collection of almost 40 ekphrastic poems by award-winning scholar, poet and educator Dr. Tan Chee Lay; each composed in response to a different painting by veteran painter Tong Chin Sye. The book is published in conjunction with the exhibition, The Painting Speaks: Paintings by Tong Chin Sye and Poems by Tan Chee Lay at The Arts House from 4-15 April 2018. The ekphrastic poetry by Dr. Tan Chee Lay relates an interesting literary dimension to appreciating Tong Chin Sye's oil and mixed media paintings (completed mostly between the 1980s-2012). Several paintings capture the street scenes and character of Old Singapore as experienced by Tong Chin Sye, before the rapid onslaught of urbanisation redefined the island. Also included are Tong Chin Sye's paintings of portraits and overseas landscapes, similarly enriched by Dr. Tan Chee Lay's poetry.

Ng Teng Fong Roof Garden Commission: Charles Lim

Ng Teng Fong Roof Garden Commission: Charles Lim

This catalogue spotlights the third work in the Ng Teng Fong Roof Garden Commission series, SEA STATE 9: proclamation garden by Singaporean artist Charles Lim. It features a text by curator Adele Tan, alongside full-colour images of the commission and more than 30 species of plants selected to transform the Gallery's roof garden landscape, whose transplantation, adaptation to survive and eventual disposal tell the stories of Singapore's urban and coastal developments.

Ng Teng Fong Roof Garden Commission: Rirkrit Tiravanija

Ng Teng Fong Roof Garden Commission: Rirkrit Tiravanija

Rirkrit Tiravanija has created the second Ng Teng Fong Roof Garden Commission artwork for National Gallery Singapore. Featuring an interlocking bamboo structure with a simple wooden tea house at its centre, this site-specific installation springs from the artist's interest in fostering social engagement and human interaction through art. With homes in Chiang Mai, New York and Berlin, Tiravanija's nomadic life is a constant negotiation of cultures, and a source of inspiration for his practice. This catalogue illuminates this influential artist's fascinating oeuvre through newly commissioned essays and full-colour images of the installation.

Brand New Art From China: A Generation On The Rise

Brand New Art From China: A Generation On The Rise

A unique and visionary generation of young Chinese artists are coming to prominence in the art world - just as China cements its place as the second largest art market on the planet. Renowned critic Barbara Pollack presents the first book to tell the story of how these Chinese millennials, fast becoming global art superstars, negotiate their cultural heritage, and what this means for China's impact on the future of global culture. It is the first collection to showcase the dynamic new art coming from Chinese artists, and features full-colour photos and video stills throughout - with many works being published in book-form for the first time.

Guo Pei: Chinese Art And Couture

Guo Pei: Chinese Art And Couture

Guo Pei: Chinese Art and Couture includes full-colour images of everything in the exhibition. Highlights are the gorgeous images and closeups of Guo Pei's dramatic, sculptural gowns made specially for this book by world-renowned Singaporean photographer Russel Wong. An essay by curator Jackie Yoong surveys Guo Pei's career so far. Serving as points of encounter and departure, Chinese artworks from the collection of the Asian Civilisations Museum are juxtaposed with Guo Pei's works, creating a dialogue between historical and contemporary Chinese design. The exhibition and catalogue invite contemplation on how Guo Pei references and reimagines Chinese art and tradition for China and the world today.

Language Of Bugs, The

Language Of Bugs, The

A contemporary art book by Chinese artist and book designer created using the natural characters and movements of bugs.

Carpets Of Afghanistan, The

Carpets Of Afghanistan, The

Carpets of Afghanistan is without a doubt one of the most detailed analysis of Afghanistan rug production ever published. Author Richard Parsons, for many years a buyer in Afghanistan for the well-known firm O.C.M (London) Ltd, treats the reader not only to a veritable feast of carpets and rugs, all with their attendant tribal origins and motifs vividly explained, but also to a fascinating journey through the history of a diverse and colorful country.

Cacaform Birds

Cacaform Birds

Step into the world of Cacaform Birds - a world that exists a half-pace to one side of our own, at the confluence of imagination, art and reality. The book contains three parts, the first containing doctored photographs that show these birds interacting with sepia cityscapes, alternately goggled at and overlooked by the passers-by. The second introduces us to each individual species through poetic verse, while the third section must be carefully unsealed by the reader in order to reveal how the Cacaform Birds came into being. A blend of bestiary, spotter's guide and poetic anthology, this book demonstrates that art and amusement can be found everywhere, if you only care to look.

Migration, Transmission, Localisation: Visual Art In Singapore (1886-1945)

Migration, Transmission, Localisation: Visual Art In Singapore (1886-1945)

Drawing mainly on advertisements and comics in Chinese newspapers, Singaporean scholar and educator Yeo Mang Thong demonstrates how Singapore was an important hub for artists who travelled to and lived in Singapore. Yeo's research features amongst other things essays on sojourning artists, and fills a gap in scholarship on the pre-war visual arts scene in Singapore. Originally in Chinese, this English translation aims to bring his research to a broader audience.

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Asian Management Insights Vol 6 (May 2019): Artificial Intelligence Gets Real

Asian Management Insights Vol 6 (May 2019): Artificial Intelligence Gets Real

Asian Management Insights aims to develop a body of knowledge and a narrative of innovation and creativity for trends in Asian management. It brings together some of the best and brightest of Asia's thought leaders and their solutions to address current Asian challenges.

Simply Invest: Naked Truths To Grow Your Money

Simply Invest: Naked Truths To Grow Your Money

A pioneer in financial planning in Singapore, Goh Yang Chye debunks several misconceptions, showing how so-called experts are no better than the average seven-year-old at picking stocks. Investing is simple; look at the evidence. He tells us why we shouldn't trust the industry jargon and why cryptocurrencies are not a good investment; why Singapore's love affair with property is a mistake; why the media always get it wrong; and how not to overreact. From understanding market cycles to knowing what exactly to ask your financial adviser, this book will teach you how to secure your financial future - and enjoy the journey!

Smes And Economic Integration In Southeast Asia

Smes And Economic Integration In Southeast Asia

Small and medium-sized enterprises account for about 97-99 per cent of total enterprises and 60-80 per cent of total employment in ASEAN countries. The participation of SMEs is thus crucial for achieving greater regional economic integration amongst ASEAN countries. SMEs are, however, often constrained by many disadvantages that limit their abilities to become importers and exporters. This is well documented in the research literature on trade and firm size. This volume contains selected ASEAN country studies on the participation of SMEs in regional economic integration based on primary microdata. This is supplemented by empirical studies on the role played by East Asian multinational enterprises in the region.

Children   More books>>>

Aunty Goes Home - The Invisible People

Aunty Goes Home - The Invisible People

The "Invisible People" series of children's books offer heartfelt stories that help children appreciate unsung heroes in our society. These workers who have played and continue to play a key part in contributing to Singapore's growth are people who have the same needs and dreams that we do. The stories remind us how seemingly simple acts of kindness can make a world of difference, both to the workers who receive and the child who gives. Aunty Goes Home depicts how a family helps their domestic worker discover her passion for cooking during her time with them. They empower her to achieve her dreams when it's time for her to return home.

Get Curious! The Official Interactive Family Guide To The National Museum Of Singapore

Get Curious! The Official Interactive Family Guide To The National Museum Of Singapore

Get Curious! is the National Museum of Singapore's official family guide. Covering four galleries, and packed with interactive activities for over 40 objects, it brings the stories of our past to life for children and their families.

Awesome Art Malaysia: 10 Works From The Land Of Mountains Everyone Should Know

Awesome Art Malaysia: 10 Works From The Land Of Mountains Everyone Should Know

Dive into the wonderful world of Malaysian art! Get to know 10 of Malaysia's most awesome artists through fascinating facts about their lives and beautiful full-colour reproductions of their works. With bold, playful illustrations, Awesome Art Malaysia provides readers with an understanding not just of art and how it is created, but what influences it, from nature to culture. This book teems with fun and engaging activities that inspire hours of creativity at home or in the classroom. Awesome Art Malaysia is an expansion to the Awesome Art series, which seeks to make art accessible to the young and young at heart.

Culture & People   More books>>>

Birthday Book, The: Narratives, Undiscovered And Underway

Birthday Book, The: Narratives, Undiscovered And Underway

Contributors to the 2019 edition of The Birthday Book reflect on the narratives of their lives: the stories that define them, their communities, the causes they champion, and Singapore's collective future. The 54 essays in the book are diverse; some touch on deeply personal issues while others tackle broader trends. Yet in the deeply personal we find the seeds of more universal issues, while in the trends we can discern the outlines of more individualised stories. Like the Singapore that each essay celebrates, this book dances between micro and macro worlds.

We Adopted! A Collection Of Dog Rescue Tales

We Adopted! A Collection Of Dog Rescue Tales

We Adopted is an anthology of modern, real life fairy tales of doggie salvation. It features some of the most incredible comeback stories, tales of resilience, forgiveness, trust, love, human cruelty, greed and miracle rebounds, dogs on the brink of death and the owners who never gave up on them. The stories are accompanied by stunning editorial fashion spreads. No one would ever guess that these beautiful canine models were once abused, neglected, crippled or abandoned.

Story Of Bentong Kali, The: Crime And Society In 90'S Kuala Lumpur

Story Of Bentong Kali, The: Crime And Society In 90'S Kuala Lumpur

The Story of Bentong Kali details the rise and fall of one of Malaysia's most notorious gangsters Kalimuthu a/l Pakirisamy, better known as Bentong Kali, who terrorised the nation in the early 1990s. On the front of every newspaper, he was believed to be behind at least 16 murders and attempted murders before being killed by police. Written by journalist Suganthi Suparmaniam, this book traces Kalimuthu's journey from his poor childhood in Bentong, Pahang to the streets of KL where he became involved in the drugs trade and protection work before forming his own gang and amassing around him a group of loyal followers. It tells the story not only of one gangster but also of a rapidly developing society coming to terms with problems of crime, drugs and economic insecurity.

Homeless: The Untold Story Of A Mother's Struggle In

Homeless: The Untold Story Of A Mother's Struggle In "Crazy Rich" Singapore

Ten years ago, Liyana Dhamirah was in a precarious situation: at 22, she was heavily pregnant and had no place to call home. For Liyana, home was often unstable. Once a bright teenager full of optimism, she faced uncertainty and found no support from family, government agencies and welfare groups. She had nowhere to go, no one to turn to. When she started living on a beach in Sembawang, she discovered a community of people - families - who were homeless just like her. They stuck together and watched out for each other, even when there were raids. She learned that in prosperous Singapore, the homeless are not always identifiable by appearance alone. Months later, journalists eventually uncovered Liyana's story and how she navigated a bureaucracy of obstacles. Today she is a successful entrepreneur and this is her memoir.

Hard At Work: Life In Singapore

Hard At Work: Life In Singapore

For most people in Singapore, having a job is just a fact of life. But that simple fact encompasses a wide range of experiences. Have you ever really considered what workers do on a daily basis and how they feel about their jobs? Hard at Work gives us access into the interior lives and experiences of more than fifty Singapore workers. It forms a snapshot of Singapore's working population that will fascinate contemporary and future readers.

This Could Be Home: Raffles Hotel And The City Of Tomorrow

This Could Be Home: Raffles Hotel And The City Of Tomorrow

No hotel is as inseparably linked to its city than Raffles Hotel, writes Pico Iyer, arguably the world's greatest travel writer alive. Drawing upon numerous stays in Raffles over 35 years and the fast-ascending city all around it, Iyer - a lifelong global soul - reflects on the "Grand Old Lady's" literary legacy and its mark on writers everywhere. In the process, he finds new ways of considering not just yesterday, but tomorrow. How have Singapore and its white-stucco monument evolved to meet the needs of a shifting world? In this compact volume, Iyer pulls back the curtains on a personal, thoughtful and surprising look at places we too often take for granted.

Pattaya Undercover

Pattaya Undercover

Promising sun, sea, sand and more, Pattaya beach resort in Thailand lures eight million foreign tourists annually. However, behind the glitter lurks broken dreams, ethereal ecstasy and, often, tragedy. And behind every bargirl's smile and every foreigner's beer glass lurks a story: happy, touching, heart-wrenching. The author interviews bargirls, mamasans and customers, who reveal true stories of sex scams, doomed relationships and tragic suicides. The author's investigation takes him to the capital, Bangkok, as well as to an Isaan village in northeastern Thailand, and further afield to Saigon in Vietnam and Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia.

Education   More books>>>

Understanding Teaching, Learning And Learners: A Guide For Singapore

Understanding Teaching, Learning And Learners: A Guide For Singapore

Under the Singapore Teaching Practice (STP), a model that documents the best practices of Singapore's teaching profession, teaching is a dynamic combination of both knowledge and action. In STP, Pedagogical Processes (PP) articulates the processes of areas and actions in good teaching. Knowledge Bases, in turn, provide PP with a framework of conceptual and theoretical understanding such that they can be applied meaningfully in the classroom. This book seeks to provide its readers with key foundational knowledge in 2 STP knowledge bases, 'Understanding Teaching' and 'Understanding Students and Learning'. Embedded fully in the education contexts of Singapore, it melds theory together with empirical insight drawn from local classroom-based research. Whether you are a local educator or an international researcher, you will find this a useful introduction to the Singaporean praxis of teaching.

Fun-Filled Math Conversations With Your Child

Fun-Filled Math Conversations With Your Child

This very informative book is a guide to help parents find fun and relevant math conversations in their daily lives to prepare their children for PSLE Mathematics. Wendy Koh homeschooled her son for 16 years, and helped him to successfully achieve A* for math at the PSLE and IGCSE exams. This is a parenting book more than an education book. The message of the book is: you can parent and bond with your child while teaching him math. It can be fun, that is, if you make it fun.

Modelling Today, Guiding Tomorrow: A Singaporean Guide To Model United Nations

Modelling Today, Guiding Tomorrow: A Singaporean Guide To Model United Nations

Join us as we take you through the Model United Nations scene in Singapore and show you the work of the United Nations Association of Singapore Model United Nations, or UNASMUN - the largest secondary- and tertiary-level conference in the country. Whether you are new to Model United Nations and unsure of what to expect, a seasoned delegate wanting to learn about crisis committees and the administrative mechanics of a conference, or an educator trying to establish a school-based programme, this informative guide has something for everyone. Drawing from more than two decades of combined author experience as well as input from over 140 students and teachers, this handbook walks you through the conference process and provides practical tips on how to make the most of the experience.

History & Geography   More books>>>

Southeast Asia After The Cold War: A Contemporary History

Southeast Asia After The Cold War: A Contemporary History

International politics in Southeast Asia since end of the Cold War in 1990 can be understood within the frames of order and an emerging regionalism embodied in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. But order and regionalism are now under seige, with a new global strategic rebalancing under way. The region is now forced to contemplate new risks, even the emergence of new sorts of cold war, rivalry and conflict. Ang Cheng Guan writes here in the mode of contemporary history, presenting a complete, analytically informed narrative that covers the region, highlighting change, continuity and context. Crucial as a tool to make sense of the dynamics of the region, this account of Southeast Asia's international relations will also be of immediate relevance to those in China, the USA and elsewhere who engage with the region, with its young, dynamic population, and its strategic position across the world's key choke-points of trade.

Penang Then & Now: A Century Of Change In Pictures

Penang Then & Now: A Century Of Change In Pictures

This book will take readers on a pictorial time-travel of 115 sites in George Town and beyond. Each site is represented by two images. The first is an image from around 100 years ago - many not seen before - the second a photograph of the same site today, taken in a position as close as possible to the original. Some sites are easily recognisable - others readers will find it hard to believe are the same location! This book follows an exhibition held by the authors in 2016.

Armenians Of Penang, The

Armenians Of Penang, The

Why is there an Armenian Street in Penang? This quaint, narrow street draws visitors from around the world but there is little to explain the legacy of Penang's small, bygone Armenian population, after which it was named. Nadia Wright has spent decades tracing the history of the Armenians in Southeast Asia. Civic-minded and skilled businessmen, they played a small but very significant role in the development of Penang, particularly in the 1800s. This is the story of some of the prominent Armenian personalities of Penang and of the fate of their tiny community.

Armenians Of Singapore, The: A Short History

Armenians Of Singapore, The: A Short History

Although the community never seemed to have numbered more than one hundred at any time, the Armenian community in Singapore appear to have made a far greater impact than any other community, proportionate to their size, than any other community on the island. Their significant legacies include the founding of Singapore's best known hotel and widest read newspaper and the creation of the orchid hybrid, the Vanda Miss Joaquim, Singapore's national flower. In this book the author brings to life this busy community during their almost 200 year presence in Singapore. 128 pages with more than 150 black and white and colour photographs and maps. For further details, please see the scanned contents page.

50 Best Kept Secrets Of The Istana: History And Heritage

50 Best Kept Secrets Of The Istana: History And Heritage

Discover 50 little-known facts about Istana, the place previously known as Government House, from its building completion in 1869 to when Singapore achieved self-government in 1959. In History and Heritage, you'll discover 50 little-known facts about the place known as Government House, from its building completion in 1869 to when Singapore achieved self-government in 1959. Using archival research surrounding the history of Singapore from its colonial days to 1959, this book aims to present the country's past through a gentle and at times humorous narrative.

Lelulur: Singapore's Kampong Glam

Lelulur: Singapore's Kampong Glam

The story of Kampong Gelam - a cosmopolitan village named after the Gelam (Kayu putih or Melaleuca cajuputi) tree which once grew in abundance in the area - was birthed some two centuries ago. It began with the signing of a treaty between Sultan Hussein Mohamed Shah, Temenggong Abdul Rahman and Sir Stamford Raffles of the East India Company, whereby Sir Stamford Raffles was given permission to set up a trading post in Singapore. Once the centre of trade and commerce connecting Singapore to the rest of the Malay Archipelago, Kampong Gelam served as a religious, intellectual and social hub for the Malays in Singapore. It also functioned as a Pilgrim Hub for would-be pilgrims bound for Saudi Arabia. To embrace the authentic spirit of Kampong Gelam, you are invited to embark on a journey to Leluhur, returning to the land of our Ancestors.

On Air: Untold Stories From Caldecott Hill

On Air: Untold Stories From Caldecott Hill

This collection of 51 essays contains rich memories by the pioneers of Singapore's early media at their broadcasting station at Caldecott Hill. It captures the breadth and depth of life-long experiences of broadcasters over 82 years on the Hill; from the founding of the British Malayan Broadcasting Corporation in 1936 to Radio and Television Singapore (RTS) to Singapore Broadcasting Corporation (SBC), and finally to what is today Mediacorp. In this book, the authors have recorded many decades worth of work experience and have shared untold stories - from the Japanese Occupation of Caldecott Hill, to the changing faces of broadcasting to the move to Mediapolis at North Buona Vista in 2017. Illustrated with rare, archival photographs, many not seen before.

Law   More books>>>

Beyond Reasonable Doubt: Giving Voice To The Accused

Beyond Reasonable Doubt: Giving Voice To The Accused

In Beyond a Reasonable Doubt, N. Sivanandan, one of the longest-serving interpreters in Singapore's judiciary, gives an insight into the work of a court interpreter. During his twenty years in the High Court and more than thirty years in the Subordinate Courts (now the State Courts), Sivanandan has interpreted in lengthy criminal cases - mostly murder, rape and robbery - and long, complicated civil trials before High Court judges, many with formidable reputations. Here are interesting cases that show what it is like standing next to the witness box and giving voice to the witness or litigant in a courtroom filled with their loved ones, judges, prosecuting officers and defence lawyers. This collection of experiences is enlivened by personal stories of the men on the bench, and life in the early days when the courts were situated in different areas and travelling between courts was itself an experience!

Leisure   More books>>>

Fire Islands: Recipes From Indonesia

Fire Islands: Recipes From Indonesia

Steep verdant rice terraces, ancient rainforest and fire-breathing volcanoes create the landscape of the world's largest archipelago. Indonesia is a travellers' paradise, with cuisine as vibrant and thrilling as its scenery. Eleanor Ford gives a personal, intimate portrait of a country and its cooking, the recipes exotic yet achievable, and the food brought to life by stunning photography.

My Rendang Isn't Crispy And Other Favourite Malaysian Dishes

My Rendang Isn't Crispy And Other Favourite Malaysian Dishes

Take a culinary voyage through the vibrant flavours of Malaysia with MasterChef UK contestant, Zaleha Kadir Olpin, as she shares her favourite family recipes in this cookbook. Mostly handed down from her mother and grandmother, Zaleha's recipes maintain traditional methods of cooking, but are suitable for use in the modern kitchen so you can experience Malaysian cuisine in all its authenticity. She also shares lessons she learnt growing up in a culinary family, with insights into the importance of food in Malaysian culture. Written from the heart, this book will appeal to anyone looking to expand their flavour repertoire or just wanting to dip their toes into the delightful world of Malaysian cooking.

Literature   More books>>>

Saviour

Saviour

Charlie Yam wants fame, fortune, and power; the quickest road to achieving all three is to fight for the chance to be the next Party Leader of Future Singapore. However, earning a place within the inner circle of the Party demands high moral standards, especially in the marital domain. One day, Charlie Yam discovers a small gift box left on his doorstep. Inside the box are fingernails which Charlie recognizes as belonging to his mistress. He employs his right-hand man, a scarred and terrifying enforcer to find out the perpetrator. Charlie's scandalous affair is eventually exposed. Charlie is ex-communicated, but with the help of a psychotic blogger, he devises a plan to claw his way back into the good graces of the Party. Inspired by events that happened in Singapore, Saviour is a darkly comic take on power and what it takes to keep it.

Incantations/ Incarcerations

Incantations/ Incarcerations

Incantations/Incarcerations is a rumination on ageing, menopause, losing one's children to the world, climate change, and the slow decline of the body. In this collection, Bernice Chauly will once again chart the unsayable and the confessional, and speak from places where few dare to write from - of the older woman, desire and loneliness, and of the certainty of death. Chauly is one of Malaysia's most forceful contemporary poets, and remains one of the country's most urgent and necessary voices.

Furrie And Shortie Number 02: A Time For Everything

Furrie And Shortie Number 02: A Time For Everything

In this second volume, Furrie and Shortie encounter the trials and joys of adulthood even as they revisit their childhood dreams, and encounter that lesson we are may come to: that there is a time for everything. All this while, Furrie and Shortie live, love and laugh in their usual silly ways.

Beijing Conspiracy, The

Beijing Conspiracy, The

"I need your support. There is no one else I can trust. Please help her. Please help our daughter." When ex-Marine Jack Ford receives a letter containing news of a daughter he never knew he had, he feels compelled to return to China, a country he hasn't visited since 1989 when, as a young American spy, he fell in love with a beautiful student activist and found himself caught up in the horrors of the Tiananmen Square massacre. But why has Xia got in touch now, after a thirty-year silence? On arrival in Beijing, Jack finds himself accidentally in possession of an explosive piece of information both the Chinese and American governments are desperate to get their hands on. Alone in a strange city, suspected of being a traitor by his own side, not knowing whom to trust, Jack is faced with an impossible dilemma: should he save his new-found daughter or prevent a new world war from breaking out?

Alfian Sa'at Collected Plays Three: Nadirah, Parah, Your Sister's Husband, Grc (Geng Rebut Cabinet)

Alfian Sa'at Collected Plays Three: Nadirah, Parah, Your Sister's Husband, Grc (Geng Rebut Cabinet)

Alfian Sa'at explores the Malay identity and racial relations in this third volume of the Collected Plays series. This volume collects plays written and staged in Malay, and translated to English for the very first time. In Nadirah, a young woman is shocked to find out her mother wants to marry a non-Muslim. In Parah, a group of students can no longer ignore the stereotypes and prejudices that divide the races, and the strain it puts on their friendship. In Geng Rebut Cabinet (GRC), we're transported to an alternate reality where the Chinese are the minority in Singapore. And in Your Sister's Husband, five sisters try their hardest to reckon with their superstitious, old-fashioned eldest to farcical ends, raising questions about black sheep, outcasts and sociopaths.

Parsetreeforestfire

Parsetreeforestfire

parsetreeforestfire is a bilingual book of poetry in which poems in Singlish occupy one side of the book, and poems in English on the other. Conventionally such a book functions as a way for a person to learn a new language, but it remains to be seen if translation has successfully occurred, or if the book even intends to teach any reader how to speak either language. Instead, if poetry is intense attention to language, then this book can be considered to be the product of such scrutiny on the languages the book is written in.

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Identity, Nationhood And State-Building In Malaysia

Identity, Nationhood And State-Building In Malaysia

Identity, loyalty and nation building are key global challenges today. Emeritus Professor K.J. Ratnam, a leading Malaysian social scientist, discusses multiple identities in complex societies, political loyalty, and the challenges that ethnic and religious differences pose for social cohesion. Ratnam also analyses current political alignments and their impact on ethnic relations, the perils of ethnic stereotyping, and the need for a national consensus on foundational issues. Sweeping in scope yet detailed in analysis, this publication will interest scholars, students, policy makers and laymen, and encourage reflection on useful ways of facing up to the many complex challenges confronting multi-ethnic and multi-religious societies like Malaysia.

Panorama 01/2019: Insights Into Asian And European Affairs - Trade And Economic Connectivity In The Age Of Uncertainty

Panorama 01/2019: Insights Into Asian And European Affairs - Trade And Economic Connectivity In The Age Of Uncertainty

This issue of Panorama explores the economic and trade connectivity between Asia and Europe, including the US-China trade war, an overview of Asia-Europe relations in the age of rising uncertainty, the development and implications of the Asia-Europe connectivity strategy and the Belt and Road Initiative, the impact of regional blocs on trade relations between Asia and Europe, and currency swap and bilateral agreements.

First Wave, The: JBJ, Chiam & The Opposition In Singapore

First Wave, The: JBJ, Chiam & The Opposition In Singapore

Based on extensive interviews and archival material, The First Wave tells the story of the opposition in Singapore in its critical first thirty years in Parliament. Democratisation has been described to occur in waves. The first wave of a democratic awakening in post-independence Singapore began with J. B. Jeyaretnam's victory in the Anson by-election of 1981. That built up to the 1984 general election, the first of many to be called a "watershed", in which Chiam See Tong was also elected in Potong Pasir. After their successes in 1991, the opposition began dreaming of forming the government. But their euphoria was short-lived. Serious fault lines in the leading Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) rose to the surface almost immediately after the opposition victories of 1991, and the party was wiped out of Parliament by 1997. The opposition spent the next decade experimenting with coalition arrangements, to work their way back to victory.

Introduction To The Politics Of The Indonesian Union Movement

Introduction To The Politics Of The Indonesian Union Movement

"In this most significant contemporary study of Indonesian trade unions and the broader working class, Max Lane provides a concise and informed examination of the practical and ideological challenges of incipient labour organizations engaged in political and popular struggles in an underdeveloped nation. This detailed and highly informative book evokes similar historical and comparative struggles of exploited workers worldwide and is indispensable for students of labour movements in the Global South." - Immanuel Ness, Professor of Political Science

China's Hong Kong: The Politics Of A Global City

China's Hong Kong: The Politics Of A Global City

The constitutional settlement under which Hong Kong became a Special Administrative Region of the PRC in 1997 was based on the idea of "one country, two systems". At the time of Hong Kong's handover from British to Chinese rule, there was much speculation over how and whether an open society and market economy would be respected by an authoritarian communist state, one which has since risen to become the world's second largest economy. This book looks afresh at the constitutional settlement and considers whether it has been able to withstand the changes in Hong Kong, the economic rise of China and the shifts in the global economy that have accompanied them. Tim Summers argues that the developments in Hong Kong have to be understood as a unique interplay between local, national and global developments and challenges the assumption that the main dynamic at play in Hong Kong is its tussle for control with Beijing.

Origins Of Malayan Communism, The

Origins Of Malayan Communism, The

Malayan Chinese radicalism in the form of anarcho-communism only emerged in 1919. The ideology of anarcho-communism promoted not only the concept of anarchism but also of communism as a panacea for global problems. The arrival of anarcho-communism was followed in the 1920s by three waves of Chinese communism to Malayan shores until the founding of the Malayan Communist Party in mid-April 1930. The MCP struggled grimly for survival during its early years but posed a real threat to British colonial rule from 1936 after it had secured an important power base in trade unions. It also capitalised on rising Chinese nationalism in July 1937 in the aftermath of the Sino-Japanese War, arousing Chinese community sympathies in general and mobilizing Chinese-educated youths, women and intellectuals in particular. The author draws on substantial Chinese and English-language archival sources and oral history evidence from participants in the movement to reconstruct the chequered history of the Malayan communist movement of pre-war years. The present work explores the origins of Malayan communist, analyses the changing ideology and organisations of the Malayan communist movement, unmasks its dramatis personae and assesses the success or otherwise of British colonial control of the MCP and its various affiliates.

One Road, Many Dreams: China's Bold Plan To Remake The Global Economy

One Road, Many Dreams: China's Bold Plan To Remake The Global Economy

One Belt, One Road is China's bold plan to remake the global economy. It's an ambitious strategy with a $2 trillion - and rising - budget. The objective? To challenge the existing economic and political world order. This book reveals the true extent of China's ambition, analyses the impact of the One Belt, One Road initiative and assesses its chances of success and failure. Written by three highly regarded political economists, it examines the One Belt, One Road initiative from all angles. It looks at the projects and the players, the alliances and the governance. It explores the opportunities for China and the threat to the West, particularly for Trump's isolationist US administration.

Speaking Out In Vietnam: Public Political Criticism In A Communist-Party Ruled Nation

Speaking Out In Vietnam: Public Political Criticism In A Communist-Party Ruled Nation

Since 1990 public political criticism has evolved into a prominent feature of Vietnam's political landscape. So argues Benedict J. Tria Kerkvliet in his analysis of Communist Party-ruled Vietnam. Speaking Out in Vietnam assesses the rise and diversity of these public displays of disagreement, showing that they have morphed from family whispers to large-scale use of electronic media. In discussing how such criticism has become widespread over the last three decades, Kerkvliet focuses on four clusters of critics: factory workers demanding better wages and living standards; villagers demonstrating and petitioning against corruption and land confiscations; citizens opposing China's encroachment into Vietnam and criticizing China-Vietnam relations; and dissidents objecting to the party-state regime and pressing for democratization.

Trends In Southeast Asia 2019 #10: Interreligious Conflict And The Politics Of Interfaith Dialogue In Myanmar

Trends In Southeast Asia 2019 #10: Interreligious Conflict And The Politics Of Interfaith Dialogue In Myanmar

Amidst successive episodes of interreligious violence in Myanmar between 2012 and 2014, interfaith dialogue emerged as a crucial conflict resolution and prevention mechanism. The present National League for Democracy administration has more actively sought to engage in intrafaith promotion of Buddhism and in interfaith peace and harmony initiatives. Although the National League for Democracy has largely eliminated Buddhist nationalist groups such as Ma Ba Tha, Buddhist identity politics remains influential after the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army's attacks in Rakhine State in 2016 and 2017 and the consequent refugee crisis. Although extreme anti-Muslim Buddhist identity politics may not see a resurgence in the approach to the 2020 general elections, it may come back in more nuanced forms. Interfaith dialogue and other training and activities for interreligious peace and harmony will thus remain relevant to the political scene.

Is The People's Action Party Here To Stay? Analysing The Resilience Of The One-Party Dominant State In Singapore

Is The People's Action Party Here To Stay? Analysing The Resilience Of The One-Party Dominant State In Singapore

This book examines the staying power of the People's Action Party, a political party that has governed Singapore since June 1959. A political titan with few chinks in its armour, the party has kept winning elections under three prime ministers and Singapore is about to witness a transition to the fourth prime minister. The party's seemingly unstoppable sterling performance makes the issue of the durability of the PAP highly critical. In light of the serious weakness of the Opposition and the strong performance legitimacy of the ruling party, it is worthwhile asking the question, can the PAP stumble and fall? Addressing this question is highly relevant given that similar political parties and structures have almost all collapsed elsewhere - the Barisan Nasional as the latest casualty with its defeat in Malaysia's 2018 General Elections. With an extensive coverage on domestic and international issues, up-to-date developments on the finalisation of the PAP's 4G leadership, the Workers' Party town council saga, and the efforts to form an opposition coalition led by Tan Cheng Bock are also analysed in this book.

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Manglish: Malaysian English At Its Wackiest!

Manglish: Malaysian English At Its Wackiest!

Now back after 20 years with brand new words, expressions and idioms, this hilarious classic remains packed with humour, irreverence and loads of fun. It bids all Malaysians to lighten up, laugh at ourselves and revel in our unique, multicultural way of life. Forget about tenses, grammar, pronunciation, and just relek lah ... Aiyoh. Manglish or Malaysian English is what Malaysians speak when we want to connect with each other or just hang loose. Borrowing from Malay, Chinese, Indian, Asli, British English, American English, dialects, popular mass media and plenty more, our unique English reflects our amazing diversity.

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Mental Health & The Gospel Community

Mental Health & The Gospel Community

This book speaks to and sheds light on mental illness in three ways. Following a theological overview from Leow Wen Pin, it first presents stories from Christians who have mental illness. Their honest accounts provide a glimpse into the realities of their suffering, the words that have helped them (and the ones that haven't), and the glimmer of hope that they find in Christ. Second, it offers testimonies from those who are caregivers of loved ones with mental illness. Their words give insight into the realities of their journey, the real questions they have for God, and, mostly, the heart that they have for those they are caring for. Third, it provides perspectives from pastors who have either struggled with mental illness or who are actively providing lifegiving communities in their churches for those who do. Their practical and loving advice offers stepping stones that can guide the Gospel community into becoming a safe place for those with mental illness.

Men For Christ: Living Out Our Faith Volume Ii

Men For Christ: Living Out Our Faith Volume Ii

Men for Christ: Living Out Our Faith Vol. II is a bold response to the crisis of masculinity in the church. This second volume features 22 more men who passionately address the issues that often hinder men from rising into their God-given destinies. The first half of the book deals with topics pertaining to deep inward restoration to Christlikeness: sexual purity, anger management, the importance of being accountable, and mental health. The second half of the book explores the outward expressions of faith that emerge from a renewed heart: being an effective marketplace minister and evangelism to the nations. Together, they form a picture of hope of the holistic transformation that God can do both in a man and, through him, in the world today.

Owl's Journey, An: Essays To Commemorate The 70Th Birthday Of David W F Wong

Owl's Journey, An: Essays To Commemorate The 70Th Birthday Of David W F Wong

This collection of 20 essays explores how the church intersects with a range of different spheres: leadership, the arts, academia and pastoral care. It challenges us to consider the possibilities of what a healthy and well-rounded church can accomplish.

Calm In Chaos: A Personal Perspective To Managing Conflict

Calm In Chaos: A Personal Perspective To Managing Conflict

We encounter conflicts every day and in every aspect of our lives. It's inescapable. But let's face it, the world will be a much better place when there are fewer conflicts. So how do we can manage, deal and overcome our conflicts better? In other words, how do we find our calm amidst all the bustling chaos? Calm in Chaos will allow readers, from all walks of life, to better understand the concept of conflict and where it stems from.

Eastern Philosophy: The Greatest Thinkers And Sages From Ancient To Modern Times

Eastern Philosophy: The Greatest Thinkers And Sages From Ancient To Modern Times

Spanning from 1200 BCE to the present day, this fascinating guide covers a wide breadth of Eastern thinkers including Muhammad, Gandhi and Mao Zedong. These individuals and their philosophical concepts are introduced in a lively and lucid narrative with fascinating biographical detail. Packed with wisdom spanning thousands of years, Eastern Philosophy introduces some unique approaches to some of life's great questions.

Like A Fire In My Bones: A Journey Of Discipleship

Like A Fire In My Bones: A Journey Of Discipleship

A brave and honest question, asked by a young man raised in a Christian family. As Darius Lee asked this question, and many more, God answered with clarity and power. This book challenges us to answer our Lord's call to discipleship, and to actively bring Christ into the fallen world we live in, with its increasingly confused notions of Truth, Love and Identity. Ultimately, this is a book that will not only challenge you, but will equip you to address some of the most controversial issues of our day, including secularism, same-sex marriage and abortion.

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50 Best Kept Secrets Of The Istana: Flora And Fauna

50 Best Kept Secrets Of The Istana: Flora And Fauna

Discover 50 little-known facts about Istana, the place previously known as Government House, from its building completion in 1869 to when Singapore achieved self-government in 1959. In Flora and Fauna, you'll discover 50 little-known facts about the curious creatures to be found within its gardens, the great heritage trees that dot its landscape and conservation programmes that help keep the Istana domain well maintained into the future.

Nature Trails Of Seberang Perai: Nature, Ecology And Environment

Nature Trails Of Seberang Perai: Nature, Ecology And Environment

Explore a range of trails with this trekker's companion written by avid hiker, Rexy Prakash Chacko. From coastal and riverbank walks for beginners to challenging hill climbs for the fit, these trails are spread across the three districts of mainland Penang, Malaysia. The book is vividly illustrated with maps and photographs, bringing the wonders of Seberang Perai's natural assets to the fore.

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At A Moment's Notice: Indonesian Maids Write On Their Lives Abroad

At A Moment's Notice: Indonesian Maids Write On Their Lives Abroad

Life abroad for Indonesian women hired as domestic workers is more than the job. In their spare time, some will plan a better life back home when their work contract ends. Others will venture out to experience the cities where they now work, even posing as locals and living life to the fullest. And some of these women can write. Recently, a new genre of Indonesian women's literature has developed, one in which - often in short stories - authors reimagine their experiences as domestic workers in foreign lands. Now, for the first time, a selection of these stories has been collected and translated into English. Collectively, these stories provide an honest description of the complex and multifaceted reasons for working abroad, the maids' living and working conditions, and their hopes and dreams for a better life. The stories are also a delightful read.

This Is What Inequality Looks Like (Second Edition)

This Is What Inequality Looks Like (Second Edition)

This new edition features a new Afterword by the author, and a Foreword by Kwok Kian Woon, Professor of Sociology at the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. What is poverty? What is inequality? How are they connected? How are they reproduced? How might they be overcome? Why should we try? The way we frame our questions shapes the way we see solutions. This book does what appears to be a no-brainer task, but one that is missing and important: it asks readers to pose questions in different ways, to shift the vantage point from which they view 'common sense,' and in so doing, to see themselves as part of problems and potential solutions. This is a book about how seeing poverty entails confronting inequality. It is about how acknowledging poverty and inequality leads to uncomfortable revelations about our society and ourselves. And it is about how once we see, we cannot, must not, unsee.

Contentious Belonging: The Place Of Minorities In Indonesia

Contentious Belonging: The Place Of Minorities In Indonesia

Contention has surrounded the status of minorities throughout Indonesian history. Two broad polarities are evident: one inclusive of minorities, regarding them as part of the nation's rich complexity and a manifestation of its "Unity in Diversity" motto; the other exclusive, viewing with suspicion or disdain those communities or groups that differ from the perceived majority. This book explores the complex historical and contemporary dimensions of Indonesia's religious, ethnic, LGBT and disability minorities from a range of perspectives, including historical, legal, political, cultural, discursive and social. It addresses fundamental questions about Indonesia's tolerance and acceptance of difference, and examines the extent to which diversity is embraced or suppressed.

They Told Us To Move: Dakota-Cassia

They Told Us To Move: Dakota-Cassia

What happens when an entire community is moved? Dakota Crescent was one of Singapore's oldest public housing estates and a rental flat neighbourhood for low-income households. In 2016, its residents - many of whom are elderly - were relocated to Cassia Crescent to make way for redevelopment. To help them resettle, a group of volunteers came together and formed the Cassia Resettlement Team. They Told Us to Move tells the story of the relocation through interviews with the residents from the Dakota community and reflections by the volunteers. Accompanying these are essays by various academics on urban planning; gender and family; ageing, poverty, and social services; civil society and citizenship; and architectural heritage and place-making.

Public Trust In Singapore

Public Trust In Singapore

It is clear that public trust plays a critical role in developing a vibrant economy and a strong society. This book is organised into four parts. Part 1 provides an overview of issues involved in thinking about public trust. Part 2 examines public trust in the context of upholding public accountability and discusses specific issues of public transport in Singapore. Part 3 analyses the relationships linking trust to social media analytics as well as healthcare. Part 4 addresses specific questions on public trust in Singapore in terms of social harmony, race and religion, education, civil society, social inequalities, dealing with differences and disagreements, political leadership, and relationships between people and government.

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Laotian Pages: A Classic Account Of Travel In Upper, Middle And Lower Laos

Laotian Pages: A Classic Account Of Travel In Upper, Middle And Lower Laos

Laos, 1900 - a frontier land caught in a power struggle between Eastern kingdoms and Western colonial powers, a fertile place teetering between an ancient pastoral existence and the modern machine age. Alfred Raquez's Laotian Pages vividly describes his exploration of the diverse kingdoms of Laos at the turn of the last century with the same Parisian verve and ironic turn of mind that he brought to his first travel book. Raquez's keen eye and sensitivity to the exotic in both nature and human culture, combined with a mastery of the genre and his hallmark conversational style, transport the reader to the largely unexplored frontier of fin-de-siecle Indochina. Long known only to specialists on the history and ethnography of the region, this new work presents a scholarly translation into English together with Raquez's original photographs that will finally allow a wide audience to experience the joys and hardships of travel in a land that is both timeless and forever changing.

From The Lion's Mouth: A Journey Along The Indus

From The Lion's Mouth: A Journey Along The Indus

Iain Campbell has been fascinated by mountains for as long as he can remember. In his new book, he tells the story of a journey following the course of the Indus River from its mouth in the mudflats of Karachi through the Karakorum, Kashmir and the Himalayas to its source in Ladakh on the Indian side of the Tibetan plateau, where it springs from the 'Lion's Mouth' on Mount Kailash. His narrative paints an insightful, honest and heartfelt portrait of Pakistan. Engrossing and eye-opening, Iain Campbell's account of his travels through this mesmerising land will appeal to travellers, mountaineers, trekkers, wilderness enthusiasts, anyone interested in the culture and history of the subcontinent, and fans of quality travel writing.

African Odyssey, An

African Odyssey, An

This is the adventure of an ordinary family who left the trappings of modern existence behind them to embark on an extraordinary voyage through the backroads of Africa. Andre and Laura gave up a comfortable expatriate life in Asia, pulled their children out of school, and took off for Africa armed with four bags, a few guidebooks and an insatiable amount of curiosity. Travelling by car, bus, boat, aeroplane and even camel, they covered 30,000km through deserts, jungles, plains, highlands, lakes and rivers. Along the way, they came across a cast of characters, mysterious and eccentric, who brought the world around them to life. They lived with the last survivors of near-extinct tribes, met with hunters and conservationists, soldiers and bandits, kings and voodoo priests. Most of all, they encountered ordinary people going about their lives in often difficult circumstances, whose small acts of kindness helped them get through the tough days, and make the good days truly special.


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