Mar 30, 2011

Answer to Quiz (10) - A Strange Tower in Town

Quiz photo from the archives

MPH Building (Vanguard Building)

Many took part in Quiz 10 if you count in the anonymous comments. Now, before I reveal the answer, I let you have a second shot last shot at it. Observe the second photo above carefully. Do you have the answer now?

Mar 23, 2011

2nd Shot: A Lost Heritage Opposite the Armenian Church

Junction of St Gregory's Place and Coleman Lane

Most of us are familiar with the Armenian Church along Hill Street. Designed by G.D. Coleman and built in 1835, it is currently the oldest church in Singapore (it was not the first church to be built however; the honour belongs to the Roman chapel at the SJI site) and a national monument. In 1836 it was dedicated to St. Gregory the Illuminator, the first patriarch of the Armenian Apostolic Church. Today the full name of the church is the Armenian Church of St. Gregory the Illuminator. Interestingly St. Gregory the name does not only live on in the Armenian Church, his name actually graced a street opposite the church flanked by shophouses.

Mar 16, 2011

Biennale Open House 2011 @ Kallang Airport

Singapore Biennale 2011 Open House

The Singapore Biennale is here again. The limelight this time is stolen by Merlion Hotel, the key installation by Japanese artist Tatzu Nishi. From, I learnt about the Open House at Kallang Airport, one of the exhibition venues for the event. My eyes lit up at the mention of the collective term that suggests free admission and caution thrown to the wind (for example at Pasir Laba Open House we were allowed to fire our cameras). It would be a misnomer as I would discover from the official website: "Open House" is simply how this third Singapore Biennale is titled.

Mar 8, 2011

Amazing Red Dot Quiz (10) - Where is this tower structure in Singapore?

The other day I saw this photo of a tower in the archives. Even with the attached caption stating the street, I scratched my head over its location. The surrounding buildings were of no clue though I had my little suspicion about the tower. So I checked other photos and verified one of its neighbours, a notable landmark. I must have been unobservant every time I walk past that landmark.

Mar 4, 2011

NLB's Kind Gesture - Thank You for the Present!

The big white envelope came, tattered at the edges. The distinct blue logo announced the identity of its sender and the receipent was a certain "Mr Char Lee". I had been expecting it. Finally it arrived.