About Serangoon Road

A little about where this blog is sited, quoted from our Facebook Neighbourhood Group Blurb, (yes we do have a Serangoon Rd “gang”), written by Tessa Wong

“Foreign workers galore dashing across traffic willy-nilly, the narrow aisles of Mustafa, Sheng Siong, Tekka, the litter on the streets after Saturday and Sunday nights, the red light districts at Rowell, Desker and Somme Roads, the backpacker pubs at Dunlop Street, the Teochew Opera Drama Association, the vegetable stands at Campbell Road, the art strip at Kerbau Road, the snarly-toothed fake tigers at the Thai Buddhist temple at Racecourse Road, the myriad of Indian deities perched on the Indian temples’ facades, the good South Asian food, the bad South Asian food, the Hing Hwa community, Kitchener Road’s warring Putien restaurants, the NEL, p-10, the Perumal “boho enclave” (hur hur), the Indian beauty salons on Buffalo Street, the strange karaoke bar/whorehouse around Sing Avenue with a wall mural of stick-figure instructions on how to play cricket, the ABC store, the five-foot-way tailors which fix trousers for $2, the moaning cranes stacking up the City Square Development and inexorably gentrifying the area, the heat, the noise, the colour, everything!”


The Straits Times came up with their Annual Power List of Arts Curators in Singapore. Most of the people anointed belong to established Art institutions like the Singapore Art Museum, the National Heritage Board etc. Here’s the Fly by Night Power List of Movers and Shakers, not in any particular order

• Kelley Cheng (Page One/Ish/Night and Day Bar)
• Yuni Hadi, Objectifs/Singapore International Film Festival
• Heman Chong, Artist/Curator
• Jennifer Teo/Woon Tien Wei (Post Museum ex-p-10)
• Farm.sg (Rojak organisers, Torrance Goh, Kelvin Ang and Friends)
• Shaiful and friends at Lioncitydiy.com
• Stefan Shih (the googled eye reviewer of a nutshell review, do you sleep Stefan?)
• Randy Ang and Nicholas Chee, the Everywhere boys who created sinema.sg and now run Sinema Old School
• Ng How Wee, 100.3 DJ/writer/playwright/teacher by day
• Chua Ai Lin, long time moderator of the Singapore Heritage Yahoo listserv
• Dave Chua, long time moderator of the Singapore Film website, sgfilm.com

There you go, the 11 who have taken it upon themselves (usually outside their day job) to consistently create communities, promote new ways of thinking/seeing, jumpstart/promote others’ work.

Onward and Upward

You got eyes

James Lee, a director himself, lensed a few features for his friends. He shot Chui Mui’s Love Conquers All. His photographs are sometimes lyrical, usually deadpan. I like his photos of his friends, looking at them, I fell I know them. Hmm actually, I do

Indonesia calling

Lots happening in Indonesia next week. Invisible City and Singapore GaGa are having screenings at Jakarta International Film Festival  (JIFFEST) and in Jogjakarta as part of festivalfilmdocumenter. I am also judging a docu pitch competition at JIFFEST and speaking on a panel at the Southeast Asian Cinemas Conference, also in Jakarta. Looking forward to it, I like smaller personal festivals in warmer climes that are in the same time zone. Also my father is coming along, his first ever film festival, as my publicist.
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