Lion City (1960) screens at Old School

Highly recommended for an introduction to the first in a long line of films that tries to be Singaporean. It gives you an idea of what “Singaporean” entailed then. For one, it entailed being a union member because everyone in the film seemed to be going to a union meeting through out. It also (then, and arguably now) entails voting for PAP and of course, living in a HDB flat. The original National Education movie that is precious in its earnestness and awkwardness as it wills itself to be Singaporean.
Reviews by Quah Syren (Mandarin), yawning bread and Jeremy Sing

May 16, 2008 – 9:00 pm (Weekend)
May 17, 2008 – 5:00 pm
May 23, 2008 – 3:00 pm
May 29, 2008 – 3:00 pm
May 30, 2008 – 7:00 pm
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This scene is filmed on Mount Faber taken from Jeremy’s blog

Don’t Touch the Void

Atriums are fast disappearing in Singapore! These are centrepiece voids in the middle of shopping centres and hotels , mainstays in their design that allow you to see all the shops and shoppers, and they you, from whichever floor you are in.
Atriums increase social interaction between shoppers and also between shoppers and the shops. More importantly, it helps shoppers orientate their whereabouts by allowing them to triangulate their co-ordinates.

With the price of real estate soaring, atriums are now a luxury. Shopping centres are filling their atriums by building in them, filling them with…more shops.

Now, you can only see the shop before you, there is no space to roam, cruise around. Shopping is now even more claustrophobic.

Save the Atria!

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Picture: Raffles City Shopping Centre gone the way of the dogs.