A Visit to Eurasian Community House on 20 July 2013


Singapore Heritage Festival 2013 was held from 19 July to 28 July 2013, all over Singapore. I was delighted that there was an opportunity for me to attend some of the guided trails in Singapore during this period.

I took part in The Eurasian Experience Open House & Tour at the Eurasian Community House at 139 Ceylon Road (near Dunman Road and Tanjong Katong Sec School area)

Beautiful ceramic painting of Portugal port near the entrance of Eurasian Community House…

Eurasion Heritage Centre is located inside the Eurasian Community House.

Eurasian Heritage centre is open from Tuesday to Sundays from 10am to 6pm, Closed on Monday.

The volunteer guide for Eurasian Heritage experience – Ms Michelle Tessensohn

Ms Michelle Tessensohn did a very good introduction to the Eurasian Heritage Centre and shared quite a lot of interesting Eurasian culture with the visitors. I didn’t know that she’s the great granddaughter of Mr Edward Tessensohn. Tessersohn is a German surname as I know sohn means son in German (eg Mendelsohn = Mendel’s son)

By the way, Tessensohn sounds familiar right? Hmm….

Yes, it’s One of the Singapore road near Balestier Road and Race Course Road area. The road was named after Mr Edward Tessensohn, a Eurasian who came from Malacca.

Do visit their showcase at Level 1 The Eurasian Experience and Level 4 The World War II – The Eurasian Story and Level 4 Roots of Our Community to find out more about the interesting culture. Europeans settled in Asia and married local Asians and their descendants are known as Eurasians. Heard that a lot of Eurasians are active in media industry such as Cheryl Fox (Channel News Asia), Class 95 DJ Jean Danker and DJ Vernatta Lopez.

In Singapore, there are also quite a number of roads that are named after Eurasians at around Kovan Road/Upper Serangoon area (Simon Road, Aroozoo Avenue), Little India Area (Desker Road).

I managed to see some beautiful Eurasian teenagers performing Eurasian dance such as Jinkli Nona. The portuguese folk music sounds very joyful and lively and makes people want to dance along with the music.

Here’s the music with the dance (in 1 of the youtube videos):

Picture of the beautiful dancers:

Tasted the traditional Eurasian sugee cake (heard it’s quite difficult to bake this type of cake) with the wonderful almond smell… freshly baked from Quentin Restaurant at Eurasian Community House. Yummy.

It’s good to try some Eurasian food to understand more about the unique Eurasian culture with the fusion of European and Asian taste.

Perhaps you can come to Quentin Restaurant to try out some Eurasian dishes such as Curry Debal (Devil’s Curry) and other delicious Eurasian dishes. Quentin Restaurant is located at Eurasian Community House, 139 Ceylon Road. You can visit www.quentins.com.sg to find out more about their menu, and promotions.

Quentin’s Restaurant – OPENING HOURS​: Tuesday to Sunday, CLOSED ON MONDAYS

Lunch starts at 11:30am – 2:30pm

Dinner 6:30pm-10:30pm and they do open till 12midnight During Fridays!

For more information about Eurasian Community House and Eurasian association, please visit http://www.eurasians.org.sg/

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Parting Glances: Singapore’s Evolving Spaces Exhibition at National Library Building

Parting Glances: Singapore’s Evolving Spaces Photo exhibition will be held at level 7 National Library Building at 100 Victoria Street, from 25 July to 31 August 2013. It features 6 different neighbourhoods namely, Seletar Camp, Lorong Buangkok, Macpherson, People’s Park Chinatown, Queentown and Pulau Ubin.

Many things and buildings have to make way for redevelopment purposes. It is difficult to part them and its rich history. With an 
aim to capture and preserve history as it is unfolding, Parting Glances brings Singapore’s delicate balancing act of forging the future while preserving the past to centre stage through these 24 photos and the accompanying launch of a hardcover book with the same title.

Do visit the exhibition soon. For more details, please visit http://golibrary.nlb.gov.sg/Exhibitions/48672/Parting_Glances__SIngapore_s_Evolving_Spaces.aspx

The Flying Dutchman shares his near-death experience!

The Life Insurance Association of Singapore (LIA) launched a national campaign in March 2013 which features popular radio host, Flying Dutchman (FD).

The LIA vision is to provide individuals with peace of mind and to promote a society where every person is prepared for life’s changing cycles and for those situations unforeseen.

This campaign essentially features the FD’s near-death experience to get people thinking about life’s unforeseen events and hits home the need for life insurance. As medical expenses are getting more expensive and sometimes, life can change all of a sudden.

Catch the insightful YouTube video capturing the FB’s traumatic heart-attack in comic style here: http://youtu.be/BPujCaGaAFE and for more information about getting yourself protected with life insurance, visit: http://www.lia.org.sg

Shine Youth Festival 2012: Closing Ceremony

Thank you Joshua for the wonderful invite to Shine Youth Festival 2012 – Closing Ceremony at *Scape Warehouse on 26 July 2012. Shine Youth Festival is organised by National Youth Council and youths planning events for the youths.

This event also had an official launch of the new National Youth Council logo and their new tagline: We Hear Youth, Here for Youth.

They also gave out some awards to 3 Stars of Shine 2012 winners and the most popular Stars of Shine 2012 nominee as well as appreciations to their partners such as Omy.sg and sponsors.

SHINE Youth Festival 2012 celebrates the theme of ‘Aspirations’; inspiring youths to dream big and take risks while retaining their own unique attitudes, values and beliefs and translating all these into actions and contributions. I voted of 1 of the winners after reading the stories of the nominees.

1 of the last year’s Star of Shine 2011 winner – Mr Justine Lee De Fu gave out the most popular Stars of Shine 2012 nominee. Mr Justine Lee is currently serving National Service.

I remembered he did appeared on Tuesday report show regarding his special flip flop business – which is buy 1 pair of flip flop and his company – Soule Apparels will donate 1 pair of shoes to the needy children in China.

Ms Choo Pei Ling has won the most popular Stars of Shine 2012 nominee award. She is a physiotherapist, an active environmentalist, a National Youth Achievement Award – Gold Award Holder member, and actively involved in community work. For more information about her, please visit http://shine.nyc.sg/stars-of-shine/nominees/1168-2/

The 3 winners of Stars of Shine 2012 awardees are:

1. Mr Colin Wan Wei Hong, 32 years old

2. Mr Jonathan Ng Jun Hui, 20 years old

3. SARETHKUMAR S/O KUNASILAN, in his 20s

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Colin Wan is a yo-yo business owner & owns a yo yo shop called spinworkz. He is also a World yo-yo champion. People always thought that yo yo is just a simple yo yo but Colin has showed the audience different yo yo moves as there can be many variations & moves made by a simple yo yo.

Colin and his team believe that spinning promotes healthy social exchanges that build self-esteem and confidence through performance and competition. Picking up spinning skills and tricks have helped many youths foster healthy relationships as they exchange tips with their peers and help mentor and encourage others.

For more information about Colin Wan, please visit http://shine.nyc.sg/stars-of-shine/nominees/colin-wan-wei-hong-32-yrs-old/

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I have seen Jonathan Ng performing his magic tricks and his smile and confidence had somehow helped him to be an even more confident person in life while doing community work. He lost his mother at a young age and life was not easy for him when his friend committed suicide, his mother’s death and quitting smoking. It takes quite a lot of courage for people to move on and bounce back stronger and he’s 1 of them.

For more information on Jonathan, please visit http://shine.nyc.sg/stars-of-shine/nominees/jonathan-ng-jun-hui/

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SARETHKUMAR S/O KUNASILAN is a volunteer in SINDA. He shared with people about his story that he lost his father at the young age of 15 years old but instead of wallowing in self-pity, he pressed on and excelled in his studies. The strong-willed boy showed resilience again when he made several attempts and finally got a place in his desired course in polytechnic.

He decided to contribute back by volunteering in 1 of the organisations which accepted him – SINDA & mentor the students.

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They received their awards from the person who nominated them respectively.

I guess regardless of how old we are, we, as youths, should spread more time to do volunteer work & contribute to the society in any way that we can. I did volunteer work and I hope I can do even more to contribute to the society as much as I can.

To me, I learnt many things while doing volunteer work in some organisations. Working with people from different age groups with similar interests and get to know more people as well as building character and managing people and time.

I wanted to contribute, however, due to my busy time schedule with my work and studies and other commitments, it’s different to volunteer on regular basis. I also had my ups and downs too and lost my father this year while coping with my final year project for my studies and my mother does not support me in my decisions made in my life. It was not easy to overcome so many things on my own too. I am glad that I am still alive.

Even Theresa Goh, Yip Pin Siu and Jovin (a few of the Singapore para olympians) had won Stars of Shine awards before. Do not give up even if they have certain disabilities. The para olympians will be taking part in Para Olympics soon. Even Oscar Pistorius (the runner with 2 lower limb prostheses) can even take part in Olympics while running with people who are have feet and it is more difficult to run well with those prostheses.

I guess if people can find ways to help to make a society a better place and motivate people, they can be Stars of Shine too.

Shine Youth Festival 2012: Opening Ceremony at Ngee Ann Civic Plaza

Shine Youth Festival

This is my 5th time attending Shine Youth Festival event. This year theme is slightly different from the previous 2 years and that is “Fire up your passion“. So what is your passion? My passion is contribute to the society.  I did donate my blood to save a few lives. I helped out as a volunteer for some events too.

So have you pledge online? I have pledged. “Whether it takes, I will….”

Even Jayesslee, Mr Chan Chun Sing and a number of people have pledged as well.

“Whatever it takes, I will keep sharing my story and songs.”

Mr Chan’s writing on the board. “Whatever it takes, I will develop a generation of inspired and committed youth.”

Mr Chan’s holding the board with his written message

Pledging can be quite simple. Go to http://shine.startnow.sg to submit your pledge!

Besides pledging, there were quite a lot of interesting activities at Ngee Ann Civic Plaza on 30 June as well. Such as Cosmo Youth Parade (4th year) whereby people wear costumes & parade from Ngee Ann Civic plaza to 313 Somerset and back again at Ngee Ann Civic Plaza.

Some in animal costumes…

Even spiderman’s here. Have you watch the amazing spiderman?

Spiderman

Death note as well…

Death note & other anime characters

Some of them do not wear costumes, however, they are helpers to hold the dragons for the cosmo parade.

Green Dragon

There’s even dragon made up of cans…

Dragon made up of cans

Colour dragon

And the longest dragon amongst all the dragon – the blue dragon

Blue Dragon with red scales – The shot was not good then

The dragon with the red scales was the longest amongst all. About 300metres long.

Shine Youth Festival 2012 has quite a lot of activities from 30 June 2012 to 29 July 2012. A month long event organised by the youths for the youths. They also Singapore Street Festival, BB cares and many more about activities. Visit http://shine.nyc.sg for more upcoming events.

There’s a board for people to write down what they aspired when they were young and what they aspire to be now. So what do you aspire to do?

Mountain Dew

Mountain Dew was part of the sponsors which sponsored mountain dew for people to quench their thirst under the hot sun.

Stacks

Do you want to play stacko? Careful if the stacks fall …

Nescafe booth

There’s also Nescafe booth for people to enjoy coffee drinks too.

There’s some voluntary organisations too. 1 of them is Community Social Movement under the wing of National Youth Council.

The other is NUS community service club group.

There’s also Team Singapore Booth too.

This is because London 2012 Olympics is coming real soon on 27 July 2012. Do catch our Singapore athletes competing in Olympics 2012 at London from 27 July 2012 to 12 August 2012.

Team Singapore athletes with Mr Chan Chun Seng, Mr Nabil, Mr Martin Tan

Theresa Goh (swimmer), Jovin Seah (sailor) were there at the Team Singapore Booth that day.

Wanna play with table tennis?

There’s also urban sport challenge whereby participants can take part & have fun. Here’s some of the challenges.

Gladiator Jousting

Sumo-Wrestling

Tennis accuracy

Hockey Manoeuvre

Vortex Smoke Gun – I did not manage to take the picture of their gun.

There are also some performances from Toh Yi Fan (Singapore’s top rapper cum NEA Eco Music Challenge 2 Young Musician winner), Charles Stitch Wong (Beatboxer, Singapore Idol 3), Ridwan Azman (Campus Superstar 3) and Joel Tan from Gentle Bones.

They did 3 songs – Price Tag (Jessie J), Baby (Justin Bieber) and Pieces (Tzire – Toh Yi Fan feat Joel Tan). Their song pieces sounded great.

Here’s the song Pieces.

Opening ceremony of Shine Youth Festival 2012 – Graced by Mr Chan Chun Seng

There’s also Dell-Intel Concert featuring Clarence Liew, 20 year old youtube singer, Jack & Rai and: Jayesslee… I will continue on my next blog post. Stay tune.

Dell-intel concert

For more updates and information on Shine Youth Festival, please visit http://www.shine.nyc.sg!

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