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Qing Ming Observances 2014

  By Sugen Ramiah The Qing Ming festival, or  tomb sweeping day, is  observed by the Chinese worldwide. It is a day for them  to pay homage to their ancestors, either by visiting graveyards, columbariams  or ancestral tablets in ancestral halls. The actual day falls either on the 4th ot 5th  of April, but families have a window of  ten days before or after the actual day to conduct Qing Ming.  This year, I was fortunate to have been able [...]

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Embracing Lost  souls (photo Victor Yue)

Intrinsic Value of Bukit Brown

By Claire Leow This week marks the second anniversary of this blog, started to support a volunteer effort to raise awareness of Bukit Brown’s intrinsic value: its heritage, habitat and history. More importantly, it marks the 72th anniversary of the Fall of Singapore to Japanese occupation during World War II. The two anniversaries dovetailed neatly as All Things Bukit Brown hosted a special tour to mark the Remembrance of the War Dead, tracing the routes of the Japanese advance and [...]

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Many beautiful sculptures, worthy of preservation

Inspired by Bukit Brown

  by Sudhir Thomas Vadaketh My wife and I went on a lovely tour of Bukit Brown, conducted by Fabian, lawyer-cum-history buff and very proud “Brownie”, on the morning of Saturday, January 25th 2014. Before then, the last time I had visited Bukit Brown was in Junior College, when classmates and I would go there for a spooky tipple, more focused on whisky than history. Only now do I realise how much I have missed. On that Saturday, I learned [...]

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Kranji War Memorial Sunday 11 November, 2013 (photo Khoo Ee Hoon)

  Dateline Sunday 10 November, Kranji War Memorial. Remembrance Day was commemorated at the Kranji War Memorial in a ceremony dedicated to those who died fighting for Singapore during World War II. Brownies Khoo Ee Hoon and Mok Ly Yng who attended the memorial service had another mission when they were there,  to seek out the names of 5 soldiers who had been listed as missing in the  Battle at Cemetery Hill (Seh Ong and Bukit Brown Cemeteries). Based on [...]

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Claire Leow leading a walk.

  Time 4pm to 6.30pm  Meeting point at the ‘ole and endangered raintree as you enter on your left Bukit Brown is on the World Monuments Watch list 2014 . Find out what makes this a heritage site worthy of preserving. The guided walk will introduce you to the pioneers who include revolutionaries, social reformers, bankers, war heroes etc and the historical context of their lives and times, and explain tomb architecture and the significance to the after life. For [...]

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battlefield tour, jon cooper

  PLEASE NOTE THIS TOUR IS FULL Join Jon Cooper, historian and archaeologist on the Adam Road Project Sunday 17th November  for the Battlefield tour. Meeting point  at the bridge on Sime Road entering Bukit Brown, opposite the SICC traffic light. Start time: 9 a.m. Ends at 11:30 a.m. Reply to this post to register for the tour. This tour is limited to 15 persons. The size is kept small for safety reasons and for ideal interaction as Jon shares the maps, [...]

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Han photo Theresa Teng

  Han Yi Jie 寒衣节 By Victor Yue 4 November, 2013 Han Yi Jie, which means “warm clothing event”, is a Chinese tradition when  the start of winter  reminds the people that their ancestors and departed loved ones would also be experiencing the cold. And so, they make offerings of food and warm clothing for them. In Singapore, where it is always warm (hot in fact), such a tradition hardly exists. But, Xuan Jiang Dian 玄江殿, a Chinese temple dedicated [...]

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