Death in Singapore
The body of a young US electronics engineer, Shane Todd, was found hanging in his Singapore apartment. Police said it was suicide, but the Todd family believe he was murdered. Shane had feared that a project he was working on was compromising US national security. His parents want to know if that project sent him to his grave.
posted by donovan
on Feb 19, 2013 -
Haw Par Villa
, also known as Tiger Balm Gardens
, was quite possibly the weirdest
theme park on the planet. The first park was built in Hong Kong in the 30s, soon followed by another in Singapore. Built by brothers Aw Boon Haw and Aw Boon Par, who made their fortunes selling Tiger Balm
, the park was really a sculpture garden devoted to all aspects of Chinese mythology
. Weirdest and most surreal of all was the section of the park which depicted the the 10 levels
of Buddhist hell
, featuring demons dismembering
sinners, and is best described as "if Heironymus Bosch built a putt putt course."
posted by puny human
on Jun 20, 2011 -
The Complaints Choir
phenomenon, started by the Finnish artists Tellervo Kalleinen and Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen, has spread all over the world
since last we paid it any attention
, from Birmingham
, St. Petersburg
, Penn State
, Gabriola Island
, Hong Kong
Arizona State University
, Washington, DC
, Horace Mann School
, Durham-Chapel Hill
, Toronto theatre students
), St. Pölten
, Port Coquitlam
, Ústí nad Labem
). For more information, including a 9 step guide to forming your own complaints choir
, go to the Complaints Choir website
. Finally, here's the Singapore Complaints Choir
, whose performance was banned by the Singapore government.
posted by Kattullus
on Nov 19, 2010 -
The Gardens will put in place a pervasive garden ambience and quality living environment from which Singapore's downtown will rise, and steer Singapore to the forefront of the world's leading global cities. (via)
posted by Joe Beese
on Oct 5, 2009 -
NYU recently invited a Law Professor from Singapore, Thio Li-Ann to teach "Human Rights in Asia".
Thio, also a former Member of Parliament, is infamous for having strong views against homosexuality.
As expected, she is not warmly welcomed
by NYU students. [more inside]
posted by merv
on Jul 15, 2009 -
We are in the midst of a Ferris wheel craze. In 2009.
"This year, Germany will unveil the Great Berlin Wheel
. Upon its completion, the wheel will be 606 feet high — as high as two football fields are long, as high as three Niagara Falls. It will be taller than what’s currently the tallest Ferris wheel in the world, the Singapore Flyer
, a soon-to-be-disappointing 541 feet high. This year, China also plans to unveil the Beijing Great Wheel
. At an awesome 682 feet high, it will be taller than both the Great Berlin Wheel and the Singapore Flyer (which only debuted as the world’s tallest Ferris wheel last year) ... China has, in fact, built wheels in six cities since the start of the new millennium."
posted by geoff.
on Feb 12, 2009 -
You cannot live in Malaysia
without being a foodie
on some level. Makan lah
! or come and eat
is a common and popular
expression of welcome. Uniquely
in the region, both countries have multiethnic populations each of whom have added
their flavours, spices and condiments to the region's foodie heaven
. There is Chinese food
- Kuay Teow
, Chicken Rice, Char Siu and Yong Tau Foo
. There is Malay food
, sambals, petai
adding a certain something
to the mix. South Indian food
proliferates like banana leaf restorans
pure vegetarian fast food joints
like Komala's and of course the fish curries and prawn curries of the coastal regions
. The colonial influence is felt with Roti John
served up in hawker centres and food courts
across the peninsula and islands, ending with cooling desserts like cendol
, sago pudding with gula melaka and santan
posted by infini
on May 26, 2007 -
60s/70s psych, crossover, beat, and a go-go from Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Burma, Cambodia and Vietnam
with band/music scene histories, streaming audio, cover art, etc. Part of a large site
devoted to 60s/70s progressive music around the world.
posted by carter
on Dec 8, 2005 -
Adult Siamese twins plead for separation
Doctors in Singapore are considering whether to separate a pair of 28-year-old twin sisters who are joined at the head - an unprecedented operation for adults.
Neurosurgeon Keith Goh says he and his team will decide by the end of the year if an operation can be successful.
They went to Singapore after hearing about the successful surgery led by Dr Goh on baby twins from Nepal who were also joined at the head. The operation - if it goes ahead - involves separating two brains encased within a single bony structure in the head, Dr Goh said. The twins say they want to be separated because of deep differences between them. "We are two completely separate individuals who are stuck to each other," Ladan, the more extrovert of the sisters, told reporters. "We have different lifestyles," she said. "We think very differently about issues." The twins said that if their situation continues for much longer, they will not "stand it any more".
posted by Coop
on Dec 4, 2002 -
A Fruit Has Been Built. A unique architectural piece
that pokes your senses in creative ways, is also good-humouredly called the "Durians
" by local Singaporeans. Durians, or otherwise titled King of fruits, are beloved by millions of South East Asians. The spiky building, officially known as "Esplanade-theatres on the bay
", started construction in 1996 and will open
(flash) to the world on the 12th October 2002.
posted by taratan
on Oct 6, 2002 -
All Good No Bad
Singapore is a country where markets are perfect and it is known globally as the economic miracle. A country where politics, intellectual life and criticism is sacrificed on the altar of the market. A nightmare, should I say?
(Link courtesy of Arts & Letters Daily
posted by asamee
on Feb 24, 2001 -