Posts Tagged ‘Singapore’

When looking for arts inspiration, it’s always fun to see what is emerging. If your search takes you to a new country… even better. In Singapore, LASALLE College of the Arts, is a great source for the cutting edge.

Take a look of some samples of work I selected from their 2008 class:

artMore than just creating new design, they are also facilitating art conversation. TheirĀ  Integrated Studies 2008 programĀ  included thesis topics such as:

  • Agnes Cheng Lee Kiang
    Thesis: The Viability of the Commercialisation of Graffiti Art in Singapore
  • Lee Whee Hong
    Thesis: Factors which Contribute to Nurturing Creativity Through Art in Lower Primary Schools
  • Martha Widjajanti Soemantri
    Thesis: Developing Engaging Exhibitions: A Case Study of Textile Exhibits in Asian Civilisations Museum
  • Ng Qing Yi Magdelene
    Thesis: Opportunities to Develop New Audiences for the Museum Through its Food and Beverage Outlets

And there’s more!

Art-e. An online magazine with insightful articles about art.

And finally, the 2008 design show:

So, what do you think about LASALLE? Sign me up!


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For those that want to get more perspectives of Singapore, I give you a selection of books and movies set in Singapore!

Movies set in Singapore

Singapore Dreaming

Books set in Singapore

From Third World to First : The Singapore Story: 1965-2000

Singapore The Encyclopedia

My Kiasu Teenage Life in Singapore: A novel for anyone who is or was once a Teenager
Do you have any more recommendations?

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Cooking recipes found on the web tips:

  1. The recipe that forms the basis for your grocery list… yeah, you should save that recipe somewhere.
  2. It is really difficult to find some recipes after you close the window.
  3. Because the ingredient, that you went downtown to a more authentic ethnic grocery store to buy, doesn’t pop up in the dish’s recipe anymore.
  4. At least none you can find.
  5. When you decide to just go with a different recipe, and pass on that ingredient, save the new recipe.
  6. It is really difficult to find some recipes after you close the window.
  7. So now, you can’t find the two recipes you really wanted to try.
  8. And have to use an alternate.
  9. So be flexible, because while you may have made the whole experience more difficult than it needed to be.
  10. Sometimes, you get a delicious result anyway.


So, this is my version of Mee Goreng… which I’ve also seen as Mie Goreng and Mi Goreng. On my initial search for a recipe from Singapore, I came across some sources that said “Mee Goreng” should be the national dish of Singapore, and I set my sights on making it.

After purchasing the ingredients for the disappearing recipe, I learned more about Mee Goreng. It’s a dish with roots in India, Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore. There are a lot of restaurants in Singapore that serve Mee Goreng, and I figure if I were in Singapore, I would try it. So, I did. And I liked it. I loved it.

It’s the fusion of all those countries that make this dish so memorable. Curry. Soy Sauce. Chili sauce. Ketchup. Who knew that combination would be so delicious? There was even the added ingredient of Oyster Sauce in the mysterious disappearing recipe. Next time.

If you are looking to try the Singaporean version of Mee Goreng, here are some links:

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Singapore at a Glance


Singapore! To me, it’s one of those places I’ve always been aware of, but didn’t know much about. So, let’s start with some basic. This is where Singapore is:

map1{Image credits Wikipedia, Google}

This is what Singapore looks like at night:

night{Image Credit I’ll Never Grow Up}

or from another angle:

night2{Image Credit Alex Steffler}

Oh, and look, they have a Starbucks!

starbucks{Image Credit Alex Steffler}

I like the Dynasty Travel in the background. I haven’t really been to a city with a whole building with a travel company’s name on it. I decided to look them up… here’s more information.

Singapore is:

  • 26 x 14 miles… it’s shorter than a marathon!
  • a little more than 3.5x Washington D.C.
  • populated with 4 million people.

The number 1 reason I’d like to travel to Singapore in real life? To experience the Singapore Airlines A380 Suites:

suite_seatfeature_1{Image Credit Singapore Air}

Just kidding. As much as I would love to experience these suites, there are many reasons I would love to visit Singapore. I LOVE big cities, tall buildings, especially in the tropics. I plan to stop in Singapore for a week (or less) the next time I head over to Asia, so I’m really looking forward to learning more and would really love YOU to join me.

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