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Sun 09 Apr 2006

Yesterday.sg Meetup No. 2

Category : museum

Friday, 07 Apr 2006 - Met up with the yesterday.sg crew; again there were 13 of us! I had egged this on since we had last met more than two months ago. The prolific and very fast Ivan blogged about it the same night: "An account about Nothing: Yesterday.SG meetup, NYDC Holland Village, 7 Apr." By Ivan Chew. Rambling Librarian :: Incidental Thoughts of a Singapore Liblogarian, 07 Apr 2006.

Since that 1st February meeting, a few things have happened:

  • 01 Feb 2006 - Rambling Librarian blogs about the first meeting.
  • 02 Feb 2006 - Otterman blogs about the first meeting.
  • 02 Feb 2006 - Chua Ai Lin announces yesterday.sg to the Singapore Heritage Mailing List with the blogposts of Rambling Librarian and Otterman.
  • 04 Feb 2006 - James Seng of Tomorrow.sg responds to wistful comments about our occupied domain name of choice by offering it to us; thanks once again, James!
  • 24 Feb 2006 - Yesterday.sg announced to members and discussed at the first Museum Roundtable meeting by an exhausted Shaun.
  • 01 Mar 2006 - The site is launched rather appropriately by getting tomorrow-ed.
  • 09 Mar 2006 - A severe critic of our original terms of use (well, I did ask him for feedback), Kenneth Pinto of Singapura This Week and Raffles Museum Toddycat, is shanghai-ed, added to the list of "friends" and introduced to the group along with Marcus Ng (on standby mode until year-end).
  • 21-23 Mar 2006 - Newspapers eventually pickup the story - ST Digital Life (21 Mar 2006) and the relatively blog-friendly Today (23 Mar 2006)
  • 20 Mar 2006 - Rambling Librarian blows the whistle on our first obvious case of plagiarism! (Neutralised, I might add.)
  • 06 Apr 2006 - First student project up on the web - an RGS project on Kampung Buangkok, our last kampung in urban Singapore.
  • 07 Apr 2006 - I confess to many at the meetup that I have been unable to keep up with the post rate on yesterday.sg. Lots to read, and many gems, so I'm happy!

I wanted this extraordinary group behind yesterday.sg to meet after so many email exchanges and posts, and also, not all of us had met as yet. They were enthusiastic enough and once I asked I received the 13 replies in a day or two!

While I waited for the restaurant staff to secure my table, oceanskies turned up at my elbow asking for a group of 13! Yup, that had to be the yesterday meetup, so I introduced myself to her and we began chatting. Chun See arrived next, also early, and the two of us spent some time interrogating oceanskies about the significance of the names in NYDC's menu - Tears in Heaven, Earth Wind and Fire, Killer Tomatoes, Hamburger Hill, the Good, the Bad and the Ugly and the like. The generation gap was emphasised by oceanskies' bewilderment at the names and Chun See's incredulity at her response! But it aptly captured the diversity of the yesterday.sg team - while some of us were discovering Singapore's heritage, others had merely to reminisce to contribute!

Though exhausted after a typically interesting but hectic week, I enjoyed the company in that very noisy room enough to last until 11pm. The night ended with a very short discussion with Amy and Shaun; we reviewed performance, methods, access, contributions and ideas for sustainability, some of which, happily, are afoot.

My desire to see something like yesterday.sg emerge had been further fueled by my relative ignorance of Singapore's heritage, emphasised during the flood of information that emerged when Singapore pioneers Devan Nair and S. Rajaratnam passed away on 6th December 2005 and 22 February 2006 respectively. The opening of Memories at Old Ford Factory (18 Feb 2006) highlighted the fact that the adults who had lived through the Japanese Occupation were all but gone. The loss of this heritage and our relative ignorance seems all the more severe in a fledgling country like ours. And I wondered if it would mirror the catastrophic loss of our natural heritage.

That night, however, I left feeling a little optimistic.

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