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Sat 30 Jun 2007

Yesterday Meetup No. 4

Category : museum

Sat 29 Jun 2007 - It was a very nice ending to a very tough week. Its not over yet for plenty of work beckons tomorrow, partly because it was tough to do anything this week with lagging spirits. But I came back from meeting up with the crew (Meetup No. 4) and it helped rejuvenate my spirits. Thanks fellas!

Chun See and his family opened their home to us and early birds got the pitcher plant review. He certainly has made us of his space for plants, so it was lovely. I finally met Homesafe who is 3 weeks old at NHB but has been quick to get this going. The other newbie was Modcentric who appears to be Singapore's curator of 60's music. She pointed me to Joe Wu's YouTube posts of Rolling Good Times videos and what a gold mine that is! And right now I'm listening to 60's music, courtesy of her latest podcast.

Roll call - Chun See, Amy, Wee Kiat, Preetam, Kenneth, Georgiana, Peter,
Pei Yun, Victor, Shaun, Cha Aun, Marvin, Coleman, Wei Chong, Walter and Siva.

Wei Chong is also fairly new but I had met him briefly at the IMD launch so it was our second meeting. But at least he got to clear his name about the dead in the water suggestion about meeting at St. James Power Station (everyone bailed pretty quickly). I found out it was Walter's idea! I groaned and blamed his botanical training!

I heard from Preetam told me about Malaysian bloggers making fun of "yeti"-like sightings in India, attributing the sightings to some unnamed Malaysian politicians - sounded real funny but Google choked on "malaysia india yeti blog politician"; still I found this - citizen blogging on The Star. Anyway I responded to Preetam's story with a pointer to Amir Muhammad's "Malaysian Politicians Say the Darndest Things."

Victor cited Keropok Man at some point; apparently he too is in NUS and blogs a photo a day, phew! I gotta learn to blog like that. Anyway, lots of NUS content there so I grabbed the feed. I hardly venture out of Science (or NUS), so through Keropok Man, I'll get a glimpse across campus and Singapore. Maybe I can be inspired to blog like him! BTW if you comment on his posts - you become a "kepo," so funny. Oh, and he was at Kevin's talk. Oh my goodness, he has a daily makan photo blog as well *wow*

I drew a blank a several times with movie references (see my IMDB movie vote history) an at the very least, Kenneth has to see the movie Amadeus. Only if he promises not to drop that on a wet road in the drizzle like he did Singapore Samurai and Saint Jack, urgh!!! I mean tot tell him to keep it in his bag out of the drizzle when we left but he was distracted and I regretted it badly moments later.

Singapore Samurai is an out of print book I bought from an reseller that I had sent to friends in Boston, and which Ladybug brought back on her recent trip there. It is required reading for the Pasir Panjang guides for it includes an account of his memories of fighting in "Buena Vista" alongside the Malay Regiment.

In the book, Penrod Dean also relates his escape from Changi, his recapture and torture in Outram Prison, his return to Changi and the farce of the War Crime Trials in Tokyo.

Although its a quick read, I think I'll scan the section of immediate relevance and circulate that before tthe Heritage Fest walks that I have to announce by Monday on Habitatnews.

Penrod Dean passed away last year and by then the Pasir Panjang Guides had become familiar with a part of his account of the Malay Regiment - National Archives includes his account in the documentary they screen at Memories of Old Ford Factory.

With Peter Tan it was a "debtful meeting" - I owe him two sessions - one to get him blogging; he's more than ready now. And a second meeting with Koh Ah Poi, the Pasir Panjang Guides but this time with a wonderful new find, Cyril V. Gabriel whom I got to know thanks to my Police Heritage kaki, Kittybond Koo. I owe him the DVD of the last session, now that my office mac has recovered, and there are his stories in prep. to process as well. *stress*

Oceanskies says she will be blogging less, since she has to practise more. Understandable though a pity as she's one of our most prolific heritage bloggers. Kenneth has been in decline since his last Australia trip but at leeast he's been flickering and now his mum's cakes has more fans like my intern Ruo Yu; never seen her blog that fast about anything!

When Wee Kiat started performing on his harmonica, I was still chatting. The music added a surreal dimension to the conversation and I wished the night would have lasted longer.

I wondered what it was about the harmonica in particular that has that effect. Must be all that nostalgic association from moody scenes in movies or cheery tunes from my childhood. Whatever it is, Wee Kiat's peaceful music is a must at our meetups!

I mentioned how I groaned at Abisheganaden's comment about how the harmonica was dismissed for the recorder- I was one of music's many lost generations. I did take my recorder apart and irritated a few people but generated more music with the angklong in primary school. Modcentric said the audience at Singapore GaGa's screening clapped when they heard that. Meetups

Coleman, I think maybe I'd say people are like cats...

Photos by Yesterdayers.

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