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Kota Tinggal

24 March 2019

Kota Tinggi and Desaru, along the east coast of Johor, evokes feelings of nostalgia for many Singaporeans, and a road trip sounds like the perfect chance to drive down memory lane. But while the road itself is a lot smoother nowadays, what lies at the end is another matter altogether….


100 Word Stories

Hey, You!

20 March 2019

This is my Uncle Tony. Everyone has an Uncle Tony. The last time he got into trouble was when he mouthed off to some Ah Beng. Told the guy to feed his scrawny girlfriend. She was so pale and skinny, she frightened him. He thought her legs would break in them heels.

He got a swollen lip for that.

But who would hit an old man?! That’s my Uncle Tony. He loves his cheesy curios and he loves telling people about them. He also loves his kopi-o kao. Wouldn’t trade it for any of that fancy latte or espresso shit.


100 Word Stories is a weekly series featuring flash fiction by Mackerel and photographs by Daniel Tan.



Join the Tiong Bahru Book Club on 13 March at 8pm as they speculate over the wild and unlikely worlds spawned in Ng Yi-Sheng’s collection of short stories, Lion City.

Click here for more details.

The Future of our Pasts

ORchard: A Stroll Between Valleys

TFOOPFest is a month-long festival (16 February to 17 March 2019) that explores lesser-known stories of the past and present. Organised by Yale-NUS as part of the Singapore Bicentennial, it will showcase 11 projects that investigate the less explored micro-narratives of Singapore’s history, presented via creative and artistic mediums, mainly performances, exhibitions, public installations, books, films, and a web documentary.

Check out their website for more information:

OH! Open House: PASSPORT


A passport is a gateway to new lands and experiences, but OH! Open House, famous for their artistic interventions into neighbourhoods, is shaking things up with a more immersive and disparate experience. Hosts play a more active role in this edition, co-creating works which revolve around identity, belonging, home, privilege and even love.

Artists involved are Anthony Chin, ila, Ezzam Rahman, Jimmy Ong, Mike HJ Chang and Nature Shankar.
Duration: 60mins
Dates: 16, 17, 23, 24, 30, 31 March 2019
Admission: $20/experience (excluding ticketing fee).



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