Author: derek

Liu Yuhong, In Pursuit of Grain

I fell in love with film in 2010. Those who know me might have already heard the sto­ry count­less of times; of how I picked up a film cam­era (a Cosi­na CT1-Super) for all of $20; of how my heart pound­ed as I clutched the lit­tle…

We Are Alive and Kicking, Really!

It has been pret­ty qui­et from our side late­ly, save for the few Write­board ses­sions we’ve been work­ing on in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Esplanade. And we apol­o­gize for that. In case you were won­der­ing, we’re still very much alive. Here’s proof: It has been close to a…

Adrian & Sherman: People-Watchers

Street pho­tog­ra­phy in Sin­ga­pore is rapid­ly gain­ing pop­u­lar­i­ty, with sev­er­al com­mu­ni­ties sprout­ing up on Face­book. What defines street pho­tog­ra­phy? An abridged ver­sion of an attempt to explain it would look some­thing like this: peo­ple + can­did sit­u­a­tions + pub­lic places. Aik Beng Chia once men­tioned that…

The Fire Dragon’s Last Dance

View in HD [here]. Chi­nese mythol­o­gy depicts the drag­on as a long, ser­pent-like crea­ture with pow­er­ful talons. Often linked with aus­pi­cious pow­er, it is the nat­ur­al choice for the sym­bol of for­tune. 23 Feb­ru­ary 2012 The tem­ple called me up to pho­to­graph a tri­en­ni­al event, the…

The Broers Cafe

View in HD [here]. The Broers Café is a charm­ing lit­tle place. Kiat from Broers Café is a charm­ing great dude. Han is the affa­ble qui­et chap. Here, Kiat shares his incred­i­ble pas­sion for the acidic bev­er­age, some of the chal­lenges in set­ting up his own…

Performances for the Hungry: Getai

View in HD [here]. As a kid, read­ing Rus­sell Lee’s True Sin­ga­pore Ghost Sto­ries gave me the chills. Par­tic­u­lar­ly sto­ries about the Hun­gry Ghost Fes­ti­val. Who could put down a book with a pair of eerie almond-shaped eyes on the cov­er? I was clear­ly court­ing trou­ble,…