Hello we’re in the news!

Hi every¬≠one, we are on the Straits Times today. ūüôā

(Scan cred­it­ed to our friend Agnes­sa Chan, who was the first per­son to SMS us ear­ly in the morn­ing to say that she saw us on the papers.)

We are hon­ored that our hum­ble project has made it to the news, even though Redis­cov­er­SG is very young.

So the arti­cle announced on our behalf that NHB is par­tial­ly spon­sor­ing a mini web series we’re cur­rent­ly film­ing and edit­ing. Yes, between us churn­ing out our reg­u­lar pieces, we’re actu­al­ly work­ing very hard on a 10-part (real­ly) short series that we’ll be launch­ing in June.

For now though, the rest of what we do for Redis¬≠cov¬≠er¬≠SG is entire¬≠ly self-fund¬≠ed, and we‚Äôre look¬≠ing for spon¬≠sors who may be inter¬≠est¬≠ed to come in and work with us on the many projects we have in mind that we‚Äôll love to make a real¬≠i¬≠ty. ūüôā

So if any­one is inter­est­ed to hear more, do say hel­lo.

In the mean¬≠time, the crew pre¬≠pared some answers to the ques¬≠tions we were asked dur¬≠ing our inter¬≠view, and thought we‚Äôll like to share a bit more of them here. ūüôā

Again, thanks for the sup­port. May we always stay hun­gry, curi­ous, down-to-earth and hum­ble in our jour­ney to redis­cov­er the place we call home.


Q: Why did you guys (young Sin­ga­pore­ans) want to redis­cov­er Sin­ga­pore?
DEREK: I came across a web¬≠site set up in ‚Äô08, for Sin¬≠ga¬≠pore¬≠ans to leave let¬≠ters to Sin¬≠ga¬≠pore. Sev¬≠er¬≠al con¬≠tained resent¬≠ment towards Sin¬≠ga¬≠pore, not nec¬≠es¬≠sar¬≠i¬≠ly strong and angry ones, some were sad and poignant. Truth be told, I myself have flirt¬≠ed with the idea of migra¬≠tion. In a way, this project is a jour¬≠ney for our¬≠selves ‚ÄĒ for us to attempt to redis¬≠cov¬≠er what Sin¬≠ga¬≠pore has to offer. In our recent thisishome.sg video com¬≠pe¬≠ti¬≠tion sub¬≠mis¬≠sion, we were moved by the num¬≠ber of Sin¬≠ga¬≠pore¬≠ans liv¬≠ing over¬≠seas who‚Äôd left com¬≠ments about them giv¬≠ing any¬≠thing to be back in Sin¬≠ga¬≠pore, for a taste of the com¬≠fort¬≠able fami¬≠lar¬≠i¬≠ty that they‚Äôve grown to miss. It‚Äôs always going to be a strug¬≠gle ‚ÄĒ the preser¬≠va¬≠tion of his¬≠toric build¬≠ings and the push for devel¬≠op¬≠ment. Singapore‚Äôs matur¬≠ing fast. Per¬≠haps fast is sad in the way that too many peo¬≠ple are in too much of a hur¬≠ry to grow up too quick¬≠ly.

JEREMY: Per­son­al­ly, i feel that many of us, Sin­ga­pore­ans, are tak­ing our coun­try for grant­ed, so much so that we often fail to look deep into what we have. We often give excus­es that we don’t have the time to do so or we already know the coun­try at the back of our minds since it is such a small place. But in actu­al fact, there are many things about this lit­tle island which are still unknown to us.

LIZZY: Grow­ing up in Sin­ga­pore, we often take many things that we have for grant­ed, such as the good infra­struc­ture, clean­li­ness and suc­cess of our nation, and are some­times wist­ful or envi­ous of what oth­er coun­tries have. Rediscover.sg is a space where we nudge our fel­low Sin­ga­pore­ans in the lit­tle ways to remind them why this place is home. We hope that the lit­tle things we do help oth­er Sin­ga­pore­ans to redis­cov­er their own rea­sons for why they call this coun­try home.

SONG: Per­haps it’s the hec­tic, paper-chase envi­ron­ment that we’re all brought up in, but I feel that a lot of the Sin­ga­pore­ans I know com­plain about Sin­ga­pore exces­sive­ly. It’s almost as if they are obliv­i­ous to the pos­i­tives of liv­ing in Sin­ga­pore, choos­ing instead to nit­pick on the oft-insignif­i­cant neg­a­tives. So for me, the goal of rediscover.sg is to pro­vide an alter­nate point-of-view for fel­low Sin­ga­pore­ans to see the every­day beau­ty of this place we call home, and in doing so, attempt to restore a lit­tle bit of that mag­ic to Sin­ga­pore­an liv­ing. It is inevitable that some­times icon­ic land­marks have to give way in order for our coun­try to progress eco­nom­i­cal­ly, our island coun­try is sim­ply to small. Hav­ing said that, I feel that the con­cept of a Sin­ga­pore­an home is not sole­ly defined by the Mer­lions and the Sir Stam­ford Raf­fles. Sin­ga­pore is much more than that. Through rediscover.sg, we are try­ing to cap­ture and record all the small­er, the less-obvi­ous things that iron­i­cal­ly are the most inte­gral in shap­ing the Sin­ga­pore­an iden­ti­ty.

Q: What inspired you to take up this project?
LIZZY: The ini¬≠tial idea was con¬≠ceived as part of Blog¬≠press Media, a sis¬≠ter com¬≠pa¬≠ny of Dice Stu¬≠dio where we are cur¬≠rent¬≠ly doing our intern¬≠ship. Our boss, Clau¬≠dia Lim, had been sit¬≠ting on the idea for a cou¬≠ple of years. When we came on board, we took apart the entire con¬≠cept and asked our¬≠selves: what does it real¬≠ly mean to us, per¬≠son¬≠al¬≠ly, to redis¬≠cov¬≠er Sin¬≠ga¬≠pore? Sin¬≠ga¬≠pore¬≠ans are nat¬≠u¬≠ral¬≠ly sus¬≠pi¬≠cious of any attempts to sell the idea of patri¬≠o¬≠tism, our¬≠selves includ¬≠ed. So we knew that if we want¬≠ed to be tak¬≠en seri¬≠ous¬≠ly, we would have to be hon¬≠est with our¬≠selves and our read¬≠ers, and cre¬≠ate con¬≠tent that gen¬≠uine¬≠ly made us proud to iden¬≠ti¬≠fy our¬≠selves with as a Sin¬≠ga¬≠pore¬≠an. As young peo¬≠ple, peo¬≠ple may ask why we would want to embark on a project such as this, but we want to dis¬≠pel the taboo that it is cheesy or ‚Äėfake‚Äô to be able to say that we gen¬≠uine¬≠ly proud to be Sin¬≠ga¬≠pore¬≠ans.

JEREMY: As men­tioned, this is our boss’s brain­child and we have sim­ply helped to devel­op it fur­ther. With this said, we are not doing this just as a job, we also feel that it is real­ly mean­ing­ful to give fel­low young Sin­ga­pore­ans a glimpse of our coun­try which is unfa­mil­iar to most of us. What’s even bet­ter is that we, our­selves, get to expe­ri­ence this first hand.

DEREK: I often mar­vel at how jour­neys down Chi­na­town, Lit­tle India, and places we’ve so often heard of but avoid­ed vis­it­ing felt sur­re­al. The unfa­mil­iar­i­ty in the famil­iar is uncov­ered. I can­not speak for the entire pop­u­la­tion but I’m sure a good num­ber of us have not tak­en a leisure­ly walk down Lit­tle India recent­ly and expe­ri­enced the assault on the sens­es. I’m sure many of us have not wit­nessed the tra­di­tions of the Hin­dus dur­ing Thai­pusam amongst many oth­er tra­di­tions and prac­tices in Sin­ga­pore. It is this redis­cov­ery of the famil­iar that inter­ests me and dri­ves this project.

SONG: Pri­or to this intern­ship, I was away in San Diego, USA on a stu­dent exchange pro­gram. Despite being there for six months, I nev­er real­ly felt com­fort­able being myself. Nat­u­ral­ly, the Amer­i­cans that I inter­act­ed with looked upon me as a tem­po­rary vis­i­tor. How­ev­er, what sur­prised me was that I viewed myself as a tem­po­rary vis­i­tor too. I always thought that I would love the life in the USA, yet the expe­ri­ence taught me that I was actu­al­ly proud to be a Sin­ga­pore­an, that at the end of the day, Sin­ga­pore was still my home. This was some­thing I’ve nev­er real­ized before. There­fore, I saw this intern­ship as the per­fect oppor­tu­ni­ty for me to embark on a per­son­al jour­ney to find out what makes Sin­ga­pore so spe­cial for me.

Q: What are the future plans for Redis­cov­er SG?
LIZZY: Work­ing on this project, we are increas­ing­ly meet­ing oth­er Sin­ga­pore­ans who feel as we do and whom we hope to col­lab­o­rate with more in future. We are work­ing to groom Redis­cov­er into a col­lab­o­ra­tive com­mu­ni­ty plat­form, where we can work with part­ners, peo­ple and com­mu­ni­ties with sim­i­lar inter­ests to cre­ate con­tent. While we cre­ate much of our cur­rent con­tent, the crew actu­al­ly has a whole string of oth­er ideas and things we would like to do, and we’re cur­rent­ly talk­ing to and look­ing for poten­tial finan­cial spon­sors to help us real­ize some of these ideas. So if there’s any­one out there who might be inter­est­ed in what we’re doing, do let us know!

SONG: Ulti­mate­ly, the con­tent on rediscover.sg shouldn’t be gen­er­at­ed sole­ly by us. One of our aims for this project is to arouse enough inter­est, so that there will be peo­ple who are will­ing to step out and con­tribute to the web­site too. That would be the ide­al sit­u­a­tion of this project because frankly, the four of us can only redis­cov­er so much with our lim­it­ed expe­ri­ence and per­spec­tives. We wish for more Sin­ga­pore­ans to embark on this jour­ney in redis­cov­er­ing sin­ga­pore with us.

Q: Where do you get your ideas from? (Eg. Write­board)
LIZZY: When­ev­er we cre­ate any con­tent for rediscover.sg, we bring our­selves back to the same ques­tion: How does what we write, shoot or cre­ate remind Sin­ga­pore­ans of home? Every­thing we do comes back to the phi­los­o­phy of what rediscover.sg was cre­at­ed for in the first place. Using this, we came up with ideas for our var­i­ous sec­tions. In the short few months since we’ve start­ed, it seems like Write­board has been our most pop­u­lar sec­tion yet. We want rediscover.sg to be a cosy place for Sin­ga­pore­ans and over­seas Sin­ga­pore­ans to vis­it; for Sin­ga­pore­ans to remem­ber why this is home, and to hope­ful­ly cause over­seas Sin­ga­pore­ans to miss home enough to want to come back and vis­it!

JEREMY: We have tak­en ref­er­ences from some cre­ative projects which we have seen online and we have sat down to dis­cuss the fea­si­bil­i­ty of such projects in our con­text. With these in mind, we have devel­oped ideas which are in line with our phi­los­o­phy. And from there, seg­ments like Win­dow and Write­board are cre­at­ed.

SONG: Many peo­ple say that Sin­ga­pore­ans are real­ly good at emu­lat­ing oth­ers. There­fore, we’re try­ing very hard to avoid feed­ing that stereo­type. A lot of the ideas that you see on the web­site are ini­tia­tives that we’ve spent a large pro­por­tion of our time devis­ing. Even when we chance upon a good idea from some­one or some­where oth­er than our­selves, we would do well to make sure that it is local­ized to rediscover.sg, trans­lat­ed into a form that is rel­e­vant to Sin­ga­pore and our Sin­ga­pore­an ways. For exam­ple, Write­board start­ed as our own ini­tia­tive to doc­u­ment the vary­ing Sin­ga­pore­an look and thought. Every sin­gle por­trait is unique in look and answers but every­one belongs to Sin­ga­pore.

Q: What do you hope to achieve with this project?
SONG: Sin­ga­pore­ans will love more, com­plain less.


  • JH

    April 5, 2011

    Con­grats & well done!

    It’s a great tes­ti­mo­ni­al for every­one of you, a won­der­ful achieve­ment to share what Redis­cov­er Sin­ga­pore is all about.

    Keep the fire burn­ing and going, spread the love and words to every­body out there to Redis­cov­er Sin­ga­pore.


  • Claudia

    April 5, 2011

    Great work team! You all deserve this and much more! Look­ing for­ward to the many great things to come!

    I’m very proud! Thanks for mak­ing this a real­i­ty!


  • Eevon

    April 5, 2011

    Con­grats!!!! Keep it going!!! (:

  • chang

    April 5, 2011

    con­grats guys, look­ing for­ward to more con­tent!

  • theanalogdork

    April 18, 2011

    Con­grats. this is just the begin­ning of greater things to come, i’m sure

    • lizzy

      April 19, 2011

      thanks, we‚Äôre kin¬≠da anx¬≠ious but excit¬≠ed about it our¬≠selves. when are we going to get to fea¬≠ture some¬≠thing from you? ūüôā


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