Bringing Back the Barbers: Autocutt

It was the time of James Dean and Rock­a­bil­ly, the 1960s, and you could hear the music waft­ing through the streets. A group of ladies nurs­ing their teas at a street­side cafe chat­ted away, gig­gling like a gag­gle of geese. Sud­den­ly, a man in a black…

Handmade In a Mechanised World: REwinding Cassettes into Art

Flick, flick, flick. A sin­gle tape moves between dozens of oth­er neat­ly laid out tapes, pulled along by a slim hand and an even slim­mer nee­dle. As she pulls a tape through, a soft flick could be heard, cre­at­ing a med­i­ta­tive rhythm. Invol­un­tar­i­ly, it remind­ed me…

REmastered: Our Classic Chinese New Year Dishes

The for­mer Bayview Inn at 30 Ben­coolen Street — Bayview International’s flag­ship prop­er­ty in Sin­ga­pore — has been revamped and reopened as the mod­ish and styl­ish 30 Ben­coolen hotel. But it’s not just the hotel that is bring­ing the “new” to Ben­coolen Street. Occu­py­ing a promi­nent…

Lost But Found: Outdoor Cinemas In Singapore

Even with pre­mier suites rolled out in mod­ern day cin­e­ma oper­a­tors, going to the movies is an acces­si­ble lux­u­ry for us. In exchange for a good S$11 or so, plus a dol­lar for book­ing fee per­haps, we get to ful­fill our enter­tain­ment needs in plush chairs…

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…

Shine Youth Festival Writeboard Collaboration #2

After a month long of write­board­ing activ­i­ties in town, the Shine Youth Fes­ti­val has final­ly come to an end. Dur­ing this past month, we have been going around ask­ing youths to com­plete the sen­tence of ” What­ev­er it takes, I will …” and we have man­aged…