Explore Singapore! 2011: Heritage Hop-About


Explore Singapore!, championed by the National Heritage Board, encourages members of the public to embark on fun and fascinating journeys to discover our colourful past, rich heritage, exciting art and vibrant cultures. Aimed at making heritage and museums accessible and enjoyable, Explore Singapore! features an eclectic and unique brew of enriching yet entertaining activities happening at our island's museums and heritage attractions.

Explore Singapore! 2011: Heritage Hop-About
when: 21 Nov - 4 Dec 2011
where: various locations

"Heritage Hop-About" uploaded by yesterdaysg on Nov 8, 2011.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mOf-T1NFdZY

Highlight Event: Monument Open House 2011 (new!)
when: 26 & 27 Nov 2011 (Sat & Sun)
- Walking tours at 10am and 3pm (registration starts first week of Nov)
where: At 27 national monuments
* Exclusive premiums and movie tickets await those who visit any 5 monuments(While stocks last)
Free admission

Be a part of the inaugural Monument Open House 2011 as 27 national monuments welcome the public for visitation over the weekend! Grab the chance to explore and shuttle between the monuments, or join a tour to learn more about these beautiful buildings. Sign up for exclusive guided tours by our campaign ambassadors Mark Lee and Suhaimi Yusof*!
(*Exclusive guided tours will be held on 27 Nov, at 9.30am & 11.30am. Limited to two participants per registration, on a first–come, first–served basis.)

Free Shuttle Bus Service (to participating monuments) operates from 11 am to 5pm on both days, and is limited to 40 passengers at any point in time (first–come, first–served).

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:: Explore Singapore! 2011 Weekly Online Contest ::
STAND A CHANCE TO WIN A SONY PLAYSTATION 3 AND WEEKLY PRIZES!
How to win:
  • Look out for the question posted on Yesterday.sg every Friday, 12pm
  • Find the answer on the web (*coughs* Preservation of Monuments Board) and it will provide you with the location (hint: it's a National Monument)
  • Go to that location and snap a picture!
  • ‘Like’ "I Love Museums" Facebook page
  • Upload and post a creative picture on "I Love Museums" Facebook page
  • Keep checking back the Facebook page for updates as they will select the top creative entries each week to win special prizes.
  • Weekly winners will stand a chance to win the Sony PlayStation 3 Slim (320gb).
Judging Criteria:
The 3 most creative and visually appealing entries will be crowned winners of the week!

Week 1 Contest
The Question:
The Armenian Sarkies brothers started a famous hotel in 1886. What is the name of the hotel?
My photo entry:

The Armenian Sarkies brothers started Raffles Hotel in 1886. Raffles Hotel opened on 1 December 1887 as a modest hostelry run by the Armenian Sarkies Brothers.
(gazetted as a monument on 4 March 1987)
- With the iconic Raffles Hotel doorman and the Preservation of Monuments Board (PMB) plaque. — at Raffles Hotel, Singapore.

Based on this photo entry, I won the 3rd prize:
National Monuments Special Tour (2 pax) +
The Map of Singapore Museums Coaster (set of 4)

The Map of Singapore Museums Coaster
Material: MDF Cork Backed
Size: 10.5cm x 10.5cm
Retail Price: S$22.00 set of 4

The Map of Singapore Museums merchandise is created from an artist’s impression of the key museums and attractions in Singapore’s Arts and Heritage district. The museums that pop in this eye-catching map series are the Asian Civilisations Museum, National Museum of Singapore, Peranakan Museum, Singapore Art Museum and the Singapore Philatelic Museum.

The Map of Singapore Museums collection also includes bags, pouch and mug! These items can be purchased at the NHB pop-up retail shops located at the National Museum of Singapore, Asian Civilisations Museum and Singapore Art Museum.

The 1st prize was: National Monuments Special Tour (2 pax) + MADE FOR SAM Pigxel.
While the 2nd prize was: National Monuments Special Tour (2 pax) + Modern General Tote Bag.
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[Update: 18 Nov 2011, Friday]

Week 2 Contest
The Question:
A memorial structure was constructed in 1953 as a dedicated tribute to a hero during the Japanese Occupation in 1944. What is the name of that memorial structure?
My photo entry:

Remembering our hero - This is the view when you bow your head at the Lim Bo Seng Memorial - a memorial structure which was constructed in 1953 as a dedicated tribute to a hero during the Japanese Occupation in 1944.

"Major-General Lim Bo Seng (1909-1944) was born on the 27th of April, 1909 in Nan-An, Fukien, China. He came to Singapore at the age of 16. ... Since 1937 he became prominent in anti-Japanese activities. When Singapore fell in 1942 he went to Chungking and on instructions from the Chinese Government, he joined the underground resistance under the Supreme Allied Command Southeast Asia. ... But he was discovered and arrested by the Japanese military police on 27th March 1944. He manfully endured repeated tortures to which he ultimately succomed on 29th June 1944 at the age of 35. He died in the Batu Gajah prison a martyr to the cause of a liberated Malaya and to his loyalty to the comrades on the 13th January 1946. He was buried with full military honours in Singapore.
Erected by The Lim Bo Seng Memorial Committee, 29th June 1954". — at Lim Bo Seng Memorial.

My entry didn't win. Here are the winning photo entries:


(Image source: print-screen from Yesterday.sg website)

1st Prize: National Monuments Special Tour with Mark Lee (2 pax) + Shoulder Gusset Bag
2nd Prize: National Monuments Tour with Mark Lee (2 pax) + Walter Plush Toy
3rd Prize: National Monuments Special Tour with Mark Lee ( 2 pax) + Modern General Dual Tone Mug

I like the 1st prize photo entry, using 2 hands to form a heart-shape, with the memorial in the center of the "heart".

Look out for Week 3 Contest (the final)! Hope to get The Warrior Figurine. :)
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[Update: 24 Nov 2011, Thursday]

Week 3 Contest
The Question:
This mosque is considered the national mosque of Singapore and it was named for Sultan Hussein Shah. What is the name of the mosque?
My photo entry:
The Sultan Mosque holds great significance for the Muslim community, and is considered the national mosque of Singapore. Also known as Masjid Sultan, it was named for Sultan Hussein Shah.
The mosque was first built between 1824 and 1826, and was replaced by the current building between 1924 and 1928. It was designated a national monument in 1975. (source: Infopedia) — at Masjid Sultan.
Based on this photo entry, I won the 1st prize:
National Monuments Special Tour with Mark Lee (2 pax) +
MADE FOR SAM A Bag of Gold

"A Bag of Gold" by Yong Jieyu , J.Yu Studio

Since time immemorial, Man has always fought for that bag of gold. Even in today’s digitalised finance, this symbol of wealth, power and greed still has a powerful hold on our unconscious instinct to survive. Saving is a virtue, but to what do we accumulate wealth for: And for how much will we destroy for it? The bag of gold is made deliberately without a release plug. With the words “If I sold my soul for a bag of gold” from a song by the band Bright Eyes, it puts to question immediately if one should break an object of accumulated coins (and memory) for something to buy.

200 mm x 160mm x 280mm
White Dehua Ceramic
2000g
Available in Matt version
S$ 128

Here are the other prizes -
2nd Prize: National Monuments Special Tour with Mark Lee (2 pax) + The Warrior Figurine
3rd Prize: National Monuments Special Tour with Mark Lee (2 pax) + Walter Pencil Case
4th Prize: National Monuments Special Tour with Mark Lee (2 pax) + MADE FOR SAM The Underrated Underside of Mugs
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[Update: 30 Nov 2011, Wednesday]

The finale! The photo with the most ‘Likes’ wins 320GB PlayStation 3 Slim.
  1. Share it with your friends
  2. Hit on the ‘Like’ button
Wait…There’s more!

After the announcement of the 320GB PlayStation 3 Slim winner, they will randomly select those who has ‘Liked’ the photo with the most ‘Likes’ to win The Warrior Figurine (white)!

You stand to win this:

The Warrior Figurine White - Singapore Artist Series by Justin Lee
Resin Cast and Epoxy Enamel paint
Retail Price S$128

This collection is inspired by Justin Lee’s artwork of a small army of terracotta warriors, graceful fairy-like maidens and cranes. Justin’s artwork expresses his views on Singapore’s society, highlighting issues of national identity, commercialisation and consumerism.

His signature “Double Happiness” motif is a symbol of Singapore’s successful marriage between the East and West. Justin’s art installation blends Western pop art with traditional Eastern imagery, to give a new iconographic interpretation of a work that is decidedly Singaporean.

The collection includes Modern General cup & saucer set, dual tone mug, coin bank, warrior figurine to iPhone 4 cover. These items can be purchased at the NHB pop-up retail shops located at the National Museum of Singapore, Asian Civilisations Museum and Singapore Art Museum.

Voting ends 4 December 2011 (Sunday), 11.59pm.

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[Update: 7 Dec 2011, Wednesday]
I Love Museums (Monday, December 5 at 11:38am) - "Hello all! Congratulations to Shichang, who is now a new owner of the 320GB PlayStation 3 Slim! The photo received 198 'likes'! Please check your inbox soon Shichang. We will announce the winner of The Warrior Figurine (white) soon. Stay tuned!"
Thanks everyone for liking the photo, and those who 'share' to ask your friends to vote too! (you know who you are) This would not be possible without each one of you. We were neck and neck with the next top photo, and in the end we won by a narrow margin. Thank YOU from the bottom of my heart.


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