Three dollars and you get a seat on the hourly shuttle bus from the Kranji train station to Kranji Countryside. I chose to drop off at Bollywood Veggies, a 10-acre farm featuring huge varieties of plants. This was only matched by the handwritten signs educating visitors on the crops they were looking at.
Most of my Lunar New Years had been spent among relatives, so I wanted to immerse in the public festivities for a change. Taking photos was easy in the thick of camera-equipped crowds. The main issue was, how well can I represent the cultural realities in ever-moving crowds? The field required me to move around and respond to situations, meaning I had to be actively selective. Yet this could easily manifest as distortions of reality.
Where: Bukit Panjang Open Field
When: Originally published on Sep 2, 2012
Last night, I joined my parents and watched getai [歌台].
I had wanted to for a few years now, especially since the Royston Tan film 881 which I, well, haven’t watched. This was my first time seated at a full-fledged getai show, and while I was unfortunately afflicted by cigarette smoke, it didn’t quite detract from the positive vibes I gleaned from the lively atmosphere.