Are Street Buskers Marginalized in Singapore?

Orchard Road Busking Singapore

IG captionBuskers exist on the margins right in the center of crowds. Unless we stop to listen – not just to their voices, but also their attitudes and aspirations.

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Are Street Buskers Marginalized in Singapore?
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Kranji Countryside - Bollywood Veggies - Pond

Kranji Countryside: The “Rural” Face of Singapore

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.

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Kranji Countryside: The “Rural” Face of Singapore
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CNY River Hongbao Multi-Ethnicity

SG Streetscapes: Photographing River Hongbao

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.

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SG Streetscapes: Photographing River Hongbao
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Getai Singapore

First Time at Getai

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.

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First Time at Getai
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