Colours, Sights & Patterns At Kampong Glam

In the 19th century, Kampong Glam was essentially an ethnic district with a strong Malay-Arab influence. It was a place where locals patronized for their Arab-Muslim traditional foodstuff and merchandise...

Immersive 4K HDR Viewing Experience With Sony Projectors

Sony’s latest innovative laser light source projector is High Dynamic Range (HDR) compatible with native 4K resolution, creating an amazling clear lifelike experience, as if you are there yourself…

Back 30 Years To Upper Serangoon Shopping Centre

Iconic along this stretch of road is the rectangular block of a nondescript beige-tiled building. The facade of this building is blocked by an overhead bridge. And this is the front entrance to a shopping centre - the Upper Serangoon Shopping Centre… (USSC).

Monti - Singapore's Longest Brunch Every Sunday

Enjoy brunch by the bay concept, complete with stunning views of the Marina Bay and its surroundings, and a fabulous menu and music programme to match at Monti…

Where Freemasons Convene

In 1886, the Masonic Club was established to support Singapore freemasonry. Guess who was the first Freemason in modern Singapore?

Maybank Global Corporate Responsibility Day

Last Saturday (August 24), Maybank held its Global Corporate Responsibility (CR) Day, raising funds for charity and doing its part to volunteer for the Singapore community. For the first time, 180 social service users were invited to join in Maybank’s Family Day at Universal Studios Singapore (USS) in conjunction with the annual Maybank Global CR Day, where they were treated to a day of fun at a seaside carnival at Sentosa and a fundraising Charity Walk.

Booths at the Carnival include those from Maybank's charity partners and  environmental groups like WWF...

Inspire Good SG is a Maybank initiative to inspire Singaporeans to do more good and pass it on...

Fun galore at the games stalls...

Maybank’s cheque presentation to President’s Challenge 2019 on 24 August 2019...
(Photo Credit : Maybank)

More than 2,000 Maybank staff and their family and friends took part in the Charity Walk from Sentosa Palawan Green to USS to raise funds. In addition, staff, clients and corporate partners of the bank made generous outright donations as well as bid for limited edition Manchester United Football Club memorabilia. The total donations raised were over S$500,000 in support of the President’s Challenge 2019. Through Community Chest, the funds will be channelled to support Maybank’s charity partners: Lions Befrienders, Montfort Care, Institute of Mental Health (IMH) and MINDS. 

The festivities of at Palawan Green before the start of the Charity Walk...

Flag off of the Charity Walk at Sentosa Palawan Green, over 2,000 participants walked to Universal Studios Singapore...
(Photo Credit : Maybank)

Universal Studios Singapore Welcomes Maybank...

A Maybank staff volunteer bringing a Lions Befriender social service user to tour around Universal Studios Singapore...
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Entwine - Maybank Women Eco-Weavers Meet South-East Asian Artists

Merlion Wayfarer was recently at  a travelling exhibition presented by Maybank Foundation on contemporary artworks by six established South East Asian artists who were inspired by the cultural history and art of the region’s weaving heritage. Displayed at the National Museum of Singapore concourse, the exhibition was curated by Singapore’s Chan + Hori Contemporary and will run from 21 August 21 to 08 September 2019.

The Maybank Women Eco-Weavers is an economic empowerment programme designed to support traditional weaving practices in a sustainable manner whilst creating economic independence and financial inclusion for women weavers across the ASEAN region. The programme showcases the bank's role towards a more inclusive ASEAN, by strengthening women’s empowerment and gender equality in the region to support the ASEAN Community Vision 2025.

Traditional textile weaving is an ancient art form and today, it provides a source of income for a diminishing number of women weavers regionally. Through the exhibition entitled “Entwine: Maybank Women Eco-Weavers meet Southeast Asian Artists”, the public will have a glimpse into the livelihood and artistic talents of traditional weavers living in rural parts of Indonesia, Cambodia, Laos and Malaysia, who have been supported by the Maybank Women Eco-Weavers programme. 

The textiles from different countries vary in their use of the patterns and the material used...

Mr. Shahril Azuar Jimin, CEO of Maybank Foundation, said, “Since 2016, the Maybank Women Eco-Weavers programme has partnered local social enterprises and NGOs to provide an ecosystem for the sustained development of weaving crafts and environmentally-friendly production practices within the region. Six contemporary artists visited our weavers in their natural environment and responded to their experiences after meeting artisans of different weaving communities, and hence, we put together this exhibition to showcase the art creations alongside naturally-dyed and handwoven fabrics from the eco-weavers, in celebration of ASEAN’s arts and culture.”

Artists and Curator’s Profiles

Curator: Khairuddin Hori

Khairuddin Hori (b. 1974, Singapore) is best known for his multidisciplinary and unconventional approach to curating, supported by his experience in theatre and work as an artist. Khai’s profile was placed on spotlight in 2014 after he was invited onboard Europe’s largest and internationally renowned art center, Palais de Tokyo in Paris, France as its Deputy Director of Artistic Programming. Prior to that, Khai was Senior Curator at the Singapore Art Museum, overseeing Singapore’s national collection for contemporary art, and Senior Curator at the Curatorial Development department of the National Heritage Board, Singapore. In 2018, in partnership with the National Arts Council, Singapore Khai was commissioned to curate DISINI a new visual arts festival featuring outdoor sculptures, public programmes and exhibitions, He was also the curator behind LOCK ROUTE, the first international outdoor sculpture exhibition at visual art precinct, Gillman Barracks in 2017. 

Khai explaining the functions of the loom and how it is used for weaving...

In 2016, Khai co-curated In Praise of Shadows, a sustainable light art festival in the Marina Bay precinct; was an international affiliate of “What happens now?”: Public Art Melbourne Biennial Lab (2016) and co-curator of The Light of the Light by Quistrebert brothers. Other notable projects include Tianzhuo Chen, Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2015); Sous la lune, Institute of Contemporary Arts, Singapore (2015); Secret Archipelago, Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2015); Open SEA, Museum of Contemporary Art, Lyon (2015); Welcome to the Jungle, Yokohama Museum of Art and Contemporary Art Museum Kumamoto, Japan (2013); If the World Changed, Singapore Biennale (2013); Lucid Dreams in the Reverie of the Real, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore (2012); and Negotiating Home, History and Nation, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore (2011). Khai is currently Curatorial Director and Partner at Chan + Hori Contemporary in Singapore.

Artist 1: Sheryo

Sheryo (b. 1984, Singapore) is a visual/mural artist who started painting in the streets in 2005. Her art seeks to investigate, analyse and document the human psyche and frustrations towards contemporary lifestyles. She works across mediums, from 2D paintings to 3D sculptures, installations and moving images. Her style, often referencing pulp illustrations and skateboard graphics, comes across as jovial and surreal imagery that speaks to those who grew up admiring 80’s and 90’s skateboarding and surfing culture. 

She has exhibited and painted murals around the world with fellow artist, Yok. Select exhibitions include Art from the Streets at the ArtScience Museum in Singapore (2018), Forest for the Trees at Sodo Track Mural Festival in Seattle, U.S.A. (2018) and Double Tigers at Baandam Museum in Chiang Rai, Thailand (2017).

Naga Wheel : This is a re-interpretation of a silk-spinning wheel from the Lao Sericulture weaving centre where Mdm Kommaly shared stories of her legacy with Sheryo...

Artist 2: Sharon Chin

Sharon Chin (b. 1980, Malaysia) works across a variety of media, developing narratives on environmental and political issues on her home country. One of her well-known series, Local Flora, Patterns (2017) is an installation piece based on 25 floral patterns she developed as illustrations for Creatures of Near Kingdoms, a book of short stories by Malaysian writer Zedeck Siew. This work was collected by the Singapore Art Museum. 

Sharon is featured in the 2019 Singapore Biennale and participated in the 2013 Singapore Biennale with Mandi Bunga/Flower Bath, where over 100 people gathered to bathe together on the lawn of the National Museum of Singapore, making front page news of The Straits Times. Her works have also been shown at institutions such as the National Art Gallery of Malaysia, Galeri Petronas, Singapore Art Museum and Incheon Culture and Arts Centre, Korea. She has also been on residencies and festivals in Vietnam, Myanmar, Australia, Germany, the United Kingdom and Japan. 

Yang Tersirat Dan Tersurat : Following her visit to the Lenek Lauk Village in Lombok, Sharon invited 40 individual women weavers to create 240 woven strips...

The motifs, colours and materials decided by each woman, accompanied by their names and titles which hinted at stories behind their weaving...

Gaps in the hanging arrangement create negative space, which also represents the invisible labour of women...

Artist 3: Lyle Buencamino

Lyle Buencamino (b. 1978, The Philippines) graduated with a Bachelor in Fine Arts majoring in Painting. He is known for his large-scale paintings based on movie stills produced by the now-defunct LVN Productions in the 1950's - what is often referred to as the 'Golden Age' in Filipino cinema. His series, No Fighting in the Museum, began as a reflection on propriety and behaviour in institutions and other similar public spaces. 

Lyle has held three solo exhibitions thus far, namely Death of the Last Romantic at Finale Art File (2013); All The Symptoms But Not The Disease at Ateneo Art Gallery (2008) and A Bowtie for John Lyle at Mag:net Gallery (2006). Selected exhibitions include Mutable Truths: Perspectives in Philippine Contemporary Art Practices at the Ateneo Art Gallery in Manila (2017); What does it all matter, as long as the wounds fit the arrows? at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (2014) and No talking points 2 at TAKSU Gallery in Singapore (2013). His latest solo exhibition was presented at Chan + Hori Contemporary in Singapore in 2019.

Escape From/To Kuching : During his visit to the Tanoti Crafts showroom in Kuching, Lyle encountered an ornate songket Sarawak pattern. Through this inspiration, by knotting fabrics together, Lyle imagine an "escape rope" from the scaffolding structure to the ground...

Artist 4: Ubatsat Sutta

Ubatsat Sutta (b. 1980, Thailand) obtained a Master’s Degree in Philosophy and Religion at Chiang Mai University in Thailand in 2007 and is currently reading his PhD in Buddhism at Mahachulalongkorn University in Thailand. He was previously the artist assistant to Thai artist, Rirkrit Tiravanija. In 2017, he participated in an artist residency programme in Rikuzentakata and Paradise Air in Tokyo. His group exhibitions include Food Matters at Karin Weber Gallery, Hong Kong (2018); Articulation Existence at the Baan Tuek Art Center, Chiang Mai, Thailand (2017) and In the Remembrance of the Great King at the Bangkok Art & Culture Centre in Bangkok, Thailand (2017). His solo exhibition, Sox Stars, took place in 2019 at the CMU Art Centre in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Harry The Train Song : Ubatsat reflects different evolutions of the Royal Railway in this artwork, with colour palettes representing paint jobs of carriages and key stations along the track...

Artist 5: Shahrul Jamili Miskon

Shahrul Jamili Miskon (b. 1978, Malaysia) trained as a ceramicist in Central Academy of Arts, Kuala Lumpur and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Surrey Institute of Arts, UK in 2003. He later went on to study at the International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilization (ISTAC), International Islamic University, Malaysia, graduating in 2013. Typically found working with materials and approaches such as aluminium, paper, print, sculpture and installation art, Shahrul favours geometric principles as fundamental junctures and philosophical footing in both art and religiosity. His solo exhibition, METALANGUAGE took place at Chan + Hori Contemporary in Singapore in 2017. Other exhibitions include Cannot be Bo(a)rdered at the Urban Art Fair, Paris, France (2017); Pangea at the International Art Biennial, Shah Alam, Malaysia (2016) and New Object(ion) III at Galerie Petronas in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 

Artist 6: Lugas Syllabus

Lugas Syllabus (b. 1987, Indonesia) is a contemporary artist who lives and works in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. He is widely known for his paintings and sculptures that address the ironies and contradictions in modern and contemporary society. Woven into his pieces are narratives and iconography from pop culture, media and technology; coupled with memories and folklore. The artist completed his undergraduate degree in painting at the Institut Seni Indonesia (ISI) in Yogyakarta. His solo exhibitions include We Dance Together at Chan + Hori Contemporary in Singapore (2018), Tomorrow Must Be Better at Element Art Space, Shanghai, China (2017); Natural Born Worker at Finale Art File in the Philippines (2017) and The Garden of Triumph at Art Stage Singapore (2016). He has participated in artist residencies in Passau, Germany; Brisbane, Australia and Singapore. Awards he has garnered include the Artmajeur Art Award (Silver) in 2009 and the Second Heritage Winner for Portraits of Indonesia at the National Museum of Indonesia. He was featured in the DISINI public art festival at Gillman Barracks, Singapore, by Chan + Hori Contemporary which ran from January to September 2018, and is a participating artist in ArtJog MMXIX, Arts in Common (2019) with a work titled Berbatas tapi Tak Terbatas (Painting set).

(Photo Credit : Maybank)

Curator tours, storytelling for children and weaving demonstrations are available over the next three weekends. All activities are free of charge, and are listed here at

Chiam See Tong Sports Fund - Support For Upcoming Athletes

The Chiam See Tong Sports Fund, which supports disadvantaged athletes, raised more than S$170,000 last Thursday, with about S$10,000 coming from the auction at the gala dinner.

The 400 guests at the dinner, including Guest-Of-Honour, Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong and Mr Edwin Tong, Senior Minister of State for Law and Health, stood up to applaud and welcome him.

"Sports can also help build character, discipline and resilience. The Chiam See Tong Sports Fund is doing precisely that by helping children and youths from disadvantaged backgrounds reach their sporting dreams."
--- ESM Goh Chok Tong ---

Athletes that were present at the event included National Trap Shooter and five-time South-East Asian Games Gold Medallist Choo Choon Seng, Former Captain of the Singapore Hockey Team Melanie Martens, modern pentathlon athlete Kok Kiat Xuan and last year’s Asian Games Silver Medallist in Jujitsu Constance Lien.

“Today we might not be at the very top but we are producing globally competitive athletes in sports such as swimming, sailing, table tennis, bowling and silat.”
--- ESM Goh Chok Tong ---

Items for bidding include this set of No. 10 soccer jerseys from Argentina and Brazil...

Auction in process...

Since its launch in March 2017, the fund has supported more than 30 young athletes. They include sailor Olivia Chen, modern pentathlete Koh Kiat Xuan and powerlifters Matthew and Matthias Yap. The Yap brothers have continued on to represent Singapore in numerous international powerlifting competitions.

About The Chiam See Tong Sports Fund

After serving as Member of Parliament (MP) for Potong Pasir for 27 years, former six-term MP Mr Chiam See Tong started the Chiam See Tong Sports Fund on 9 March 2017. He now serves as the Patron-in-chief of the Chiam See Tong Sports Fund, together with his wife, Mrs Lina Chiam, who served one term as a Non-Constituency MP from 2011 to 2015.

The Fund was officially launched in the Chamber of the Old Parliament House, a venue where Mr Chiam first took his oath as a Member of Parliament in January 1985 after winning the Potong Pasir seat at the 1984 General Elections. 

"Our sports level as far as the international standard is concerned, is at the kampung level. I think we have to do something to build up one or two sports champions and that will give inspiration to other sportsmen.”
--- Chiam See Tong, Budget Debate, 1989 ---
(On his inspiration behind his support for sports)

The Fund aims to help children and youth from disadvantaged backgrounds reach their sporting dreams with the following objectives:
  • To help build the character of children and youths from under-resourced families through their participation in sports. 
  • To advocate on behalf of the value of sports for under-resourced children and youths in the community. 
  • To build key athlete, corporate, and community relationships that increase sport opportunities for under-resourced children and youths. 
  • To develop programmes and services to supplement and complement national initiatives for children and youth sports development in Singapore.  

“Our emphasis has to be plugging gaps in the arena of sports which will reduce or eradicate the instances and probability of inequality in sports.”
--- Jose Raymond, Chairman, Organising Committee, Gala Dinner ---

The Board of the Fund is chaired by former national swimmer and one-time world’s fastest over the 50m freestyle Mr Ang Peng Siong and co-chaired by Mr Edmond Pereira, lawyer and President of Flash Athletic Club. 

For more information on the Fund, visit