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Jul 17, 2011

Singapore Memory Corps

The invited guests at the launch of the "Singapore Memory Corps".

I am pleased to be invited as a "Singapore Memory Ambassador" of National Library Board to the launch of "Singapore Memory Corps" at the Multi Purpose Room, Central Public Library, National Library Building, Singapore today.

Ms Nurulhuda Subahan, National Library, Singapore.

An outline and information of the Singapore Memory Project as follows:

Memory Corps Scope & Role

The Singapore Memory Project invites individuals with strong interest in documenting memories about Singapore join us as Memory Corps. As a Memory Corp, each agent is committed in seeking valuable stories and memories about Singapore that contribute towards capturing the unfolding Singapore Story. Realising that each agent is unique and has his/her own interests and skills set, we are inviting interested individuals to consider developing their pursuits in any of the following tracks:

1. Advocate & Imparter
2. Storytellers
3. Content Packager
4. Connector
5. Peeled Eye

Contact Persons:

Ms Athena Aziz Tel: (65) 6332 5320
Ms Nurulhuda Subahan Tel: (65) 6332 5321

It is my pleasure and privilege to share a little bit about my personal experiences of collecting memories to inspire the Memory Corps volunteers at the launch of the Singapore Memory Corps sharing session together with the fellow Singapore Memory Ambassadors (in no particular order) Belinda Tan, Jerome Lim, Peter Chan, Seow Ser, Clara Mok, Zahra Aljunied, Seow Gek Hoon, Pauline Loh, Lily Wong, Dexterine Ho, Cecilia Peralta and Low Jiaxin.

Ms Soh Lin Li, Manager, National Library, Singapore

Peter Chan, Guest Blogger at "Good Morning Yesterday" Blog and "Taking Up The Challenge" Blog.

Jerome Lim of "The Long and Winding Road" Blog and creator of the "On a little street in Singapore" Group on Facebook.

Belinda Tan of "Bukit Brown Cemetary" Group on Facebook

A sharing session at the launch of the "Singapore Memory Corps" to introduce the 3D blogs at "Blog to Express" blog. Thanks to Peter Chan for the photo.

I am honoured to be associated with the Singapore Memory Project, to learn and to teach with like-minded friends in this meaningful and purposeful project to share my personal experience and experiments through memories blogs.

My pleasure on a previous project with Nurulhuda of NLB and other members of the team on "The Making of "Walk Down Memory Lane - Bukit Ho Swee" .
The Singapore Memory Project institutionalise and correlate pockets of activities working together with various existing groups with common objectives (e.g. memories).

For many years now since I started to dabble with blogging at "Blog to Express", I enjoyed "teaching and learning; learning and teaching" on this new media channel with friends from everywhere.

"Teach and Learn", "Learn and Teach".

Being together as a community bonds the family and the common denominator with the interest of the young and old.

When the children are grown up and started working, they tend to go their own ways with their hobbies, activities, circles of friends and time of their own.

It is often said that "those who eat together stay together", "those who pray together stay together"..."those with memories together stay together".

The "Singapore Memory Corps" is one way for the family and friends, young and old, can come together with memories to stay together with the community.

My elderly friend shared with me this experiment for a 3-Dimension (3D) Blog here .

One Sunday during his grandson's school holiday, he brought an old album of his personal photos and brought the family to the Singapore River on an outing.

They had a wonderful and memorable day for everyone to revive memories of the young and old, family activities for bonding with fun. They had a memorable day to enjoy the "Spot the Difference" on the spot educational game at Singapore River. The young children tried to identify the "then" and "now" photos and buildings in the area.

In our fast-paced cosmopolitan global city, Singaporeans are busy day and night. The general remarks are: "Too little time. Too many things to work, to study, to play. They need time to take care of the kids, the cars, the pets".

"No time, money not enough". "Where got time to make baby lah".

No kidding! The young couples are encouraged to get married and increase our population growth. We need more local talents and we need our people for the security and defence to protect our nation and serve young men in National Service.

No country in the world can make law to force the peoples to get married or make babies. In Singapore, there is "baby bonus" though.

Most important for all, please take time to take care of our elderly folks in the family. Come join "Singapore Memory Corps" for young and old in family fun activities we all can share.

Please register now!



Blogger Unk Dicko said...

Well done James, Peter and all the other bloggers out there. Keep blogging whether you're in Memory Corps or not. There's an open invitation by them to follow up.
It's true what you are saying is flying past us at a very hectic pace. Many are over focussed on what " success " is to their work and job especially. They seem to have very little time for a balanced life...and therfore merely go through the motions of living not fully realising that the candle of life is getting shorter by the hour and minute. To fully appreciate life we need to understand the past, enjoy and improve the present and prepare for the future.

July 18, 2011 at 2:07 PM  
Blogger E Lian said...

Good on you, James!

July 18, 2011 at 5:06 PM  
Blogger E Lian said...

Good on you, James!

July 18, 2011 at 5:07 PM  
Blogger Thimbuktu said...

Thanks E Lian. Pls come join the "Memory Corps". You don't have to be a senior citizen. Young ones can help the elders to revive fond nostalgic memories of their past. Cheers!

July 20, 2011 at 11:49 AM  
Blogger Thimbuktu said...

Thank you Unk Dicko. We need you and our nostalgia blogger friends to come join "Memory Corps" to have a fun and interesting stories to contribute to the "Singapore Memory Project" of the National Library. Cheers!

July 20, 2011 at 11:54 AM  
Blogger Bella said...

Hi James

Just a little correction. The group Bukit Brown isn't mine. Mine is the Singapore Heritage, Monuments, Places of Interests. Would appreciate an amendment? Thanks James! It was great meeting you finally :)

July 20, 2011 at 10:31 PM  
Blogger Thimbuktu said...

Thank you for the clarification, Belinda. No worries. You are an active and energetic evangelist of Singapore Heritage group on Facebook.

Victor Yue created Heritage - Bukit Brown Cemetery group on Facebook. Your interesting talk at the "Memory Corps" was mesmerised by your informative descriptions about the Bukit Brown tours. Well done, Belinda.

July 21, 2011 at 8:51 AM  

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