Thursday, January 26, 2017

PETIR: Ong Ye Kung

Publication: PETIR (Magazine for the People's Action Party of Singapore)
Date: December 2016
Title: Sincerely Speaking

Description: An interview with Ong Ye Kung, Minister for Education (Higher Education and Skills) and Second Minister for Defence.

Extract: He spends time enjoying light suppers with his team after MPS (Meet-The-People sessions), and in mid-November sat through a soccer match with them after a BBQ. The blemish to an otherwise very enjoyable gathering was that the Manchester United fan saw his team draw with its arch rival, Arsenal.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

PETIR: Ng Chee Meng

Publication: PETIR (Magazine for the People's Action Party of Singapore)
Date: December 2016
Title: Joyful Mission

Description: An interview with Ng Chee Meng, Minister for Education (Schools) and Second Minister for Transport. He was formerly the Chief of Defence Force of the Singapore Armed Forces.

Extract: Said Mr Ng, the fourth child sandwiched between two President's Scholars in a family of five sons: "I was not really the studious type. If my mother were still alive, she would tell you I never studied for my PSLE, probably played too much, even though I did well enough."

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Istana: Our Istana Through the Years

Publication: Istana's SG50 Commemorative Book
Date: 2015
Title: Our Istana Through the Years

Description: The Istana (Malay for palace) is the official residence and office of the President of Singapore. This book was commissioned by the President in line with Singapore's 50th birthday celebration in 2015.

It is a 213-page coffeetable book which documents the history of the Istana in parallel with the growth of Singapore, via photographs and personal perspectives from people who have passed through its gates. 

Interviewees include Singapore's first First Lady, Puan Noor Aishah, long-time staff of the Istana who were born on its grounds, and guests who came away with fond memories of the President and his "palace".

The author and her three children at the book launch on 8 December 2015 with
(top, from L-R) Puan Noor Aishah, Mrs Mary Tan and President Tony Tan 
(Following excerpts showcase all five chapters of the book. The book is also available for download here)

National Committee on Youth Guidance and Rehabilitation: The Right Side 2

Publication: National Committee on Youth Guidance and Rehabilitation's 20th anniversary commemorative book
Date: 2015
Title: The Right Side 2 - 20 years of rebuilding lives

Description: A 108-page book which documents efforts made over the last 20 years to support and rehabilitate youths-at-risk in Singapore.

(Following excerpt showcases the first chapter of the book)

Thursday, September 3, 2015

President's Award for Teachers 2015

Publication: President's Award for Teachers 2015 - Stories by PAT Finalists
Date: 2015
Title: Teach to Inspire, Inspire to Teach

Description: A 70-page book featuring the personal stories of 13 Singapore teachers (written in first-person style after interviews) who were shortlisted for Singapore's highest teaching award, the President's Award for Teachers 2015. 

The book was co-authored with Straits Times columnist and former Education correspondent, Jane Ng.

(Following excerpt showcases two PAT winners who I interviewed)

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

CHALLENGE: Albert Chua

Publication: Challenge (Magazine for the Public Service Division of Singapore)
Date: September / October 2015
Title: "You need to be tough and rugged"

Description: An interview with Albert Chua, the Second Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Singapore.

Extract: Chinese calligraphy scrolls and CDs of guqin music (a traditional Chinese instrument he plays) jostle for space with his standing desk. On his table are a Yoda cup labelled "May the Force be with you" and a bowl of cutesy Forum Of Small State badges ("May the FOSS be with you," reads one)

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Singapore Youth Orchestra 1980-1990: Rehearsal for Life

Publication: Singapore Youth Orchestra 1980 - 1990
Date: 2015
Title: Rehearsal for Life

Description: A 128-page book documenting the evolution of Western classical youth orchestras in Singapore, focusing on the milestone period between 1980 - 1990 when the Singapore Youth Orchestra under the baton of Vivien Goh set a firm foundation for future growth.

The book was co-authored with Cultural Medallion winner Vivien Goh, and has great personal resonance as I was violinist in the SYO.

(Following excerpt showcases several selected pages from the book)