We were in Hong Kong last week to visit family. The one thing that troubled me was the way my in-laws' town was being rejuvenated. You see, it's one of the oldest areas of Hong Kong and for many years, the government had by-passed it when it came to the construction of the underground or any urban renewal. Recently there was a decision to have a train station there, and suddenly everyone was interested in making the town "new" - I think everyone saw dollar signs with the decision! Buildings are being torn down to make way for new development, most of them high rise condos and hotels. They just don't seem to fit in at all. My mother-in-law was complaining how all her favourite cha chaan teng tea houses and noodle shops (many that were in business for over 50 years) were closing down and being replaced by bars, fine dining and delicatessens that were beyond her reach and (although inadvertently) excluded clientele who cannot converse in English. She wants to know why the Hong Kong she knows of is ending up more Westernized. So where will she and my father-in-law go to have their daily Chinese tea, snacks, and fish ball noodles? It's where they go to socialise with other old folk, to get the latest community gossip, and it's what keeps them going. I'm worried that this urban renewal will mean the old folk in this community will fall behind unnoticed.
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
We went to Participate In Design's (P!D) sharing session of The Upcycle Project at Food For Thought, and then popped over to the exhibition at The Civic Museum. I last posted about The Upcycle Project here - at the time the P!D team had collected furniture from the MacPherson community and intended to involve designers, artists, local craftsmen and students to redesign / upcycle an item so that it best meets the needs of the intended recipient. With the upcycling now complete, it was lovely to see how the pieces had been re-designed to benefit the recipient families. I caught up with the founders, Jan Lim and Mizah Rahman.
|Jan and Mizah at the sharing session|
Photo courtesy of P!D
Thursday, December 5, 2013
The store is slightly smaller than the MINDS store I frequent, but the choice and range of preloved goods is bigger! Compared with the Salvation Army thrift stores, New2U is very affordable, and prices really do start from SGD1!! The store is manned by volunteers and proceeds go to SCWO's initiatives.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
This is a guest post by My Grandma's Patchwork. I first discovered Grandma Tan's patchwork at the Handmade Movement Singapore, and was amazed by the amount of work and time put into each piece of patchwork. Each patchwork is made from rejected fabric from apparel factories, basically textile that would have ended up in the bin. I wanted to find out how it all started and where the inspiration comes from. Do read on to find out how Grandma Tan and her granddaughter, Hui Ying, connect through their passion for patchwork.