I'm very pleased to be showing some of my new artwork from the Singapore Heritage Collection at the Peranakan Tiles Gallery. Drop in for some kueh sweets or noodles at the Chong Wen Ge Cafe inside the gallery to enjoy my heritage inspired designs! Open Monday to Sunday from 12pm - 5pm @ 168 Telok Ayer Street, Singapore 068619.
A Modern Tale of Tiles
Since moving to Singapore from Australia five years ago, I've been researching my father's family tree. My research has involved visiting clan associations and participating in cultural festivities, being present at the exhumation of family graves and squeezing under joss tables to take photos!
It's been over three years since my father showed me the streets where he grew up. Now for the sake of my children, and because of his severe stroke, I feel it's my duty to carry on where he left off. And so I have spent time visiting temples, shophouses and landmarks connected to my family.
Places of interest to me:
Thian Hock Keng Temple - this is one of the oldest Hokkien temples in Singapore where Chinese migrants used to offer thanks to Goddess Mazu for a safe voyage. This is where my great great grandfather from China visited to pray.
Tse Tho Aum Buddhist Temple - located in Bishan where my grandparents and others rest.
Hall of Nine Dragons - located on Cantonment Road and established in 1928 by donations including from my great grandfather Lim Nee Yam.
42 Club Street - where my great grandfather worked and lived as a 'bum boat' lighter operator and president of the lighter boat association.
Bukit Brown Cemetery - officially established as a municipal cemetery in 1922 with over 100,000 graves dating as far back as 1833. This is where my Peranakan great grandparents and Chinese great grandfather rest.
It's been a rewarding and emotional journey so far. I've been blessed to have support from volunteers, community members and my family to help uncover my connection to Singapore and beyond. I hope you'll find your own connection through the new Singapore Heritage Collection.