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Thursday, October 28, 2010

Loan made to a cacao farmer in Ecuador



I have just lent US$25 to a cacao farmer in Ecuador thru Kiva.org! To date, I have lent money to entrepreneurs in Kyrgyzstan, Peru, Samoa, Kenya, Guatemala, Bolivia, Cambodia, Ecuador and Afghanistan. 33% of my loans go to agricultural, 22% to the arts, 22% to services, 11% to F&B and 11% to retail businesses.


Tuesday, October 12, 2010

SIF-Singapore Magazine: On a little street in Singapore

Singapore International Foundation has just published this report about Tiong Bahru (in their quarterly Singapore Magazine) in which they quoted me:


On a little street in Singapore

October 1, 2010

Village life has all but disappeared in Singapore, swallowed up by the island's urban sprawl. If pressed, Singaporeans will name 'Buangkok' and 'Pulau Ubin', although for how long these two villages will exist, no one can tell.

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Lived in, but still unique: these Tiong Bahru flats have underground storage and shelters

Village life has all but disappeared in Singapore, swallowed up by the island's urban sprawl. If pressed, Singaporeans will name 'Buangkok' and 'Pulau Ubin', although for how long these two villages will exist, no one can tell.

'Small town Singapore' however still exists, if one knows where to look. By definition, this suburban location must exude a certain homely charm, and be a relatively modern residential area served by mom-and-pop shops.

Tall order? Not if you step into Tiong Bahru. Hidden from the fast changing cityscape of Singapore, and located just minutes away from Chinatown and the hurly-burly of the central business district, it is a 'must-visit' for foodies and architecture enthusiasts.

Wee Cheng @sgtravelcafe 8 Oct 2010 on the South Pacific

On Wallis & Futuna & French national weather forecast

On a little street in Singapore

Monday, October 11, 2010

Sgtravelcafe@12 Nov 10: South West USA & Montenegro

Frederick Lee will be presenting "Photographing the South West of USA", while Nick Lum will be presenting the month;s Brief Moments "Montenegro - Land of the Black Mountains". 

Date: 12th November 2010, Friday 730PM 
Venue: Wee Cheng's place. 
Address: 11 Pemimpin Drive #07-03 Marymount View. Singapore 576148
Time:  Door opens at 7:30pm (for usual potluck, socialising, networking, etc),
presentation will start at 8:40 pm.
(For potluck just bring a small box of pastry or a packet of noodles enough for 3-4 people or a bottle or 2 of soft drinks). 


Directions: Get out of Marymount Station (Circle Line) from Exit A. Face north and walk 400 meters. You should walk pass an overhead bridge, then Shunfu Road followed by a second overhead bridge. Cross the second bridge and Marymount View is there... at the junction of Marymount Road and Pemimpin Drive. Just opposite Shunfu Estate.
 
PARKING: Please park at your own risk on the roads outside, or at Shunfu Estate across the road.

See maps:  http://twcnomad.blogspot.com/2009/05/marymount-view-from-marymount-station.html

On Google Map/iphone4, type "Marymount View Singapore"

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

2010: A Year of Sgtravelcafe Posters

We started designing posters for sgtravelcafe presentations in Nov 2009.  This is a compilation of the presentation posters for Nov 2009 to Oct 2010.