A 15 year-old Singaporean student (let’s call him XJ) emailed me recently:
Hello Mr. Chew,
I am a 15 year old Singaporean student who has been asked to give a presentation on any Singaporean folk stories for a special ‘International Culture Day’ to younger children. I then proceeded to choose the ‘Red Hill’ story, of Bukit Merah to present. Since younger children would likely require visual aids to listen to the story, I then searched online for any illustrations of the story. I have found only a few pictures at the NLB site, but not all. Would it trouble you to send me the High-resolution comic strips? It would be an immense help to me if you did.
Thank you very much!
Since he asked so politely, I decided to respond to him quickly. I asked for more information on what his presentation was about. Turned out he was studying in an international school (which made sense for a local myth to be shared for Cultural Day). He also elaborated on how he intended to protect my intellectual property rights by offering to watermark each image, destroying the images and not disposing in a public bin even. Also offered to delete from his computer.
I wrote back to say he didn’t have to do all that. Mentioned about my CC-BY license, and basically said he could keep it and handle the images as he deemed fit, as long as he credited them as how I wanted.
Discovered WillemWillem’s upload and instantly liked it. My singing isn’t polished but he did say “sing whatever comes to their minds”. I went looking for inspiration in the public domain records. The first three stanzas were entirely from William Seymour’s “When Beauty Came to You” while I took two lines from E. H. Visiak’s “Lamps and Lantern” for the chorus.
Two weeks ago, I bought a pre-owned (OK, call it “used”) Fender Stratocaster. From Guitar77 (basement of Peninsula Excelsior Shopping).
I checked the Fender website serial numbers (mine’s a Mexican model). Must be something built in 1996 or 1997 (more pictures below).
Why did I buy this?
Part indulgence, and part curiosity. Now that I’ve tried a Les Paul and also a bass, I thought it was time to try out a Strat. Meaning, it would be something I would use (rather than buy on a whim and then be an expensive dust collector).
I didn’t want to spend too much on one though. A friend told me they might have used models at Peninsular. I dropped by one day with the intention to try rather than buy. The Guitar77 outlet was the second shop I visited that had used Strats. Asked if I could try a few on display. Decided this one was it. Somehow the sound was more mellow than the new model. And cheaper too.