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Tue 22 Mar 2005

The Pulau Hantu blog celebrates with their 1st Anniversary dive

Category : marine

Note logo change a la Google!

The Pulau Hantu blog's dive community celebrated their anniversary with dives off Hantu last Sunday, and have posted accounts of their dive trips and the walk topside.

Jani, an experiened research diver who dived with them last month, had earlier tipped her hat to their familiarity of Pulau Hantu's reef with a high-spirited post full of high-pitched squealing at the other marine blog, The Blue Tempeh.

As if to celebrate the event, a Hawksbill turtle made an appearance, and Paul Cheng's enthusiasm is clear:

"an adult hawksbill turtle! it was huge!!!! ah, heck! even if you minus the 25% magnification underwater, it's still huge! and it's definitely older than me! it has probably withdrawn it's cpf savings already!

bouyancy control went out of the window while i was fumbling with my camera to snap a picture. it was so close to us! it pivoted and then swam past us as gracefully as an imperial star destroyer (sam's words).

we were whooping like mad people when we surfaced. Pulau Hantu really gave us a great present for this one year anniversary dive."

The anniversary dive was oversubscribed so there will be another dive session in a fortnight's time. Congratulations folks!

Posted at 12:05PM UTC by N. Sivasothi | permalink | email |

Tue 22 Mar 2005

Coastal Cleanup data in FHM

Category : envt

One of the ICCS Site I/Cs mentioned that 2004's coastal cleanup data was mentioned in FHM, an erm, lifestyle magazine for men.

This interesting departure from the usual sort of places coastal cleanup data is featured in is due to SembCorp Environmental (SembEnviro) Management's 2005 calendar.

The Straits Times carried the story in January this year - CEO "Loh Wai Kiew donned a red halter-neck bikini as Miss December." She said, "'Clients are tired of us selling garbage to them all the time, so we just want to make it a little more fun for us and them.'"

Loh Wai Kiew has been in the news regularly over brown issues. Read her thoughts on high-tech waste management from January 2005 and about recycling in April 2001.

The calendar was shot by FHM which has now featured the photos in its March issue, in a section called "Water Babes."

The caption on the photo in question reads, "9 tonnes of litter were collected from our beaches and mangroves areas alone during a coastal cleanup last year." This data originated from the preliminary report released on 13 October 2004 which was subsequently reported in The StraitsTimes on 22nd October, 2004. When the final tally was published, 2,362 volunteers had removed more than 10. 3 tonnes of trash from our shores.

This amount shows no signs of dropping, prompting additional sessions at Kranji mangroves, for example, including the upcoming Earth Day cleanup.

Thanks is due to the ICCS Site I/C who alerted me and emailed the photo of the much talked about page. You will, however, have to buy the March issue to view all 12, erm, captions, like he did.

Posted at 9:17AM UTC by N. Sivasothi | permalink | email |

Tue 22 Mar 2005

"The lost city of Kota Gelanggi"

Category : talks

The Singapore Heritage Society, together with the Friends of the Museum is proud to present:

"The 'Lost City' of Kota Gelanggi"

By Raimy Che-Ross.

At the Singapore History Museum Auditorium
30 Merchant Rd (Riverside Pt) #03-09/17
Saturday, 02 April 2005, 4.30-6.30pm.

Free and open to the public.

For enquiries email Dinesh Naidu (dnaidu at singnet). Click to download pdf poster.

About the talk - Over a month, Raimy Che-Ross published "The 'Lost City' of Kota Gelanggi: An Exploratory Essay Based on Textual Evidence and an Excursion into 'Aerial Archaeology'" in the Journal of the Malayan Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society.

That article announced the discovery of a pre-Malaccan city in the forests of Johore. Since then, the "Lost City" was featured in the press and has become the subject of intense discussion and speculation by academics, heritage-enthusiasts and the general public.

News of the discovery attracted the notice of international media. The Malaysian Cabinet has now designated it a national priority, with a formal expedition into the jungles being planned. Verification of the discovery will have a great impact on regional history and archaeology, not to mention the potential significance for the tourism industry.

About the speaker - RAIMY CHE-ROSS was a Malay Tutor at the Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade (1994), a Graduate Intern at the National Gallery of Australia (1998) and a Visiting Scholar with the Malaysian Commonwealth Studies Centre at Trinity College, Cambridge (2003).

His latest publications include studies on Munshi Abdullah��s manuscripts and lithographs, the Jewish Diaspora in pre-WWII Penang, the Private Papers of Baginda Omar, IXth Sultan of Terengganu, and rare Jawi and Javanese letters from Raffles discovered in the New South Wales State Library.

Raimy is now working on a catalogue of the Cambridge University Library Malay Manuscripts Collection, a monograph on Royal Malay letters and artefacts at the Royal Archives in Windsor Castle, and exploring pre-Malacca sites in Perak.

Posted at 9:10AM UTC by N. Sivasothi | permalink | email | Raffles Museum news