1. History and art: Hobbyists appreciate history through recolouring portraits and photographs from the past.

“National University of Singapore historian Matthias Wong said while colouring old photos is a “great way” for both colourists and viewers to engage with history, special care should be taken.

“Coloured photos are not historical documents, they are artwork that imaginatively recreate a scene from the past. We do not have records for everything, and we will never know what the past looked like exactly. These creators often invoke their imagination to fill in the blanks, making their best guesses in choosing the right shades of colours,” Wong said.

They should do their best to find evidence to support their choice of colours, he added. This could be done through reading accounts and descriptions of their subjects from that time, and paying close attention to important details like the colours of the hair, eyes and skin.”

Read the full article on Channel NewsAsia: Bringing Singapore’s history to life with a splash of colour


  1. Books: Instagram has become an important part of independent bookstores’ marketing strategies to lure potential book-lovers.  

“Since the photo-sharing social network launched in 2010, the Instagram grid has gone from a random assortment of photos of your meals and vacations to a carefully curated and highly edited expression of your identity. Documenting the bookstores we visit and the books we read has become a huge part of that: The hashtag #bookstagram has been used on more than 25 million photos on Instagram. A heavily filtered photo at your local indie bookstore, lost among the towering stacks of Joan Didion and David Foster Wallace, signals to the world your sophisticated literary preferences.

We are spending more time online and on our phones than ever before, which has prompted many to question how much time they spend staring at their devices. The technology backlash has been a boon for books: As people try to tamp down their screen time, they’re turning back to reading more physical books.”

Read the full article on Vox: Instagram is helping save the indie bookstore


  1. New app for parents: MOE and GovTech are rolling out a mobile app that facilitates communication between teachers and parents on child’s activities at school

“As part of Singapore’s Smart Nation initiative, he said one of the benefits of the app is that parents with children in different schools can use the same platform to complete administrative processes.

“For teachers too, I think this is a major improvement,” said Mr Ong. “I really hope by using this gateway, we can cut down on administrative work for our teachers.

“This hopefully frees up more time for our teachers so that they can better focus on what they are good at, which is teaching.”

Parents can use their SingPass accounts, SMS 2FA or OneKey token to access the app, which is available on iOS and Android.

They will be able to receive information and perform administrative functions such as providing consent for their children to participate in school activities.”

Read the full article on Channel NewsAsia: New mobile app launched for schools to send updates to parents

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