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» Singapore in the early 1960s. Political and racial tensions are escalating as the British prepare to withdraw from one of their oldest colonies. Members of cut-throat Chinese secret societies share the same back streets as well-paid European expats slumming it in the island's fleshpots. This is the backdrop to Serangoon Road, HBO Asia's first original series.
» There was a lot of nervousness and awkwardness during the interview when photo-grapher Nipon Indraridh recalls his background _ the simple life before he got a break to showcase his first photography exhibition in a top Bangkok gallery. A college dropout, a former air conditioner repairman and a father of two whose obsession with photography made him lose a chance to bond with his first-born daughter during her early years _ Nipon views his art with a mix of humility and passion. His honesty was clear in his words, and the Tak native's accent is clear. His frankness, however, shows even more in the photographs now on show at Kathmandu Photo Gallery.
» Tiny in size, Singapore is a country that dreams big, and one of the city nation's dreams is to become the hub of art in Southeast Asia. With the success of Art Stage Singapore 2013 last month _ the third edition of the region's largest such fair that attracted 131 galleries and 600 artists from around the world including Thailand _ the dream is on course to becoming a reality.
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