How is life so far being broke? This time round, I have one announcement to make, one recommendation to share and one great news to highlight!
1. Singapore Really Really Free Market (SRRFM)
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This is an event, often held bi-monthly and without a permanent location, for everyone to give and take old or new items as well as to provide and receive services for free. It is run by Post-Museum, an independent cultural and social space in Singapore which aims to encourage and support a thinking and pro-active community.
So come to the next SRRFM to experience resources sharing, but bear in mind that this is not a place for us to dump thrash or hoard items that we don’t need. The services I have seen at the numerous SRRFM that I attended include shoulder/back massage, simple yoga, story-telling, guitar performance, Tarot card reading and many more!
Date/Time: 14th April 2013, Sunday, 10am-6pm
Venue: Tiong Bahru Community Centre, 67A Eu Chin Street, Singapore 169715
Look here for details on this session, which coincides with the launch of a new heritage trail!
2. Free online courses by Coursera
Known to offer the world’s best online courses for free, Coursera is a magical jar of knowledge and more knowledge. How you will conjure the desired knowledge of your choice depends on your will power and deligence, no expensive magic wand required. Courses are so diversified that there is something for everyone’s quest for knowledge.
I have signed up and attended A History of the World since 1300 by Prof Jeremy Adelman from Princeton University. He provided two or three videos of around 10 minutes each per week as “lectures” for students to “attend” at their own time. There were also a few essay assignments every two to three weeks and the students mark one another’s papers. If you were lucky, you might be selected to take part in web discussions with the professor and Princeton students.
Do note that certification may not be awarded, however some courses do issue a Statement of Accomplishment to students who complete all graded assignments and achieve a certain overall mark.
3. Free admissions all year round to permanent galleries under the National Heritage Board of Singapore
Hooray! Great news for Singapore citizens and permanent residents as they can enjoy free admissions to the permanent galleries at the six national museums, three heritage institutions and the interpretive centre of Reflections at Bukit Chandu under the National Heritage Board of Singapore.
The benefit will commence on 18th May 2013 in conjunction with International Museum Day. As for travelling or special exhibitions that usually incur very high costs to present, the six national museums will grant free admissions to as many as possible. Read press release here.
Free admissions to all six national museums and two heritage institutions are also extended to tourists on Open House Days, see 2013 calendar by clicking on the What’s On tab here!
What remains unchanged is, Singapore citizens and permanent residents who are students, teachers, senior citizens and NSFs (Full-time National Service personnel) as well as children six years old or below continue to enjoy free admissions to permanent galleries and special exhibitions payable by others.