Tigers in the Park: book & battlefield tour by historian and archaeologist Jon Cooper

Please pardon me for not writing my own introduction. Below are snippets about the book + complimentary tour bundle that I have copied from Ethos Books’ website. To read related posts on surveys, excavations, and tours led by Jon Cooper in Adam Park, Singapore, please look out for links at the end of this post.

Poster from Ethos Books' website

Poster from Ethos Books’ website

The gist of this post is:

1.Get the book, click here!

Title: Tigers in the Park
Author: Jon Cooper
Publisher: The Literary Centre

ISBN: 978-981-09-8151-8
Published: 2016
Dimension: 228mm x 240mm
Extent: 340 pages
Finish: Hardback

2.Register beforehand and turn up for the tour on 3rd July 2016, Sunday.

3.Read the book!

Or skip the bundle and just get the book, then read it right away! Must!

“Join Jon Cooper, historian, archaeologist and manager of The Adam Park Project (TAPP) on one of his last tours as he will be leaving Singapore for good!

…learn more about the battle at Adam Park through artifacts unearthed by TAPP. Adam Park is the site of the last battle for Singapore, …right up to the time of the surrender on 15th February 1942. The site was also used as a POW camp after the surrender. Here’s a chance to understand the terrain and hear intriguing stories about WWII in Adam Park.

Complete your wartime heritage experience with a book at the end of the tour. Using battle maps, aerial photographs, wartime images and archaeological findings, Jon’s vibrantly coloured book shares a fascinating insight into the battles and the POW camp at Adam Park in print.”

Related posts here, herehere and here.


John Miksic’s lecture: Maritime Silk Road – A Singapore Point of View

Always been a big fan of Dr Miksic’s lectures, although once in a while I can’t catch his accent. He is Professor in the Department of Southeast Asian Studies at the National University of Singapore. I am currently reading his book – Singapore and the Silk Road of the Sea, 1300-1800.20160301_075332

Dr Miksic will be giving a public lecture on 18th March 2016, Friday, 7-8pm, at the Asian Civilisations Museum (ACM)’s Ngee Ann Auditorium. Admission is free and on a first-come-first-served basis.

“The term “silk road” has become a shorthand way of referring to the trade between China and the West in ancient times.

Most people assume that the main communication route between the two ancient centres of civilisation was by land. Archaeology and history however show that many more people and goods travelled by sea.

This talk will show how Singapore was first created as a meeting place between people from distant lands around 1300, how it rose and fell…” – lecture introduction by ACM.

So, Singapore was a major link in the maritime Silk Road of the 14th century?

Dr John Miksic. Image source: NUS Museum blog

Dr John Miksic. Image source: NUS Museum blog

Book launch of 3 by Krishna Udayasankar

Yes, the book’s title is 3 (Three). After World Of Temasek, a massively multiplayer online game (MMOG), this new book is the second creation based on the 13th-and-14th-century Singapore which I appreciate. Even before laying my hands and eyes on a copy, I begin by appreciating the decision and the effort to write the tale.

When? 7th January 2016, Thursday | 7.30pm to 9pm

Where? The Blue Room at The Arts House, 1 Old Parliament Lane, Singapore 179429

Please RSVP by 1st January 2016, to Ethos Books: ethosinvites@gmail.com OR indicate your attendance at the Facebook event page here.


Poster from a newsletter by Ethos Books

About the author: Krishna Udayasankar is a graduate of the National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bangalore, and holds a PhD in Strategic Management from the Nanyang Business School, Singapore, where she presently works as a lecturer.

Krishna’s bestselling debut series of mytho-historical novels, The Aryavarta Chronicles (Govinda, Kaurava and Kurukshetra) (Hachette India, 2012, 2013, 2014) have received critical acclaim, selling at least 50,000 copies in India. She is also the author of Objects of Affection, a full-length collection of poetry (Math Paper Press, 2013), an editor of Body Boundaries: The Etiquette Anthology of Women’s Writing (The Literary Centre, 2013), and the co-author of two well-adopted textbooks: International Business: An Asian Perspective (McGraw Hill, 2012, 2015) and Global Business Today (McGrawHill, 2014).

She lives in Singapore with her family, which includes three bookish canine-children, Boozo, Zana and Maya, who are sometimes to be found at her laptop, trying in vain to make her writing better.

Book launch of Remains: A Singapore Journey by Kostas Ikonomopoulos

Come find out about the quaint, uncanny, unlikely, bizarre, eye-opening, respectable remnants of Singapore’s past around the island and its offshore isles!

When? 10th September 2015, Thursday | 7.30pm to 9pm

Where? Booktique @ Citylink Mall, #B1-17A, 1 Raffles Link, Singapore 039393

Free admission. RSVP to Ethos Books: events@ethosbooks.com.sg OR indicate your attendance at the Facebook event page here.



About the author: Born in Greece in 1976. Kostas studied at Athens University and after being granted a state scholarship, he did postgraduate studies in Philosophy at the Manchester Metropolitan University. After completing his studies, he spent time with an NGO; fundraised in Scandinavia and did Development Work in a South African township for six months.

In late 2001, he returned to Greece to do his National Service. In 2003, he was in China, and spent seven years working mostly as a Project Manager, first for a small trading and outsourcing firm and then for a gaming multinational. In 2010, he moved to Singapore, where he has lived ever since, being employed in the science publishing field.

Two years ago, he became a Singapore Permanent Resident. Married and with a daughter, he has travelled quite extensively in the last 15 years, mostly in East and Southeast Asia. He has an enduring interest in cultural preservation, colonial architecture, derelict monuments and urban decay. Remains is his first book.


reblog: Books, Catalogues, Magazines and Other Miscellaneous Items for Sale

The Singapore Contemporary Young Artists are selling some of their books, catalogues, magazines, and miscellaneous items! Look through the lists and you may find gems that you have always been looking for, or interesting surprises! Help spread the words too!

Battlefield tour by historian and archaeologist Jon Cooper

In February 1942, the fight between the invading Japanese and the defensive British Allied forces in Bukit Brown and the Adam Park in Singapore is believed to be the fiercest battle before the British signed surrender papers on the 16th of February.

If volunteering at conflict archaeologist Jon Cooper’s survey and digs under the Adam Park Project is a bit too much for you, here is a chance to get into some milder action by joining his tour, and learn more about the four-day crossfire as he takes you to significant spots where the brutal side of history happened, as well as possible burial grounds of missing soldiers just by the edge of the golf course along Lornie Road, and possible locations of mass graves in Bukit Brown.

20130907_162609Cartographer Mok Ly Yng has kindly created and shared a very useful guide map, which marks the spots to be visited during the tour (tour route may vary depending on Jon and/or surfacing of new information). Click on the pins on the map to read up a bit beforehand, I am sure this will give you a better experience during the tour.

Event name: Battlefield Tour by Jon Cooper

Date & time: 31st May 2015, Sunday, 9.30am to noon.

Meeting point: the pedestrian bridge on Sime Road entering Bukit Brown, opposite the Singapore Island Country Club (SICC) traffic light. Tour ends at noon in the grounds of Bukit Brown.

Details and registration/get ticket here, you may register for up to two persons.


On 15th August 1945, Japan announced its surrender and ended its occupation of Southeast Asia. That makes this year the 70th anniversary of Singapore’s freedom from Japanese occupation, let us remember a part of history that nobody can deny, and appreciate even more the peace we enjoy now.

Here is an article by Jon about his tireless research on (and search for) the missing soldiers. The Adam Park Project on Facebook.

It’s Mount Pleasant Survey now, after Adam Park completed for now

20130107_132653If you have volunteered before at battlefield archaeologist Jon Cooper’s surveys and digs at Adam Park, Singapore, you will more or less know what goes on during action time. Here is a brand new opportunity for old-timers and rookies alike, because Jon has called out for volunteers to help out at Mount Pleasant!

Please write to Jon to indicate the dates and timings (e.g. all morning sessions) you will be on site, ideally he needs up to 10 people daily, and priority will be given to those who can spend most time on site.

E-mail: jonalicooper@googlemail.com

Dates: 19th-23rd January 2015 (Monday-Friday)

Time: 9.30am-3pm

Site address: 159 Mount Pleasant Road, Singapore. *not far from Adam Park

Normal kit list: water, packed lunch (its quite a walk to the nearest eatery), wet weather clothes, sun block, mosquito repellent, sensible footwear, hat, sturdy trowel if you have one.

To find out more: The Adam Park Project on Facebook (you get first-hand news on the Mount Pleasant Survey here too!)/ a recent article on The Adam Park Project (The Telegraph, 9th December 2014)

Broke and still have a life (VI)

Hello! I can’t help but share these good stuff with you even when I am on the run today! Free programmes, of course.

1. Cinema under the banyan tree

Special Film Screening by National Museum of Singapore

The Rink / A Dog’s Life / The Kid
Director: Charlie Chaplin
1916, 1918, 1921 / USA / 35mm / 122 min / Rating TBC
Silent with music soundtrack and English intertitles

Date & time: 21 June 2014, 8pm

Venue: Stamford Green, the open space outside the museum

*bring your own mat/mini chair & popcorn

2. Bali is not just about beach holiday

From Majapahit to Bali: Genealogies of Indonesian Culture

Date & time: 23 June 2014, 7pm-8.30pm

Venue: Ngee Ann Auditorium, Asian Civilisations Museum

*the lecture is free and jointly organised by the museum and the Southeast Asian Ceramic Society. Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis. No registration is required

3. More free movies than paid ones

Japanese Film Festival 2014

Date: 26 June – 12 July 2014

Venue: Gallery Theatre at National Museum of Singapore

*the closing film is kept secret, its free tickets will be balloted among attendees of other films at the festival!

Thank you, Japanese Film Festival and your generous sponsors, organisers and volunteers.

picture from Japanese Film Festival 2014's website jpfilmfestival.com/jff2014/index.html

picture from Japanese Film Festival 2014’s website