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Urban Escape episode featuring Raffles Museum on TV Mobile this week

Since Wed 13 Jun 2007, friends have been telling me that they have seen an episode of Urban Escape featuring the Raffles Museum on TV Mobile – they caught the show on a television screen on a bus. It was a vague memory and after hunting the blog archives, I realised why. This episode was first broadcast around April 2005. The series explored lesser-known places in various parts of Singapore with hosts Jeassea Thyidor and Timothy Nga. The museum was featured in the episode on the western parts of Singapore.

I haven’t seen the episode myself but I do recall they shot scenes in the Public Gallery and the Wet Collection. All the comments say it was quite a nice episode, so I do hope I catch it one day. According to the schedule episodes of Urban Escape will be shown again at 6pm and tomorrow at 10am, 10.30am, 3pm, 8pm and 9pm. No wonder so many of my friends have seen it this time – much more than the original broadcast.

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Channel U’s “On the Beat 2” to feature Raffles Museum

29 May 2007 – The film crew from Channel U’s “On the Beat 2” visited the Raffles Museum today. The television show is telecast over Channel U at 8.30pm every Tuesday and is hosted by Vivian Lai, Tang Ling Wi and Jeremy Tian. The show features interesting places, people, food and products in and around Singapore.

Research writer Linda Yap from the Chinese Entertainment Productions of Mediacorp Studios Pte Ltd approached us about including the Raffles Museum in one episode. Last Friday, Spruce Leong turned up for a whirlwind recce to the Pubic Gallery. He was quick and prepared and responded enthusiastically to the suggestion to visit the Wet Collection to inject a little life into the episode.

Finding living, non-specimen faces for the camera is not always easy, but this time, with curator K. L. Yeo providing flower crabs for a demo, I figured I was justified in snatching grad student Joelle Lai away from her thesis for an hour. She works on the genus after all and her spoken Mandarin can pass muster.

Spruce and the film crew turned up earlier this afternoon and got things settled before 5pm. From request to completion in just a week; this was an efficient team – and you be the judge of the result. Catch “On the Beat 2” on Channel U at 8.30pm on Wednesday, 12th June 2007 (schedule may change but I am told trailers don’t lie).

After they had left, intern Ong Ruo Yu, who had accompanied the team and taken most of these photos, followed the newly-learnt instructions from Joelle’s demo to inject the remaining crabs. She preserved the lot in a container provided by Kelvin Lim; the flower crabs will be used for guide training and Public Gallery demos – since IMD, we have started using wet specimens during gallery visits.

Ruo Yu and the freshly preserved flower crabs (Portunus pelagicus).

Code Red, a new outdoor reality game show on TCS Ch8 (television)

Research Writer Gin Sei Fong from MediaCorp Studios wrote to suggest including the Public Gallery of Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research in Code Red, a new outdoor reality game show that will be broadcast on TCS Ch8 in June 2007 on Tuesdays at 8pm (see the forum and starnews for details and updates).

Sei Fong wrote (excerpts):,

“Code Red,” a new reality game show by Mediacorp Studios for the Chinese language Channel 8. It will introduce little known places, people and activities in Singapore to encourage Singaporeans to explore the different corners of Singapore and to understand their own heritage.

In each episode, three teams will compete to discover a maximum number of locations in four hours out of a possible 15 using provided clues. The locations/people where a red ball is hidden will have a unique significant value or an interesting background. The participants will discover the stories and heritage behind the objects they are hunting for.”

Sei Fong commented that they knew of NUS graduates who had never heard of the museum and hoped to help raise awareness. I appreciated the sentiment while exchanging emails about arrangements, commented that it’s one reason why museum volunteers, the Toddycats, have begun making an appearance during fairs in the university, to help raise awareness of the museum and its activities within campus itself.

The crew came to the museum on Friday to film the gallery and collections, and hid a red ball in the gallery, which the contestants would come to look for during the actual game. The game was played the next day, and on Saturday afternoon, museum volunteer Gwynne who was left holding the fort, twittered,”The Mediacorp people just came and went (show’s called “Follow the little red dot”). Like tornado! Kym Ng has very distinct voice. ^_^.”

Interestingly, host Kym Ng has visited the museum a decade or so ago when the collection was featured in another programme. During that shoot, she and museum staff Kelvin Lim discover that they were schoolmates!

Sei Fong just wrote: “The museum will be featured in Episode 2, which will be broadcast on 19 June [2007].”

Panel on the Environment

N. Sivasothi joined two energy auditors, a hybrid car representative and an Environmental Management postgrad to form a panel to discuss the energy crisis, the concomitant environmental impact and educational measures to cope with the issue.

The session, on News Radio 93.8FM‘s Opinion was chaired by Dennis Yim and broadcast on Friday, 15th April 2005.

647km² shoots an episode in the Raffles Museum

A local media company Screenbox Productions has been producing an award-winning infotainment programme since 2001 called 647km² for MediacorpTV12’s Suria (see synopsis of the fourth season).

The producers chanced upon the Raffles Museum through the Museum Roundtable brochure and decided to include it in the 5th season of 647km². Zeehan Jaafar handled the interviews alongside characters that transformed into interesting alter-egos!