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Saturday, August 08, 2009

Public Service for the 21st Century (PS21)


Public Service for the 21st Century or PS21 is about the Singapore Public Service's commitment to Anticipate, Welcome and Execute change, influencing developments in order to provide Singapore with the best conditions for success.

Korasan (Eurasian) or Kerongsang (Malay)

'Korasan' (Kristang) or 'Kerongsang' (Malay) or 'Kerosang' (Baba Peranakan) is a Malaccan Portuguese (Kristang) word meaning 'Heart'. The actual spelling is 'Coração' in Portuguese with the pronunciation being about the same.

I came across this word recently while watching TV which explained that the Singapore Peranakans also got this word from the Portuguese to discribe a sort of jewelry the Peranakans wore.

Below are some info I found on the internet...


The kebaya, the blouse or jacket worn by Peranakan women, does not have buttons and is fastened by a set of three kerosangs or brooches. The word was perhaps derived from the archaic colonial Portuguese term korasang, meaning 'heart' (Coração in modern Portuguese), which may be a reference to a heart-shaped type of kerosang. This was known among Malacca Babas as kerosang ati ati (or, in Malay, kerosang hati hati, or 'heart kerosang'). This style is also referred to as a kerosang serong or 'curved kerosang', which comprises a heart-shaped brooch and two circular brooches. Kerosangs were worn by Malays, Peranakan Chinese and Indians and Eurasians throughout the Malay world and in the colonies. They continue to be common among the Peranakans.

Info from this link: http://www.sgmeetings.com/SingleNews.aspx?DirID=79&rec_code=132293

Jinkli Nona

This is a famous Singapore Eurasian (or Malaccan Eurasian) song which has the word 'Korasang' in the lyrics.

Here are some links to this song.

Question: A peranakan’s kebaya is held together by the kerosang. What is the kerosang and what is it normally made of?
Answer: The kerosang is a set of three brooches. It is made from pearls, diamonds or solid gold.

~ This info was found at this link> http://www.jssc.org.sg/answers.html

The Peranakans favoured their gold and suasa, specifically nine carat gold. They were made into kerosang, usually in filigree flora patterns and studded with diamonds. Besides sustaining the function of securing the baju panjang, they also wore it as a badge of ostentation. The larger, the fancier, the shinier it was- all the better. In the event of death, even their flair was evident. The gold and diamonds were replaced by brooches created out of silver and mother-of-pearl.

~ This is an excerpt from this link > http://yesterday.sg/2009/08/in-a-style-of-their-own/


The Peranakan Association


Singapore Flag & The 4 Main Ethnic Groups

Yahoo Singapore! created this icon to mark Singapore's National Day. It shows the 4 main ethnic groups in Singapore --- Chinese, Malay, Indian & Eurasian.

It's actually animated to be played by Adobe Flash Player. Starts of with the word "Yahoo!" with the big Flag moving from mid-pix to our left and the 4 main ethnic groups of Singapore popping up waving their smaller Singapore Flags.

For a limitted time only,you can watch it at http://sg.yahoo.com/ .

When that limitted time is over, we'll have to settle with 2 pix I captured. It's a pity it's not in animated GIF Format.