Food & Stories of Semakau

April 24, 2021 6:00 pm


April 24, 2021 10:00 pm

Venue: Crane

Orang Laut x Crane
In collaboration with Crane, we will be hosting an intimate storytelling session and sharing the cuisine of our family who used to live on Pulau Semakau, one of Singapore’s southern islands that was once home to 600 islanders.

This session will delve deep into our life as an Orang Laut and discuss what Pulau Semakau means to our family, through a sharing session by Firdaus, a descendent of an Orang Laut.

We are inviting you to spend an evening with us over home-cooked food by Mdm Nooraini, a native-born of Semakau. As we welcome the month of Ramadan in April, we are also extending this invitation to our Muslim friends to break their fast with us at Crane.

We look forward to filling your tummies and minds with our love of food and conversation.


Food & Storytelling Session
6.30pm – Guests arrival
7.00pm – Introduction by Crane & Orang Laut
7.20pm – Start of Storytelling session (1)
7.30pm – Serving of soup and appetiser
7.40pm – Start of Storytelling session (2)
8.00pm – Serving of mains
8.45pm – Serving of dessert
9.00pm – Q&A session


Who are we?
More than 40 years ago, the occupants of Pulau Semakau were asked to leave the island. Our family was the last to leave. Today, all of us are scattered across the country, some living nearer to the open waters, with hopes of returning to the place we used to live in.

We are the Orang Laut, or people of the sea. Our family, along with many others depended on the life source that the sea brought about. Our hearts still long for the life we once had. We would often come together to talk about the moments that we know cannot be relived again.


Event Details:
24 April 2021 | 6pm to 10pm
Crane: 46 Kim Yan Road #01-06

Price per pax: $85
(+ 7% GST and admin charges)
*Seats are limited


About the venue

Crane‘s lush, bright space pays homage to the history of its building, formerly the Nan Chiau Girl’s School (1941). Quaint vintage windows are framed by refreshing greenery and clean, simple lines.

The venue includes a comfortable common room and an infinitely flexible event space that converts effortlessly from a chillout yoga studio to a boho-chic wedding venue. Public workshops, corporate events, birthdays, weddings, and F&B experiences are also available for members.



Important notes:

To encourage a communal dining experience like how we usually do among our friends and family, you may be paired with other diners at a table of 5-6 pax.

T&Cs: You will be informed of any changes to the menu due to any unforeseen circumstances before the event. There will be no refunds for cancellation within 1-3 days before the event.