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Old Playgrounds Lanterns at Wan Qing Yuan Mid Autumn Festival 2016

My favourite old playgrounds of Singapore, of my childhood days, came back to life in the form of brightly lighted handmade lanterns. It’s more than just nostalgic, it meant a lot to me personally. For those who had been following my photography works, documentation and story telling, old playgrounds had been my personal project for a few years.

When my friends at National Heritage Board informed us of these old playgrounds lanterns were to be part of Wan Qing Yuan Mid Autumn Festival 2016 at Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall, my eyes popped up! I was looking forward to visiting them!


I managed to plan my time and schedule, making a pilgrimage to view my Old Playgrounds lanterns on Tuesday 13th September night. Upon reaching the entrance, I saw the big bright lights from the Old Playgrounds lanterns. They were pretty big and I was able to get up close with them. Immediately, I am able to identify all the Old Playgrounds there, it felt like going back in time to my childhood days again. I saw young children playing with their lanterns around the Old Playgrounds lanterns, they were having so much fun. Sometimes, we adults all have a secret wish to be a young kid again and just have fun like them.


I walked around, soaking in the Mid Autumn Festival with the Old Playgrounds lanterns. It was a bag of mixed emotions, of nostalgia, fun and longing for the free fun childhood running around days at the Old Playgrounds. The Old Playgrounds may not be of greater significance compared to some other aspects of heritage and history. However, the cultural and emotional communal bondings, intangible and tucked inside our hearts and souls, we all might be carrying a fondness for them and a wish to return to the fun days.


The Wan Qing Yuan Mid Autumn Festival 2016 is until 18th September 2016, time to bring your family and children down there for a Mid Autumn Festival outing and a time for family bonding and story telling of your good old childhood days playing at the old playgrounds.


Come on down, take a walk into the world of bright and colourful Old Playgrounds!


Location: Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall

Address: 12 Tai Gin Road Singapore 327874

Dates: 9th September to 18th September 2016

Time: 7pm to 10pm

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Exploring Dinosaur Playground and Old Dragon Playground

The Old Playgrounds of Singapore, the good old days of our childhood for some of us, probably many of us. I decided to continue and find my Dinosaur Playground in Toa Payoh, one of the few remaining Old Playgrounds on my list. After some research and check, I had an idea where it was located, pretty near to the Grand Old Dame, the Old Dragon Playground of Toa Payoh.


On a Sunday afternoon in October, I had an appointment in Newton, therefore I decided to plan to check out the two playgrounds in Toa Payoh, that was not too far away from Newton. For the Old Dragon Playground, it was more of a revisit and to take a look at how she looks without the old HDB blocks behind her because they were demolished in an en-bloc move. The Old Dragon Playground still looked just as good and grand, without the HDB blocks behind, it kind of makes it empty yet open and wide.


During my short visit, I saw children playing there, running around the Old Dragon Playground and playing with the sand. Although I had my tech gadgets nowadays, I do miss the fun and laughter of my childhood days at the playgrounds in my neighbourhood, where there wasn’t much technology advancements and gadgets in those era.


After taking some photographs of the Old Dragon Playground, soaking in the thoughts, feelings and emotions, I walked across the road from the Old Dragon Playground to Kim Keat Avenue. Soon I found my Dinosaur Playground! I found my big T-Rex Dinosaur there and it kind of looks cute! While it wasn’t exactly the old playground that I grew up playing at, I was having deep thoughts (like a primary school kid during my time) on how I would go around playing at the Dinosaur Playground.


When I finished photographing and documenting the Dinosaur Playground, I turned and walk away. I still have a few more Old Playgrounds to cover and complete my personal project that took me over a few years. While it had been slow and at times inconsistent on my part, I had no regrets and instead had a lot of personal fulfilment, enjoyment and nostalgia.

Time to head for the next Old Playground and tick it off my remaining list.

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Masak Masak: My Childhood & Play@NMS

Our famous iconic and nostalgic Old Dragon Playground is now making a guest appearance at National Museum of Singapore front lawn. For the adults who grew up playing at the Old Playgrounds, the Dragon Playground on the Lawn at National Museum of Singapore will definitely bring you back many beautiful and nostalgic memories of your childhood days. This is the time to bring your children down to National Museum of Singapore for many exciting activities and events for the upcoming school holidays!



The National Museum of Singapore has kick-started the school holidays with the official launch of Play@NMS on 24th May 2014. Play@NMS is a new and dedicated area for the children to play, learn and enjoy the various special and fun activities and events at the National Museum of Singapore. The key feature of Play@NMS is experiential learning through their experiences, play and exploration at the National Museum of Singapore. There are 3 main areas for Play@NMS


In the gallery area for Explore, the children will be able to explore a living room, bedroom, kitchen and a garden, all inside one enclosed area! There is also an extension to the sundeck (it’s the rooftop and there is a great view up there!) where children can sketch and draw on the blackboard wall using coloured chalks. This is definitely a fun and great place for the children to learn and enjoy at the same time!



The space for Create is where the young children are able to explore their artwork and creativity through wet and dry medium. It’s perfectly fine for the young children to get their hands dirty in the name of learning, exploring and drawing artwork!


A special curated space and stage for the young Children to unleash their acting and stage performance!

In conjunction with the launch of Play@NMS, Children’s Season is back at the National Museum of Singapore, titled “Masak Masak: My Childhood” from 24th May 2014 to 3rd August 2014. This is a special exhibition is centred around the theme of My Childhood, featuring the friendly and familiar old playgrounds, larger-than-life games of yesterday and interactive installations from both local and international artists. While Masak Masak: My Childhood is planned for the young children, teenagers to adults will definitely enjoy going down to Masak Masak and relive their childhood memories too!

There are quite a number of fun and attractions at Masak Masak: My Childhood special exhibition, I would be sharing on a few selected activities/displays that I really enjoy when I was there!

Playgrounds on the Lawn

For the Old Playground fans like me, who grew up playing at the various Old Playgrounds, it is nostalgic and great to see two of Singapore’s iconic and familiar Old Playgrounds, the Old Dragon and Old Elephant Playground, present at the Front Lawn of the National Museum of Singapore. The two old playgrounds attracted many children to come and play! The Playgrounds on the Lawn opens every Sat and Sun from 24 May to 31 Aug, 11am to 1pm & 3pm to 5pm.


The Salon – Come and Play @ Level 1

A fun place to bring your children to have fun, by building your own dream home with your own imagination, using carton boxes in this special interactive artwork space! Inside The Salon, there are houses built with carton boxes, a sailing ship, and airplane, Baby Dragon Old Playground, Ice Cream cart and dream art houses made by the children on display! You have to visit it when you are there and bring your children down to play and have fun at the Salon!


Rouleaux @ Level 2

A collection of miniature dioramas showcase different scenes. Inspired by daily lives, movies and locations around the world. It’s very interesting to look through all of the different miniature dioramas, filling up our sense of curiosity and what we would like to be in the future. The children can have fun too in making their own miniature dioramas, sharing their dreams and what they like to be in the future!


Sculpture Scribble @ Glass Atrium

A collection of interactive and fun installations made from old and scrap materials, produced by Spanish group Guixot de 8. All the artworks are a big hit with the young children and even the adults too! The children queued up to play at the various artworks and the adults come in to accompany their children to play together!


More information and details for Play@NMS and Masak Masak: My Childhood can be found below:


Location: Level 3

Opening Hours: 10am to 6pm (Daily)

Masak Masak: My Childhood

Locations: Level: Front Lawn, Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3

Opening Hours: 10am to 6pm (Daily)

Period: 24th May 2014 to 3rd August 2014

The Play@NMS and Masak Masak: My Childhood event is designed for the young children generation; it does not mean that the adults cannot enjoy them too! The adults can also come down to the National Museum of Singapore, to enjoy the fun and nostalgia! I did enjoy myself a lot and walking through the Play@NMS and Masak Masak: My Childhood, here are my photographs collection on Flickr! I went back in time and relive my nostalgic childhood memories, at the National Museum of Singapore and I really enjoyed every minute of Play@NMS and Masak Masak: My Childhood!

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Old Playgrounds: Toa Payoh Dragon Playground

The Old Dragon Playground in one of Singapore’s oldest HDB housing estate Toa Payoh, she’s a Grand Old Dame of our Old Playgrounds in Singapore! The Old Dragon Playground is like an iconic Asian symbol, the Dragon, the size and history behind the growth and development of Singapore in her independence days. Having visited the Old Dragon Playground at Toa Payoh a few times (first visit was in 2011) and not giving the Grand Old Dame a dedicated write up is not doing justice to her status and stature!


The Old Dragon Playground has a good coverage locally and internationally, her “birth” and history was documented in Mosaic Memories, an e-book commissioned by the Singapore Memory Project. This particular Old Dragon Playground was designed by Mr Khor Ean Ghee, who was working in Housing and Development Board (HDB) in the 1970s, to create mini adventure lands in HDB housing estates. The playgrounds were to create spaces that could impress the younger generation at that time to a sense of Singapore identity. Although there were a number of different playground designs, the Dragon Playground was Mr Khor’s most successful attempt. Do check out Mosaic Memories e-book for a more in-depth write up of Mr Khor’s works, thoughts and feelings of the Old Playgrounds!


She definitely stood the test of time and great changes to Singapore’s society, she is still standing tall and proud today. While her surrounding HDB blocks were vacated and the authorities have future plans to redevelop the area around it, the Grand Old Dame, our Old Dragon Playground is going to continue staying around her current location and still be an iconic symbol, a mini adventure space, a heritage and cultural symbol to showcase our Singapore’s culture and community from her early days and into the future.


Whenever I revisited all the different Old Playgrounds, the feeling is always wonderful, I do miss those childhood days playing at all these old playgrounds. Many of the Old Playgrounds were gone and lost forever into our history, hopefully into books, photographs or into our beautiful memories inside our hearts. For those that still remains today in Singapore, shall we all spread a message to keep and preserve all of them? Let’s all Pass-It-On and Pay-It-Forward!

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A Tale of 2 Dragons

In the quest and journey to seek, search, document and photograph 2 significant Old Places in Singapore, of history and heritage that is part of the growth of Singapore, something that is possibly tied to the hearts of Singaporeans.

This is the tale of 2 Dragons … it forms part of the upcoming Old Places and Old Playground Photography Walkabout route

Old Dragon Playground

Old  Dragon Fountain

Are you ready for the Two Dragons to rise up again ?