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Singapore Heritage Festival 2016

The Singapore Heritage Festival 2016 was recently concluded on 15th May 2016, over a three weeks period starting on 29th April 2016. The heritage festival 2016 was packed with events, exhibitions, workshops, performances, guided tours, talks etc. I wasn’t able to attend all of them and I was only able to visit the weekend highlights on 29th April and 30th April – A Taste of Heritage at the National Museum of Singapore, on 14th May 2016, Movies Under the Ubin Stars and Music Performances @ Ubin.

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For the two Singapore Heritage Festival events that I attended, they attracted quite a big group of visitors to the event. The Taste of Heritage was really great, bringing back the food stalls that once plied their food and trade outside the National Museum of Singapore. Their popularity can be seen from the steady lines of queue for the various food stalls. Visitors at the National Museum of Singapore were treated to traditional dance performances under the stars, with strings of colourful light bulbs providing the glamorous fun night out. I would really love to buy some of those food from the stalls during A Taste of Heritage, sit on the wooden stools/benches and enjoy a night out under the city star lights. However, it was too popular and quite packed for me to buy the food and a seat under the Singapore night sky. Nevertheless, it was a great nostalgic atmosphere that I really enjoyed.

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During Singapore Heritage Festival 2016, P. Ubin played a significant role, with the island involved to be part of the Singapore Heritage festivities during 14th and 15th May 2016. During that weekend, it was an awesome opportunity for those who don’t know much about P. Ubin to visit the little island off the north-east area of Singapore and learn from the various activities and events organised for Singapore Heritage Festival 2016.

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The highlight for me was Movies Under the Ubin Stars and Music Performances @ Ubin on 14th May 2016. I went over in the late afternoon, catching the music performances @ Ubin by a few young upcoming and also some established musicians too. During the intervals, I walked around the main village area, this area seemed to have stopped in time, most of them were pretty much still in their original design and decoration. I first visited P.Ubin in 1990 during my secondary school days, while some other parts of P.Ubin had changed (quite a lot for some parts of Ubin), the main village still remains iconic and nostalgic.

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As dusk approaches, the wayang stage and the open area there came to life with visitors and the Ubin residents gathering there like the good old days watching an opera performance, except that we were watching a movie by Royston Tan, tittled “Homecoming”, a new film about Pulau Ubin by Royston Tan (world premiere). This new film is commissioned by the National Museum of Singapore for Singapore Heritage Festival 2016.

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The settings were perfect, the venue was perfect to show the “Homecoming” movie, truly and authentic, Movies Under the Ubin Stars! The P. Ubin weather was just nice in the night, cooling, refreshing after the late afternoon rain. The visitors and Ubin residents were eagerly anticipating for the start of “Homecoming”, it meant something deep down, deep inside their hearts, it meant something special to the Ubin residents and it definitely struck a deep chord inside me. “Homecoming” connects the residents to their Ubin roots and Singaporeans to the history and heritage of P.Ubin and how P.Ubin played a part in Singapore’s early nation building years. When I was watching the movie from the back of the crowds, my friend Belinda introduced me to Royston Tan! I am a big fan of his works and it was a great honour to meet him in person!

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When the movie “Homecoming” was being screened, we can hear the crowds shouting out their fellow Ubin residents’ names when their acting part came into play, acknowledging the community spirit and bonding on P.Ubin. Do we still have this community spirit and bonding in the modern Singapore society today? Would we able to bring this “Homecoming” back into our modern Singapore society?

As the movie drew to a close, the lights came up again, with a huge, loud and warm round of applause filled the Ubin village ground. This was really heartwarming! The cast and crew of “Homecoming” went up to the wayang stage, it’s like a meet the fans segment! The photography moments, taking group photos, celebrating the history and heritage of Pulau Ubin.

Leaving on the bumboat ride out of P.Ubin, on the night of 14th May 2016, this had been a great and wonderful Singapore Heritage Festival 2016, this was Homecoming to me.


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A Bird and Landscape Photography Exploration at Bidadari

The migratory bird season is here again in Singapore, with a number of migratory bird species spotted in various parts of Singapore in the month of October 2015. Bidadari Woodlands is a haven for migratory birds and there were a few of them making Bidadari Woodlands their home for their stay in Singapore to rest, recharge and refuel before continuing their flight down towards the Southern Hemisphere.

I haven’t visited Bidadari Woodlands for a period of time, visited once in the years 2013 and 2014, therefore, I decided to return back to Bidadari Woodlands to look for the migratory birds that were making headline news among the birding photography groups here in Singapore. Another key thing for me was to document and photograph more landscape scenes of Bidadari Woodlands with the Canon review camera, the Canon EOS 5DS DSLR.

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With the migratory bird location tips from fellow photographer David Tay, I knew where the Ruddy Kingfisher was “staying” in Bidadari Woodlands. When I reached there in the morning, there was a pretty big group of bird photographers photographing the beautiful Ruddy Kingfisher. While it was a bit crowded around the tree and shrubs, I managed to get some photographs of the Ruddy Kingfisher into my bird photography collection on Flickr, it’s another kingfisher ticked off my bird photography list! While it is not my best shot of this beautiful Ruddy Kingfisher, I hope to go back and photograph it again if I have the chance (and if they haven’t decide to fly off yet from Singapore!).

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After photographing the Ruddy Kingfisher, I decided to walk around Bidadari Woodlands, with the Canon EOS 5DS, photographing more landscape scenes of Bidadari Woodlands into my collection. While I was photographing the landscape shots, I was also on the lookout for the other birds residing/resting at Bidadari Woodlands. Sometimes, you can tell by a group of photographers together in a location waiting or photographing a bird. I was lucky that I was nearby to some smaller groups of photographers and when they spot some birds, the rest quickly move into position to photograph the birds in action. With that kind of assistance, I managed to photograph the Tiger Shrike and Brown Jungle Flycatcher!

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Personally, I was happy with my photography shoot on that morning at Bidadari Woodlands, I got a few bird photographs and the landscapes too. I hope to visit again if I have the chance. The beautiful and tranquil Bidadari Woodlands will be lost to re-development by the Government for public housing projects.

Soon, in the near future, the migratory birds have to find another location to stay in Singapore when they fly down away from the cold winter season. For us, Bidadari Woodlands will soon become another SG Memory, in our hearts, minds, eyes, archives, internet, social media and HDD.

For now, let’s continue to enjoy the greenery, tranquility and the birds residing at Bidadari Woodlands.


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Lego SG50 Limited Edition Mini Builds – Dragon Playground and Ice Cream Bike

The circle is now complete! After collecting two of the four Lego SG50 Limited Edition Mini Builds – HDB Block and Cable Car, I was planning and looking forward to the next two Lego SG50 Limited Edition Mini Builds – Ice Cream Bike and Dragon Playground! Just to recap on the story behind the Lego SG50 Limited Edition Singapore Icons Mini Builds, they were planned and designed to celebrate Singapore’s Golden Jubilee. There were a total of four Singapore Icons, HDB Block, Cable Car, Ice Cream Bike and Dragon Playground!

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While I really like the four Singapore Icons Mini Builds, I have to confess that my favourite ones are the Dragon Playground and Ice Cream Bike! It was definitely worth traveling to Lego Certified Store at Resorts World Sentosa and getting the Ice Cream Bike! The Lego SG50 Limited Edition Singapore Icons, HDB Block, Cable Car and Ice Cream Bike proved to be very popular and they are fully redeemed.

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The Dragon Playground is the star attraction of all the four different Singapore Icons Mini Builds! On the first day of the sale for the Dragon Playground at Raffles City, there were crowds building up to pay for their Lego purchases, people queuing up to redeem and collect their Dragon Playground set. Besides that, there were crowds inside starting to build their Dragon Playground on the spot.

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I decided that I can do it at home, therefore, I counted that my total number of Lego components are in order and in the correct proportion, based on the instruction sheets. Once the counting was done and everything in order, I went to take photos of the instruction sheets, 3 pages in total and went home happily to build it at home! I really love the Lego Dragon Playground and I am planning to bring the Lego Dragon Playground to visit the Old Dragon Playground! It’s time to plan some Lego and nostalgic Singapore Memory shoot for the Dragon Playground!

Here is my collection of the four Lego SG50 Limited Edition Singapore Icons Mini Builds! Happy Lego SG50 folks!

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Discovering 50 Made-In-Singapore Products

Dear fellow Singaporeans, let me ask you some questions. What comes to your mind when we mention Singapopre’s manufacturing industry to you? What are the products that were once manufactured or are still manufactured in Singapore?

Singapore’s economy today has changed a lot since her days of independence, while she is less of a manufacturing hub today, there is no doubt of the history, significance, importance, economic contribution, achievements and recognition of Singapore’s manufacturing industry and her contributions to the success and growth of Singapore from independence till today.

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Do you remember these names and their products? Bata shoes that you wore to primary school? Trek thumb drives? The delicious Khong Guan Biscuits in the old metal tin can? Yeo Hiap Seng Drinks, the soya bean drink in the glass bottle? Tiger Beer? Did your mum applied Axe Brand Medicated Oils when you were not feeling well?

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The above names and items are just part of the 50 Made-In-Singapore Products, that are currently on display at the National Museum of Singapore Glass Atrium from 15th July 2015 till 6th September 2015. This exhibition is a culmination of National Heritage Board (NHB) efforts since the year 2012, to research and document Singapore’s manufacturing industry. I attended a preview exhibition last year, it was an eye opener and I was looking forward to view the full exhibition! NHB collaborated with 36 partner companies that contributed their products to this exhibition.

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Let me share with you the names and products from the partners at the 50 Made-In-Singapore Products Exhibition

  1. Fashion Cluster
  2. Heng Long Tannery
  3. Kwanpen
  4. Crocodile Apparel
  5. Bibi & Baba Apparel
  6. RSIS Orchids
  7. Bata Shoes
  1. Medicine Cluster
  2. Leung Kai Fook Medical/ Axe Brand Oils
  3. Tong Family Holdings/ Chop Wah On Medicated Oils
  4. Haw Par Healthcare/ Tiger Balm
  5. Wen Ken Group/ Three Lengs Cooling Water
  6. Tai Tong Ah Co./ Double Prawn brand herbal oil

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III. Food & Beverage

  1. Boncafe International
  2. Chuen Cheong Food Industries/ Tiger brand soya sauce
  3. Amoy Canning
  4. Asia Pacific Breweries/ Tiger Beer
  5. Van Houten Chocolates
  6. Cheng Yew Heng Candy Factory
  7. Lam Soon Singapore
  8. Woh Hup Food Industries
  9. Khong Guan Biscuits
  10. Yeo Hiap Seng Drinks
  1. Household
  2. Royal Selangor (S)
  3. DFurniture (formerly Diethelem Furniture)
  4. Universal Integrated Corporation Consumer Products (UICCP)
  5. MINT Museum of Toys
  6. Lea Hin Group
  7. Energizer Holdings
  8. Kings Safety Wear
  9. Nippon Paint Singapore
  1. Electronics & IT
  2. Trek 2000 International
  3. Creative Technology
  4. Philips Electronics
  5. Hwee Seng Electronics (Robertson Amplifiers)
  1. Transport
  2. Bridgestone Tyre Sales Singapore
  3. Jardine Cycle and Carriage
  4. Vantage Automotive/ Ford Motors

When I walked through the 50 Made-In-Singapore Products Exhibition at National Museum of Singapore, it was nostaglic, invoking childhood memories. The Bata shoes, the television in the wooden box, Yeo Hiap Seng soya bean drink in glass bottle, eating Khong Guan biscuits. I also spotted the good old pressure lamp, that I used when I was a Boy Scout with the Gan Eng Seng Dragon Scout Group during camps.

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The 50 Made-In-Singapore Products Exhibition is a great event, exhibition and showcase of Singapore’s Golden Jubilee, our SG50 Celebrations. We, Singaporeans can be proud of the household names and products that were manufactured in Singapore. Singapore is a small country, no doubt about that, showcasing 50 Made-In-Singapore Products is a testimonial of Singapore’s manufacturing contributions, achievements and history.

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Dear fellow Singaporeans and friends from all over the world, visit 50 Made-In-Singapore Products Exhibition at the National Museum of Singapore Glass Atrium. Take a nostalgic and historical walk back in time to witness and enjoy the products Made-In-Singapore!


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Exploring and documenting Dakota Crescent Estate

Dakota Crescent HDB estate, tucked away in the Eastern part of Singapore, just on the edge from the outskirts of the wider Central Business District of Singapore. A unique name that actually came from a Dakota aircraft and the links to Kallang Airport from the early aviation days in Singapore. Her flats were built by SIT (Singapore Improvement Trust), the predecessor of the Housing & Development Board (HDB) in the 1950s. With her roots going back to the British Colonial days, Dakota Crescent had an aura and charm, surrounded by fellow HDB blocks of different generations around her and also private housing not too far away from her too.

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What’s the history behind the name Dakota Crescent? Researching on Google, a result came out on Wikipedia’s article – Kallang Airport. On 29th June 1946, one of the Dakota aircraft belonging to the Royal Air Force Police crashed with 20 NCOs on board at the Kallang Airport in a storm with no survivors. The nearby Dakota Crescent was named in commemoration of this disaster. Something for the history and aviation buffs, the Old Kallang Airport control tower is still around and it is located along Nicoll Highway, you can see from my photographs here when I visited it during Singapore Biennale 2011. There is a road named Old Airport Road that connects to Stadium Boulevard road, ending up at the new National Stadium and Indoor Stadium where the Kallang Basin is. This was part of the Old Kallang Airport runway if I am correct, I am still trying to find the maps/images for them!

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I had been exploring Dakota Crescent over the years, visiting once in a while to this quiet and charming location. First and foremost, the one factor that attracted me that was the Old Dove Playground, that I went to visit, explored, photographed and documented in 2011. This was the most memorable Old Playground that I grew up playing in because it was right below my block of flats in Clementi when I was staying at my Auntie’s home during my primary school days. Whenever I visit and explore Dakota Crescent, I will always make a point to visit the Old Dove Playground and just climb up and down, to bring me back to my childhood days that were carefree and fun, without the stress and pressure.

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This small housing estate is very interesting, not just the Old Dove Playground, Dakota Crescent had some wonderful and friendly cute cats! The lift that serves the Dakota Crescent block of flats is very special, so old and retro, if you are visiting Dakota Crescent, remember to take one of the old lifts and go up to the top floor to have a bird’s eye view of the whole area and landscape! Don’t be too scared by the old lift, it’s still working fine! There was an Old Provision Shop, Tian Kee & Co, that closed down not too long ago, I took a photograph of the exterior of the Old Provision Shop, the front porch of the shop after they closed their doors. Today, Tian Kee & Co is revived and brought back to life as a rustic cafe, do check them out on Facebook! I will visit them soon, to sit down and relax in the rustic, retro and quiet old Dakota Crescent estate! When I visit Tian Kee & Co, I will take the opportunity to take more photographs of Dakota Crescent and adding it to my Flickr collection!

What lies ahead for the future of Dakota Crescent? With Singapore’s thirst for land, redevelopment, commercialisation, modernisation and building taller skyscrapers, many places were gone forever. I hope that this part of Singapore’s history, the SIT flats can survive and we have a physical and tangible presence to tell the nation building stories to our future generations and beyond. Oh yes, we have to keep the Old Dove Playground, it is the lone surviving Old Dove Playground in Singapore currently!

Do visit Dakota Crescent estate and explore, it’s like going back in time!


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Reliving the Memories of Haw Par Villa

Haw Par Villa, affectionately known as Tiger Balm Garden to the older generation and to those who had the memory of remembering her maiden name, is located in the western part of Singapore. The charm, aura and significance of Haw Par Villa had kind of faded away in time during Singapore’s rise and expansion in the past few decades. Do you remember when was the last time you visited Haw Par Villa ? Or have you visited Haw Par Villa before ? I remembered visiting Haw Par Villa when I was a young boy during the early 1980s, it was pretty scary for a young boy when I visited Haw Par Villa because the statues and figurines were pretty frightening whom knew nothing at that time. For many years, I didn’t go back at all to Haw Par Villa and it went through a number of changes over the past two decades.

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Today, I will bring you through my eyes and stories, reliving the Memories of Haw Par Villa, adding on to my coverage and documentation of Old Places in Singapore. Haw Par Villa is a hidden gem in Singapore making a comeback in sharing her history, heritage and culture, that she thoroughly deserves for making and allowing the public to access the gardens owned by the Aw family in the 1930s. Haw Par Villa was built by Aw Boon Haw as a gift for his brother, Aw Boon Par, in 1937, to match his wealth and social status. The Aw family held strong Chinese values and wanted to share with the people, therefore, Boon Haw created a recreational space for the locals to come, enjoy and learn about strong Chinese values and beliefs. The gardens was opened to the public and they were able to be educated about strong traditional Chinese values and beliefs. There were many sculptures and dioramas teaching Chinese mythology, classic stories, traditional Chinese values, religion, philosophy, filial piety and beliefs, showcasing Confucianism, Buddhism and Taoism. Over the decades, Boon Haw added more interesting and informative exhibits and sculptures to Haw Par Villa before his passing in 1954. The Government acquired back the land in 1985 and was renamed Dragon World in 1990 as a theme park. The theme park wasn’t successful and Haw Par Villa was returned back to the Government in 2001.

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As part of Singapore Tourism Board – Tourism 50, we are reminiscing Singapore’s heritage attraction, Reliving the Memories of Haw Par Villa. When I went back to Haw Par Villa on 16th March 2014 to Relive the Memories of Haw Par Villa, I realised there were so much history, heritage and culture inside Haw Par Villa that eluded Singaporeans and international visitors. Haw Par Villa showcases beyond Confucianism, Buddhism and Taoism. It was full of history, story telling and folklore and sharing cultures from other countries. When you walked through the grand entrance of Haw Par Villa and walked uphill, you will be entering a realm of mystical wonders and discoveries.

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Have you heard of classic Chinese tales Journey to the West? How about Madam White Snake? Do you know what happens to you (for the traditional Chinese belief) when you die? What is life beyond death? Have you heard of the Ten Courts of Hell? Some of the teachings and sculptures can be pretty scary and frightening yet it’s a big eye-opener to learn more in-depth about our Chinese culture, Taoist, Buddhist and Confucianist principles. The writings and shadings can go and on here, lengthy in words at times, therefore, the most ideal way is to visit the Ten Courts of Hell at Haw Par Villa. Yes, you are “walking into and through Hell” at Haw Par Villa and the life lessons learned will be priceless.

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At the end of my “traveling, walking into and through the Ten Courts of Hell”, the final no. 10 Court of Hell was where “we were given a chance to reincarnate” and given another lifetime, another chance again. This was the time for some self-reflection and I “received” my enlightenment as I left the Ten Courts of Hell, awed and enlightened by the Aw family legacy and what they did for the public in the early days of Singapore’s history and development.

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Haw Par Villa, Singapore’s heritage attraction park, so rich and colourful in history, heritage and culture, imparting strong values, philosophy and teachings to all who visited Haw Par Villa. Looking back in time at Haw Par Villa, while she had changed and transformed a lot over the decades, her strengths, origins and values are still around today to pass on the knowledge, history, culture and values to the future generations of Singapore. I am  very happy that I am able to Relive the Memories of Haw Par Villa, with my thoughts and photographs here. I will go back again to photograph more in details and close up of the sculptures and dioramas inside Haw Par Villa and continue to share the beauty, richness and values of Haw Par Villa!

If you are keen to relive the Memories of Haw Par Villa, there are many exciting activities and organised tours on Saturday 22nd March 2014 and Sunday 23rd March 2014, check out Reliving Haw Par Villa for more details!


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Tiong Bahru Air Raid Shelter Heritage Tour

In one of Singapore’s oldest housing estates, Tiong Bahru, there lies a very interesting place/trail that not many Singaporeans know about that is right beneath their homes. Located at Blk 78 Guan Chuan Street lies an air raid shelter that is 1,500 sqm in floor size! The Tiong Bahru Air Raid Shelter was first opened to the public for guided tours in 2013, I didn’t manage to join the guided tour and visit the Air Raid Shelter. When National Heritage Board (NHB) organised guided tours for February 8th and 15th 2014, I managed to sign up for the last tour on 15th February 2014 and it was an eye opener to learn and know more about Singapore’s past, and explored a significant part of Singapore’s history that not many knew about.

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The Air Raid Shelter at Blk 78 Guan Chuan Street is of great importance and significance because it is the only public housing building by the Singapore Improvement Trust to have an Air Raid Shelter built as part of its design and it is also the last remaining pre-war civilian Air Raid Shelter still in existence today (Source: National Heritage Board)

Joining a group of heritage enthusiasts in the guided heritage walk inside the Tiong Bahru Air Raid Shelter, I got to see what it could be like during World War 2 when the bombs were dropping on Singapore. Our heritage guide was enthusiastic and knowledgeable in sharing her research and stories about the Tiong Bahru Air Raid Shelter with the participants. Walking inside the Air Raid Shelter can be pretty stuffy and perspiring, due to the limited ventilation outlets, this allowed the participants to have a feel and idea of how the people felt when they were hiding inside the Air Raid Shelter during World War 2 when the Japanese bombed Singapore. It wasn’t comfortable and with the bombing above them, those were indeed very tough and dark times during Singapore’s history that we must not forget.

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As the guided tour finished, I added another tick to my list of Old Places Exploration in Singapore. The guided tour was enriching and an eye-opener to the history and heritage of Singapore that we must preserve and conserve. Joining heritage tours organised by NHB gave me more details and knowledge beyond history books and websites, the tours gave me a feel of our history, heritage and stories behind them.

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For more information on Tiong Bahru Air Raid Shelter, you can check out the link here to NHB website. Do keep a look out on NHB and I Love Museum websites when they announce guided tours for Tiong Bahru Air Raid Shelter in the future!


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Old Playgrounds: Watermelon Playground

The Old Watermelon Playground, located in the Tampines HDB Heartlands, the Eastern side of Singapore. This small and colourful playground belongs to the later era of the Old Playgrounds designs, that were dominated by the Dragon Playgrounds, Pelican and Dove Playgrounds in various parts of Singapore. The Watermelon Playground is also part of the newer HDB Housing Estates that emerged in the later part of the 1980s and early 1990s.

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When we were exploring the Old Playgrounds in the Eastern side of Singapore, this was the third Old Playground out of four Old Playgrounds that we went to photograph and document during that day. The Old Bumboat Playground and the Old Elephant Playground are not too far away from Tampines HDB Heartlands, in the nearby Pasir Ris Heartlands. The Old Mangosteen Playground is the fourth Old Playground that is also located in the same area as the Old Watermelon Playground and I will write about it at a later point in time. At the Old Watermelon Playground, it’s no longer a sand pit and it’s a rubber mat instead. Climbing up the steps to play the slide and sitting on the swing, it sure brings back the fun and nostalgic childhood memories.

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The Old Watermelon Playground, like the rest of the other Old Playgrounds that I photographed and documented over time in my Flickr collection. The Old Watermelon Playground may look small relative to the bigger Old Playgrounds, however, they all played a part in the growth and development of modern Singapore. The cultural spirit and lessons that the Old Playgrounds taught us cannot be underestimated and that is something so special about all the Old Playgrounds that still holds inside our hearts dearly.

For those who grew up along with the Old Playgrounds, how have they touched you in any ways?


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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!

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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!

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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.

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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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Old Playgrounds: Bumboat Playground

The Old Bumboat Playground, located in the Eastern end of Singapore, inside Pasir Ris HDB Estate (the Old Bumboat Playground is located beside Ellias Mall). This is probably one of the newer playground among the Old Playgrounds in Singapore because Pasir Ris HDB Estate was developed at later stage as compared to other HDB Estates in other parts of Singapore. The Old Bumboat Playground reflects an integral part of Singapore’s history, heritage and culture, for her status as an internationally renowned harbour and Pasir Ris HDB Estate being very close to the sea and her activities around the Pasir Ris area.

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My photography adventure to document and photograph the Old Playgrounds in Singapore was a fun and exciting adventure. When I reached the Old Bumboat Playground, it was great to see Old Playgrounds filled with sand, they are the types of playgrounds that I fondly grew up with. While I never really played at the Bumboat Playground since I am more familiar with the slightly older designs such as Pelican Playground and Dove Playground. There were some distinct features of the Old Playgrounds and they were slides in many of the Old Playground designs, along with steps/ladders to climb up and down the Old Playgrounds.

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While I was playing at the Old Bumboat Playground when I was there taking photographs and memories, it was really nostalgic and going back in time to my childhood days, when things were a lot more carefree, fun and a lot less stressful than the society of today. What is the future for this Old Bumboat Playground?Along with the other Old Playgrounds that I had covered over time, I hope that they will keep it preserved for the future generations, something historical and significant heritage that built the culture and Singapore society.

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The Old Playgrounds are beautiful and fun, do go out there and enjoy the outdoor fun! No matter young or old, I believe you will love our Old Playgrounds! If you visit the Old Playgrounds, share the memories with your family, loved ones and friends! Let’s keep the spirit of fun, play and adventure with our Old Playgrounds!


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