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Described in its early days as an area of picturesque loveliness, MacRitchie Reservoir and its surroundings, remains today an area in Singapore to find an ...

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  • Finding joy in a space in which Joy was bottled

    Finding joy in a space in which Joy was bottled

    Disused spaces bring great joy, even as in the case of the former National Aerated Water Co’s bottling plant at 3MS Serangoon Road, the paraphernalia associated its use has long been removed. There is much to learn from the spaces, especially those that were conceived with little in w...

  • Yay! The former National Aerated Water Co. plant is being conserved!

    Yay! The former National Aerated Water Co. plant is being conserved!

    The main building of the former National Aerated Water Factory at 1177 Serangoon Road will be gazetted for conservation by the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA). Recognising the building’s heritage value, its role as a landmark in the area and the social memories it holds for the co...

  • mysterious peaks we sing of in “Di Tanjong Katong” | The Long

    The guidebooks point to Dabo’s religious buildings as its tourist sights. The town’s mosque is impressive, as is a large Chinese temple. The temple, the Klenteng Cetiya Dharma Ratna, and a large building in the vicinity in which the local Chinese association is housed, suggests that t...

  • Saving Haw Par Villa from (certain) Death

    Developed by Mr Aw Boon Haw and spread over the sprawling grounds of a magnificent seven-domed villa by the sea he had built in 1937 for his younger brother Boon Par, it was not Mr Aw’s intention to have hell or for that matter, death, celebrated in the garden. Mr Aw had the grounds d...

  • Christmas came early

    Christmas came early

    An early Christmas present – the wonderful combination of colours that painted this morning’s sky, taken at 6.47 am from the Beaulieu Jetty at Sembawang Park. The view is of the Tebrau Strait towards Pasir Gudang in Johor on the left of the photograph and the former Kampong Wak Hassan...

  • The haunted island in Northwest Singapore and its laird

    haunted island in Northwest Singapore and its laird

    Mr Goodall arrived at our shores as part of his deployment when he was in the service with the Manchester Regiment in the early 1900s but left soon after as “soldiering in the east did not appeal to me”. He visited the island regularly for picnics from 1923 to 1932 and as the “Robinso...

  • Dakota at the crossroads

    It is good to hear that some of Old Kallang Airport Estate , Dakota Crescent as it is now commonly referred to, is being retained. The estate is the last of those built by the Singapore Improvement Trust (SIT) in the 1950s in which the first attempts were made to introduce high-rise p...

  • Laksa’s origins will surprise you |

    I’ve always enjoyed a bowl of laksa. The dish, which has an amazing range of equally delectable localised variations, brings great comfort and joy to many in Malaysia, parts of Indonesia and Singapore. There is perhaps no other dish that can so strongly be identified with a locality. ...

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