thelongnwindingroad.wordpress.com Archives - 27 June 2016, Monday

  • Update on closure of the Rail Corridor

    Update on closure of the Rail Corridor

    The first stretch of the Rail Corridor affected by the Murnane Pipeline Project , will be hoarded up and closed from Monday 27 June 2016. The stretch is from Holland Rd (near Greenleaf Estate) to Tanglin Halt Road (including the former Rail Corridor Art Space ). Exact dates for the cl...

  • Well Well Well – A Natural Resource Lost https://t.co/wMHANlIhWD

    Well Well Well – A Natural Resource Lost |

    The method of drawing water at our place was with a metal (galvanised iron) bucket attached to a fibre rope with a big knot at the free end to prevent the rope from slipping though our hands. Some wells had a pulley system hung across the well but that meant having to reach out to the...

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  • A visit to a charcoal factory

    A visit to a charcoal factory

    I was rather surprised to hear that it was in fact the Japanese that brought in the charcoal making techniques that are employed at Kuala Sepetang during the occupation. This process, involves the heating of the kilns – in which logs are positioned vertically on blocks of clay to keep...

  • The moon between the coconut palms

    moon between the coconut palms

    Digital Photography has indeed simplified the task of producing quality images of the moon. The ability to mount my old 600 mm manual mirror lens to the body of my DSLR has allowed me to capture some good images indeed. However to push the challenge further I have for past few years b...

  • #Singapore #LeonardoDaVinci #exhibition #DamaDallaReticellaDiPerle #AmbrogioDePredis #painting

    When the lights go out

    “More than any other figure in history, Leonardo da Vinci represents the unity of art and science. Therefore, it is a great privilege to be able to bring a new collection of da Vinci’s masterpieces to ArtScience Museum, as part of this groundbreaking exhibition. What is particularly e...

  • Horses dancing on the Istana’s lawn |

    One of the memories that connects me to Tanah Merah, a magical place that I dearly miss by the sea, is of seeing what had first appeared to me to be grown men at play on cardboard horses. Tanah Merah was a wondrous place to me, not just because of that little moment of magic, but also...

  • Goodbye for now my friend

    Goodbye for now my friend

    Like a thief in the night, change in Singapore comes swiftly and suddenly. One big change, albeit temporarily, that will soon be upon us, involves yet another space I have a fondness for. This is the stretch of the former rail corridor between Bukit Timah Road and Holland Road. The gr...

  • A time machine to the Singapore of the 60s

    Besides those in and around the Naval Base, Mr. Ayres captures include many other places that featured in my younger days; places in and around the city centre, then referred to as Singapore, as well as a few far flung places such as Changi. There are also scenes found in the set take...

  • Drama on the Straits of Johor

    Drama on the Straits of Johor

    The Sumatras, squalls that blow rapidly in from the west, can sometimes add to the drama of the lightening skies at dawn. Such was the case this morning on the Straits of Johor, as observed from Beaulieu Jetty in Sembawang at first light. It didn’t take long however for the scene to t...

  • Getai night on Pulau Ubin

    A large crowd, one not normally associated with Pulau Ubin on a Wednesday, turned up on the island last evening for the final night of the annual Tua Pek Kong festival. The last night, has in more recent times been marked with a getai (歌台) performance. Crude and somewhat kitsch, Getai...

  • Singapore in the 1960s – three blasts from the past |

    The first is a video posted online by Gary Porter on the Memories of Singapore Facebook group that shows the National Theatre crescent-shaped fountain, the fountain at Holland Circus and a gathering of hawkers. The second is an excerpt from a French / Italian 1967 movie Cinq gars pour...

  • Another Ubin celebration

    festivities in honour of the Taoist deity Tua Pek Kong are taking place at Pulau Ubin, a celebration of a different kind was being held in another part of the island at the Ubin Living Lab . Graced by Senior Minister of State (Home Affairs and National Development) Desmond Lee, the ev...

  • Ubin comes alive

    Photographs taken mainly of the Teochew opera performance held on the first day of festivities this year (20 May 2016). The main festivities of the annual celebration take place today, the day of the full moon. The event lasts until Wednesday and will see nightly Teochew Opera perform...

  • full moon of the fourth month on Ubin

    For a few days around the full moon of the fourth month of the Chinese calendar, Pulau Ubin comes alive for a huge religious celebration held in honour of the popular Taoist deity Tua Pek Kong. The festival offers a glimpse into a Singapore that no longer exists and is a reminder of d...

  • Windows into the past: where Percival and a President once resided

    Now in use as the UBS Business University, the house has had a colourful past that goes far back beyond its use by the Republic’s Head of State, much of which can be found in a previous post: The very grand house that Brewer built . Built in 1938 in a style influenced by the Arts and ...

  • @JuriaTRM about the visit:

    Psst … guess who dropped in today? |

    The most notable visitor we had was none other than HM Queen Elizabeth II, who dropped in on the afternoon of 18 February 1972. It was an occasion that deserved quite a fair bit of preparation, and there were several interviews and briefings before on areas such as security and protoc...

  • Celebrating Places and Memories – a photo contest by SLA https://t.co/4KDCpFFcjl

    Celebrating Places and Memories – a photo contest by SLA |

    Note: Other than the open house at Tanjong Pagar Railway Station (another will be held on Vesak Day, 21 May 2016), SLA intends to hold open houses at two other properties to allow would be participants of the photo contest to photograph them. These will be at the very grand former Com...

  • Japanese school at Waterloo Street

    The school was closed at the outbreak of hostilities in 1941, before being restarted as the Syonan First Peoples’ School during the occupation. Taken over by the British Military Administration after the surrender in 1945, it was used temporarily to house a recreation centre for soldi...

  • Kaki lima

    The idea of the five-foot-way as an architectural feature was to provide a continuous sheltered walkway and as a space where trades could operate and has been attributed to Sir Stamford Raffles. He had it stipulated in the 1822 Jackson Town Plan that he oversaw, requiring that “all ho...

  • Northern light

    At least nine Dragon (or Snake) Kilns were once found along the 13th to 18th Milestones of Jurong Road, attracted by the availability of Jurong White Clay - ideal material for clay latex cups. The cups were fired by the kilns to feed a huge demand from the rubber estates in the area. ...

  • Lessons from the tuck shop

    Lessons from the tuck shop

    Having spent twelve years in the same school I should have more vivid memories of my school days. But all I have are snippets here and there and a few photographs as reminders. But what I clearly remember is that the majority of my schoolmates came from similar “rustic” backgrounds. P...

  • A last battleline b4 the #fallofSingapore

    Not all Black and White at Mount Pleasant

    Jon Cooper paints a picture of the events of the last days leading up to what does seem to have taken place on the morning of 15th February 1942, the day of the surrender, in a video that relates to a dig carried out at #159 early this year. Meeting with stiff resistance from the Camb...

  • The charcoal shop

    charcoal shop

    Shops such these were commonplace in days when charcoal fired just about anything. From stoves and clothing irons in homes, to the ovens and furnaces of commercial establishments, the reach of charcoal then exceeded beyond that of gas and electricity. Demand fell with resettlement and...

  • The red tongued dog reinterpreted

    red tongued dog reinterpreted

    Hokkien for “Red Tongued Dog”, Ang Ji Gao is a reference to the wolf mark placed that has been found on Guinness Singapore edition’s labels since the 1880s. On sale for a period of two months or whilst stocks last, the labels for the limited edition’s bottles and cans will feature a r...

  • unseen passageway in the National Gallery

    One of the functional spaces now can a glimpse of within the former Supreme Court in its reincarnation as a wing of the National Gallery Singapore, are the two prisoner cells. Once part of what I often refer to as the caged passageway – a unseen network of spaces under the courtrooms ...

  • rail corridor at the halt at Tanglin

    Already, we have all but forgotten it as a train stop, Tanglin Halt; even if this is remembered in the name of the adjacent public housing neighbourhood. Lines also branched off in the area, serving the British military at Wessex Estate and at Ayer Rajah. The stop, the branch lines, a...

  • Revisiting Commonwealth and Holland Village

    A chance to revisit Queenstown and learn more about it came recently when I participated in an introductory My Queenstown heritage tour of Holland Village and Commonwealth. The tour, which started at Chip Bee Gardens, took a path that ended in the unreal world of palatial homes that l...

  • Good Friday at a slice of Portugal in Singapore

    Good Friday at a slice of Portugal in Singapore

    The Portuguese Church, as the Church of St. Joseph’s at Victoria Street is referred to, is where the religious traditions of the Portuguese Eurasian community in Singapore are kept alive. It is every year on Good Friday, a day of fasting, reflection and prayer, that we see the most co...

  • full moon of Panguni

    The full moon of the Tamil month of Panguni paints the Sembawang area with the colours of a Hindu festival, Panguni Uthiram, celebrated by the Holy Tree Sri Balasubramaniar Temple. The celebration of the festival, which involves a street procession of kavadis, is a tradition that date...

  • Northern Singapore’s chariot procession https://t.co/CrqDB4Vxn5

    Northern Singapore’s chariot procession |

    Colouring the evening in a prelude to the Hindu celebration of Panguni Uthiram in Singapore is the procession of the silver chariot. Carrying the image of Lord Murugan, it makes a journey from the Sree Maha Mariamman Temple to the Holy Tree Sri Balasubramaniar Temple, stopping at desi...