thelongnwindingroad.wordpress.com Archives - 01 August 2015, Saturday

  • #Singapore's next national #monument (to be gazetted on 6 Aug) The palace of an empire lost

    palace of an empire lost

    It was to the promise that was the territory of Johor that Tengku Ali (later Sultan Ali Iskandar Shah), Hussein’s son, probably arrived in Singapore to stake his claim on his late father’s estate. While he was successful in seeking recognition as his father’s successor, the title of S...

  • last puppet show

    At its height in Singapore, its performances would have attracted many off the streets, although intended primarily as entertainment to the deities. Troupes such as Sin Sai Poh Hong were kept busy through the year and would on the average, be engaged ten days in a month, providing suf...

  • naval powers collide at Changi

    There were also the ships of some of the navies whose presence in the region helps maintain a balance, chief among them the United States Navy (USN), which was the foreign navy with the largest number of ships at Changi Naval Base with two surface ships and a submarine. These were the...

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  • Forgotten with time: Chong Pang Village

    I am nursing a swollen jaw at home from wisdom tooth surgery, but just have to reply to your blog! A friend forwarded it – you have no idea what a walk down memory lane it was for me. I spent a good part of my childhood living right at the very end of Chong Pang Road itself, and have ...

  • magical hill with a fairy-tale like mansion that was Mount Sophia

    Thank you so much for writing about Mount Sophia Road where I had spent 10 years of my childhood. The ‘demise’ of Eu Villa is still the greatest disaster in our conservation history. I only found out recently that the architect who built Eu Villa was the same genius who built Raffles ...

  • The launch of Independence via @JeromeKG

    launch of Independence

    The RSS Independence, the first of the new class of eight LMVs, is being built as a replacement to the eleven surviving PVs. The aptly named Independence, launched in the year Singapore celebrates 50 years of nationhood by Mrs Ivy Ng – the wife of Defence Minister Dr Ng Eng Hen, is be...

  • Changi Village that I loved

    Thanks very much for the walk down memory lane on our beloved Changi Village where my siblings and I grew up while attending our formative years at TPS (Telok Paku Pr. Schl.) The memory seems vivid and yes indeed, I was in the same clique as Florence Loi, Tan Eai Tin, Wan Eai Goh (btw...

  • #Singapore Keeping the fire burning ...: One of the last two dragons of Singapore, the Thow Kw... #h1n1 #swineflu

    Keeping the fire burning

    One of the last two dragons of Singapore, the Thow Kwang dragon kiln, was brought to life over the weekend, its flames fed by a team of potters and volunteers working through the night. The use of such kilns, a tradition imported by the Teochew community, served a necessary purpose in...

  • The Singapore skateboard ban of 1978: via @JeromeKG

    skateboard ban of 1978

    Passing by Somerset Skate Park and watching a skateboarder in action, I was reminded of a time when skateboards first made an appearance in Singapore some three and a half decades or so in early 1976. Then, there were no skate parks catering to skateboarders to speak of and many would...

  • RAF Seletar’s last barrack block |

    Abandoned by its one-time companions, which I am told in the days of 160 Squadron would have included a parade square in its shadow, as well as building housing the squadron headquaters, the ops room and also hangars where the guns were stored across the Piccadilly, Block 450 now stan...

  • So, what’s next for the Rail Corridor?

    So, what’s next for the Rail Corridor? |

    Having had a glance at the pre-qualification submissions made of the selected teams, what does seem encouraging is that there has been a lot of thought put in not just in retaining as much of the Rail Corridor’s natural environment, but also in enhancing it. The natural environment is...

  • Monday not so blue

    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. ...

  • glow in the park

    The monuments on the hill to the garrison no one imagined could be defeated, were less forbidding. In former barracks block, then converted into the “world’s largest squash centre”, Singapore Squash Centre, one was never without company. Established in 1977 when the game of squash rac...

  • Sharing an interesting article from heritage mentor, Jerome Lim....

    A vestige of 16th Century Singapura?

    There is a suggestion that is offered by a Radin Mas heritage guide which is put together by the Radin Mas Citizens’s Consultative Community, that the burial site was set up in 1530 by Sultan Alaudin Riayat Shah II – who established the Johor Sultanate out of the ruins of the Melaka S...

  • National Gallery, naked

    It has been a long four and a half years since two architectural icons of a lost age went into hiding, cloaked for a large part in a dark shroud. That was to permit a huge and costly transformation of the two, the old Supreme Court and the City Hall, to be performed, a transformation ...

  • The last of the grand Teochew mansions

    last of the grand Teochew mansions

    The house is a traditional southern Chinese courtyard house, one of a handful that were built in Singapore in the 19th century, a fact that makes its survival all that more remarkable. Built from 1882-1885 for a wealthy Teochew merchant, Tan Yeok Nee, its stands today as the last of i...

  • The oldest public library building, conservation, and a hornbill

    oldest public library building, conservation, and a hornbill

    One of the few reminders of the old Queenstown town centre still left standing, the Queenstown Public Library commemorated a milestone on Saturday when it celebrated it 45th birthday. The library, Singapore’s oldest branch library, is also housed in a conserved public building that, u...

  • old university town of Alcalá de Henares |

    I love old university towns and I got to have a look at one of Spain’s oldest, Alcalá de Henares, quite recently. The university established there had its origins in 1293 as Estudio de Escuelas Generales de Alcalá and became the University of Compultense (Universitas Complutensis) in ...

  • Panguni Uthiram 2015 in photos

    Panguni Uthiram 2015 in photos

    Panguni Uthiram, a Hindu festival similar in the way it is celebrated to the better known Thaipusam, is celebrated during the full moon in the Tamil month of Panguni (which falls in March or April). In Singapore, the tradition is observed at the Holy Tree Sri Balasubramaniar temple , ...

  • A look at the very grand Command House #singapore #monument #heritage #architecture #sgmemory

    very grand house that Brewer built

    Laid out on a “butterfly plan”, commonly seen in the architecture of the early Arts and Crafts movement, the mansion and its beautiful grounds must be as perfect a spot as any in Singapore for a dream wedding. While that may not be possible today given the current use of Command House...

  • Nice pictures of the southern islands Hope to visit more some day (except Sudong itself I guess)

    Pulau Sudong

    The ride which took a little more than an hour, provided me with an excellent opportunity to have a look at the massive changes to the waters around the south west of Singapore. What greets the eye immediately upon leaving the ferry terminal is the reclamation taking place off Pasir P...

  • A paddle through the magical watery woods

    The process of acquainting myself with the shores of Singapore for a project I am working on, Points of Departure , has provided me with some incredible experiences. One that I was especially grateful to have had was the experience of paddling through a green watery space that is almo...

  • Stumbling upon a Tiger’s lair …

    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. ...

  • Mount Washington, an old world restored

    Mount Washington, an old world restored

    It will probably come as no surprise the elevated and lush green surroundings provided by the south facing slopes of Singapore’s southern ridges, with the magnificent views of the coastline it offers, plays host to several palatial residences of an old and forgotten Singapore. One tha...

  • A last cup of kopi-o at Blk 398 Canteen

    The area the canteen is in is now undergoing yet another transition, one which will see the biggest transformation of the area since work commenced on RAF Seletar in the 1920s. The transformation will see the Jurong Town Corporation’s (JTC) Seletar Aerospace Park built over much of th...

  • Digging the Empress up in search of Singapura

    Digging the Empress up in search of Singapura

    The dig, right in a place that when I first came to know it was a car park, has unearthed artefacts that are thought to be highly significant that could possible date as far back as the 14th century. The finds in a previously archaeologically unexplored site, include pieces of porcela...

  • All aboard the RSS Endurance

    Besides taking those on the voyage to some of the operational areas on board, the visit also allowed us to see one of the RSS Endurance’s most important rooms, especially in the context of the Singaporean who tends to live to eat more than to eat to live – the galley. The galley, we l...

  • Still in the dark, where the darkness began this Sunday, 73 years ago

    Much of the area today is still shrouded in darkness. Cut-off from the rest of Singapore by its relative inaccessibility and isolation – much of it is off limits as a large part of it lies within the Live Firing Area (and even where it isn’t, there is a fence intended to keep the new ...

  • magazine under Talbot’s Hill |

    Talbot’s Hill and the surviving magazine under it now lies well within a fenced up area of land, which was returned to the State by MINDEF when the depot was decommissioned in 2002. Access to it is only via the NHB tours, being organised as part of a Battle of Singapore commemoration ...

  • Sand and a sargassum sea

    One particularly outlandish sight is that of a yellowish green sea, under which one of the submerged reefs, Terumbu Hantu, just west of the island of Pulau Hantu. While it probably cannot be described as a pretty sight, especially with the high chance of stepping on a venomous creatur...