thelongnwindingroad.wordpress.com Archives - 03 December 2016, Saturday

  • Tigers, elephants, rambutans and Xu Beihong in a garden of foolish indulgences

    What is perhaps most interesting is the links the land has with a certain Han Wai Toon. Han, a Hainanese immigrant who arrived at our shores in 1915, purchased 2 1/2 acres in 1936 for some $700 and embarked on a quest to cultivate trees that would yield the perfect rambutan – as resea...

  • Singapore’s oldest Catholic church now looks like its newest |

    As it turned out, the repair effort was quite timely. Columns supporting the pediment at the cathedral’s Victoria Street end gave way as the building was in the late stages of repair on 3 September 2015. Fortunately, the incident – which also saw the pediment come crashing down – happ...

  • A Merry Medley at the Flower Dome

    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. ...

  • Fireworks tonight at the Singapore Discovery Centre

    Fireworks tonight at the Singapore Discovery Centre

    A carnival-like atmosphere awaits visitors to the Singapore Discovery Centre (SDC) today as it celebrates its 20th anniversary with a big birthday bash that will culminate with a burst of fireworks at 8 pm this evening at the close of the party. As part of its celebrations, a special ...

  • We have lift-off, NASA – A Human Adventure opens today |

    Space exploration, fuelled by the cold war rivalry between the United States and the Soviet Union, made significant progress in the 1950s and 1960s. As a child of the 1960s, I was caught up in its excitement of it and especially of its most significant outcome – the landing of the fir...

  • The road to perdition

    to perdition

    The relentless pace of development is fast catching up with the few bits of mainland Singapore that has been spared from the clutter found across too much of Singapore such as at so-called Canberra (displaced from Canberra Road from where its name would have been derived) at Sembawang...

  • Singapore on a rain washed morning

    Singapore on a rain washed morning

    They may cause some inconvenience, but the rains that come with the arrival of the northeast monsoons in Singapore are welcomed for the air of cool and freshness that they bring. I am one who takes great joy in their arrival and find reason to celebrate the downpours as much as I did ...

  • Singapore on a moonlit night

    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. ...

  • The Singapore Biennale 2016

    Singapore Biennale 2016

    The 5th edition of the Singapore Biennale,”An Atlas of Mirrors”, opened last week. Running until 26 February 2017, this year’s edition features works by 63 artists and art collectives from 19 countries and territories across Southeast Asia, East and South Asia that have a strong eleme...

  • gun battery set up for the defence of Singapore at Pengerang

    Hidden in the vegetation on a knoll just by the Tanjung Pengelih Jetty in Pengerang is the little that remains of a 6″ gun battery that was set up for the defence of Singapore in the 1930s. The battery was one of several that came under the Changi Command. Positioned at the southeaste...

  • In Singapore: The amazing human tower builders of Catalonia

    A Catalonian tradition that dates back to the 1700s, a human tower or castell building performance is being seen for the first time in Southeast in Asia. One of the many rich and interesting cultural practices of Spain as a whole, and of Catalonia, the tradition – usually performed on...

  • Ancient music in Jackie Chan’s ancient houses https://t.co/oFU4CKso6u

    Ancient music in Jackie Chan’s ancient houses |

    There are also two structures, complementing parts of a Ming dynasty house and a Qing dynasty house, that have been put together in the setting of a lake. Featuring a mix of old and new in the glass panels that keep the air-conditioning in, the parts which have only a small difference...

  • A forgotten corner of Thomson Road

    A forgotten corner of Thomson

    Tucked away in an obscure corner of Thomson Road and Thomson Lane is the Lee Ah Mooi Old Age Home, sitting on a site whose significance has long been forgotten. Operating in a cluster of single-storey blocks of a style reminiscent of schools of the 1950s, the layout of the home points...

  • Welcoming the stars of the Big Dipper

    The Nine Emperor Gods festival is especially interesting. The celebration proper begins with an invitation to the gods – nine stars of the Big Dipper, to descend to earth for an annual sojourn. The often very elaborate invitation ceremony is traditionally held on the eve of the 1st da...

  • Fishy business at Changi Creek

    Fishy business at Changi Creek

    One part of the village that has been spared from being overly manicured and also from the madding nasi-lemak seeking crowds that descend on the village especially during the weekends crowds, is the area around the creek. Here, one finds a world with much soul in it, coloured by the g...

  • Light at the end of a tunnel

    Light at the end of a tunnel

    Large parts of the abandoned line have since been built over, although several sections of it, including a series of steel and concrete bridges and sections of tracks can still be found. The tunnels, all of which were constructed by Hong Guan Construction Engineering Co. Ltd. and line...

  • Exploring emptiness: Kamolpan Chotvichai’s Fragility of the Self https://t.co/ubvL50wanN

    Exploring emptiness: Kamolpan Chotvichai’s Fragility of the Self |

    An interesting exhibition that will open at the Sundaram Tagore Gallery at Gillman Barracks this evening is emerging Thai artist Kamolpan Chotvichai’s “Fragility of the Self “. The solo exhibition features thought provoking works each of which is an image of the artist’s body with par...

  • The last, and a soon to be lost countryside

    last, and a soon to be lost countryside

    Once a rubber estate of more than 30,000 trees, the grounds grew from an initial 98 hectares that the original turf club purchased in 1929 to the 141 hectares by the time the club’s successor vacated it, spread across what has been described as “lush and undulating terrain”. By this t...

  • The three last stages of Singapore

    three last stages of Singapore

    – as the various genres of Chinese opera practiced here have come to be referred to, has long since dwindled and have largely been replaced by entertainment forms that reflect the national desire to abandon age-old practices. But this isn’t quite what is to blame for the disappearance...

  • 10 reasons (out of possibly thousands more) to want to win that trip to Spain

    Spain with its rich history, diverse cultural and culinary influences and its much varied geography, is a country that offers a wealth of experiences to the traveller. There are many reasons to want to visit it, much more than the ten that follow and you now have a chance to find that...

  • rainbow connection

    A rainbow appears over the “Rainbow Flats”, as Rochor Centre is sometimes referred to, as if to say goodbye on the morning of 14 September 2016. Built to house residents and business displaced by urban redevelopment in the late 1970s, the Housing and Development Board built podium res...

  • Mid-autumn at the Siong Lim

    Mid-autumn at the Siong Lim

    Illuminated by the glow of a one of the more tasteful displays of lanterns I have seen in Singapore, the Siong Lim temple in Toa Payoh (or Lian Shan Shuang Lin Monastery) provides a most beautiful setting in which to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival. The display, at what is Singapore...

  • An enlightened reflection

    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. ...

  • A fiery September’s evening https://t.co/NQ1GlYJidf

    A fiery September’s evening |

    There may perhaps be anger felt at the uncertainty for the future that temple itself faces. The land on which it sits on has long since been acquired for redevelopment by the Housing and Development Board (HDB) and the temple operates on it only through a Temporary Occupation License....

  • Vintage Cars at Dempsey Hill

    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. ...

  • Dali at the REDSEA

    The exhibition will provide an opportunity to hear from Pierre Argillet’s daughter, Christine, whose summers spent in the company of Dali has allowed her to gain an intimate understanding of the artist and the works the collection. This opportunity will come through a Q&A Session on 1...

  • Illuminated rememberances at the Wan Qing Yuan

    Illuminated rememberances at the Wan Qing Yuan

    The terrazzo and mosaic faced playgrounds of yesteryear, symbols today of our longing for a Singapore we have discarded, have come back as lanterns. Illuminated representations of four of these playgrounds, an elephant , a pelican , the iconic dragon and a watermelon , will decorate t...

  • Surviving Hiroshima

    Surviving Hiroshima

    Since 2008, the project has seen a total of 150 hibakusha sail on the Peace Boat on the Global Voyages for a Nuclear Free World. The testimonies of the survivors, the project hopes, will help in raising awareness to audiences worldwide of the horrors of nuclear weapons. As the time ap...

  • Peace Boat docks at the POD

    It was two Sundays ago at the National Library’s the POD that the opportunity arose to hear the accounts of the Hibakusha . Survivors of the atomic bombs dropped on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki close to seven decades ago, the group of seven, together with other partic...

  • The last pelican

    last pelican

    Sadly, there seems little place in a Singapore that has little place for surroundings such as these. The pelican, which became a symbol of the loss many here feel for their well-loved places that no longer exist, is no more; demolished some four months after the photograph was capture...