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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Last train out of Singapore.

I was on the last train into Singapore tonight and when we arrived, we realised they were preparing for the same train to leave Singapore.

We saw a huge mob of people coming towards all the passengers who just got off the train. We knew why later. The Sultan of Johor, Sultan Ibrahim Ismail was the VIP in our midst. He was to drive the last train out of Singapore at 11 PM.

Sultan of Johor drives the last train out of Tanjong Pagar

The Sultan earlier passed right in front of me and shoke the hands of the person beside me!
He then signed the t-shirt in front of us.

Last train out of Singapore

We left Tanjong Pagar KTM Station and rushed to the Bukit Timah Station on the way home after a long day.  We made it just in time and caught the train driven by the Sultan of Johor. Can you spot him?

There was a huge crowd waving good bye at the Bukit Timah Station!

At the stroke of midnight, Tanjong Pagar Station and Bukit Timah Station will be returned to Singapore.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Rediscover Singapore

Yesterday, I attended the launched of Rediscover Singapore or in short Rediscover.SG which is also the URL of their website.

4 students from Nanyang Technological University (NTU) Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information, Song Lip, Lizzy, Jeremy and Derek form the RediscoverSG crew.

These 4 brilliant folks pitched to the National Heritage Board (NHB) Heritage Industry Incentive Programme (Hi2P) and landed themselves a $75,000 funding to produce the 10 webisodes.

What's the web episodes about? Heritage and cultures that might soon be gone from Singapore has been captured on film. The series has been named Unseen/Unsaid.

Every Wednesday till the end of August 2011, an episode will be released.
The first episode is out now, head to to watch the 1st episode.

The RediscoverSG team has also decided to raise funds for charity organisation MILK (Mainly I Love Kids) by producing a series of paper toys related to the series. They are sold at $20 for a set of five toys.

These paper toys looks interesting right?

Do you want to support Singapore's young talent?

Visit their website and view their works. If you feel you want to help them support their nominated charity, buy a pack of paper toys or postcards. I bought a pack of paper toys, do you want to help to?

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Bride and Groom

There was a lot of cheering and I looked out the window.
A newly wed couple downstairs! Probably the groom was there to fetch his new bride.

Bride and Bridegroom

What was the bride doing?
Checking her shoes to see if they are dirty probably?

Tuesday, June 21, 2011


Saw this yesterday on the way home after work.
The clouds were so different, billowing clouds. It's as if someone's blowing them!
The skies were so blue too!


The building being constructed is a new mall and a church that's coming up in One North, just beside Buona Vista MRT Station.

I can't wait to see the finished building. It's one of the fancy buildings. I think it looks like an ark! (Take a look of it here at the church's website)

Hmm... Another 'ship' like building after MBS' Ark. Is that a prophesy that Singapore's going to be flooded?

Monday, June 20, 2011

The New World

The New World

That the new name for New World Park, the earliest Amusement Park that existed in Singapore way back in 1923.

It must be the equivalent of how Universal Studios in Resorts World Sentosa is today to people long ago.

The New World

Here's a write up of history on the board at the site.
I was at Singapore's Eco Mall for some food and shopping just the other day and took these photos.

The New World

For those who likes to read even more, here's a press release given half a year ago:

Singapore, 27 January 2011 – The New World Gate was officially unveiled today at City Green, the state-owned park adjacent to City Square Mall, Singapore’s first eco-mall. With the support of National Parks Board (NParks), National Heritage Board (NHB) and Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), City Square Mall, owned and managed by City Developments Limited (CDL), has carefully reconstructed the gate for Singaporeans to remember the history of the former New World Amusement Park.

The gate, installed at the entrance of City Green on Serangoon Road, features the words “The New World” on its gateway arch to symbolise the interconnectivity of Singapore’s past, present and future.

CDL’s efforts to restore the gate stems from its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) conviction to conserve the environment care for the community and to promote Singapore’s cultural heritage.
"We have always been relentless in our CSR initiatives to create value for communities while ensuring we are responsible developers. Our initiative to install the reconstructed New World Amusement Park gate will help remind visitors about the history of the site,” said Mr Chia Ngiang Hong, Group General Manager of CDL.

Reminiscing about his childhood days spent at the amusement park, Mr Chia said, “I would visit the New World Amusement Park regularly with my family to enjoy the diverse entertainment options. As the "pioneer amusement park in Malaya", there was something for everyone on the fairground. There were rides and carousels, open-air cinemas, Chinese and Malay opera halls, boxing arenas, dance halls and travelling performances from overseas. One could literally spend a whole day at the park to take a family photograph, get a haircut at the barber, enjoy hawker fare, or even go for a romantic walk in the park with a loved one!”

“This gate is symbolic of the memories attached to the former New World Amusement Park, and its presence at the entrance of City Green will bring about a sense of nostalgia of the days where the amusement park was a bustling activity hub. These shared memories are a great way for the community visiting the mall to bond, where now, City Square Mall is the new community hub for families living in the neighbourhood to visit to shop, dine and relax,” said Edward Tan, Director of Operations & Human Resource & Admin at Metro, the anchor tenant of City Square Mall.

With its focus on the community and the environment, City Square Mall, like the former New World Amusement Park, is the perfect setting as a community hub where families and friends gather for social activities.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Garbage bags along the road....

Every now and then, you will see lots of garbage bags on the side of the roads in Singapore.

Garbage Bags lining the streets

Wonder why? It's leaves, twigs and other rubbish from the drainage opening on the roadside curbs.
The holes are usually where the garbage bags are. ;-)

It seems they are cleaning the holes more often after water can't seem to flow because the holes are blocked. Maybe the authorities can get them redesigned so that cleaning is not needed?

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Smith Street Night Makan

Wow! The word I said when I saw the tables all lined up and getting ready for business few hours later.
The tables were lined up so straight!

Smith Street Night Makan

This is Smith Street in Singapore Chinatown. It is also known as the Chinatown Food Street.

It's kind of a touristy place to eat.  I only come here when friends or relatives visit!

Looking again at how straight the tables were arranged, do you think the person who arranged it had some obsessive compulsive behaviour? I really want to know how they do it!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

SMRT Train Depot Ulu Pandan.

Everytime I pass by this place, I have an urge to take a photo of it. So here it is.
Since the last 'Swiss Invasion', I think security has been tightened.

I always wonder if SMRT is going to organise some guided tours of the depot. I think many people would be interested. Probably not for everyone, but for people who takes the trains very frequently. They could always check the transaction records on our EZ Link / Flashpay cards to see how often people take their trains.

If McDonald's have Open Doors for their kitchen, Universities have Open Days, why not SMRT having an Open Train Day?

MRT Train Depot - Ulu Pandan

Looking at the huge space they occupy reminds me of Melbourne. When I was living and studying there long ago, it was all ugly tracks near the Flinders Street station. What they have done is to cover it and made it into Federation Square. It's now a place where everyone gathers.

I wonder if they can do something similar. This depot is not below ground like in Melbourne, so I guess they just can't cover things up. But they can use the space below the huge depot right?

Build a flood retaining pond below it? That will be a very very huge retaining pond. Water from Bukit Timah Canal can be diverted to Ulu Pandan River along Clementi Road. Ulu Pandan River overflow can be diverted to below the Ulu Pandan Depot. Sounds ridiculous? LOL. The train depot is too far from Ulu Pandan River? That's the point right? Let is flow.....

Or divert the excess flood water into the South Tunnel of the S$3.65 billion Deep Tunnel Sewerage System?

Monday, June 13, 2011

Tree Planting Singapore Style

What is this photo showing?
Tree planting Singapore style! An hour before this photo was taken, it was just a green patch of grass.

A moment later, foreign workers (a species that Singapore folks always complain about, but really can't live without them, just like Singapore folks and air-conditioning) are there to dig a big hole in the ground and then with their hurculean strength (with the help of machines) puts the plants in place.

They will then cover up the soil with some new grass patch and tada! a beautiful manicured garden.

Tree Planting Singapore Style

We all live in instant world, and I think I like the way they plant tress in Singapore.
Everything looks so nice instantly.

But I wonder if the roots of these trees will go deep enough into the ground. Will they survive when there is a thunderstorm? I think their roots are shallow and don't go deep in the ground. 

Tree Planting Singapore Style

Here's another bigger tree that's going to be transplanted into the ground.
I wonder if these trees are planted in Singapore or is it from Johor, Malaysia?
Talking about trees, do you also know that in Singapore there is something called a Heritage Tree?
It's something like a Heritage building, that is earmarked to be preserved.

Heritage Trees are trees that has gracefully matured in this country over the years (and I am pretty sure, instant trees above are excluded even if they have lived here for a long time). In Singapore, trees and buildings have to always give way to the so called 'renewal process'. Heritage trees are given immunity just like in the reality show "Survivor".

Friday, June 10, 2011

Training Bus

There seems to be more training buses around these days. I guess it's either:
- the government is putting pressure on bus companies to provide more services
- the bus companies having changed buses, so they need to train new drivers on how to drive the new buses.

Training Bus

It was the first time I was just next to a stationary training bus.
Ooo. The trainer just stack two chairs and sit and train the bus driver.

Guess what? My colleague thought I was mad when I said I wanted to get all the different kind of driving license in Singapore. I was thinking of getting a Class 4A - Omnibus license!
I was thinking of getting a flying license once too! (I have flown a Cessna for around 15 mins before!)

After doing all the research about getting a license, I realise that I have to submit the application through SMRT or SBS Transit. Hmm... I don't want to work for them, I just want to get the license for my own ego collection. I think the urge to get the license started when Kim Ng got a license! I want too!

Anyone also wants to get a bus license? ;-P

Thursday, June 09, 2011

Sandtastic Sculpting Event

Colleagues and I were having lunch at the West Coast Plaza just the other day and we saw lots of sand in the mall.

The sand was being sculptured into something really beautiful.

Sand sculptures in a mall

This man was hard at work getting his sand sculpture done.
After taking a look, we think it's not as easy as it seems!

Sand sculptures in a mall

We smiled at this most timid lion. It's like it's so soft spoken and it probably could not roar. LOL

Sand sculptures in a mall

This two headed snake looks really mean though.
Looks really evil too!

Sand sculptures in a mall

Ah.. Look at these lovely parrots.
I wonder if you can colour sand? Hmm....

Sorry for not posting this up earlier, I think the event has ended.

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

KTM Tanjong Pagar Station

By the end of this month, the Keretapi Tanah Melayu (KTM) trains from Malaysia will stop traveling into the heart of Singapore's CBD at Tanjong Pagar.

The short story:
The governments of Singapore and Malaysia reached an agreement on 24 May 2010, (about a year ago!) to relocate the last stop for KTM's train to terminate at Woodlands Train Checkpoint. The Tanjong Pagar or Keppel Road station which opened in 1932 will cease operations on 1 July 2011.

KTM Tanjong Pagar Station by night

Do you see FMSR on the pillars of the building?
It stands for Federated Malay States Railways. It has so much historical significance that this building has been gazetted as Singapore 64th National Monument.

(The Bukit Timah Railway Station will also be preserved but won't be gazetted as a National Monument, but a conserved building.)

For Momo and myself, we want to be part of history. We will be taking the last train on 30 June 2011 that will come into the Tanjong Pagar station. We are following a group of online friends that we have not met! If you are interested, go visit: If you read today's Straits Times, you would have seen the article in the Life Section.

Another interesting fact that I read online is that, the Sultan of Johor, HRH Sultan Ibrahim Ismail will be driving the last train out of Singapore. The Sultan of Johor is a 'train person'. He has driven the KTMB's train a few times, and you can read it in the news.

For more interesting notes about Tanjong Pagar Railway Station, read Jerome Lim's blog. It's an eye opener. URL:

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Monk's Hill Terrace Black and White

There are buildings around Singapore that are known as 'Black and White'.

They are usually the colonial houses and it seems they are always painted black and white!
I wonder what were their original colour when they were built long ago.

Monk's Hill Terrace Black and White

This row of Black and White colonial terrace houses is situated along Monk's Hill Terrace.
It's just beside one of Singapore's most famous food centre, Newton Circus.

Newton Circus was old and dilapidated and a few years ago, they decide to renovate it.
Do you know the new design is supposedly based on the design of these terrace houses?

Who lives here?
I am not sure, but I think they are mostly businesses that are renting these properties.

Monday, June 06, 2011

Water..... Floods...

There was a huge downpour yesterday and many places got flooded. I always thought Singapore IS an island, surrounded by water, of course it will flood when it rains too heavily.

It floods in the US, Europe, Australia even our neighbouring countries Malaysia, Indonesia etc.
At least when in floods here, it recedes within a few hours.

It seems that the 'cheng hu' / government reacts rather quickly now. We don't expect them to do much, but since they just promised in the recent election to do something, might as well complain to the core to get things that will supposedly be done in the future to be fixed immediately. After all, we paid our taxes.

water water, the ground can't suck in anymore water....

You can see the photos of other floods online, I thought this photo looks like what Singapore was maybe 20 years ago?

Old style fencing. Water puddles. Open fields, usually a school's field.
Boys will soon play football again and they will all be super muddy!

The photo was taken yesterday afternoon at Newton Circus.

Friday, June 03, 2011

Old Folks Playing Chinese Chess

When you are a man, and you have grown old, what do you do?

Play chinese chess!

Playing Chinese Chess

These men are seen daily playing chinese chess at Chinatown.

In many places especially at 'void decks' (the empty or ground floor or the Singapore public housing flats) there are old men like this gathering playing chess.

Thursday, June 02, 2011

Cash Rich Buyer

We see signs like this everywhere. You think people don't simply paste notes in neat and tidy Singapore, but the reality is that Singapore's like other countries.

Cash Rich

It puzzles many locals how some people can be so rich and afford to pay so much cash for houses when the prices are now sky high!

Cash Rich

Probably this piece of news published on WSJ explains.

It says Singapore has the highest concentration of millionaires in the world. Higher than Switzerland it seems. Is the report accurate it says 16% of households have at least 1 million in assets. Well I am not one of them.

Well, we know for sure the Members of Parliament in Singapore get that much a month!

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

June Theme Day: Under Construction

The Theme for the City Daily Photo bloggers for the month of June is "Under Construction".

Under Construction

This is the photo about a month ago of the kitchen in our house under construction.
So glad that everything's now fixed up and it's looking pretty good.

Click here to view thumbnails for all participants of the Theme Day