Accepted Entries Page 03

These are the entries that were successfully accepted for the “Snapshots of Heritage” Photography competition.

To participate in the competition, please submit your entry via email to ourshutterjourney@live.com.sg  by Sunday, 19 June 2016 before 11.59pm together with your NRIC, contact number & caption.)

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Accepted Entries 101-150
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Entry: 101
Image by: Magdalene Teo-Yong
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Alkaff Bridge (Singapore’s ArtBridge) at the Singapore River – Nothing like a walk down the Singapore River to bring back memories of what Singapore used to be back then. As the lifeline of Singapore for more than 150 years and located in the heart of the Singapore city, it has witnessed the ups and downs of the city I call home. Here’s my photo of the famous Alkaff Bridge (Singapore’s ArtBridge) at the River at dawn.

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Entry: 102
Image by: Magdalene Teo-Yong
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 Walking down the Singapore River – Nothing like a walk down the Singapore River to bring back memories of what Singapore used to be back then. As the lifeline of Singapore for more than 150 years and located in the heart of the Singapore city, it has witnessed the ups and downs of the city that I call home. Here’s a photo of the River at dawn.

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Entry: 103
Image by: Trisha Lim
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Tong Ah Building – I have very little memory of this building but I understand from my dad is that it has been around since 1930s. I find it very unique as the shape of the building is triangular. In the earlier years it was a coffee shop call Tong Ah Coffeeshop  – also known as Tong Ah Eating House. My parents and older generations will remember where to find the traditional coffee shops and this is one of the place along Keong Saik road.

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Entry: 104
Image by: Trisha Lim
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Caption: 
Street Barber – Street barber is a sunset industry in Singapore, in my childhood days there were many street barbers, whereas today the street barber is really not easy to find as compared to street cobblers.  Many of the street barbers are now in their 60s and most have already retired.  The price of hair cut (only $6) is also lower as compare to when you go to a mall to cut which is over $10.  This uncle is pretty neat and keep his tools such as scissors, combs, blades and brushes on 1 side in a rectangular plastic tray.

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Entry: 105
Image by: Trisha Lim
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Street Barber – Street barber is a sunset industry in Singapore, in my childhood days there were many street barbers, whereas today the street barber is really not easy to find as compared to street cobblers.  Many of the street barbers are now in their 60s and most have already retired.  The price of hair cut (only $6) is also lower as compare to when you go to a mall to cut which is over $10.  This uncle is pretty neat and keep his tools such as scissors, combs, blades and brushes on 1 side in a rectangular plastic tray.

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Entry: 106
Image by: Max Ooi
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Capitol Building, the Theatre. There are always great memories of this place, the theatre that I first watched Star Wars in 1977 during my childhood time. Every interior of this place just make me love this place, the feeling is like walking in a heritage art gallery and it is a great theatre with lots of love memories. It been close for so long, and finally it re-open again, it is really nice to also keep the theatre the same original look as it was in the past. The best thing is, during December 2015 I got to watch Star Wars again in Capitol Theatre.

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Entry: 107
Image by: Oliver J. Menor
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Caption: 
Ohhhh! Raffles Hotel!!!!! – More than a National Monument , where memories like mine are created! A place where glamour evolves in its confinements , where history and time echoes in its walls. Celebrities like Liz Taylor, Somerset Maugham, Rudyard Kipling, and Charlie Chaplin to name a few once roam inside these walls. A place where the famous concoction Singapore sling was invented by Ngiam Tong Boon. But for me it’s a place where one of my happiest moment in life had happened, oh yes my wedding celebration, every time I passed this area I would choose a route that I would pass inside the hotel vicinity. I do these to cherish those moments with my wife, Oh sorry I didn’t share that it’s been 3 years now that my wife went to Canada to search for greener pasture, eventually I will join her there, for Asians like me got issues getting visa there. But yes….. soon….we will be together again.

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Entry: 108
Image by: Chui Yam Keng
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Lion Dance an Early Chinese Immigrant Heritage – Living in Chinatown as a little boy in the 1960s gives me the opportunity to soak in the rich culture of Chinese Lion Dance. With numerous Chinese clan associations offering classes like Martial arts, Lion Dance and Chinese Opera and music provided me endless entertainment opportunities around my neighbourhood. I just love Lion Dances and Chinese New Year as it brings about a smorgasbord of various styles of Lion Dance from Foshan to Heshan, from Northern Lion to Southern Lion Dance. The photograph features a collection of Foshan Lion Heads from Kong Chow Wui Koon.

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Entry: 109
Image by: Koh Lye Huat
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Caption: 
The Cenotaph, Singapore was completed in 1922 in memory for those who fought and lost their lives during World War 1  It is located at Connaught Drive – now Esplanade Park.

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Entry: 110
Image by: Koh Lye Huat
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Tan Kim Seng Fountain – This is a three-tiers Victorian style fountain decorated with classical figures to commemorate the late Tan Kim Seng’s generous contribution for building Singapore’s first public waterworks. The fountain had moved from its original location at Fullerton Square to Battery Road and finally to Esplanade Park.

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Entry: 111
Image by: Koh Lye Huat
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Municipal Building was later renamed City hall, this building had witness our colonial past and also during the Japanese occupation of Singapore.  After the war it served as a government office of Singapore.  Today it is known as the National Gallery Singapore.

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Entry: 112
Image by: Koh Lye Huat
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In 1960, East Coast Road – starting from Eng Kiam Place right up to Ceylon Road was a place full of roadside food stalls that lined the street. There are also 3 cinemas along that stretch of road namely Roxy, Palace and Odeon Katong.

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Entry: 113
Image by: Joseph Sng
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The final day of the lunar 7th month, people are burning their last offerings while 2 Eurasian children look by curiously. How long more before our future generations will be the same, wondering about these lost heritage and culture?

 

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Entry: 114
Image by: Adelene Ng
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Lantern Painter – I chanced upon this uncle whilst shooting at Rochor Centre. He told me that very few young people today would want to follow in his footsteps. Painting the Chinese characters on the lanterns by hand is not something his kids will take up. The art will die with him and there is no one willing to continue with this legacy.

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Entry: 115
Image by: Koh Lye Huat
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Ascott Service Apartments was once Asia Insurance Building which was used to house the Asia Insurance Company established locally & completed in 1955. Then the tallest building in South East Asia topping at 20 storey.  Now it is a dwarf amid the giant buildings around it.

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Entry: 116
Image by: Koh Lye Huat
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The history of Haw Par Villa had been told and retold, it is a theme garden with educational value and grand in architecture. Originally called Tiger Balm Garden,  its a legacy of the Haw Par Brothers who developed Tiger Balm, since then it had changed hands serveral times. An unforgettable cultural wonderland which includes the famous Ten Courts of Hell, and of course and thousand of sculptures which portray stories based on famous chinese historical personalities, legends and mythology.  When we were young this is a “must visit” place during the Chinese Lunar Year.

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Entry: 117
Image by: Koh Lye Huat
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Lim Bo Seng Memorial – Remembering a war hero – Lim Bo Seng, born in Fujian, China and a chinese resistance fighter in Singapore and Malaya during World War II.  He started Force 136 – a Sino and British guerrilla task force to counter the Kempeitai. He was later captured by the Kempeitai, after numerous “interviews” and tortures he refused to disclose information of Force 136.  In 1944 he died in prison and was buried in Batu Gagah.  In 1954 the memorial was commissioned at Esplanade where it now stand tall and proud by surrendering his life for the good of all mankind.

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Entry: 118
Image by: Yap Ching Wee
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Last living Stage House – The last living stage kampong house (Rumah Panggung) is located along Geylang and Joo Chiat. This was to avoid wild animals and floods, to deter thieves, and for added ventilation. However mostly Rumah Panggung were built by Malay families in Singapore in the past. It’s very rare to see Chinese family living in one of these houses. There are still people living in this house till today. The house was build pre-world war 2.

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Entry: 119
Image by: Goh Ngan Pin
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National Museum is a place that preserves our heritage. When I was younger, I have visited the place during school excursions, and with my parents.  I remember the intriguing World War II, Singapore independence and other exhibits that reminds us of how far we have come as a country. Recently, I had the chance to visit the National Museum again after so many years.  The National Museum looks beautiful especially after the renovation. Looking through the window frame of the museum, I caught a view of museum against the backdrop of Raffles City and greenery – A reminder of National Museum as a place that preserves our heritage as we moved to the future. 

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Entry: 120
Image by: Steven Yee
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Adi is now 68-year old.  He acquired his hair cutting skill when he was a teenager.  He started his life as a barber at the age of 20. He used to operate his barber shop at Bugis/Liang Seah Street area.  Due to commercial development around that area, he was forced to relocate his barber shop a few times.  In 2011, he had finally settled down at a HDB-rental shop at Beach Road.  He is the only barber in the shop now.  Facing competition from various hair saloons operated by Thai nationals in his neighbourhood,  he said: “I just take things easy.  As long as I am able to work, I will work.”.  Fortunately, his brother is sharing the rental cost with him, to do other business. Otherwise, it is quite tough for him to cover the full monthly rental cost from his earnings.  It is a pity that none of his children is interested to learn the skill of hair cutting and he has no successor to continue his business.

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Entry: 121
Image by: Adelene Ng
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Lantern Painter – I chanced upon this uncle whilst shooting at Rochor Centre. He told me that very few young people today would want to follow in his footsteps. Painting the Chinese characters on the lanterns by hand is not something his kids will take up. The art will die with him and there is no one willing to continue with this legacy.

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Entry: 122
Image by: Kwok Jung Yun
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The former Tanjong Pagar Railway Station is a place that endures the test of time. I recall visiting the train station when I was kid whenever my family visited our relatives in Malaysia. Our frequent visits back in the 1980s has helped to keep our extended family ties strong till this day. Today many Singaporeans visit the train station imagining how it was like back in the days when this station was still operating. When I visited the former train station recently, I shared stories from my childhood memories at the train station with my friend. She has never taken a train from here before. As I watched her explore the building from the magnificent arches, I could feel the past connecting with the present.

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Entry: 123
Image by: Adelene Ng
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Badge Auntie – I met this Auntie in Joo Chiat. She is a neighborhood seamstress that still hand-machines cloth badges for schools and clubs. This is indeed a rare sight as most badge motifs are machine sewn these days. Craft persons such as her are a dying breed in the 21st century.

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Entry: 124
Image by: Koh Lye Huat
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Caption: 86, East Coast Road – This is the place where most people do not wish to come because this is where the former Joo Chiat Police Station was. As for our growing years during the 60s and 70s we used to enjoy free black and white malay movies such as Pontianak, Orang Minyak, Bujang Lapok and many more.  At present the place had been conserved and a hotel will open for business soon.

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Entry: 125
Image by: Koh Lye Huat
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Caption: Along modern Singapore along Hill Street sits two of the most colourful building from the colonial past, one is the Old Street Police Station Building and the other is the Central Fire Station. After careful planning in 1905, and due to a fire outbreak which destroyed the property and was rebuilt & completed in 1908. It is the home of the Singapore Fire Brigade which later was known as the Singapore Civil Defence Force.  Today it still functions as what it was meant for and there’s also a Civil Defence Heritage Gallery beside it to showcase the history of fire fighting in the early years of Singapore.

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Entry: 126
Image by: Koh Lye Huat
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Caption: Modern Singapore owed very much to trade and a top notch port contributing to the economy of Singapore. Singapore River is about 3 kilometres long and runs from Kim Seng Road through Robertson Quay, Clarke Quay and finally Boat Quay before empting itself into the ocean. Elgin Bridge was built as a footbridge during the early years between Boat Quay and Clarke Quay and later in 1925 a concrete one was built and officially open in 1929 for the good of the business community located in the southern and northern part of central Singapore where now North Bridge Road and South Bridge Road runs parallel opposite side of the island.

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Entry: 127
Image by: Koh Lye Huat
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Caption: Clifford Pier was built in 1933 to cater for the immigrants and maritime passengers. I remember my late father use to travel back to Kinmen using Clifford Pier or known as Red Lantern Harbour. Passenger take a motor launch boat to board their ship which was anchored out at sea while cargoes or personal belonging are packed in huge ratten cages. Today Clifford Pier is known as Fullerton Bay Hotel.

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Entry: 128
Image by: Chui Yam Keng
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Caption: Lion Head Making – Lion head making is a rare trade in Singapore, to my knowledge there is only one left. Most of the old masters have passed on or have left the trade. Most Lion dance troupes acquire their lion heads from makers in Malaysia or Hong Kong. Most makers follows tradition using cloth, paper, rattan, paint and animal hair for their creation. Each lion head is painstakingly hand crafted and painted so no two heads are the same. However times catches up new materials like pre-printed stickers, LED lights and even fibre glass were used today. Somehow they lacked the character of a traditional hand-crafted lion.

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Entry: 129
Image by: Chui Yam Keng
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Caption: Fully hand-crafted Lion heads are fast becoming a lost art, each one made with a rattan frame, layers of wet glued rice paper that were pasted-on to the frame, a process that can take weeks to form the basic shape of the lion’s head. After that patterns and stripes were hand painted onto the head. Finally the fur were added together with the glass eyes. Finally the body which is made of cloth is added. The Lion will have to go through the “eye dotting” ceremony before it is being used. This image features two lion heads that were created in the traditional way.

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Entry: 130
Image by: Priscilla Huang
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Caption: The picture is one of the old colonial houses at Buona Vista where my friends and I would explore when we were kids. This is where we pretended to be rebels infiltrating these homes – having a shoot out with the Japanese officers to accomplish our secret missions and win the war. At that time, mountain bikes were a new thing and we would pretend to escape from the Japanese soldiers, riding as fast as we could. Slung across our bodies, each of us had a plastic rifle we had bought from “Jumbo”, the neighbourhood shop.

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Entry: 131
Image by: Alice Chia
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One of the oldest public estate in Singapore is Tiong Bahru. The flats were built in the 1930s by the Singapore Improvement Trust (SIT). It was a “big thing” in those years that one can move into one of these flats. Our government has decided to keep these flats and we can now see and compare them to our current HDB flats.

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Entry: 132
Image by: Adelene Ng
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Caption: Chin Mee Chin (CMC) – Located at 204 East Coast Road, Chin Mee Chin Confectionery is a landmark coffeeshop in Katong. It is currently owned by Mr. Tang See Fang and was founded by the owner’s father in 1925.  There is a nice, old school charm to the place with mosaic blue/white tiles, marble top tables, a mixture of wooden chairs and ceiling fans. This picture was taken after closing hours & staff were in the midst of cleaning up.

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Entry: 133
Image by: Max Ooi
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Caption: The National Museum of Singapore – Always a lovely place to visit, overseas friends will love it if you bring them there to enjoy the arts and see items of historical values relating to Singapore. This building still has a strong heritage feel in this modern day after so many changes made to it year after year. And it is a great place for grand events, in this image, a wonderful projection art performances happening right in front of the National Museum of Singapore during the Night Festival! A connection between new and old.

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Entry: 134
Image by: Kennedy Lim
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Caption: Chinatown SALE SALE SALE! – a lot of our business is very dependent on regular customers. Some of the regular customers, for example – in the year before, they’d buy 3kg, maybe 5kg. This year, some of them have cut down in terms of the quantity they buy. They just want to save up a bit, I guess. Similarly fruits and nuts suppliers has experienced a 30 per cent drop in sales for the festive period. “A lot of people are browsing and tasting, but fewer are buying. I think it’s due to the bad economy – SALE  SALE  SALE ……….
I hope next year will be better.

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Entry: 135
Image by: Steven Yee
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Caption:
 Hailey is the very first child born to a young couple whom, among friends, were always seen as being happy, cheerful and easy going type. The parents’ character is obviously inherited by Hailey, as she can be seen on her smiley cute face. I am delighted to capture this child at her happiest moment, and turn it into a timeless keepsake, for her parents.

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Entry: 136
Image by: Alice Chia
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Bird Watching Pastime – One of our disappearing heritage. In our earlier years, our father, grand fathers and uncles will bring out their pet birds and listen to them sing.
The gathering place is none other than the bird cage hangers where everyone meets.
We are losing such sights fast due to the constraints of space used in Singapore. This image was captured at one of our HDB estate –  but it won’t be for long before it disappears.

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Entry: 137
Image by: Alice Chia
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Bird Watching Pastime – One of our disappearing heritage. In our earlier years, our father, grand fathers and uncles will bring out their pet birds and listen to them sing.
The gathering place is none other than the bird cage hangers where everyone meets.
We are losing such sights fast due to the constraints of space used in Singapore. This image was captured at one of our HDB estate –  but it won’t be for long before it disappears.

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Entry: 138
Image by: Wong Chek Poh
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Caption: 
 Joo Chiat is an area of rich heritage and culture.  Its main attraction are the colourful pre-war traditional Peranakan shophouses.  Many of these houses are being preserved under the Building conservation act.

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Entry: 139
Image by: Tan Jun Hao
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Chinatown memories – for this place looks very familiar to me and makes me remember someone , my “AH MA’ (Grandmother). When I was little, I always follow her wherever she goes, and she always like to visit Chinatown to have fish ball noodles over lunch. Now she has passed on, some memories will be etched forever in my mind. Thanks AH MA for taking care of me when i was a kid. I love you AH MA.

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Entry: 140
Image by: Trisha Lim
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Teo Chew Opera Performance – “Do you want to go watch Teo Chew opera with me?” My dad asked me. “No” I said. It wasn’t because I have no interest but it’s because I don’t understand the dialect (Teo Chew). Although I didn’t watch opera, but i had a chance to photograph the crew backstage and I realized that this is not an easy job. The actors and actresses have to change costume at least twice and the space which they have to change is rather cramp, further more there is no air condition. In the 1960s to 1980s, watching Teo Chew opera was a popular past time for Singaporeans. Until recent years it is still popular with the older generation. One of the crew told me, they are a lot older now and perhaps just perform a few more years and will retire because there isn’t any young people who is interested in performing in the opera.

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Entry: 141
Image by: Koh Lye Huat
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The other day while I was walking along Connaught Drive, I remember vividly Queen Elizabeth Walk aka Gor Chang Chui Kar (Under the shade of the 5 trees).  This was where people use to paktor (dating) there at night follow by some food available like the Ice-kachang, Satay etc.  The walk was opened in 1953 in conjunction with the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.  Today part of it is left untouched but new upgrading had been in place for those who like to enjoy quality time with your love ones watching the world goes by having a grand view of the laser show projected by Marina Bay Sands and also the Cityscape at night.

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Entry: 142
Image by: Koh Lye Huat
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Durian – the KING of fruits & a top favourite pastime MAKAN.  When Esplanade theatre by the bay was built, the thorny roof features resembles the king of fruits so it had been referred to/as the durian building.  The centre is home to most arts and cultural shows & a centre for arts lovers and community. It consists of Concert & recital halls and also outdoor performing stage to address to the masses.

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Entry: 143
Image by: Koh Lye Huat
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Business as usual after the 2nd World War, I was born after the war but I remember how most business are conducted in shophouses all over Singapore.  The shop front is always equip with wooden planks sliding into the grooves in front of the shop acting as a door. This practice continued for years. Then came the steel collapsible gate saving time to open for business and homes. Today its been replaced with manual or electrical rolling shutters and glass panels.  How many of such gates can you find these days? This one is found in my dwelling place. 

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Entry: 144
Image by: Trisha Lim
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Teo Chew Opera Performance – “Excuse me, is it ok for me to take photos of you in costume?” The actors replied: “Sure sure! Take nice nice one ok? They said in mandarin”. While walking around taking photos of the crew before their performance started, I was already perspiring profusely even though I was only wearing a T-shirt and jeans. They were dressed up in their costume which is at least 2 to 3 layers, adding on the head dress and shoes, it must really warm in there. I salute their professionalism & their attitude remain cheerful throughout the entire time.

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Entry: 145
Image by: Trisha Lim
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While walking around taking photos of the crew before their performance started, I was already perspiring profusely even though I was only wearing a T-shirt and jeans. They were dressed up in their costume which is at least 2 to 3 layers, adding on the head dress and shoes, it must really warm in there. I salute their professionalism & their attitude remain cheerful throughout the entire time. Now I know why one of the actor told me perhaps in a few more years, maybe there will be no more Teo Chew opera shows because the younger generations are not very interested in this line.

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Entry: 146
Image by: Trisha Lim
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: Teo Chew Opera Crew – There wasn’t a crowd outside watching the performance. But the crew at backstage still push on the performance professionally. Moving around is not easy in cramp spaces deck out on wooden planks, their attitude remained cheerful throughout the entire time and didn’t chase me out. “Take take nicer photos OK?” one of them said. These photos will become part of their memory in future since one of them said perhaps in a few more years, there may be no more Teo Chew opera shows.

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Entry: 147
Image by: Magdalene Teo-Yong
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Walking around Tiong Bahru is always a delight. It’s a living showcase of Singapore’s heritage filled with reminders of Singapore’s past with unique residences built by the Singapore Improvement Trust, the predecessor to the Housing & Development Board. Here is a photo taken during a recent walkabout of a vintage car parked in Singapore’s oldest estates.

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Entry: 148
Image by: Magdalene Teo-Yong
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Walking around Tiong Bahru always reminds me of Singapore’s past. Here’s a striking image taken during a recent walkabout of pairs of Chinese clogs or ‘cha kiak’, which means ‘wooden clogs’ in Hokkien. I remember wearing a similar pair when I was younger every time I needed footwear inside wet places like the toilet.

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Entry: 149
Image by: Magdalene Teo-Yong
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Newly painted wall murals showing images from our past around Tiong Bahru gave me another good excuse to take another walk around this charming little estate. Here’s my capture of a wall mural painted by Singapore’s famous muralist, Yip YC aptly named “Home”. The painting of small things like the chair, window and a calendar brought me back to my own home back in the 1970s.

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Entry: 150
Image by: Alice Chia
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Kuti Kuti – One of our children’s favourite pastime in the 1960s & 1970s. These animals & insects are made from plastics and played against two players. The winner will collect the item and add to his or her collection. Over the years, this game has disappeared and the plastic Kuti Kuti has re-surfaced recently but not many people knows about it.

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