Author Archives: Remember Singapore

SCDF Heritage Gallery – Singapore’s Firefighting History

First Fire Brigade The early fires were mostly put out by policemen, sepoys, soldiers and even prisoners. In April 1869, a voluntary firefighting force was formed, but without proper trainings and equipment, the early brigade was proved to be inefficient … Continue reading

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Old School National Day’s Memorabilia

It is Singapore’s National Day again. I remember during my primary and secondary school times, we used to receive memorabilia during the National Days. Each student would receive a small item that marked the annual joyous celebration. The memorabilia ranged … Continue reading

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Raffles Place, 50 Years of Transformation

For almost two centuries, Raffles Place has been the designated business centre of Singapore. Under Sir Stamford Raffles’ Town Plan in 1822, the hilly area at the southern side of the Singapore River was leveled to fill up the nearby … Continue reading

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Tanglin Halt – Where the Trains used to Pass by

Tanglin Halt. This was where the trains used to pass by, exchanging key tokens with the station master in order to receive the authority to enter the correct tracks. Express trains from Kuala Lumpur used to stop regularly at Tanglin … Continue reading

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When the Durians Fall at Pulau Ubin

It is the durian season now. Often described as a smelly fruit with heavenly taste, a durian’s aroma is so strong that the thorny fruit is banned in MRT trains and the airport. To most locals, however, it is the king of fruits. Many durian plantations … Continue reading

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Gongs, Long Hair and Chewing Gums

What do gongs, long hair and chewing gums have in common? They were all part of a list of items that were either permanently banned or disallowed in public for a period of time in Singapore. Some banned items contained … Continue reading

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The World Cup Craze and Memories

The World Cup is here again. The biggest football tournament, held once every four years, is again expected to cause many sleepless nights among the local football fans. During Mexico ’86, the 10-year-old me always wondered why my father stayed … Continue reading

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