Saturday, March 18, 2017

Riding down memory lane and taking it back #oldschool

Source Website: http://news.asiaone.com/news/lifestyle/riding-down-memory-lane-and-taking-it-back-oldschool
By Nessa Anwar, AsiaOne, Friday, 17 March 2017


InstaScram revs it up old-school this episode by riding to two places of time immemorial, with both visual and nostalgic treats in an increasingly urbanised Singapore.
PHOTO: InstaScram revs it up old-school this episode by riding to two places of time immemorial, with both visual and nostalgic treats in an increasingly urbanised Singapore.
We ride the Triumph Street Twin to Kampung Lorong Buangkok, the last-standing, true kampung in Singapore that dates back to 1956.
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Before 1956, in old Singapura, this area was a swampy marshland. A traditional Chinese medicine seller named, Sng Yeow Koon, bought the land and rented out pockets of it for residents to build their home.

This resulted in a unique, multi-racial village that was named Kampung 'Selak Kain', which when translated from Malay means, 'to pull-up one's skirt or sarong', due to frequent flooding caused by heavy rains in this area of low-lying land.



Kampong Lorong Buangkok
PHOTO: Kampong Lorong Buangkok
Yes, an actual kampong in Singapore still exists off Yio Chu Kang Road. Follow Gerald Drive till you see a handwritten sign that points you in the direction of Kampong Lorong Buangkok. You’ll feel as if you’ve entered a time warp when you see the old houses with zinc roofs, open spaces and dogs and chickens roaming free. The zone has been marked for development at an unspecified future date, so don’t delay your visit. Just be sure to respect the privacy of the residents who have lived here for generations as you explore this unique piece of Singaporean history.
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Today, the kampung is called 'Kampung Lorong Buangkok', located along Gerald Drive, off Yio Chu Kang Road.

It is a delightful look into genuine kampung living, with about 28 households still living in the quaint, rustic homes.



Despite being surrounded by concrete housing, Kampong Lorong Buangkok fiercely retains its traditional roots
PHOTO: Despite being surrounded by concrete housing, Kampong Lorong Buangkok fiercely retains its traditional roots, evident in the rustic wooden huts with zinc roofs, and strong "kampong spirit" reflected by the residents.
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The land is now managed by Mdm Sng Mui Hong, the daughter of Mr Sng, whose siblings have all moved out of the kampung since. Residents in the area live in peace and tranquillity, including some old enough to remember Singapore during the racial riots. Read more here in this interview with a resident.



Landlady Sng Mui Hong, 57, poses for a photograph outside her Kampong Lorong Buangkok village home in Singapore in January 2010
PHOTO: Landlady Sng Mui Hong, 57, poses for a photograph outside her Kampong Lorong Buangkok village home in Singapore in January 2010
The land is now managed by Mdm Sng Mui Hong, the daughter of Mr Sng, whose siblings have all moved out of the kampung since.
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Residents in the area live in peace and tranquillity, including some old enough to remember Singapore during the racial riots.
PHOTO: Residents in the area live in peace and tranquillity, including some old enough to remember Singapore during the racial riots.
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Amidst the roaming kampung cats, dogs and even chickens, egrets and herons could even be spotted in the area. A canal running through the kampung - which leads to Sungei Punggol - also has remnants of children's play, with slippers being left behind, indicating some carefree living. The canal was built in 1970 in an effort to minimise the flooding that constantly occurred in the kampung during heavy rain.



So carefree
PHOTO: So carefree
A unique, multi-racial village that was named Kampung 'Selak Kain', which when translated from Malay means, 'to pull-up one's skirt or sarong', due to frequent flooding caused by heavy rains in this area of low-lying land.
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However, there have been rumours of this last remaining kampung being slated for redevelopment. Slowly, but surely, a few things have changed over the years.



Kampong Lorong Buangkok is not a tourist attraction, but you are free to wander around the public areas {do respect the privacy of homes though} and enjoy the atmosphere.
PHOTO: Kampong Lorong Buangkok is not a tourist attraction, but you are free to wander around the public areas {do respect the privacy of homes though} and enjoy the atmosphere.
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A jogging track, which links to Sengkang Riverside Park, has been built behind the kampung. Even a few residents are renovating their houses to replace the traditional zinc and attap with stronger materials.



A jogging track (PCN, Park Connector Network), which links to Sengkang Riverside Park, has been built behind the kampung.
PHOTO: A jogging track (PCN, Park Connector Network), which links to Sengkang Riverside Park, has been built behind the kampung. Joggers, cyclists and morning brisk-walkers are seen on this track from as early as 4 AM in the morning till late-morning, 10:30 AM.
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These new improvements might pave the way for further progression, so if you wish to experience true kampung-styled living, visit
Kampung Lorong Buangkok before it is too late.

Do ensure that you tread with respect. Residents still live in the area, and they may not appreciate strangers traipsing through their property. However, they are a friendly bunch, so do remember to say 'hi'!

For those of you who are purveyors of all things old, this next location has something for you as well.


Junkie's Corner, an enormous warehouse frozen in time, packed to the brim with antiques and forgotten relics.

PHOTO: Junkie's Corner, an enormous warehouse frozen in time, packed to the brim with antiques and forgotten relics. At first glance from along the side of the road, many items look random and worthless. But for this team of city folk, it was a refreshing glimpse into the past.
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We ride next to Junkie's Corner, an enormous warehouse frozen in time, packed to the brim with antiques and forgotten relics. At first glance from along the side of the road, many items look random and worthless. But for this team of city folk, it was a refreshing glimpse into the past.

Situated beside the undergrowth of the decommissioned Bukit Timah Turf Club, you can find a repository of heirlooms of antique appeal tucked away along Turf Club Road.

Driving by, not knowing what to expect, may cause you to miss Junkie's Corner. But, once you lay your eyes on the rows of timeless treasures, you will be hard pressed to drive by without making a stop.



Bukit Timah Turf Club
PHOTO: Bukit Timah Turf Club
The Singapore Sporting Club, former body of the current Singapore Turf Club (STC), was formed as early as 1842 by Scottish businessman and the chairman of Singapore Chamber of Commerce William Henry Macleod Read (1819 – 1907).
Singapore’s first horse racing track and stand was built in present-day Farrer Park, and the first race took place in 1843. Being an amateur sport during that era, the ground were shared for sheep-rearing and golfing on non-racing days.
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The warehouse building, with all its grime and nostalgic charm, has high ceilings and an expanse of space, which the caretaker, known affectionately as Uncle Charlie, has used to a great effect.

Trinkets and antiquities of all different shapes and sizes are lined up, stacked and even leant against each other.

This whole area along Turf Club Road used to be contained within Bukit Timah Turf Club, which operated publicly during the 1960s all the way until 1999, but the grounds had been around since 1933.

This particular building housing Junkie's Corner was most probably used to store horse feed, or even the horses themselves, during that tenure. The owner moved his antique business here from King George's Avenue, in 2013.



Junkies Corner – Singapore
PHOTO: Junkies Corner – Singapore
Vintage furniture lovers can rejoice; down an overgrown track near the Turf Club, you will find a tired looking warehouse that is home to Junkies Corner, an Aladdin’s cave of knick knacks to fill your home.
This particular building housing Junkie's Corner was most probably used to store horse feed, or even the horses themselves, during that tenure. The owner moved his antique business here from King George's Avenue, in 2013.
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If you are looking to explore the hodgepodge of knick-knacks for an old-school decorative piece for your home, be mindful that purchasing these items can be very different experience when compared to conventional shopping.

And even if you're not a fan of bargaining for thrift shop items, a trip down to Junkie's Corner is great way to spend a couple hours, sifting through the treasure trove and experiencing its musty smells.

And if you're feeling peckish after your antique picking, Junkie's Corner is located down the road from The Grandstand, a one-stop destination for food - including the very popular Pasarbella - family activities and even a place to watch some weekend rugby matches!

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Pasarbella, a one-stop destination for food
PHOTO: There are many varieties of fruit trees and berry bushes for different demands. The fruits season range from summer to late autumn. Due to the good shelf life of some varieties, you can enjoy the fruits almost all year long.
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The Jambu fruit trees along the jogging track (PCN, Park Connector Network) which was built behind the kampung, which links to Sengkang Riverside Park.
PHOTO: The Jambu fruit trees along the jogging track (PCN, Park Connector Network) which was built behind the kampung, which links to Sengkang Riverside Park. Wax Jambu Fruit is pear-shaped structure and has a thin pink skin, with crisp white tissue, which is slightly aromatic in taste and smell. The Wax jambu is also known as rose apple. There is also a green variety.
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Pretty lady very close to green nature
PHOTO: Pretty lady very close to green nature
Along the jogging track (PCN, Park Connector Network) built behind the kampung is a great tree. And under the tree . . . .
대박 (dae-bak)Awesome!
 
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The green jungle in the morning sunlight.
PHOTO: The green jungle in the morning sunshine. All the living in the jungle became awake with nature's beautiful morning life. Very stress-free and healthy. Able to enjoy fresh air all the way. That is kampung life, still untouch.
But for how long? Sad.

Some Korean expression:
안녕하세요 (Hello!)
an nyeong ha se yo

만나서 반갑습니다 (nice to meet you)
man na seo ban gab seub ni da

대박 (Awesome!)
dae-bak

사랑해 (I Love You)
sa lang hae

서울매콤한 (Seoul Spicy)
Seo ul mae kom han

맛있어요 (Yummy!)
ma si seo yo
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By Nessa Anwar, AsiaOne, Friday, 17 March 2017



Reference

[1] Nessa Anwar, AsiaOne, Riding down memory lane and taking it back #oldschool, posted on Friday, 17 March 2017, http://news.asiaone.com/news/lifestyle/riding-down-memory-lane-and-taking-it-back-oldschool

Links
Kampung Lorong Buangkok - http://eresources.nlb.gov.sg/infopedia/articles/SIP_1128_2009-12-09.html

interview with a resident - http://jalankayutrail.blogspot.sg/2007/10/interview-with-lorong-buangkok-kampung.html

A jogging track - http://awwsnapz.blogspot.sg/2015/03/lorong-buangkok-and-sengkang-riverside.html

renovating their houses - http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/housing/singapores-last-remaining-kampung-losing-rustic-appeal-amidst-improvement-works

Junkie's Corner - http://junkiecorner.com/

Bukit Timah Turf Club - http://remembersingapore.org/bukit-timah-turf-club/

mindful - http://www.thelostguides.com/2015/04/27/junkies-corner-singapore/

The Grandstand - http://thegrandstand.com.sg/

Pasarbellahttp://www.facebook.com/PasarBella/

@instascram_sg - http://www.instagram.com/instascram_sg/

Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/razortv