Sunday, 5 February 2017

Walk around Singapore - Saying goodbyes to buildings/places along park connector network - updated Dec 2017

Rochor Centre

These colorful blocks of flats are to be demolished soon. Just behind them is the revitalised Rochor Canal.

Another place near to Rochor Canal that will become history from July 10, 2017 is the Sungei Road flea market, or Thieves' market.

Dakota Crescent

These low-rise rental flats along Geylang park connector will be torn down soon. All residents have to clear this place by last day of the year (of course they will be a few who could not do that).

Note: Channel 8 serial "The Hero" used the buildings here for its story.

Latest (Dec 2017): The government will retain the historic estate's courtyard and iconic dove playground, along with the six blocks around them when the place is being redeveloped.


This landmark for youngsters along Singapore River Promenade has already shifted to Clarke Quay but the building is not gone yet.

Jurong Country Club

Jurong Country Club, surrounded by Jurong Lake will close for good on the last day of the year to make way for the high speed train linking Singapore to Malaysia.

Yangtze Cinema and Pearls Centre

The very old Pearls Hill shopping centre and the last famous R-rated cinema Yangtze closed in August to make way for a new MRT line. The building is just behind the Pearls Hill central park, famous for its 3/4 cylindrical Pearl Bank apartments.

Forum: Unless animals are a threat, let us live and let live

As a member of the pioneer generation whose parents were chicken farmers, I read with sadness the report that free-ranging chickens may be culled ("Free-ranging chickens may be culled"; Feb 2).

While I can understand the frustration faced by the residents of Pasir Ris and Thomson, who have complained about the noise from these animals, it is usually in the quiet and serene areas of Singapore that we can get a feel of old country living.

There are other noisy animals like birds and monkeys. Is the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority going to cull them too?

Isn't the Government trying very hard to promote the kampung spirit?

Other than the roosters crowing in the early morning, chickens do not make much noise.

In any case, the sound is part of kampung living. It is a lucky few who can experience such a life.

Perhaps we should learn to appreciate this noise, instead of complaining about it.

Allowing free-ranging chickens to roam in the parks also offers the young an opportunity to see these animals in their natural setting.

If the free-ranging chickens are culled, future generations will not have such opportunities unless they travel to neighbouring countries.

I remember a kindergarten teacher telling me that when she told her class to draw chickens, some of her students submitted drawings of cooked chickens hanging on racks at chicken rice stalls.

Do we want this situation to continue?

Unless the animals are a threat to humanity, let us learn to live and let live.

Ronnie Lim Ah Bee


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