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    Re: This is Singapore

    Some fairly nice boats in that marina... especially those dark blue hulled one's.
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      It is never too early to start decorating for X-mas:

      Shopping Centres along Orchard Road has had theirs in place for a few days already and the decoration along Orchard Road is in progress.

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        Great thread Ombugge - really enjoying this one!
        Cheers,

        Mark.

        www.pologlover.co.uk

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          Originally posted by PoloUK View Post
          Great thread Ombugge - really enjoying this one!
          It has been very much a "one-man show" since Seagull contributed over a year ago. Looking forward to see what you may have to show us.

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            Originally posted by ombugge View Post
            It has been very much a "one-man show" since Seagull contributed over a year ago. Looking forward to see what you may have to show us.
            Haven't been there for ten years - although I miss it!! Got to find some photos to scan and send - and ideally not the electronics inside one of the trains on the North South East West Lines of the MRT - rather limited audience for those!!
            Cheers,

            Mark.

            www.pologlover.co.uk

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              Although I didn't get to see much of "Finnmarken" at Sembawang Shipyard, the trip was worth it.

              First an excellent lunch at the Beaulieu House, a restaurant in an old colonial house in the middle of Sembawang Park:

              Nice place with a view across Johor Strait to "a neighbouring country"

              Nice decoration in the indoor part:

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                Followed by a walk in Sembawang Park:




                Somebody had done a bit of logging:

                But no, it was not the Sembawang Tree that the whole area is named up after. That one is standing proved still.

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                  We soon came into the old Naval Base housing estate:

                  Previously occupied by higher Officers serving at the nearby Naval Base and Naval Yard at Singapore Station.
                  Now occupied by mostly expats who can afford the high rent for a large house with huge grounds.

                  Typically surrounded by well kept common grounds and large trees:


                  Some of the recreational facilities that belonged to "Terror Barracks" are still in use:

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                    Here is a typical house for Senior Officers:


                    Mostly situated on quite roads with no traffic:


                    The Back steps, leading to the Servant's Quarters at the back of the Main building:

                    Servant's quarters were for 7-8 Servants and usually contained the Laundry Room and wood fired Kitchen Stove.

                    Some smaller houses for Junior Officers:



                    Probably of a bit newer date. (Post-war)
                    The size of houses and grounds were very regimented, depending on rank, not on family size.

                    We stayed in a similar place called Alexandra Park when the kids were small. (1975-1980) Very safe, even for toddlers.
                    Alexandra Park had been the Officer's housing for the Westminster Regiment, until they withdrew in 1971. Gloucester Barracks were on the opposite side of Ayer Rajah Road.

                    This may bring back some memories for any "Brit brats" that grew up in "Singas" in the 1950s, 60s, or even early 1970s, if any of them should look in here.
                    Many of them are on a forum with plenty of pictures and stories from that time:http://www.singas.co.uk/HTML/links_page.html
                    Last edited by ombugge; November 14th, 2011, 06:41.

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                      Inspired by yesterday's trip to Sembawang, and with a whole day on my hand, we went to look at our old home in Alexandra Park.

                      The house we stayed in we knew had been demolished, as it got attacked by White ants that ate up the main structural beams.

                      Here is the ground it stood on:



                      Not much of interest to see here??? Well, it brought back a lot of good memories from years passed.

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                        Ours was one of the small wooden houses for junior officers (at 1000 Sq.ft. only) and looked somewhat like this:


                        There have been a lot of modifications done by tenants to all these houses over the years, but the basic structure is the same, with a wide roof covering the front and back porch. (No Air-conditioning in the colonial days):


                        With the Servant's Quarters behind still looking like this:

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                          The Servant's Quarters for Senior Officer's houses were a bit more elaborate:


                          Otherwise not much has changed in Alexandra Park. Our neighbouring house up the road still looks the same:



                          New tenants appeared to be in the process of moving in, so it is unlikely that Alexandra Park is due for re-development.
                          (When we moved in in 1975 we were only guaranteed 2 years occupancy)

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                            As does the Commanders Residence at the highest point:


                            Most of the other houses in the park is also still standing and occupied:


                            The surroundings is still that of an old English park:


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                              I tried my level best to get a shot at the premier building in the estate, the Officer's Mess, but the trees shielded it from all side:





                              This is the best I could do, but you MAY get an impression of the Grandeur of this structure.

                              These last posts shows a side of Singapore that few tourist - or casual visitors - would ever see, or even suspect exists.

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                                One noticeable difference between Alexandra Park then and now:
                                There were no fences or gates at each building, only at the perimeters. The grounds "belonging" to each house was delineated by trees, bamboo growths and scrubs, nothing else.

                                The common area was maintained by the Government, our Gardener only had to tend the grounds around the house. He came in once a week, while the one that cleaned the cars showed up every morning at first light.

                                The Ice creme man would come around in the afternoon. He would give the kids an ice creme each, whether they had any money or not. He knew he would get paid sooner or later.

                                A bit different from Europe, or even Singapore today? VERY much so.
                                A time that will NEVER return I'm afraid.

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