Friday, March 30, 2012

FMTSO: ABANDONED STRUCTURES

I admit, this week it's a bit difficult theme for me, because there's no much abandoned structures here , in a country where land are scarce and expensive. The few abandoned property are privately owned and some owners are untraceable.
 
 The Red House Bakery is a popular reference to a relict confectionery shop called Katong Bakery  Confectionery. This bakery was a popular breakfast haunt among Singaporeans living in the eastern part of Singapore, dishing out its signature cakes and curry puff. It was established in 1925 and located at 75 East Coast Road. It was closed on 23 March 2003 after the shophouse where it was occupying was deemed as unsafe. The land can't be sold as it was bequeathed to the Muslim community by the owner and managed by the Muslim authority here, it will probably be rebuilt when they have enough fund.


 

 Old Changi Hospital, situated on the small Barrack Hill along Netheravon Road, was a fascinating place with a long history, going all the way back to the mid-thirties as a small British military hospital called Royal Air Force Hospital.
 The hospital was captured by the Japanese forces during World War II, and was used as a healthcare facility for the prisoners-of-war detained at the Changi military base nearby. In 1975, Singapore government took over the hospital and converted it to SAF Hospital, which provided medical, surgical and dental healthcare to the servicemen. In 1997, the staffs of Changi Hospital were shifted to a new site and the building was left vacant for years.
 Shortly after its abandonment, it became one of the favourite spots in Singapore for ghost sighting. Haunted stories about the hospital spread like wild fire, but the sources were never confirmed. Since it's on the government land, sooner of later the building will either be preserved or rebuilt, since land are very scarce and expensive here.


A small boat used by the workers to clean the area being abandoned because of leak, this is near a park in my home, which I'm sure won't stay abandoned for long.

 
Ok, this is not in my town or even my country, across our border , the Johore. The photo was taken at Woodland Waterfront with a zoom in lens. Johore is quiet near us actually. Everytime I cross the causeway, I see this abandoned boat near the Johore Coastal guard area, probably being confiscated and left to rot for years .

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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Ruby Tuesday: Lightings



Lights at Marina Bay Sands Hotel during the weekend, it changes colour every few minutes.

Friday, March 23, 2012

FMTSO: Steeples and Spires


The Armenian Apostolic Church of St. Gregory the Illuminator is the first Christian church built in Singapore in 1835.  Designed by Irish architect, George D. Coleman, it is considered as one of his masterpieces.

A group of dedicated volunteers manage all the administrative aspects of the Church – The Church operates without any overhead expenses and 100% of all donations are directed toward the maintenance and upkeep of the property.

 

CHIJMES (pronounced "chimes"),   is a historic building complex in Singapore, which began life as a Catholic convent known as the Convent of the Holy Infant Jesus (CHIJ)  and convent quarters known as Caldwell House . The complex is located at Victoria Street in the Downtown Core, within the Central Area, Singapore's central business district.


This complex of convent buildings has a Gothic-style chapel. It was used as a Catholic convent for 131 years, with Caldwell House constructed in 1840–1841 and the chapel in 1904. The chapel, now a multipurpose hall, is known as CHIJMES Hall , and Caldwell House, now an art gallery, have both been gazetted as national monuments. The complex has been restored for commercial purposes as a dining, shopping and entertainment centre with ethnic restaurants, shops and a function hall, providing a backdrop for musicals, recitals, theatrical performances and weddings.


Cathedral of the Good Shepherd is Singapore's first purpose-built Catholic church. It was built between 1843 and 1847 and was consecrated a Cathedral on 14 February 1897.









St Joseph's Church in Victoria Street, build in 1851.

All the buildings are gazetted by the National Preservation Board as national monuments.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Thursday Challenge: GREEN


Green leaves with green light to match , in a garden display. The light changes colour very few seconds.