Sunday, January 31, 2010
As Fort Siloso is surrounded with many trees, it is not surprising we could spot many wild monkeys. It is illegal to feed these monkeys cause feeding will make them rely on humans for food. There are plenty of food in the forest and the monkeys can fend for themselves. So please dont feed them.
A very short video showing two monkeys fighting. The video is so short because I was afraid the monkeys would snatched my camera...lol.
Saturday, January 30, 2010
When the Japanese invaded Singapore, they moved their headquarters from Malaysia to Ford Factory in Singapore. It is in this Board Room where the surrender documents were signed. The Board Room remains intact in Ford Factory but the table at which both the British and Japanese delegations sat is now in the Australian War Museum in Canberra, Australia. The seven teak chairs were moved to the Surrender Chambers in Sentosa where a replica of the event is displayed.
The above and below photos are wax figures which show the Japanese surrending to the British when they lost the war.
You can read more about the history of the surrenders from infopedia and mindef.
Friday, January 29, 2010
As they anticipated the Japanese would attack Singapore from the Sea during WW2, all the guns were facing the sea. So this command post was very important as they could spot the enemy from afar.
The guns were never used as the enemies came from the North (via Malaysia through the thick jungle) instead of the South from the sea. So sad, and they occupied us for about three years till they surrendered when America dropped an Atomic Bomb in Hiroshima, Japan. You might like to read more about the Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
This is the peaceful sea now that the guns were facing. I was standing there all alone now admiring the beautiful peaceful sea.
Thinking back of the incident, really made me laugh again, it's kind of funny. I think I should not have brought my tired Cambodian Relatives to visit this Fort. They have just recovered from a war and there's a lot of war museums in their country. I should have plan better.
Above another short video showing the peaceful sea.
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Thursday, January 28, 2010
Sometimes we need to walk the tunnel alone to see the light (meaning ...at times, we need to solve our own problem alone)....I found this so true cause noone wanted to follow me walked through this tunnel to view more exhibits...lol. My relatives were all too tired to continue the walk. So when I saw the light at the end of the tunnel, it was a delight to me.
I wanted to take photos of the exhibits to share with my cyber friends, so bravely I went in the tunnel and am so happy when I saw the light...lol. It was like a horror movie, I was so worried something or someone in the tunnel, will suddenly touch or appear before me...yikes!
You have to visit tomorrow to see what is at the end of the tunnel.
A short video of me walking in the tunnel. I cant even see my camera or my hand....hahaha. As I was so afraid, I made a lot of noises as I made my way down the stairs. You can also heard the echo of my relatives talking in the background, they were sitting in one of the bunks resting and waiting for me.
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
The best part was going into the bunks and fort to visit. There are wax figures to show us the history of the fort.
There's a small museum too. I spotted a samurai sword in the museum.
More photos coming in later posts.
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Fort Siloso is a coastal artillery battery and one of twelve coastal artillery batteries which made up ‘Fortress Singapore ’ at the start of World War Two. Although there are remains of other batteries to be found on Singapore, Fort Siloso is the sole restored battery. ‘Siloso’ is a Philippine word meaning ‘Jealous Person’. You can read more about the history of Fort Siloso from its official website.
Fort Siloso was heavily armed in anticipation that the Japanese would attack Singapore via the south from the Sea during World War II but the Japanese soldiers came via our backdoor i.e. from the North of Singapore via Malaysia. So the guns in Fort Siloso was never used for the fighting during WW2.
So sad that we lost the war and was under Japanese Occupation for about three years. I was not born then but my parents did suffered during the war.
A short video taken when I was on the tram going up the Fort. The tram ride was about 5 minutes ride and sadly we need to do most of the walking in the hot sun.....lol.
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Saturday, January 23, 2010
Tourist posing with the python...yikes, it is scary. The last time I posed with a snake was when I was visiting Penang, Malaysia at a snake temple. I had to hold the cold slimy snake in my hand cause my son wanted to snap a photo with the snake. I carry my son on one hand and the snake on the other hand...lol.
A short video of the brave girl and the python.
Friday, January 22, 2010
Thursday, January 21, 2010
I used to play marbles with my neighbours and friends and my brother is very good in playing marbles cause he won a lot of marbles.
We used to draw the shape of the hopscotch on the sand using sticks as pencil. If it is on a cemented ground, we would used chalks to draw them. It is quite fun and very healthy, no wonder we were so slim when we were young with all the hopping and jumping...lol.
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
The exhibit of a baby sleeping. During the olden days, people cannot afford a crib or baby's bed so they make do with a sarong as a cradle. A sarong is a very big piece of fabric wrapped around a person's waist (just like a large tube) and can be worn by both men or women. When I gave birth to my sons, I also used the sarong as well as a baby's bed...lol. But as my sons get older, they can climb out of the sarong.
During the one month old of a baby, there will be a celebration and eggs are dye in red to celebrate the occasion.
An exhibit of an old man and his grandchild having some tea and cakes to celebrate the moon cake festival. Now this is interesting. The table, chairs, teaset and even the basket on the table were exactly the same as those used by my grandparents. Even the old man's singlet and pyjama pants are exactly what my grandfather and father wore...lol.
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Singapore is a multi racial and multi religious country where the different races live in harmony. Inside the Images of Singapore, you can view exhibits show casing the history of the different groups.
An exhibit on a perankan wedding.
A malay wedding
An Indian Wedding
An exhibit of a man carrying a kavadi during Thaipusam.
Monday, January 18, 2010
Had a great time visiting Sentosa. The Images of Singapore showcase the history of Old Singapore. It is very interesting and very worth visiting.
We were viewing a short movie about the different cultures of Singapore and where our forefathers come from.
These are just some exhibits show casing the coolies (labourers) taking a rest in their quarters. These coolies mostly come from China and worked in Singapore as coolies to pay for their journey from China to Singapore.
A ma jie (house servant cum babysitter) seeking the help of a writer to write a letter back to her family in China. Most of these ma jie come from Singapore and they vow never to marry. They came to Singapore during the early fifties to earn more money to send back to their family in China.
A female construction worker also know as Samsui women. They worked mostly at construction sites in the 1950s. They carried rocks, dug holes and conducted menial work that defied their small physical stature. They wore a red head dress which became their trademark feature. You can read more about them from infopedia.
Monday, January 11, 2010
Sunday, January 10, 2010
Another new mall that open last year. It is a eco friendly mall, which means it is going green and saving energy. You can read more about it from their official website.