Tag Archives: Housing And Development Board

Bras Basah Complex, Singapore’s City of Books

Completed in 1980 under the urban renewal plan, the Bras Basah Complex has been a familiar place to many Singaporeans for the past three decades. Over the years, the commercial-cum-residential complex has become Singapore’s well-known City of Books, an unofficial yet representative … Continue reading

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Bird Singing, a Favourite Pastime of the Past

Bird singing competitions, bird singing corners, bird singing clubs. True enough, bird singing was and is still a favourite hobby among many Singaporeans. The fascinating hobby seemed to have kicked off in Malaysia and Singapore in the late fifties. The … Continue reading

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Pachitan – A Vanished Javanese Name in Singapore

Pachitan was a name that has largely forgotten and vanished in modern Singapore. It began during the pre-war period, when a group of immigrants from the Pacitan City, East Java of Indonesia, came to Singapore. Like other groups of immigrants, they formed their … Continue reading

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Bidding Farewell to Siglap’s Last Standing Flats

The days have come to bid farewell to the last standing flats at Siglap. Also known as the Siglap Fire Site Housing Estate in its early days, the four blocks stood out in Siglap, where it is almost exclusively filled … Continue reading

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SG50 – A Glance at Singapore in the Past 50 Years

Fifty years, fifty old and new photos of Singapore, and fifty familiar names, events and landmarks that helped to shape and define Singapore between 1965 and 2015. To celebrate SG50, let us take a look at Singapore’s enormous progress and … Continue reading

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From Villages to Flats (Part 2) – Public Housing in Singapore

The history of the public housing in Singapore is largely divided into two sections: The Singapore Improvement Trust’s (SIT) period and the Housing and Development Board’s (HDB) era. Two minor players that had also contributed in the building of public … Continue reading

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Our Favourite Playgrounds of Yesteryears

How many of you have spent hours of your childhood playing in these sand-based playgrounds with local-styled designs? Many of them, built in the late seventies, are the works of Khor Ean Ghee (born 1935), Maria Boey, Lee Kwee Wah … Continue reading

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