Tag Archives: Japanese Occupation

15 February and A Trip to The Bukit Batok Memorial

Today marks the 75th anniversary of the fall of Singapore. During Japan’s invasion of Singapore, one of the fiercest battles between the Allied troops and the aggressors took place at the Bukit Timah area. It was also near the former … Continue reading

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Singapore’s Street of Religious Harmony (Part I) – Telok Ayer Street

Telok Ayer Street is truly Singapore’s representative street of religious harmony. Several major places of worship – a mosque, Indian Muslim shrine, Chinese temple and church – have made this street, a short 350m-long stretch between Boon Tat Street and Cecil … Continue reading

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S.R. Nathan (1924-2016) – President, Diplomat, Crisis Leader

At his lowest point in life, he almost could not survive out there in the streets. Yet in the later part of his life, he would go on to become Singapore’s sixth and longest-serving President (2011). It was a colourful and … Continue reading

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The Sarimbun Beach Landing and Jalan Bahtera

On 8 February 1942, in a quiet and dark night at Lim Chu Kang, the worst nightmare had arrived at Singapore as the Japanese invaders crossed the Straits of Johore and landed near the Sarimbun Beach. Sarimbun Beach Landing It … Continue reading

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The Lost Cause and Forgotten Ruins of Fort Serapong

Built between the 1870s and 1890s, Fort Serapong, together with Fort Siloso, Fort Connaught and the Imbiah Battery, formed an integrated part of the British’s southern coastal defence at Pulau Blakang Mati (present-day Sentosa). The fortifications, along with Fort Pasir … Continue reading

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The Mystery of a Deserted Japanese Tomb at Mount Faber

The “rediscovery” of Keppel Hill Reservoir hit the newspapers’ headlines in 2014, but there was another forgotten relic at the southern slope of Mount Faber not known to many people. Hidden in the forested slope, at almost the top of … Continue reading

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A Visit to Reflections at Bukit Chandu

The minute-long signal was being sounded all over Singapore at 12.05pm today to mark the Total Defence Day, and this year is a special one. It is the 70th anniversary of the Fall of Singapore. On the 15th of February … Continue reading

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