Sunday, 8 October 2017

Former Beach Road Police Station

Aerial view of former Beach Rd Police Station
Credit: SPH
The Style of Colonial buildings constructed during that period, way back to early 1930s shaped like a colonial-style bungalow built by colonial government located at Beach road. Apart to the Colonial buildings that faced to the sea where the present Suntec City located at Marina Centre after the reclamation land from the sea. To the other side of Beach Road Police Station, there was a small road 'Jalan Laut' (defunct) to where Clyde Terrace Market stood, now the present 'The Gateway'. The road 'Jalan Laut' became Rochor Road.
Red Bricks of yesteryear (exposed)
It stood 3-storey high and was made of mainly red-bricks that are seen today which are covered white-washed painted. The high ceilings and spacious corridors as well as huge spectacular field that built with basketball court and open-air courtyard for training and recreational purposes. It was one of the largest scale buildings that were built upon reclaimed Beach Road area date back in 1840s. The main building of former Beach Road Police Station (seen as top above in the middle) on the left beside the empty plot of land.
In 1930s, the two of the 3-storey buildings in Beach Road were single men's barracks and married men's barracks. On the ground floor of the former building, there were mess and recreation rooms and dormitories on all 3 floors.
Quarters with Verandah on each floor (right)
The married men's quarters consisted of living rooms with a separate verandah on each floor, and there were 3 entrances leading to staircases rising to the upper floors, thus flanked a third 3-storey building. The ground floor occupied by a guard room, offices for an assistant commissioner, inspector and clerks, quarters for a sergeant and armoury, garages for a number of cars and stores. The cell rooms was behind the guard room which was approached by a covered way. Quarters for European and Asiatic inspectors occupied the upper floors. The area of the site along Beach road is near to the 'Demolished' of the theatre - Alhambra that built in 1930s. Now, there is wooden balcony on the 2nd floor where they can look out to the courtyards.
Geylang Police Station in Paya Labar Road
Source: SPH
When the BRPS closed in 1988, its staff relocated to the 'ultra-modern' Geylang Police Station which was opened in the same year in Paya Lebar road to replace Beach Road. The landmark along Beach road, the 3-storey building (Beach road Police Station) occupied by NCC (National Cadet Corps) later in the same year. Then in 1992, CPD (Central Police Division) headquarters moved in till 2001 when the newly Cantonment Police Complex completed, then they moved in till present where one of my classmates who works there as plainclothes for a long time. The station remained its operational for more than 70 years till 2001.
Side view of Old Beach Rd Police Station (2015)
The Former Beach Road Police Station was ceased in 2001 and was marked as conservation and historical site in Oct 2002. As part of an initiative by the Government to lease out disused state buildings to private schools from 2003 to 2006. A few years later in 2007, Raffles Design Institute took over the site and coated it with bright orange painted if I could remember when I passed by this route years ago. URA sets aside the building for future redevelopment and it turned out to be strict restoration and conservation stipulation to any future developers and to ensure that this site continues to have a future.
As you can see the two newly 'high-rising' buildings of which one under construction at that time (photo taken in 2015 as above) already completed with three former Beach Road camp blocks 1, 9 & 14 (all conserved and retained) revamped into Singapore's newest lifestyle - South Beach.
Front View of Old Beach Rd Police Station (2015)
This bright orange-coloured building was used to be Art show gallery in 2015 and 2016 of which I was there, knowing that the place was once an old Beach Road Police Station which was vacant for 2.5 years since 2013, had turned into an art paradise spaces for Art lovers like myself, managed by Singaplural, is a home-grown festival started by SFIC (Singapore Furniture Industries Council) in 2011, in conjunction with our annual trade fair, International Furniture Fair Singapore (IFFS).
Recent Propeller Ceiling Fan
These buildings has become modern art after installed air-cons, lighting, propeller ceiling fans, raw canvas...etc left there untouched that we saw yesterday during touring.
The entrance to former Beach Rd Police Station
The tour managed by SLA and Jerome, which was held on Sat 7th Oct yesterday. We arrived early as usual as there are 4 of us including Ms Juneta (tree member/participant) waited outside the entrance at 9.30am as the tour started at 10am. 
Exterior of the former Beach Rd Police Station
So we have to take a few shots before the rest of the participants. We saw SLA staff arrived early and they were inside the building, to foresee the grounds for any damaged wooden floor/ground.
Damaged wooden pavement
There is indeed damaged/broken wooden pavement outside of one of the buildings. The orange-colour painted 'colonial-style' bungalow/building was done by the previous Art company - Raffles Design Institute took over from 2007 to 2013.
Alhambra and Marlborough Theatres in 1920s
Source: thealhambrasgingapore
The orange-coloured building along the beach road, once the site of two theatres - Alhambra and Marlborough theatre at between Hoi How road (defunct) and Beach road, years later around 1980s-1990s the Prince and Jade theatre now ..present Shaw Towers.
 Retired Ex-Officer Philip Xavier
One of the ex-officers Philip Xavier who was stationed at Beach Road Police Station (C Division HQ) in 1970s, shared his story one of the rooms that used to be 'rest room' for the officers with rotating shifts.
The "Column" Block with Chimney (top)
The "Column" Block with Chimney at the rooftop, the block used to be officers' small resting rooms without air-con but there was a exhaust fan through the wall in the past. I was wondering who could endure the heat in the Singapore's tropical weather...maybe the young generations couldn't.

Barrack overlook towering skyscraper
Behind the "Column" barrack, the face of towering skyscraper 'monster' ( partly seen) sits beside former Block 14 Beach Road Camp (background) revamped into Court Martial Bar recently. Block 14 then in early years the first as quarters for Malay Company of the Singapore Volunteer Corps and later on it converted into a HQ Building for the People's Defence Force (PDF). Actually, there are three pre-war buildings - Blocks 1, 9 & 14 still stand today, together with NCO (Non-Commissioned Officers's) Club that are given conservation status in 2002. These 4 blocks have been revamped high technology modern compound and managed by South Beach Consortium Pte Ltd.
The doors of 'resting' room on the right
One of the two 1934 barrack blocks that were once part of the original station construction, used as a resting room.
Not far from the restroom, there is a toilet/washroom for the officers on each side and each floor. 
Recent coated in red & white on the wall
Even the recent coated in bright red on the wall of the staircases on each level on one side whilst the other side coated in white.
3-storey block
The 3-story block (see above) where the group of police officers posed for a picture in 1970s. Does it look familiar as below?
Group photo of Police Officers 1970s 
Photo Courtesy: Philip Xavier
This group photo was taken at 'C' Division building at that time when retired ex-officer Philip Xavier stationed. This photograph (above) belongs to retired ex-officer who shares his photos with us (participants) I took a shot of it and I was grateful to him for his generous.
In the front of the 3-storey block is the training ground and recreation sport (basketball court). Much thanks to the SPF for their arrangement to have retired ex-officer to share his storey and its historical building.
Retired Cop Philip Xavier in his younger days
Photograph Courtesy by Philip Xavier
He (Philip) even showed us an old photo of him - short-pant uniform in 1960s. He looked young chap in his 20s.
I remember that my god-sister whose uncle was a policeman, wore short-pant uniform in 1970s, rode on a bicycle around outside the Beach Road Police Station when he was called on radio page on his shoulder about the gangs. My good friend Dick Yip told me that he was stationed at former Beach Road Police Station in 1968 for 5 years after completed his Basic Course at Old Police Academy, Thomson Road. He wore short-pant uniform in 1968-69 and a year later his uniform changed to total blue uniform. At the station, he (Dick) did police work and opt to do anti-crime work, so he has to carry gun, baton, handcuffs...etc, at night use his own small torchlight and sometimes he was on a bicycle on patrol. Also his work.. was plainclothes in later years. On a day or night, he would report to Briefing room and got his orders and acted accordingly. He (Dick) never stayed in 'living' quarter or restroom during his time in the force, he just knocked off after work and went home as he has family at home in Sg. His good friend, Lionel, who was once well-known detective in 1960 till he retired in 1988. He was once served as national crime watchdog. He achieved national recognition in 1971 when he played a pivotal role in the expeditious solution of the infamous "Gold Bars Triple Murder" case. He was awarded many Commendation Certificates and Commissioner of Police Testimonials, including the Malaysian and Singapore Defence Medals. In 1960s, he played in smashing an international syndicate involved in counterfeiting and trafficking of counterfeit US currency notes and the successful apprehension of the syndicate members. Like other retired veteran or long-service officers had fond memories of how they were kept on their toes when Bugis Street was a popular tourist attraction in 1960s and 1970s. Currently, he owns PI firm at Katong.
I remember...there was once news reported in 1980s...."Like most old buildings, the old Beach Road Police Station has it
s own dark tales. Officers on night duty that have claimed they have heard creepy noises. That's why I did not see many of my officers at night, said Supt Bakar"...if I could recall the name.
Overlooking 3-storey Block (Main Building)
Floor plan of Block A (Main Building)
The living quarters were refurbished in early 1970s and converted into offices, the ceiling fans on each floor that kept the officers cool as there was no air-con at that time the building was built in early years. The floor plan pasted on the wall of the main building which I took a shot at the corner end staircase (shaded in blue foreground) where I walked up earlier.
The Havelock Road Police Station was demolished in 1969, followed by the Tanjong Pagar Police Station in 1972. The Central Police Station, one of the biggest police stations built during the British era, was also torn down in 1978 due to the widening of Upper Pickering Street. The former of Hill Street Police Station, former Beach Road Police Station and Pearl’s Hill’s Lower and Upper Barracks were the only colonial police stations located in the city area that had escaped the fate of demolition.
The former Beach Road Police Station was once involved in quelling riots fuelled by the Maria Hertogh (Nadra) custody case in 1950s.
In recent news reported that URA launched the public tender for the plot of land along Beach road - former Bea
ch Rd Police Station located and this building is no ordinary property transaction, whoever takes over the land, one must conserve and restore the former police station.
Group looked up and waved in the air
The 'one-direction' group that I took, their heads turned around, looked up and waved in the air, only to realise that there was a SLA staff on the 2nd level floor at the other block on the right (hidden from view) to take a shot of the group below.
Finally the group faced the cameras
Very much thanks to the organisers - SLA and Jerome for the series of tours for the past months since the starts of July 2017. Looking forward to the next tour in two weeks time.
 A tree with red berries
Well but not least, I saw one of the trees bearing red berries, don't offer edible bounties and many are highly poisonous, but the colourful fruits will brighten up the simply greenery of trees in the Old Beach Road Police Station.
Tree bearing bright red berries
A variety of both leafy, deciduous trees and needle covered evergreen offer red berries that add colourful highlights to our Singapore's landscape and the berries also attract song birds will love.
Currently, the GuocoLand Limited successfully won the bid tender of S$1.62 billion for Beach Road site during recent land sale exercise and plans to develop the site as "work-live-play" trends. The two 3-storey barrack blocks which are not conserved, possibly will demolish by successful developer as part of redevelopment in the future. So the developer will have the option to retain or demolish near the main building. The main building (U-shaped) built in 1931, is a simple 3-storey Art Deco Building, is given conservation status on 9 Oct 2002, must be retained.

Monday, 25 September 2017

Attending to My Dearest Bro Ariffin's Simple Traditional Wedding

Little did I know ....I received WhatApps from my dearest brother Ariffin inviting me to his big day on 24th Sept 2017! And of course, I do love to see him as it's been long time since I last saw him a few years ago despite our busy schedules so we still keep in touch on what's going on in our life even in Facebook as well as others. I was so happy for him - found a new love of his life.
It was a hot beautiful Sunday with full of clouds as if it was a good omen (called portent or presage) for his big day. I arrived at Bedok North estate where he lives with his family.
Well, I have been to many Malay Traditional weddings before that was in 1980s including my childhood friends' Malay Wedding at 'Kampong' huge tent at the badminton court just outside my mum's block where she and her family lived 3rd storey above the block. They have different types of setting up a spacious or grand wedding especially my childhood friend and one of her brothers who also got married on the same day as her. What a grand 'double' wedding they had. I vaguely remember during the times I attended simple Malay Traditional Wedding at one of my colleagues who is Muslim who held her wedding at void deck of her family's block but they put a lot of hard work on decorations, gatherings and sent invitations to close friends, relatives, colleagues and even foreign colleagues/bosses too. Nowadays, many Malay couples would go for cosplayer's themes such power rangers, superman...etc whom they go for... or are close friends or active members from TokuCos Singapore. Such entertainments and fun would add up enjoyable wedding blues...
That was what my dearest brother Mohd Ariffin whom I know him for a long time, He is an active member of TokuCos Singapore and a Mighty Morphin Red Power Ranger (MMRPR) cosplayer himself among with other power rangers in his group (see pic below)

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers
Photo Credit: John Kwok
This picture was taken in 2013 and shot by one of my close friends, John Kwok (also his close friend) attended his close friend, Airffin's wedding too. Bro Ariffin, a Red Power Ranger is one of the group photo. If these five power rangers were at his wedding and it would be great to see them in group. Performing Silat or Self-Defence Art are Black Panther', 'Green Ranger' ...attended at his wedding and performed 'Silat Pengantin/Malay Self-Defence Art' and at the end of the video..hilarity ensues. What a fun day for the Groom! You could name them - Zyouh Eagle, Green Ranger, Black Panther and MagiShine (blue and Gold Armor).
For the skill and knowledgeable, every ‘silat’ movement has its own meaning, for example, blessing the couple, respect the “royalty”, protection and etc. But nowadays, ‘silat asal boleh’ (anyhow ‘silat’) is also welcomed because it’s also a form of entertainment.
Originally, Islamic solemnization is very simple and straight ceremony which Bro Ariffin's solemnization held at ROMM or outside ROMM before his big day on the next day. There is a ‘wali’ (guardian), 2 witnesses, a small amount of ‘mahar’ (dowry) and/or a ring with a small dinner ‘walimah’ (celebration). Now, additional wedding gifts and dowry are expected. Usually ‘akad nikah’ is done the night before the big ‘walimah’ but sometimes, it can squeezed in a day. Bride and groom is offic
ially married after this ceremony. 
World's Finest Superheroes with Bride & Groom
Back to the wedding finest hall that what used to be a void deck that the simple Malay Traditional wedding that he wish for and yet it turned out to be grand finest wedding, with some of the world's finest Superheroes that happened to be his close friends. The Magnificent Four Superheroes stood on guards behind Bride and Groom are - from left Muhammad Ridhwan Bin Sulaiman (MagiShine), MuhayminLeo Azman (Zyouh Eagle), Abang Kamarr (Black Panther) and Chazzy Van Meezy (Green Power Ranger).
Superheroes as Bodyguards escorted their close friend
Photo Credit;: Sharingan Ismadi
Not only superheroes as what I heard that they also got experience in pencak silat kesenian / Silat Pengantin and one of them is a former Singapore Silat representative and medallist. Well, they are doing their close friends a favour as 'Bodyguards' to escorted them to their festivities.
Superheroes posed with Bride & Groom
Some superheroes dressed up their own clothes and they would bring their own either helmet or power ranger belts to show who they are. 
I arrived in the afternoon at 1plus and was told by his uncle that Ariffin and his bride will arrive at 2pm onwards, So I could help myself with my meal and desserts while waiting for Bride and Groom. Consequently, I could end up chatting some of his relatives or family's friends at the same table.
A wide variety of foods
My favourite Lontong
Variety of desserts
 My favourite of desserts
There are wide range of fruits, desserts, snacks, drinks and even hot beverages too. Of all the foods I love most during my kampong days.
After meals, I would watch them singing in a Malay Traditional songs and I even videoing it. I do understand the Malay songs they sang and dance in a traditional way. You can watch it as below
Traditional Songs and Dance for Bride and Groom
Video by Lina Catcat (Me)
Kompang/Drumming of handheld drums
Following the groom to the bride is not only his entourage but also a procession of several men playing the ‘kompang’ as an announcement of his arrival. The men playing the ‘kompang’ also would also sing ‘ghazal’ (lyrical poems) and songs. 
 Bride and Groom with family photo taking
Bride and Groom would sit together on a decorated stage better known as 'pelamin' for the blessing ceremony and photo taking with friends, relatives and family 
Bride & Groom with family, relatives and friends
 Me with Bro Ariffin and his bride
After all the ceremony (and picture taking) the bride and groom will be guided to their own dining table to have their lunch but not before feeding each other first in a traditional way. There is no specific reason behind this but just an act of being romantic to each other as a husband and wife.
 Bride and Groom praying before their wedding meal
Bride feeding her groom at Groom's place
I believe that each family may have their own practice so it maybe slightly different from others, just like my childhood Malay friend's wedding in 1980s in their kampong styles..
At around 3plus before I leave, I met two of our close friends - John Kwok and Ms Wong who came later and had a short chat with Bro Ariffin who was having his wedding meal half way. I brought them to the meal section for them to have their late lunch.
Then I walked back to the gifts counter and the lady passed a cute box of cake ( a cupcake) with thanks and calling out to him and said 'Goodbye'.

To My Dearest Brother Ariffin and Ruzainah
You look marvellous as a couple.
You will face on this new journey of life.
May your married life be filled with harmony, peace, joy and love,
Congratulations to both of YOU.

In addition... 
There has been lots of speculating video news or internet speculating news about cosplayer's Silat Pengantin/Self-Defence Art, had garnered lot of attention and mixed reviews by netizens on Facebook. Eh..There's nothing wrong with cosplayers performing Silat...or singing  the Kompang songs. In my views, I do hear many kompang songs in my childhood days, be it kompang gang songs or whatsoever. they are humans and they did a favour for their close friend, Ariffin for enertainment and fun once in his lifetime. Their knowledgeable in Malay traditional wedding... but nowadays people even their kids love to see their favourite cartoon/comic cosplayers in actions and even old generations would hear the oldies kompang songs. Why not? It's an entertainment and fun for the Malay couple, friends and family with kids. They have their close friend's family approval of their entertainment to the guests, young and old alike. There's no specific rules in Islamic and Malay in engaging their entertainment views on cosplayers. I don't see any negatives on my side and even my good old friends said that they love to see my photo albums that I posted on Facebook. It's a new Fashion trend nowadays. So do you?

Monday, 18 September 2017

Beautiful Old Admiralty House

On the 16th Sept Saturday morning at 10am, I including my husband and my classmate visited the Old Admiralty House (An English Country Manor) organised by SLA and Jerome. We met at Sembawang Mrt early as expected and the distance to the house is about 6 mins.
 Louise, Me & Kamal
Encik Kamal grew up in Sembawang and is very well knowledgeable around the places including old admiralty house and its grounds.
Louise, Me & Rudy
Upon reaching there, saw some of my friends here and there and quickie took some shots before our turns at 10am.
This two-storey brick bungalow was constructed in 1939. The development sits on a 5.6 hectare site, consisting of six hostel blocks, six academic blocks, a dance studio, swimming pool, tennis courts, basketball courts, laundry block and an air-raid shelter.

Entrance Arch to Old Admiralty House gate
We arrived at the school Arch gate along Old Nelson Road and the road was formerly known as Nelson Road in early 1960s where my parents used to live there based on my birth cert. before it changed its road name in 1970s.
Entrance to the former Old Admiralty House
Another entrance to the former Old Admiralty House within a short distance from the road side of the School Arch gate.
Former Old Admiralty House (Front)
This old colonial house with its distinctive red tiles and white columns was built back in 1939 and was originally the British Naval Headquarters, used by the Royal navy Officers until 1970s.
Built in 1939 towards the end of the movement and designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens, the two-storey brick building resembles a traditional English cottage that has a steep roof clad with terracotta tiles in a French pattern. The asymmetrical design of the building allow for numerous turns through the corridors, while the first storey is heavily stuccoed and painted white.
Between 1939-1945, it was first named the Canberra House and served as the residence of the Commodore Superintendent of the Royal Navy Dockyard as well as the strategic planning headquarters of the British armed forces during World War II.
Over the next few decades, the name of the building would change frequently along with purposes. From the Admiralty House (1958-1971) where it was the home of the Commander of the Far East Fleet, to the ANZUK House (1971-1974) where it served as the residence of the commander of the Australian, New Zealand and United Kingdom forces that provided interim defence protection while Singapore and Malaysia built up their militarises.
After WWII, the building was renamed Nelson House, after the famous Vice-Admiral Horatio Lord Nelson. Lord Nelson is recognised even today as one of the greatest admirals in English history, lauded as a hero of the Battle of Trafalgar (1805). Nelson House then became the residence of the Flag Officer of the Malayan Area.
The Old Admiralty House became the residence of Commander of the ANZUK forces after the pullout of the British forces in 1971.
After the British pullout, in 1972 , Queen Elizabeth II and Duke of Edinburgh had lunch at Old Admiralty House during their visit.
Gate inscribed "ANZUK House" 
In 1958, the residence became known as Admiralty House. It housed the Commander-in-Chief of the Far East Station. When the British withdrew its forces in 1971, the Australian, New Zealand, and United Kingdom (ANZUK) tripartite force assumed the responsibility of Singapore’s military defence. Once again, the Admiralty changed its name – it became ANZUK House. Until this day, the words ‘ANZUK House’ can still be seen on the entrance gate of the state property (see above pic).
Four years later in 1975, following the withdrawal of the Australian forces from the ANZUK, returned the house keys to the Singapore Government. Sembawang Shipyard inherited the estate and used it as a recreation club. While its owners changed over the years, the monument continued to house recreation facility clubs until 2006. When the building was declared a National Monument in 2002, it was renamed for the last time as the Former Admiralty House.
FIS Institute (2014)
Over time it was also used as a private residence, hotel, recreational club and Yishun country club, before it became home to the FIS Institute (辅仁预科学院) (present Furen International School), a private educational institution (boarding school) to cater mainly Chinese nationals and Overseas as of 2011 till present.
 Former Old Admiralty House (Back)
The balcony private quarters
The white-washed wall above the 'semi-circle' of the balcony private quarters with the rooms below. In those days, the column white-washed walls that were used to have blinds in the past.
Possibly the reading or dinning room
The 'Open' Balcony Private Quarters
The Balcony Private Quarters looks more space to look outside the garden , a plain lawn overlooking the Straits of Johor through cutting in the trees.
A Green Lawn
From the balcony, to where the green lawn with a pond, is seen here with early participants still there taking a selfie at the far right.
A house described as possessing a wide verandah
A wide verandah is seen above the 'semi-circle' Balcony and the exposed red bricks seen on the 2nd level of the Old Admiralty House.
There are two staircases (see below) that could have described in different ways..
 Main Staircase
The Corridor from the main staircase (at the end)
What could have been the servants quarters
Servants Stairwell
Walked up from the main staircase leads to the corridor of the rooms to the end of the narrow of what to be the servants stairwell (staircase) to the kitchen blocks below.
Fire-hose Tower is seen at the rooftop
The development includes an elegantly proportioned fire-hose tower which serves as a local landmark for both the Sembawang area and the shipyard.
Rooftop Lightning Conductors
What I could have seen lots of lighting rod conductors that are built on rooftop of the hostel and academic blocks, office & laundry block as well as the main block of an Old Admiralty House. It is usually made out of a rod of metal with a pointed end and is mounted at a high spot such as the roof of a building. The rod is connected to ground through a cable that is attached to a stake that is driven into the earth.
The Servants and Kitchen Blocks
One of the hostel blocks
The grounds of the Old Admiralty House recently added structures - a pond, entrance gate a guard post and the single storey blocks around the swimming pools also added with classrooms and accommodations by the School (FIS). 
The Ground of A Pool built by POWs
The 'deepest' swimming pool is said to be built by 200 Japanese POWs for the British after Japanese surrendered in 1945.
The area of the forest was once a water tower and stone steps. The background of the building was once Sembawang Forest West Hill now HDB flats.
Air Raid Shelter (Bomb Shelter)
The 30msq underground bunker was discovered in 1990 that is believed to be a Air Raid
Shelter (Bomb Shelter) located at the driveway of the building of Old Admiralty House close by.

Closeup of Bomb Shelter
The bomb shelter (Air Raid Shelter) is rather small and clean. The Air Raid Shelter has a wooden roller shutter above, this is to pull down and close the shelter. There's a small 'round' hole in the middle of the steps. When there is rain, it will flow into the hole, preventing floodwaters flowing into the Air Raid Shelter. 
Back of the Bomb Shelter
To the toilet Closet
The remains of a toliet closet
On the left inside the bomb shelter, what remains of a squatting toilet closet (water closet) and has several light fittings can be found inside the shelter.
The room hall with propeller fan
Only one room hall that can accommodate member of the buildings with one propeller fan.
Colonial Lighting inside the shelter
Several light fittings mounted on the wall can be found inside the bomb shelter. A very grand colonial lightings could be seen inside the Air Raid Shelter and is believed to be built in 1930s or later.
Antique light bulb
Propeller fan
The 6-blade Propeller fan mounted above the concrete ceiling to where the toilet closet is and the vibration is minimal and have better holding power.
To the Staircase Escape Route
The tree roofs seen sprouting from above the concrete ceiling wall
Metal Staircase
On the right side of the bomb shelter, is the metal staircase leading to the...
Escape Route
escape route (pic as above) to where the carpark located nearby., just at the back of the shelter above.
 One of the concrete lampposts
Closeup of the colonial lamp post
One of the 3 colonial concrete lampposts can be seen in the premise of an Old Admiralty House which is only one left in the original building.
The Flagstaff of old
The Flag Mast was taken down from Kranji Wireless Station on the 12th May 1970 and re-elected at Admiralty House on the same day.
A Pair of Fu Dog Statue
A pair of 'Fu Dog' statue is seen at the staircase handrail next to the entrance gate after you walked from the Old Nelson Road driveway to the Old Admiralty House.
As a national monument, the former Admiralty House is set to be a centrepiece of the future Sembawang Community Hub and enrich the community development with its rich heritage. It will give the fresh sporting, recreational and community amenities in a park setting an added dimension.
2 Groups (9am & 10am) shots
Photo Credit: Jerome Lim
Group Photo taken by me
As the news has announced that a 12 hectare plot of land in Sembawang will soon be home to an integrated sports and community hub, just a five minute walk away from Sembawang MRT station. The FATE of the Furen International School, which will vacate the premises in 2020.