Sunday, October 26, 2008


This picture looks rather out of place here within this blog.

What is there to talk about this pile of construction material?

If you click on the picture to enlarge it, scrutinize the picture carefully and you will find a rodent peeping back at you.

I’ve actually noticed these 5 or 6 large rats scurrying around the bin centre for quite a while and I’m finally cheesed off enough today that I took the trouble to wait outside the rubbish collection bin to catch these rodents in action.

These rodents are getting bolder by the day and you can see them scurrying around even in the day!

I should have brought a DSLR camera along as the compact camera was just not fast enough to catch them in action.

I think the rubbish collection centre at Kim Pong Road should be kept clean and the Tanjong Pagar Town Council should even consider engaging a professional pest control company to eradicate this vermin problem.

They could be seen running around all the way to Moh Guan Terrace and this problem cannot be swept under the carpet anymore.

Either the Town Council clean up the act here or they relocate the rubbish collection centre somewhere else.

It is actually strange to have a children’s playground and exercise corner located next to the bin centre as the foul smell is not something you want to inhale when you are playing or exercising there.

Profound Loss @ Eng Hoon Street

Take a look at these images:

Photo courtesy of hyacinthus

Photo courtesy of TEH

These images have just become very valuable because they will never be captured on another camera or video devices ever:

A new commercial building will replace that beautiful building.

I was speechless when I saw the on going demolition.

I had always wanted to snap some pictures of this place but never really got around to doing it.

The only pictures I had was taken earlier this year:

When I saw them covering up the place with netting, I enquired around and was told that the building was not safe as tiles from the roof were falling onto the parked cars.

And the building owners were asked to do something about it.

I suppose the easiest thing for them to do was to demolish that building to make it safe for everyone!

I really miss that JACK ROOF. That loss will be too profound for me to accept for a long long time.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Tiong Bahru Estate Repainting Exercise

All the Tiong Bahru Estate residents should have received this letter in their mailboxes by now.

The Tanjong Pagar Town Council and some residents spent the whole afternoon folding, inserting the letters into the envelopes and distributing them.

If you are a Tiong Bahru owner, please make an effort to go to the Tiong Bahru Community Centre to cast your vote.

I'm glad that this colour repainting exercise gave me the opportunity to see and feel that the residents here do care about this estate.

click on image to enlarge

click on image to enlarge

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Old Map of the Tiong Bahru Estate

This is a rare map of the Tiong Bahru Estate.

I wouldn't have gotten this if it is not for Kelvin Ang!

Tiong Bahru Estate used to be much bigger back then as it stretches all the way to Kim Tian and Boon Tiong Road.

There were lots of open spaces and the Central Expressway (CTE) hasn't taken over Sit Wah Road.

Tiong Bahru Community Centre (or Club) and Seng Poh Lane (Where Por Kee Restaurant is), was not in existent.

If you look at the bottom right, you would have noticed the name James M Fraser.

I've blogged about this person previously.

You may want to read it here : The Boys’ Brigade Connection

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Did you know this?

When you are strolling around the Tiong Bahru Estate and you suddenly have the urge to take a power nap, I suggest you think twice about "abusing" those enticing benches within the estate. You may be better off checking into the nearby Link Hotel.

Read this report to see what I mean :

The Straits Times
Oct 14, 2008

The National Parks Board (NParks) fined the private bus driver for having misused the park facility by sleeping on the bench. -- PHOTO: THE NEW PAPER

Costly park bench nap
Nappers can be fined $200 for misuse of park facility.

WHAT was supposed to be a free 15-minute nap on a park bench turned into a costly snooze for one Singaporean.

The New Paper on Tuesday reported that a 62-year-old, who only wanted to be known as Mr Kassim, was fined $200 when he dozed off on a Sun Plaza Park bench while taking shelter from the rain.

The National Parks Board (NParks) fined the private bus driver for having misused the park facility by sleeping on the bench.

The incident happened on Sept 1 at a park in Tampines.

Mr Kassim had dozed off on one of the wooden benches while seeking shelter from a heavy downpour. He woke up about 15 minutes later to see two men, who would later identify themselves as NParks rangers, walking towards him.

They asked for his identity card, told him he had 'abused park facilities by sleeping on the park bench', and issued him a ticket.

Mr Kassim accepted the ticket despite not knowing it was an offence to sleep on a park bench.

Five days later, he received an NParks letter detailing his offence and asking him to pay the $200 fine. When he went to the NParks office to make payment, he claimed he was told by a staff member that he could appeal.

But he decided against it, citing it would be a hassle.

According to an NParks spokesman, more than 10 people have been fined for misusing the facilities in the parks. The spokesman did not say if these specifically involved sleeping on park benches.

He told TNP: 'We try to create the conditions that make visitors feel at ease... When people abuse our parks by overstaying or squatting, they make genuine park users feel uncomfortable. Others sleep on benches or in shelters in an inconsiderate manner and deny park users from these facilities.'

Of eight regular park-goers surveyed by The New Paper, none knew that sleeping on park benches was an offence.

On the NParks website, there is a list of 'Dos' and 'Don'ts' for visiting parks. Sleeping on a park bench was not among the 'Don'ts', but there was a disclaimer which said the list was 'not exhaustive or intended to be a complete list of the prohibitions or regulations governing our parks'.

Since Tiong Bahru Estate is not governed by NParks, you won't be rudely awaken by any park rangers...but you can still be CAUGHT like these people : The Art of Being Laid Back

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Stick No Bills!

Picture taken off the wall at Block 72 Seng Poh Road

Lately, there had been so many posters & advertisements being stuck onto the walls around Tiong Bahru.

The one that annoys me the most is this one:

It seems that they have pasted their advertisement on every possible home in Tiong Bahru!

Isn't this an act of vandalism?

If the authorities do not act on these anti social behaviours, we will get more of these unsightly advertisements soon.

I really HATE to see our soon to be repainted estate being covered by these unsightly advertisements.

If you really need to put up some posters to announce something, perhaps you can remove the posters at the end of the day.

The Monkey Business sales has been concluded long ago but the posters is still all over the place!

Please lah, take the posters down before other monkeys start following your anti social act!