Archive for the tag 'History'

May 17 2012

Singapore’s Labrador Nature Reserve

Published by under Outdoors

Singapore has many public parks, but if you want to picnic by the seaside, walk through dense jungle and learn about World War II history there’s only one that fits the bill: the Labrador Nature Reserve. Located along the south coast of Singapore quite close to Sentosa Island, Labrador Park was officially upgraded to a … read the full post

Apr 23 2012

Kampong Buangkok: Singapore’s last traditional village

When Singapore split from Malaysia in the early 1960s, the government implemented a number of policies to rapidly modernise the newly independent city-state. One of them was to move all the people from Malaysian-style kampong villages to the high-rise public housing apartments. Somehow, one of these traditional villages was spared from the bulldozer and survives … read the full post

Mar 24 2012

Raffles Hotel Museum

Published by under Museums

Note: The Raffles Hotel Museum closed permanently in February 2013. Raffles Hotel is the one place in Singapore where nostalgia about the British colonial days seems to be encouraged, and only then because it’s a serious money maker. A night in the cheapest room at this luxury heritage hotel costs S$700 and even a Singapore … read the full post

Feb 13 2012

On Singapore’s World War II trail: Fort Siloso

Think Sentosa Island is all fun and games? Before it was Singapore’s playground, the island was home to military fortresses, which protected the Singapore Harbour from pirates during the colonial days and the Japanese navy during World War II. Fort Siloso, the only surviving fort, is now a military museum open to the public. According … read the full post