The last time ever I saw your face

29 08 2012

In a Singapore that is changing too fast, it is not only places from the distant past, but also places that we have become acquainted with in more recent times to in more recent times, that are disappearing all to quickly. One such place is a little corner of the new Sembawang, a mostly residential neighbourhood that has risen out of the ashes of parts of what had been Chong Pang Village. The corner was an area that had for a while been left undeveloped with a few mature trees on it, silhouettes of which against the backdrop of the break of day to the east, made for an especially pretty sight. It will however, not be the silhouettes of trees that we now will see, but that of bulldozers that uprooted the trees at the end of the last week, silhouettes that will, as were those of the trees, be all but temporary – the dark shadows cast by a cold grey industrial building will all too soon dominate the once pretty view. And when those shadows are cast, I will be glad to have seen the corners as it once was, for it will not be the shadows or the cold grey structure that I see, but that of my memory of it in its former glory.

The fire in the sky, 18 February 2012.

Sunrise, 28 February 2012.

Sunrise, 10 March 2012.

Sunrise, 19 May 2012.




One response

30 08 2012

Hi Jerome, indeed when I first bought my unit at Seletaris 10 years ago,
it was primarily due to its serence and kampong like environment. I thoroughly enjoyed my morning runs around the vicinity. Now as one looked across the road along the canal, it is quite an eyesore. Not to mention further pilings down Sembawang Road. Further construction seems to have taken place along Yishun Av 2 towards Canberra Road. The tranquility of the place is damaged forever…

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