Stumbling upon a Tiger’s lair …

2 03 2015

The last tiger in Singapore may have roamed the island some eight decades ago. It does however appear that the island’s secondary forests still conceal a few tigers from a less distant past. I stumbled upon one, hidden in a lair that lies under a forested slope in the south of Singapore.

The entrance to the tiger's lair.

The entrance to the tiger’s lair.

The “lair” in question is a bunker that seems to have been built before WWII. Red bricks reinforce its tunnel-like structure, a common feature among prewar bunkers. The bunker’s small entrance leads into a small passageway, which in turn opens out into a lower room on the right.

Not quiet a light at the end of the tunnel ...

Not quite a light at the end of the tunnel … it is in this room that I found the crate.

The dust-covered wooden box appears to have been left undisturbed for a number of years. There’s a large Tiger logo printed on one side.

Opening the crate.

Opening the crate.

The contents of the crate seem intriguing. Among them are a number of newspaper clippings and photographs, a Paul Cheong vinyl record, as well as a Kodak Brownie camera of perhaps 1950s/1960s vintage. These provide clues as to the crate’s age.

A first look into the crate.

A first look into the crate.

A chain with a shackle, resembling something out of the prisons of old, is one the crate’s most disturbing contents. Less disturbing is a Tiger Beer bottle and an old Tiger Beer can. Both seem rather old. The can is of steel and not of the aluminum variety that is used today.

A close-up of the undisturbed contents.

A close-up of the undisturbed contents.

A close-up of the undisturbed contents.

A close-up of the undisturbed contents.

The crate also contains what appears to be a nameplate with the name “Chu Beng Huat” and the number “21509”. Who Chu Beng Huat may have been, and what happened to him are a mystery.

A close-up of the undisturbed contents.

A close-up of the undisturbed contents.

It’s hard to say where the crate came from, or who put it there. Perhaps it was abandoned or left by mistake. I am not sure of the crate’s origins or where the crate came from and some further investigation would be needed.


I am not really fond of putting videos up, especially when I can be seen in them, but I have included one that one of my jalan-jalan kaki took that would provide an appreciation of the “lair” and what can be found in it:



7 responses

3 03 2015
Stumbling upon a Tiger’s lair … | Singapore Informer

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4 03 2015

looks like a time capsule..

4 03 2015
Is this really some mystery find in a southern S’pore pre-WWII bunker or a clever product placement? | Mothership.SG

[…] what appears to be a tribute to The Blair Witch Project, a blog post put up by a Singapore buff claims to have stumbled upon a pre-World War II bunker in the southern […]

4 03 2015

Do you have the location of this place Or rather the pictures? Wish to hear back from you. Especially the pictures. Beng huat is a friend of my family back when we lived in changi village. Ever since we moved away we have not heard from his family.

5 03 2015
A longtime reader

This seems like an amazing find, but the bottle is a giveaway. It was always gold foil or no foil until recent years, not silver foil. And if the find is as old as is claimed, the bottle shape would be different as well. Say it ain’t so, Jerome.

6 03 2015
Mr Kim

“Stumbing into a tiger lair”, box with tiger beer brand on it, tiger beer bottle, can, etc all inside
lol hoax la, product placement advertising tiger beer very well done. Come i clap for you!

6 03 2015

Good effort, but it just seems a little too convenient for Tiger Beer to drop in an SG50 campaign. Plus, they bought youtube pre-roll pushes for your video. Heh

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