The 7 links project

6 09 2011

This is a long overdue post and probably one that requires a lot more effort than it appears to need, one that requires a fair bit of reflection on how previous postings I have made can be seen from the perspective of seven categories so identified by a 7 Links Project. The 7 Links Project is one in which a blogger is to post links to 7 blog posts that falls into each of the 7 categories, and in what seems like a chain letter, nominate 3 other bloggers to do the same. Chain letter or not, it does seem like a great idea which prompts a blogger to take a look back and reflect and I am thankful for my friend and fellow blogger, Aussie Pete, for nominating me. Except for maybe two categories in which the choice wasn’t difficult, the others actually required quite a fair bit of effort in identifying a post that best matched them. And so, after considerable thought, here are my 7 links:

Most Beautiful

The most beautiful post is always one that is going to be difficult to identify, as there would be many interpretations of what constitutes beauty. After much thought, I thought it would be one that captured emotion of an occasion, and one about the passing of the days of the old railway through Singapore, which for me and many others, represented the last days of the romance of a train journey starting from Singapore. The post that I selected, :”Amidst the rising tide, a tearful farewell to Romance“, is one that I thought best captured the poignancy of all that and one which I wrote on the last departure of a luxury train service, steeped in the majesty and romance of the great train journeys, from the now closed station in Tanjong Pagar. The post was also featured on asia!, an online portal which tries to provide a glimpse of the Asia that lies beyond the news headlines.

Most Popular

Identifying the most popular post was a lot easier. It is one that caught the attention of many, and one that was a start of a series of posts that I had put up in the lead up to the ending of train services to Tanjong Pagar Railway Station in which I had featured some of the anonymous faces of the Malayan Railway. The faces are those of men and women who had in their many years of dedicated service keeping the railway running safely through Singapore, who many have not taken the time to take notice of. As a tribute to them, I decided to feature some of those I had a chance to say hello to, and it started with one dedicated to a tireless and unassuming gentleman who was to be one of the two last Station Masters at Bukit Timah Railway Station. It was at Bukit Timah that the last of the key tokens on the Malayan Railway was exchanged as the old fashioned practice was phased out elsewhere along the line. The post is: “Faces of the Railway: the last Station Master at Bukit Timah“.

Most Controversial

Identifying a controversial post was always going to be a tough one. The subjects which I post on are as far from controversy as we are from the sun. The closest that any would come to controversy are perhaps those where opinions that I have made are questioned or challenged. One that comes to mind with respect to that is a post in which I highlight the problem of widespread littering in Singapore in spite of over 40 years of the keep Singapore clean campaign: 42 years of Keeping Singapore Clean and still trying to keep Singapore clean“. The post did draw a few comments, online and offline froma number who disagreed with my suggestion that it was Singaporeans and not just foreigners or new immigrants who were just as responsible for the littering, and even if it isn’t controversial by itself, did succeed in stirring up some controversy..

Most Helpful

There were a series of posts related to the closing of the railway through Singapore that was helpful to many Singapore residents that were trying to catch their last glimpses of the Malayan Railway’s operations and trying to participate in the making of history, which are consolidated in a page Journeys Through Tanjong Pagar “, that I had put up. If I were to identify one, it would be the one in the series entitled: Don’t miss the last train!The post provided information on where and when the trains could be spotted and was even referred to by news and media representatives and filmmakers documenting the passing of history.

Most Surprisingly Successful

The post which success surprised me the most was one that I put up on one of my memories of what was once a bustling village in the Sembawang area of Singapore, Chong Pang village, which was flattened at the end of the 1980s. It was a village which I had many interactions with in my youth and many former residents of the village found their way to the post and that help to reconnect many of them not just with the village, but together. The post is: Forgotten with time: Chong Pang Village “.

Most Underrated

There are a few post that may be considered to be a little underatted of which I thought the most was one that involved a experience of a lifetime. It was one in which I had found myself right at the heart of the action in the midst of a boisterous street festival, the Bisket Jatra, in the UNESCO World Heritage town of Bhaktapur, Nepal: In the eye of the frenzied storm of the Bisket Jatra.

Most Proud Of

The post that I am most proud of would be : A night when the stars shone “. It wasn’t so much the post, but what the post represents, which was the recognition I received as photographer when I received a request to be the official photographer at the Seri Temasek Awards 2011. The event was also special for me as it brought me up close to some of the legends of Malay cinema and the Malay entertainment world, including the likes of international divas Anita Sarawak and Ning Baizura, the man who played Singapore’s version of James Bond (Jefri Zain), Jins Shamsudin, and other well established names such as Rozita Rohaizad, Jack Neo, Sarah Aqilah and Najip Ali.

And last but not least, the nominations I have made for the project are as follows:

Blog to Express

The author of the blog is the now extremely well known James Seah who describes himself as “a ‘recycled teenager’ learning to blog”. James was deservedly mentioned by the Prime Minister of Singapore, Mr Lee Hsien Loong in his National Day Rally speech for his efforts to preserve the memory of the Bukit Ho Swee fire.

Love You Wrong Time
Estelle Kiora

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I travel about Singapore in the hope to learn more about life itself and my own country. I’m someone who enjoys being in a peaceful and spacious environment. Blue is my favourite colour.