A collection of 51 photographs taken at sunrise that show that the north may have some of the best spots in Singapore to greet the new day.
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Tags: Colours of Sunrise, Colours of the Morning, Dawn, Lower Seletar Reservoir, Mandai, Nature, Northern Singapore, Photography, Photography Spots, Sembawang, Singapore, Straits of Johor, Sungei Seletar, Sunrise, Tebrau Strait, Upper Seletar Reservoir, Where to Catch the Sunrise, Yishun
Categories : Forgotten Places, Mandai, Nature, Parks and Gardens, Photography, Photography Series, Sembawang, Singapore, Sunrises, Yishun
Sitting in relative isolation and surrounded by a lush forest of greenery for much of the 77 years of its existence, Old Admiralty House may soon find itself in less than familiar settings. The National Monument, built as a home away from home for the officer in command of the British Admiralty’s largest naval base this side of the Suez, will soon find itself become part of Sembawang’s sports and community hub.
The hub, it seems from what’s been said about it, will feature swimming pools, multi-play courts, a hawker centre, a polyclinic and a senior care centre; quite a fair bit of intervention in a quiet, isolated and of late, a welcome patch of green in the area’s fast spreading sea of concrete. Plans for this surfaced during the release of what became the 2014 Master Plan, which saw a revision on the intended location of Sembawang’s sports and recreation complex from the corner of Sembawang Avenue and Sembawang Road to the parcel of land on which the monument stands.
The monument, a beautifully designed Arts and Crafts movement inspired house, is without a doubt the grandest of the former base’s senior officers’ residences built across the naval base. Set apart from the other residences, it occupies well selected position placed atop a hill in the base’s southwestern corner, providing it with an elevation fitting of it, a necessary degree of isolation and privacy, and the most pleasing of surroundings – all of which will certainly be altered by the hub, notwithstanding the desire to “incorporate the natural environment and heritage of the area”.
The naval base that Old Admiralty House recalls is one to which colonial and post-colonial Singapore owes much economically. With the last working remnants of the base are being dismantled, the area is slowly losing its links to a past that is very much a part of it and Singapore’s history and whatever change the creation of the sports and community hub brings to Old Admiralty House and its settings, it must be done in a way that the monument at the very least maintains its dignity, and not in a way in which it is absorbed into a mess of interventions that will have us forget its worth.
More on Old Admiralty House: An ‘English country manor’ in Singapore’s north once visited by the Queen
Around Old Admiralty House
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Tags: Architecture, Arts and Crafts Movement, British Admiralty, Changing Landscapes, Colonial Architecture, Forgotten Buildings, Forgotten Places, Former Admiralty House, Green Spaces, National Monument, Naval Base, Old Admiralty House, Photography, Reminders of Yesterday, Sembawang, Sembawang Naval Base, Sembawang Sports and Community Hub, Singapore, Sunrise
Categories : Architecture, Changing Landscapes, Forgotten Buildings, Forgotten Places, Heritage Sites, Military Sites, National Mounments, Parks and Gardens, Reminders of Yesterday, Sembawang, Singapore
The Sumatras, squalls that blow rapidly in from the west, can sometimes add to the drama of the lightening skies at dawn. Such was the case this morning on the Straits of Johor, as observed from Beaulieu Jetty in Sembawang at first light. It didn’t take long however for the scene to turn from the magical one pictured at 6.28 am to one of darkness and gloom. More on the Sumatras can be found on the National Environment Agency’s website: Sumatras. Other encounters I have had with Sumatras at dawn can be found at the following posts:
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Tags: Beaulieu Jetty, Colours of Sunrise, First Light, Mata Jetty, Photography, Selat Tebrau, Sembawang, Singapore, Squalls, Straits of Johor, Sumatras, Sunrise, Tebrau Strait, Thunderstorms, Weather
Categories : Nature, Photography, Photography Series, Seascapes, Sembawang, Singapore, Sunrises
Some information on the area:
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Categories : Photography, Photography Series, Sembawang, Singapore, Sunrises
A new day over a world made new, Kallang Basin, seen on 14 March 2016 at 7.06 am. The Sports Hub, with the distinct profiles of the new National Stadium and the Indoor Stadium can be seen against the backdrop of the lightening sky.
The basin in my younger days, where several of Singapore’s larger rivers spilled into the sea, was a hub of much activity with industries and several boat building and repair yards up the rivers. With also the mooring of wooden boats in the basin itself, the view one got of the basin was one dominated by the hulls and masts of the boats floating on its then malodorous waters.
Today, we are offered a much altered view of the basin. A ten year clean-up effort, which was initiated in 1977, has seen that the waters that now spill into it, smell much less. The boats of yesterday’s basin no longer colour its now clean waters. Reclamation of land and the closure of its only opening to the sea by the Marina Barrage, have cut it off from the sea.
As part of the city centre Marina Reservoir and the Kallang Riverside development, the basin has become a hub for a different activity. The boats that we see are one no longer intended for trade but are those used for sports and leisure.
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Categories : Architecture, Changing Landscapes, Kallang, New Singapore, Photography, Photography Series, Singapore, Sunrises
It has been a long while since we a celebration of the new day as spectacular as the one seen on Monday.
Colours of the new day, Monday, 18 May 2015, 6.48 am as seen from the beach at Kg Wak Hassan.
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Tags: Colours of Sunrise, Kampong Wak Hassan, Photography, Sembawang, Sunrise
Categories : Forgotten Places, Nature, Photography, Photography Series, Quiet Moments, Sembawang, Singapore, Sunrises
Where trees once spoke to me, and birds rejoiced in the colours of the new day, there will now be no tomorrows, for the songs of yesterday …
The magic of the new day, 18 February 2012, corner of Gambas Avenue and Woodlands Avenue 10.
The tragedy of the new world, 25 January 2015, corner of Gambas Avenue and Woodlands Avenue 10.
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Tags: Changing Landscapes, Colours of Sunrise, Gambas Avenue, Lost Places, Photography, Sembawang, Singapore, Sunrise, Urbanisation, Woodlands Avenue 10
Categories : Changing Landscapes, Forgotten Places, Sembawang, Singapore