A Visit to Eurasian Community House on 20 July 2013


Singapore Heritage Festival 2013 was held from 19 July to 28 July 2013, all over Singapore. I was delighted that there was an opportunity for me to attend some of the guided trails in Singapore during this period.

I took part in The Eurasian Experience Open House & Tour at the Eurasian Community House at 139 Ceylon Road (near Dunman Road and Tanjong Katong Sec School area)

Beautiful ceramic painting of Portugal port near the entrance of Eurasian Community House…

Eurasion Heritage Centre is located inside the Eurasian Community House.

Eurasian Heritage centre is open from Tuesday to Sundays from 10am to 6pm, Closed on Monday.

The volunteer guide for Eurasian Heritage experience – Ms Michelle Tessensohn

Ms Michelle Tessensohn did a very good introduction to the Eurasian Heritage Centre and shared quite a lot of interesting Eurasian culture with the visitors. I didn’t know that she’s the great granddaughter of Mr Edward Tessensohn. Tessersohn is a German surname as I know sohn means son in German (eg Mendelsohn = Mendel’s son)

By the way, Tessensohn sounds familiar right? Hmm….

Yes, it’s One of the Singapore road near Balestier Road and Race Course Road area. The road was named after Mr Edward Tessensohn, a Eurasian who came from Malacca.

Do visit their showcase at Level 1 The Eurasian Experience and Level 4 The World War II – The Eurasian Story and Level 4 Roots of Our Community to find out more about the interesting culture. Europeans settled in Asia and married local Asians and their descendants are known as Eurasians. Heard that a lot of Eurasians are active in media industry such as Cheryl Fox (Channel News Asia), Class 95 DJ Jean Danker and DJ Vernatta Lopez.

In Singapore, there are also quite a number of roads that are named after Eurasians at around Kovan Road/Upper Serangoon area (Simon Road, Aroozoo Avenue), Little India Area (Desker Road).

I managed to see some beautiful Eurasian teenagers performing Eurasian dance such as Jinkli Nona. The portuguese folk music sounds very joyful and lively and makes people want to dance along with the music.

Here’s the music with the dance (in 1 of the youtube videos):

Picture of the beautiful dancers:

Tasted the traditional Eurasian sugee cake (heard it’s quite difficult to bake this type of cake) with the wonderful almond smell… freshly baked from Quentin Restaurant at Eurasian Community House. Yummy.

It’s good to try some Eurasian food to understand more about the unique Eurasian culture with the fusion of European and Asian taste.

Perhaps you can come to Quentin Restaurant to try out some Eurasian dishes such as Curry Debal (Devil’s Curry) and other delicious Eurasian dishes. Quentin Restaurant is located at Eurasian Community House, 139 Ceylon Road. You can visit www.quentins.com.sg to find out more about their menu, and promotions.

Quentin’s Restaurant – OPENING HOURS​: Tuesday to Sunday, CLOSED ON MONDAYS

Lunch starts at 11:30am – 2:30pm

Dinner 6:30pm-10:30pm and they do open till 12midnight During Fridays!

For more information about Eurasian Community House and Eurasian association, please visit http://www.eurasians.org.sg/

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My railway track walking adventures part VIII

Sorry for the lacking of updates as I was busy with my project and studies then.

Level Crossing at Sungei Kadut Road!

Welcome back to my railway track walking adventures part VIII (8). This part of the journey will be from 4th level crossing located near Sungei Kadut level crossing to Kranji area.

 reached 4th level crossing at Sungei Kadut Road after a long walk from Ten Mile Junction to Stagmont Ring Road to here along the canal area. It was not an easy walk though.

One of the most dangerous roads I even crossed in my life here. As this place is an industrial area.

Part of the remains of the level crossing dumped at the side of the railway track.

Signalling office for KTM staff.

An area of serenity after crossing the road.

Oh, the hut was the staff’s office area to rest.

Message from KTM train staff who stationed at Sungei Kadut road crossing on the door written in Bahasa Melayu (Malay Language).

Abandoned buildings near the KTM railway tracks…

Beautiful view … Walking along the way.

Approaching next (the 5th) level crossing real soon….

1842 – Structure of the concrete tunnel.

761.5KM away from Butterworth, Penang, Malaysia.

5th level crossing- demolishing. What a pity.

5th level Crossing area at Kranji Road = marks the end of the KTM from Tanjong Pagar to Kranji adventures

As I had no time to explore further up to Kampong Fatimah (old swampy kampong area) before reaching the new Woodlands Train Checkpoint. My walking adventures from Tanjong Pagar to Kranji area ended here as the pathway had to be closed for the removal of tracks.

Summary of my walking adventures (chorus from Nickelback’s photograph):

Every memory of looking out the back door,
I had the photo album spread out on my bedroom floor.
It’s hard to say it, time to say it,
Goodbye, goodbye.
Every memory of walking out the front door,
I found the photo of the friend (the place) that I was looking for.
It’s hard to say it, time to say it,
Goodbye, goodbye.

Shall stop my part VIII(8) of my KTM railway track walking adventures here. 

However, this won’t be the end of the railway track walking adventures as there is still part of the KTM railway tracks left behind from the old Jurong line in Singapore. I even spotted 1 canal bridge near German Centre along Jurong east area at AYE while I was on the bus. There’s some construction near part of the old railway tracks. Some of the railways tracks may be gone for good for Singapore development while some will still remain as part of Singapore history.

I also took buses past Ngee Ann Poly area regularly as I reminded me that the old Jurong line used to pass by the area near the Corona florist shop towards Sunset way direction. I wish to explore those areas when I am free. 

However due to the recent developments in Singapore, we may not be able to see much of the Jurong Line left in Singapore. It will be hard to see the old railway tracks as some of the tracks were either removed or covered up by grasses.

Beside the old Jurong line, there are KTM railway tracks in Peninsula Malaysia (of course not for walking). You can consider to visit Ipoh and/or KL Sentral train station/(s) You can consider taking a train from 1 area in Malaysia to another area. Do take note of the train timings. I was glad that I managed to take KTM train from Malaysia to Tanjong Pagar, Singapore. I may want to take KTM train to explore and enjoy the scenery area the tracks.

For my other parts of KTM railway track walking adventures, feel free to read them:

1. My KTM railway tracks walking adventures in Singapore part I (Summary of my journey)

2. My KTM railway tracks walking adventures in Singapore part II (from Silat Avenue near Spooner Road Depot to Alexandra Hospital)

3. My KTM Railway track walking adventures in Singapore part III (from Alexandra Hospital to Buona Vista)

4. My KTM Railway track walking adventures in Singapore part IV (from Buona Vista to Bukit Timah Station)

5. My KTM Railway track walking adventures in Singapore part V (from Bukit Timah Station to the Iron Truss Bridge near the Rail Mall)

6. My KTM Railway track walking adventures in Singapore part VI (from the Iron Truss Bridge near the Rail Mall to the 2nd Crossing near Ten Mile Junction)

7. My KTM Railway tracking walking adventures in Singapore part VII (from the 2nd Crossing near Ten Mile Junction to 4th level crossing at Sungei Kadut)

Stay tune for more updates!

My railway track walking adventures part VII

10-mile junction

Sorry for the lacking of updates as I was busy with my project and studies.

Welcome back to my railway track walking adventures part VII (7). This part of the journey will be from 2nd crossing located near Bukit Panjang – Ten Mile Junction to Sungei Kadut level crossing .

Heard that the new Bukit Panjang MRT station for Downtown line will be located near 10-Mile junction.

Quite a lot of HDB flats around this area.

767 Km away from Butterworth!

Approaching the canal near Senja area & needed to cross the bridge across Pang Sua Canal. I was horrified to walk across such canal bridges. Luckily it was safe to walk across.

Pandrol 7747? What is this?

1853? along Pang Sua Canal area.

Pang Sua Canal

Back on the land

Now walking along near Woodlands Road.

Signal light – Gate Crossing approaching?

School near the railway tracks?

I was wondering what school was that. It is West View Primary School.

Flowers…

Beautiful flowers growing well. I did not know whether the flowers still can survive well there after the rocks were removed.

Walking on the tracks

766km away from Butterworth!

Approaching near the highway – That’s Kranji expressway ahead!

Approaching the 3rd crossover soon?

Barriers near 765.25km mark?

Tracks removed?

Some of the metal tracks were being detached near the barrier area.

This is Stagmont Ring road area. It is quite near Yew Tee area. The 3rd Crossing had been removed & became normal looking road. What a pity! Heard that Stagmont Ring road used to be a camp area. Now it is just a small portion of the road left behind.

Old hut house near Stagmont Ring Road

This hut looked quite old and deserted. It was a signalling station for the level crossing there.

Still at Stagmont Ring Road area.

Why this signal light was so tall? Can anyone tell me why?

Another crossing approaching?

Near Chua Chu Kang north area.

Wondering whether I was approaching near the industrial area along the railway tracks…

Now at the green area with no sight of houses or buildings nearby…

So many rocks!

Still had not reaching the 4th crossing yet!

Signal light approaching!

Reaching the 4th crossing near Sungei Kadut soon?

1847? This looked interesting

Another canal & a bridge to cross….

Some buidings ahead….

Still near the Pang Sua Canal area, I guess while approaching Sungei Kadut industrial area.

763.75 Km route marker…

Level Crossing at Sungei Kadut Road!

Finally reached 4th level crossing at Sungei Kadut Road after a long walk from Ten Mile Junction to Stagmont Ring Road to here along the canal area.

Shall stop my part VII (7) of my KTM railway track walking adventures here. Stay tune for more updates.

For my other parts of KTM railway track walking adventures, feel free to read them:

1. My KTM railway tracks walking adventures in Singapore part I (Summary of my journey)

2. My KTM railway tracks walking adventures in Singapore part II (from Silat Avenue near Spooner Road Depot to Alexandra Hospital)

3. My KTM Railway track walking adventures in Singapore part III (from Alexandra Hospital to Buona Vista)

4. My KTM Railway track walking adventures in Singapore part IV (from Buona Vista to Bukit Timah Station)

5. My KTM Railway track walking adventures in Singapore part V (from Bukit Timah Station to the Iron Truss Bridge near the Rail Mall)

6. My KTM Railway track walking adventures in Singapore part VI (from the Iron Truss Bridge near the Rail Mall to the 2nd Crossing near Ten Mile Junction)

Stay tune for more updates!

My railway track walking adventures part VI

Truss bridge near the Rail Mall

Welcome back to my railway track walking adventures part VI (6). This part of the journey will be from the Rail Mall till the 2nd crossing located near Bukit Panjang – Ten Mile Junction. Sorry for the lacking of updates as I was busy with other things.

This part of the journey started on another day at the Rail Mall as it was too late to trek all the way from Tanjong Pagar to Kranji area as it was 6.30pm and the sky was getting dark if chose to continue the journey then. The Rail Mall is a place where people can rest and makan (eat). It is located near Dairy farm and Salvation Army at Bukit Panjang area.

Wait a minute. Did I mentioned about Bukit Panjang? Yes,  it locates near the Rail Mall. There is a famous landmark there along the railway track. Its logo is blue and green in colour and every year this company is always the title sponsor of the Singapore Biggest Marathon event in Dec.

Sorry about the picture as it looks quite small from the picture taken while walking on the railway track. Yes, it is the Singapore 1st Standard Chartered bank at Bukit Panjang area. Opposite the bank is Salvation Army which people can donate their old stuff for sale to raise funds. You also do see quite a lot of construction as LTA is building Downtown line along this part of the railway track.

See those construction items along the railway track. As you notice along the railway track in this area, the roads were built along/very near the railway tracks compared to the southern part of the KTM railway tracks in Singapore. There are also quite a number of schools along the Bukit Panjang/Upper Bukit Timah part of the railway track. Such as CHIJ Bukit Timah, Assumption English school, Fajar Secondary School.

Cashew Road, Chestnut Avenue, Hazel Park. As you notice some of the roads at this area are named after nuts. Haha.

Hmmm…. I wondered what this signal light along Cashew Road area indicates what? The sign shows a gate ahead and there’s a green & red light ahead. What does that means? Stopping/allowing the train to move …

There’s a black & white striped sign located near the Hillview camp site. What does that mean? I guessed it must be related to the sign with a gate.

I was wondering why there were bricks along the track then. I guessed there might be a tunnel or a hole below the track.

As I walked further to the north, I saw 1 station located near Gombak Drive and Bukit Panjang Link. This was 1 of the stations where staff had to give signal to the train to cross over the road safety using the gate to stop the vehicles (cars, trucks and bus 177 and etc) from going to /or of Gombak Drive.

Here’s crossing number 1 located along Gombak Drive. Haha. The gate was demolished when I visited there then. Now I guess the metal rails on this road are removed and become a normal looking road.

The dismantled gate.

The site where the gate poles were located at.

After passing the 1st crossing, I reached this building. I think that was an abandoned Bukit Panjang Station where people could alight from the station to their destination around Bukit Panjang area many years ago before it was closed due to low usage. There was not much furniture unlike the Bukit Timah Train Station. No roof top too.

But there was a small building nearby. I was not sure whether it was the washroom for the KTM staff who controlled the crossing gate nearby.

As I walked further to the north, I saw another similar sign to the 1st signal light. Another crossing ahead I guess.

2nd crossing approaching soon…

Reaching the end of the Upper Bukit Timah Road area…

So strange to see such a plot of land for gardening. But the crops had been removed.

Saw above ground rail line ahead. Guessed it is part of the Light Rapid Transport (LRT) in Bukit Panjang area.

Another small house near the 2nd crossing site.

Control station for the 2nd gate crossing.

Off to cross the 2nd crossing…

Shall stop my part VI (6) of my KTM railway track walking adventures here. Stay tune for more updates.

For my other parts of KTM railway track walking adventures, feel free to read them:

1. My KTM railway tracks walking adventures in Singapore part I (Summary of my journey)

2. My KTM railway tracks walking adventures in Singapore part II (from Silat Avenue near Spooner Road Depot to Alexandra Hospital)

3. My KTM Railway track walking adventures in Singapore part III (from Alexandra Hospital to Buona Vista)

4. My KTM Railway track walking adventures in Singapore part IV (from Buona Vista to Bukit Timah Station)

5. My KTM Railway track walking adventures in Singapore part V (from the Iron truss bridge near the Bukit Timah Station till the other Iron Truss bridge near the Rail Mall

6. My KTM Railway track walking adventures in Singapore part VII (from Ten Mile Junction to level crossing at Sungei Kadut road)

Stay tune for more updates!

Free Admission for Singaporeans & Singapore Permanent Residents to the Permanent Galleries of NHB Museums in August 2011!

Free Admission for Singaporeans & Singapore Permanent Residents to the Permanent Galleries of NHB Museums in August 2011!

  • For Singaporeans and Singapore Permanent Residents (PRs) only
  • To all permanent galleries*
  • Valid from 1 – 31 August 2011
  • Not valid with other promotions/discounts/concessions
  • The National Heritage Board reserves the right to amend privileges, terms and conditions without prior notice

Conditions for entry

  • Singaporeans:
    A valid NRIC Identity Card (Pink Card) for Singaporeans, aged 12 years and above. Young children will be granted free admission to the permanent galleries when accompanied by adults who are Singaporeans.
  • Singapore Permanent Residents:
    A valid PR (Blue Card) for Permanent Residents (PRs) of Singapore. Young children will be granted free admission to the permanent galleries when accompanied by adults who are Singapore Permanent Residents.
  • Students:
    An MOE-issued ezylink card which has the MOE crest on it for Singaporean and PR students below the age of 12 years.

Visit our seven museums:

  • Asian Civilisations Museum
    1 Empress Place
  • Memories at Old Ford Factory
    351 Upper Bukit Timah Road
  • National Museum of Singapore
    93 Stamford Road
  • Peranakan Museum
    39 Armenian Street
  • Reflections at Bukit Chandu
    31-K Pepys Road
  • Singapore Art Museum
    71 Bras Basah Road

    Sam at 8Q
    8 Queen Street
  • Singapore Philatelic Museum
    23-B Coleman Street

*Changing exhibitions, namely the Abbas: 45 Years in Photography at National Museum of Singapore, Terracotta Warriors: The First Emperor and His Legacy at Asian Civilisations Museum and Art Garden: Children’s Season at the Singapore Art Museum will continue to be charged during normal operational days.

Visit National Heritage Board website for more details!

So happy as I can visit NHB museums for the month of August 2011! Happy national day in advance!