|The gateway to the old People's Association. It is standing strong despite massive road realignment and widening at Kallang.|
|Gateway to Sultan Mosque. at Kampung Glam.|
|Remnant of the past -- the arc at Great World City at Kim Seng Road. I am not sure whether the arc is a reminiscence or a remnant (original) of the grand past. I remember a similar arc which formed part of the gate leading in to|
the old Great World Amusement Park, opened in 1929 and closed in 1978.
|This gate pillar still guards the site where the |
old Nan ChiauHigh School once stood at Kim Yam Road.
The building was erected in 1941 as Nan Chiau Teachers'
Training School and became the Nan Chiau Girls School in 1947,
admitting boys in 1984. Demolition started around 2001? I am on
the lookout for more "remant" gateways and
will post the pictures in this blog.
I remember Great World most for its ghost train and merry-go-round. Mum would stay outside as dad went on the ride with me and my brother. I loved the way the skeleton with green eyes suddenly popped out as the train chugged along the dark, dark tunnel. Those days, we never knew that the site was once a cemetery (in the 1920s). Dad put an end to the train rides because he once got his finger snagged by something in the darkness (he didn't quite know what). So, he said, no more train rides. Dangerous.
|Charming terraced houses still remain at Kim Yam Road and talking a walk|
along the road is close to entering a gateway to the past.
The Gay World and New World brought back later memories of childhood. Mum and I would take the No. 9 Tay Koh Yat bus from the bus terminus at Serangoon Gardens to the terminus at Geylang. The bus terminus at Geylang was a dark road. We would alight into the darkness and then walked a short distance to the amusement park. I think it was about 50 cents from Serangoon Gardens to Geylang. Anyway, it was the maximum fare for this bus service. The ticket was a bright orange colour. ( I used to collect bus tickets and the orange tickets were my favourite.)
Those days (60s & early 70s) Gay World was always having "expos" -- and mum would go there to look at furniture, crockery, materials (for sewing)... There was also a stadium at Gay World where they had basketball matches and boxing. I remembered watching a boxing match with mum -- tickets were courtesy of an old friend of dad. (Mum quite like to watch boxing and sometimes she would watch those late boxing shows on TV.)
We didn't go to New World at Jalan Besar often. But I remember badgering mum to watch Madam White Snake at one of the cinemas there -- starring Linda Lin Dai as White Snake and Tu Chuan as the Green Snake. We missed the first screening at the big theatres (1960s) so this re-run (in the 70s) must not be missed -- come hail storm or floods.
Come to think of it, this old cinema was popular (to us) for its old Cantonese films. Our favourites were, of course, the sword-fighting ones starring Siu Fong Fong, Chan Poh Choo and the older Yu Soh Chow. The "handsome" male star -- inadvertently -- was Jiong Ying Choi (a bit on the fat side, especially obvious in scenes showing him running up mountain paths). He was always the good guy and Chou Tat Wah (who always acted as detective in more modern films) was usually the bad guy. More commonly though, the bad guy was Liu Yan (the villain opposite Kwan Tak Heng in Wong Fei Hung movies).
|The gateway to the former People's Association building (which was the former old Kallang Airport) was grand and a bit imposing -- and on a blustery day, one could feel like he or she is walking into Dracula's castle. According to a URA website on the conservation plan for the area, it says that the gate posts and old lamp posts will be retained. But I failed to find these last Sunday when I went to the site... maybe I missed them somehow. What I found was this new road which leads to the construction of the new sportshub. I couldn't find the lovely long walkway to the old building either. Ah well, maybe under wraps -- all to be revealed when completed. Tar-rum!|
|This beautiful tree remains, not sure for how long. The clump of green has been around for the longest time, separating Gay World from the compounds of the old People's Association.|
|Gay World Hotel along the row of shophouses at Geylang Road is a reminder of the past. Hope it doesn't change its name though.|