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Saturday, July 2, 2011

The Last of KTM (Malayan Railway) (June 2011)

Like many other Singaporeans, I paid a final visit to bid farewell to the Malayan Railway stations in Singapore. It is more commonly known as "KTM" to some of us, meaning "Keratapi Tanah Melayu". Back in the distant past, it was known as Federated Malay States Railways. The large characters "FMSR" can still be seen in various parts of the train stations.

My memories of KTM are largely centred around the food stalls of the Tanjong Pagar Railway Station (TPRS). For many years, I (almost regularly) had suppers at the food stalls. They had everything from mee siam to mee goreng and also the infamous Ramly Burger (which came into the stalls much later). The mee siam was particularly commendable, and if any of you knows where these stalls shifted to after the closure of TPRS, please let me know!

Tanjong Pagar Railway Station

I always enjoyed making fun of their signages.
In this case, parking is ok for everyone except railway officers?

Stacks of condensed milk.

Teh-tarik is a must during the supper visits.

For almost 9 years (as far as I remember),
the same staff managed the drinks stall.

I had never tried this stall's food.
But nice farewell message from them.



That's it. TPRS is closed for good.


Bukit Timah Railway Station

Lesser people know of this place since there's nothing to patron,
but it is a known spot for wedding photographers.

A service train rolled in during our visit.

How do you get the trains to switch rails?
This is where you can get all that done. A simple yet sophisticated mechanism!

What does the 772.75 mean?
It is actually a distance marker (in kilometres)
all the way from Butterworth.


Goodbye KTM! I certainly hope the Singapore government will preserve some parts of the system for our future generation to remember!

Monday, June 20, 2011

A lovely couple weds (June 2011)

Respecting the couple's decision, their identities will not be disclosed. =) Feel the blissfulness in just a few shots!





Sunday, May 8, 2011

PAP Rally @ Ubi Rd 3 (5 May 2011)

Although not many people attend rallies organised by the incumbent ruling party, PAP puts great efforts into making their rallies comfortable and convenient for Singaporeans to attend. Not only seats were provided, but wooden planks were placed on muddy surfaces to create temporary pavements for supporters to walk on. No dirty shoes if you attend a PAP rally! Supporters also probably spent a great deal of time (and maybe money) on making really decent placards and banners.

No dirty shoes!

Decent decos. What's this supposed to be, actually?

Balloons (and chairs) for everyone.

Decent placards made by supporters.


Placards with LED lights!

Decently decorated. Crowd size - 1,000 perhaps?

National Solidarity Party Rally @ Tampines Stadium (4 May 2011)

The National Solidarity Party (NSP) was probably the most watched political party in the Singapore General Elections 2011, next to the Workers' Party. The youngest candidate ever fielded comes from the NSP, i.e. Nicole Seah, 24 year old. Within just days, Nicole became the most popular local politician in social media, Facebook, surpassing the number of "likes" for even our very own MM Lee Kuan Yew.

The infamous 'Tak Boleh Tahan' shirt.


Supporters armed themselves
with horns and whistles.

A die-hard fan of Nicole Seah.

A supporter waves her NSP flag.

Flags were sold at S$2 each to support
the party's political campaign.

Panoramic view of the NSP rally @ Tampines Stadium.