Monday, March 02, 2015

Former Tanjong Pagar Railway Station - WW

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To allow more Singaporeans to enjoy the historical former Tanjong Pagar Railway Station (TPRS 丹戎巴葛火车总站), the Singapore Land Authority (SLA) opened the State property to the public on 20 February 2015, the second day of the Lunar New Year.

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The first time I visited this railway station was in 1993.... wow, that was more than 20 years ago. Together with two Malaysian students, my toddler son and I took a train to KL during the June school holidays.

The railway station was closed in 2011 after 79 years in operation. It was built between 1929 and 1931. It was gazetted as a national monument in 2013.

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There were around one hundred visitors when we arrived. They were taking pictures of what is left of the railway track We snapped some pictures of the beautiful architect and had fun posing for pictures on the railway tracks. :D

After Chinese New Year, it will be accessible on public holidays.

被列为国家古迹的前丹戎巴葛火车站, 大年初二举办开放日时, 我们全家特地前去参观,回味火车站的历史和文化。从这个农历新年起,每逢公共假日,前丹戎巴葛火车站将开放给公众参观。

Former KTM Tanjong Pagar Railway Station
30 Keppel Road




Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Singapore Hainan Hwee Kwan Chinese New Year Dinner - WW

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Lion Dance at Singapore Hainan Hwee Kwan ( 海南会馆/ 天后宫)

On the third evening of Chinese New Year, we were treated to a 8-course dinner at Singapore Hainan Hwee Kwan. 

Before dinner started, there was a spectacular lion dance performance. As I was standing in the first row, orange peel were thrown in my direction. Several elderly members commented that I would get lucky and prosper in the new year. haha...

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First course of our dinner was yusheng (raw fish salad). We have a member from Hainan Island at our table and it was his first time tasting yusheng, he had fun tossing the salad.

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海南会馆会长潘家海

Singapore Hainan Hwee Kwan President Mr Francis Phua came to our table to propose a toast.

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During dinner, several members including senior lawyer James Lee Ah Fong went on stage to sing karaoke. Some of them could really sing well.

After dinner, we sent 3 senior members home.


Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Hainan Tan Clan Association Chinese New Year Celebrations

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Hainan Tan Clan Association Chinese New Year Open House

On Chinese New Year Eve, Hainan Tan Clan Association had an offering and prayer session for our ancestors. In the evening, we went back to the association building for the annual CNY vigil (守岁).

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On the third day of Chinese New Year, my husband and I had 4 invitations to several clan associations' Chinese New Year Open House and 2 friends' gathering. 

We could only attend two clan associations' CNY celebrations and visit one friend's house.

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We had buffet lunch with members of Hainan Tan Clan Association. The clan association hired a God of Fortune to distribute angpows (red packets) to members. Many members posed for photos with him. 

Each member received two mandarin oranges and a red packet for good luck.

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