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May 26, 2016

Relaunch of Old Catholic High School Building (222 Queen Street & 51 Waterloo Street)

Relaunch of 222 Queen Street and 51 Waterloo Street

From its sprawling seven-hectare campus in Bishan which housed both primary and secondary sections since 1992, one could not have imagined Catholic High School's more humbled beginnings in town from 1935 when French missionary Reverend Father Edward Becheras started "Sino-English School" as an extension of the Church of St. Peter and Paul. Rapid expansion saw a new three-storied building block erected on the church grounds in 1936, one that would become the familiar face of Catholic High School at 222 Queen Street for more than 50 years. On 21 May 2016, I was honored to be invited by 222 Queen + 51 Waterloo to witness the relaunch of the Old Catholic High School building on its 80th anniversary celebration.

May 20, 2016

HeritageFest 2016: Former Command House @ Kheam Hock Road

Former Command House

One year after SG50, heritage events feel so muted that they are becoming like a non-event, in contrast with the myraid of activities rolled out to celebrate Singapore's jubilee in 2015. By coincidence I chanced upon the HeritageFest 2016 festival guide at the branch library, picked a copy expecting to find mass free admission to our museums and disappointed when there is none, glanced through the rest of the booklet and found out the open house event for "Former Command House". It was a rare opportunity, one too good to pass up.

Mar 28, 2016

Media Preview - Commonwealth & Holland Village Heritage Tour by My Community (Part 2)

Media Preview - Commonwealth & Holland Village Heritage Tour

This is a continuation of Part 1.


Mar 25, 2016

Media Preview - Commonwealth & Holland Village Heritage Tour by My Community (Part 1)

Media Preview - Commonwealth & Holland Village Heritage Tour

Having accepted the invite to the media preview of the new heritage tour by My Community, I made my way to Holland Village MRT Station on a Sunday morning to catch the group of "media folks" assembling at 8.15am for the tour. As a first-time participant of their heritage tour, I was given a copy of their "My Queenstown Heritage Trail" booklet which I'm told would be revised soon. By the way you can download the booklet and other publications on My Community's page. All participants were handed bottled water. While the tour took place mostly within sight of civilization housing estates, I'm glad for this bottle even though I brought my own, for it served me well in the arduous journey ahead. Like they say, save the best for the last.


Mar 22, 2016

Commonwealth & Holland Village Heritage Tour by My Community


To continue from my previous post, I'm pleased to make the acquaintance of Kwek Li Yong from My Community when he invited me to the media preview of the Commonwealth and Holland Village guided tour that will be launched in April 2016. The tour covers the following heritage sites:

  1. Chip Bee Gardens
  2. Holland Village
  3. Former Eng Wah Theatres
  4. Former Kampong Holland Mosque
  5. Holland Drive Neighbourhood Centre
  6. Shuang Long Shan Wu Shu Memorial Hall
  7. Queenstown Lutheran Church
  8. Commonwealth Crescent Neighbourhood Centre
  9. The First Flatted Factory
  10. MOE Heritage Centre
  11. Block 85 & 86 Commonwealth Close
  12. The VIP Block
  13. Former Baharuddin Vocational Institute
  14. Ridout Tea Garden
  15. 23 Ridout Road, 2 Pierce Drive, India House