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A tale of Orang Laut and Singapore River


orang laut 01According to legend based on the history of pre-Rafflesian time of Singapore, Orang Laut or Sea Gypsies was the communities who lived ‘in the numerous bays, inlets ad creeks surrounding Singapore.’

 Half of them lived on water, in little canoes that could scarcely stretch themselves.  The water lodgings were equipped with 1 or 2 cooking pots, earthy jars and mats made of pandanus leaves that allowed shading from sun and rain.

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Major-General William Farquhar

They spent most of their time on boat, where birth, marriage and death took place therein.  As they were accustomed to life on the boat, they are easily recognized with their wadding gait on land.

  The other half of these people lived in huts on the banks near Kallang River and at the wider portion of Singapore River.

  During the times of British settlement, Major-General William Farquhar (1774-1839), the First Resident and Commandant of Singapore was appalled by the Orang Laut wearing no clothes, so he distributed money, clothes and rice to them.  Their children were terrified by the newcomers, merchants, laborers from all over the world.

One even jumped into the sea and got drowned when people approached near their boats.

And now, if you attempted to jump into the water, hoping to stay closer to the legendary tale, I think that is the only best reason I could agree upon.

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What’s the story beneath this island?


What character does it carry?

singapura 01In Sanskrit, it signifies Singa for a lion and Pura for a city.  “Lion City” is the complete word.

 In 1160, Sri Tri Buana, Sang Nila Utama, the ruler of an ancient kingdom saw the white shore of this little island, described by the annalist.

 He asked, “what is that stretch of sand, we see yonder?”

 “Your highness, that is the land called Temasek”.  One of the companions replied.

By courtesy of library.thickquest.org

By courtesy of library.thinkquest.org

When they reached the shore, he saw a strange animal “very swift and beautiful”, with a bright red body, its head jet black and its breast pure white.  The beautiful animal has the size of a he-goat.

 The companion said, “Your Highness, I have heard that in ancient times, it was a lion which has that appearance”.

By courtesy of library.thinkquest.org

By courtesy of library.thinkquest.org

Sang Nila Utama then established a city at Temasek and name it Singapura.

 This is a short story about how the name of my country came by.


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9) Pair Song


Pee lee Pair la Song

We all live in a Pair of Songs

You are the musical note

I am the lyrics line

You are fat and round

I am obese like the geese

We are like a pair of pomelo dancing

You on the left

Me on the right

You have hair so silvery

I have denture so yellowy

Let’s dance along with the Pee lee Pair La Song

You on the left

Me on the right

Let’s keep our secret tight

Till our hearts are open wide

I am a shy guy

You are the sunshine

Wait till I arrive

Make you be my lovely wife

I look on the left

You look on the right

As you are always right

And I am always with my pride

Not to worry if you got no one to share

He must be queuing somewhere

Looking for someone to guide

Guiding you to the right


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3) What kind of shooter you are ?


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Category:Wikipedia requested photographs of photography (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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gun !!! w2 (Photo credit: tim geers)

A LION suddenly bounced on husband.
WIFE: Shoot him! Shoot him!
Husband: Yes, Yes. I’m changing the battery of my camera..


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26) Where is this place ?


Labrador Park Pt 3

Out of many, this is one of the “Black and White” houses on our little red dot.  The name “Black and White” depicted the black painted timber windows & doors and the white color painted walls.  Currently, there are about 600 colonial houses scattered around our main island.  In the past, it was meant for public servants’ lodgings but these days, these houses are on lease for residential, commercial or F&B usage.
The picture revealed House No 30, Bukit Chermin, which is one of the grandest and largest of the four existing bungalows along Bukit Chermin.  Just like the rest, the house is preserved by the URA, Conservation Unit.

However, the old Keppel Shipyard is gone at this time, it was relocated to another part of the island.  Now the mangrove is left behind listening up to the tide gushing up and telling the old story of reminiscence.

Strolling along the Coastal Walk in noon time, is hard to find a single soul.
A lonely bird ignoring a lonely stranger or a lonely stranger staring back at a ignoring bird.
I prefer a leafy sky.


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25) Where is this place ?


Labrador Park Pt 2

Walking towards the left of the Park, the scene of an inviting island over the other side of the sea greets you with open arm.  This is the western side of Sentosa Island, Ford Siloso is lush by the den and greenish forest.

There is an machine gun post built during the British colonial era and is meant to protect the coastal shore.  Thus, any attempt to assail the main island will acquire a heavy cost.

There is also a restoration of Dragon’s Teeth Gate.  According to the provided introduction, Dragon’s Teeth Gate was famously known as “Batu Berlayer” or “Sailing Rocks” among the local Malays.
In 1349, A Chinese Historian Wang Da Yuan described in his article, “the straits between the two hills, Temasek (old name of Singapore) looks like Dragon’s Teeth, this is how the name was derived.
In 1405, the great Navigator, Zhen Hē sail passed Temasek using his navigation chart with Dragon’s Teeth Gate as one of the landmark.

In 1819, the first resident of Singapore, William Farquhar found a deep harbour at the site and named it Keppel Harbour.  Subsequently, the British blew up Dragon’s Teeth Gate to widen Keppel Harbour.  Fortunately, this historical scene was saved by an artist name J T Thomas with his brush of paint.

As you saunter along the curve boundary of the Park, you catch a good glimpse of The Reflections Apartments and the delighted Star Cruise Virgo waving and welcoming you on board.
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