The present Dempsey Hill was formerly known as Central Manpower Base of Singapore (CMPB) packed with British army barracks. After eras of long services, it has turned into a new life lined with bistro and lifestyle designer shop spaces.
The parade square was once used as a place to pick up and ferry new recruits on their first day of national service. In my memory, I was ferried by a three-tonner military truck from this place before I started my new journey in the army. Now, some of the barracks are instead occupy by BBQ restaurant with no traces of military soldiers.
Some has changed over and became art museums where cultures and sculptures do their guarding jobs.
Some revamped as supermarkets. No more cookhouse food other than frozen pork and beef steaks!
This place for hang-out is always a good choice for fine dining and chilling out on Fridays. Wine and beer will never get away from the cozy lounge with beautiful architecture details.
Lush greenery is the big selling point of Demsey Hill. With this resort-like entertainment ground, it’s hard to recall the boorish shouting over to a recruit from an army officer, and the chisel of how army life is going to be.
The feeling between anxiety and relaxation, which one do you choose to boot-out?