Thursday, October 29, 2015

Personal Updates: Blog Post Number 10

No idea what title to give, so I'll just name it "Blog Post Number 10" as this is my 10th blog post.

First of all ====>>
<<==== Happy belated Back to the Future Day!!

Well, even though I'm a few days late, I couldn't help myself but to mention it on my blog. Totally the most awesome, coolest timeless classic from the 80s. I first saw the movie on Channel 5 when I was probably 8 years old. I remembered when I was much younger, probably at the age of 15 or 16, as i didn't have any money to purchase any I made DeLorean Time Machine models out of paper and cardboard. But later on at one point I did owned the 25th anniversary BTTF DVD and all three editions of the DeLorean Time Machine diecasts. But due to space constraints and other factors I had devest some of it and left with the "Part II" version of the diecast. Even a couple secondary school project influenced me from the movie and I had my younger cousins watch it.

So my fiancee is busy with her A Levels and I'm busy with my new position within the company. That's right, my new designation as an traffic outrider within the company is the Highway Traffic Marshal, a duty that we had just took over from the rival company.
Let's ride.
Basically, my role is to attend to accidents and incidents along our highways. There were some hiccups on the first and second day, given the nature of everyone in the department as we were quite new to the job. But I think we manage to pull it off.

As for my fiancee, I hope she survives her A Levels and gets the results she needs for her to go into university. She's currently going through an emotional phase, not surprisingly, considering that I was once in her shoes for my N Levels. However, I really couldn't feel the amount of stress and pressure as it is infact, a ticket into university. I have seen my NS platoonmates who had A Level cert prior to serving their military stin and after serving, they did get into local universities. Two of them were so lucky that they ended up as classmates in the same course!
My NS camp mates at HQ1SIB
Given their "lepak" nature while I knew them during NS, I didn't expect them to be university material. Guess I underestimate people's potential and what they are capable of. I remembered one of my sergeants cried because my officer threaten not to grant him off for his university interview. Not being in their shoes, they didn't know or even care how much this means to them. And reflecting back, I guess to a certain extent, I will never know the exact feeling and pressure my fiancee is facing too.

I wish and pray that my fiancee gets what she deserves. I'm sure you'll do well to get into university!

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Malay Road Toponyms 3

Links to other related articles as follows:
Malay Road Toponyms 1
Malay Road Toponyms 2

Since I've got no time to update my blog, thought I'll release the third edition of this article.

Jalan Bahar
    جالن بهار

Originally an unnamed path, it was officially named on 9th April 1965. Jalan Bahar links Jalan Boon Lay and Lim Chu Kang Road. Bahar is a term used to describe a large lake or river. The major arterial road serves as an address to Civil Defence Academy and Pusara Aman Muslim Cemetery as well as the entrance to Nanyang Technological University campus at Nanyang Road. As of October 2015, the road is currently going through a widening project.

Jalan Boon Lay
   جالن بوون لاي

Built sometime in the 40s, Jalan Boon Lay was originally called Boon Lay Road after pioneer and prominent businessman, Chew Boon Lay (1852-1933). The land and its adjacent areas once owned by Chew when it was acquired by the colonial government sometime after his death. The street suffix was changed from "Road" to "Jalan" in the 60s when Singapore became a part of Malaysia. The major arterial road has spawned other roads, an MRT Station and a whole town in his honor.

Jalan Ibadat
   جالن عبادت

First appearing on maps in 1969, Jalan Ibadat fittingly has a old generation mosque at the end of the road, known as Masjid Al-Firdaus. "Ibadat" means "worship" in Malay. The small road is located off Choa Chu Kang Road, surrounded by greenery. The road also leads to the former Singapore Armed Forces' Jalan Ibadat Camp at the road's end.

Jalan Kayu
   جالن كايو

Built in 1928 and named in 1937 by the Singapore Rural Board, Jalan Kayu today is famously know for the many eateries and restaurants along the roadside. There are many sources on how the name "Jalan Kayu", meaning "Wooden Road" came about. One source indicate that firewood can be found stacked on the roadside. Another states that during the early days, the unpaved road got muddy that wood was used to cover the muddy roads to make it passable. One possible theory also states that the road was named after the planner of Seletar RAF Base, C. E. Wood. With respect to the Malay majority community in the area at that time, the road was given a Malay name.

Jalan Lekar
    جالن ليكر

Lekar in Malay is used to describe something that is used to cover a pot made of rattan. Jalan Lekar may be accessed off Choa Chu Kang Road, right in front of Home Team Academy. today is home to several fish farms. The road first appeared on maps in 1963.

Jalan Naga Sari
   جالن ناڬ ساري

Pokok Naga Sari, or in English, Ceylon Ironwood Tree has a namesake road off Bukit Timah Road named Jalan Naga Sari. The minor road serves access into private housing along the road.

Jalan Piring
   جالن ڤيريڠ

Jalan Piring was depicted in 1969 maps as a much longer road with other expunged sister roads named after cutlery such as Jalan Sendok, Jalan Dulang, Jalan Parut, Lorong Sudu and Lorong Chamcha. Piring is Malay for plate. Today, as of October 2015, the road is in danger of being expunged thanks to a nearby building project.

Updated on January 2017: The road has been taken off official maps and is officially expunged 

Jalan Tari Serimpi
   جالن تاري سريمڤي

The roads within Jalan Kayu Estate are named after traditional Indonesian classic dances, and also the few roads named after Indonesian culture rather than Malayan culture. Tari Serimipi is a form of traditional Javanese Court Dance performed by ladies for royalty in the palaces. Jalan Tari Serimpi and its sister roads in the area first appeared on maps in 1963

Jalan Tari Lilin
   جالن تاري ليلين

Jalan Tari Lilin is named after a form of traditional dance originating from Sumatra. As stated in the name, the literal translation of "Tari Lilin" is "Candle Dance" and is a art form performed at night as groups of dancers carry plates of lighted candles accompanied by a group of musicians playing traditional Indonesian music. The minor road serves as an address for private houses located in Jalan Kayu Estate.

Jalan Tari Payong
    جالن تاري ڤايوڠ

Another road in Jalan Kayu Estate named after traditional Indonesian dances, Jalan Tari Payong first appeared on maps in 1963. Tari Payong, currently spelt as "Tari Payung" or "Umbrella Dance" in English originated in Southern Sumatra. The dance symbolizes affection of a lover or partner. The use of umbrellas in the dance aims to protect them from the negative things and is usually performed at the opening of a party or exhibition.

Jalan Tari Zapin
   جالن تاري زاڤين

Tari Zapin is a form of Malay Folk Dance said to be inspired by Peranakan Arabic and originated from Yemen. Zapin derived from Arabic word "Zafn". Jalan Tari Zapin is located within Jalan Kayu Estate and serves as an address for the private houses there.

Jalan Tari Dulang
    جالن تاري دولڠ

Jalan Tari Dulang is located within Jalan Kayu Estate and first appeared on maps in 1963. Tari Dulang is Malay for “Tray Dance”. Dancers would carry decorative trays of gifts (known as gubahan in Malay) at weddings, that are exchanged between the groom’s and bride’s side. In the past, the exchanging of such trays are presented in the form of a dance, hence the name "Tarian Dulang Pengatin".

Jalan Tari Piring
    جالن تاري ڤيريڠ

Tari Piring or plate dance originated from Solok, a province of West Sumatra, Indonesia by the Minangkabau people. Originally, the dance is a ritual of thanksgiving to the gods after bountiful harvest. After the march of Islam, the dance no longer represents a ritual of thanks to the gods but rather used as a form of art for entertainment purposes. Jalan Tari Piring today houses private housing and is located in Jalan Kayu Estate.

Lorong Halus
  لوروڠ هالوس

Halus means "Fine" in Malay. Previously a dumping ground in the 70s, Lorong Halus was one of the few rural roads to survive when Tampines Expressway and the surrounding developments was built. Today, Lorong Halus is now home to the Lorong Halus Wetland, a water recreation site and Singapore's newest reservoir, Serangoon reservoir.

Lorong Pasu
  لوروڠ ڤاسو

Located in the rural areas of Sungai Tengah, Lorong Pasu is named after the Malay word for vase or flower pot. The area surrounding the unpaved road is surrounded by vegetation owned by farming companies.

Lorong Samak
   لوروڠ سامق

Lorong Samak is located in Jalan Kayu Estate. The road is named after a tree commonly found in Southeast Asia called Pokok Samak, known by its scientific name Eugenia polyantha. Its leaves, the Indonesian Bay Leaf, is used as food additives and diabetic treatment. The minor road serves as an address for private housing along its road. The road first appeared on maps in 1966.

Lorong Semangka
      لوروڠ سمڠكا

Semangka is Malay for Watermelon. Lorong Semangka is located deep within Sungei Tengah. A very rural road with little development and lots of vegetation as farms continue to thrive there.

Lorong Tanggam
     لوروڠ تڠڬم

As researched, Lorong Tanggam apparently has two meanings coming from two different sources. One stated that "Tanggam" is translated to "Gold" in Tamil, while Tanggam in Malay to describe a tight and strong notched connection of wooden planks. Being located off Jalan Kayu, it would certainly make much more sense that the real meaning behind it leans much more to its Malay translation rather than Tamil. Lorong Tanggam also spawned a nearby LRT station with the same name. The road first appeared on maps in 1966.

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Saturday, October 24, 2015

Police Related Memorabilia Part 1


Collecting of militaria memorabilia is one of my greatest passions. Being a man in uniform myself, I grew passionate about all things uniform while I was serving my National Service with the Singapore Armed Forces. I was intrigued with the variety of badges, ranks, uniforms and equipment.

Today, I'm proud to say that I boast quite a number of police related memorabilia in my collection. Proudly displaying it in my display case within my room. It would certainly be a dream for me to turn my own home to be a mini museum to showcase visitors my pride and growing collection.

This particular topic is so huge that it has to be divided into three parts. The purpose of this blogpost is to not only share my personal collections, but other police related militaria memorabilia of others that I have encounter as well. While I personally couldn't acquire them myself, I would take photographs as a keepsake and this posts complies all my findings.

It wasn't easy. But after digging my computer, external hard disks, thumbdrives and old cellphones, I manage to compile my little treasures and share them with the world. 

Please do note that some of these items belong to me while others I found and document and complied them accordingly. And they are not for sale no matter how much the offer is.

Singapore Police Force

With a heritage almost as old as the founding of modern Singapore itself, the Singapore Police Force has a wide variety of memorabilia thanks to the many transitions and changes throughout its history. Some of these items are very very rare indeed. Despite not being able to acquire the artifacts myself, a photograph of it will do just fine. Credits to the respective owners.

Straits Settlements Police Cap Badge
Polis Negara Singapura Cap Badge
Polis Di-Raja Malaysia (Lion Head) Cap Badge
Vigilante Corps cap badge. (Pasokan Pengawas Singapura)
Pre-independent Singapore Police Flag
New SPF Crest pin
Traffic Police Special Operations Team Badges, metal and embroidery 
Guard of Honor Badge for Number 1 Uniform
Special Tactics and Rescue Team Patch
More memorabilia from the 70s and 80s era.
SPF Pocket Book
Police National Service uniform in the 70s
IC number and name tag close up for PNS officers
SPF Lance Corporal eppulates. (Obselete)
Number 1 uniform shoulder board
SPF male peak cap
SPF Number 3 belts, Junior officer (Left), Senior officer (Right)
SPF 80s Era Bullet Pouch

New SPF Crest Patch

Singapore Police Force Uniforms

Policemen and women of yesteryears.
70s era police uniforms
Old SPF No 4 uniforms.
SPF Number 3 Frontline Junior Officer. Male (Left) Female (Right)
Number 3 Ladies Junior officer, with skirt. For administrative duties.
SPF Senior Officer Bush Jacket. Station Inspector and above.
Vigilante Corps Uniform
Ghruka number 3. The uniform still retains ornaments (Whistle chain and service numbers) from the 70s.
SPF no 4 uniform, Coast Guard, TRANSCOM, division.
Number 1, Ceremonial Uniform
Community Policing Unit.
SPF Traffic Police. with jacket (Left) Without (Right) 
Concept uniform

Vehicles of the Singapore Police Force

SPF Beetle patrol car in the 70s
TP motorcycle in the 90s. Honda CBX750
Patrol car of the 80s
Old Daihatsu Delta Dog truck
SPF Land Rover Defender
SPF PETRA Vehicle in the old livery
Police K9 Unit Truck
TP Gilera Runner ST200
TP Honda VFR 800
FRC in new livery
Traffic Police Volvo S80 in new livery
Police Forward Command in new livery
PETRA Ford Transit in new livery
SOC Truck in new livery
SPF Yamaha Diversion in new livery
TP breathalyzer mobile test van
Up next, in a three part special of this series, will be memorabilia related to the Auxiliary Police Forces. Link to Part 2