Wednesday, January 27, 2016

The Malayan Council

Great Eats: The Malayan Council

Location: 22, Dunlop Street, (Opposite Masjid Abdul Gafoor)

The restaurant sign.
After a day of exploring, we were really really hungry and decided to try out a place we wanna eat but didn't really know that we both wanted it, The Malayan Council. The name sounds really really superficial and at first, I thought its a government organization or a political group. The restaurant name somewhat attracted me at first.

Tucked away along the row of shophouses on Dunlop Street, it is located within the Little India Conservation District. The dining area is small but considering that it only serves a few people, it was just right. The tables we sat on are actually made out of wooden pallets, giving an industrial look an theme to the eating establishment. Lighting was dim and the background music played slow remixes of modern hits and P. Ramlee classics, providing a calm atmosphere. Fiancee however complained that she couldn't see what she was really eating infront of her as it was somewhat too dim.

Fiancee deciding what to eat.
The menu.
Food prices as within the $15 to $40 price range, which is somewhat premium for us. They serve a variety of Malay, western, and fusion dishes. As for drinks, its at the $4 to $6 price range. Water is complimentary and free flow, as our waiter, Hafiz, continued to pour my glass even though it was half full. (Yeah, service was that good)
Fiancee's Mango Mint Cooler.
Our Malayan Wings as the starter.
So we placed our order and the drinks came first. I ordered the Ice Lemon Tea (as there was no Milo. Haha) and fiancee had the Mango Mint Cooler. The Ice Lemon Tea is perfect for me and it wasn't that sweet. Seems that they used actual lemons rather than syrup or add additional sugar.

My Chicken Parmigiana
Fiancee's Ayam Panggang Sapit
The main course arrived like 7 minutes after. I was shocked by the large portions of the dishes. My dish, the Chicken parmigiana has saute mushrooms, truffle fries, a small salad and a chicken breast topped with pasta sauce and cheese. While fiancee's Ayam Panggang sapit has basmati rice topped with chicken and drenched in curry, similar to those nasi beyani dishes at weddings, with a much richer taste. Have to say the food was really really awesome and you really get your money's worth for the food, the taste, portions, ambiance and very good service.

Me and our server/owner, Hafiz!
Also, I wanna extend my appreciation and compliment Hafiz, our server and the owner of The Malayan Council, he truly went out of his way and really made Swensen's, Pizza Hut and Manhattan Fish Market to shame with their customer service. Despite being only a month old, the service and food was truly exceptional and we did get our money's worth. Will come back to patronize and fully support you guys.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Malay Road Toponyms 14

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Number 14. It has been a long time coming.

Bukit Purmei
  بوكيت ڤورمي

A short dead end street off Kampong Bharu Road, Bukit Prumei is home to Tang Gan Beo Temple and Church of St Teresa. "Prumei" in the older spelling of "Purmai" means "Serene" in Malay. The southern side of Bukit Prumei consists of a 16th century Muslim burial ground known as Tanah Kubor Di-Raja, (Also known as Keramat Bukit Kasita) in which the land the cemetery sits on is still owned by the State of Johor, Malaysia. Today, the area of Bukit Prumei forms a part of Radin Mas Estate. It has since spawn off a HDB Estate, Bukit Prumei Ville and two other roads, Bukit Prumei Avenue and Bukit Prumei Road and a park, Bukit Purmei Hillock Park.

Geylang Bahru
      ڬيلڠ بهرو

The name Geylang is found early on since the founding of Singapore. "R. Gilang" appears on the Jackson Plan of Singapore. Geylang is believed to be a corrupted Malay word, "kilang", meaning "factory" as the area was formerly a coconut plantation. Somewhat considered an extension of Geylang, Geylang Bahru, along with an expunged sister road named "Geylang Tengah", was first built and appeared on maps in 1969. Geylang Bahru spawned roads named Geylang Bahru Terrace and Geylang Bahru Lane. Geylang Bahru is literally translated to "New Geylang".

Geylang Serai
    ڬيلڠ سراي

Formerly known as Geylang Kelapa in the 1840s due the coconut plams in the area, the cultivation of lemon grass or "serai" in Malay soon after led to the renaming to the current name. Geylang Serai then became a major Malay Settlement after 1890s when the demand for lemon glass fell. The road was actually much longer than it used to be, stretching from Geylang Road an into the former Kampong Ubi area in the north. By the late 60s, only a short portion was left after the long part of the road was renamed to "Jalan Alsagoff" (Which also became expunged today). The adjacent road where the former Geylang Serai Estate and Market is was once name "Jalan Geylang Serai" but later renamed to "Jalan Pasar Baru" (New Market Road) in the early 70s. The road became expunged after the area was rebuild into "Sri Geylang Serai" in 2004.

Today, Geylang Serai is located within its namesake area and is considered a focal point and cultural heartland for the Malay community in Singapore. It is also interesting to note that Sims Avenue East was once three separate sections of road and were known as Lorong Abukeseh, Jalan Rebong and Jalan Nanas. Soon when a decision was made to make Changi Road a one way street and to compliment the traffic going towards the east, an extension was build east off Jalan Rebong and the stretch of road was renamed to "Sims Avenue East".

Jalan Aruan
   جالن اروان

Jalan Aruan is a short minor road located off Kampong Java Road. Flanked by 50s era terrace houses, the meaning behind "Aruan" is an older spelling of "Ikan Haruan", or Snakehead murrel in English. It is a type of freshwater carnivorous fish, native to South and Southeast Asia.

Jalan Ayer
   جالن ايير

Spelled as "Ayer", rather than "air", it is the older spelling of "water". Also, all roads that contained this word are also spelled this way. Presumably not to confuse with the English word for "air". A short dead end land, Jalan Ayer is located off Lorong 1 Geylang.

Jalan Besar
   جالن بسر

Orignally a dirt track, the road appeared sometime in the 1880s and was named "Jalan Besar" by the Municipality. Jalan Besar, in Malay translated to "big road" is actually taken to mean "main road". The area previously belonged to Norris brothers from the 1830s as a plantation. By the late 19th century, the surrounding swamp land that was a dumping refuse was slowly reclaimed and the road was paved and extended until Lavender Street. The lands along the road became shophouses, workshops and factories.

Jalan Besar today caterers to the one way traffic travelling into the city area. Famously known for today for the motorcycle workshops and lighting accessories there, the road's rich and colorful heritage can be seen from the mixture of conserved shophouses and other shopping establishments. Jalan Besar spawned a future MRT station and the Jalan Besar Group Constituency Committee.

Jalan Damai
   جالن داماي

The name Jalan Damai means "Peace Road" in Malay. Jalan Damai was formerly part of the Kaki Bukit Settlement, an extension of the Jalan Eunos Malay Settlement. The original "Jalan Damai" was actually expunged. To meet with the demands of the redevelopment of the area, Jalan Abdul Manan was realigned to Kaki Bukit Avenue 1 and Bedok Reservoir Road before taking on the name "Jalan Damai" in 1994. Today, it houses Bedok North Secondary School and a HDB estate alongside it.

Jalan Eunos
 جالن اييونوس

Described as "the father of Malay journalism" and the first Malay in the Legislative Council, Encik Eunos Abdullah has a namesake road named after him near the Geylang. Jalan Eunos history can be traced since the 1928s. The road today has been split into two separate sections, one main arterial road stretching from Geylang Road till Eunos Link and one minor road off Bedok Reservoir Road, currently part of Eunos Neighborhood. An extension of the road was also build and given the name "Upper Jalan Eunos". It has since been expunged.

Jalan Eunos has spawned a former Kampong Eunos and Kampong Melayu (Later renamed to Jalan Eunos Malay Settlement). Today, the name "Eunos" bares on many institutions including schools, an MRT station, an industrial estate, a HDB and industrial estate and other roads in the area.

Jalan Klapa
    جالن كلاڤا

Klapa, currently spelled as "kelapa" means "coconut" in Malay. Part of the Kampong Gelam Conservation District, the road is lined with shophouses. The road was named on December 1860 during a Municipal Council meeting.

Jalan Kledek
   جالن قليديق

Part of the Kampong Gelam Conservation District, Jalan Kledek is a short lane flanked by shophouses. Kledek, in the older spelling of keledek means sweet potato in Malay.

Jalan Lembah Kallang
         جالن لمبه كللڠ 

Located off Kallang Bahru, Jalan Lembah Kallang is translated as Kallang Plain Road. The road was first build in 1969. These roads in the area are the last few roads to be named using Malay suffixes.

Jalan Pinang
     جالن ڤينڠ

Jalan Pinang is a short minor lane located within the Kampong Gelam Conservation Area. It is flanked by conserved shophouses. The "Pinang" in Jalan Pinang refers to areca nut rather than the Malay name of the Malaysian state of Penang

Jalan Pisang
    جالن ڤيسڠ

The site of the road was formerly know as Kampung Selong, among other villages in the Raffles' era. Pisang means "banana" in Malay, following a theme to name after fruits in Kampong Gelam. The name of the road was decided during a Municipal Council meeting in 1860. Jalan Pisang today is a short minor road with conserved shophouses alongside it.

Jalan Punai
   جالن ڤوناي

Burung Punai is the Malay name for Large Green-pigeon. Jalan Punai is located off the minor part of Jalan Eunos, located within Eunos Neighbourhood. It is also one of the few roads within the Jalan Eunos Malay Settlement to survive redevelopment of the Bedok Reservoir area.

Jalan Rimau
   جالن ريمااو

Located in Eunos Neighbourhood, Jalan Rimau survived the surrounding redevelopment and was formerly part of the Kaki Bukit Malay Settlement, an extension of the Eunos Malay Settlement. The road was actually much longer than it used to be and only a portion survived today.

Jalan Singa
   جالن سيڠا

Jalan Singa is located in Eunos Neighbourhood, a private residential estate near Bedok Reservoir. It's one of the roads to survive the surrounding redevelopment of the Kaki Bukit Malay Settlement. Singa is Malay for "Lion".

Jalan Sultan
   جالن سلطان

One of the oldest roads in Singapore, the road's history can be traced since the time Raffles came into Singapore. Originally known as Jalan Malintang in the Raffles' era, the road marks marked the eastern boundary of the compound designated for Sultan Hussein Shah of Johor and his household. The sultan built his palace, known as Istana Kampong Gelam near the road. Probably resulted in the name change as well.

Jalan Tenaga
     جالن تناڬ

Once located within the Kaki Bukit Settlement, an extension of the Jalan Eunos Malay Settlement, Jalan Tenaga is one of the road names retained in the area. The original road itself has been expunged and in the late 80s, the new road built nearby took on the name "Jalan Tenaga". Tenaga is Malay for "energy." The minor road is flanked by HDB estates in the Bedok Reservoir area.

Jalan Turi
  جالن توري

Part of Geylang Serai Estate, Jalan Turi is named after a type of plant called Sesbania. The road was conceived and built in 1958, surrounding the Great Eastern Park at that time with the adjacent Jalan Rebong (Which has since been expunged and merged with Sims Avenue).

Jalan Ubi
  جالن اوبي

Jalan Ubi's history can be traced from the Japanese Occupation. Due to the shortage of food, villagers planted tapioca and it was the main staple of food during the occupation. Hence, the road and nearby kampong was named after the tapioca. Jalan Ubi was previously a very long road, reaching all the way into Kampong Ubi Industrial Estate (The estate is also named after the road). Developments in the 70s and 80s chewed it up, leaving a short portion off Changi Road. The road currently houses Kampong Ubi Community Center and Kampong Ubi Community Hub.

Jalan Satu, Jalan Dua, Jalan Tiga, Jalan Empat, Jalan Lima, Jalan Enam
                   جالن ساتو، جالن دوا، جالن تيڬ، جالن امڤت، جالن ليما، جالن انم

Conceived during the pre-independence of Singapore, "Jalan Satu", "Jalan Dua", "Jalan Tiga", "Jalan Empat" and "Jalan Enam", literally means "Road One", "Road Two", "Road Three", "Road Four", "Road Five" and "Road Six" respectively. The roads were named by the City Council of Singapore in 1958, on the decision that the roads should feature Malay names, to detach all forms of colonial rule and association.

Kallang Bahru
      كللڠ بهرو

Built in 1969, Kallang Bahru, literally translated as "New Kallang" is an extention of the Kallang area which was reclaimed from what was formerly a swampy area. At one time, there was also a Kallang Tengah adjacent to Kallang Bahru but has since been expunged.

Lorong 101 Changi to Lorong 110 Changi
       لوروڠ 110 چڠي         -      لوروڠ 101 چڠي

Numbered minor lanes along Changi Road started from Lorong 101 to Lorong 110 Changi. While other estates have been renamed to English suffixes, this numbering scheme is one of four to survive in Singapore.

Lorong Sireh Pinang
      لوروڠ سيريه ڤينڠ

Sireh Pinang or Bersirih and menginang is an tradition of chewing materials such as nut, betel, gambier, tobacco, limestone and clubs dating back to 3000 years. It is said to bring health benefits. Lorong Sireh Pinang is located off Geylang Road and it used to be a very long road, stretching all the way into the former Geylang Serai Settlement (Now Kampong Ubi Industrial Estate). By the 70s, most of it has been expunged and its role reduced to becoming a carpark entrance.

Padang Jeringau
     ڤادڠ جريڠاءو

Located off Kallang Road, this minor road is unique as it doesn't feature any street suffixes and is rather a name meant for a location rather than a road. The name was originally given to a Malay Village in 1906. Padang Jeringau is literally translated to "Sweet Flag" or "Calamus Field" in Malay. Among the common names, it is scientifically known as Acorus calamus. The site was originally a Malay kampong, nearby Kampong Bugis and Kallang Gas Works.

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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Police Related Memorabilia Part 2

For Your Information: Police Related Memorabilia Part 2

Continuing from my previous post which features the Singapore Police Force, this next part features the Auxiliary Police Forces in Singapore.

Some of these badges and memorabilia are ultra rare as many are not made and the respective organizations have been merged and no longer in existence. Some are made in tiny quantities that only those who have worked or are currently working in these organizations could have access and acquired them.

Singapore has five auxiliary police forces, namely:

- AETOS Auxiliary Police Force.
- ANZUK Installations Auxiliary Police Force
- Certis CISCO Auxiliary Police Force
- SATS Auxiliary Police Force
- Polis Tambahan Pulau Bukom

Defunct auxiliary police forces:

- ST Kinetics Auxiliary Police Force.
- PSA Corporation Auxiliary Police Force.
- CIAS Auxiliary Police Force.
- Sentosa Development Corporation Auxiliary Police Force.

ANZUK Installations Auxiliary Police Force

Founded in 1972, ANZUK Installations Auxiliary Police Force (ANZUK IAPF) was formed for the purpose of guarding all Australia, New Zealand and United Kingdom (Hence the acronym "ANZUK") installations in Singapore.

Today, the force is under the purview of New Zealand Force South East Asia (NZFORSEA) the last major foreign military presence based in Singapore; within the NZ Force Headquarters unit. With a strength of over 50 officers, the force is staffed by Singaporean APOs but commanded by an NZ Navy officer. IAPF is based solely within Sembawang Wharves. Despite being owned by the NZ Navy, they hold similar police powers as with other Auxiliary Police Forces in Singapore.

Collectibles and memorabilia from NZ IAPF are extremely rare as the force is very small and I actually have a hard time acquiring any memorabilia from the officers working inside. But here is a collection of photos to at least know what they look like.

IAPF shoulder strap badge and NZ Kiwi patches
My friend's graduation photo
NZ IAPF corporal receiving a prize
Updated on January 2017: Commander IAPF, (Left)
a junior officer (Center) and a NZ Navy Officer (Right)
Credits: Royal NZ Navy Twitter
IAPF officers previously wear brown uniform similar to the colonial uniforms of the past. Sometime later, they switched to a royal blue top with a navy blue bottom. They still retain the epaulette badges from the colonial uniforms which state "IAPF" instead of "PNS" and the New Zealand Kiwi symbol on the sleeve patches.

IAPF Rank Structure

Similar to the Singapore Police Force and other Auxiliary Police Forces, their rank structure starts from Lance Corporal till Assistant Superintendent who is also Commander of IAPF.

Updated on January 2017: 

IAPF Officers in Citadel Pacific 2016 Exercise

Exclusive and rare photos of IAPF officers in a joint exercise with the Singapore Armed Forces on September 2016. These photos reveal the IAPF's number 4 tactical uniforms and high visibility vests officers use.
Photo credits: Here
IAPF APOs intercepting a vehicle.
IAPF APOs intercepting a vehicle.
IAPF APOs in action.
IAPF APOs in action
Officers inspecting a vehicle.
Rear of a IAPF patrol car.
The uniforms are similar to SPF's Number 4 uniforms in a dark "steel blue" color. Their high visibility vests are similar to AETOS Auxiliary Police. Their sleeve patches feature both the IAPF crest and New Zealand Kiwi logos. Their epaulettes also indicate "IAPF" below the ranks.

IAPF Vehicles

ANZUK IAPF patrol car
IAPF vehicle liveries also follow their New Zealand Police counterparts. Previously, their cars only have the word "POLICE". Most likely requested by the PLRD to include the "AUXILIARY" inside. Their vehicles also bear special "NZ" prefix license plates.

CIS/STK Auxiliary Police Force

CIS APF (Chartered Industries of Singapore Auxiliary Police Force) is the antecedent of STK APF (Singapore Technologies Kinetics Auxiliary Police Force). Since 2004, STK APF has since merged with AETOS Auxiliary Police.
Peak Cap Badges of CIS APF and STK APF
CIS APF Collar Crest (Gold Variation)
Patches of CIS APF and STK APF

CIS/ST Kinetics Auxiliary Police Rank Structure

Epaulette Ranks of CIS/STK APF
The ranks of CIS/STK APF are as follows, from the bottom to the top; Lance Corporal, Corporal, Sergeant, Staff Sergeant, Station Inspector, Inspector, Assistant Superintendent and Commander STK APF, a Deputy Superintendent.
CIS/STK APF Pocket Book and Patch
A patriotic rendition of the STK APF Crest

CIS/STK APF Uniforms

STK APF group photo
CIS Police officers. Note the metallic ornaments and berets.
STK Police officers. Their uniforms resembling SPF uniforms of the late 90s.
An STK Police officer and a police van
CIS/STK APF Officers used similar uniforms to the Singapore Police Force with similar colors and metallic ornaments. CIS/STK logos were used in place of the state shield and when the metallic ranks were moved to the epaulettes, the letters "APF" were added below the ranks for junior officers to distinguish the uniforms of the SPF.

Their vehicle liveries are also similar to SPF vehicles of the 90s with the SPF crests replaced with the crest of STK Police.

PSA Corporation Auxiliary Police Force

Old Crest of PSA Police.
Previously a statutory board, PSA Corporation is now a private entity owned by Temasek Holdings. It's security branch, PSA Auxiliary Police, or PSA Police for short was at that time known as "H" Division will full police authority and powers. In 2004, PSA Police merged with AETOS APF.
PSA Corporation APF final crest before the merger with AETOS
PSA Police crest on a jacket

PSA Police Uniforms

80s era PSA Police Officer and vehicle
PSA Police group photos
PSA Police Junior Officers wear two toned uniforms with a slightly lighter top to distinguish themselves from the Singapore Police Force. Only Senior Officers are allowed to wear similar blue color to the SPF. Their vehicle livery also differ from vehicles of other APFs and SPF

CIAS Auxiliary Police Force

CIAS APF (Changi International Airport Services Auxiliary Police Force) was a auxiliary police force owned by CIAS, a ground handling company which has since been renamed "dnata" after being bought by the Dubai based company. The force itself was somewhat formed in partnership with PSA Auxiliary Police. CIAS APF is now merged with AETOS Auxiliary Police since 2004.
Final version of CIAS Auxiliary Police Force logo
Older CIAS Police Collar Crest
CIAS Police Uniform Buttons

CIAS APF Uniforms

CIAS Policeman 
CIAS APF Traffic Enforcement Unit
CIAS Police Officer in the early 90s
CIAS APF officers use the same uniforms as PSA Police. The two toned uniforms with a slightly lighter top. This is due to PSA's involvement in starting CIAS at that time and the APF uniform may have been brought over from PSA Police.

Polis Tambahan Pulau Bukom

This particular auxiliary police force is rarely seen as it is based within Pulau Bukom, currently a Royal Dutch Shell oil refinery. The name, Polis Tambahan Pulau Bukom is Malay for Pulau Bukom Additional Police. But under the law, they still hold similar powers as any Auxiliary Police Officer while on duty. The force is currently owned by Shell themselves.
Old Pulau Bukom APF Uniforms
A Pulau Bukom APF officer in the current uniform.
An officer on duty at the ferry terminal.

Sentosa Development Corporation Auxiliary Police Force

The crest of Sentosa Auxiliary Police
Sentosa Ranger Pick-up Truck
Sentosa Ranger on a Motorbike
Sentosa Rangers posing for a shot.
Sentosa Auxiliary Police ceased to be an Auxiliary Police Force from 1st November 2002. Not much is known about the force as I have known no one who works or was formerly in the force. Today, the organization is known as "Sentosa Ranger". The officers now hold similar powers to security officers.