Thursday, March 24, 2016

Malay Road Toponyms 20

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Its been awhile since I last updated. Been busy with a lot of stuff and hadn't really had the time to update my blog. A lot of good stuff has been pointing in our direction. We pray for the best. Anyways here is number 20.

Bukit Mugliston
  بوكيت موڬليستون

Located with Gerald Mugliston Estate, Bukit Mugliston is a namesake road located on a inclined hill. It spawned other roads named Mugliston Park and Mugliston Wark. There is also a Mugliston Road off Haig Road. All I could find out was that, Bukit Mugliston has existed since the 1950s. it is unknown who or what the road is named after.

Jalan Derum
    جالن دروم

Located within Sembawang Gardens Estate, Jalan Derum is located off Jalan Legundi and first appeared on maps in 1963. Pokok Derum is Malay for Cratoxylum arborescens, a tree that naturally grows in Malaysia and Sumatra. This short minor dead end road is flanked by landed houses.

Jalan Gapis
  جالن ڬاڤيس

Located within Sembawang Straits Estate, Jalan Gapis is a short minor dead end road located off Jalan Janggus. In Malay, Gapis is a famly of flowering plants known as Fabaceae,  Leguminosae or Papilionaceae.

Jalan Gelam
    جالن ڬلم

Jalan Gelam is a short minor dead end lane located off Jalan Janggus, Sembawang Straits Estate. Flanked by landed housing, Jalan Gelam is named after a tree known scientifically as Melaleuca leucadendra. It is also commonly known as weeping paperbark, long-leaved paperbark or white paperbark.

Jalan Inggu
   جالن ايڠڬو

One of three roads that remain in the former Sembawang Malay Settlement, currently serving the Masjid Pertempatan Melayu Sembawang along the path. Jalan Inggu also spawned a nearby Inggu Road, which currently houses landed houses. Inggu is Malay for Galbanum oil (Ferula spp). An sap used for medicinal purposes from the Ferula sinkiangensis tree. The road may be expunged in future as is not depicted on URA Master Plan 2014.

Jalan Harom Setangkai
      جالن هراوم ستاڠكاي

Located off Gallop Park Road near Farrer Road, Jalan Harom Setangkai is flanked by 60s era houses along its sides. Harum Setangkai in the current spelling is translated to "fragrant stalk" from Malay. The road forms the backbone of Chip Hock Gardens Estate and first appeared on maps in 1969.

Jalan Manis
   جالن مانيس

Sandwiched between Jalan Serembak and St. Francis Road, Jalan Manis is flanked by 50s era landed houses. Manis is translated to "sweet" in Malay. The road is first depicted on maps in 1958.

Jalan Mata Ayer
    جالن مات ايير

Located off Sembawang Road, Jalan Mata Ayer is part of Palms NC Estate. It currently houses landed houses, Euphony Gardens Condominuim and Northwood Condominium. Mata Ayer or Mata Air could mean a variety of things, including tear drop, fountain or to describe a significant someone.

Jalan Kechubong
      جالن كچوبوڠ

Located within Gerald Mugliston Estate, Jalan Kechubong is a network of roads flanked by terrace houses. Jalan Kechubong first appeared on maps in 1961. Kechubong, currently spelled as "kecubung" is the Malay word for Devil's trumpet or metel (Datura metel). It's used as a herb in traditional Chinese medicine.

Jalan Kembang Melati
        جالن كمبڠ ملاتي

Jalan Kembang Melati first appeared on maps in 1969 and is located off Farrer Road and ending at Cluny Park Road. A short minor road, it is flanked by landed houses of Chip Hock Gardens Estate. Bunga Melati is a species of jasmine, scientifically known as, Jasminum sambac. Kembang Melati is used to describe the flower when it has already bloomed. There is also a Jalan Melati in MacPherson Gardens Estate.

Jalan Legundi
   جالن ليڬوندي

Located off Sembawang Road, Jalan Lengudi is a part of Sembawang Gardens Estate. Legundi refers to a  small tree or shrub called Vitex trifolia. The road serves as access into the sister lanes and private houses there. The road is also famously known for the You Hwak Restaurant there.

Jalan Mempurong
      جالن ممڤوروڠ

Jalan Mempurong is one of three roads that remain in the former Sembawang Malay Settlement. Nearby is the Masjid Pertempatan Melayu Sembawang, the last kampung mosque in Singapore. Ikan Mempurung in the current spelling is Sabretooth thryssa, a species of anchovy. The road is not depicted on URA Master Plan 2014.

Jalan Selimang
     جالن سليمڠ

Siamese algae eater (Crossocheilus oblongus) in Malay is Ikan Selimang. Jalan Selimang is located in the former Sembawang Malay Settlement. The road is not depicted on URA Master Plan 2014 and may be in danger of being expunged in future.

Jalan Semerbak
    جالن سمربق

Semerbak is used to describe something that is sweet smelling or fragrant. Usually a bed of flowers. A curved road flanked by landed houses, Jalan Semerbak is located off St. Francis Road, ending at St. Micheal Road, near Serangoon Road. The road was first depicted on maps in 1966.

Jalan Serene
    جالن سرن

Jalan Serene is located off Farrer Road. This minor lane currently houses the French Embassy, Serene Center shopping mall and a condominium project as of November 2015. The name "Serene" came from the Serene House which served American Servicemen as a rest and recreation center during the Vietnam War from the 60s and 70s. Serene can be used in both English and Malay, meaning "tranquil" and "composed" There is also a path within Old Police Academy named "Jalan Serene".

Jalan Taman
   جالن تامن

Located off Serangoon Road, there is a network of roads bearing the name "Jalan Taman". The minor road is flanked by private landed houses. "Taman" in Malay can mean "Garden" or "Park". The road is officially named in 1958.

Jalan Tampang
     جالن تمڤڠ

Jalan Tampang is one of the few minor roads located with Sembawang Gardens Estate to serve the landed houses there. Tampang is a Malay term used to trip plants in order to improve its appearance.

Lorong 1 Toa Payoh, Lorong 1A Toa Payoh, Lorong 2 Toa Payoh, Lorong 3 Toa Payoh, Lorong 4 Toa Payoh, Lorong 5 Toa Payoh, Lorong 6 Toa Payoh, Lorong 7 Toa Payoh, Lorong 8 Toa Payoh, Lorong 8A Toa Payoh
لوروڠ 1 توا ڤايوه، لوروڠ 1ا توا ڤايوه، لوروڠ 2 توا ڤايوه، لوروڠ 3 توا ڤايوه، لوروڠ 4 توا ڤايوه، لوروڠ 5 توا ڤايوه، لوروڠ 6 توا ڤايوه، لوروڠ 7 توا ڤايوه، لوروڠ 8 توا ڤايوه، لوروڠ 8ا توا ڤايوه

Toa Payoh town was conceived in 1960 and construction work began in December 1964, and naturally, as many roads build in that era, Malay road names were given. However in the case of Toa Payoh New Town, a new "mathematical naming" initiative was used in an attempt to reduce racial discrimination and please the predominant Chinese population. It is interesting to note that the town of Toa Payoh is one of four surviving, but the only HDB estate to bare this numbering system.

Today, many people, and even government agencies themselves referred these roads as for example "Toa Payoh Lorong 5", as similar to other towns that use "Avenue" or "Street" numbering systems in place of "Lorong". There was even a open letter to LTA stating its complaint that the streets signs should bare as such, and it was a mistake for "Lorong" to be first, rather than "Toa Payoh". There is no mistake, as the roads is using a Malayan numbering system. It should still remain as such and the correct way to refer these roads are "Lorong Lima Toa Payoh" in full Malay rather than "Lorong Five".

Lorong Chencharu
     لوروڠ چينچرو

Lorong Chencaru is located off Sembawang Road. It houses several sites belonging to the Agricultural Veterinarian Authority, fish farms and veterinarian hospitals. It also spawned another road named Chencharu Link. Chencharu is currently spelled as "Ikan cencaru" with the "H" omitted is Malay for torpedo scad (Megalaspis cordyla).

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Friday, March 11, 2016

Malay Road Toponyms 19

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My blog has hit a milestone today! Post number 70!

Jalan Bilal
   جالن بلال

Located along Bedok Road, Jalan Bilal fittingly has a mosque, Masjid Al-Taqua, at the road's end.   Bilal in Malay is translated to muezzin in English, a person appointed at a mosque to lead, and recite, the call to prayer for every event of prayer and worship in the mosque. The road also spawned another road name Bilan Lane.

Jalan Demak
   جالن ديماق

Jalan Demak and its other sister roads within East View Gardens first appeared on maps in 1966. Most of the roads within the estate are named after species of birds. Jalan Demak seems to be an exception as it is named after the a town in Central Java, Indonesia, which in turn was named after the Demak Sultanate. This minor road off Upper Changi Road is flanked by landed houses.

Jalan Haji Salam
    جالن حاج سلام

Jalan Haji Salam was named in respect after a former village head of the former Kampong Bedok. Previously a short lane off Upper East Coast Road in the 60s, it was extended further north and minor lanes were added as more landed houses were built in the area. The road also spawned another road named Salam Walk.

Jalan Kathi
   جالن كتهي

"Kathi", but commonly spelled and referred to as "tok kadi" today, is the Malay word and spelling for "Qadi". a judge ruling in accordance with Islamic religious law. Jalan Kathi is a minor road off Bedok Road and is flanked by landed private houses.

Jalan Kuang
    جالن كواڠ

Located within East View Gardens, a private landed housing estate, Jalan Kuang first appeared on maps in 1966. Burung Kuang refers to a type of landfowl subfamily known as Phasianinae. Generally used to describe the whole subfamily, there are over 35 types different species in 11 genes.

Jalan Langgar Bedok
       جالن لڠڬر بدوق

"Langgar bedok" literally translates to "hitting the drum". It was previously the site of Bedok Girls School and Bedok Boys School and today it is the site of Bedok South Secondary School and some private landed houses there. Jalan Langgar Bedok first appeared on maps in 1966.

Jalan Greja
   جالن ڬريج

Greja, in the older spelling of "gereja" means "Church" in Malay. The church this road refers to the nearby Bedok Methodist Church, which has existed since the 60s. Jalan Greja is located off Bedok Road.

Jalan Limau Bali
    جالن ليماو بالي

Located within Lucky Hills Estate, Jalan Limau Bali is surrounded by private landed houses. The road first appeared on maps in 1969. Limau Bali when translated from Malay to English means, Pomelo (Citrus maxima), a type of natural citrus fruit. The street names of Lucky Hills Estate follows a theme of streets named after citrus fruits.

Jalan Limau Kasturi
     جالن ليماو كستوري

Jalan Limau Kasturi first appeared on maps in 1969. Limau Kasturi is Malay for Calamondin (× Citrofortunella microcarpa). The minor road, located in between Bedok Rise and Jalan Limau Manis is flanked by landed houses of Lucky Hills Estate. The street names of Lucky Hills Estate follows a theme of streets named after citrus fruits.

Jalan Limau Manis
    جالن ليماو مانيس


As with some roads within Lucky Hills Estate, Jalan Limau Manis follows a theme of lanes named after citrus fruits. Limau Manis is literally translated to "Sweet Cirtus", but however it actually refers to a hybrid citrus fruit, Tangor (Citrus reticulata × sinensis). Jalan Limau Manis first appeared on maps in 1969

Jalan Limau Nipis
   جالن ليماو نيڤيس

Some roads within Lucky Hills Estates are named after types of citrus fruits. First appearing on maps in 1969, Jalan Limau Nipis is another example as Limau nipis is translated to Key lime (Citrus × aurantiifolia) in English. The road is flanked by landed housing.

Jalan Limau Purut
    جالن ليماو ڤوروت

First appeared on maps in 1969, Jalan Limau Purut is located within Lucky Hills Estate. Limau Purut is Malay for Kaffir lime (Citrus hystrix). Other roads in the area south to Jalan Limau Purut are named Limau Garden, limau Rise, Limau Walk, Limau Grove and Limau Terrace. These roads may have spawned from the earlier Malay "Limau" roads within the estate.

Jalan Nipah
    جالن نيڤه

Located off Bedok Road, Jalan Nipah first appeared on maps in 1966. Jalan Nipah is named after Pokok Nipah, known as Nypa Palm (Nypa fruticans) in English. The road is a short minor lane flanked with landed housing.

Jalan Pari Burong
    جالن ڤاري بوروڠ

First appeared on maps in 1975, later than its sister roads. Initially, I thought that "pari burung" is a bird, but apparently, after much research, it is actually named after a type of stingray. In Malay, "pari burung" is translated to banded eagle ray (Aetomylaeus nichofii)

Jalan Pari Dedap
    جالن ڤاري ددڤ

First appeared on maps in 1969, Jalan Pari Dedap is flanked by landed houses. Pari Dedap is translated to a type of stingray named Porcupine ray (Urogymnus asperrimus).

Jalan Pari Kikis
  جالن ڤاري كيكيس

First appeared on maps in 1969, Jalan Pari Kikis is a minor crescent lane located off Jalan Pari Dedap within Fengshan NC. The road like its sister roads named after types of stingrays is surrounded by landed houses. After extensive reserch, it is not known what is Pari Kikis, which is directly translated to "eroded ray" in English. It could mean "pari dikikis", to remove the ray's guts when cooking.

Jalan Pari Unak
   جالن ڤاري اوناك

Jalan Pari Unak is a minor road linking Jalan Pari Dedap and Jalan Anak Patong. As with other sister roads in the area, it is flanked by landed houses of Fengshan NC. The road first appeared on maps in 1969. Once again. I couldn't find the direct translation to "pari unak". It could mean porcupine ray (Urogymnus asperrimus) as "unak", spelled as "onak" means "thorny".

Jalan Pergam
     جالن ڤرڬم

Following a theme of roads named after birds, Jalan Pergam is a minor road located within East View Gardens. Flanked by private houses, the road first appeared on maps in 1966. Jalan Pergam is named after a type of pigeon known as "Merpati Pergam" or in English, "Green Imperial Pigeon" (Ducula aenea)

Jalan Pelatok
   جالن ڤلاتوك

Jalan Pelatok is located within East View Gardens and it is split into two parts. It first appeared on maps in 1966, and it was depicted to be a crescent road. By 1993, the eastern part joining Jalan Pelatok has became expunged thanks to the development of Simei Estate and since then, Jalan Segam and Jalan Pergam became the access road on the northern end. Burung Pelatuk as it is currently spelled is translated to woodpecker.

Jalan Segam
    جالن سڬام

As with some roads located within East View Gardens,  Jalan Segam is named after a bird known in English as Large-tailed Nightjar (Caprimulgus macrurus) Other names in Malay include Tukang Kubur, Tukang Kayu, Burung Segan/Malas. Flanked by landed houses, the road first appeared on maps in 1966.

Jalan Simpang Bedok
       جالن سيمڤڠ بدوق

The area famously known for food at the Bedok Shopping Center is called "Simpang Bedok" and may have gotten its name from this road. The area was formerly the side of Simpang Bedok Village and the road first appeared on maps in 1966. Jalan Simpang Bedok is translated to "Bedok Junction Road".

Jalan Sinar Bintang
      جالن سينر بينتڠ

Located within Changi Heights Estate, near Old Tampines Road, Jalan Sinar Bintang first appeared on maps in 1969  "Sinar Bintang" in Malay is translated to "Starlight" in English. The road is flanked by landed houses.

Jalan Sinar Bulan
    جالن سينر بولن

A sister street to Jalan Sinar Bintang, and also located within Changi Heights Estate, Jalan Sinar Bulan is also flanked by private landed housing. In Malay, "Sinar Bulan" is translated to "Moonlight" in English.

Jalan Tiga Ratus
   جالن تيڬ راتوس

Located within what was formerly known as the "Changi Ten-Milestone", Jalan Tiga Ratus was a very long winding road starting from Upper Changi Road till Jalan Sim Pan, which is now the site of Simei MRT today. Jalan Tiga Ratus is notably known for the area where bodies were discovered on the Gold Bar Murders in 1972 and the Changkat Changi School building which is still standing has been used as an interim school on various occasions. More than a quarter of the road became expunged in 1979 when land was needed to build Simei and Tampines. "Tiga Ratus" in Malay is translated to "Three Hundred". There was previously a village named "Kampong Tiga Ratus" in the area. It is unknown how the road got its name.

Taman Bedok
     تامن بدوق

Taman Bedok means "Bedok Gardens" in Malay. The road is located along Bedok Road and is flanked by private houses. There is also another road named "Bedok Gardens" further down Bedok Road. Taman Bedok first appeared on maps in 1966.

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Saturday, March 5, 2016

ITE College Memories


My former alma mater
So after weeks of giving me problems, my phone of slightly over a year finally died on me... Lost a lot of photos and other precious moments inside. So in my ever continuing quest to backup everything important in my life, I'm gonna share my ITE photos here and at the same time, back them up here.

A little bit of history here. I was a victim of the primary school streaming system. In which Primary 4, I was actually quite lazy and as a consequence, I was streamed into the EM3 class. So meaning that I had to take the longer route unlike those who got into EM2 or EM1. So naturally, with my mediocre grades, I was in the "normal technical" class in secondary school and progressed into the Institute of Technical Education (ITE), in which I had no other choice really from the courses I can choose. The motto of ITE College East is "It's my choice"... So much for that crap. Anyways, enough about me ranting on how f-ed up the Singapore education system is, its time to share my memories of my ITE life.


NITEC First Year

Bangla for a day
The course I got into was NITEC in Building Services Technology, currently known as Facility Management. A little background, this course specializes in maintaining or repairing a building or its fixtures/appliances.   Usually, the outcome of obtaining this certification entitles you to a job as a building's Facility Manager, or technician.

The first year is the general topics. As far as I can remember, I learnt how to fix and make piping, making gaskets for pipe fittings, masonry, welding and bending copper pipes for air conditioning refrigerant to flow thru. To be frank, there's really not much for me in the first year as there isn't much of "my kind" to mingle with.
His name is Hardy.

NITEC Second Year

Me and Faireen. 3rd day of Class.
2nd year of my course. That was when my classmates went our separate ways as we were divided in to specialization classes. Some of them went into "Air Conditioning Services" while those with better results can choose to specialize in "Mechanical and Engineering Services". From this, we learnt how to do wiring for emergency fixtures, mend fire alarm panels,
Me and my lecturer, Mr. Goh.
But it was during this time I had found some of my classmates that I am able to relate and get along well as well as made some of the best ever lasting memories in my college life.
Me and Muas.
Another lecturer of mine that taught us wiring. Forgot his name though.
Ariffin loves taking selfies with my phone.
And apparently, while I was doing work, one of them borrowed my phone and took these....
Classmate group photo 1 (Explicit)
Classmate group photo 2 (Peace)
I have no idea who brought that umbrella.
Hell yeah!
Sufi and Shahrul
Black and Sufi.
Guy likes to sleep in class.
Penalty kick POV.
Pathetic attempt to jump off the building.
Shahrul and Sufi waiting outside class.
Don't worry, he's not a bully. (Photo was posed)
This was supposed to be a "artsy" photo.
The unseen force pushing us against the wall!
Fooling around with Shahrul's butt.
Group shot featuring my smelly feet. (Explicit)
Group shot featuring my smelly feet. (Non Explicit)
One of the few selfies I had in ITE
At one point, we took a trip to Changi Airport.
Airport trip! Waiting for the skytrain.
In the skytrain. Informal shot.
In the skytrain, Abang-abang shot.

Guess who photobombed behind them.
NB0601P with Mr Toh.
Yusri's dad vehicle at the workshop.
Post graduation photo with black photoboming.
And to top it all off, like many other school "clicks", we went to Hari Raya visiting together. Sadly, this was our last outing as a group. And went out separate ways after that.
Raya at Alawiyah's house 1.
Raya at Alawiyah's house 2.
Raya at Alawiyah's house 3
NB0601P during raya at Alawiyah's house.
Last Raya photo!
Glad to have shared by ITE photos here! Sweet memories for me!