Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Lau Pa Sat Revisited

Lau Pa Sat was built in 1894.

In 1986, the food centre was closed for the construction of a new Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) line which runs underneath the building. The building was taken apart and its cast-iron supports put into storage. Once the MRT was running, the Lau Pa Sat was reassembled and reopened on 7 February 1992.

The food centre was again closed on 1 Sept 2013 for a $4-million  renovation. It reopened on 30 June 2014 after intensive renovation and restoration.

The Victorian cast-iron structure was largely untouched but the columns and filigree are painted rustic green, reminiscent of the old market.



Tuesday, November 27, 2018

The Merlion 머라이언, 鱼尾狮 Revisited

The Merlion was moved on 23 April 2002 from its site at the Anderson Bridge.

The new site is 120 metre away on a newly built promontory.

The Merlion was lifted onto a barge and sailed to the edgw of the new Esplanade Bridge where it will be again lifted over the bridge onto the barge which had sailed under the bridge.

The move begin...
photo credit - C. K. Pek

As the Merlion is 8.6 metre tall, it was impossible for the barge and cargo to sail under the bridge.

The relocation was carefully planned with help from 2 Demag 500 tons cranes, and a team of 20 engineers and workers.

After the move...
See the difference ? Yes there is no Marina Bay Sands in 2002. Sands opened in 2010. 

Monday, November 26, 2018

The Merlion Park

The site of the Merlion and its cub.

The Merlion and the cub were installed at the site at the mouth of the Singapore river in 1972.

The Merlion weight 7 tons and stand 8 metre tall, while the cub is 2 metre tall and weigh 3 tons.

They were scuptured using cement fondue which is a sculptors favourite.

The master sculptor was Lim Nang Seng.

Another Lim Nang Seng art piece is the Dancing Girl, also installed in 1972.

It is now standing at a neighbourhood park in Tiong Bahru.

Lim Nang Seng passed away in 1987.

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Ah Koon, Macritchie and Lau Pa Sat

MacRitchie Reservoir was completed in 1868.

In 1891, Municipal Engineer James MacRitchie oversaw a $32,000 expansion and the reservoir was named after him in 1922.

The construction of the Telok Ayer Market started in 1890.  It was completed on 1 March 1894.

The market, which covers an area of 55,000 square feet, used cast-iron pillars to support the building. The cast iron works was manufactured and shipped out from Glasgow. The building was designed by James MacRitchie.

The chinese locals called it Lau Pa Sat, the old market. The name came about when another market opened at Ellenborough Street. This new market was termed Sin Pa Sat, the new market.

Ellenborough market was destroyed by a fire in 1968. In its place now stood The Central Mall, Clarke Quay. 
 Lau Pa Sat interior
Lau Pa Sat from the air

In 1926, Lai Ah Koon (黎亚坤)  came to Singapore from Hainan as a 15 year old. He found work as a coffee-stall assistant.

He started his own business in 1944 as Ya Kun Coffeestall. It operated from a makeshift stall at the Telok Ayer basin for 15 years and moved into the Lau Pa Sat until 1984 which was earmarked for a complete revamp.

Lai Ah Koon passed away in 1999.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

The Pulai Bloom

2015 October blooming of the Pulai trees seem to fluorish with the current haze, the worst in South East Asia history.

The Pulai, scientifically Alstonia scholaris drops their flowers faster than they appeared.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Have You Read The Label ?

 3 in 1 coffee is popular due to its convenience.

The handy packet displays the ingredients which include non-dairy creamer.

What is non-dairy creamer ?

Such creamer contains casein. Casein is a milk protein that can trigger reactions in those with milk allergies. It is added to non-dairy creamer to create a milky flavour and texture.

How can you have cream if you have no dairy? Hydrogenated palm oil, also known as trans fat give "creamers" the creamy look, feel, and flavour. Trans fat increases your bad (LDL) cholesterol.

Sodium aluminosilicate is an ingredient added to keep powdered creamer from caking. It contain sodium, aluminium, silicon and oxygen. Sodium aluminosilicate has the labeling standard food additive code number E554.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The Ts also Have It

In 1640 Paris, Nicolas Sauvage offered horse-drawn carriages and drivers for hire.

Two hundred years later 1891 Germany, Wilhelm Bruhn invented the taximeter. It is an instrument which measures the distance a vehicle travels, and allows an accurate fare to be determined.

On 16 June 1897 Friedrich Greiner started the Daimler Victoria taxi fleet. He was a Stuttgart entrepreneur who started the world's first motorized taxi company.

In 1907 Harry Allen start a taxicab service in New York and repainted them all yellow to be visible from a distance.

In the 1870s, Elisha Gray and Alexander Graham Bell both independently designed devices that could transmit speech electrically.

Both men registered their designs at the patent office within hours of each other. Alexander Graham Bell patented his telephone first. Elisha Gray entered into a legal battle over the invention of the telephone. Bell won and the rest was history.

Television was not invented by a single inventor. In 1831 Joseph Henry and Michael Faraday tinkered with electromagnetism and began the era of electronic communication.

The title as to who was the inventor of modern television narrows down to Vladimir Kosma Zworykin, a Russian-born American emplyee of Westinghouse, and Philo Taylor Farnsworth, a farm boy from the state of Utah.

In 1930 American Charles Jenkins broadcasts the first TV commercial.

Rails called wagonways were being used in Germany as early as 1550.

By 1776, iron had replaced the wood in the rails. Wagonways evolved into tramways and spread thoughout Europe. Horses still provided the pulling power.

In 1825 George Stephenson built the locomotion for the Stockton and Darlington Railway in England, which was the first steam railway in the world.

The American rail network began with the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad in 1828.