Chinatown Crossings: A Theatrical Experience
Aug
17
7:00 PM19:00

Chinatown Crossings: A Theatrical Experience

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Date & Time 

17 Aug 7pm

Price

S$65/pax

Description

In this interactive theatre experience, meet Kunalan, an Indian man who grew up in a Chinatown shophouse during the 1960s and 1970s.

Trace the story of his evolving friendship with Ting Ting, his landlady’s feisty daughter, as well as his relationship with her Cantonese caregiver, Fong Cheh, a majie who became a surrogate mother to him during his growing up years.

Literally follow Kunalan through the streets of Kreta Ayer and become immersed in this story of friendship and familial ties. As his memories come to life in this roving theatre performance, be treated to an array of interesting adventures in the nooks and crannies scattered across the neighbourhood, and delve into its cultural and spiritual nuances.

Experience the interior of a Chinatown shophouse in a most unique way through a dramatic soundscape. Relive old Singapore and discover the many lost and forgotten practices and art forms of Chinatown’s vibrant community.

"Chinatown Crossings" is brought to you by Drama Box, and based on Charmaine Leung's book, "17A Keong Saik Road" about her childhood in this still lively neighbourhood. Our evening will finish with a meet the cast session over a cup of Chinese tea.

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Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks: Fort Canning, Cannons, Cannonballs & Buried Kings — A Gem of History & Nature
Aug
21
9:00 AM09:00

Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks: Fort Canning, Cannons, Cannonballs & Buried Kings — A Gem of History & Nature

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Date: Tuesday 21 August

Time: 9am - 1230pm

Price: $70

Fort Canning is a microcosm of Singapore being witness to and reflecting over 700 years of Singapore’s history. From the heyday of the Malay kings of “Temasek” until British arrival in 1819, the hill has been the site for the seat of power. It’s been instrumental in the island’s trading economy; it has had military aspiration and witnessed some of the most dramatic events of Singapore’s past. Nowadays an urban park - a veritable green island in the heart of the city, Fort Canning has many stories to tell.

Starting at the foot of the Hill, we will first explore some of our island's oldest landmarks such as the Armenian Church, Central Fire Station and Masonic Lodge. We will then climb up through lush oasis of majestic trees to the vantage point with flagstaff to be carried away by tales of ancient kings and bathing princesses, the accounts of early Chinese explorers and traders and British colonial settlers. 

Our stop on the Hill will be to learn about the dramatic events which took place in its underground bunker in the days leading up to the Japanese invasion in 1942. Then we will wander through former Christian Cemetery ground and explore few prominent burials among the graves to discover an interesting connection… 

We will finish our tour in the cooling air of the nearby National Museum of Singapore, where we will learn more about the history and architecture of Singapore's oldest museum.

Our Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks are aimed at visitors and new Singapore residents, but we find even "old timers" learn a lot. We keep to a max of 10 and pace the walk to take our sultry climate into account; lots of water and air-con stops are included. Due to the small-group size the price is just a little higher.

Please note confirmation of this tour includes the exact meeting place and will be sent by email to all those registered about 24 hours in advance; this will be preceded by a peatix or verlocal message to all registered. 

We do need a minimum number of 6 to run these; occasionally we have to cancel due to insufficient numbers — but we try not to!

"I would like to thank you for the tour yesterday, it’s been a wonderful morning! Your guide is amazing and so expert about history".

"I just wanted to let you know that my aunt had a brilliant time yesterday. She couldn't say enough about the tour and how great your guide was. Thanks so much! I will certainly recommend you".

"Your guide was WONDERFUL! We all enjoyed her. I'm looking forward to the next tour."

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Law & Order in Singapore
Aug
25
9:00 AM09:00

Law & Order in Singapore

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Date & Time

25 Aug 9am - 12.30pm

Price 

S$60/pax

Description

Difficult though it is to believe from the perspective of super safe Singapore in the 21st century, our little island has seen plenty of tumultuous and sometimes downright hair-raising happenings over the years.

On this tour, you'll hear stories from a former detective who personally had to deal with the issues emanating from gang warfare and race riots. Learn about the failed prison experiment and subsequent riots on Pulau Senang in the 1960s, and more.

Our tour will delve into Singapore's law and order scene from the mid 1800s up through the early era of independence, and visit places associated with those tales. Dig deep into the history of Singapore’s police force, going back to the days when they battled the “Konfrantasi,” secret societies, communism and communalism.

Stops and drive-bys include the former sites of the Criminal Investigation (CID) HQ on Robinson Road, Outram Prison on Eu Tong Sen St, Chinese Protectorate on North Canal Road, Queenstown Police Station, and the Former Hill Street Police Station on, of course, Hill Street. We will finish our "criminal" investigation with a guided tour of the Police Heritage Centre.

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Black & White Houses Tour
Aug
27
8:40 AM08:40

Black & White Houses Tour

Step back into a more gracious era by visiting some of these beautiful and iconic colonial houses, set in green and tranquil oases. 

Learn about their history, architecture and role in Singapore's heritage. Plus hear the stories of who lived in them, why they were built, and how they are being used both as residences and commercial establishments these days. The oldest go back to the late 19th century, while most were built in the 1910s through 1930s. There are hundreds still scattered across Singapore, often near military bases.

We will visit three or four black & white houses in different parts of Singapore; we travel by air-conditioned coach and refreshments are also included in the price.

Please sign up quickly though as this tour will be popular!

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Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walk: The Hidden Treasures of Orchard Road
Aug
28
9:00 AM09:00

Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walk: The Hidden Treasures of Orchard Road

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Date: Tuesday 28 August

Time: 9am - 1230pm

Price: $70

Orchard Road — the name conjures up visions of glitzy shops, glamorous hotels and highi-end restaurants run by celebrity chefs. But dig a little deeper and you’ll unearth lesser known nooks and crannies which bear testament to its earlier years as an area replete with plantations, farms, and yes, orchards!

And just to prove this is a different Orchard Road, we'll start at the very...end! Starting at Dhoby Ghaut to learn the origins of its name, we'll visit one of the oldest churches in Singapore known as the “Scots Church,” nestled in beside Singapore’s incubators for art talents: SOTA and LaSalle.

A walk past the Istana Park for a glimpse of the official residence of the president of Singapore will remind us Singapore’s colonial roots, and you can also admire the nearby facade of the last remaining traditional southern Chinese mansion. And finally you will be blown away by the beauty of Emerald Hill with its Peranakan shophouses, a tucked-away enclave of tranquility a stone's throw from hustle and bustle of the Orchard shopping district.

Our Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks are aimed at visitors and new Singapore residents, but we find even “old timers” learn a lot. We keep to a maximum of 10 participants and pace the walk to take our sultry climate into account — lots of water and air-con stops are included.

Our Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks are aimed at visitors and new Singapore residents, but we find even “old timers” learn a lot. We keep to a maximum of 10 participants and pace the walk to take our sultry climate into account — lots of water and air-con stops are included.

Please note confirmation of this tour including the exact meeting place etc will be sent via email to all those registered about 24-hours in advance; this will be preceded by a Peatix or Verlocal message to all registered.

We do need a minimum number of 6 to run these; occasionally we have to cancel due to insufficient numbers — but we try not to! (If we must, we’ll of course refund your payment.)

Please note that the cost of these tours is a little higher because we are keeping the group size small.The quality, however, will be very high. And don’t just take it from us, here are comments from a recent Tuesday Small-Group Discovery tour:

"I would like to thank you for the tour yesterday, it’s been a wonderful morning! Your guide is amazing and so expert about history."

"I just wanted to let you know that my aunt had a brilliant time yesterday. She couldn't say enough about the tour and how great your guide was. Thanks so much! I will certainly recommend you."

"Your guide was WONDERFUL! We all enjoyed her. I'm looking forward to the next tour.”

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Nature Walking Tour: Kranji Marshes
Aug
30
7:30 AM07:30

Nature Walking Tour: Kranji Marshes

Our very experienced and knowledgeable guide — she is an NParks guide as well as a Singapore Tourism Board-qualified guide — will take us through the delightful Kranji marshes, pointing out areas of particular interest, especially wildlife.

We will also look at the historical significance of the area. When the mouth of the Kranji River was damned in the 1970s to create Kranji Reservoir, it created a freshwater marshland. With 3 different kinds of habitats here — marsh, woodland and grass — the Kranji marshes are home to various types of plants and animals, especially birds.

This part of Singapore is a great place to spot many of our winged friends, from the purple heron to the red-wattled lapwing. Now there's a mouth full! If you're lucky you'll also spot eagles, namely the changeable hawk eagle and the grey-headed fish eagle, both nationally threatened species.

Lots of butterflies and dragonflies and other little creatures will also stop by! We will walk along the lane next to Neo Tiew Woods to the Raptor Tower and back, a total distance about 2.5km.

Please note you have a choice of meeting us at Dempsey at 7am to drive up to the Marshes , or to meet us there at 7:30am; tickets are priced for these 2 options accordingly. The relevant directions will be sent to you a few days before the walk. We will limit the total number of participants to 12 — the current total is larger simply to offer adequate options.

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Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks: The Hills & Plains of Chinatown, from Blair to Duxton
Sep
4
9:00 AM09:00

Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks: The Hills & Plains of Chinatown, from Blair to Duxton

Date: Tuesday 4 September

Time: 9am - 1230pm

Price: $70

Singapore is no Mount Everest, but there used to be more hills than we see today, many having been leveled as Singapore has developed, with the earth moved and used in Singapore's ongoing land reclamation.

Chinatown in particular used to be quite hilly back in the day, comprised of a handful of hillocks as well as flatter areas called "plains." Our journey will start at Blair Plain, a conservation area gazetted in 1991. Instead of luxurious meadows, you will find a beautiful pastel sea of predominantly Peranakan shophouses built in early 20th century for wealthy merchants escaping overcrowded and unsanitary Chinatown.

We will also walk through one of the oldest HDB estates to climb up to 50th floor of The Pinnacle complex — the pride of Singapore’s public housing — for a bird eye's view of the area. After a short coffee break, it's onward to explore the rich tapestry of Duxton Plain, which comprises the Bukit Pasoh area and Keong Saik Road.

Well known as a culinary destination for its great restaurants, we'll show you the fascinating heritage side of it — from its traditional clan associations to Chinese and Hindu temples. From Blair Road, we'll head over to Spottiswoode Park Road, then Everton Road – crossing over to have a look at Everton Park, an old HDB estate.

We'll continue over Cantonment Road to the Pinnacle to get a sweeping view of the entire island from the top viewing deck. After a coffee stop, we cross over Neil Road to explore Bukit Pasoh Rd (Jar Hill in Malay, so named for the giant Ali Baba style "tongs" or jars that used to dot the street there) and stroll along New Bridge Rd to visit a Clan Association (Kong Chow Wui Koon) and watch a Lion Dance and have a look at some Chinese opera costumes on display.

We'll return via Keong Saik Road to visit Hindu Sri Layan Vinayagar Temple and Chinese Cundhi Gong Temple. Our Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks are aimed at visitors and new Singapore residents, but we find even “old timers” learn a lot.

We keep to a maximum of 10 participants and pace the walk to take our sultry climate into account — lots of water and air-con stops are included.

Please note confirmation of this tour including the exact meeting place etc will be sent via email to all those registered about 24-hours in advance; this will be preceded by a Peatix or Verlocal message to all registered.

We do need a minimum number of 6 to run these; occasionally we have to cancel due to insufficient numbers — but we try not to! (If we must, we’ll of course refund your payment.) Please note that the cost of these tours is a little higher because we are keeping the group size small.

The quality, however, will be very high.

And don’t just take it from us, here are comments from a recent Tuesday Small-Group Discovery tour:

"I would like to thank you for the tour yesterday, it’s been a wonderful morning! Your guide is amazing and so expert about history."

"I just wanted to let you know that my aunt had a brilliant time yesterday. She couldn't say enough about the tour and how great your guide was. Thanks so much! I will certainly recommend you."

"Your guide was WONDERFUL! We all enjoyed her. I'm looking forward to the next tour.”

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Art, History & Architecture Walk in Kampong Glam
Sep
6
9:00 AM09:00

Art, History & Architecture Walk in Kampong Glam

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Date & Time

6 Sep, 9am - 12.30pm

Price

$50/pax

Description

Beyond its history and heritage, Kampong Glam also teems with artistic treasures and compelling architecture — from artists and cultural performers, to street murals and art centres. Explore the neighbourhood's old and restored shophouses, re-purposed buildings, architecture heritage award winners, Green Mark sustainability buildings, and even "fengshui" (geomancy) structures.

Our Art, History & Architecture Walk in Kampong Glam showcases many fascinating aspects of one of Singapore's oldest areas.

We'll dig deep into Kampong Glam's culture and heritage by meeting a talented young Malay artist who works in a hidden corner of the neighbourhood creating beautiful Chinese calligraphy pieces. The tour also includes a visit to the studio of a ceramic artist experimenting with extraordinary concepts, techniques and unusual ingredients (such as milk, sugar and flour), to create unique ceramic works.

We'll explore how three distinctive buildings towering above the skyline of Kampong Glam are both at odds and in harmony with each other, underling once again how Singapore embraces both the old and the new.

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Indian Chic on Emily Hill with Jane's Tours and Honeycombers
Sep
7
6:30 PM18:30

Indian Chic on Emily Hill with Jane's Tours and Honeycombers

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Date & Time

7 Sep, 6PM - 11PM

Price

Early Bird with Soft Drinks (Until Aug 20) S$75/pax

Early Bird with Cocktail/Wine (Until Aug 20) S$85/pax

Standard with Soft Drinks S$85/pax

Standard with Cocktail/Wine S$95/pax

Description

Stimulate your senses through the colourful, mesmerising delights of India without leaving the Little Red Dot.

Escape to Kult Kafe on Emily Hill, a little gem of a historical house tucked away amidst the lush greenery of the Mount Emily area.

There Jane’s guests will sip cocktails (or mocktails) inspired by rich Indian flavours, snack on a bespoke Indian-themed canape menu fit for a maharaja, and sit back, relax and be entertained with the sights and sounds of Indian music and dance.

Ticket prices include entry to Kult Kafe, a signature welcome cocktail (or mocktail) and a choice of a glass of wine or craft beer (or soft drink if purchasing the non-alcoholic option), plus curated menu of Indian-inspired "chaat," delicious savory snacks.

The musical and dance performances will be provided by the Indian dance school based in this lovely old house, which is now a centre for the arts . Don't miss this special evening of Indian splendour atop one of Singapore's historic hills.

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Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks: Bras Basah Uncovered, Singapore's District of Religious Harmony
Sep
11
9:00 AM09:00

Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks: Bras Basah Uncovered, Singapore's District of Religious Harmony

Date: Tuesday 11 September

Time: 9am - 1230pm

Price: $70

Come with us to explore our island's oldest neighbourhood, and learn about the early pioneers who helped shape Singapore's future. Step back to a time when CHIJMES was a peaceful oasis, occupied by French nuns dedicated to girls' education and the abandoned babies left to their care. To a time when the La Salle Brothers founded Singapore's earliest Roman Catholic church, next to which Indian convicts built their prison, and when an ambitious Irish architect left his everlasting imprint on this fledgling colony. Discover the rich tapestry of the Waterloo Street arts precinct, a small but vibrant area which is emblematic of Singapore's cultural and religious diversity.

Here you'll find a Synagogue, a Roman Catholic church, a Buddhist and a Hindu temple, as well as a calligraphy centre, dance studio, visual arts centre, street art and much more.

PLEASE NOTE CONFIRMATION OF THIS TOUR INCLUDING THE EXACT MEETING PLACE ETC WILL BE SENT BY EMAIL TO ALL THOSE REGISTERED ABOUT 24 HOURS IN ADVANCE; THIS WILL BE PRECEDED BY A VERLOCAL MESSAGE TO ALL REGISTERED. WE DO NEED A MINIMUM NUMBER OF 6 TO RUN THESE; OCCASIONALLY WE HAVE TO CANCEL DUE TO INSUFFICIENT PEOPLE — BUT WE TRY NOT TO!

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Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks: Kampong Glam at Ramadan
Sep
18
9:00 AM09:00

Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks: Kampong Glam at Ramadan

Date: Tuesday 18 September

Time: 9am - 1230pm

Price: $70

Explore the neighbourhood of Kampong Glam, the heart of Singapore’s Malay community. This is where the Malay Royalty once resided among Javanese, Sumatrans, Arabs, as well as Chinese communities, all of whom left their mark in different ways.

We will start in neighbouring Victoria Street and learn about the Malabar Muslim community, then we will visit tombs of the Malay royalty in one of the oldest cemeteries in Singapore, dating back to the 1820s.

In the cool ambience of the nearby Malay Heritage Centre (the former Sultan’s Palace) you will learn the colourful and delightful, at times even romantic, history, heritage and culture of Singapore's Malay community.

After a refreshing stop for coffee and local kueh (cakes), we'll walk through the streets and lanes and hear their stories — why one stretch of Bussorah Street was known as Kampong Kaji (Pilgrim Village) & part of Beach Road Kampong Tembaga (Copper Village). What made the residents of the Gudung Kuning (the Yellow Mansion) rich and famous? We will end by exploring a little gem of a mosque and one of the few founded by a woman — the Masjid Hajjah Fatimah — which has escaped the redevelopment of the area.

Our Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks are aimed at visitors and new Singapore residents, but we find even “old timers” learn a lot. We keep to a maximum of 10 participants and pace the walk to take our sultry climate into account — lots of water and air-con stops are included.

Please note confirmation of this tour including the exact meeting place etc will be sent via email to all those registered about 24-hours in advance; this will be preceded by a Peatix or Verlocal message to all registered.

We do need a minimum number of 6 to run these; occasionally we have to cancel due to insufficient numbers — but we try not to! (If we must, we’ll of course refund your payment.)

Please note that the cost of these tours is a little higher because we are keeping the group size small.

The quality, however, will be very high. And don’t just take it from us, here are comments from a recent Tuesday Small-Group Discovery tour:

"I would like to thank you for the tour yesterday, it’s been a wonderful morning! Your guide is amazing and so expert about history."

"I just wanted to let you know that my aunt had a brilliant time yesterday. She couldn't say enough about the tour and how great your guide was. Thanks so much! I will certainly recommend you."

"Your guide was WONDERFUL! We all enjoyed her. I'm looking forward to the next tour.”

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Nature Walk - Bukit Timah Nature Reserve
Sep
21
8:30 AM08:30

Nature Walk - Bukit Timah Nature Reserve

Come & join us another of our monthly Nature & History Walking Tours.

Our very experienced and knowledgeable guide (he is an NParks guide as well as STB) will take us through the historic Bukit Timah Nature Reserve (BTNR).

After an approx 3 hour walk, we will go to a nearby cafe for refreshments (included in the price).

Please note this walk will be more strenuous than other Nature walks so no children, strollers etc! More info inc meeting place etc will be emailed to those registered a few days before the walk.

Background info on the BTNR:

A mere 12 km from the bustling city centre, this 163-ha reserve is home to a rich and diverse ecological system including around 40% of our nation’s (native) flora and fauna.

It also encompasses Singapore’s highest hill, Bukit Timah, which stands at 163 m and retains one of the few areas of primary rainforest in the country.

Established in 1883, Bukit Timah Forest Reserve was one of the first forest reserves to be created in Singapore, as recommended by Nathaniel Cantley, the then Superintendent of the Singapore Botanic Gardens. In 1882, Cantley was commissioned by the government of the Straits Settlements to prepare a report on the forests of the settlements, in which he recommended that several forest reserves to be created on the island.

All the reserves, except for Bukit Timah Forest Reserve, were however worked for timber. By 1937, most of these reserves had been depleted due to economic development. Thankfully, Bukit Timah Forest Reserve was retained for the protection of its flora and fauna under the management of the Singapore Botanic Gardens.

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Black & White Houses Tour
Sep
22
9:00 AM09:00

Black & White Houses Tour

Step back into a more gracious era by visiting some of these beautiful and iconic colonial houses, set in green and tranquil oases. 

Learn about their history, architecture and role in Singapore's heritage. Plus hear the stories of who lived in them, why they were built, and how they are being used both as residences and commercial establishments these days. The oldest go back to the late 19th century, while most were built in the 1910s through 1930s. There are hundreds still scattered across Singapore, often near military bases.

We will visit three or four black & white houses in different parts of Singapore; we travel by air-conditioned coach and refreshments are also included in the price.

Please sign up quickly though as this tour will be popular!

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Emerald Hill Walking Tour
Sep
24
9:00 AM09:00

Emerald Hill Walking Tour

Come & discover the history & stories behind one of Singapore's most beautiful enclaves. Situated a stone's throw from Orchard Road, it's like a little oasis of tranquility!

We will take a walk around its streets & visit 2 or 3 homes which will illustrate the way in which some of these lovely old "shophouses", which are mostly around 100 years old, have been adapted to a greater or lesser extent for modern living.

Discover the old railway track, and a little jewel of a Chinese temple, & hear your guide's personal memories of this fantastic conservation area.

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Tuesday Small Group Discovery Walks: Katong & Joo Chiat
Sep
25
9:00 AM09:00

Tuesday Small Group Discovery Walks: Katong & Joo Chiat

Date and Time

25 Sep 9am - 12.30pm

Price
$70/pax

Description

We will explore a jewel of a neighbourhood, Joo Chiat, a place where Singapore’s rich multicultural heritage really comes alive.

Once filled with coconut plantations and used as a weekend retreat by wealthy city dwellers, Joo Chiat developed into a laid-back residential suburb by the early 20th century.

Also famous as a district oozing Peranakan culture - which in Singapore consists mainly of a mix of the two rich cultures emanating from the marriage of early Chinese traders with Malay women - our Joo Chiat walk will explore this legacy, including the unique pre-war architecture, colourful two-storey shophouses and terrace houses with ornate facades, intricate motifs and ceramic tiles.

Religion has always played a central role in the Peranakan culture; in earlier days, this was in the shape of Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism - & often a blend of all 3! We will visit one of these 3-in-1 places of worship to see handcrafted, decorated paper objects, commissioned for the departed to enjoy in the spirit world as part of the rituals surrounding ancestor worship with its emphasis on filial piety.

We will also discover Christianity’s impact on the Peranakans in the form of the 1930s Bethesda Church, recently designated as a conservation building, and one of only two Christian churches offering Peranakan church services here.

For a truly Peranakan experience, we will end our walk with kueh appreciation in the company of a 4th generation Baba (male Peranakan) who will share with us his passion, and vision of how he strives to preserve his culture in the modern context of Singapore.

Our Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks are aimed at visitors and new Singapore residents, but we find even "old timers" learn a lot. We keep to a max of 10 and pace the walk to take our sultry climate into account; lots of water and air-con stops are included. Due to the small-group size the price is just a little higher.

Please note confirmation of this tour includes the exact meeting place and will be sent by email to all those registered about 24 hours in advance; this will be preceded by a peatix or verlocal message to all registered.

We do need a minimum number of 6 to run these; occasionally we have to cancel due to insufficient numbers — but we try not to!

"I would like to thank you for the tour yesterday, it’s been a wonderful morning! Your guide is amazing and so expert about history".

"I just wanted to let you know that my aunt had a brilliant time yesterday. She couldn't say enough about the tour and how great your guide was. Thanks so much! I will certainly recommend you".

"Your guide was WONDERFUL! We all enjoyed her. I'm looking forward to the next tour."

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Dive into Singapore's Eurasian Community & An Authentic Eurasian Lunch Too!
Sep
28
9:00 AM09:00

Dive into Singapore's Eurasian Community & An Authentic Eurasian Lunch Too!

Singapore's very own Olympic gold medalist Joseph Schooling is Eurasian. So was Dr Benjamin Sheares, our second president. A wonderful example of the incredible "rojak" mix of some Eurasians would be prominent Singapore lawyer and politician Eddie Barker, whose background included Portuguese, Irish, Japanese, Scottish, Malay and German!

Singapore's Eurasian community may be small, but it claims some very notable figures who have made a big impact and who truly represent Singapore's inherent ethnic and cultural diversity. 

The word Eurasian was originally coined by the British during their rule in India, to refer to people born to a British and an Indian parent. Today, it generally refers to anyone of mixed European and Asian parentage. The Eurasians in Singapore can trace their origins to various trading ports in the region where Europeans have settled, including Malacca, Penang, Bencoolen, Goa, Ceylon and Macau and their European roots are predominantly Portuguese, Dutch or British.

Katong has long been one of the most popular places for Eurasians to settle in Singapore and our tour will start with a walk around the area to explore a number of historically and culturally significant places. Visit the Parkway Hospital where its founder Dr. Paglar practiced, the Church of the Holy Family, quaint side streets lined with old seaside bungalows that once brushed up against Singapore's original shoreline, and St Patrick's School to see its Heritage Room. 

We will finish our walk at the Eurasian Association for a tour of their gallery, followed by lunch at their restaurant, Quentin's, which serves authentic (and delicious!) Eurasian fare.

The cost is $70 per person.

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Journey to the West: Haw Par Villa, the Jurong Dragon Kiln & Beyond
Sep
29
9:00 AM09:00

Journey to the West: Haw Par Villa, the Jurong Dragon Kiln & Beyond

Inspired by the legendary 16th-century tale of a Buddhist monk's pilgrimage to  the “Western Region,” this tour will be an exploration of Singapore’s western parts. Known mainly for its industrial zone and shipyards, Jurong will surprise you with its hills, gardens and national monuments. Learn about its important past and also about its vibrant future.

To honour the roots of the Journey to the West tale, we will start our journey with a visit to Singapore’s most bizarre and unforgettable attraction – Haw Par Villa, formerly known as the Tiger Balm Gardens. A true gem from a lost era, this one-of-its-kind theme park, with more than 1,000 quirky statues and gruesome depictions of the underworld, will introduce you to Chinese mythology and folklore.

Next we will head to Jurong Hill and The Eye in the Sky — the Jurong Hill Lookout Tower which hosted many foreign dignitaries including royalty. Its offers a panoramic view of the entire industrial zone. On the way there we will visit another heritage gem, Jurong Town Hall, a boldly futuristic building and a symbol of Singapore’s industrial push.

Our pilgrimage will continue at Nanyang University. Designed in the Chinese National style, blending both traditional Chinese and modern elements, the former university building is a witness to the history of the Chinese diaspora and education.

Last but not least will be our visit to the Dragon Kiln, one of the last surviving brick-built kilns in Singapore. The firing of this kiln takes place only twice a year and we will be there to witness this now fairly rare occurrence, and to understand and appreciate the disappearing art of wood-firing!

THIS WILL BE A FUN OUTING FOR CHILDREN TOO!

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Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks: Telok Ayer, Where Gods & Goddesses Reside
Oct
2
9:00 AM09:00

Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks: Telok Ayer, Where Gods & Goddesses Reside

This tour will explore the historic coast-line of Chinatown to explore the traditions, customs and religions brought here by large numbers of merchants, traders and coolies.

You will start on the south bank of the Singapore River and walk along Chulia Street, the former enclave of South Indian Chettiars. On the way to Telok Ayer Street you will learn more about the great diversity of the Chinese community in mid-19th century Singapore, and the spirit of mutual assistance as provided by the Clan Associations.

You will visit UNESCO awarded Wak Hai Cheng Bio and Tien Hock Keng temples – great examples of SEA temple architecture - where you will meet gods and goddesses and learn about Chinese religions and symbolism. You will discover that Chinatown was not only a Chinese enclave by visiting one of the oldest Indian Muslim mosques.

While admiring the beautiful facades of shophouses, you will climb to the highest point of Chinatown, Ann Siang Hill, before rounding our tour off at the URA (Urban Redevelopment Authority) with its very informative City Gallery.

Our Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks are aimed at visitors and new Singapore residents, but we find even “old timers” learn a lot. We keep to a maximum of 10 participants and pace the walk to take our sultry climate into account — lots of water and air-con stops are included.

Please note confirmation of this tour including the exact meeting place etc will be sent via email to all those registered about 24-hours in advance; this will be preceded by a Peatix or Verlocal message to all registered.

We do need a minimum number of 6 to run these; occasionally we have to cancel due to insufficient numbers — but we try not to! (If we must, we’ll of course refund your payment.)

Please note that the cost of these tours is a little higher because we are keeping the group size small.

The quality, however, will be very high. And don’t just take it from us, here are comments from a recent Tuesday Small-Group Discovery tour:

"I would like to thank you for the tour yesterday, it’s been a wonderful morning! Your guide is amazing and so expert about history."

"I just wanted to let you know that my aunt had a brilliant time yesterday. She couldn't say enough about the tour and how great your guide was. Thanks so much! I will certainly recommend you."

"Your guide was WONDERFUL! We all enjoyed her. I'm looking forward to the next tour.”

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Goodbye My Kampong: A History & Literary Walk with Author Josephine Chia
Oct
6
9:00 AM09:00

Goodbye My Kampong: A History & Literary Walk with Author Josephine Chia

 

We are thrilled to be working with Singapore Literary Prize winning author Josephine Chia as she launches her sequel to "Kampong Spirit, Gotong Royong Life in Potong Pasir 1955 to 1965."

The new book is entitled "Goodbye My Kampong, Potong Pasir 1966 to 1975" and so reflects kampong life as experienced by Josephine a decade later.

In the company of Josephine we will explore the kampong referred to in the title of both books, namely Potong Pasir, and thus her Singapore of the 1950s, 60s, and 70s. We will hear how community life was lived as reflected in her first kampong book, and how things changed when entire villages were relocated to HDB public housing.

Both the conveniences and the costs brought about by development will be revealed and discussed in this first-hand account of our recent history.

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Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks: Civic District
Oct
9
9:00 AM09:00

Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks: Civic District

Date: Tuesday 9 October

Time: 9am - 1230pm

Price: $70

This tour will explore the historic Civic District with its beautiful and impressive colonial buildings - including the Fullerton Building (the old General Post Office), the National Gallery (former Supreme Court & City Hall buildings), the Asian Civilisations Museum, the Victoria Concert Hall & Theatre and the Arts House (the old Parliament building).

You will learn about why, how and when Sir Stamford Raffles arrived in this sparely populated island in January 1819 to set up a trading post on behalf of the East India Company, his vision for its future and how he devised an early city plan. You will also cross Cavenagh Bridge,the only suspension bridge in Singapore, made with strong Scottish steel. From there, you will learn about the importance of the Singapore River in our country's trading history.

These walking tours will have a maximum of 10 participants but also need a minimum number of 7 to go ahead; if we don't have enough people we will inform those who have registered (& refund their payment) by the evening before at the very latest. But we hope they will always run!!

Our Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks are aimed at visitors and new Singapore residents, but we find even “old timers” learn a lot. We keep to a maximum of 10 participants and pace the walk to take our sultry climate into account — lots of water and air-con stops are included.

Please note confirmation of this tour including the exact meeting place etc will be sent via email to all those registered about 24-hours in advance; this will be preceded by a Peatix or Verlocal message to all registered.

We do need a minimum number of 6 to run these; occasionally we have to cancel due to insufficient numbers — but we try not to! (If we must, we’ll of course refund your payment.)

Please note that the cost of these tours is a little higher because we are keeping the group size small.

The quality, however, will be very high. And don’t just take it from us, here are comments from a recent Tuesday Small-Group Discovery tour:

"I would like to thank you for the tour yesterday, it’s been a wonderful morning! Your guide is amazing and so expert about history."

"I just wanted to let you know that my aunt had a brilliant time yesterday. She couldn't say enough about the tour and how great your guide was. Thanks so much! I will certainly recommend you."

"Your guide was WONDERFUL! We all enjoyed her. I'm looking forward to the next tour.”

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Tuesday Discovery Walk: The History & World Heritage of the Botanic Gardens
Oct
16
9:00 AM09:00

Tuesday Discovery Walk: The History & World Heritage of the Botanic Gardens

A testament to Singapore’s reputation as a City in a Garden, the Singapore Botanic Gardens (SBG) became the third one to be listed as a World Heritage Site, after Kew Gardens in England and the Padova Gardens in Italy. It is also Singapore's first World Heritage Site.

During this tour, you will discover its 150 years of history, including its role as the birth place of Southeast Asia's rubber and orchid industries. Orchids have been closely associated with the Gardens since 1859 and the products of the breeding programme are displayed in their full splendour in the National Orchid Garden. With over 1,000 species and 2,000 hybrids on display, the beauty of these gorgeous blooms is absolutely a sight to behold.

Tour highlights include the bandstand; garden sculptures; Heritage Trees; and historical Burkhill Hall with its prized collection of VIP orchids such as Dendrobium Margaret Thatcher and Papilionanda William Catherine. The tour will end with a visit to the SBG's Heritage Museum which features artefacts, plant specimens, rare botanical books and botanical paintings that date back to the early 19th century. Here you will learn about the key personalities that have shaped and marked this iconic place.

Our Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks are aimed at visitors and new Singapore residents, but we find even "old timers" learn a lot. We keep to a max of 10 and pace the walk to take our sultry climate into account; lots of water and air-con stops are included. Due to the small-group size the price is just a little higher.

Please note confirmation of this tour includes the exact meeting place and will be sent by email to all those registered about 24 hours in advance; this will be preceded by a Peatix or Verlocal message to all registered. We do need a minimum number of 6 to run these; occasionally we have to cancel due to insufficient numbers — but we try not to!

"I would like to thank you for the tour yesterday, it’s been a wonderful morning! Your guide is amazing and so expert about history".

"I just wanted to let you know that my aunt had a brilliant time yesterday. She couldn't say enough about the tour and how great your guide was. Thanks so much! I will certainly recommend you".

"Your guide was WONDERFUL! We all enjoyed her. I'm looking forward to the next tour."

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Meet our Communities: the Jewish history of Singapore
Oct
16
9:00 AM09:00

Meet our Communities: the Jewish history of Singapore

 

Date & Time

Oct 4 9am - 12.30PM

Price S$60/pax

Description

Join us on a wonderful journey to discover the fascinating story and rich heritage of Singapore's Jewish community.

Our tour will bring you through some iconic jewish buildings and sites with Jewish connections.

The highlights of the tour will include:

  •  2 beautiful synagogues that are seldom seen: the newly restored and sumptuous Chesed-El synagogue in Oxley Rise and the oldest synagogue in South East Asia, the Maghain Abboth in Waterloo Street
  •  the Mahalah old Jewish quarter with its iconic buildings
  •  last but not least, an exclusive visit to the grounds of Eden Hall, an iconic building currently the British High Commissioner’s home but originally designed for Jewish merchant & hotelier Eziekel Manaesseh

During the tour, you will gain insights into this close-knit community, and learn about the heartwarming and heartbreaking tales of the local Jewry.

You will also get to know several colourful and prominent Jewish characters from the past and learn their contribution to Singapore’s development.

The tour will be partly by bus and partly walking.

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MacRitchie Tree Top Walk
Oct
19
8:30 AM08:30

MacRitchie Tree Top Walk

Come explore Singapore's oldest reservoir with us...named for James MacRitchie, one of our pioneering Municipal Engineers, who was also responsible for Lau Pa Sat market, Coleman Bridge and much more; see the plaque below.

These days it's a haven of peace, and abode to many of our furry friends - think monkeys! - and our specialist nature guide will point out flora & fauna to us throughout our walk.

Starting at the Windsor Nature Park Visitor Centre (Windsor Park is a new green buffer zone for the Central Catchment Nature Reserve), we'll walk to the site of an old kampong, and then parallel to the road leading to the SICC golf club. Once past SICC, the walk will lead us into the secondary forest and then to an NParks Ranger Station.

From there, it is another 10 minutes to the start of the Tree-top Walk, a free-standing 250-metre suspension bridge that connects the park's two highest points (Bukit Pierce and Bukit Kalang) for a bird's eye view of the plants and animals that thrive in the forest canopy. At its highest point, the bridge is 25 metres above the ground. Enjoy a look around from above instead of the usual ground-level. 

After the canopy walk we'll loop back and return to Windsor Nature Park. 

Expect about four hours in the forest, so good walking shoes are essential. 

The price is $50 per person.

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Black & White Houses Tour
Oct
19
9:00 AM09:00

Black & White Houses Tour

Step back into a more gracious era by visiting some of these beautiful and iconic colonial houses, set in green and tranquil oases. 

Learn about their history, architecture and role in Singapore's heritage. Plus hear the stories of who lived in them, why they were built, and how they are being used both as residences and commercial establishments these days. The oldest go back to the late 19th century, while most were built in the 1910s through 1930s. There are hundreds still scattered across Singapore, often near military bases.

We will visit three or four black & white houses in different parts of Singapore; we travel by air-conditioned coach and refreshments are also included in the price.

Please sign up quickly though as this tour will be popular!

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Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks: Tales of the Singapore River Bank Including Spiffy New Robertson Quay
Oct
23
9:00 AM09:00

Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks: Tales of the Singapore River Bank Including Spiffy New Robertson Quay

Date: Tuesday 23 October

Time: 9am - 1230pm

Price: $70

On this tour we will follow a living tale of people that shaped Singapore. 

From Orang Laut and their sacred stone through ancient majesty of Temasek to the flocks of trading ships and multitude of Immigrants looking to build a better life in 19th century. 

From the Fullerton hotel, which previously served as the colony's General Post Office, we will walk across Cavenagh Bridge - Singapore’s oldest bridge, we will walk along magnificent colonial buildings with great view of shophouses of Boat Quay up to former canneries, ice houses and godowns at Clarke Quay. 

We will visit the River House, one of only two traditional Chinese houses remaining in Singapore. 

The walk will also take us to Tan Si Chong Su Temple, which used to face the former river island of Pulau Saigon, visit Masjid Omar Kampong Melaka, the oldest mosque in Singapore to end our journey at Thong Chai Medical Institution, where free medical treatment saved the lives of thousands of coolies.

Our Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks are aimed at visitors and new Singapore residents, but we find even "old timers" learn a lot. We keep to a max of 10 and pace the walk to take our sultry climate into account; lots of water and air-con stops are included. Due to the small-group size the price is just a little higher.

Please note confirmation of this tour includes the exact meeting place and will be sent by email to all those registered about 24 hours in advance; this will be preceded by a peatix or verlocal message to all registered. 

We do need a minimum number of 6 to run these; occasionally we have to cancel due to insufficient numbers — but we try not to!

"I would like to thank you for the tour yesterday, it’s been a wonderful morning! Your guide is amazing and so expert about history".

"I just wanted to let you know that my aunt had a brilliant time yesterday. She couldn't say enough about the tour and how great your guide was. Thanks so much! I will certainly recommend you".

"Your guide was WONDERFUL! We all enjoyed her. I'm looking forward to the next tour."

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World War II, Part 1: The Invasion
Oct
27
8:40 AM08:40

World War II, Part 1: The Invasion

Learn about the Japanese invasion in 1942, and the events leading up to the unexpected capitulation of "Fortress Singapore."

Visit WWII sites including the Kranji War Memorial, the landing beaches and battlefield sites on Singapore's North coast, and an amazing little treasure of a museum in Pasir Panjang, which commemorates the heroic last stand by the Malay Regiment in the last battle for Singapore.

The route we will take from Kranji to Pasir Panjang will be that taken by the Japanese troops as they overran the island. We will also pass by a number of other significant places such as the Last Defence Pillbox and the old Ford Factory, the site of the surrender of the Allies to the Japanese.

Noted battlefield archaeologist Jon Cooper will be a guest expert on the tour; he's the author of Tigers in the Park, a book that details life in Adam Park during WWII, and creator of the virtual museum, www.adamparkproject.com.

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Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks: Little India - Cattle, Jasmine, Spice & All Things Nice
Oct
30
9:00 AM09:00

Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks: Little India - Cattle, Jasmine, Spice & All Things Nice

Date: Tuesday 30 October

Time: 9am - 1230pm

Price: $70

Explore the heart and soul of Singapore’s Indian community — Little India. It is today a heritage district associated with vibrant colours, loud music, the fragrance of flowers and spices, and an eclectic mix of houses.

But on this tour, you will be hearing not just about its present-day vibrancy, but also its early days of cattle slaughtering, horse racing, baby delivering and more! Your tour starts from the corner of Rochor and Perak roads where you will see a lesser known, religiously diverse, and contrastingly hipster section of Little India.

You will find out about the different community groups worshipping at the religious spaces there, which includes a visit to the historical and architecturally marvellous Abdul Gaffoor Mosque.

Check out the area's new hip-quotient and find out how old run-down buildings found a new identity, from a former-school-turned-hotel (Wanderlust Hotel) to numerous budget backpacker’s lodgings as well as cafes and restaurants serving an international menu.

Moovvve on to Campbell Lane (one of the many roads with a European name), and Buffalo and Kerbau roads (names associated with cattle), to discover traditional Indian trades, food, customs, attire, decorations and businesses, and uncover the significance of each.

A short break at Tekka Centre will allow sampling of local fare and observe where and how locals live and shop. Along the way, you will get to see the last remaining Chinese villa in Little India and the only North Indian temple in Singapore (see if you can spot it). A must visit is the Sri Veerakaliamman Temple, a national monument, where you learn to appreciate the symbolism and meaning behind Hinduism and its rituals.

We will end at Mustafa Centre, the 24-hour mega-mart, where you can enjoy some retail therapy or just browse through the mind-boggling variety of goods, a reported 300,000 items.

Our Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks are aimed at visitors and new Singapore residents, but we find even “old timers” learn a lot. We keep to a maximum of 10 participants and pace the walk to take our sultry climate into account — lots of water and air-con stops are included.

Please note confirmation of this tour including the exact meeting place etc will be sent via email to all those registered about 24-hours in advance; this will be preceded by a Peatix or Verlocal message to all registered.

We do need a minimum number of 6 to run these; occasionally we have to cancel due to insufficient numbers — but we try not to! (If we must, we’ll of course refund your payment.)

Please note that the cost of these tours is a little higher because we are keeping the group size small.

The quality, however, will be very high. And don’t just take it from us, here are comments from a recent Tuesday Small-Group Discovery tour:

"I would like to thank you for the tour yesterday, it’s been a wonderful morning! Your guide is amazing and so expert about history."

"I just wanted to let you know that my aunt had a brilliant time yesterday. She couldn't say enough about the tour and how great your guide was. Thanks so much! I will certainly recommend you."

"Your guide was WONDERFUL! We all enjoyed her. I'm looking forward to the next tour.”

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Deepavali Evening Walk & Dinner in Little India
Nov
1
6:30 PM18:30

Deepavali Evening Walk & Dinner in Little India

Come and revel in one of the most joyous and colourful festivals in Singapore! Deepavali, also known as Diwali, is the Hindu festival of lights and marks a new beginning — the triumph of light over darkness, good over evil. Shanti, your Singaporean Indian guide, will lead you through the narrow alleys and tell you stories from epic tales.

You will enter one of Singapore’s most important temples — the Sri Veeramakaliaman — and learn about the faith of Hinduism. This year the celebration of Deepavali falls in early November. During the entire month, Little India is transformed into a glittering bazaar where families go to buy everything needed for the auspicious day. See the myriad colours of oil lamps and dresses fit for a princess.

Gold jewellery gleams through shop windows and stores sell sweet goodies to be shared amongst loved ones. Learn how to drape that most elegant of women's outfits, the sari. We will end the tour with a delicious "thali" dinner in one of Shanti's favourite restaurants. Please do join up quickly as we're limiting this tour to 13 people — it will sell out fast!

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Deepavali Evening Walk & Dinner in Little India
Nov
2
6:30 PM18:30

Deepavali Evening Walk & Dinner in Little India

Come and revel in one of the most joyous and colourful festivals in Singapore! Deepavali, also known as Diwali, is the Hindu festival of lights and marks a new beginning — the triumph of light over darkness, good over evil. Shanti, your Singaporean Indian guide, will lead you through the narrow alleys and tell you stories from epic tales.

You will enter one of Singapore’s most important temples — the Sri Veeramakaliaman — and learn about the faith of Hinduism. This year the celebration of Deepavali falls in early November. During the entire month, Little India is transformed into a glittering bazaar where families go to buy everything needed for the auspicious day. See the myriad colours of oil lamps and dresses fit for a princess.

Gold jewellery gleams through shop windows and stores sell sweet goodies to be shared amongst loved ones. Learn how to drape that most elegant of women's outfits, the sari. We will end the tour with a delicious "thali" dinner in one of Shanti's favourite restaurants. Please do join up quickly as we're limiting this tour to 13 people — it will sell out fast!

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Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks: Fort Canning, Cannons, Cannonballs & Buried Kings — A Gem of History & Nature
Nov
6
9:00 AM09:00

Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks: Fort Canning, Cannons, Cannonballs & Buried Kings — A Gem of History & Nature

Date: Tuesday 6 November

Time: 9am - 1230pm

Price: $70

Fort Canning is a microcosm of Singapore being witness to and reflecting over 700 years of Singapore’s history. From the heyday of the Malay kings of “Temasek” until British arrival in 1819, the hill has been the site for the seat of power. It’s been instrumental in the island’s trading economy; it has had military aspiration and witnessed some of the most dramatic events of Singapore’s past. Nowadays an urban park - a veritable green island in the heart of the city, Fort Canning has many stories to tell.

Starting at the foot of the Hill, we will first explore some of our island's oldest landmarks such as the Armenian Church, Central Fire Station and Masonic Lodge. We will then climb up through lush oasis of majestic trees to the vantage point with flagstaff to be carried away by tales of ancient kings and bathing princesses, the accounts of early Chinese explorers and traders and British colonial settlers. 

Our stop on the Hill will be to learn about the dramatic events which took place in its underground bunker in the days leading up to the Japanese invasion in 1942. Then we will wander through former Christian Cemetery ground and explore few prominent burials among the graves to discover an interesting connection… 

We will finish our tour in the cooling air of the nearby National Museum of Singapore, where we will learn more about the history and architecture of Singapore's oldest museum.

Our Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks are aimed at visitors and new Singapore residents, but we find even "old timers" learn a lot. We keep to a max of 10 and pace the walk to take our sultry climate into account; lots of water and air-con stops are included. Due to the small-group size the price is just a little higher.

Please note confirmation of this tour includes the exact meeting place and will be sent by email to all those registered about 24 hours in advance; this will be preceded by a peatix or verlocal message to all registered. 

We do need a minimum number of 6 to run these; occasionally we have to cancel due to insufficient numbers — but we try not to!

"I would like to thank you for the tour yesterday, it’s been a wonderful morning! Your guide is amazing and so expert about history".

"I just wanted to let you know that my aunt had a brilliant time yesterday. She couldn't say enough about the tour and how great your guide was. Thanks so much! I will certainly recommend you".

"Your guide was WONDERFUL! We all enjoyed her. I'm looking forward to the next tour."

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Green Singapore Walking Tour: Migratory Birds at Sungei Buloh
Nov
10
8:00 AM08:00

Green Singapore Walking Tour: Migratory Birds at Sungei Buloh

Swoop in and join us for the very first of our dedicated migratory bird-watching tours. 

Our very experienced and knowledgeable guide — a bird expert who guides for NParks and the STB as well as for ourselves  — will take our bevy of feather fanatics and tweet seekers through the delightful Sungei Buloh Wetlands. When our guide points out areas of particular interest, including many species of our winged friends, you'll be one happy flappy birder. We will also look at the historical significance of the area, including some significant WWII sites.

After a 2.5-hour walk, we will go to the nearby — and well known — Bollywood Veggies for refreshments (included in the price) before heading back to town.

Please note you have a choice of meeting us at Dempsey at 8am to drive up to the Reserve, or to meet us there at 8:30am; tickets are priced for these 2 options accordingly ($50 or $60 per person). The relevant directions will be sent to you a few days before the walk.

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World War II: Part 2, The Occupation
Nov
10
8:45 AM08:45

World War II: Part 2, The Occupation

The Japanese occupation of Singapore had a major impact on both the psyche and the history of Singapore; things would literally never be the same.

Learn about the 3-and-a-half years that Singapore was Syonan-To, and the reality and repercussions of that occupation, including the Sook Ching massacres. With our experienced guide, we will visit WWII sites, including the Sook Ching Memorial site, Changi beach, Changi Chapel & Museum, and the old Ford Factory.

Hear personal recollections of the impact of the war years on his family, his community and the country as a whole. The tour will include refreshments in Changi village or museum.

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Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks: The Hills & Plains of Chinatown, from Blair to Duxton
Nov
13
9:00 AM09:00

Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks: The Hills & Plains of Chinatown, from Blair to Duxton

Date: Tuesday 13 November

Time: 9am - 1230pm

Price: $70

Singapore is no Mount Everest, but there used to be more hills than we see today, many having been leveled as Singapore has developed, with the earth moved and used in Singapore's ongoing land reclamation.

Chinatown in particular used to be quite hilly back in the day, comprised of a handful of hillocks as well as flatter areas called "plains." Our journey will start at Blair Plain, a conservation area gazetted in 1991. Instead of luxurious meadows, you will find a beautiful pastel sea of predominantly Peranakan shophouses built in early 20th century for wealthy merchants escaping overcrowded and unsanitary Chinatown.

We will also walk through one of the oldest HDB estates to climb up to 50th floor of The Pinnacle complex — the pride of Singapore’s public housing — for a bird eye's view of the area. After a short coffee break, it's onward to explore the rich tapestry of Duxton Plain, which comprises the Bukit Pasoh area and Keong Saik Road.

Well known as a culinary destination for its great restaurants, we'll show you the fascinating heritage side of it — from its traditional clan associations to Chinese and Hindu temples. From Blair Road, we'll head over to Spottiswoode Park Road, then Everton Road – crossing over to have a look at Everton Park, an old HDB estate.

We'll continue over Cantonment Road to the Pinnacle to get a sweeping view of the entire island from the top viewing deck. After a coffee stop, we cross over Neil Road to explore Bukit Pasoh Rd (Jar Hill in Malay, so named for the giant Ali Baba style "tongs" or jars that used to dot the street there) and stroll along New Bridge Rd to visit a Clan Association (Kong Chow Wui Koon) and watch a Lion Dance and have a look at some Chinese opera costumes on display.

We'll return via Keong Saik Road to visit Hindu Sri Layan Vinayagar Temple and Chinese Cundhi Gong Temple. Our Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks are aimed at visitors and new Singapore residents, but we find even “old timers” learn a lot.

We keep to a maximum of 10 participants and pace the walk to take our sultry climate into account — lots of water and air-con stops are included.

Please note confirmation of this tour including the exact meeting place etc will be sent via email to all those registered about 24-hours in advance; this will be preceded by a Peatix or Verlocal message to all registered.

We do need a minimum number of 6 to run these; occasionally we have to cancel due to insufficient numbers — but we try not to! (If we must, we’ll of course refund your payment.) Please note that the cost of these tours is a little higher because we are keeping the group size small.

The quality, however, will be very high.

And don’t just take it from us, here are comments from a recent Tuesday Small-Group Discovery tour:

"I would like to thank you for the tour yesterday, it’s been a wonderful morning! Your guide is amazing and so expert about history."

"I just wanted to let you know that my aunt had a brilliant time yesterday. She couldn't say enough about the tour and how great your guide was. Thanks so much! I will certainly recommend you."

"Your guide was WONDERFUL! We all enjoyed her. I'm looking forward to the next tour.”

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Black & White Houses Tour
Nov
14
9:00 AM09:00

Black & White Houses Tour

Step back into a more gracious era by visiting some of these beautiful and iconic colonial houses, set in green and tranquil oases. 

Learn about their history, architecture and role in Singapore's heritage. Plus hear the stories of who lived in them, why they were built, and how they are being used both as residences and commercial establishments these days. The oldest go back to the late 19th century, while most were built in the 1910s through 1930s. There are hundreds still scattered across Singapore, often near military bases.

We will visit three or four black & white houses in different parts of Singapore; we travel by air-conditioned coach and refreshments are also included in the price.

Please sign up quickly though as this tour will be popular!

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Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walk: The Hidden Treasures of Orchard Road
Nov
20
9:00 AM09:00

Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walk: The Hidden Treasures of Orchard Road

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Date: Tuesday 20 Nov

Time: 9am - 1230pm

Price: $70

Orchard Road — the name conjures up visions of glitzy shops, glamorous hotels and highi-end restaurants run by celebrity chefs. But dig a little deeper and you’ll unearth lesser known nooks and crannies which bear testament to its earlier years as an area replete with plantations, farms, and yes, orchards!

And just to prove this is a different Orchard Road, we'll start at the very...end! Starting at Dhoby Ghaut to learn the origins of its name, we'll visit one of the oldest churches in Singapore known as the “Scots Church,” nestled in beside Singapore’s incubators for art talents: SOTA and LaSalle.

A walk past the Istana Park for a glimpse of the official residence of the president of Singapore will remind us Singapore’s colonial roots, and you can also admire the nearby facade of the last remaining traditional southern Chinese mansion. And finally you will be blown away by the beauty of Emerald Hill with its Peranakan shophouses, a tucked-away enclave of tranquility a stone's throw from hustle and bustle of the Orchard shopping district.

Our Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks are aimed at visitors and new Singapore residents, but we find even “old timers” learn a lot. We keep to a maximum of 10 participants and pace the walk to take our sultry climate into account — lots of water and air-con stops are included.

Our Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks are aimed at visitors and new Singapore residents, but we find even “old timers” learn a lot. We keep to a maximum of 10 participants and pace the walk to take our sultry climate into account — lots of water and air-con stops are included.

Please note confirmation of this tour including the exact meeting place etc will be sent via email to all those registered about 24-hours in advance; this will be preceded by a Peatix or Verlocal message to all registered.

We do need a minimum number of 6 to run these; occasionally we have to cancel due to insufficient numbers — but we try not to! (If we must, we’ll of course refund your payment.)

Please note that the cost of these tours is a little higher because we are keeping the group size small.The quality, however, will be very high. And don’t just take it from us, here are comments from a recent Tuesday Small-Group Discovery tour:

"I would like to thank you for the tour yesterday, it’s been a wonderful morning! Your guide is amazing and so expert about history."

"I just wanted to let you know that my aunt had a brilliant time yesterday. She couldn't say enough about the tour and how great your guide was. Thanks so much! I will certainly recommend you."

"Your guide was WONDERFUL! We all enjoyed her. I'm looking forward to the next tour.”

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Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks: Kampong Glam
Nov
27
9:00 AM09:00

Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks: Kampong Glam

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Date: Tuesday 27 Nov

Time: 9am - 1230pm

Price: $70

Explore the neighbourhood of Kampong Glam, the heart of Singapore’s Malay community. This is where the Malay Royalty once resided among Javanese, Sumatrans, Arabs, as well as Chinese communities, all of whom left their mark in different ways.

We will start in neighbouring Victoria Street and learn about the Malabar Muslim community, then we will visit tombs of the Malay royalty in one of the oldest cemeteries in Singapore, dating back to the 1820s.

In the cool ambience of the nearby Malay Heritage Centre (the former Sultan’s Palace) you will learn the colourful and delightful, at times even romantic, history, heritage and culture of Singapore's Malay community.

After a refreshing stop for coffee and local kueh (cakes), we'll walk through the streets and lanes and hear their stories — why one stretch of Bussorah Street was known as Kampong Kaji (Pilgrim Village) & part of Beach Road Kampong Tembaga (Copper Village). What made the residents of the Gudung Kuning (the Yellow Mansion) rich and famous? We will end by exploring a little gem of a mosque and one of the few founded by a woman — the Masjid Hajjah Fatimah — which has escaped the redevelopment of the area.

Our Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks are aimed at visitors and new Singapore residents, but we find even “old timers” learn a lot. We keep to a maximum of 10 participants and pace the walk to take our sultry climate into account — lots of water and air-con stops are included.

Please note confirmation of this tour including the exact meeting place etc will be sent via email to all those registered about 24-hours in advance; this will be preceded by a Peatix or Verlocal message to all registered.

We do need a minimum number of 6 to run these; occasionally we have to cancel due to insufficient numbers — but we try not to! (If we must, we’ll of course refund your payment.)

Please note that the cost of these tours is a little higher because we are keeping the group size small.

The quality, however, will be very high. And don’t just take it from us, here are comments from a recent Tuesday Small-Group Discovery tour:

"I would like to thank you for the tour yesterday, it’s been a wonderful morning! Your guide is amazing and so expert about history."

"I just wanted to let you know that my aunt had a brilliant time yesterday. She couldn't say enough about the tour and how great your guide was. Thanks so much! I will certainly recommend you."

"Your guide was WONDERFUL! We all enjoyed her. I'm looking forward to the next tour.”

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Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks: Telok Ayer, Where Gods & Goddesses Reside
Dec
4
9:00 AM09:00

Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks: Telok Ayer, Where Gods & Goddesses Reside

This tour will explore the historic coast-line of Chinatown to explore the traditions, customs and religions brought here by large numbers of merchants, traders and coolies.

You will start on the south bank of the Singapore River and walk along Chulia Street, the former enclave of South Indian Chettiars. On the way to Telok Ayer Street you will learn more about the great diversity of the Chinese community in mid-19th century Singapore, and the spirit of mutual assistance as provided by the Clan Associations.

You will visit UNESCO awarded Wak Hai Cheng Bio and Tien Hock Keng temples – great examples of SEA temple architecture - where you will meet gods and goddesses and learn about Chinese religions and symbolism. You will discover that Chinatown was not only a Chinese enclave by visiting one of the oldest Indian Muslim mosques.

While admiring the beautiful facades of shophouses, you will climb to the highest point of Chinatown, Ann Siang Hill, before rounding our tour off at the URA (Urban Redevelopment Authority) with its very informative City Gallery.

Our Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks are aimed at visitors and new Singapore residents, but we find even “old timers” learn a lot. We keep to a maximum of 10 participants and pace the walk to take our sultry climate into account — lots of water and air-con stops are included.

Please note confirmation of this tour including the exact meeting place etc will be sent via email to all those registered about 24-hours in advance; this will be preceded by a Peatix or Verlocal message to all registered.

We do need a minimum number of 6 to run these; occasionally we have to cancel due to insufficient numbers — but we try not to! (If we must, we’ll of course refund your payment.)

Please note that the cost of these tours is a little higher because we are keeping the group size small.

The quality, however, will be very high. And don’t just take it from us, here are comments from a recent Tuesday Small-Group Discovery tour:

"I would like to thank you for the tour yesterday, it’s been a wonderful morning! Your guide is amazing and so expert about history."

"I just wanted to let you know that my aunt had a brilliant time yesterday. She couldn't say enough about the tour and how great your guide was. Thanks so much! I will certainly recommend you."

"Your guide was WONDERFUL! We all enjoyed her. I'm looking forward to the next tour.”

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Black & White Houses Tour
Dec
5
9:00 AM09:00

Black & White Houses Tour

Step back into a more gracious era by visiting some of these beautiful and iconic colonial houses, set in green and tranquil oases. 

Learn about their history, architecture and role in Singapore's heritage. Plus hear the stories of who lived in them, why they were built, and how they are being used both as residences and commercial establishments these days. The oldest go back to the late 19th century, while most were built in the 1910s through 1930s. There are hundreds still scattered across Singapore, often near military bases.

We will visit three or four black & white houses in different parts of Singapore; we travel by air-conditioned coach and refreshments are also included in the price.

Please sign up quickly though as this tour will be popular!

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Christmas at Eden Hall Charity Tour
Dec
6
5:00 PM17:00

Christmas at Eden Hall Charity Tour

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Date & Time 

Dec 6, 5PM - 7PM

Price

S$50/pax

Description

Eden Hall, the British High Commissioner's residence in Singapore, is a beautiful house at any time of the year but in the run up to Christmas, it becomes positively breathtaking! Come and join us for a guided tour where you will discover its 100 years of history, its architecture & its wonderful stories. Not only will you see the beauty of the house - especially when prepared for a formal occasion - and its artefacts and art, but also meet Mrs Anne Wightman, the current BHC’s wife, who will talk about living in such prestigious surroundings! And of course you will also enjoy some seasonal - British style - cheer; think mince pies and mulled wine. All proceeds from this tour will go to a charity of Mrs Wightman's choice. Please note that this will be incredibly popular, so please sign up quickly!

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Emerald Hill Walking Tour
Dec
7
9:00 AM09:00

Emerald Hill Walking Tour

Come & discover the history & stories behind one of Singapore's most beautiful enclaves. Situated a stone's throw from Orchard Road, it's like a little oasis of tranquility!

We will take a walk around its streets & visit 2 or 3 homes which will illustrate the way in which some of these lovely old "shophouses", which are mostly around 100 years old, have been adapted to a greater or lesser extent for modern living.

Discover the old railway track, and a little jewel of a Chinese temple, & hear your guide's personal memories of this fantastic conservation area.

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Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walk: Hallelujah Churches at Christmas
Dec
11
9:00 AM09:00

Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walk: Hallelujah Churches at Christmas

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Date: Tuesday 11 December

Time: 9am - 1230pm

Price: $70

Leave behind the hustle and bustle of the pre Christmas Orchard Road shopping frenzy and join us for a more spiritual experience in some of Singapore’s finest churches and cathedrals.

We will start at the majestic St Andrew’s Cathedral, a vibrant Protestant community with services carried out in 7 languages. Then we will follow in the footsteps of the French Catholic nuns who laid the foundations of the Convent, orphanage and the Chapel of the Convent of Holy Infant Jesus (CHIJ), now a busy social hub known as CHIJMES. 

Along Bras Basah Road at the impressive and newly restored Cathedral of the Good Shepherd, our oldest Roman Catholic church, we will enjoy its Bethlehem and Nativity Scene. We will also find out more about the admirable Father Beurel and La Salle Brothers who also founded nearby St Joseph's Institution. 

We will next admire the beauty of the once dilapidated, now restored to its former glory, Saints Peter and Paul Church in Queen Street, home to Chinese Christians. 

Having visited the Scottish, French, Eurasians and Chinese, we will complete the mosaic of the local Christian community by ending our tour at The Church of Our Lady of Lourdes, home to our Tamil Christians. 

Our Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks are aimed at visitors and new Singapore residents, but we find even "old timers" learn a lot. We keep to a max of 10 and pace the walk to take our sultry climate into account; lots of water and air-con stops are included. Due to the small-group size the price is just a little higher.

Please note confirmation of this tour includes the exact meeting place and will be sent by email to all those registered about 24 hours in advance; this will be preceded by a peatix or verlocal message to all registered. 

"I would like to thank you for the tour yesterday, it’s been a wonderful morning! Your guide is amazing and so expert about history".

"I just wanted to let you know that my aunt had a brilliant time yesterday. She couldn't say enough about the tour and how great your guide was. Thanks so much! I will certainly recommend you".

"Your guide was WONDERFUL! We all enjoyed her. I'm looking forward to the next tour."

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Christmas at Eden Hall Charity Tour
Dec
12
5:00 PM17:00

Christmas at Eden Hall Charity Tour

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Date & Time 

Dec 12, 5PM - 7PM

Price

S$50/pax

Description

Eden Hall, the British High Commissioner's residence in Singapore, is a beautiful house at any time of the year but in the run up to Christmas, it becomes positively breathtaking! Come and join us for a guided tour where you will discover its 100 years of history, its architecture & its wonderful stories. Not only will you see the beauty of the house - especially when prepared for a formal occasion - and its artefacts and art, but also meet Mrs Anne Wightman, the current BHC’s wife, who will talk about living in such prestigious surroundings! And of course you will also enjoy some seasonal - British style - cheer; think mince pies and mulled wine. All proceeds from this tour will go to a charity of Mrs Wightman's choice. Please note that this will be incredibly popular, so please sign up quickly!

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Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks: Civic District
Dec
18
9:00 AM09:00

Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks: Civic District

Date: Tuesday 18 Dec

Time: 9am - 1230pm

Price: $70

This tour will explore the historic Civic District with its beautiful and impressive colonial buildings - including the Fullerton Building (the old General Post Office), the National Gallery (former Supreme Court & City Hall buildings), the Asian Civilisations Museum, the Victoria Concert Hall & Theatre and the Arts House (the old Parliament building).

You will learn about why, how and when Sir Stamford Raffles arrived in this sparely populated island in January 1819 to set up a trading post on behalf of the East India Company, his vision for its future and how he devised an early city plan. You will also cross Cavenagh Bridge,the only suspension bridge in Singapore, made with strong Scottish steel. From there, you will learn about the importance of the Singapore River in our country's trading history.

These walking tours will have a maximum of 10 participants but also need a minimum number of 7 to go ahead; if we don't have enough people we will inform those who have registered (& refund their payment) by the evening before at the very latest. But we hope they will always run!!

Our Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks are aimed at visitors and new Singapore residents, but we find even “old timers” learn a lot. We keep to a maximum of 10 participants and pace the walk to take our sultry climate into account — lots of water and air-con stops are included.

Please note confirmation of this tour including the exact meeting place etc will be sent via email to all those registered about 24-hours in advance; this will be preceded by a Peatix or Verlocal message to all registered.

We do need a minimum number of 6 to run these; occasionally we have to cancel due to insufficient numbers — but we try not to! (If we must, we’ll of course refund your payment.)

Please note that the cost of these tours is a little higher because we are keeping the group size small.

The quality, however, will be very high. And don’t just take it from us, here are comments from a recent Tuesday Small-Group Discovery tour:

"I would like to thank you for the tour yesterday, it’s been a wonderful morning! Your guide is amazing and so expert about history."

"I just wanted to let you know that my aunt had a brilliant time yesterday. She couldn't say enough about the tour and how great your guide was. Thanks so much! I will certainly recommend you."

"Your guide was WONDERFUL! We all enjoyed her. I'm looking forward to the next tour.”

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Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks: Tales of the Singapore River Bank Including Spiffy New Robertson Quay
Aug
14
9:00 AM09:00

Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks: Tales of the Singapore River Bank Including Spiffy New Robertson Quay

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Date: Tuesday 14 August

Time: 9am - 1230pm

Price: $70

On this tour we will follow a living tale of people that shaped Singapore. 

From Orang Laut and their sacred stone through ancient majesty of Temasek to the flocks of trading ships and multitude of Immigrants looking to build a better life in 19th century. 

From the Fullerton hotel, which previously served as the colony's General Post Office, we will walk across Cavenagh Bridge - Singapore’s oldest bridge, we will walk along magnificent colonial buildings with great view of shophouses of Boat Quay up to former canneries, ice houses and godowns at Clarke Quay. 

We will visit the River House, one of only two traditional Chinese houses remaining in Singapore. 

The walk will also take us to Tan Si Chong Su Temple, which used to face the former river island of Pulau Saigon, visit Masjid Omar Kampong Melaka, the oldest mosque in Singapore to end our journey at Thong Chai Medical Institution, where free medical treatment saved the lives of thousands of coolies.

Our Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks are aimed at visitors and new Singapore residents, but we find even "old timers" learn a lot. We keep to a max of 10 and pace the walk to take our sultry climate into account; lots of water and air-con stops are included. Due to the small-group size the price is just a little higher.

Please note confirmation of this tour includes the exact meeting place and will be sent by email to all those registered about 24 hours in advance; this will be preceded by a peatix or verlocal message to all registered. 

We do need a minimum number of 6 to run these; occasionally we have to cancel due to insufficient numbers — but we try not to!

"I would like to thank you for the tour yesterday, it’s been a wonderful morning! Your guide is amazing and so expert about history".

"I just wanted to let you know that my aunt had a brilliant time yesterday. She couldn't say enough about the tour and how great your guide was. Thanks so much! I will certainly recommend you".

"Your guide was WONDERFUL! We all enjoyed her. I'm looking forward to the next tour."

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Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walk: Celebrating Singapore's 53rd Birthday
Aug
7
9:00 AM09:00

Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walk: Celebrating Singapore's 53rd Birthday

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Date & Time 7 Aug 9AM - 12.30PM

Price S$70/pax

Description

This tour is a celebration in and of itself, offered just two days before Singapore's August 9th National Day festivities. We will explore how this key nation-building event has developed since the first one at the Padang in 1966, which marked the one-year anniversary of Singapore’s separation from Malaysia.

Back then, it was a relatively humble event including a variety of military and civil contingents marching past City Hall and onto the city streets. Military bands played, with a finale featuring a lion and dragon dance performance.

Over the years it has developed into a highly choreographed affair involving as many ordinary citizens as possible. New spectacles are added from time to time, such as the debut in 1970 of the dramatic “flypast” stunts by the Singapore Air Force.

We will learn how the participants practice for the many colourful shows and parades, and how ticket sales for this extremely popular occasion are handled. We will also examine how the themes have developed over time, from “Majulah! The Singapore Spirit,” to “Building Our Singapore of Tomorrow,” “One NationTogether,” and “We Are Singapore.”

We’ll visit the key places associated with the celebrations — the Padang, the (new) National Stadium, and the Float@Marina Bay, the current preferred venue. Starting at the National Stadium, we will then head to Marina Bay.

From this aquatic stage we’ll proceed to the Padang, where will talk about what to expect from this year’s National Day events.

Our Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks are aimed at visitors and new Singapore residents, but we find even "old timers" learn a lot.

We keep to a max of 10 and pace the walk to take our sultry climate into account; lots of water and air-con stops are included. Due to the small-group size the price is just a little higher.

Please note confirmation of this tour includes the exact meeting place and will be sent by email to all those registered about 24 hours in advance; this will be preceded by a Peatix or Verlocal message to all registered.

We do need a minimum number of 6 to run these; occasionally we have to cancel due to insufficient numbers — but we try not to!

"I would like to thank you for the tour yesterday, it’s been a wonderful morning! Your guide is amazing and so expert about history".

"I just wanted to let you know that my aunt had a brilliant time yesterday. She couldn't say enough about the tour and how great your guide was. Thanks so much! I will certainly recommend you".

"Your guide was WONDERFUL! We all enjoyed her. I'm looking forward to the next tour."

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Tuesday Small Group Discovery Walks: Katong & Joo Chiat
Jul
31
9:00 AM09:00

Tuesday Small Group Discovery Walks: Katong & Joo Chiat

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Date and Time

31 July 9am - 12.30pm

Price
$70/pax

Description

We will explore a jewel of a neighbourhood, Joo Chiat, a place where Singapore’s rich multicultural heritage really comes alive.

Once filled with coconut plantations and used as a weekend retreat by wealthy city dwellers, Joo Chiat developed into a laid-back residential suburb by the early 20th century.

Also famous as a district oozing Peranakan culture - which in Singapore consists mainly of a mix of the two rich cultures emanating from the marriage of early Chinese traders with Malay women - our Joo Chiat walk will explore this legacy, including the unique pre-war architecture, colourful two-storey shophouses and terrace houses with ornate facades, intricate motifs and ceramic tiles.

Religion has always played a central role in the Peranakan culture; in earlier days, this was in the shape of Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism - & often a blend of all 3! We will visit one of these 3-in-1 places of worship to see handcrafted, decorated paper objects, commissioned for the departed to enjoy in the spirit world as part of the rituals surrounding ancestor worship with its emphasis on filial piety.

We will also discover Christianity’s impact on the Peranakans in the form of the 1930s Bethesda Church, recently designated as a conservation building, and one of only two Christian churches offering Peranakan church services here.

For a truly Peranakan experience, we will end our walk with kueh appreciation in the company of a 4th generation Baba (male Peranakan) who will share with us his passion, and vision of how he strives to preserve his culture in the modern context of Singapore.

Our Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks are aimed at visitors and new Singapore residents, but we find even "old timers" learn a lot. We keep to a max of 10 and pace the walk to take our sultry climate into account; lots of water and air-con stops are included. Due to the small-group size the price is just a little higher.

Please note confirmation of this tour includes the exact meeting place and will be sent by email to all those registered about 24 hours in advance; this will be preceded by a peatix or verlocal message to all registered.

We do need a minimum number of 6 to run these; occasionally we have to cancel due to insufficient numbers — but we try not to!

"I would like to thank you for the tour yesterday, it’s been a wonderful morning! Your guide is amazing and so expert about history".

"I just wanted to let you know that my aunt had a brilliant time yesterday. She couldn't say enough about the tour and how great your guide was. Thanks so much! I will certainly recommend you".

"Your guide was WONDERFUL! We all enjoyed her. I'm looking forward to the next tour."

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Tuesday Discovery Walk: The History & World Heritage of the Botanic Gardens
Jul
24
9:00 AM09:00

Tuesday Discovery Walk: The History & World Heritage of the Botanic Gardens

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A testament to Singapore’s reputation as a City in a Garden, the Singapore Botanic Gardens (SBG) became the third one to be listed as a World Heritage Site, after Kew Gardens in England and the Padova Gardens in Italy. It is also Singapore's first World Heritage Site.

During this tour, you will discover its 150 years of history, including its role as the birth place of Southeast Asia's rubber and orchid industries. Orchids have been closely associated with the Gardens since 1859 and the products of the breeding programme are displayed in their full splendour in the National Orchid Garden. With over 1,000 species and 2,000 hybrids on display, the beauty of these gorgeous blooms is absolutely a sight to behold.

Tour highlights include the bandstand; garden sculptures; Heritage Trees; and historical Burkhill Hall with its prized collection of VIP orchids such as Dendrobium Margaret Thatcher and Papilionanda William Catherine. The tour will end with a visit to the SBG's Heritage Museum which features artefacts, plant specimens, rare botanical books and botanical paintings that date back to the early 19th century. Here you will learn about the key personalities that have shaped and marked this iconic place.

Our Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks are aimed at visitors and new Singapore residents, but we find even "old timers" learn a lot. We keep to a max of 10 and pace the walk to take our sultry climate into account; lots of water and air-con stops are included. Due to the small-group size the price is just a little higher.

Please note confirmation of this tour includes the exact meeting place and will be sent by email to all those registered about 24 hours in advance; this will be preceded by a Peatix or Verlocal message to all registered. We do need a minimum number of 6 to run these; occasionally we have to cancel due to insufficient numbers — but we try not to!

"I would like to thank you for the tour yesterday, it’s been a wonderful morning! Your guide is amazing and so expert about history".

"I just wanted to let you know that my aunt had a brilliant time yesterday. She couldn't say enough about the tour and how great your guide was. Thanks so much! I will certainly recommend you".

"Your guide was WONDERFUL! We all enjoyed her. I'm looking forward to the next tour."

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Black & White Houses Tour
Jul
19
8:40 AM08:40

Black & White Houses Tour

Step back into a more gracious era by visiting some of these beautiful and iconic colonial houses, set in green and tranquil oases. 

Learn about their history, architecture and role in Singapore's heritage. Plus hear the stories of who lived in them, why they were built, and how they are being used both as residences and commercial establishments these days. The oldest go back to the late 19th century, while most were built in the 1910s through 1930s. There are hundreds still scattered across Singapore, often near military bases.

We will visit three or four black & white houses in different parts of Singapore; we travel by air-conditioned coach and refreshments are also included in the price.

Please sign up quickly though as this tour will be popular!

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Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walk: Tiong Bahru
Jul
17
9:00 AM09:00

Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walk: Tiong Bahru

Date: Tuesday 17 August

Time: 9am - 1230pm

Price: $70

Touted as one of the world’s coolest neighbourhoods by Vogue, ‘Singapore’s hippest hood’ by CNN and by locals as one of the most happening, everyone loves Tiong Bahru's old world charm.

Visiting this quaint neighbourhood, you immediately notice an intriguing mix of old and new. The transformation from swamp to swank began in the 1930s, and some of the landmarks from that era still stand today, including the residential blocks and the first Monkey God Temple dedicated to the main character from Chinese literary classic Journey to the West.

Our walk will take us around one of Singapore's oldest public residential estates where we will explore its pre-war and post-war architecture, and learn about the history and stories associated with this charming and picturesque neighbourhood with its row after row of quaint art deco buildings.

You will also learn about Tiong Bahru’s rich heritage - from stories of prominent pioneer community leaders to residents who were born in the air raid shelter during World War II, to religion and rituals, culture and food, and more.

Our Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks are aimed at visitors and new Singapore residents, but we find even "old timers" learn a lot.

We keep to a max of 10 and pace the walk to take our sultry climate into account; lots of water and air-con stops are included.

Due to the small-group size the price is just a little higher. Please note confirmation of this tour includes the exact meeting place and will be sent by email to all those registered about 24 hours in advance; this will be preceded by a Peatix or Verlocal message to all registered.

We do need a minimum number of 6 to run these; occasionally we have to cancel due to insufficient numbers — but we try not to!

"I would like to thank you for the tour yesterday, it’s been a wonderful morning! Your guide is amazing and so expert about history".

"I just wanted to let you know that my aunt had a brilliant time yesterday. She couldn't say enough about the tour and how great your guide was. Thanks so much! I will certainly recommend you".

"Your guide was WONDERFUL! We all enjoyed her. I'm looking forward to the next tour."

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Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks: Telok Ayer, Where Gods & Goddesses Reside
Jul
17
9:00 AM09:00

Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks: Telok Ayer, Where Gods & Goddesses Reside

This tour will explore the historic coast-line of Chinatown to explore the traditions, customs and religions brought here by large numbers of merchants, traders and coolies.

You will start on the south bank of the Singapore River and walk along Chulia Street, the former enclave of South Indian Chettiars. On the way to Telok Ayer Street you will learn more about the great diversity of the Chinese community in mid-19th century Singapore, and the spirit of mutual assistance as provided by the Clan Associations.

You will visit UNESCO awarded Wak Hai Cheng Bio and Tien Hock Keng temples – great examples of SEA temple architecture - where you will meet gods and goddesses and learn about Chinese religions and symbolism. You will discover that Chinatown was not only a Chinese enclave by visiting one of the oldest Indian Muslim mosques.

While admiring the beautiful facades of shophouses, you will climb to the highest point of Chinatown, Ann Siang Hill, before rounding our tour off at the URA (Urban Redevelopment Authority) with its very informative City Gallery.

Our Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks are aimed at visitors and new Singapore residents, but we find even “old timers” learn a lot. We keep to a maximum of 10 participants and pace the walk to take our sultry climate into account — lots of water and air-con stops are included.

Please note confirmation of this tour including the exact meeting place etc will be sent via email to all those registered about 24-hours in advance; this will be preceded by a Peatix or Verlocal message to all registered.

We do need a minimum number of 6 to run these; occasionally we have to cancel due to insufficient numbers — but we try not to! (If we must, we’ll of course refund your payment.)

Please note that the cost of these tours is a little higher because we are keeping the group size small.

The quality, however, will be very high. And don’t just take it from us, here are comments from a recent Tuesday Small-Group Discovery tour:

"I would like to thank you for the tour yesterday, it’s been a wonderful morning! Your guide is amazing and so expert about history."

"I just wanted to let you know that my aunt had a brilliant time yesterday. She couldn't say enough about the tour and how great your guide was. Thanks so much! I will certainly recommend you."

"Your guide was WONDERFUL! We all enjoyed her. I'm looking forward to the next tour.”

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Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks: The Colours of Chinatown
Jul
10
9:00 AM09:00

Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks: The Colours of Chinatown

This walk will weave in visits to the diverse houses of worship on South Bridge Rd, one of Singapore’s “harmony” streets, also home to goldsmiths, herbalists and more.

Plus we'll wend our way through the heart of Chinatown to see old shophouses, a former Cantonese opera theatre, a traditional wet market, and the famous Buddha Tooth temple.

You'll hear the sad tales of Sago Lane, the tough life of Singapore's hard working coolies, and find out about early Singapore's"underbelly" — secret societies, houses of ill repute, and opium dens.

After our last stop at the City Gallery — where you'll learn about our city planning, past present and future — your guide will drop you off at the ever popular Maxwell Food Centre for discoveries of the edible variety !

Our Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks are aimed at visitors and new Singapore residents, but we find even “old timers” learn a lot. We keep to a maximum of 10 participants and pace the walk to take our sultry climate into account — lots of water and air-con stops are included.

Please note confirmation of this tour including the exact meeting place etc will be sent via email to all those registered about 24-hours in advance; this will be preceded by a Peatix or Verlocal message to all registered.

We do need a minimum number of 6 to run these; occasionally we have to cancel due to insufficient numbers — but we try not to! (If we must, we’ll of course refund your payment.)

Please note that the cost of these tours is a little higher because we are keeping the group size small.

The quality, however, will be very high. And don’t just take it from us, here are comments from a recent Tuesday Small-Group Discovery tour:

"I would like to thank you for the tour yesterday, it’s been a wonderful morning! Your guide is amazing and so expert about history."

"I just wanted to let you know that my aunt had a brilliant time yesterday. She couldn't say enough about the tour and how great your guide was. Thanks so much! I will certainly recommend you."

"Your guide was WONDERFUL! We all enjoyed her. I'm looking forward to the next tour.”

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Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks: Civic District
Jul
3
9:00 AM09:00

Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks: Civic District

This tour will explore the historic Civic District with its beautiful and impressive colonial buildings - including the Fullerton Building (the old General Post Office), the National Gallery (former Supreme Court & City Hall buildings), the Asian Civilisations Museum, the Victoria Concert Hall & Theatre and the Arts House (the old Parliament building).

You will learn about why, how and when Sir Stamford Raffles arrived in this sparely populated island in January 1819 to set up a trading post on behalf of the East India Company, his vision for its future and how he devised an early city plan. You will also cross Cavenagh Bridge,the only suspension bridge in Singapore, made with strong Scottish steel. From there, you will learn about the importance of the Singapore River in our country's trading history.

These walking tours will have a maximum of 10 participants but also need a minimum number of 7 to go ahead; if we don't have enough people we will inform those who have registered (& refund their payment) by the evening before at the very latest. But we hope they will always run!!

Our Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks are aimed at visitors and new Singapore residents, but we find even “old timers” learn a lot. We keep to a maximum of 10 participants and pace the walk to take our sultry climate into account — lots of water and air-con stops are included.

Please note confirmation of this tour including the exact meeting place etc will be sent via email to all those registered about 24-hours in advance; this will be preceded by a Peatix or Verlocal message to all registered.

We do need a minimum number of 6 to run these; occasionally we have to cancel due to insufficient numbers — but we try not to! (If we must, we’ll of course refund your payment.)

Please note that the cost of these tours is a little higher because we are keeping the group size small.

The quality, however, will be very high. And don’t just take it from us, here are comments from a recent Tuesday Small-Group Discovery tour:

"I would like to thank you for the tour yesterday, it’s been a wonderful morning! Your guide is amazing and so expert about history."

"I just wanted to let you know that my aunt had a brilliant time yesterday. She couldn't say enough about the tour and how great your guide was. Thanks so much! I will certainly recommend you."

"Your guide was WONDERFUL! We all enjoyed her. I'm looking forward to the next tour.”

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Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks: Little India - Cattle, Jasmine, Spice & All Things Nice
Jun
26
9:00 AM09:00

Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks: Little India - Cattle, Jasmine, Spice & All Things Nice

Explore the heart and soul of Singapore’s Indian community — Little India. It is today a heritage district associated with vibrant colours, loud music, the fragrance of flowers and spices, and an eclectic mix of houses.

But on this tour, you will be hearing not just about its present-day vibrancy, but also its early days of cattle slaughtering, horse racing, baby delivering and more! Your tour starts from the corner of Rochor and Perak roads where you will see a lesser known, religiously diverse, and contrastingly hipster section of Little India.

You will find out about the different community groups worshipping at the religious spaces there, which includes a visit to the historical and architecturally marvellous Abdul Gaffoor Mosque.

Check out the area's new hip-quotient and find out how old run-down buildings found a new identity, from a former-school-turned-hotel (Wanderlust Hotel) to numerous budget backpacker’s lodgings as well as cafes and restaurants serving an international menu.

Moovvve on to Campbell Lane (one of the many roads with a European name), and Buffalo and Kerbau roads (names associated with cattle), to discover traditional Indian trades, food, customs, attire, decorations and businesses, and uncover the significance of each.

A short break at Tekka Centre will allow sampling of local fare and observe where and how locals live and shop. Along the way, you will get to see the last remaining Chinese villa in Little India and the only North Indian temple in Singapore (see if you can spot it). A must visit is the Sri Veerakaliamman Temple, a national monument, where you learn to appreciate the symbolism and meaning behind Hinduism and its rituals.

We will end at Mustafa Centre, the 24-hour mega-mart, where you can enjoy some retail therapy or just browse through the mind-boggling variety of goods, a reported 300,000 items.

Our Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks are aimed at visitors and new Singapore residents, but we find even “old timers” learn a lot. We keep to a maximum of 10 participants and pace the walk to take our sultry climate into account — lots of water and air-con stops are included.

Please note confirmation of this tour including the exact meeting place etc will be sent via email to all those registered about 24-hours in advance; this will be preceded by a Peatix or Verlocal message to all registered.

We do need a minimum number of 6 to run these; occasionally we have to cancel due to insufficient numbers — but we try not to! (If we must, we’ll of course refund your payment.)

Please note that the cost of these tours is a little higher because we are keeping the group size small.

The quality, however, will be very high. And don’t just take it from us, here are comments from a recent Tuesday Small-Group Discovery tour:

"I would like to thank you for the tour yesterday, it’s been a wonderful morning! Your guide is amazing and so expert about history."

"I just wanted to let you know that my aunt had a brilliant time yesterday. She couldn't say enough about the tour and how great your guide was. Thanks so much! I will certainly recommend you."

"Your guide was WONDERFUL! We all enjoyed her. I'm looking forward to the next tour.”

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A Very Special Movie Evening: Cocktails at the Shaw Studios and an SG Movie at the Vagabond Club
Jun
22
7:00 PM19:00

A Very Special Movie Evening: Cocktails at the Shaw Studios and an SG Movie at the Vagabond Club

Picture this: Post-war Singapore. Two movie companies, Shaw and Cathay, prolifically producing action, adventure, romance and comedy films. Relive Singapore’s golden age of cinema for one night only when you step onto the historic Shaw Studios lot in Jalan Ampas. 

At our very special event, you'll take in the iconic, indeed nostalgic ambience of what was once known as the Hollywood of South East Asia while sipping wine courtesy of Through the Grapevine (TTG). 

Jane will be on hand to give a short account of the history of Singapore's film industry. She will tell the story of a young aspiring actor named P. Ramlee who, at these very studios, made his mark as an actor, singer, songwriter, award-winning movie producer and director, and became Singapore's first big star and heartthrob. 

After our cocktail hour, we'll hop aboard a chartered bus for a short ride to the super fun Vagabond Club, situated between sultry Kampong Glam and lively Little India, where the owners have reserved a space especially for Jane’s curated film screening that will feature a fun Singapore film of more recent years. 

We are offering Early Bird tickets until end-of-day June 3, regular price after that. Please note there are 2 options — with or without alcohol. Each ticket includes 2 drinks at the studios and 1 at the movie screening. 

But do book early as this is a very special event and we expect it to sell out quickly.

Venue

Shaw Studios, Jalan Ampas and Vagabond Club

Tickets

Early Bird tickets (until June 3) with alcohol $80.00

Early Bird tickets (until June 3) without alcohol $70.00

Full Price tickets with alcohol (from June 4) $90.00

Full Price tickets without alcohol (from June 4) $80.00

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Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks: Civic District
Jun
19
9:00 AM09:00

Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks: Civic District

This tour will explore the historic Civic District with its beautiful and impressive colonial buildings — including the Fullerton Building (the old General Post Office), the National Gallery (former Supreme Court & City Hall buildings), the Asian Civilisations Museum, the Victoria Concert Hall & Theatre, and the Arts House (the old Parliament building).

You will learn about why, how and when Sir Stamford Raffles arrived in this sparely populated island in January 1819 to set up a trading post on behalf of the East India Company, his vision for its future and how he devised an early city plan. You will also cross Cavenagh Bridge,the only suspension bridge in Singapore, made with strong Scottish steel. From there, you will learn about the importance of the Singapore River in our country's trading history.

Our Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks are aimed at visitors and new Singapore residents, but we find even “old timers” learn a lot. We keep to a maximum of 10 participants and pace the walk to take our sultry climate into account — lots of water and air-con stops are included.

Please note confirmation of this tour including the exact meeting place etc will be sent via email to all those registered about 24-hours in advance; this will be preceded by a Peatix or Verlocal message to all registered.

We do need a minimum number of 6 to run these; occasionally we have to cancel due to insufficient numbers — but we try not to! (If we must, we’ll of course refund your payment.)

Please note that the cost of these tours is a little higher because we are keeping the group size small.

The quality, however, will be very high. And don’t just take it from us, here are comments from a recent Tuesday Small-Group Discovery tour:

"I would like to thank you for the tour yesterday, it’s been a wonderful morning! Your guide is amazing and so expert about history."

"I just wanted to let you know that my aunt had a brilliant time yesterday. She couldn't say enough about the tour and how great your guide was. Thanks so much! I will certainly recommend you."

"Your guide was WONDERFUL! We all enjoyed her. I'm looking forward to the next tour.”

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Foodie Adventures: Purely Peranakan
Jun
16
9:00 AM09:00

Foodie Adventures: Purely Peranakan

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE TICKET PRICE INCLUDES APPROX $25 WORTH OF FOOD ITEMS.

Enjoy learning about Singapore's food traditions and history in our cultural cuisine tours, organised in partnership with One Farrer Hotel. In the company of our "foodie" guide, plus a One Farrer Hotel chef, you will first visit one of Singapore's most iconic markets to learn about the ingredients that give character to our local cuisine and how to choose them.

Take the MRT one stop back to the Hotel for refreshments followed by a tour of the hotel's private rooftop farm — actually on the 7th floor of this magnificent facility with sweeping views over Little India; see photo below.

There you will handpick fresh vegetables, fruits and herbs to bring to the cooking studio where you will participate in a fun and fascinating cooking demonstration, just like on TV without the stress and profanities!

At the end of the session, savour the delicious "fruits" of your labour. For this session, you will learn how to prepare three delicious Peranakan dishes: Nyonya Kuih Pie Tee, Babi Assam Goreng and Nyonya Chap Chye.

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Black & White Houses Tour
Jun
14
8:40 AM08:40

Black & White Houses Tour

Step back into a more gracious era by visiting some of these beautiful and iconic colonial houses, set in green and tranquil oases. 

Learn about their history, architecture and role in Singapore's heritage. Plus hear the stories of who lived in them, why they were built, and how they are being used both as residences and commercial establishments these days. The oldest go back to the late 19th century, while most were built in the 1910s through 1930s. There are hundreds still scattered across Singapore, often near military bases.

We will visit three or four black & white houses in different parts of Singapore; we travel by air-conditioned coach and refreshments are also included in the price.

Please sign up quickly though as this tour will be popular!

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Celebrate Hari Raya in Kampong Glam!
Jun
13
5:00 PM17:00

Celebrate Hari Raya in Kampong Glam!

During the Islamic month of Ramadan, Muslims fast from dawn to dusk during which time not even water can be consumed. Good deeds, holy prayers and giving alms is practiced throughout the month.

And when the sun goes down, the entire area of Kampong Glam comes alive with aromas of delicious food and customers queuing up to take home delicacies to eat with their loved ones.

Come on this once-a-year tour where we partake in the preparation for the celebration of Hari Raya Puasa, this year on Friday 15th June. We will visit shops selling all things from lush fabrics to pretty crystals, colourful glass lamps, woven baskets and decadent perfumes and frankincense. It is indeed a cheerful and busy atmosphere.

During this tour, we shall also learn about the other important Muslim festival which is also a national holiday in Singapore — Hari Raya Haji. When the call to break the fast happens at about 7 pm, we shall join our Muslim friends with a meal of rice and curries, which is included in the price of your tour.

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A Joo Chiat Foodie Adventure: Learn How to Make Dragon Boat Dumplings!
Jun
13
9:00 AM09:00

A Joo Chiat Foodie Adventure: Learn How to Make Dragon Boat Dumplings!

Duan Wu Jie, or the Dragon Boat festival, is just around the corner and it’s a great time to try a local Nonya version of the Chinese rice dumplings that are an inherent part of the festivities. 

Although these dumplings originate from China, overseas Chinese have incorporated many local touches into their versions. For example, a Peranakan lady, known as a Nonya, will blend both Chinese traditional and localised Malay elements into her cooking style.

Join us in this hands-on experience where we will meet Mrs. Sharen Chan from the famous Glory restaurant. She learned the traditional recipes under the watchful eyes off her mother and is now ready to teach you! 

In addition to enjoying the dumpling preparation, we'll also find out more about the history of the Dragon Boat Festival and its traditions.

And while the dumplings are being steamed, let’s stroll around this colourful neighbourhood — a melting pot of Peranakan Chinese, Eurasian, Indian, Malay and Chinese cultures. Like a delicious plate of food, Joo Chiat and Katong will satiate your appetite for a taste of fascinating cutlure.

We are limiting this tour to 12 people so please book early.

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Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks: Telok Ayer, Where Gods & Goddesses Reside
Jun
12
9:00 AM09:00

Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks: Telok Ayer, Where Gods & Goddesses Reside

This tour will explore the historic coast-line of Chinatown to explore the traditions, customs and religions brought here by large numbers of merchants, traders and coolies.

You will start on the south bank of the Singapore River and walk along Chulia Street, the former enclave of South Indian Chettiars. On the way to Telok Ayer Street you will learn more about the great diversity of the Chinese community in mid-19th century Singapore, and the spirit of mutual assistance as provided by the Clan Associations.

You will visit UNESCO awarded Wak Hai Cheng Bio and Tien Hock Keng temples – great examples of SEA temple architecture - where you will meet gods and goddesses and learn about Chinese religions and symbolism. You will discover that Chinatown was not only a Chinese enclave by visiting one of the oldest Indian Muslim mosques.

While admiring the beautiful facades of shophouses, you will climb to the highest point of Chinatown, Ann Siang Hill, before rounding our tour off at the URA (Urban Redevelopment Authority) with its very informative City Gallery.

Our Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks are aimed at visitors and new Singapore residents, but we find even “old timers” learn a lot. We keep to a maximum of 10 participants and pace the walk to take our sultry climate into account — lots of water and air-con stops are included.

Please note confirmation of this tour including the exact meeting place etc will be sent via email to all those registered about 24-hours in advance; this will be preceded by a Peatix or Verlocal message to all registered.

We do need a minimum number of 6 to run these; occasionally we have to cancel due to insufficient numbers — but we try not to! (If we must, we’ll of course refund your payment.)

Please note that the cost of these tours is a little higher because we are keeping the group size small.

The quality, however, will be very high. And don’t just take it from us, here are comments from a recent Tuesday Small-Group Discovery tour:

"I would like to thank you for the tour yesterday, it’s been a wonderful morning! Your guide is amazing and so expert about history."

"I just wanted to let you know that my aunt had a brilliant time yesterday. She couldn't say enough about the tour and how great your guide was. Thanks so much! I will certainly recommend you."

"Your guide was WONDERFUL! We all enjoyed her. I'm looking forward to the next tour.”

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Flying Up to Seletar!
Jun
9
9:00 AM09:00

Flying Up to Seletar!

Seletar is synonymous with flying, from 1928 as a flying Royal Air Force station (RAF) Seletar and also as Singapore's first international airport.

In addition to exploring its role in the defence of Singapore, we will also discover its history, its geography, its rural pre-RAF days and of course its modern role as an Aerospace hub.

Included in this tour is a visit to a private — and very fun — collection of Singapore memorabilia in a Black & White house, plus a stop at the Seletar/Sembawang spa, and much more.

We will also be visiting the Singapore Youth Flying School for a chat with the instructors and later we will watch them in action from the Soek Seng 1954 Bicycle Cafe which is runway-side!

Please note confirmation of this tour including the exact meeting place etc will be sent via email to all those registered about 24-hours in advance; this will be preceded by a Peatix or Verlocal message to all registered.

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Nature Walking Tour: Pulau Ubin's Wild West
Jun
8
8:00 AM08:00

Nature Walking Tour: Pulau Ubin's Wild West

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Come & join us for one of our most popular Walking Tours, on the delightful Pulau Ubin, arguably Singapore's last real kampong.

And in the "Wild West" of Ubin, we will see the extraordinary German Girl's Shrine plus arguably the most eclectic temple in Singapore with its Thai & Tibetan sections, Hindu deities & more! Ubin itself is a treat - with its swaying coconut palms, shady trails in overgrown rubber plantations, rustic roads, secluded beaches and flourishing mangroves.

It feels like you've stepped back into the Singapore of the 1960's; in fact the slow lane starts as soon as you join the queue for the bumboat at Changi!

Our very experienced and knowledgeable guide (an NParks guide as well as STB guide) will point out areas of particular interest, especially wildlife. We will also look at the historical significance of the area. After a 3.5 hour walk, including refreshments (included in the price) on the island we will head back by ferry to the "mainland".

Please note you have a choice of meeting us at Dempsey at 8am to drive to Changi, or to meet us there at 8:30am; tickets are priced for these 2 options accordingly. The relevant directions will be sent to you a few days before the walk.

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Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks: Kampong Glam at Ramadan
Jun
5
9:00 AM09:00

Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks: Kampong Glam at Ramadan

Explore the neighbourhood of Kampong Glam, the heart of Singapore’s Malay community. This is where the Malay Royalty once resided among Javanese, Sumatrans, Arabs, as well as Chinese communities, all of whom left their mark in different ways.

We will start in neighbouring Victoria Street and learn about the Malabar Muslim community, then we will visit tombs of the Malay royalty in one of the oldest cemeteries in Singapore, dating back to the 1820s.

In the cool ambience of the nearby Malay Heritage Centre (the former Sultan’s Palace) you will learn the colourful and delightful, at times even romantic, history, heritage and culture of Singapore's Malay community.

After a refreshing stop for coffee and local kueh (cakes), we'll walk through the streets and lanes and hear their stories — why one stretch of Bussorah Street was known as Kampong Kaji (Pilgrim Village) & part of Beach Road Kampong Tembaga (Copper Village). What made the residents of the Gudung Kuning (the Yellow Mansion) rich and famous? We will end by exploring a little gem of a mosque and one of the few founded by a woman — the Masjid Hajjah Fatimah — which has escaped the redevelopment of the area.

Our Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks are aimed at visitors and new Singapore residents, but we find even “old timers” learn a lot. We keep to a maximum of 10 participants and pace the walk to take our sultry climate into account — lots of water and air-con stops are included.

Please note confirmation of this tour including the exact meeting place etc will be sent via email to all those registered about 24-hours in advance; this will be preceded by a Peatix or Verlocal message to all registered.

We do need a minimum number of 6 to run these; occasionally we have to cancel due to insufficient numbers — but we try not to! (If we must, we’ll of course refund your payment.)

Please note that the cost of these tours is a little higher because we are keeping the group size small.

The quality, however, will be very high. And don’t just take it from us, here are comments from a recent Tuesday Small-Group Discovery tour:

"I would like to thank you for the tour yesterday, it’s been a wonderful morning! Your guide is amazing and so expert about history."

"I just wanted to let you know that my aunt had a brilliant time yesterday. She couldn't say enough about the tour and how great your guide was. Thanks so much! I will certainly recommend you."

"Your guide was WONDERFUL! We all enjoyed her. I'm looking forward to the next tour.”

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Lights, Camera, Action! The Story of Singapore Film
Jun
2
9:00 AM09:00

Lights, Camera, Action! The Story of Singapore Film

This is a really fun tour and "reel-ly" something different!

Let us give you a quick snapshot: the post war years, especially the 1950s, were Singapore's "golden age of cinema," an era dominated by two movie companies — Shaw and Cathay. Although both these names survive in their movie theatres, only the Shaw studios still exist in Jalan Ampas — albeit as a testament to the past — while the Cathay studios have long since disappeared.

We will visit the wonderful — indeed iconic — Jalan Ampas studios, which is like stepping back into another era, one where Singapore's very talented and super handsome heartthrob, P. Ramlee, reigned supreme and girls fought to catch a glimpse of him.

In recent years the movie industry here has enjoyed something of a revival with many Singaporean directors such as Jack Neo, Eric Khoo, Royston Tan, Anthony Chen and Ken Kwek releasing films to not only national, but also international, acclaim.

Our blockbuster itinerary will visit the Shaw Studios, we'll then hop on a bus and visit some sites from movies made here, while watching clips from those movies. Then, it's on to the Cathay Gallery before ending at the appealingly quirky "Projector" Movie Theatre on Beach Road for a fascinating chat about the current film scene in Singapore with someone involved in today's industry.

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Early Morning Intertidal Walk About on Pulau Semakau, Singapore's Landfill Island
Jun
2
5:00 AM05:00

Early Morning Intertidal Walk About on Pulau Semakau, Singapore's Landfill Island

Let's talk trash. 

What we mean is, Singapore's Semakau Island. 

If you haven't "bin" there, it will definitely surprise you to know that lush green Semakau, which covers an area of about 3.5 square kilometres,  is Singapore's first and only offshore landfill. 

It also happens to be an absolutely beautiful place with thriving wildlife of the avian and marine creature variety.

About 8 kilometres south of the main island of Singapore, we'll take the ferry over — a treat in itself! 

Upon landing on Semakau, we'll embark on an intertidal walk before joining a tour to learn all about Singapore's approach to trash management before heading off to check out its facilities. We should be back on "terra firma" by 12pm.

PLEASE NOTE THAT ONLY SINGAPORE RESIDENTS (IE CITIZENS, PRS OR OTHERS ON RESIDENCY VISAS) MAY VISIT SEMAKAU. PLEASE PROVIDE EACH INDIVIDUAL'S NATIONALITY & SINGAPORE RESIDENCY DETAILS, INCLUDING IC/FIN NUMBER, WITH YOUR BOOKING. 

ALSO WE ARE LIMITING THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE ON THIS TOUR TO 10 SO PLEASE BOOK EARLY.

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An Off-the-Beaten-Track Cultural and Foodie Adventure: Serangoon North Village Plus an Amazing Home-cooked Lunch
May
31
9:30 AM09:30

An Off-the-Beaten-Track Cultural and Foodie Adventure: Serangoon North Village Plus an Amazing Home-cooked Lunch

Come explore a little-known, definitely off-the-beaten track part of Singapore — Northern Serangoon Village. Even the origins of its name are shrouded in mystery — was it named for the Ranggong, the Malay name of a bird found around this area, or the noise of the drums and gongs used to scare tigers away....?

We shall never know. What we do know is that this area was once a rubber plantation and it's now a treasure trove of intriguing attractions, including an amazing 100-year-old Hindu temple, an "amalgamated" Chinese temple complex, and a haven for serious pet lovers. It's also an area with a storied history of pottery kilns.

If this cool stuff doesn't fire you up, the lunch at the end sure will. The tour concludes with lunch at a private museum in an HDB flat.

Yes that's right, an HDB flat, and definitely an out-of-the-ordinary one. Its residents will not only cook up a storm for us, but also give us a peek at their private museum-quality collection of incredible Chinese porcelains, tribal art and much more that they will show and explain to us. We are limiting this tour to 10 people so please book early.

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Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks: Bras Basah Uncovered, Singapore's District of Religious Harmony
May
29
9:00 AM09:00

Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks: Bras Basah Uncovered, Singapore's District of Religious Harmony

Come with us to explore our island's oldest neighbourhood, and learn about the early pioneers who helped shape Singapore's future. Step back to a time when CHIJMES was a peaceful oasis, occupied by French nuns dedicated to girls' education and the abandoned babies left to their care. To a time when the La Salle Brothers founded Singapore's earliest Roman Catholic church, next to which Indian convicts built their prison, and when an ambitious Irish architect left his everlasting imprint on this fledgling colony.

Discover the rich tapestry of the Waterloo Street arts precinct, a small but vibrant area which is emblematic of Singapore's cultural and religious diversity. Here you'll find a synagogue, a Roman Catholic church, a Buddhist and a Hindu temple, as well as a calligraphy centre, dance studio, visual arts centre, street art and much more.

Our Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks are aimed at visitors and new Singapore residents, but we find even “old timers” learn a lot. We keep to a maximum of 10 participants and pace the walk to take our sultry climate into account — lots of water and air-con stops are included.

Please note confirmation of this tour including the exact meeting place etc will be sent via email to all those registered about 24-hours in advance; this will be preceded by a Peatix or Verlocal message to all registered.

We do need a minimum number of 6 to run these; occasionally we have to cancel due to insufficient numbers — but we try not to! (If we must, we’ll of course refund your payment.)

Please note that the cost of these tours is a little higher because we are keeping the group size small.

The quality, however, will be very high. And don’t just take it from us, here are comments from a recent Tuesday Small-Group Discovery tour:

"I would like to thank you for the tour yesterday, it’s been a wonderful morning! Your guide is amazing and so expert about history."

"I just wanted to let you know that my aunt had a brilliant time yesterday. She couldn't say enough about the tour and how great your guide was. Thanks so much! I will certainly recommend you."

"Your guide was WONDERFUL! We all enjoyed her. I'm looking forward to the next tour.”

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Street Photography: A "Masterclass" with Award-Winning Photographer Tony Anderton
May
26
5:00 PM17:00

Street Photography: A "Masterclass" with Award-Winning Photographer Tony Anderton

All you budding Annie Leibovitzes and David Baileys....come and learn more about how to make the most of your photographic opportunities, which are so abundant here in Singapore and the surrounding region. Join us for a "masterclass" with award-winning photographer Tony Anderton.

In the words of Tony himself: "The most rewarding and creative opportunities are right in front of you, things that lie in the everyday, in your personal interests and passions, literally in your backyard. The challenge and the exhilaration of photography is striving to capture the ordinary and the overlooked in a way that brings it to life and makes someone turn and look again. And you do not need state of the art, expensive and often intimidating equipment to make this happen."

So it matters not whether you have a fancy camera or are happy testing out your phone's capabilities!

The class will take place in the beautiful, and exceedingly photogenic, Blair Road area. We'll start with an introductory session inside one of Blair Road's lovely shophouses with Tony, after which you'll be let loose in the surrounding streets to try out the tips he's given you. Then back to base camp to review the results — with a glass of wine in hand — naturally 🍷📷🍷!

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Our Communities: Small Community, Lasting Legacy — The Armenian Connection
May
26
9:00 AM09:00

Our Communities: Small Community, Lasting Legacy — The Armenian Connection

Travellers visiting the bustling city-state of Singapore may not be aware of the great impact made by the Armenians, one of our smallest minority communities. They have left a legacy incommensurate with their numbers. 

Along with the Church of St. Gregory the Illuminator (usually just known as the Armenian Church) and its parsonage, there are other reminders of their presence, including the Raffles Hotel, the Straits Times newspaper, and Singapore’s national flower.

This tour will provide insights into this small but fascinating community who thrived through enterprise and hard work. You will learn about prominent Armenian personalities and how they made their mark and established their roots in 19th-century Singapore through religion, commerce and community.

Don't miss the opportunity to visit the newly curated Armenian Heritage Gallery housed at the ground level of the Parsonage building. The Heritage Gallery is the first Armenian museum of its kind in Asia that explores the journey and achievements of the Armenian Communities in Asia from the early days of settlement through to the present day. It features rare artifacts, books, photos and other historical items collected from the various community archives in Singapore, Asia, Armenia and worldwide.

We will end our tour with refreshments at the exclusive members-only Masonic Club within the Masonic Hall, which has a close association with the Armenian community.

Please note confirmation of this tour including the exact meeting place etc will be sent via email to all those registered about 24-hours in advance; this will be preceded by a Peatix or Verlocal message to all registered.

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Black & White Houses Tour
May
24
8:40 AM08:40

Black & White Houses Tour

Step back into a more gracious era by visiting some of these beautiful and iconic colonial houses, set in green and tranquil oases. 

Learn about their history, architecture and role in Singapore's heritage. Plus hear the stories of who lived in them, why they were built, and how they are being used both as residences and commercial establishments these days. The oldest go back to the late 19th century, while most were built in the 1910s through 1930s. There are hundreds still scattered across Singapore, often near military bases.

We will visit three or four black & white houses in different parts of Singapore; we travel by air-conditioned coach and refreshments are also included in the price.

Please sign up quickly though as this tour will be popular!

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Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks: The Hills & Plains of Chinatown, from Blair to Duxton
May
22
9:00 AM09:00

Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks: The Hills & Plains of Chinatown, from Blair to Duxton

Singapore is no Mount Everest, but there used to be more hills than we see today, many having been leveled as Singapore has developed, with the earth moved and used in Singapore's ongoing land reclamation.

Chinatown in particular used to be quite hilly back in the day, comprised of a handful of hillocks as well as flatter areas called "plains." Our journey will start at Blair Plain, a conservation area gazetted in 1991. Instead of luxurious meadows, you will find a beautiful pastel sea of predominantly Peranakan shophouses built in early 20th century for wealthy merchants escaping overcrowded and unsanitary Chinatown.

We will also walk through one of the oldest HDB estates to climb up to 50th floor of The Pinnacle complex — the pride of Singapore’s public housing — for a bird eye's view of the area. After a short coffee break, it's onward to explore the rich tapestry of Duxton Plain, which comprises the Bukit Pasoh area and Keong Saik Road.

Well known as a culinary destination for its great restaurants, we'll show you the fascinating heritage side of it — from its traditional clan associations to Chinese and Hindu temples. From Blair Road, we'll head over to Spottiswoode Park Road, then Everton Road – crossing over to have a look at Everton Park, an old HDB estate.

We'll continue over Cantonment Road to the Pinnacle to get a sweeping view of the entire island from the top viewing deck. After a coffee stop, we cross over Neil Road to explore Bukit Pasoh Rd (Jar Hill in Malay, so named for the giant Ali Baba style "tongs" or jars that used to dot the street there) and stroll along New Bridge Rd to visit a Clan Association (Kong Chow Wui Koon) and watch a Lion Dance and have a look at some Chinese opera costumes on display.

We'll return via Keong Saik Road to visit Hindu Sri Layan Vinayagar Temple and Chinese Cundhi Gong Temple. Our Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks are aimed at visitors and new Singapore residents, but we find even “old timers” learn a lot.

We keep to a maximum of 10 participants and pace the walk to take our sultry climate into account — lots of water and air-con stops are included.

Please note confirmation of this tour including the exact meeting place etc will be sent via email to all those registered about 24-hours in advance; this will be preceded by a Peatix or Verlocal message to all registered.

We do need a minimum number of 6 to run these; occasionally we have to cancel due to insufficient numbers — but we try not to! (If we must, we’ll of course refund your payment.) Please note that the cost of these tours is a little higher because we are keeping the group size small.

The quality, however, will be very high.

And don’t just take it from us, here are comments from a recent Tuesday Small-Group Discovery tour:

"I would like to thank you for the tour yesterday, it’s been a wonderful morning! Your guide is amazing and so expert about history."

"I just wanted to let you know that my aunt had a brilliant time yesterday. She couldn't say enough about the tour and how great your guide was. Thanks so much! I will certainly recommend you."

"Your guide was WONDERFUL! We all enjoyed her. I'm looking forward to the next tour.”

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Nature & History Tour: Changi Village
May
18
8:00 AM08:00

Nature & History Tour: Changi Village

A tour of seaside Changi Village "kills two birds with one stone" — history and nature. We'll meet at Changi Point Ferry Terminal's Pulau Ubin jetty to begin a multi-faceted ramble. We start with a stroll along the Changi boardwalk passing through its various sections, from Creek Walk, to Sailing Point Walk and Sunset Walk.

Look for flora and fauna ranging from terns and hornbills, and if we're lucky, to swallows, sunskinks, and changeable lizards.

Our guide will point out plants like simpoh ayer, sea lettuce, sea almond, and old trees including the rare meranti trees of the primary rainforest. Having enjoyed the beautiful white sandy beach, we then walk back along the main road to view the colonial houses that have since been converted into holiday chalets, F & B Outlets, and even hotels.

We'll end the morning at Charlie's Corner or one of the coffees shops or the food centre with its famous nasi lemak.

Please note you have a choice of meeting us at Dempsey at 8am to drive to Changi Village, or to meet us there at 9:00am; tickets are priced for these two options accordingly. The relevant directions will be sent to you a few days before the walk.

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Goodbye My Kampong: A History & Literary Walk with Author Josephine Chia
May
17
9:00 AM09:00

Goodbye My Kampong: A History & Literary Walk with Author Josephine Chia

 

We are thrilled to be working with Singapore Literary Prize winning author Josephine Chia as she launches her sequel to "Kampong Spirit, Gotong Royong Life in Potong Pasir 1955 to 1965."

The new book is entitled "Goodbye My Kampong, Potong Pasir 1966 to 1975" and so reflects kampong life as experienced by Josephine a decade later.

In the company of Josephine we will explore the kampong referred to in the title of both books, namely Potong Pasir, and thus her Singapore of the 1950s, 60s, and 70s. We will hear how community life was lived as reflected in her first kampong book, and how things changed when entire villages were relocated to HDB public housing.

Both the conveniences and the costs brought about by development will be revealed and discussed in this first-hand account of our recent history.

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