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Tanglin Halt -  Then


The street name and the shop name in these photos told us that we arrived in Tanglin Halt after our earlier walk down memories at Commonwealth Avenue, Queenstown in Singapore.  The blog was posted here.

My heritage friends Lina Koh, Hercules Lim and Victor Khong have grown up in Tanglin Halt.

I wasn't born in Tanglin Halt, but worked there many years ago.

With the courtesy of archived photos of Tanglin Halt curated from the National Archives of Singapore (NAS) on these selected photos to share on this blog with acknowledgement and thanks to NAS. (Check out the photos in Blog To Express)


Many Singaporeans may have known about the Kallang Gas Works  in the early days but few knew about the PUB Gas Tank at Tanglin Halt, courtesy of my blogger friend Icemoon with thanks.  (Check out the photos in Blog To Express)

Another landmark at Tanglin Halt is the "Church of the Blessed Sacrament" at Commonwealth Avenue.  (Check out the photos in 
Blog To Express)


During the early years of Singapore's independence, EDB and JTC helped to jumpstart Singapore's industrialisation drive through rapid land development and construction of low-cost factories. Tanglin Halt Industrial Estate provided many residents in Queenstown to work near where they lived.



"Memories of Smell" in Tanglin Halt

Sheng Hua Enterprise Ltd at Tanglin Halt Industrial Estate, manufacturer of Van Houten chocolates in 1966.  Residents who lived near the factory enjoyed the "memories of smell - the fragrant aroma of chocolate" with "free smelling" until relocated to bigger factories in Jurong.  (Check out the photos in Blog To Express)



Other factories located at Tanglin Halt Industrial Estate

Former Tanglin Halt Industrial Estate, with courtesy of "My Queestown" blog here.  (Check out the photos in Blog To Express)

I would also like to express the appreciation to Chun See, Lina and Hercules who had made a recce to share their collective memories for their input to make the blog more meaningful and memorable.



Queenstown Lutheran Church (709 Commonwealth Drive)

Above first picture of on the left as you can see a sharp point shape (cross shape) is the Queenstown Lutheran Church (1967) where I as a child of 3 year old went pre-kindergarten child care before.  (Check out the photos in Blog To Express)


Veteran heritage blogger Lam Chan See had posted a previous blogabout his memories of Queenstown to share with us.



Tanglin Halt - Now

The old SIT shophouses which were newly painted with bright colorful schemes and the latest designed kid equipments at the playground for fun and safety.


Sparkletots Queenstown Child Care Centre was built in 1993.  It occupies the ground floor of the former HDB Queensway Area Office and the car park fronting the office.


Can you spot the differences of the juxtaposed photos of the same place, different times, different memories?  (Check out the photos in Blog To Express)

Firstly, did you know the models of cars parked in front of the building?

Secondly,  inside the HDB area office.  1) the ceiling fans;  2) the wiring fence at the casher counter for security purposes;  3)  the uniform of the policeman (known as the days of the "mata cheng teh kor"); 4) the cashiers using NCR machines for cash collection;  5) payments using "computerised punched cards" to be sent to the HDB Computer Center at Bukit Merah HQ for batch processing of records;  6) revenue stamp pasted on the collection booklet payment of $20 and above.  7) Lessees of HDB flats ownership under the CPF Scheme were required to receive the Central Provident Fund Board as a form of "cheque" together with the pre-printed "punched card" to the payment counter.  HDB was not fully computerised in those days and manually recorded "memo cards" were used to verify and updated payments.  The "memo cards" became obsolete subsequently when "real-time online" computerised data  linked to every HDB offices.


The photos of HDB Queensway Area Office at "Memories of HDB" posted to my previous blog.



Tanglin Halt Food Centre

After enjoying our bowls of delicious durian ice-kachang at the Tanglin Halt Food Centre, my heritage friends bid farewell to Queenstown and then we each went our own ways, wondering when we would meet for another heritage trail in Queenstown.  We bid "bon voyage" to Victor Khong as he returned to Illinois, USA the next week.  We would not visit too often until there are new memories and stories at the same place for us to share on the blog.  (Check out the photos in Blog To Express)


This photo of the back of the building which was once upon a time the HDB Queensway Area Office, it brought back fond nostalgic memories of a place where it was my second home for almost a decade.  (Check out the photos in Blog To Express)

The chiku tree in the foreground must have been planted by one of my HDB colleagues and the tree was still there.  There were many other local fruit trees in this compound.  I had thrown some papaya seeds in the past there, the trees grew and bear fruits, and we shared the papayas together many times for new trees to be planted and grow as the old trees rest in peace after harvest times.


These photos taken from the overhead bridge which I passed daily from home to work, work to home four decades ago will remember forever in my "memory storage" to reminisce.  The locations of these buildings ...  Queenstown Community Centre where there was once a traffic circus in front, Masjid Mujahidin at the corner of Stirling Road, the former Police Reserve Unit (PRU) now known as the Special Operations Command (Queensway Base).  The Queensway Flyer was not yet built when I left Tanglin Halt to work at the HDB Bukit Merah HQ.  (Check out the photos in Blog To Express)

The HDB flats in Tanglin Halt have been repainted with new coats of paint on the external walls and the place has the neighbourhood heartland in Tanglin Halt  a brighter, fresh look ... "remaking of Queenstown" for the benefits of the future generations.



Note: Please see all the photos in the original post.



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