Soon after Stamford Raffles established Singapore as a trading post for the East India Company, one of his first concerns was the defence against Dutch attacks. Fort Pasir Panjang (today's Labrador Park) twinned with Fort Siloso on Sentosa Island to defend the western passageway into the New Harbour (renamed Keppel Harbour). During the 1942 Battle of … Continue reading Strolled through Historical Military Landmarks at the Labrador Park
On 13 February 1942, the Japanese attacked the Pasir Panjang Ridge, a key location leading to the Allied forces’ main ammunition magazine, main ordinance depot, the Alexandra Military Hospital and other military installations. The Malay Regiment who defended the area put up a strong resistance but was eventually overwhelmed by the superior numbers and weapons of the … Continue reading Reflections at Bukit Chandu – The Battle of Pasir Panjang Ridge
On 8 February 1942, the first Japanese troops landed in Singapore via the northwestern coastline. This marked the beginning of the Battle of Singapore between Allied (mainly British Commonwealth) and Japanese forces. After a week of intense fighting, the British Lieutenant General Arthur E. Percival surrendered Singapore to the Japanese forces under the command of … Continue reading My Battlebox Experience at Fort Canning
Shalom! Continuing our journey in Israel, if you missed my earlier posts, check out Shalom! Israel. The day before we flew back to Singapore, we spent the morning at Yad Vashem - The World Holocaust Remembrance Centre. Yad Vashem is established in 1953 as the Jewish people's living memorial to the Holocaust, a genocide in which … Continue reading Shalom! Yad Vashem – The Holocaust Memorial
My final day in Taiwan before catching evening flight back. Had breakfast at the local eatery near Sheraton. Walked past a church, walked through the Taiwan National University Hospital, then chanced upon 2/28 Peace Park. 二二八和平公園 2/28 Peace Park On 27 Feb 1947, an agent from the Government Monopoly Bureau found a 40-year old woman, surnamed Lin, … Continue reading Bye Taiwan!
My day 7 in Taiwan, check out Taiwan for my earlier posts on my trip to Taiwan. The weather has not been great when I was in Taipei, it was raining most of the time. I braved the rain to meet Dr Sun Yat-Sen, the founding father of the Republic of China at Sun Yat-Sen … Continue reading Day 7 at Dr Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall