Total Pageviews

Monday, May 4, 2009

Teaser


The above photograph was taken in the early 1950. Only 0ld timers age 50 plus would recognise this place. Where is it? Give it a try or find out the answer in a few days.


Picture from National Archive
The answer is Chinese Swimming Club. Yg almost got the answer but strayed away at the second guess. The attap house and the coconut trees in the background was Kampong Amber. The kampong has been transformed into many blocks of condominium at Amber Gardens.
Chinese Swimming Club then had 2 tier diving boards. At my first try I landed on my chest and had great pain, but only for a while.

10 comments:

yg said...

must be a place near the sea. could it be amber road, near the chinese swimming club?

PChew said...

Good try. You are almost there!

professor said...

kg amber area (someone's bungalow) nearer to meyer Road (Eastern mansion)? I am guessing

PChew said...

good try but you are further than yg.

yg said...

if professor's guess of meyer rd is further away, then it is marine parade, near the tung ling eng sch.

yg said...

do you know who provided the money for the building of this swimming pool with a diving platform? i was told that the club did not have sufficent fund at that time. the club only became profitable when the one-arm bandits were introduced.

Icemoon said...

Is that a pagar in the first photo? That could potentially be the spot the Japs mount their machine gun and massacred the civilians.

PChew said...

No, icemoon. The spot where Singaporeans were machine gun by the Japs was at Marine Parade Road fronting St Patrick's School. Marine Parade Road was a beach at that time.

Icemoon said...

I believe Chinese Swimming Club was another spot.

According to infopedia, "During the War, the Japanese soldiers used the three-storey club building as a recreation centre and an interrogation room. The platform of the club's swimming pool became a stage for the Japanese firing squad in the massacre of the Chinese during the bloody Operation "Sook Ching"."

PChew said...

There were a few spots where the Japanese massacred the Chinese. At Chinese Swimming Club, the killing was done at the beach beside the pagar. The first photo was the club's Sport Complex (at Kg Amber side) which did not exist during the Japanese occupation.