Diminishing Memories

Come September, Singapore’s very first farm resorts would be officially launched in Singapore. While most Singaporeans are delighted to know of yet another family outing place to visit during weekends, the question is how many people actually know about the history and heritage of Lim Chu Kang, the residents who used to reside on this plot of land? 31-year-old Eng Yee Peng was a former … Continue reading Diminishing Memories

Fuel prices take toll on aviation industry

From The Times on July 14 More than $100 billion (£50.2 billion) of aircraft orders could be cancelled or postponed in the next couple of years as the high price of fuel drives airlines into bankruptcy or forces them to cut spending. Analysts estimate that 20 to 30 per cent of the $530 billion order backlog held by Boeing and Airbus, the aircraft manufacturers, could … Continue reading Fuel prices take toll on aviation industry

Nature walks: Sunday July 6th and Saturday July 12th

Tree felling at the former gold course has created a wave of birds migrating to the residential areas, at least for the next 6 months before this area is also flattened to create a longer runway and adjacent hangars. Join one of the guided tours by residents and enjoy these exceptional creatures and their antics. Sunday July 6th and Saturday July 12th 4 to 530 … Continue reading Nature walks: Sunday July 6th and Saturday July 12th

World’s airlines say they face $2.3bn loss

According to The Times The global airline industry has downgraded its forecast for this year for the third time and now is predicting losses in 2008 of $2.3 billion (£1.1 billion) because of sustained high oil prices.The International Air Transport Association (IATA), which represents airlines, also said that if oil prices stayed at $135 a barrel, the losses could worsen to more than $6 billion. … Continue reading World’s airlines say they face $2.3bn loss

More to do in Seletar Camp during school holidays

Sabine has just launched her new workshops at Le Petit Atelier Come and join our NEW series of workshops designing a « petite vitrine » (little shop window in French). This 3-day workshop celebrates Asia’s exotic and colourful fruit markets (even apples come from China!). These “vitrines” are a fun and creative way for kids to learn patience. For adults they make unusual holiday souvenir … Continue reading More to do in Seletar Camp during school holidays

Jalankayu Singapuras

So there I was Googling ‘jalankayu’, omitting the space between Jalan and Kayu by accident, and found an amazing site for pedigree cats 🙂 In France? Here’s why I was stationed near Jalan Kayu (ed. that would be Seletar Airbase) during 1966 and 1967. It was my local village for shopping, including food and I even had a new suit made there to take home … Continue reading Jalankayu Singapuras

Holiday art workshops: Isadora Workshop

In less than 2 weeks, schools will break for 5 weeks of holidays. If you are not planning to be away the whole time, a trip to Seletar is worth considering. Isabelle has published her workshop schedule, and later this week we expect to hear from 938Live, Jalan Kayu Community, Sabine, Steven and The Nature Society. For now, some dates for your diary: Tuesday, May … Continue reading Holiday art workshops: Isadora Workshop

Garage sale: Saturday, 15 March

With less than 10 months remaining before the majority of houses are either demolished or re-zoned for business, many residents are moving out as leases expire. Passing on pre-loved items has been a long tradition, and we expect garage sale activity will pick up as we get closer to December. Here is one: Saturday 15.3.0810 am – 5 pm 22 Hyde Park Gate, Seletar Airbase … Continue reading Garage sale: Saturday, 15 March

Exciting clay workshops at Easter

Pressed Mould Easter Eggs One of our resident artists, Steven Low, is offering 2 workshops on Easter Sunday. Create clay eggs you can cherish forever. Time slots Sunday, 23 March 2008 Morning workshop – 10am to 12pm Afternoon workshop – 2pm to 4pm Workshop size – Maximum 10 persons Location Steven’s studio at Brompton Road in Seletar Camp Fees $38 per participant, cash only(same price … Continue reading Exciting clay workshops at Easter

Bicycle Blitzkrieg – The Malaya Campaign and the Fall of Singapore

Just came across a cracking essay that seemed worth passing on – full document at linked url. 8 February 1994 Paper directed by Commander Mark Hess, USN Faculty, Department of Strategy and Policy Japan’s December 1941-February 1942 invasion of Malaya and culminating conquest of Singapore is analyzed from an operational perspective. Although overshadowed by better known Pacific Theater actions in World War II, the campaign … Continue reading Bicycle Blitzkrieg – The Malaya Campaign and the Fall of Singapore

A simple life

Congratulations to the Jalan Kayu Trail, for securing an official launch back in November 2007! An intriguing snippet, demonstrating that the Airbase has always attracted folks who can be content with the simple things in life Dear Jalan Kayu Trail Team members, I spent a very happy and memorable time at Seletar from 1962 to 1964. Your blog brought back many memories of Jalan Kayu, … Continue reading A simple life

Art from recycling

Three more attractions at Seletar Airbase during the long Easter weekend 🙂 Re-Cycle I ! A workshop about giving your old stuff a new twist. Bring along old tins (e.g. Milo tins), CDs and bottle caps (e.g. from jam jars). You can also bring along other small objects such as old screws, buttons… that can be used for decorating our one-of a kind objects. In … Continue reading Art from recycling

Life next to a construction site

Although residents have full tenancy contracts till December 2008, quality of life in some parts of the Airbase is no longer what it used to be. Last week, morning birdsong was drowned out by the din from a building being torn down. One of the 2 disused hangars was being brought down . These used to be fully functional hangars with access to the runway. … Continue reading Life next to a construction site

Meet Sue in town at the Post-Museum

Seletar comes to Little India! Sue will be at the flea market at Post-Museum, 107-109 Rowell Road (near Mustafa’s) on Saturday, 15th Dec and Sunday, 16th December from noon to 8 pm. Browse and purchase new and pre-loved items from local artists and creatives, including the Postcards from Seletar portfolio. Get great Christmas presents while supporting the local arts and creative community. Free entry Continue reading Meet Sue in town at the Post-Museum

See Seletar at Singapore’s Museum Shops

We are utterly delighted that The Museum Shops are now carrying the Postcards from Seletar portfolio. If coming north is a hassle, just pop in to any of the outlets in town; Asian Civilisation Museums at Empress Place or Armenian Street, Singapore Art Museum at Bras basah or National Museum of Singapore. If you have not yet marked your diary, Dec 8th 3 – 6 … Continue reading See Seletar at Singapore’s Museum Shops

In praise of broadband

I’ve often thought that the idyll of working from a kampung while being an IT industry analyst is only possible when the communications infrastructure is in place. Kudos to iDA for continuing to drive enhancements. Singapore, one of the world’s busiest seaports, aims to become one of the most connected with WISEPORT (WIreless-broadband-access for SEaPORT). The initiative between the Port Authority of Singapore and iDAre … Continue reading In praise of broadband

Have you seen this guy?

Seriously, he has emerged a pivotal character 😉 Inspired by Turgot’s map of Paris, Isabelle has been hard at work creating a detailed perspective of our neighbourhood. You are invited to view the almost complete version of the map, and provide feedback. The bird’s eye view of the housing area will be a permanent record of dwellings as of October 2007. This public consultation is … Continue reading Have you seen this guy?

Black, white and terracotta

Although houses built in the 1920s and 30s are most commonly referred to as ‘black and whites’, the orange hue is just as important. Terracota tiles are an important architectural hallmark, not just because of the colour, but also because of the simple way in which they form roofs, as evidenced from the underside of our eaves. The branded logo is of the Calicut Tile … Continue reading Black, white and terracotta

Rainy days

October is going out on a whimper – it’s been either overcast, or drizzly, here at the Airbase. Nevertheless, spirits are high. Halloween tonight, when scary creatures come out to play. Speaking of scary creatures, it will be school holidays soon, and kids will be on the ‘ronda-ronda’ (malay for roam, be sure to have your volume cranked up before clinking this link). If you … Continue reading Rainy days