Snake Sighting!

  Ann Ang spotted this beauty at Bukit Brown this past weekend. She says, “My friends and I found this reticulated python 2m from the road at Bukit Brown, about 600m from the gate and I estimate about 2.5m for the python’s length.”   This is not the first time we have snake sightings, so it’s a good reminder to take care when moving in the bush. We remind you with visiting tips here.      

Naked Angels

Ever since they were “discovered” in early  2012 -  when volunteer guides started to trail Raymond Goh on his missions to help descendents find ancestors in Bukit Brown – they have been a talking point. Dubbed “Naked Angels” by I believe one among the community, we  speculated on their genesis and gender.  And sometimes wondered about the ancestry behind the double tomb which is also guarded by a pair of sikh guards. No one had visited in a very long [...]

Ancestry Tracing

ANCESTRY TRACING Norman Cho previously shared the moving story of finding his grandfather’s final resting place. He recently built him a tomb. Here, he shares how to trace your lineage. Where to begin? Oral communication Family documents (e.g. letters, bills) Public records (e.g. clan association records) Internet search engines (e.g. Google) Newspaper archives (e.g. newspaperSG) http://newspapers.nl.sg/ How to Search on newspapers.nl.sg site: Enclose names with quotation marks when submitting a search, e.g. “Tan Kim Huat” Remember that spellings were not consistent [...]

Staked : 3716

Alex’s  Story Part 1 Compiled by Catherine Lim In 1940, when Lim Sian Chin was only 6 months old, his mother passed away from a mysterious illness.  Tan Tee Teo 陳甜桃; was only 23 years old. On 2nd April, 2012, exactly 72 years to the date of Tan’s death (according to the lunar calendar)  Lim Sian Chin, with his  wife Hai Lian and 2 sons, Alex and Yong Beng paid what could be their last Qing Ming respects to her. [...]

May 26 & May 27 Tours

Saturday 26 May No Morning Tours Instead an afternoon tour at 1600-1730 from the good people at Post Museum “We would like to invite you to join us for OutPost 15: Intro to Bukit Brown this Saturday (26 May). It’ll be a lovely guided walk around the lush forested area “which is the resting place of 100,000 members of our pioneering generations. Email admin@post-museum.org to get one of the 15 spaces available”. More information available here Bukit Brown Tour on [...]

May 20 Tour Report

Volunteer guides Claire and Keng Kiat had the pleasure of guiding 30 participants to Hills 1 and 3, with a bonus stop to visit Khoo Seok Wan at Hill 4 to help an indirect descendant Mr Chia connect with him. Here are some highlights. It was a beautiful day for guiding and enjoying the heritage, habitat and history that is Bukit Brown.       Our first stop is to visit Lee Hoon Leong, grandfather of Lee Kuan Yew, and [...]

Talks on Bukit Brown 16 & 19 May

This Wednesday, Dr. Lai Chee Kien will be sharing his findings during the course of his documentation work on Bukit Brown Cemetery. We are not just talking about bricks and mortar, but the social, economic and cultural history  that can be gleaned from  tombstone materials and design from the 223 hectare cemetery with tombs going as far back as the early 1800s. Department of Architecture, National University of Singapore 16 May 2012 (Wednesday) 7pm – 9pm NUS Museum Free Admission [...]

May 19 & 20 Tours

The Guiding Guides Tour By Raymond Goh Date: Saturday 19 May Time: 8.30am – 11.30am We are opening up to the public just 10 places to join a training tour conducted by Raymond for out student volunteers. The route covers the most “staked” area in Bukit Brown, Blocks 5 and 2 and pass the beautiful valley where the highway bridge will traverse. It starts off with the largest single tomb located off Kheam Hock Road belonging to Oon Chim Neo, [...]

May 19 & 20 Tours

The Guiding Guides Tour Date: 19 May, Saturday Time: 8.30am – 11.30am We are opening up to the public just 10 places to join a training tour conducted by Raymond for our student volunteers. The route covers the most “staked” area in Bukit Brown, Blocks 5 and 2 and starts off with the largest single tomb located off Kheam Hock Road belonging to Oon Chim Neo, stake number 77.  Please meet for this tour outside the gates at the junction [...]

Birds Galore at Qing Ming

Photo essay by Suki Singh   A staring incident…?     Might be more than he can chew….     This looks like a good place to nest, this pigeon seems to think …     Not so fast, says the mynah.     The glossy starlings move in too….     The glossy starling gets argumentative with the mynahs.     *** Suki is an avid photographer and the honorary Sikh guard among the volunteers of Bukit Brown, affectionately [...]