On a trip to a place in Singapore to explore about its historical significance to blog, I had something new (or rather old) to learn.
However, I explored with some investigative work in the area to discover for clues. There were a number of almost hundred-year-old trees at these spots. Not a forest though.
How I wish these heritage trees could talk …..
Since I saw those trees which were grown as saplings in Singapore over 50 years ago, I wish the trees could tell me the history of the Kallang Airport, not to gossip. Tell me the developments and progress to celebrate Singapore50 in 2015 , over 5 decades which the community of trees nearby at the Kallang Riverside Park are enjoying the present and future generations of Singaporeans. If I were to communicate with the trees of knowledge rooted to the same spots for a long, long time.
Trees are a source of wonder and beauty for many people who gaze upon them and spend time around them. People from all walks of life come into contact with trees daily – hikers, gardeners, artists, lovers of the great outdoors, dreamers, naturalists, travelers and tourists, hunters, botanists, and more. By dint of being rooted to the ground they grow in, trees are representative of strength and constancy for many and this can bring on a sense of peace and connection when spending time around trees.
Listening to trees is either a relaxation or a meditating exercise, depending on how you choose to view it. Listening to the communications of trees (or rustlings and noises if you’re really practical) is a way of attuning our hearing and paying more attention to what we hear around us rather than letting sounds invade our space unawares. Trees make for a wonderful subject of focus because they cannot move more than what the breeze blows, toning down distractions and causing us to relax and focus more clearly.
Singapore is not a ‘concrete jungle’ ….. the greenery and flowery plants are found everywhere to provide nature parks in the cities and heartlands.
A little knowledge of topography learned during national service days helps me to locate the surrounding areas to where I found. Same place, different times of a different era …..
The stone pillars were hidden behind the thick foliage in the plot of land at the former Kallang Park. The strong and tall heritage tree photos are posted on this blog to juxtapose with archived photos, credit sources of the National Archives of Singapore.
Hint: The designs of the heritage concrete lamp-posts were built at Kallang Airport in the 1950s.
With stone pillars of the partially ruined main entrance of the former Kallang Airport still standing, it was determined the same site of the former Kallang Airport building opened on 12 June, 1937 in the Kallang Basin.
The construction of Kallang Airport in the 1930s
Kallang Airport was in operation as a civil, commercial airport during the Japanese Occupation period.
Various airplanes at the Kallang Airport terminal
Singapore Flying Club two-seater aircraft landing on Kallang River off Kallang Airport in 1950.
Travelling by air in the 1950s was not as common as transportation overseas by ocean-liners and ships.
Singapore Air Show 1950 at Kallang Airport on 9 December, 1950
Personnel and Staff at Kallang Airport
The Singapore Immigration Officers checking the passengers’ passports at the wooden counters.
Air Controllers at Kallang Airport c 1950
Airline crew planning flight routes at Kallang Airport c 1950
Cargo Section at Kallang Airport c 1950
Queen Elizabeth II Coronation at Kallang Airport
Kallang Airport with decorations to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation. It was built by the British colonial government in the 1930s as Singapore’s first commercial international airport building. Officially opened on 12 June, 1937 by Governor of the Straits Settlements Sir Shenton Thomas, the airport was replaced by Paya Lebar Airport in 1955.
Malayan Airlines hangers at the Kallang Airport
The lounge at the Kallang Airport before the passengers’ departure on their flight.
VIPs at Kallang Airport
Mrs Elizabeth Choy who arrived back from United Kingdom at the Kallang Airpot with her children on 3 July, 1953.
Mr & Mrs Loke Wan Tho at Kallang Airport on their return to Singapore after a round-the-world tour on 27 July, 1953.
Dr Lin Yutang and family leaving Singapore at Kallang Airport on 17 April, 1955.
Prime Minister of India, Pandit Nehru waving in greeting upon his arrival at Kallang Airport on 27 December, 1954.
Chief Scout of the Commonwealth Lord Rowallan at Kallang Airport on 18 November, 1954.
Arrival of British Foreign Secretary Sir Anthony Eden at Kallang Airport during visit to Singapore on 26 February, 1955
President Soekarno arrives at Kallang Airport on 14 May, 1956
The entrance of the Kallang Airport arrival hall c 1950
Spot the Differences of Kallang Airport Then and Now
Over 50 years ago, nobody could ever imagine the futuristic Changi International Airport (Terminals 1, 2, 3) developed and built with the latest modern designs and architecture buildings with the prevailing high technology available to provide best services for Singaporeans and visitors to Singapore by air.
For an ever-increasing numbers of air travellers to Singapore, more and better airports to be built in the future.
5 thoughts on “How to Talk to Trees”
Just about a month or so ago I wrote an article about a special tree near my home and how my grandchildren and myself used to admire it on our way in and out of our home. One day lightning struck off a huge branch of the old lychee heritage tree. Here’s the connection. http://singapore60smusic.blogspot.sg/2014/12/the-platters-but-only-god-can-make-tree.html
Thanks for posting the comments, Andy. Rest in peace the old lychee heritage tree when its lifetime for God to call. During harvesting time, the sweet, juicy lychee from this tree for so many residents at Goldhill Ave to pluck the tasty fruits to enjoy. Thanksgiving to remember the grand old lychee tree. God Bless!
Seeing the photos you posted, particularly the trees, reminds me of the time when I registered for NS in the late 60s. Registration and medical check-up for NS were done in one of those buildings when our Mindef Central Manpower Base was. In a breeze its some 45 years ago ! Thanks for the memory, James !
Thanks for the memories of the CMPB at Kallang, Kam Hoong.
A previous blog at:
Lovely post. Trees make for lovely companions at times, and often, we overlook and take for granted the nature that are around us. My favorite tree lies in the Chinese Garden, at a spot perfect for catching the sunset. 🙂