Sunday, June 20, 2010

Blair Plain, Kampong Bahru area

I was contemplating a withdrawal from blogging activities to free time for reading the numerous books that I have been accumulating over the years on my other interests. Then when I read the comments posted in response to my previous post, it got me all charged up again to post.

All we need in life is a little encouragement, no matter now small - even a word will go a long way to put us back on our feet or steer us back on what we had started. So thanks Alice for your faithful interest in my blog and Draven for your positive response.

I will start with the middle photo - These are Peranakan houses that are under conservation in an area called Blair Plain (Click on the last photo to see the location of this place). The streets featured in these photos are Spottiswoode Park Road. and Blair Road. When you see the tall buildings in the background you will appreciate our Government's efforts in ensuring that these historical houses do not get torn down just because they are old.

Apartment blocks of Spottiswoode Park at the end of the road.

Side roads.

Blair Plain

The first three photos are of houses along Everton Road. We had wanted to explore this road but because we could not find a parking space we went further down Neil Road and were fortunate to find a parking lot next to a coffee shop at the beginning of Spottiswoode Park Road.

The houses in Blair Plain are Peranakan in architecture. They are very well preserved and unlike the conserved buildings in Chinatown where the main tenants are commercial in nature, these houses are mostly privately owned. We caught glimpses of the interior of some of these houses and they really make home seem like heaven on earth.

Blair Plain - Windows

Quick glimpses of windows of the Blair Plain houses. I wish I had more time and I also wish I had brought along my DSLR to do greater justice to some of these windows.