Friday, December 30, 2011

(Long) Weekend Snapshot: Kampong Buangkok

Heard about this last surviving kampong in Singapore and hubby & I decided to explore the place one day. All we did was to walk around, take photographs and check out the place, but I really enjoy quiet walks like that with hubby. =)

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My parents grew up in villages in Kuala Lumpur, so when I stepped into Kampong Buangkok, there was this rush of nostalgia and familiarity that swept over me immediately. Everything in that place reminded me so much of the Hakka Village my dad grew up in. In fact, I lived in the village myself as a kid from birth to 3 years old. As I was growing up, I would make yearly trips back to the village with my parents. I love the rustic feel in the place, and felt really amazed that such a place actually exists in modern Singapore!

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Most of the houses in this place are made of wooden planks with zinc roofs. Very retro indeed!

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Everywhere you turn, you can find some fruit trees bearing different kinds of fruits. That’s pretty symbolic of a village. =)

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Lovely! Traditional red mailbox!

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You can spot a lot of ‘personal touches’ in this place. Everybody built their own houses, designed their own landscapes and fences & gates etc. Every house looks different & unique!

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This particular house belongs to a family of Malays, and perhaps you can’t really tell from this photo, but the door is actually a really small one, possibly only 3/4 the size of a normal-sized door. If I stand in front of the door, the ceiling is probably just 10cm above my head. I reckon the taller people who enter that house must bend to go through that door. This was one of the houses that left a deeper impression on me, as it was of a ‘different proportion’. It somehow felt like a gigantic dollhouse. =)

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Outdoor kitchen. =)

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This house, in particular, looks very much like the houses found in my dad’s Hakka village in KL. =)

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Look at how big this whole area is. This is the front yard of one of the houses. =) I guess this family is really blessed to have built their house at the extreme end of the village, so that they can have this whole big area to themselves. =)

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As advised by one of the nice residents there, we walked to this part of the kampong because it was prettily decorated. And like what the nice resident told us, I really found this area quite pretty. The residents sure made effort to beautify the place with the leaves, plants and shrubs. =)

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Loved my walk back in time. =)