A Total TaiTai Tale

Tale of a Total TaiTai who was in Beijing & Beyond and is now in Singapore & Surroundings!

Tag: HDB

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Wednesday Wanderings And Wonderings

Laundry day

The familiar laundry drying racks that dot Singapore’s public housing landscape.

These heavy bamboo poles loaded with laundry should soon become a sight of the past. Last year it was announced that they should be replaced with a new retractable clothes drying rack. So laundry drying outside is not going to disappear soon but it won’t be as prominent.

Flats built between 1987 and 1997 will be eligible for the upgrade under the extended Home Improvement Programme (HIP)

The new laundry rack comes with six horizontal stainless steel poles that can be extended and retracted within the frame of the rack. Residents can easily reach the poles from the kitchen window when hanging and retrieving laundry.

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Look up.

It’s a bright new day.

Don’t always stare at your phone

Don’t always look down at your feet.

HDB wanderings

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Life in shades of pink.

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HDB you have the most adorable encounters.

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When HDB looks like they could be condominium in Palm Beach, Florida

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If they don’t have it, it probably doesn’t exist.

Ok maybe not entirely true but I’ve learned that it’s not because I don’t see it that’s they don’t have it. ALWAYS ask them, they will more often than not have it somewhere in those packed shelves. Little store at the bottom of the HDB that we are lucky to have next door…. with a food court and a wet market. #iLoveMyNeighborhood

We used that have them in France, the small version of the hardware store… La Quincaillerie. The British translation is ironmonger. If you look up the word in Spanish (European or Latin American) it says ferreteria but in Argentina we had one next to our place it had “Quincailleria” on the storefront, they loved everything French and I guess they wanted to be it and there also I could find everything I needed.

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While most photographers (especially the expat kind) like to photograph the famous shophouses in Singapore (one must have the obligatory shophouses collage before one leaves Singapore 😉… more on this on a later post) I find the HDB (+/- public housing) a lot more interesting, as a photography subject as well as a cultural subject.

First there are very diverse and on top of it because there are public “property” I can go and climb in the floors to use it as a vantage point (I also have a great love with public parking for the same reason!) but no one photographs them as well as Darren Soh who has been on a mission to document the HDB (lot of them are being en-bloc sold in the past few years and will be taken down).
I have been to a few of his talks and last week was the opening of his exhibition and the launch of his book (which I bought obviously 🙄)

Darren pictures can be seen on his Instagram (www.instagram.com/darrensohphoto/)
and here’s his video “Before It All Goes” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tm_cpuC97ig)

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Apparently Bentley and HDB can be used in the same sentence

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I’m grateful to friend who are willing to look for vantage point and follow me to obscure car park to take the photo I want.

Since 1st April 2017, Rochor Center is closed and cannot be visited. (I’ll post some pictures I took last year from the inside). It has been used recently by the police and army to trained their soldiers but it will be demolished soon and the landscape will be forever changed .

Rochor Centre was built and completed in 1977 to take in residents and businesses that was uprooted across the city. It’s what we call HDB (*). It has become a urban landscape of Singapore thanks to its bright colorful facades (only painted this way in 1994) just outside the center business district.

In November 2011, it was announced that the Rochor centre would be acquired by the government to make way for the new 21.5 km North-South Expressway (NSE) and the development of the Ophir-Rochor Corridor.

As of 1 April 2017, the entire building has been barricaded and the carpark permanently closed.

(*) The Housing & Development Board (HDB) is the statutory board of the Ministry of National Development responsible for public housing in Singapore. It is generally credited with clearing the squatters and slums of the 1960s and resettling residents into low-cost state-built housing. Today, as many as 82% of Singaporeans live in public housing provided by the HDB! (and owned their apartment might I add)

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