I'll be sharing about:
- Pearl's Hill Historic Sites Marking Ceremony cum Police Heritage Centre (PHC) 10th Anniversary Celebration
- Punggol Neighbourhood Watch Day
- C.L.I.F 2 Drama + FREE GIVEAWAY
Let's start with Pearl's Hill Historic Sites Marking Ceremony + Police Heritage Centre (PHC) 10th Anniversary Celebration.
On 3rd Dec 2012, a ceremony was held to commemorate the marking of the Pearl's Hill Lower & Upper Barracks as historic sites. The Lower and Upper Barracks were jointly assessed by MHA & the National Heritage Board to be of strong historical significance to be marked as historic sites.
A historic site is different form a 'national monument', preserved and/or conserved' building.
Do you know the difference?
I didn't know until I read up about it and here's perhaps the simplest explanation sourced. Quoted from www.ask.com:
"A national park refers to an attractive area of countryside protected by the federal government for the pleasure of the general public or the preservation of nature. A national monument on the other hand is a geographical area preserved by the national government and maintained for public use. Finally, a national historic Site is a protected area that has historic significance."
The purpose of marking the buildings is a move to ensure that the rich history of these sites is not lost given the possibility of building redevelopment, modification & eventual demolition. This allows SPF to directly and quickly create awareness of the significance and history of these sites to prevent possible damage that may be irrevocable.
Background of Pearl's Hill Lower & Upper Barracks
I don't think we ever learn this in school, did we?
Let's walk down this memory lane together~
Where is Pearl's Hill in the first place?
Map taken from http://www.myonlinetour.com/poi/pearlhill/map.gif
Yes, it's near Chinatown!
The upper and lower Barracks were opened in 1934 by Sir Shenton Thomas, Governor of Singapore to house the Sikh Contingent of the Straits Settlement Police. The married members of the Sikh Contingent stayed at the Upper Barracks while the unmarried members of the Sikh Contingent stayed at the Lower Barracks. Sikh Contingent was introduced by the British in 1881 to combat rising crime in Singapore.
Photo courtesy of SPF
Photo courtesy of SPF
Combined Operations Room In Radio Division:
Photo courtesy of SPF
Hey, this Radio Division Room looks familiar...
I've been to this room at the Singapore Police Heritage Centre before!
I remembered picking up the phone up and listening to the calls made from people who needed help in those times, re-living the life in Singapore then.
Radio Cars at Police Division
Photo courtesy of SPF
READ MORE about its HISTORY HERE.
If you haven't visit the Singapore Police Heritage Centre(PHC) before, yes it's opened to the Public in Police Headquarters in New Phoenix Park. For the past 10 years, PHC receives an average of 8,500 visitors per year, including students, teachers, officers, foreign delegates & members of the public.
The PHC encapsulates SPF's developments since the 1880s, holding a multifarious showcase detailing the history of the Force. The PHC has 3 Galleries:
- The Commemorative Gallery gives tribute to the men & women in blue who had given their life in the line of duty and officers who have displayed acts of gallantry.
- The Command Gallery honours past Commissioners of the Force who had upheld and enhanced the Police's role as the Force in the Nation.
- The Main Gallery exhibits major chapters in the development of SPF.
Read my previous post here for photos I took at PHC and make your appointment with SPF to visit today.
Visits by APPOINTMENTS ONLY.
Punggol Neighbourhood Watch Day
I had expected it to be like the other SPF events I've been to, an event held in an air-conditioned room full of police officers. Turned out almost all the residents from the Punggol Neighbourhood were there!
Punggol Neighbourhood Watch Day is like a family day where everyone spent an afternoon at the venue with games to play, snacks to eat, exhibits on display, instant photo booth, programmes to watch & even a special appearance by C.L.I.F. 2 main artistes.
Also, congratulations to the Launch of Punggol NPC!
I was extremely impressed with the series of activities going on but aww man... I didn't come prepared for it as I've absolutely no idea that it was going to be a carnival. First thing first, my dressing was already wrong so I couldn't climb to the top of the amphitheatre to take photos of the entire carnival. Then, it was inconvenient for me to play the games which require throwing as I'm in a tube-dress. I should be wearing a plain top and pants/berms.
Guys, I wasn't fed with any information regarding this carnival so you have to forgive me for just feeding you with photos. I really wished I know everything to share with you.
But here goes nothing, a photo blog for you~
The weather was
Auntie, do you know that you were my thirst-quenching saviour!
The SPF band was staging a performance when I arrived.
Photo credits to: Colin, TheMinuteMan
Residents of Punggol pledged themselves on this board to join the Punggol COP:
I saw the name "Steven Lim" on it and thought of our infamous Steven Lim.
I reckoned it's another Steven Lim.
I received C.L.I.F. 2 Photo-taking Passes, thanks to SPF for the arrangement and because I had to be at the registration area, I missed the official Launch Ceremony as well as the March Pass!
The residents had to answer a simple question in order to win the same passes I got.
Colin and I manage to take photos with the SPF vehicles but I wished I could share with you more insights regarding these vehicles: how fast they can go, what special gadgets are installed in these vehicles, how many people/criminals each vehicle can take up to, where they sit etc.
The Minute Man Singapore, Colin.
After 10 minutes of tracking & checking, we finally know that we have to answer a question posted in the exhibit in order to get a goodie bag. =.=
There's popcorn and kachang but I can see cannot eat because I have no food exhange coupon. Colin didn't manage to play any games too because the queue was too long.
Then I heard screams at the stage.
The C.L.I.F 2 artistes arrived and everyone literally FLOCKED at them.
YES FLOCKED >>>>
For a good 5 minutes, there was a lot of pushing, squeezing among everyone.
And the crowd just gets bigger.
The SPF Police officers proved their efficiency that day and I was impressed.
Crowd Control Index: 9.5/10
By the 6th minute, the officers managed to keep the crowd in control and the artistes are invited for an short interview on stage.
CLIF @ Punggol Watch Day
Here's a full footage of their interview I found on Youtube:
Then it was the photo-taking session.
ARGH I AM SO EXCITED!
Again, crowd control damn zai: 10 out of 10.
In the end we took a group photo with Aileen Tan, Shawn & Joanne Peh.
Li Nan Xing & Ruien is in ANOTHER GROUP!!!
OMG I can't take photo with Ruien... (T ____ T )
We asked if we could take photo with the 2nd group but the organizers said only 1 group.
Channel 8 C.L.I.F 2 Drama debuts tonight, 18th Feb 2013 at 9pm.
Ruien, you are SO CHIO so chio.
My Bff, SILVER ANG will also be acting in the drama!
MUST watch okie!
==== MINT BLOG GIVEAWAY====
If you've been reading to this point, good for you because...
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All you have to do is:
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What you win
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4 other winners gets 1 C.L.I.F. 2 Poster each.