How do you think you should pronounce it? Tam-pines? Tam-pee-nes? Now don’t get any ideas… for the second of the two pronunciation is the accurate one in local language. You are sure to be getting some chuckles if you chose the former.
Do you know what ironwood trees are? Because in the past this area was mostly forested and full of quarries. And specifically the tempinis tree was particularly abundant such that the colonials actually named the place after the tree in the 1820s.
Except that the spelling evolved to its current form. And the quarries are all gone too, in their place shining new apartment buildings and the lives of people moving to stay here in another vibrant sub-urban town…
Part of the MRT series here.