The MRT Series – Aljunied (EW9)

A wealthy man with the same family name once owned large tracts of land in this area. And being a philantropist, the communities benefited from the family’s generosity. Today not only is the station named after him, but roads too.

And just like Paya Lebar and Eunos, one can easily find lots of small traditional cafes and restaurants too. If you are looking for shop houses from the post art deco era, then come to the areas around these last few stations to see them before they are redeveloped some day.

←Paya Lebar (NS8)

→Kallang (EW10)

Part of the MRT series here.

The MRT Series – Paya Lebar (EW8)

Now one might associate Paya Lebar with an airport and that would be correct. Only that it is an airport for the military these days, having seen its last civilian passenger in 1981. Now the area around the station as been transformed, with malls that surround it as if a bunch of toughs cornering a little kid. But walk a little away and you will see the transition. See the aerial views to believe it.

Did you know the words “Paya” and “Lebar” means ‘swamp’ and ‘wide’? First cleared in the early 1950s for the building of the airport, it has not looked back since. Of course some who live here might complain about the noise from the jets returning from training sorties. But that’s the price to pay for living in a historic district!

←Eunos (EW7)

→Aljunied (EW9)

Part of the MRT series here.

The MRT Series – Eunos (EW7)

The station of this post was named in honor of Mr Muhammad Eunos bin Abdullah, prominent journalist and later municipal councillor from 1924. Did you notice that the station’s architecture? Specifically the roof. Now you should have noticed a couple of stations along the North-South line have the same.

What design style do you think it is?

Kampung Melayu, which once sprawled 670 hectares has today become a sprawling new town area around this station. From this station one can walk over to nearby Serai market, though we did not feature it this time. Because one only needs to walk around the streets adjoining the station and find many small cafes and restaurants.

Yes! It is one of the stations from which one can set off on a culinary adventure. Have you tried it?

←Kembangan (EW6)

→Paya Lebar (EW8)

Part of the MRT series here.

The MRT Series – Kembangan (EW6)

Like Bedok, this stretch was along the coast in the distant past. And there was a kampong (ie village) of the same name too if one is to believe. As with many all over the island, these were removed in the name of development, or progress.

But in its place we still see vestiges of old shop houses from an era where high rise meant no more than 3 floors… It’s a sparse mix of old and new, private and public housing.  A melange that is not unlike what one should expect from the little red dot.

One thing is; can’t be sure if Wiki is correct that Kembangan means ‘expansion’… and Google translate did not seem to work. Perhaps the word flowering was one of the potential results as we hovered over the translation… Any takers to correct us?

Bedok (EW5)

→Eunos (EW7)

Part of the MRT series here.

The MRT Series – Bedok (EW5)

Welcome to Bedok! Do you think the name of this new town of our little red dot came from the Malay word for Bedoh (“drum’) or Biduk (‘small boat’)? A few posts ago, you might have recalled about how the red cliffs of Tanah Merah were a navigational marker for voyagers from hundreds of years past. So it should not surprise you that this place was once by the sea.

But then as modernity requires, land was reclaimed from the sea and today the Bedok where the station and neighbourhood is – is no longer near the sea. Today one can roam about a intensely built up town. Enjoy a cuppa of local kopi and buy some fruits. Gems in daily life!

←Changi Airport (CG2)

→Kembangan (EW6)

Part of the MRT series here.

The MRT series – Changi Airport (CG2)

Our world class airport, set to expand to the 5th terminal is where one part of the East-West line terminates. For those who call the airport home for work reasons, you have reason to cheer. Because the airport is getting larger and even more glitzier. You might never have to go home when that next terminal is complete.

Did you know that Terminal 1 of the airport has a cactus garden? Or there is a sunflower garden in Terminal 2? How about the butterfly garden in Terminal 3? Granted these are past security and serve as a smoking area in reality, check it out the next time you have an opportunity since you can also watch airplanes take-off from here in an open air environment!

←Expo (CG1)

Bedok (EW5)

Part of the MRT series here.