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    I have always thought Sam Leong Road was named after Sam Leong of Alfresco forum. The reason for that assumption was the close proximity of Desker Road and the vices that used to go on around there and the content of the infamous forum. However, I recently came across an article that the road was actually named after Ong Sam Leong, a rich businessman from the 19th century. The tomb of the late Ong (1857 - 1918) is 10x the size of a 3 room HDB located at Bukit Brown cemetery. What is more interesting is that the tomb has only been recently uncovered/re-discovered in 2006.

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    Now for someone in 1918 who can acquire and build such a big tomb, that family must be very well off. According to the article, Sam Leong has 2 sons - Ong Boon Tat and Ong Peng Hock. Boon Tat street is named after the elder son. A search on Boon Tat street reveals that Ong Boon Tat (1888-1941) probably did not survive the war.

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    I am curious why the tomb had been neglected for so many years that it is forgotten. Did the Ong family not be survived by any descendants whom would have know of the location?

    The next question is more related to photography which is why this is being brought up here. Is it taboo to visit cemeteries and take photo of tombs? And how to capture the essence of tombs?

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    I have always thought Sam Leong Road was named after Sam Leong of Alfresco forum. The reason for that assumption was the close proximity of Desker Road and the vices that used to go on around there and the content of the infamous forum. However, I recently came across an article that the road was actually named after Ong Sam Leong, a rich businessman from the 19th century. The tomb of the late Ong (1857 - 1918) is 10x the size of a 3 room HDB located at Bukit Brown cemetery. What is more interesting is that the tomb has only been recently uncovered/re-discovered in 2006.

    Ong Sam Leong | Infopedia
    Ong Sam Leong, A Grand Repose : a.t.Bukit Brown. Heritage. Habitat. History.

    Now for someone in 1918 who can acquire and build such a big tomb, that family must be very well off. According to the article, Sam Leong has 2 sons - Ong Boon Tat and Ong Peng Hock. Boon Tat street is named after the elder son. A search on Boon Tat street reveals that Ong Boon Tat (1888-1941) probably did not survive the war.

    Boon Tat Street - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    I am curious why the tomb had been neglected for so many years that it is forgotten. Did the Ong family not be survived by any descendants whom would have know of the location?

    The next question is more related to photography which is why this is being brought up here. Is it taboo to visit cemeteries and take photo of tombs? And how to capture the essence of tombs?
    LOLz. Just go. Lots of shooters there.


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    Quote Originally Posted by ManWearPants View Post
    I have always thought Sam Leong Road was named after Sam Leong of Alfresco forum. The reason for that assumption was the close proximity of Desker Road and the vices that used to go on around there and the content of the infamous forum. However, I recently came across an article that the road was actually named after Ong Sam Leong, a rich businessman from the 19th century. The tomb of the late Ong (1857 - 1918) is 10x the size of a 3 room HDB located at Bukit Brown cemetery. What is more interesting is that the tomb has only been recently uncovered/re-discovered in 2006.

    Ong Sam Leong | Infopedia
    Ong Sam Leong, A Grand Repose : a.t.Bukit Brown. Heritage. Habitat. History.

    Now for someone in 1918 who can acquire and build such a big tomb, that family must be very well off. According to the article, Sam Leong has 2 sons - Ong Boon Tat and Ong Peng Hock. Boon Tat street is named after the elder son. A search on Boon Tat street reveals that Ong Boon Tat (1888-1941) probably did not survive the war.

    Boon Tat Street - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    I am curious why the tomb had been neglected for so many years that it is forgotten. Did the Ong family not be survived by any descendants whom would have know of the location?

    The next question is more related to photography which is why this is being brought up here. Is it taboo to visit cemeteries and take photo of tombs? And how to capture the essence of tombs?
    Yes, of course, definitely, it is TABOO to shoot at such places like grave-yards, tombstone, columbariums, funeral parlours, mortuary etc. You will risk getting some "gh**t" images. Those are true, real, genuine and authentic "gh**t" images, not the type associated with lens defects. And due to some supernatural effect in those places, your digital sensor might get 49 dead pixels as well, which are arranged in a perfect octagonal shape. And beware of some satanic virus that you might have picked up inadvertently there and you risk contaminating your PC, Mac, iphone etc. I dun think Mr Norton is able to destroy this kind of virus.

    I will stay far, far away from those places. To me, those places are TABOO.

    Er, but if you're a Boffessional Tomb-raider, then, it is an entirely different ball game altogether la.
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    Quote Originally Posted by La Fontaine View Post
    Yes, of course, definitely, it is TABOO to shoot at such places like grave-yards, tombstone, columbariums, funeral parlours, mortuary etc. You will risk getting some "gh**t" images. Those are true, real, genuine and authentic "gh**t" images, not the type associated with lens defects. And due to some supernatural effect in those places, your digital sensor might get 49 dead pixels as well, which are arranged in a perfect octagonal shape. And beware of some satanic virus that you might have picked up inadvertently there and you risk contaminating your PC, Mac, iphone etc. I dun think Mr Norton is able to destroy this kind of virus.

    I will stay far, far away from those places. To me, those places are TABOO.

    Er, but if you're a Boffessional Tomb-raider, then, it is an entirely different ball game altogether la.

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    When the road was named there was no Internet or so call forum yet ...

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    The next question is more related to photography which is why this is being brought up here. Is it taboo to visit cemeteries and take photo of tombs? And how to capture the essence of tombs?
    with a strong IR filter, lots of apologies for disturbing their rest, and try not to stray onto the grass patches..
    the graves seemed to be more packed together than smrt foreign worker quarters, u mite unknowingly walk over somebody's resting place.
    esp those long neglected ones with vegetation hiding most of the site.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bonrya View Post
    My aunt took a photo of a grave without knowing it was a tomb and she got possessed by the ghost of that person.
    Really? I saw a white figure sitting on the edge of a tomb combing her hair at Mt Vernon when I was in my teens. That was enough to make me run the fastest 100m I ever did. I think may be faster than Usain Bolt or maybe Usain possessed me for those 9sec.

    But to let the late Ong Sam Leong possess your body may not be a bad idea. You will work damn hard and earn lots of money.
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    i wonder who PSY's spirit will possess when he passes away

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    Quote Originally Posted by kei1309 View Post
    i wonder who PSY's spirit will possess when he passes away
    I always thought he gamble at the race course and was possessed by a mad horse.

    Which other street names in Singapore is named after some unusual people?

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    Which other street names in Singapore is named after some unusual people?
    Sion Road.
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    I always thought he gamble at the race course and was possessed by a mad horse.

    Which other street names in Singapore is named after some unusual people?
    may i recommend u try reading the index of one of these types?
    wats unusual to u mite not be unusual to the rest of us..



    offhand, there's a kay poh rd..

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    Quote Originally Posted by kei1309 View Post
    i wonder who PSY's spirit will possess when he passes away
    Prob a race horse.....
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