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    Hey fellow clubsnappers, yet another question. As we all know that singapore is developing at a horribly fast speed, new buildings are replacing the old at lightning speed.

    Just wondering where can i still find flats or houses of old architecture? Something like matilda's house which i heard has just been demolished or run down/abandoned houses. Im actually looking to take shots of such buildings.

    Your inputs would be greatly appreciated!
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    hi u may try.. ( im not sure about the place, but i found it at the group discussion )
    RURALSCAPE

    1. Lim Chu Kang / Sungei Kadut - LIM CHU KANG ROAD END
    2. Pulau Ubin - PULAU UBIN
    3. Hyderabad Road - a favourite spot for wedding couples

    - The Forgotten

    1. Old Malay Cemetery – KAMPONG GLAM
    2. Old Chinese Cemetery – WOODLANDS ROAD
    3. Temenggong Cemetery – MASJID TEMENGGONG
    4. Masjid Omar Salmah – JALAN MASSHOR
    5. Matilda's House - Punggol MRT(walking distance)
    6. Istana Woodnuek - Botanical Gardens
    7. British Colonial bungalows - off Canberra Road (Sembawang) and Buona Vista Mrt Stn

    happy hunting

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    This list might need updating ...

    1. Changi Point & Beach/Boardwalk - CHANGI VILLAGE ROAD
    To get there, take bus 29 from tampines interchange.keep a lookout for the main gate of commando camp on the left.Once the bus past there ,alight at the next stop. Turn left and walk back along the road to the camp past a old army building.U should come to a T intersection,turn right and walk down the road called Cranwell road till u see the big changi boardwalk sign. Total walk time 5-7 min. If u drive ,just head straight down to the end of Cranwell road. http://www.wildsingapore.com/places/cbw1.htm (By Beserk)

    2. Woodlands Town Garden, Lakefront - WOODLANDS CENTRE ROAD
    3. Lower Pierce Reservoir Park - OLD UPPER THOMSON ROAD, 7th MILE
    4. Punggol Road End - PUNGGOL ROAD END
    5. Labrador Park - PASIR PANJANG ROAD
    6. Matilda's House - Punggol MRT(walking distance)
    7. Changi Coast Road "Lampost 171" - Behind Changi Airport (Via Driving Only) Beautiful place, no crowd, no man's land, huge desert, about 20mins drive from the main road. Accessible only on weekends. Till date, only 4X4 and some LGV can drive right to the end, saloon cars better don't try. About an hour walk from the enterance. Nice scenery all day and night.
    8. Upper Seletar Reservoir (Further down from Mandai Crematorium/columbarium)

    - Sunrise

    1. Lower Seletar Reservoir Park - YISHUN AVENUE 1, LENTOR AVENUE
    2. Sembawang Park - SEMBAWANG ROAD END
    3. Punggol Beach - Punggol Jetty(Bus 82 from Serangoon Bus Interchange, alight at the terminal station).
    4. Changi Coast Road "Lampost 171" - Behind Changi Airport (Via Driving Only) Beautiful place, no crowd, no man's land, huge desert, about 20mins drive from the main road. Accessible only on weekends. Till date, only 4X4 and some LGV can drive right to the end, saloon cars better don't try. About an hour walk from the enterance. Nice scenery all day and night.

    - Mid-Day

    1. HSBC TreeTop Walk in MacRitchie Reservoir - UPPER THOMSON ROAD
    2. Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve - NEO TIEW CRESCENT
    3. National Orchid Garden in Singapore Botanic Gardens - CLUNY ROAD
    4. Kent Ridge Park - PASIR PANJANG
    5. Pulau Ubin - Abandoned Quarries - PULAU UBIN
    6. Singapore Zoological Gardens - MANDAI ROAD
    7. Changi Coast Road "Lampost 171" - Behind Changi Airport (Via Driving Only) Beautiful place, no crowd, no man's land, huge desert, about 20mins drive from the main road. Accessible only on weekends. Till date, only 4X4 and some LGV can drive right to the end, saloon cars better don't try. About an hour walk from the enterance. Nice scenery all day and night.


    CITYSCAPE

    - Locations & Uncategorised

    1. Marina Bay - CBD
    2. Jurong East – JURONG EAST CENTRAL
    3. Tampines Central – TAMPINES CENTRAL
    4. Toa Payoh 40 Storeys HDB Flats – Toa Payoh Lor 2 ( walking dist frm TPY MRT)
    5. Textile Centre, top floor (residential) – North Bridge Rd(Nearest MRT Lavander 10min walk)
    6. Selegie House – Selegie Rd, Next to NAFA
    7. Zhujiao Complex – Little India, 665 Buffalo Road
    8. Shaw Tower Beach Road Carpark 11th Floor (Top Carpark deck) - BEACH ROAD
    (views of CBD, Suntec and Bugis areas)
    9. Bras Basah Complex HDB flat - 24th storey, the one nearest to Raffles Hotel(views of Suntec to Esplanade & IR and Chinatown at 1 side, views of Indoor Stadium & Kallang River at other side)

    - Classic Architecture

    1. Tiong Bahru SIT Flats– “To be filled in”
    2. Raffles Hotel (some areas) – Beach Rd
    3. Shuang Lin Monastery – 184E Jalan Toa Payoh via Kim Keat Link or Toa Payoh Lor 6
    4. Old Supreme Court / City Hall – “To be filled in”
    5. CHIJMES – North Bridge Rd(Nearest MRT Cityhall)
    6. Stamford House – “To be filled in”
    7. Former MPH Building – Stanford Rd

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    - Modern Architecture

    1. Parkview Square (new mimicking old) – North Bridge RD (Nearest MRT Stn Bugis)
    2. The Gateway – Beach Rd
    3. Esplanade – Esplanade dr(Nearest MRT Stn City hall, go via citylink)
    4. Supreme Court (new) – North Bridge Rd
    5. National Library – North Bridge Rd(Nearest Mrt Stn Bugis)
    6. Fusionopolis (Beside North Buona Vista road, near to the juction of Dover road / nearby AYE
    7. Dover MRT station


    - Urban Relics

    1. Mandai Estate - KRANJI ROAD
    2. Jalan Kayu Rural Centre - SELETAR WEST FARMWAY(S)
    3. MacKenzie Road Dilapidated Shop-houses – MacKENZIE ROAD
    4. Little India - ROCHOR
    5. Kampong Glam – NORTHERN SINGAPORE
    6. Emerald Hill – Opposite somerset mrt
    7. Bishopsgate – “To be filled in”
    8. Blair Plains – “To be filled in”

    - The Forgotten

    1. Old Malay Cemetery – KAMPONG GLAM
    2. Old Chinese Cemetery – WOODLANDS ROAD
    3. Temenggong Cemetery – MASJID TEMENGGONG
    4. Masjid Omar Salmah – JALAN MASSHOR
    5. Matilda's House - Punggol MRT(walking distance)
    6. Istana Woodnuek - Botanical Gardens
    7. British Colonial bungalows - off Canberra Road (Sembawang) and Buona Vista Mrt Stn


    RURALSCAPE

    1. Lim Chu Kang / Sungei Kadut - LIM CHU KANG ROAD END
    2. Pulau Ubin - PULAU UBIN[/quote]
    3. Changi Coast Road "Lampost 171" - Behind Changi Airport (Via Driving Only) Beautiful place, no crowd, no man's land, huge desert, about 20mins drive from the main road. Accessible only on weekends. Till date, only 4X4 and some LGV can drive right to the end, saloon cars better don't try. About an hour walk from the enterance. Nice scenery all day and night.
    4. Hyderabad Road - a favourite spot for wedding couples also.

    *NEW*
    STAR TRAILS/ ASTRO PHOTOGRAPHY:
    PULAU SEMAKAU, registration with authorities is needed to access the island. been there once. cause of lack of buildings it is a wonderful place with no light pollution. very suitable for astro photographers.


    -Sunset
    1. Changi Point & Beach/Boardwalk - CHANGI VILLAGE ROAD
    To get there, take bus 29 from tampines interchange.keep a lookout for the main gate of commando camp on the left.Once the bus past there ,alight at the next stop. Turn left and walk back along the road to the camp past a old army building.U should come to a T intersection,turn right and walk down the road called Cranwell road till u see the big changi boardwalk sign. Total walk time 5-7 min. If u drive ,just head straight down to the end of Cranwell road. http://www.wildsingapore.com/places/cbw1.htm (By Beserk)

    2. Woodlands Town Garden, Lakefront - WOODLANDS CENTRE ROAD
    3. Lower Pierce Reservoir Park - OLD UPPER THOMSON ROAD, 7th MILE
    4. Punggol Road End - PUNGGOL ROAD END
    5. Labrador Park - PASIR PANJANG ROAD
    6. Matilda's House - Punggol MRT(walking distance)
    7. Changi Coast Road "Lampost 171" - Behind Changi Airport (Via Driving Only) Beautiful place, no crowd, no man's land, huge desert, about 20mins drive from the main road. Accessible only on weekends. Till date, only 4X4 and some LGV can drive right to the end, saloon cars better don't try. About an hour walk from the enterance. Nice scenery all day and night.
    8. Upper Seletar Reservoir (Further down from Mandai Crematorium/columbarium)

    *NEW*
    9. Mt Faber - Harbour Front MRT, walk up Marang Trail
    Last edited by Dream Merchant; 26th February 2010 at 03:06 AM.

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    - Sunrise

    1. Lower Seletar Reservoir Park - YISHUN AVENUE 1, LENTOR AVENUE
    2. Sembawang Park - SEMBAWANG ROAD END
    3. Punggol Beach - Punggol Jetty(Bus 82 from Serangoon Bus Interchange, alight at the terminal station).
    4. Changi Coast Road "Lampost 171" - Behind Changi Airport (Via Driving Only) Beautiful place, no crowd, no man's land, huge desert, about 20mins drive from the main road. Accessible only on weekends. Till date, only 4X4 and some LGV can drive right to the end, saloon cars better don't try. About an hour walk from the enterance. Nice scenery all day and night.

    - Mid-Day

    1. HSBC TreeTop Walk in MacRitchie Reservoir - UPPER THOMSON ROAD
    2. Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve - NEO TIEW CRESCENT
    3. National Orchid Garden in Singapore Botanic Gardens - CLUNY ROAD
    4. Kent Ridge Park - PASIR PANJANG
    5. Pulau Ubin - Abandoned Quarries - PULAU UBIN
    6. Singapore Zoological Gardens - MANDAI ROAD
    7. Changi Coast Road "Lampost 171" - Behind Changi Airport (Via Driving Only) Beautiful place, no crowd, no man's land, huge desert, about 20mins drive from the main road. Accessible only on weekends. Till date, only 4X4 and some LGV can drive right to the end, saloon cars better don't try. About an hour walk from the enterance. Nice scenery all day and night.


    CITYSCAPE

    - Locations & Uncategorised

    1. Marina Bay - CBD
    2. Jurong East – JURONG EAST CENTRAL
    3. Tampines Central – TAMPINES CENTRAL
    4. Toa Payoh 40 Storeys HDB Flats – Toa Payoh Lor 2 ( walking dist frm TPY MRT)
    5. Textile Centre, top floor (residential) – North Bridge Rd(Nearest MRT Lavander 10min walk)
    6. Selegie House – Selegie Rd, Next to NAFA
    7. Zhujiao Complex – Little India, 665 Buffalo Road
    8. Shaw Tower Beach Road Carpark 11th Floor (Top Carpark deck) - BEACH ROAD
    (views of CBD, Suntec and Bugis areas)
    9. Bras Basah Complex HDB flat - 24th storey, the one nearest to Raffles Hotel(views of Suntec to Esplanade & IR and Chinatown at 1 side, views of Indoor Stadium & Kallang River at other side)

    - Classic Architecture

    1. Tiong Bahru SIT Flats– “To be filled in”
    2. Raffles Hotel (some areas) – Beach Rd
    3. Shuang Lin Monastery – 184E Jalan Toa Payoh via Kim Keat Link or Toa Payoh Lor 6
    4. Old Supreme Court / City Hall – “To be filled in”
    5. CHIJMES – North Bridge Rd(Nearest MRT Cityhall)
    6. Stamford House – “To be filled in”
    7. Former MPH Building – Stanford Rd

    - Modern Architecture

    1. Parkview Square (new mimicking old) – North Bridge RD (Nearest MRT Stn Bugis)
    2. The Gateway – Beach Rd
    3. Esplanade – Esplanade dr(Nearest MRT Stn City hall, go via citylink)
    4. Supreme Court (new) – North Bridge Rd
    5. National Library – North Bridge Rd(Nearest Mrt Stn Bugis)
    6. Fusionopolis (Beside North Buona Vista road, near to the juction of Dover road / nearby AYE
    7. Dover MRT station


    - Urban Relics

    1. Mandai Estate - KRANJI ROAD
    2. Jalan Kayu Rural Centre - SELETAR WEST FARMWAY(S)
    3. MacKenzie Road Dilapidated Shop-houses – MacKENZIE ROAD
    4. Little India - ROCHOR
    5. Kampong Glam – NORTHERN SINGAPORE
    6. Emerald Hill – Opposite somerset mrt
    7. Bishopsgate – “To be filled in”
    8. Blair Plains – “To be filled in”

    - The Forgotten

    1. Old Malay Cemetery – KAMPONG GLAM
    2. Old Chinese Cemetery – WOODLANDS ROAD
    3. Temenggong Cemetery – MASJID TEMENGGONG
    4. Masjid Omar Salmah – JALAN MASSHOR
    5. Matilda's House - Punggol MRT(walking distance)
    6. Istana Woodnuek - Botanical Gardens
    7. British Colonial bungalows - off Canberra Road (Sembawang) and Buona Vista Mrt Stn


    RURALSCAPE

    1. Lim Chu Kang / Sungei Kadut - LIM CHU KANG ROAD END
    2. Pulau Ubin - PULAU UBIN[/quote]
    3. Changi Coast Road "Lampost 171" - Behind Changi Airport (Via Driving Only) Beautiful place, no crowd, no man's land, huge desert, about 20mins drive from the main road. Accessible only on weekends. Till date, only 4X4 and some LGV can drive right to the end, saloon cars better don't try. About an hour walk from the enterance. Nice scenery all day and night.
    4. Hyderabad Road - a favourite spot for wedding couples also.

    *NEW*
    STAR TRAILS/ ASTRO PHOTOGRAPHY:
    PULAU SEMAKAU, registration with authorities is needed to access the island. been there once. cause of lack of buildings it is a wonderful place with no light pollution. very suitable for astro photographers.

    http://www.clubsnap.com/forums/showt...ost+171&page=6

    Decided to include the entire list ... since it might be useful to others.

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    wow cool. astro photography. who do i apply to to get access to the land? Do I need to like apply by submitting a form and (like all gov bodies) wait 2 weeks or so for their reply? hahaha.

    and another thing. can someone confirm w me if matilda's house still exist? i really want to shoot that building but i read from a post that it has been demolished.
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    Quote Originally Posted by crashinghearts View Post
    Hey fellow clubsnappers, yet another question. As we all know that singapore is developing at a horribly fast speed, new buildings are replacing the old at lightning speed.

    Just wondering where can i still find flats or houses of old architecture? Something like matilda's house which i heard has just been demolished or run down/abandoned houses. Im actually looking to take shots of such buildings.

    Your inputs would be greatly appreciated!
    rundown, abandoned houses - these usually would not be announced in the forums because they are usually off-limits.

    few examples include the old cdo camp, mathilda's house, yes.

    mathilda's house was not cordoned up i remember - what happened was that people started happily walking in and out in broad daylight in large groups, bring model, shoot cosplay, that caught negative attention from the authorities and it was cordoned off.

    my suggestion is - wait around and see who has shot the place, pm and ask them about it, location wise, etc.. and be sure to ask if there are any safety precautions you need to take. these old buildings are not entirely stable, and if it is better to be safe than sorry. and of course, be responsible when you go, don't happily bring one big gang of noisy people and tear down the whole place for your own benefit, or litter. even old places should be respected.

    this way, with sufficient discretion, the photographers get the shots they want, everyone stays happy.

    i am not sure why there is a long list of places being listed out, because a lot of these don't even answer your question.... but well, i suppose there are some useful things in there somewhere, if you bother to dig through.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crashinghearts View Post
    wow cool. astro photography. who do i apply to to get access to the land? Do I need to like apply by submitting a form and (like all gov bodies) wait 2 weeks or so for their reply? hahaha.

    and another thing. can someone confirm w me if matilda's house still exist? i really want to shoot that building but i read from a post that it has been demolished.
    i don't think matilda's house will be demolished , actually, but i haven't been there.

    wikipedia states that:
    Matilda House was given conservation status by Singapore's Urban Redevelopment Authority in February 2000.

    this picture exif says , feb 18
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/adrianseetho/4379137016/

    seems like there is another person shooting in the same group on the same day,
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/creamym...es/4378646289/

    same upload date, same shot date.

    seems like matilda house is still there. last i went, it was all fenced up - don't think you can access it. exterior is shootable for sure though.
    Last edited by night86mare; 26th February 2010 at 08:46 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by night86mare View Post
    i don't think matilda's house will be demolished , actually, but i haven't been there.

    wikipedia states that:
    Matilda House was given conservation status by Singapore's Urban Redevelopment Authority in February 2000.

    this picture exif says , feb 18
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/adrianseetho/4379137016/

    seems like there is another person shooting in the same group on the same day,
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/creamym...es/4378646289/

    same upload date, same shot date.

    seems like matilda house is still there. last i went, it was all fenced up - don't think you can access it. exterior is shootable for sure though.

    Oh great! Thanks for the help! Yes im looking to take exterior shots for this. The interior looks too creepy. Haha. I am going alone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by crashinghearts View Post
    Oh great! Thanks for the help! Yes im looking to take exterior shots for this. The interior looks too creepy. Haha. I am going alone.
    well, like i said, i haven't been there for a while, but i used to go there often -

    there are streams around the place, so please don't dream and go stepping into them by accident.

    the soil there at certain parts is clay soil. on a soggy day, whether it is due to construction causing holes, etc, or after rain, please be careful. that stuff is hard to get off on the spot. unless you don't mind going home with clay soil all over your jeans, shoes, or whatever you're wearing.

    have fun. i think punggol is changing quite fast, so best to go while you can.

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    the last time i was around there, construction has already begun around the mathilda house. i am not sure whether it has been demolished because they are building some school or something there. should be completed by this yr.

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    Thanks for the headsup dreamscape.

    And yes i googled map matilda's house and i see a multi storey carpark beside it. Hope the exif is true and matilda house still exist. LOL.

    Damn urbanisation. I will go snap more shots of punggol! haha
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ranger90 View Post
    hi u may try.. ( im not sure about the place, but i found it at the group discussion )
    RURALSCAPE

    1. Lim Chu Kang / Sungei Kadut - LIM CHU KANG ROAD END
    2. Pulau Ubin - PULAU UBIN
    3. Hyderabad Road - a favourite spot for wedding couples

    - The Forgotten

    1. Old Malay Cemetery – KAMPONG GLAM
    2. Old Chinese Cemetery – WOODLANDS ROAD
    3. Temenggong Cemetery – MASJID TEMENGGONG
    4. Masjid Omar Salmah – JALAN MASSHOR
    5. Matilda's House - Punggol MRT(walking distance)
    6. Istana Woodnuek - Botanical Gardens
    7. British Colonial bungalows - off Canberra Road (Sembawang) and Buona Vista Mrt Stn

    happy hunting

    Just wondering ... Isn't Istana Woodneuk inaccessible ?

    What about the bungalows around Buona Vista ? Are they private property ? If I'm not mistaken the area is knows as Rochester Park ..

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    I am not too sure too. Maybe there's a secret part we can go take pictures of. Haha

    anyway for those who are looking out take matilda house, it is still there. only fenced up and there were a couple of dogs inside. theres a surveillance camera too. now guarded by AETOS. but its quite accessible and the soil werent soft or muddy. maybe bcuz yesterday was so darn hot. lol.
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    Don't forget Seletar camp. Shoot it before it is gone. 70% is gone already.

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    Quote Originally Posted by daredevil123 View Post
    Don't forget Seletar camp. Shoot it before it is gone. 70% is gone already.
    Seletar camp? I know its a huge place, village like. But u mean civilians like us can just go in as we wish?
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    Quote Originally Posted by crashinghearts View Post
    Seletar camp? I know its a huge place, village like. But u mean civilians like us can just go in as we wish?
    Yes. Most of the camp has been decommissioned. Civilians used to be allowed in the past also, just that you have to check your NRIC at the guard house. Now, you can just drive in, no problem. A lot of the houses are already gone though. My old unit building is also gone.... so is that 9 hole golf course.

    The old CAAS building where Singapore airline stewardess were trained (in the past) has been converted into a "resort" hotel thingy. A couple of pubs and restaurants have sprung up and it is now quite popular on weekends. Sort of the early Dempsy feeling.
    Last edited by daredevil123; 2nd March 2010 at 01:20 AM.

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    Any other building similar to tanjong pagar railway station in Singapore?

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