Meow! Today’s weather is a stark contrast with yesterday’s, don’t you think? It’s 4 in the afternoon, the sky is grey and gloomy but there’s no sign of a downpour anytime soon. Not enough wind, I’m gonna suffocate. I think I should beat this sluggish mood by going for a jog soon. But before that, here are some snapshots from a recent adventure trip to the last surviving kampong village in Singapore.
If you ever wondered how a simple kampong life was like, make a trip to Kampong Buangkok soon. There are rumors that this village will soon be “gobbled up” by our government to make way for new developments. Accessible by buses (50, 70, 103 and 854) from Yio Chu Kang Rd and a short trek via Gerald Drive, this place is a hidden gem amidst modern, city living. I read about this village online many times but to have physically gone down to explore is a different feeling altogether. Landed properties and high-rise HDB buildings scatter around the vicinity. The contrast is startling. Nowhere in Singapore can you witness a stark rural urban landscape. It was an eye-opener to see so many single-storey houses made of wood and wind-beaten zincroofs.
The moment you step onto the dirt path linking all the houses it’s as though you traveled back in time. There’s sound of traffic is blocked out by chickens clucking and birds chirping (no kidding!)
According to Wiki, residents here consist of make-up artists, foreign workers and mostly the elderly. The trust and community spirit is also quite evident here. Doors and windows are kept opened. Even some furniture and personal possessions are left outdoors.
With increased media coverage on this place, I believe the level of “intruders” have risen lately. Just by roaming around quietly and snapping pictures, I may have invaded some of the residents’ privacy without knowing. Just before I left this place, I managed to strike a short conversation with an elderly resident who was doing her routined sweeping. She was nice and welcoming. I sense that most of the residents here are as friendly as her. It is truly a special trait we can take away for ourselves.