King Albert Park
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Yes people. It's true what you have read and watched recently. The iconic King Albert Park is going to be gone from Singapore surface.
It has been sold recently for $150million bought over by Oxley Holdings. Was told that hey are going to demolish it and make way for commercial and residential use. Read the story here So there's no way for us to stop them.
Built in 1991, the building can be seen from far, where Ronald Mcdonald and Hamburglar seem to be guarding their home. Before there were the small little characters, I can't remember what was it. They were short and shaggy and are of 5 different colours with only a pair of eyes popped out. So adorable!
Those who have lived in Bukit Timah most or all of their lives, Even those living in the west or studied at nearby schools like Ngee Ann Poly will always hang out there to study. Or the parents want to hold birthday parties for their kids they have this massive indoor playground.
That place is also perfect lookout area for drivers from other parts of the city. Just say to the driver, King Albert Park, and they will instantly know where.
My memories with that place...
When I was a kid my old man borrowed a van. My mum at the passenger seat and me and my big bro were sitting at the back. He drove in and asked us, "What you kids want" I remember I ordered cheeseburger. That was my very first drive thru.
Then when I studied at Ngee Ann Poly, a group of us decided to have study group at McDonald's. It's been awhile and we hanged out quite a while as the place was not so bright and it was not so noisy despite the playground nearby.
Now I have been living in Bukit Panjang for the past 6 years and whenever me and my husband famished after a night's out, KAP saves our tummies. We would just drive in ordered our food, and I would end up eating all the fries before we reached home.
I am quite disturbed and sad of how Singapore has changed so much in just 5 years. Before we know it, A new condo has been build, a new shopping complex, a new station. Singapore certainly has loses its rural charm. It has become so futuristic. It amaze to the tourists but not to us. It's hard to describe to our younger generation, the way we live and the fun we had. I always enjoy the stories my mum will tell me of how she moved from the kampong in West Coast to Clementi. How she walked all the way to school. How she spent her younger days in kampong in Toa Payoh.
I rarely see old men hang out at coffee shop and sipping their coffee and watching their singing birds. Now to have that sip of coffee they will go to Wang, or ToastBox. But do you noticed the difference? It's not the comfort, but the hours mindless chats. The younger generation would rather hang out at Starbucks and Coffee Bean.
Even Sungei Road market was not spared. Because they want to make way for new building and new station, the most iconic of all will soon be gone. How are we going to prevent this? How are going to show the once upon a time in Singapore to our overseas friends? Thru the museums, it's not the same.
Building condos are mostly targeting expats and younger generation. But didn't we read in the news that there were not enough people in Singapore? Then why the heck are we building more condos? I just don't understand.
So everybody, please visit KAP for the last time. Absorb all. Take photos.