412 Pasir Panjang Road, Singapore 5


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The house where I lived immediately after I was born (it’s not as romantic as saying “the house where I was born in”, but oh well…) still stands, albeit renovated extensively.

I wrote about growing up there a few years ago, but thanks to Google Street View, I was able to check it out recently without driving there for a closer look. The granite gate pillars are the same as the ones from 1969-1976, though without the lettering “Lee’s Lodge”. I am going to go through my family photo albums for pictures.

I know not many people my age who grew up in Singapore would be able to find the places they grew up in still intact.

A few weeks ago, I thought it’d be a good idea to use Google Maps to identify the things about Singapore we’d fight to protect. Many people identified food items – and it becomes all the same, especially since your Katong Laksa’s sprouted branches on every corner of the island.

So I think it’d be really interesting if we were instead able to pin down on Google Maps the places we lived in when we were born – see if they’re still standing.

Give it a whirl – though I know Google Maps isn’t the easiest thing to edit. So if you’re stuck, leave me a message and I’ll see if I can help.


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