Siglap at the Crossroads: Memories of Its Only HDB Estate
This is a full‐colour spread of photos and stories that capture the sights and heartbeat of Siglap HDB housing estate.
“Sometimes, we don’t appreciate how precious some things are until they are gone. The quiet blocks of HDB flats at the junction of Siglap Road and Upper East Coast Road documented in this book are just one of them. Even those of us who are familiar with the Siglap area have long taken their existence for granted. They seem to have always been there, and will always be there, just like their residents, shops and other businesses. Alas, that is not so. Soon they will be gone....
Beyond lamenting its impending demise, Hema Kiruppalini and Mindy Tan have done the next best thing – to record and document the estate and memories of its residents for posterity.”
— Dr Kevin YL Tan, President, ICOMOS Singapore Past President, Singapore Heritage Society
About the Author
Hema Kiruppalini has lived in the East Coast‐Marine Parade area since young. Although she was a resident of the Siglap housing estate for just a few years, the meaningful friendships she forged made it a place that held special significance for her. She is currently pursuing her PhD in History at the National University of Singapore (NUS) with research interest on the Nepalese Gurkha community. Prior to this, she worked as a Research Associate at the Institute of South Asian Studies (ISAS), Singapore.
Mindy Tan is a journalist who never thought of applying her writing skills to a passion project. But when the opportunity to document this sliver of history, and combine both a love for writing and photography arose, it was an easy yes. Having lived in Siglap for over two decades, the area holds a special place in her heart. She is a recent postgraduate from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications.
“This book is a heartfelt and highly personalised account of Siglap HDB, the first and only public housing estate in the Joo Chiat constituency (1964 – 2011). For a generation or two of Singaporeans, Siglap HDB was a place of work, play and friendship, and more importantly a place to call home. How appropriate that one of the authors of Siglap at the Crossroads is a former resident. For her, this book is a labour of love – a small book that is huge on nostalgia, memories, anecdotes and experiences that bring alive the neighbourhood and her home. This book will be appreciated by former residents and the many who worked and recreated there. It will also be valued by those with an appreciation of a bygone Singaporean landscape. Gone but never forgotten, Siglap HDB is forever preserved in the storied pages of this narrative gem.”
— TC Chang, Associate Professor in Geography, National University of Singapore
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Dimension: 200mm x 255mm