Running through Tanglin Halt
It was bittersweet nostalgia for Loving Husband as we ran through Tanglin Halt which is slotted for major redevelopment: 31 blocks of housing plus the Food Centre & Market will be torn down this year.
Loving Husband spent much of his first 6 years in this neighbourhood: he lived at the Singapore Police Reserve Unit 2 quarters, now known as Special Operations Command. He spent most of the day at Block 60 Tanglin Halt with Mrs Khaw aka Ah Mak, his Teochew nanny, while both his parents were at work.
On the way to Block 60, we wove through exercise stations, playareas and sheltered spaces to sit.
But amidst the relative calm of the morning were reminders that development comes with a price.
As we ran along bits of the Rail Corridor, a green space which is currently undergoing redevelopment, Loving Husband pointed to where the sandpit where he played for the one year he attended Damien Hall Kindergarten, at Blessed Sacrament Church. He remembers how they used to wave at the trains chugging slowly by.
Our conversation then turned to the challenges of juggling conservation and progress. Unfortunately, this Tanglin Halt area as he knew it will cease to exist by the end of this year. It was a refreshing but wistful outing that left us feeling just a little pensive.
This post is my contribution to:
- Life in Colour: Yellow hosted by Jude at Travel Words
- One Word Sunday: Ugly hosted by Debbie at TravelWithIntent
Photos taken on my iPhone on Sunday, 28 Feb 2021.