searching for Bukit Brown Cemetery

Happy Place, Happy Space

On our family blog, The Tan Times, are Halloween & All Saints Day ruminations for the month of October. Dad shared his memory of tomb-sweeping at Bukit Brown Cemetery, which exists today only in part, as many of the graves were exhumed to make way for a highway through the area.

Loving Husband and I have never been and decided to make a trip there to see for ourselves. There was a previous attempt last week but due to injury, we had to reschedule our adventure.

Lots of jungle around us: huge trees & shrubs which have grown mostly undisturbed; just another sultry morning in the rainforest.

We chose not to venture off the path into the jungle on account of my still recovering calf muscle and the numerous mosquito bites I’d collected. Still, an interesting expedition to a lost world for an hour or so.

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Reading your Joyful Posts brings me to my happy place. I hope having them in one place makes it easier for you to find when you need a bit of happy therapy, too.

If you would like to join in, ping back to this post and I will include you next week.

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    1. Glad to have you pop in, Dawn. Calf muscle is mostly good now, thank you so much for the well-wishes. Mosquitoes are still out & about, though not so badly in places I typically visit.

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    1. The healing & restorative greenery! something I know you both appreciate!
      Tore my calf muscle and made it worse because I didn’t let it heal enough. Well on the way to recovery now!

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    1. We thought it would be a good way to keep in touch as we all (except for my parents and I, who are in Singapore) live so far apart. We’ve since expanded it to include extended family & friends who share creative endeavours as well as updates on goings-on.

      Thank you for coming along for the walk, Julie! Always lovely to have you.

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  1. Hi – oh man I can relate to the mosquito bites! This summer was a little more buggier than other years in our area / and glad cold weather is coming
    – love the photos and how the blue in the outfits really shows the greens!
    Cheers and hope your calf muscle heals soon

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    1. Gosh, those mosquitoes! But worse are the sandflies – their itch persist for days and days and days … So the bugs depart with the cold weather? That would be a lovely break from them!

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      1. Oh sorry you do not have cold weather to help get rid of some – because yes – here in Virginia the weather does get nice and cold to help – but we are still called the “spider state” and all year long have spiders around (but nothing like sand flies and sorry you have e those – blah!)

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  2. Glad to see you out and about, Ju-Lyn. Everything looks so green at the cemetery. Thank you for the mention and for your contribution to #Weekendcoffeeshare.

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  3. It looks ‘sultry’ indeed. I’ve never seen semi-circular walls in a cemetery before. Is there a particular story behind this ? Thanks for the double mention Ju-Lyn ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. I thought rather appropriate for Halloween too! and that maybe we should bring Younger Child here for a Halloween walk … but maybe a little too spooky and dangerous at night! and can you imagine the mosquitoes!

      Singapore doesn’t celebrate Halloween much – just a few pockets of folks dress up on the day of. And Loving Husband dressed up today as did all the kids in school – so they had an early celebration then.

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  4. Thanks so much for including me in your happy place. That looks like an awesome outing. Glad the calf muscle is recovering and I will try to come back and visit some of your shares. Our son is keeping us quite busy at the moment but when he’s gone it may be a welcome diversion. Have a great week!

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    1. Exploring this area did bring my dad’s memories come to life for me; thank you for coming along.
      I am much better – hopefully just about done with the healing.

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    1. I am so glad you enjoyed visiting the other bloggers – these are people I’ve visited through the week who have inspired a smile.

      Thank you for thinking of my leg – pain-free and just about all better.

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  5. That is a lovely dense forest. I looked up tomb-sweeping and that sounds very similar to what we call “decoration day” here. That cemetery looks like a really cool place to explore.

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    1. Ooooh, I’ve never heard of Decoration Day before. I have never participated in grave-sweeping with ancestral rites, but we did use to visit Loving Husband’s mom’s grave once a year to clear the weeds and to say a prayer.

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      1. On Decoration Day, most people will put flowers on their ancestors graves. We don’t clean the graves ourselves, but most donate money to the cemetery fund to pay someone to do it all year – mow, etc.

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