REVIEW: MAC A Novel Romance Lipsticks – Lingering Kiss, Hearts Aflame & Yield to Love

Hey everyone!

I’m back with a mini lipstick haul from maccosmetics.com and they are limited edition from the latest collection “A Novel Romance”. Prior to the online release, I saw some images associated to the collection. I don’t know if they’re meant to be satirical but they’re so cheesy, they cracked me up! 😛

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The hot Jesus lookalike model in the campaign pictures strangely looks more made-up than the female lol. I’m so loving the muscles smoky eye make-up the artist applied on the guy though 😀

Singaporeans! Find out how to buy from maccosmetics.com here!

Inspired by romance novel covers, this collection features deep and luscious shades like plum and burgundy (omg my most loved – shut up and take my money!). Products launched include eye shadows (A Novel Romance, An Amorous Adventure and A Passionate Quest), a mascara (Haut and Naughty Too Black Lash), tinted lipglass (in Bared For You, Wanting More, Pure Fiction, Reckless Desire and Talk Sexy), lipsticks (in Myself, Yield to Love, A Novel Romance, Good Kisser, Hearts Aflame and Lingering Kiss) and powder blush (in Fun Ending and Animal Instincts). I, of course, was more interested in the lipsticks! Honestly, all the lipstick shades are very pretty, but I couldn’t possibly buy all six of them – that would leave me broke for the rest of the month. So I chose my THREE I absolutely love!

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All 6 lipstick colours. From left: Myself (soft shimmery nude beige), Yield to Love (midtone rose), A Novel Romance (light cool dusty pink), Good Kisser (midtone fuchsia), Hearts Aflame (midtone brick red), Lingering Kiss (deep plum red)

If you have read any of my FAVOURITES posts, you’d definitely be able to guess the colours I picked (without looking at the title of course). My top 3 choices were Hearts Aflame, Lingering Kiss and Yield to Love because as you can see from the official swatch, they are the darkest among all hehe. I was torn between Yield to Love and Good Kisser (what a gorgeous shade of pink) but I picked the former in the end due to it being “online exclusive”.

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Check out how it makes my lips look fuller!

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It’s so MATTE and I lovvvvvvittt. It has long staying power!

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Swatch. I feel that it’s comparable to MAC’s Diva!

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I love how dark lipsticks always make me look fairer!

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No teeth staining!

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Swatch!

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Notice how I immediately transform from some Goth wannabe to a decent-looking person? That’s the power of lipsticks! And oops, pardon my hair coz I just woke up from my nap!

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Love how the pink enhances my dull lips! Doncha think they look healthier now? 😉

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Swatch. You can tell how it complements my skin tone!

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Compare!

Each lipstick retails for US$16 (S$20) on maccosmetics.com but the last time I checked, all of them were sold out! WOW. But I can totally understand why because the payoff is really awesome! And the colours are exactly the kind of dark I’m looking for.

Since most of them are not online exclusive, they should be available in Singapore outlets soon but it’s definitely going to be priced around S$30. I think there was a soft launch (or a sneak preview) of this collection in Raffles City outlet way before the official release because I saw someone selling Lingering Kiss on Carousell and the seller claimed that she bought the last piece. So MACaholics in Singapore, be sure to grab your desired products once this collection is launched in other MAC stores here! They will run out in no time.

My total damage for this haul is US$60 including shipping. I used comGateway for their forwarding service this time and I must say they’re a hundred times better than vPost in terms of efficiency, speed and cost. So goodbye vPost for now.

Did you buy anything from this collection? Feel free to share your reviews in the comments below!

Thanks for reading lovelies ❀

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Dealing with Scammers on Carousell

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Hey guys! Terribly sorry for the lack of updates. I have so many things to talk about yet so little time to do so ever since school started. Before laziness kicks in again, here’s one wordy post I’m sure many online shoppers can relate.

As the title mentions, it’s going to be about dealing with unscrupulous people online. What prompted me to draft this post was my close shave with a scammer on Carousell who nearly cheated me of S$19 for a piece of brand new romper that I doubt ever existed. I have successfully gotten back my money so I really hope by penning down my experience, it would serve as a reminder for everyone to be more cautious when shopping online. Of course, I’ll also be sharing some tips on how to avoid getting swindled and what to do if you are in that situation.

Yes, S$19 may not be a lot but it’s money I painstakingly earned from a month’s slog. Even if I had to part with that sum of money, I would rather give it to people who are worthy of it, and not to those good-for-nothing individuals who live off others’ hard-earn money. Freeloaders top my list of most hated people and they include those shameless ones asking for money when they are perfectly abled YET refuse to work. Scammers are no different but they are definitely worse than them in terms of morals and ethics.

What happened

I was searching for Rochette Romper (from Love, Bonito) on Carousell and I stumbled upon one for sale at S$20. Those who shop at Love, Bonito would know that the popular sold-out romper retailed for about S$35 on site and resellers typically sell them for about S$30. So S$20 for a brand new piece was really a steal! The price included normal postage and was even reduced to S$19 when I asked if price was negotiable. But what made it dubious was the fact that it was still available even after several hours of being listed when the romper was highly sought after everywhere. Later I read the listing description that there were two pieces (of the same size and colour) available. Partially also not wanting to miss out on a great deal, I gave the seller the benefit of the doubt as after all it’s not uncommon for items to be sold on a first-pay, first-served basis.  She perhaps practised that, I thought to myself. Within an hour, I had already made payment (via ATM) to that swindler. However I couldn’t make any offer through that listing because the item was already “reserved for someone else”. In other words, she had already accepted someone else’s offer, probably the buyer of the first piece. That was before the App allowed multiple acceptance of offers after its recent update.

For the record, text in pink speech bubble was written by me while the one in grey was by the scammer.

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Her attempts at tempting me

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Refused to provide video proof. I didn’t insist as I tried my best to understand that she was busy.

Before transferring the funds, I did do some background checks on that seller such as reading her ratings. At that time, she had 3 positive, 1 neutral and 1 negative. Loss mail and dishonesty were the main reasons for the negative rating. To be safe, I asked for a video proof of postage but was declined because she was “mailing many parcels alone” even though she stated that she’d provide that service upon request on her profile. She also “encouraged” me to opt for registered postage and quoted me S$3.80 for it when Singpost only charges an additional S$2.24 for local registered articles. I felt more discouraged than encouraged seriously :\ and that’s probably her plan to deter buyers from opting for registered postage. Didn’t want to be ripped off, I told her to send me a picture of the parcel before mailing it out via normal postage. Biggest mistake ever.

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“Video proof provided upon request” as stated on her profile

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Her only negative but very descriptive feedback

But on second thought, if she was really out to cheat, I think she would find all sorts of excuse to delay the delivery even if I were to opt for registered postage so I guess the best solution is to not buy from her altogether? Unfortunately I didn’t contemplate any further as my eagerness had already clouded my judgement. The deal was just too irresistible and I think that’s one danger of online shopping. We get so immersed in finding dirt-cheap bargains that we gradually lose our sense of rationality.

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The romper I wanted to buy from her

Since she was selling two similar pieces (later it became three), I wanted to make sure that the rompers were originally and brand new from Love, Bonito and not some replicated piece from Taobao. She assured me that they were indeed from Love, Bonito and even had the tag on (as shown in picture above). Also, her replies were rather fast before I made payment.

The interrogation

However, two weeks passed and still no sight of the parcel. The longest time I had waited for a parcel’s arrival was a week and it was because my envelope was tampered with and Singpost took the liberty to repackage it. On other occasions, my parcel was returned to the sender because my address was smudged by the rain. The past two weeks had perfectly fine weather so there was no reason for the delay.

If she had underpaid the postage, the parcel would still be delivered to me but I’d have to bear the penalty.

And most importantly, I had never experienced any lost mail. I know Singpost has a rather bad reputation of mishandling mails and I believe that mails do get missing from time to time as it happened thrice to my friend living at Jalan Membina. But the postmen servicing my old and current estates never fail to deliver my parcels successfully, rain or shine. People who know me would know how much of a shopaholic I am and I receive an average of three bulky parcels a week. I am such a frequent online shopper that even my Bukit Batok postwoman once personally delivered a parcel that had no unit number to me LOL. Furthermore, it’s a national postal carrier utilised by major companies that send out bills and letters in regular envelopes every single day. If such small items can be delivered without any problem, how would an A4-sized bulky parcel disappear? Well, unless someone stole the mailbag away during transit but that’s VERY rare.

I decided to confront the seller but of course, I started off with a more courteous tone.

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She said she didn’t receive my message. I totally believe ya.

I asked if other buyers had received theirs to which she replied that they already did. What a liar. The truth will always prevail.

I felt being polite was going to lead me to nowhere, so I jumped the gun.

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Notice how she immediately turned the tables and accused me of not opting for registered mail although she “encouraged” me to? Typical response of a scammer who attempted to cover her ass. I’m sorry but your ass is obviously too big ‘coz I totally saw through you.

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The altercation continued. Each time she tried to outdo me in the length of writing. Okay sure, bring it on!

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A case of the pot calling the kettle black. I am soooo pathetically equipped with general knowledge *_*

I bombarded her with lots of questions which she couldn’t answer, and her replies were extremely slow.

The investigation

Carousell admin was also taking a long time to get back to my complaint because of a major event over the weekends. I grew really impatient and eventually embarked on my own investigation. I couldn’t get anything by Googling her username, but I made a huge discovery when I searched for the DBS CURRENT account I transferred the S$19 to because I found out that it actually belongs to 65daigou.com. 65Daigou works as a forwarder for sites that don’t accept international credit cards like Taobao. To purchase from these sites, you’d have to first top-up your account with cash (via bank transfer, credit card etc.) and you can withdraw them anytime.

Does that give you an idea of the scammer’s plan? Yes, that loser had been making use of a third party’s bank account to receive funds because she obviously knew that it’d be too risky if she used her own bank account. She avoided using anything that would suggest her identity. Smart move, but there is no such thing as a perfect crime. You’re bound to leave traces of your misdeeds.

On top of that, I also managed to find out who she is, her age, where she studies and her place of residence despite her extreme cautiousness. But I never once threatened to expose her.. although I did plan to do so if she ultimately refused to refund. I’m cut out to be a detective, doncha think? People say that you need to have the mind of a criminal to know how a criminal operates. That’s absolutely true although I don’t scam. I just have lotsa tricks up my sleeve hehe. Or maybe I’m just overly analytical.

On the fourth day, I messaged the buyer that left her the negative rating to understand more about her situation. Apparently, in a bid to deter meetups, that deceitful seller charged her S$3 for meetup at her (the seller’s) convenience. How ludicrous. No one in the right mind would PAY to meet when mailing would cost also around the same. She opted for normal postage in the end but of course, the parcel never came and she never got her money back. She also mentioned that there used to be many other negative reviews relating to the same issues on her page, but somehow they got deleted!

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Her lies… they’re exposed.

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Ridiculous!

At the same time, I also made an appeal on Carousell marketplace in hopes of gathering other buyers of the romper because Carousell admin couldn’t reveal them to me (it has got to do with their privacy policy I believe). I did so without disclosing the seller’s identity to avoid sounding like I was defaming her and also… to sieve out the nosey parkers from the genuinely affected ones. The aim of this was to check if they had received their parcels.

The refund

In the end, THREE people approached me. That makes FOUR buyers of the romper including myself. Didn’t she only have THREE pieces? And didn’t she say that everyone else had received their romper? BAM! That confirmed my suspicion that she was scheming to cheat!

Out of the three buyers, one received hers after two weeks while another had been promised a refund because her parcel was “returned”. Upon receiving the returned mail, the swindler ripped it open to find the romper stained! And she totally blamed it on Singpost haha.

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“Stained” on a female apparel? Are you trying to tell me that there are perverts at Singpost?

Why she would tear the envelope and inspect the item again is beyond me. But one thing for sure is that she only had ONE piece and was trying her luck at scamming the others of their money on the pretext of lost mails. She honoured one deal and refunded another to make it seem more plausible that two other mails were lost. Brilliant plan, come I clap for you?

She probably felt that I wasn’t easy to mess with so she finally relented and refunded my money through 65Daigou.com, which she referred to as her “supplier”, because my parcel was suddenly in her letterbox. *scoffs* She took screenshots of the process but cropped out anything that hinted the actual source of the money. Gosh, I have never in my life seen such a blatant liar.

The last buyer, like myself, never received the parcel but with my guidance, she got her money back via ATM transfer (as doing so wouldn’t reveal her bank account number on the payee’s bank statements) after waiting for the parcel for three weeks. But it was through perseverance and endless arguments that she finally got what she wanted. Despite asking for a receipt of transfer, the scammer never provided any and hasn’t replied since.

The aftermath

After everyone had received their refund, Carousell finally got back to me to ask for an update. Although I have no concrete evidence that she scams, I did manage to raise a lot of doubts about the seller which convinced the admin that she’s dishonest. They have since removed the scammer’s listings from the search engine and are now in the process of suspending her account.


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First, you need to be aware of the tactics that scammers deploy to hook their victims. It’s always the same modus operandi but people never fail to fall for them.. which I totally understand because we all want to get the best deals possible. I have seen many people avoid online shopping altogether because their experiences had been tainted by scams and frauds but these can be prevented if you are more street smart (it can be inculcated!). Keep your guards up if:

1. Prices are too good to be true

In order to get your moolah, scammers have to first manipulate you into their traps and one way to do so is set their prices as reasonably low as possible to avoid arousing suspicion. They are not priced too low but are definitely among the lowest in the market. This usually occurs for very popular items as they tend to attract more interested parties, thus pressurising everyone to make payment quicker. Also, if item (especially the popular ones which require immediate payment) doesn’t get “sold” within the day, it’s highly possible that seller is still waiting to defraud more people.

NOTE

I’ve noticed a rising trend in scammers using bank accounts owned by third parties, more commonly Freight Forwarders like 65Daigou, to receive money from unknowing users (which they can later withdraw without leaving a trace). To better protect yourself from scammers, do refrain from transferring money to the following bank accounts:

– DBS Current 054-903335-9
– OCBC 514-772680-001
– UOB 388-302-811-0

As Carousell is widely use by casual sellers, anybody who provides a CORPORATE bank account (e.g. POSB Current, DBS Current – these are typically operated by businessmen and organisations for commercial use) for money transfer should raise a red flag! 

2. Seller only mails and never meets

I know of honest sellers who practise this but it’s no doubt one distinctive characteristic of scammers who obviously do not want to be identified. They will never agree to your meetup requests even if you’re willing to travel to their convenience, or pay them to come to you. They give all sorts of excuses to deter you from opting for registered postage so that you’d go with normal postage in the end.

Yes, you can ask for mailing proof like a snapshot of the parcel with affixed stamps, or a Certificate of Posting (COP) but c’mon… envelopes can be reused, address can be overwritten with a new one. Who knows what the seller does with the parcel after sending you the so-called proof? She can just happily chuck it aside while laughing all the way to the bank.

And in case you didn’t know, a COP does not mean anything. You pay S$0.20 for that yet still have to drop the parcel into the post box yourself. I have first-hand experience so I’m definitely not writing rubbish. I was so appalled! Ridiculous right? What’s the point of buying a COP when I can just walk away without mailing out the parcel?

Hence, many people now prefer video proof (i.e. taking video of the mailing process), Make sure you ask for a clear still shot of the address on the parcel before he/she drops it into the post box. But think about it, if the seller is really out to scam, will this person send you any proof ultimately? No.

3. Seller denies responsibility for all lost mails

This is usually stated on the seller’s profile as part of his/her “terms and conditions” which I feel are heavily abused by so many people (especially the younger users who have zilch understanding of the law) these days. I know some people resort to doing this to protect themselves but if your parcels frequently go missing, don’t you think you should stop mailing and meet up instead? Or maybe just make registered postage compulsory? Why subject yourself to scrutiny when you know that your parcels will most probably get lost?

*shrugs shoulders* I do not have that silly clause in my terms and conditions, because my mails never go missing and I have absolute faith in Singpost lol. Plus, I take the initiatives to send mailing proofs even if I’m not told to do so. However if they do (which would only happen for low-cost/smaller items as they are strictly mail-only) get lost, I may, at my discretion, bear some responsibility by doing a partial refund or mailing out a replacement. But personally I don’t think parcels would be lost if you’ve duly written the addresses correctly and properly secured it. It’s not like you’re operating a blogshop business that you have to send out hundreds of parcel everyday. What’s the probability of losing the one and only parcel that you’ve mailed out?

Hence, I conclude that the term “Not liable for lost mails” are only used by people who always lose their parcels.

Just like the scammer I dealt with, not only did she not take the slightest bit of responsibility, she even pointed fingers at me for not opting for registered postage. That was her immediate reaction, like she had already planned to respond that way if someone confronts her about the lost mail. Pfft. Dishonest much.

4. Seller entices and reassures you unnecessarily

“I have many other interested parties!!”

“I have only one piece left!!”

“Don’t worry, I don’t scam!” although you’ve never hinted at any doubts about the seller’s trustworthiness.

Yadda, yadda.

These are some words commonly used by scammers to rob you the ability to consider. They make you go into a state of hysteria and worry that other buyers would beat you to buying it. Take a deep breath, read the seller’s reviews and access his/her credibility. Most importantly, trust your instincts. If you sense something amiss, don’t be afraid to reject the deal and do not succumb to temptation.

Also, do not assume that the seller is legitimate just because he or she had registered the business with ACRA. That does not prove the honesty of the seller. ACRA registration is not difficult at all as you’d only need your Singpass and S$50 for registration fee. I’m sure you’re able to name some registered dishonest companies. If they can cheat, why wouldn’t ACRA-registered Carousellers?

After the above incident, I am now more wary of people with negative and (sometimes) neutral feedback that write about mails being lost. I assess those without feedback as well by looking at their sold items and join date.

5. Seller does not have real-life pictures of product

Never believe if seller says that the item is “true to picture”. We all know that pictures can be digitally enhanced, and studio lightings (for stock photos) can saturate or brighten the colours of apparels. The only way to find out how they really look like before paying is by looking at real-life pictures (if you opt for mailing). How hard is it to take a simple picture of the item with your phone, seriously? There’s a reason why Carousell was developed, to ease the trouble of uploading pictures on the computer before you can finally post them up on a classifieds site! So it’s very strange if the seller can’t provide any additional pictures. Is he or she hiding something from you? Does he or she really have the item?

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Rest assured that you’re not alone as a typical (or veteran) scammer wouldn’t only strike once. They are so hard up that they would try to cheat as much money as possible so you can be sure that there are many other victims around. Do not 打草惊蛇 (act rashly and alert the enemy) and accuse anyone without evidence. If you suspect that you’ve been scammed,

1. Approach the seller

Ask questions that you know would contradict the facts and use this against him/her later. Like my example above, I asked if everyone else had received their romper and she said “yes” when it’s not the case! However this only works if the seller doesn’t disappear into thin air.

2. Conduct underground investigation

Lol, this sounds like some crime show (which I’m so obsessed with right now yay Hong Kong drama) but it’s totally necessary because you cannot expect the authorities to do everything for you. Start by Googling the scammer’s username which won’t give you results 99% of the time because they can assume a different identity each time they plot to cheat. The only thing that DOES NOT change is the bank account number. Other details which you can try searching are telephone numbers, e-mail and residential addresses (for trades). Document your findings and use them to support your case later.

3. Gather as many victims as possible

Some people may not be aware that they had been scammed because they chose to believe the conman, that the parcel was lost. It’s only after you’ve semi-exposed the scam (without revealing the scammer yet) would they realise the truth. Take this opportunity to talk to them and gather as much evidence as possible. Get someone to head the discussion on how to deal with the scammer. Once you feel that it’s enough, you can confront the scammer or bring it up to the relevant authorities. If you know where the scammer studies or works at, lodge a complaint to the management (that was what I intended to do until I received my refund). If you have the scammer’s address, better yet, pay her a visit as a group. But please, no violence!

4. Report to Carousell admin

Honestly, they can’t do much because the conduct of sellers is beyond their control. The most they can do is to e-mail the seller to ask for a follow-up, and/or suspend the seller’s account. If the seller doesn’t reply, I’m afraid their effort ends there.

5. Make a Police report

Only escalate the matter if the scammer refuses to do anything. But making a report is a long and tedious process which doesn’t guarantee results (much to the advantage of the scammer) unless it involves a LARGE amount or many victims. Encourage everyone to file a report using the same reference number to show that the cases are related. An alternative would be to lodge a claim with the Small Claims Tribunal though this should be the last resort if all else fails.

That’s all I have to say! I hope this post serves as a helpful guide to anyone who has fallen prey to scams. As much as I’d love to help everyone, time does not give me the luxury to be involved in your investigation. However, I’m open to any questions so please feel free to drop me a message if you have any queries. Please also acknowledge that I am not an expert in this area so do consider thoroughly before heeding my advice. I won’t be responsible for any undesirable outcome.

Thanks for reading everyone! ❀

Canton Paradise @ JCube

Hey everyone!

I’m on a quest to clear as many pictures in my phone as possible and being a glutton means that I’d take a lot of food pictures. I can’t think of anywhere else to share this whole collection of pictures (Facebook is kinda obsolete for me already) so ta-dah! Here’s another food post!

Boyfriend and I were at JCube last week because we initially wanted to indulge ourselves in some fresh half-priced Salmon Sashimi (this promotion had been going on for quite some time) at Itacho Sushi. But the outlet was closed due to major renovations in the mall! 😩 I’m not sure if it’s a permanent closure but many other (affordable) eateries like Kungfu Paradise are gone as well. But I do hope that Itacho Sushi would resurface again once J.Avenue (the new concept that Jcube is currently constructing) is opened.

We went around the mall in search of other eateries to dine at and came across Canton Paradise on the second level, which was relatively quiet and empty at 9pm+. We even thought that the restaurant was already closed for the day. Gosh, the construction of nearby JEM and Westgate has clearly taken a toll on the businesses at JCube! We decided to dine there anyway because our budget allowed for a good meal in a Hong Kong-style restaurant!

We ordered a lot of food to satisfy the hungry beast in us that night.

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Cold Milk Tea (S$3.60++)

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Each of us got Dry Roasted Duck Noodles (S$8.40++) as our main dish

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So happy coz I was given the thigh area! Look at the skin glistening under the light.

The noodles were very springy, but it would be better if there were a little more dark soy sauce for me to mix with the noodles. As a result of the insufficiency, my noodles were drier and less flavourful than how I’d like it to be. The duck meat however was tender and juicy and its skin had the right amount of crisp!

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The soup that came with the duck noodles

If you’re not a soup person, this may not be to your liking. I really love the soup though! But it has this unique taste (very mild bitter aftertaste) that Boyfriend didn’t quite like.

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Prawn & Mango Fritter (S$5.30++ for three pieces)

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Batter looking deliciously moist and crispy at the same time

Don’t be deceived by the crispy-looking batter as it is definitely not dry nor oily on the inside. Instead, each bite revealed the succulent mixture of the two things we absolutely love, topped with some mayonnaise to enhance the overall taste. It was a unique combination which went well with our taste buds. If you’re wondering where the “mango” is, it’s actually blended into the cake beneath the batter.

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The full prawn in the fritter

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The mango paste at the end of the fritter. So, so good.

Of course, a dining experience at Canton Paradise is never complete without ordering its famous custard buns.

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Custard Bun (S$4.90++ of three)

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This topped my list of the best custard buns in Singapore until I tried Mouth Restaurant’s. Comparisons aside, Canton Paradise deserves to be among the best because it had very flowy and creamy molten custard. I’ll also give extra points for its pillowy bun that was thick enough to prevent the custard from leaking while I ate.

Last but not least… dessert!

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Mango Puree with Sago and Pomelo (S$4.50++)

Told you we love mangoes. No matter which restaurant we patronise, our dessert would always be Mango Sago Pomelo (unless it’s not available) so no surprise there. I’ve tried so many that I can probably create a list of the best Mango Sago dessert in Singapore lol but I’ll leave this job to the food connoisseurs.

The Mango Puree came in a rather small bowl but still enough for the both of us (since we already had so much food earlier on). The puree isn’t exactly a puree as it’s more watery than creamy. Nevertheless, taste wasn’t discounted as it was still pretty sweet.

Including GST and service charge, our bill totalled to $41.31. It’s quite a reasonable price for the amount of food we ordered I’d say! So I will definitely be back again 🙂

That’s all for this post and thanks for reading!

Canton Paradise (JCube)
2 Jurong East Central 1
#02-09
Singapore 609731
Tel: 6684 5080
Business Hours
Mon – Fri: 11.00am – 10.00pm (last order at 9.30pm)
Sat, Sun & PH: 10.30am – 10.00pm (last order at 9.30pm)

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Mouth Restaurant @ Plaza Singapura

Hey everyone!

Ever since I moved into our new (temporary) place, I’ve been travelling to Orchard and Dhoby Ghaut quite often because there is a direct bus service to town! Whoops, this makes meet-ups with Carousellers so much easier. But I’m not going to talk about my hauls just yet (that’s coming pretty soon). Instead, I want to introduce you to my newfound favourite restaurant at Plaza Singapura if you haven’t been there yet. It’s called Mouth Restaurant!

I had walked past this restaurant several times because boyfriend and I used to dine at Itacho Sushi, which is smacked right beside Mouth Restaurant, a lot. But we never went in to try their dishes because being unadventurous, we’d rather patronise a more established restaurant (like Crystal Jade) for Chinese cuisine to ensure that our money is well-spent. Then recently, there was this article on TheSmartLocal about the best Liu Sha Baos (custard buns) in Singapore History and Mouth Restaurant made it on the list! That’s when I knew I had to dine there someday even though the author’s feedback isn’t very favourable. To each his own, right? 😀 Let’s also give Mouth Restaurant a chance to redeem itself!

Before entering, we stopped to look at the menu to see what else they had to offer. We didn’t see their famed Liu Sha Bao anywhere on the a la carte menu so we asked if they still sold the buns (in case they had already discontinued it which is kinda impossible la). Turns out, the Liu Sha Bao was only listed in their set meal menu. Whoa, so famous until they don’t see the need to publicise it anymore, is it? o_O

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Menu 1 (click to enlarge)

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Menu 2 (click to enlarge)

Anyway, their Crispy Noodles with Seafood in Thick Sauce looked promising, so we got one to share as we had ordered quite a number of appetizers and a dessert. Food was served rather quickly and what came first was the highlight of the meal! Yay. Full marks for speed of service!

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Baked Salted Egg Yolk Bun (S$5.80++ for 3)

The appearance of the custard bun reminded me of the Char Siew Baos (barbequed pork buns) at Tim Ho Wan because they both have snow skin-baked crust. I knew immediately by the looks of it that the custard buns were gonna be AWESOME! And I was so darn right.

Boyfriend dug into his bun first and with just ONE bite, the molten custard splattered onto the table like nobody’s business. His fingers were covered with the gooey and delicious golden lava which he licked off without hesitation. Tempted, I took one bun, flipped it over and carefully sunk my teeth into a small corner of it, hoping that I wouldn’t trigger another explosion of custard. And I successfully did it! 😀 That, ladies and gentlemen, was SKILL! Haha.

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Awesome is an understatement

But that method didn’t work on my second bun. The molten custard still managed to leak out in the end -_- I guess that just shows how runny it was! I really hate it when custard buns turn out to be dry and not “攁” at all. 😡

The second bun decided to break apart after my first bite :(

The second bun decided to break apart after my first bite 😩

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Managed to get a proper picture with better lighting of the flowy custard!

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Look how “攁” it is? *drools*

Having said that, the custard buns were AMAZEBALLS (or should I say, amazebunz)! Possibly the best I’ve tasted, beat Swee Choon’s and Canton Paradise’s hands down. It came in the right size (thus pricier) and the molten custard was absolutely tasty and most importantly, runny. Some may find it too greasy which I kinda agree (after trying it on my second visit and you can tell in the above picture) but still, the thickness of the custard and its right balance of salted and sweet outweigh everything negative about the bun! I love it so freakin’ much oh my god but I had to stop myself from ordering another one otherwise I’d get that terrible bloated feeling again.

Okay, enough gushing over the custard buns. Let’s move on to other items I ordered!

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Cuttlefish Balls (S$3.80++ for 3)

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The cuttlefish balls are covered with what tasted like  Mamee noodles crispy noodles but surprisingly they went well with the balls. The unique appearance is also what sets them apart from the other traditional fried cuttlefish balls. However the tough texture of it meant that it would be difficult to stick a fork into it. A bite of it reveals the cooked cuttlefish paste and some mayonnaise.

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Desert Prawn with Salted Egg (S$18++)

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Salted egg overload with a sprinkle of hazelnut

We ordered this mainly because it was a recommended dish on the menu. We were pleased with the presentation and all until we tried our first prawn. Taste wise, it’s a little too bland and it could be more buttery. Our prawns were very grainy and dry and we couldn’t really taste much of the salted egg. I would prefer the sauce to be more creamy than clumpy. We expected better since it was the priciest dish we ordered 😩

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Crispy Noodles with Seafood (S$16++)

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Very fresh prawns that are so crunchy on the outside and succulent on the inside

The sahng-min (“生靱”, or crispy noodles as I always call it) came with a lot of fresh ingredients: prawns, sliced fish, cut squid, mushrooms, vegetables and carrots. Basically every part of it was very fresh. The thick and luscious gravy made every bite of the noodles so enjoyable!

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Chilled Pomelo Sago with Mango (S$4.50++)

Our dinner at Chinese restaurants typically ends with a Mango Sago dessert or its equivalent. Mouth Restaurant’s version was not too bad, but I hope it could be a little sweeter and thicker 🙂

It was a great meal in general and I will definitely recommend it to everyone! Furthermore there never seems to be a queue outside the restaurant (not sure why it’s so underrated) even during peak hours so if you’re one who hates queuing, you should give Mouth Restaurant a go! I will certainly be back again especially for the Baked Salted Egg Yolk Bun 😀

Thanks for reading! ❀

Mouth Restaurant (Plaza Singapura)
68 Orchard Road
#02-01 Plaza Singapura
Singapore 238839
Tel: 63377446
Operating Hours (open daily)
Weekday – 11.30am to 5pm, 6pm to 10pm
Friday – 11.30am to 5pm, 6pm to 10.30pm
Weekend – 10am to 10pm
Public Holidays – 10am to 10pm

Mouth Restaurant (China Square Central)
22 Cross Street
#01-61 China Square Central
South Bridge Court Shop House
Singapore 048421
Tel: 6438 5798 , Fax: 6438 5623
Operating Hours (Open Daily)
Weekday – 11.30am to 3pm, 6pm to 10pm
Weekend/PH – Weekday 10am to 3pm, 6pm to 10pm

Website: http://www.mouth.com.sg/

Staycation at Hotel Clover 769

Hey everyone!

Last Thursday marked the fifth year since my boyfriend and I got together and to celebrate that special day, boyfriend booked a room at a boutique hotel among the many quaint shophouses at Kampong Glam (Bugis) so that we could hang out ’til late that night without having to worry about our transport back home. He also wanted to take a break after his five-week practicum and since school is reopening the following week, he thought it’d be great to have a staycation this week before both of us get busy again!

We have stayed at numerous starred hotels (local and overseas) and we really enjoyed the experience because of the nice deco, room service and the comfort of the beds. We have even taken pointers from how the rooms are designed for our future home and the best inspirations have got to be from boutique hotel which rooms are about the same size as the bedrooms of HDB flats today. I swear, if we are financially fit to stay in hotels every week, we would!

Boyfriend stumbled upon Hotel Clover 769 while browsing Agoda and was attracted by the relatively low rates ($150/night after discount) for a four-star hotel near the city. He booked it immediately without seeking my consent -_-

The hotel is located about 10 minutes away from Bugis MRT station. To get there, you have to go by exit B of the MRT station (towards Golden Landmark) and walk straight ahead until you see Santa Grand Hotel. Turn right into the small road and you’ll see the two-storey Hotel Clover sitting on the other end.

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Definitely not as bright as depicted in the picture but yes, that’s how it looks like. The hotel looks a little run-down from the outside but it’s really not the case! 🙂

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Hotel entrance

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You will be greeted by a range of vintage memorabilia

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You can be rest assured about the cleanliness of the hotel (not literally.. you know, some hotels are meant for quick rendezvous, right?) because all occupants are required to check-in and register for the room. I didn’t know about this policy so I went without my identity card. But they were pretty flexible and accepted my student EZ-Link card because it also indicates my IC number.

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Found at the entrance of the corridor towards all the rooms

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Another piece of vintage ornament

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This place is filled with inspirational quotes (on walls) lol. I love the typeface, so artsy fartsy!

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The brightly-lit corridor

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Our room! It’s the first room along the corridor

Hotel Clover offers four types of room: Clover Single, Clover Select, Clover Plush and Clover Lavish. The first two are the smallest rooms in the hotel (but still rather spacious for two occupants) without window while the last two are more roomy with windows. The best is, no doubt, the Clover Lavish which has an outdoor Jacuzzi. We opted for Clover Select and was pleasantly surprised by the room layout:

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The mini bar. It has the usual essentials such as a safe box, hangers, good quality teabags, a kettle and plenty of cups with teaspoons. Hair dryer is also provided in the first drawer below – something I really appreciate because I hate requesting for it from the concierge coz I’d be obliged to give tips. #miser

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A TV big enough to watch from the bed

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There is a foldable table top at the bottom of the TV. Great if you’re planning to do some work on your laptop!

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Our double bed, crumpled because boyfriend decided to lie on it before this photo was taken.

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Right beside the bed hung two (vanity) mirrors on the wall! Now you know who slept on the left side of the bed! 🙂

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Simple yet elegant ornament on the wall to remind you where you are!

Now let’s check out the gorgeous toilet!

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There are two water sources for showering, one of which is ceiling-mounted! Can you see it in the picture? Boyfriend loves this kind of shower head coz he likes to imagine himself “singing in the rain” rofl. But I don’t unfortunately. I prefer to have full control of the water direction, so detachable shower heads (also in the picture) for me any time!

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The sink!

Oh by the way, the toilet door has no lock. So be sure to only sleep in the same room with someone you trust 😉

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Bedroom slippers made of THICK, QUALITY, STRUCTURED fabric (can’t tell what exactly that is) that won’t spoil so easily. I’m so impressed. It’s probably the best bedroom slippers I’ve gotten so far. (Psst, took one pair home)

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The only decent picture of us.. and boyfriend’s signature pose lol

I went to bed at 4am as I was immersed with tuition lesson preparation (yes, still had to work the next day) and got up at about 9am for breakfast! I expected breakfast buffet like any other hotels but when we went to the dining area, we were told to choose between “Western” or “Asian” breakfast. Puzzled, we took a quick glance at the buffet table and saw only bread, condiments, cereal, beverages and utensils there. So yes, the young chef was definitely going to make us breakfast! We chose the Western one.

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Cereals and beverages

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Branded teabags which can also be found in the room’s mini bar

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Bread and a small toaster. There are also three kinds of cheese (far left) to go with your toast.

We were excited because even at the cheapest hotel we had been to, breakfast was self-service. But when the food came, disappointment took over. The portion was miserably small for any adult, especially my boyfriend who is a pretty big eater.

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Western breakfast consists of a sausage, four potato wedges and a decent scrambled egg

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Trying to make the food look good coz the taste is a letdown

This does not justify the long waiting time of 10-15 minute, honestly. Furthermore, the potato wedges were served cold and the others were not steaming hot. They were in fact lukewarm which could suggest that they were already prepared beforehand. So what was taking them so long? Moreover, the kitchen was just right beside us :\

The breakfast didn’t leave boyfriend’s tummy satisfied so he asked if he could get another serving of sausage and eggs (he hated the wedges and gave some to me) but was told that each patron was only entitled to one breakfast plate. Feeling famished, he offered to pay for it but the hotel staff quoted him S$20++ just for ONE sausage and some scrambled eggs. Are you kidding me?! That’s tantamount to daylight robbery! Of course, we weren’t out of our mind so we politely declined the purchase. In the end, we had to fill out stomach with Honey Stars and orange juice (plus some pasta from Pastamania afterwards).

Anyway, the breakfast they served were of mediocre standard because they were served near-cold. They weren’t generous with the portions especially with that four sad-looking wedges over there, but that’s okay because they were so cold stiff and dry I wouldn’t want anymore of them. Most of the patrons left the dining area with only half of their portions eaten. I also caught a glimpse of the Asian breakfast on someone else’s table. It’s a rice dish which I’m sure is more filling than the Western one, but the taste could be equally bad because many people didn’t finish it as well.

I wouldn’t call that dining area a restaurant too because they don’t serve lunch and dinner. In other words, the dining place would be closed after they are done with breakfast at 10.30am. They had very limited tables and chairs as well so I’m not sure if it would fit everyone if the hotel is fully booked?

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Indeed, my hungry belly was telling me to be displeased

I’m certainly very satisfied with our room but I wouldn’t say the same for breakfast. 😩

UPDATE: They have improved their breakfast! Scroll all the way down for pictures! 🙂

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Saw this on our way back to the room. I have no idea what “The Powder Room” is but it must be somewhere cool to have its name listed on the wall. And that Er Hu is real! (Coz itchy-hand Boyfriend went to strum it)

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There is this relaxation corner beside our room! The roof isn’t covered (I think) so it’s open air.

All in all, it was a great staycation if not for the awful breakfast. I wouldn’t mind going back again but I will definitely prepare my own breakfast next time! I’d give this hotel a 3.5/5.

Hotel Clover was also recently featured on Groupon. Damn, we would have saved so much more if we had seen it! 😩

**UPDATE**

We decided to give Hotel Clover another chance (at our own expense)! We went back again in November and this time, it was for a birthday staycation.

And I’m glad they’ve improved their breakfast drastically since our feedback. Food came way faster than before too!

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Western breakfast! They added baked beans, ham, an extra sausage and more greens!

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This is so much better!

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I got myself Asian breakfast this time and looking at the Western one, I kinda regret my choice hahaha.

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Likewise, they added more greens and I think the sausage is new too! LOVE the runny egg! However I wish they told me it was going to be Bee Hoon (I thought it was gonna be rice) because I don’t really like Bee Hoon 😩 Still, overall taste was great!

Let’s take a look at their buffet table.

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This has no change. Not that I complained anything about it the first time haha.

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They added fruits to the buffet table! Whoopee!

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Open concept kitchen! Just right next to us.

Also worth mentioning is the excellent hotel service (which has been commendable since our first stay there). Our initial room had very weak Wi-Fi coverage so I requested for another room, which the concierge gladly complied! Everything was settled within 10 minutes. And we love our new room – it’s so bright and convenient (it’s the very first room near the entrance) and of course, the Wi-Fi signal was superb!

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The TV strategically covering the window because our room was on the ground floor and anyone walking past would be able to look in haha.

It’s always encouraging to know that business owners are listening and are constantly improving based on customers’ suggestions. With that, I will definitely be going back again!

Alright, that’s all for this post! Thanks for reading 🙂

Hotel Clover 769
769 North Bridge Road
Singapore 198737
Main: (+65) 6340 1860
Fax: (+65) 6340 1869
Email: sales@hotelclover.com.sg /
enquiries@hotelclover.com.sg
Website: http://hotelclover.com/

FAVOURITES: 10 MLBB Lipsticks

Hello ladies!

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I’m back with the second instalment of a series of (hopefully) four of my FAVOURITE types of lipsticks! Have you checked out my first FAVOURITE post on dark lipsticks yet? If you haven’t, head on down here!

Also check out what made it to my top Red lipsticks list!

As the title mentions, I’ll be talking about my favourite MLBB lipsticks! MLBB, for the record, stands for “My Lips But Better” and such lipstick shades not only complements your lips, but they also enhances your natural lip colour. Hence, these shades usually come in nude hues that are not too eye-catching – perfect for professions like teachers who cannot wear heavy makeup to work. As a part-time tutor, I also have to go easy on my makeup or else my students would be distracted by my face, so I stock up on a lot of MLBB lipsticks from various brands! Here are some of my personal favourites from my own stash.

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An overview of the 10 lipsticks I’m about the feature! Can you identify any one of them? 🙂

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Clean lips to show my natural lip colour

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The first four: (left to right) Anna Sui in 301, MAC in Cosmo, MAC in Kinda Sexy and MAC in Ravishing

1. Anna Sui in 301

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Anna Sui #301 is described as a coral pink shade. It has very fine shimmer that reflects a little light.

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It has a very creamy and glossy texture! One of my favourite pink lipsticks as well 🙂 Plus it’s scented! And the packaging is really intricate, just like any other Anna Sui products.

2. MAC in COSMO

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Cosmo is a dark beige amplified finish lipstick with pink undertones

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MAC’s Cosmo is officially my HG (Holy Grail) lipstick! It really enhances my lip colour and makes me look fresher in general. Some nude lipsticks completely wash me out but this doesn’t at all. The creamy texture of the lipstick glides onto my lips really well and leaves them looking hydrated at all times!

Singaporeans! Find out how to buy from maccosmetics.com here!

3. MAC in KINDA SEXY

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Kinda Sexy is a beige-pink lip colour with matte finish. It is like a lighter version of Cosmo.

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Another top favourite of mine! Actually I’m a huge fan of matte lipsticks because they tend to be more long-lasting. Plus, I love the “dry” effect on my lips (think Angelina Jolie).

4. MAC in RAVISHING

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Ravishing is a clean light peach coral with Cremesheen finish.

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I honestly think Ravishing is a good shade for fair to medium skin tones (Asians) because of its orange undertones. If you are looking to find a shade that is not too flamboyant, this is worth considering!

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The next three: (left to right) Benefit Hydra-Smooth Lip Color in Juicy Details,Rouge Dior Nude Lip Blush in Ingénue #418, Guerlain Romance (601) Rouge Automatique Lipstick

5. Benefit Hydra-Smooth Lip Colour in JUICY DETAILS

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Juicy Details is described by Benefit as a natural pink shade. It has a sheer finish.

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I used to wear this everyday to work back in those days when I was working at Love, Bonito. It’s a very flattering colour and makes your lips look very moisturised! But due to its sheer finish, it never stays beyond two hours and I had to keep reapplying.

6. Rouge Dior Nude Lip Blush in INGÉNUE #418

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(Pardon my unintentional crossed eyes) IngĂ©nue #418 is a peach-coloured lipstick with pink undertones. I’d say it has a glossy-matte finish.

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IngĂ©nue #418 is the closest to my natural lip colour and it’s perfect for days which I have flaky and dull lips. Being one who doesn’t use lip balm, this is the shade I reach for to cover up the flaws and at the same time, giving back my lips the healthy colour. However the price tag (more than S$40 I think) for this is rather hefty!

7. Guerlain Rouge Automatique Lipstick in ROMANCE (601)

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The limited edition 601 Romance is a “softened, light-medium pink with very subtle, warm undertones and a soft, frosted finish comprised of pink and white shimmer.” (Temptalia)

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It may be a little too frosty to some but I feel otherwise even though I mostly shun MAC’s Frost finish lipsticks. This has the right amount of “frost” and that hint of purple just makes the colour stand out even more. Also worth mentioning is the packaging of the lipstick. The bullet appears from a tube when you push down the slider! How cool!

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The last three: Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Protest, Fiend and Naked

8. Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in PROTEST

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Protest is a sheer peachy nude with brown undertones.

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Also one of my go-to lipsticks when I’m heading out to tutor my little kids! I know I’ve said this many times but Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick line is MY FAVOURITE (MAC comes second) because of its high pigment.

9. Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in FIEND

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Fiend is a muted rose, a medium rosy pink shade.

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10. Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in NAKED

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Naked is a sheer nude pink, a perfect nude with light pink undertones

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A dork face to end this post! Naked is another perfect nude shade that gives you supple-looking baby lips.

My boyfriend, well-known for disliking dark lipsticks, would be very elated to know about the existent of this post. Haha!

Anyway, what do you guys think? Which colour suits me best? 🙂

I’m actually planning to try out more MLBB lipsticks but I’m more familiar with brands like MAC and Urban Decay so if you guys have recommendations from other brands, do let me know in the comments below!

Thanks for reading! ❀

HISTORY: Closed and Merged Schools in Singapore (PART 2)

WARNING: This post requires high amount of bandwidth! Wi-Fi connection advised.

Hello again, everyone!

This post has come earlier than planned because of the recent news about the merger of 8 secondary schools. It’s pretty sad as some of these schools were once a merging party not long ago, and now they have to face it again. Since there are many more schools that I did not cover previously, I thought I should do a follow-up post to try and include as many defunct schools as possible including the 8 latest victims.

In my previous entry, I mentioned some causes that could have led to the closure of most schools (e.g. population shift, ageing facilities etc.) but I failed to mention one crucial point. Remember the post World-War II baby boom during the late 1940s to 1950s? The sudden increase in population called for more schools to be built then (which makes sense, considering that most of these closed schools were built in the late 1950s-60s when most of the children were ready to be schooled) and some even had insufficient vacancies. Then came the 1970s-1980 when the Stop at Two programme was introduced to control the population growth in Singapore. The programme pushed for small nuclear families and penalised couples for having more than three children (no priority given in school registration to third and subsequent kids of parents who had not been sterilised before the age of 40). As the existing children got older, the number of schooling kids in the estate reduced (since no one dared to procreate anymore). Thus, the enrolment in most neighbourhood (or “estate”) schools started declining which subsequently forced them to close.

Therefore it was very common for students to keep changing schools as a result of school closures in the past, so don’t be taken aback by people who have attended numerous schools back then. They simply had no choice!

Check out PART 1, PART 3 and PART 4 if you haven’t!

Anyway, back to my topic on defunct schools. Here is the continued list in no particular order again (I try my best to rearrange them according to districts):

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Monk’s Hill Secondary School (Newton)

Merged into Balestier Hill Secondary School in 2007

The school’s history began in 1958 on a plot of land that was once the site of a Chinese monastery, hence the name ‘Monk’s Hill’. It became an integrated school in 1961, offering both English- and Malay-medium education to its intake of pupils but both mediums were merge in 1976. From then on, it has established itself as an English-medium school. It became a single-session school when it shifted to its new premises at 12 Winstedt Road in 1993.

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In 1960, Monk’s Hill presented its first batch of candidates for the national School Certificate Examination. In 1964, the school song was composed and it held its first Speech and Prize-Presentation Day in 1967.

Source: [1] [2] [3]


Newton Boys’ School (Newton)

Merged into Monk’s Hill Primary School in 1978

Newton Boys’ was established in 1956, right next to Monk’s Hill Primary School. It was one of the schools in Cairnhill-Newton area that was hit by declining enrolment. Due to its inability to sustain economically, it ceased operations 21 years after its opening. While students could still utilise Newton Boys’ premises, they were to be under the charge of Monk’s Hill Primary School.

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No further information can be found. I did come across “Winstedt School” (also in the vicinity but closed in 1973) while trying to gather more information about Newton Boys’ but I am not certain if these two schools were in any way related.

Source: [1] [2] [3]


Monk’s Hill Primary School (Newton)

Closed after 1986 (exact year unknown)

Like Newton Boys’, Monk’s Hill Primary started out as an all-boys school. Monk’s Hill Primary and Newton Boys’ were relatively near to each other and students from both schools would come together to play the “Police and Thief” game. Otherwise, they (the boys in particular) would be “fighting” over girls from neighbouring Anthony Road Girls’ School.

The school’s year of establishment is not known, but it could have been around since 1950.

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Monk’s Hill Primary merged with Newton Boys’ School in 1978 and operated out of the latter’s campus. One block of its building was converted into a language centre for secondary and junior college students taking French, German and Japanese under a special Education Ministry scheme. Prior to that, it was used by the Vocational and Industrial Training Board.

In 1957, Hua Yi Secondary School moved to Monk’s Hill Primary’s building (probably shared) and only stayed there for a year before shifting again to its very own building at Margaret Drive.

Source: [1] [2] [3]


Cairnhill Primary School (Newton)

Closed in 1980

Started as an all-girls school in 1958 (verification needed) at the present site of Raffles Girls’ Secondary School today, it shifted to Cairnhill Road a year later and possibly at the same time became co-ed. (History quoted from Hamida Pagi)

Following a steady decline in its enrolment, the Ministry of Education then decided to phase out the school by the end of 1980. Its students were given alternative places in nearby schools such as Monk’s Hill Primary and Anthony Road Girls’ School which were also plagued by poor enrolment. Both said schools are no longer existent today.

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After Cairnhill was demolished, Anglo Chinese School (Junior) took over its site for about two decades before finally shifting to its present location at Windstedt Road. The site at Cairnhill Road is now occupied by Ministry of Education Language Centre (Newton). The facade of Cairnhill Primary can still be seen today.

Local actor Adrian Pang, comedian Kumar and singer Rahima Rahim attended Cairnhill Primary School. Wow, if Rangoon Road Primary (mentioned in PART 1) was a school that groomed a generation of politicians, then Cairnhill Primary definitely was one that groomed a troupe of performers!!

Source: [1] [2]


Elling North School
Elling South School (Bartley)

Merged in 1985 to form Elling Primary School (verification needed)
Closed in 1996

Elling North School started functioning as a boys’ school in 1958 until 1960. It was renamed to Elling North Primary School in 1979 when it became a fully English-medium school. The school buildings were later converted into JAMIYAH Children’s Home (Darul Ma’wa) in 1993.

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Elling North School

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Elling Primary School – Batch 1991-1996

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Elling South School – Class of 1981

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Elling South School – Class P5B of 1981

No further information can be found for Elling South and the amalgamated school except for the fact that Singapore’s first female commercial pilot Teo Ah Hong was from Elling South School.

Source: [1] [2] [3]


Maju Secondary School (Dakota)

Merged into Broadrick Secondary School in 1996

The school was established in 1968. According to a Malay teacher there, female Maju students (or “Majuans”, as they called themselves) were allowed to wear uniform in either baju kurung or blouse. Some of the Chinese students followed suit and wore baju kurung. Not sure how true that is because all the class photos I found on Maju Sec’s Facebook page had no female students in baju kurung.

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Class Sec4-5 of 1985

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1995

Correct me if I’m wrong (I can’t find any supporting references), but the school gives me an impression that it was a Malay-populated school. So could it be one of the few Malay-medium schools in the early days of Singapore’s independence?

Maju Secondary was also one of the few French centres set up in 1978 to allow students to take up French as their second or third language. The centre was closed in 1983.

Source: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7]


Mount Vernon Secondary School (Potong Pasir/MacPherson)

Closed in 1990/1991 (verification needed)

The school was opened in 1969 but was never known to produce excellent academic results until one of its deaf pupils appeared on the news for topping the two Secondary 5 classes for GCE “O” level in 1986. Having received extra coaching from a resource teacher who could do signs and lip reading, Mount Vernon was one of the few normal schools then that accepted handicapped (or in this case, mute-deaf) students. They had as many as 50 students with such disabilities in 1986.

The school was also the first and only one then to represent Singapore in a United Nations’ peace project.

To join Mount Vernon Secondary’s Alumni Facebook page (closed group), click here.

Source: [1] [2] [3] [4]


Sang Nila Utama Secondary School (Aljunied)

Closed in 1988

The school was the first Malay-medium secondary school established in Singapore and the third secondary school built after Singapore achieved self-government in 1959. Named after Sang Nila Utama, the Prince of Palembang who was believed to be the founder of Singapura, it was officially opened in 1961. The opening of the secondary school was seen as the most significant milestone in the development of Malay education in Singapore since the establishment of the first Malay primary school at Telok Blangah in 1856.

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Following the Ministry of Education’s decision to phase out all non-English-medium pre-university centres by 1981, Sang Nila Utama Secondary School stopped accepting pre-university students at the beginning of 1979. The existing pre-university Malay stream classes were transferred to Bartley Secondary School. The school intake of Malay-stream secondary classes also suffered a decline over the years. By 1984, only two classes remained, with an enrolment of 37 students. The school building served as temporary accommodation for the nearby Cedar Girls’ Secondary School when the latter’s school building was undergoing renovation. The building currently houses the Gurkha Contingent.

(History lifted from NLB)

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Kallang Primary School (Mountbatten)

Closed/Merged into Guillemard West Primary School in 1987 (verification needed)

Founded in the 1960s, the school was formerly known as Kallang Integrated Primary School – a merged school between Kallang Government Chinese Primary School and Kallang English School.

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Receipt for school fees payment. All schools had it.

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It had a very remarkable principal (Mrs Molly Chan, transferred to Swiss Cottage Primary in 1983) who pioneered the Care, Save and Share programme “to save many innocent children from going astray”. You can read snippets of her interview here. Principals like her who tries to build rapport with staff and students are hard to come by these days..

Source: [1] [2] [3] [4]


Beng Wan Primary School (Kallang)

Merged into Bendemeer Primary School in 2004

The school (ç§‰æ–‡ć°ć­Š) started functioning in 1977 with pupils from Griffiths Primary, Beatty Primary, Balestier Boys’ School, Balestier Girls’ School, Balestier Primary and Kwong Avenue schools. At the same year, Bendemeer Secondary functioned at Beng Wan’s building for three months before it shifted to its new building. Beng Wan Primary was also where the first Hindi classes (organised by the Pro-Tem Hindi Committee to look into the study of Hindi in Singapore) were conducted.

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Aerial view in 1978

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The most-feared person in schools.. (except for me. I loved visiting the dentist. Always wished that my milk teeth would be shaky so that I could visit the school dentist LOL I’m hella weird)

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Morning assembly in the 1970s

The main Beng Wan Primary Facebook page is locked so I am unable to retrieve information from there. To join, click here.

Source: [1] [2] [3]


Jaya Primary School (Bedok)

Closed in 1998

Opened in 1984 when a growing emphasis was placed upon the use of English, Jaya Primary was as an English-medium school which offered Chinese, Malay and Tamil languages just like any other schools today. However even before the school was officially opened, there were feedback about the inconvenience of the school for it was located near light industries and away from the major portion of the residential area. There were also no direct bus service to the school. Could all these be the reasons for its closure?

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Anyway, it’s quite common for primary schools in the past to have a mini “zoo” within the school compound. For Jaya, they had 2 geese named Ganda and Gandi which were, according to some ex-students, killed by some thieves who broke into the school.

Sadly, the school had a really short history. Its remaining students were received by East Coast Primary School when it closed.

Source: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6]


Bedok North Primary School (Bedok)

Merged into East Coast Primary School in 2001

One of the many primary schools in Bedok (quite evident from this post and the last), this school was established in 1980 and was the first of the new generation schools to be built in Bedok North HDB estate. It however received poor enrolment even when registration first started, probably due to the excessive number of new schools (way too many if you ask me) built in the same area at the same time and stiff competition from other popular schools. Like Jaya Primary, it was pretty short-lived and was also absorbed by East Coast Primary upon its closure.

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Source: [1] [2] [3]


Bedok Town Primary School (Bedok)

Merged into Telok Kurau Primary School in 2001

The small school started in 1982. 19 years later, it got merged with Telok Kuraru Primary. The land that used to sit Bedok Town Primary is now an open field. Right beside that plot of land is Bedok Town Secondary, also closing by the end of 2015.

Source: [1] [2]


Bedok South Primary School
Bedok View Primary School (Bedok)

Merged in 2002 to form Bedok Green Primary School

Officially opened in 1981 (but started accepting students in 1980), Bedok South was the second (newer?) primary school built in Bedok. The school was recognised for its exemplary performance in sports – soccer in particular – as it won in an inter-school soccer match against schools from all over Singapore in the 1980s. One of their players was Nordin Khalil, who got selected to play in the national soccer team.

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Bedok South Primary School

Bedok View was opened in 1977 and was joined by students from Pin Ghee High School at Chai Chee, and Bedok Primary when both schools closed in 1976 and 1996 respectively. It shifted from the junction of New Upper Changi Road and Bedok South Avenue 3 (now Katong School run by Association for Persons with Special Needs since 2007) to Bedok South Avenue 2.

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Bedok View Primary School

Local actress Priscelia Chan attended Bedok View Primary.

Source: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6]

Fun fact: Including schools that were closed previously, there are more than 20 schools bearing the name “Bedok”. They include Bedok North Primary, Bedok North Secondary, Bedok Primary, Bedok South Primary, Bedok South Secondary, Bedok Town Primary, Bedok Town Secondary, Bedok View Primary, Bedok View Secondary, Bedok West Primary, Bedok Girls’ School and Bedok Boys’ School. All of these schools experienced receiving letters and calls addressed to other schools at least once. Well, you can’t really blame the postman. Being someone who rarely travels to the east, I am genuinely confused either. [Source]


Min Xin Primary School (Bedok)

Merged into Yu Neng Primary School in 2003

Located next to Yu Neng Primary (which made merging so convenient), Min Xin was started in early 1960’s by a group of Chinese businessmen to promote Chinese education in Singapore. It was originally at Jalan Bumbun Utara (also in Bedok) and called Bin Sin Chinese School. In 1982, the school was taken over by the Government and the medium language was converted to English. It was also renamed to Min Xin Primary and relocated to Bedok North Street 3.

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Then

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Now (it should be gone by now)

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The school exterior

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Min Xin Primary, I believe, is one of those schools that people can hardly remember today. This is not surprising considering that when you try Googling its name, “Xinmin Primary” shows up in the results instead. No, they are not affiliated to each other.

Today its premises are occupied by the Rumah Kebajikan Muhammadiyah (RKM) or Muhammadiyah Welfare Home for the youth and children.

(History quoted from ex-student Mohamed Ridhwan)

Source: [1] [2] [3]


Ping Yi Primary School (Bedok)

Merged into Fengshan Primary School in 2001

Did you know that prior to the construction of Ping Yi Primary (unable to find when), that land was dedicated to a cemetery? I know, everyone says something similar about their schools and there’s indeed no concrete evidence to this hearsay, but there are quite a number of spooky stories about Ping Yi Primary floating around on the net. So whether you believe it or not, it’s up to you. 😀

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Old map that shows the location of Ping Yi Primary

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The merged school is now functioning at the new school built at Bedok North Rd (former Ping Yi Primary Site). Part of the Ping Yi’s building has also been demolished and converted into Fengshan’s school field.

Source: [1] [2] [3]


Telok Kurau Malay Girls’ School
Telok Kurau West School (Bedok)

Merged in 1983 to form Telok Kurau West Primary School
Merged with Telok Kurau East School in 1985 to form Telok Kurau Primary School
Merged with Bedok Town Primary School in 2001 to form Telok Kurau Primary School

As you can see, the Telok Kurau Primary we have today is actually an amalgamation of several schools – Telok Kurau Malay Girls (formed 1960), Telok Kurau West (formed 1692), Telok Kurau English School (formed 1926, later renamed to Telok Kurau East School in 1962) and lastly, Bedok Town Primary schools (read history above).  Our Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew was an ex-student of Telok Kurau English School – a fact that the school today boasts about. A lot.

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Telok Kurau East School

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Telok Kurau East School

Telok Kurau Malay Girls’, as the name suggests, is a Malay medium primary school. On the other hand, Telok Kurau West and English schools had their lessons conducted mainly in English and they only admitted boys until the former changed its name and both schools merged.

Source: [1] [2] [3]


Woodsville Primary School (Geylang)

Merged into MacPherson Primary School in 2002

The school was officially opened in 1979 at the junction of Jalan Kolam Ayer and Aljunied Road (near to housing estates but it was very congested) and was the second school to be opened that year.

In 1987, the school adopted an unusual programme to instill a sense of responsibility among its students, and foster goodwill among the teachers. This programme included a free-wheeling book system where students could pick up books and keep them for as long as they wanted without having to step into the library and going through any formal lending procedures. On top of that, (now here’s the interesting part) teachers were encouraged to “adopt” students from broken families by giving them pocket money, buying them books or supplying them uniforms. According to the principal, the scheme worked but whoa, if it were to be devised today, I’m pretty sure it would backfire. Haha.

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During the same period, the school also had a discipline master (Mr Clifford Oliveiro) who was also an accomplished musician. Every week when teachers were having contact time, the students had to read their storybooks until the meeting ended. To save the entire school from boredom, Mr Oliveiro would go on stage with his guitar and strum to a variety of songs (e.g. El Condor Pasa, Those Were The Days) that got the whole school singing. The school’s winning of their first SYF Gold Award was probably attributed to the frequent singing “practices” the students had.

(While writing this portion of text, I had the sudden urge to listen to songs by Simon and Garfunkel (I’m an oldie junkie, remember?). If you’re feeling the same, you can listen to them on Spotify hehe)

What an incredibly cool school!!

Source: [1] [2] [3]


Woodsville Secondary School (Geylang)

Merged into MacPherson Secondary School in 2004

A quick search on the school’s name online would reveal that the school (formed in 1977) was pretty adroit at sports. It had a swimmer (Sandy Ang) who created Singapore track history when he became the first schoolboy to smash the 22-second barrier in the 200-metre relay in 1984.  Even famous local blogger Bong Qiuqiu, also an old girl from Woodsville, was part of the school’s netball team. There are also reports of the school participating in various sports competition such as basketball, badminton and gymnastics.

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Sec 4-6 of 1983

Official Facebook page here.

Source: [1] [2] [3]


Tanjong Rhu Boys’ School
Tanjong Rhu Girls’ School
Tanjong Rhu Primary School (Kallang)

Merged in 1984 to form Tanjong Rhu Primary School
Closed in 1989

Tanjong Rhu Boys’ was built in 1950 beside Tanjong Rhu Girls’, also formed in the same year. Boys would occasionally intrude into the girls’ side of the field, much to the displeasure of the staff from Tanjong Rhu Girls’.

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Tanjong Rhu Boys’ School

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Tanjong Rhu Girls’ School

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Tanjong Rhu Girls’ School

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Canteen shared by Tanjong Rhu Boys’ and Girls’

Tanjong Rhu Primary already existed before both single-sex schools merged. It was a Chinese-based school until its enrolment started falling and eventually drove the school to become integrated (by having both Chinese and English based curriculum). After the merger, the amalgamated school occupied the grounds of Tanjong Rhu Boys’ and Girls’ while the original Tanjong Rhu Primary building was leased out. The school had been demolished to make way for Dunman High School.

I won’t comment much on the history of these three schools as there are other sites that have done so. These authors had first-hand experience and me paraphrasing what they wrote would seem like I’m discrediting them and disrespecting the schools. So please, click here and here for more information 🙂 These schools also have an (combined) active Facebook group.

Source: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5]


Norfolk Primary School (Farrer Park)

Closed in 1984

Norfolk Primary and Cambridge Primary sat side by side thus it was only economical to share the same field (which was also where the rivalry between both schools began). Norfolk’s year of establishment is not known.

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Flooding was a commonplace in the olden days of Singapore. Norfolk and Cambridge (below) were badly affected on several occasions.

When Norfolk shut its doors in 1984, students were conveniently transferred to Cambridge Primary.

Source: [1] [2] [3]


Cambridge Primary School (Farrer Park)

Closed in 1998

Cambridge Primary (est. 1963) and Norfolk Primary have similar history. There used to be a tidbit stall just opposite both schools and students usually flocked there to buy shaved ice. A room on the second level of Cambridge Primary was dedicated to caning students (that’s what one person said.. haha) while the most feared dental room was on the ground floor.  According to most people who studied there, there used to be a well-liked Eurasian principal called Mr Dragon who unfortunately passed away in the 1980s.

Cambridge was also one of the few schools in Singapore to have their school song entirely in Malay.

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Today, Cambridge Primary serves as dormitory. This is the main entrance.

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Where flag raising ceremony used to be held at

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The back gate

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The school field shared with Norfolk Primary.

In 1993, the school came first in an Art Olympiad. Beating 33 schools and 99 other pupils, the triumph brought much glory to the school. The event was even reported on a Chinese newspaper!

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Art Olympiad

The rest of its students joined May Primary School which is now known as Farrer Park Primary School. The site of Cambridge is now a foreign student dormitory.

Source: [1] [2] [3] [4]


Owen School (Farrer Park)

Closed in 1988

The school started in 1955. People who are aware of the 2 missing “McDonald’s” boys in 1986 would most probably know about this school as well, because those two boys studied there and disappeared before just their class commenced. Not a very glamorous thing to be remembered and known for, especially when the school was already on the brink of closure.

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Owen Primary’s tuckshop

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Owen School didn’t have a multi-purpose hall, so students had to sit on the grass field during assembly. When it poured, the playful ones would take the opportunity to catch earthworms and red ants on the field.

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The school was at the junction of Owen Road and Oxford Road. The ill-fated Hotel New World (collapsed in 1986) was just nearby along Owen Road.

Apart from the 2 missing Primary 6 boys, there were of course other famous alumni as well, the most well-known being Singapore Democratic Alliance Party’s Desmond Lim (you may remember him as the one who spoke at the SDA’s online rally last January).

Cambridge Primary absorbed the students of Owen Primary when the latter closed. The building of Owen School remained on the ground for decades until it was finally torn down in July this year. At one point it was converted into “Cambridge International Hostel”.

Source: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5]


Dorset Primary School (Newton/Farrer Park)

Closed after 1980 (exact year unknown)

The last in the Farrer Park cluster of primary schools I’m going to talk about. While researching on this school, I found myself getting limited information for “Dorset Primary School” but a lot more when I removed the “Primary” from it. Dorset School, according to an article, was an all-boys school originally named Dorset Road School and established in 1954. But I actually read an ex-student’s account about it being a mixed school (plus all the Dorset Primary photos from NAS have girls in them)! Did Dorset start accepting female students along the way? I don’t know.

Anyway, there’s no reports about its official closure but it could be in 1981 when Catholic High took over the premises of Dorset School completely. Students from Dorset were given the option to transfer to CHS Primary or to other schools but I saw that a lot of Dorset kids went to Cambridge instead. Whatever it is, the facts for this school are a little contradictory so it would be good if more ex-students could come forward and verify the facts.

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The school was formed around the same time as Owen School. However, Dorset proved to be the more popular choice as it received more applicants than its vacancies. But the popularity obviously didn’t last.

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Tuckshop

Ang Mo Kio Primary housed its Primary 1 students at Dorset Primary School for the first three months of its opening in the late seventies while waiting for their own building to be completed.

Ex-students who are interested to join Dorset Primary’s Facebook group can request permission to do so here.

Source: [1] [2] [3] [4]


Parry Secondary School
Hwi Yoh Secondary School (Serangoon)

Merged in 1984 to form Peicai Secondary School

Parry Secondary was formed in 1966 and officially opened in 1968 (first batch in 1969) at Parry Avenue. The school uniform, considered “smart” at that time, comprised of a compulsory school tie where students had to pin the school badge on, a white shirt with light green skirt that had two inverted pleats in front complete with a belt made from the same cloth as the skirt. That’s for the girls, of course. For the boys, I’m not too sure, but pictures suggest that the white top could be paired with white shorts (no long pants – that’s only for prefects!).

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Parry Secondary School 1981

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Parry Secondary School 1981

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Parry Secondary School 1981

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Parry Secondary School 1981

It offered Normal and Technical subjects (students were allowed to choose between the two freely). The subjects offered in Normal stream were Geography, Literature, Maths, General Science, Biology, Chinese and Domestic Science (kind of like our present Home Economics). Domestic Science was offered as an “O” level subject. Technical subjects were purely related to carpentry working on machinery.

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Parry Secondary night view

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The school had an exhibition of creations made with paper and wood with Serangoon Garden Secondary in 1980, 3 years before its closure.

After it closed, Rosyth School moved to the site of Parry Secondary due to space constraints in its previous premises.

Hwi Yoh Secondary was completed in 1967 and it admitted its first students in 1968. It was the 103rd school built by the then-government and was judged the cleanest secondary school in the inter-school cleanliness competition in 1971. The school was a centralised workshop catering for students from nine schools due to its availability of facilities for the studies of technical and academic subjects in the English and Chinese medium.

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Hwi Yoh Secondary School 1971

Like Parry Secondary, Hwi Yoh actively participated in extramural activities.

In 1982 however, the school’s Principal Mrs Jillian Scully took her own life together with the rest of her family at their home. It was speculated that she, together with their two young children, was coerced by her husband Victor Scully, a swindler who was close to be arrested and jailed for the second time, to do so.

Both schools merged and Peicai Secondary was born, but how did the name Peicai come about? Apparently, Parry in Hanyu Pinyin was “Peili” while Hwi Yoh was “Xicai”. The new name was derived by fusing the head and the tail of the two names in Hanyu Pinyin. The merger, as expected, was a result of falling enrolment and population shifts to new town and these two schools were the only secondary schools that merged that year. Today, Peicai Secondary is located at Serangoon Avenue 4.

Source: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12] [13] [14]


Charlton School (Kovan)

Merged into Xinghua Primary School in 2003

Charlton took in its first batch of students in 1954 and was temporarily housed at Serangoon English Afternoon School because its own building at Arazoo Avenue was not ready for occupation yet. The school was remembered by students to have a little gardening area where pupils could cultivate some flowers and plant some common vegetables. It was also there where students got to interact with one another from different classes.

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There is no Facebook group for Charlton except for this which has only 53 likes but the admin doesn’t really post much school-related stuff. Time to start reconnecting with your ex-schoolmates, Charltonians! What do you say? 🙂

Source: [1] [2] [3]


Parry Primary School (Kovan)

Merged into Xinghua Primary School in 2007

Among the primary schools in Kovan in the 1980s were Parry Avenue Boys’ School, Parry Avenue Girls’ School and Parry Ave Government Chinese Middle School (co-ed) which were set up in the mid-late 1950s. All three schools merged in 1981 to become the new Parry Primary School, using the blocks of the parent schools (thus had three canteens). They were labelled blocks A, B and C and were former Parry Avenue Boys’ School, Parry Avenue Girls’ School and Parry Chinese School respectively. Each block hosted different levels of classes – Block A housed the primary threes and sixes, Block B for the primary ones and twos and Block C for the primary fours and fives.

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Parry Primary’s oversized school field which was also shared with Rosyth School when latter took over Parry Secondary’s site until it shifted.

Think that you’ve seen the field before somewhere? Well, you had probably seen it on TV in the late 90’s/early 2000s (thanks Tammi!):

Blast to the past: check out 00:26 to 00:34 of Kit Chan’s Royal Umbrella commercial!

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The new Parry Primary became one of the first two primary schools in 1981 to go full day (meaning being lessons to function from 7.30am to 2.30pm or 3.00pm depending on the level and thereafter, students would proceed with their ECAs. Of course, homework was lessen and teaching became more laxed) but the programme wasn’t well-received and was eventually scrapped in 1983.

Students there wore blue uniform.

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Along Parry Avenue lay a Japanese cemetery, several private and abandoned houses. There were also factories nearby. The school building now is vacant. Previously it was used as a student hostel.

One of Parry’s ex-students is 97.2fm DJ Violet Fenying.

Source: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5]


Jalan Kayu Primary School (Sengkang)

Closed in 1988

Most schools in the past were named after the street the building was built on (you should already be able to tell by now). Jalan Kayu Primary was no different. Built in 1955 and officially opened in 1958, it was named as such due to its locality. Jalan Kayu is Malay for “Wood Road” but colloquially, “Kayu” is used to describe someone stupid. Thus, Jalan Kayu Primary’s students often get teased.

… whenever I say I am from Jalan Kayu (Primary), people reply “Then you must be kayu (dimwitted).”

– 11 year-old Zhang Yijin who was the first student in the school to score 4 A stars in the 1987 PSLE

The school started with every class filled to capacity. Students generally were children of farmers shopkeepers, and technicians and labourers employed by the R.A.F. (Royal Air Force). The school first experienced a dip in enrolment in the early Seventies when people started moving out of the area to other satellite towns.

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Class of 1968

Jalan Kayu Primary (JKPS) has 2 conflicting years of cessation. According to the history of Ang Mo Kio Primary, they were joined by pupils and teachers from JKPS in 1978. However a 1989 article from The Straits Times indicated that the school was only closed in 1988. Not sure which to believe, but I’m sure a national newspaper is a more reliable source. The school is now submersed beneath the TPE (Tampines Expressway).

Source: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6]


Keppel School
Cantonment School (Tanjong Pagar)

Merged in 1984 to form Keppel Primary School
Closed in 1996

Keppel and Cantonment were established in 1954 and situated next to each other without a barrier separating them. Despite that, students were not allowed to cross over to other side. Prior to having their own buildings, students from both schools temporarily accommodated in Gan Eng Seng School.

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Primary 3A of 1980

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Keppel Primary School

The schools were named after the busy roads of Keppel and Cantonment. The noise of traffic using Cantonment Road was so loud that classes had to be conducted using microphone. The government even considered resitting both schools as their sites were uncondusive for learning.

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Students from Keppel Primary going on an excursion to an unknown place

The merged school had a very accomplished band having won several Gold awards. The school also used to conduct lessons at the nearby Yan Kit Swimming Complex. According to an old student, when news about the merger broke, both schools had a swimming competition to determine the name of the school. Cantonment School eventually won but they were kind enough to let Keppel keep its name. Interesting! But this arrangement looks too informal to be true. Can anyone confirm this? Haha.

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The old Cantonment School is not to be confused with the present Cantonment Primary School (established in 2011 at Cantonment Close). The merged school became offices for the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau until 2004. Now, the building is used by private businesses as offices.

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Our then-Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew at Cantonment Primary for the Use Your Hands Campaign in 1978

By the end of 1996, Keppel Primary closed its doors and its remaining students joined Zhangde Primary.

Source: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6]


Labrador Primary School (Pasir Panjang)

Closed in 1988

Established in 1961 at Pasir Panjang Road, the four-storey school accommodated students of four streams – English, Chinese, Malay and Tamil. Most of the students seem to be of Malay descent though, judging from the pictures and conversation posted on their Facebook page.

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The Labrador Primary School today

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Class outing to what seems to be Little Guilin

The school closed because of falling enrolment and its 172 pupils were transferred to Jagoh Primary. The campus was then used by Singapore Polytechnic for its Business Administration course to meet the increased demand for places in the course. Today, it houses Bayanihan Centre (training centre for Philippines association).

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Jagoh Primary School (Telok Blangah)

Closed in 1999

The school was established in 1985, officially opened in 1987 but closed about 14 years later after not offering Primary One places since 1998. That’s a very short survival duration. I don’t get it though.. why build another school when the one nearby (Labrador Primary) was already suffering from declining enrolment?

There used to be a Kampong Jagoh Primary School in the late 1960s too. However I am not sure if both schools were related.

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Jagoh Primary School

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A Chinese class in 1988

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Gosh! Anyone remembers this? This was also implemented during my primary school days (1997-2002)! No one was allowed to exit the class without this. But after awhile, the school kinda stopped reinforcing it haha.

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After 1999, students were transferred to Blangah Rise Primary School.

The site where Jagoh Primary used to stand is now Telok Blangah MRT station.

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Yuqun Primary School (Jurong East)

Merged into Yuhua Primary School in 2002

Formally known as Joo Koon Public School at Jurong Road, Yuqun Primary shifted to Jurong East Street 24 in 1984 and was officially opened in 1986. It was originally set up by a Chinese businessman (same history as Joo Hwa Public School – now known as Yuhua Primary) in the 1930s but was destroyed during the Japanese occupation. It was rebuilt after the war and subsequently became a government-aided school in 1950.

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I vividly remember the facade of the school because of the chimney-looking roof. The unique roof is still there but has already been painted purple.

Since its closure, its premises have been used as a holding site for schools undergoing PRIME such as Dazhong Primary and St. Anthony’s Primary (presently there until December 2014). You are still able to see the building if take the Jurong East-bound or Marina Bay-bound trains along the North-South line as its somewhere between Jurong East and Bukit Batok stations.

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Pandan Primary School (Jurong East/Teban Gardens)

Merged into Fuhua Primary School in 2008

The school was established in 1981 at West Coast Road. It used to be a popular choice among parents living in that area because of its convenience and good teaching facilities.

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Before it got demolished

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Pandan Primary’s first batch of Primary 1 students

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Primary 2C of 1983

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The school’s canteen-cum-hall

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The school hall

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Pandan Primary’s last day

There was a drain that led to the school compound and latecomers often sneaked in through that secret passage without getting caught (oops, secret exposed!). It has now been barricaded.

Source: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5]


Boon Lay Primary School (Jurong East)

Merged into Jurong Primary School in 2006

Boon Lay Primary started out as Boon Lay Lama Primary at Old Jurong Road in 1960 before it shifted to Jurong East in 1984.

Here’s a more detailed description of the old Boon Lay Lama Primary:

Across the school there was a row of shop houses. There were two entrances into the school. One entrance was next to the girls’ toilet and the other was the main one that leads to the administration and staff, and principal office. There were two rows of buildings that housed all classes. In between the rows, there were at least two small open fields that used for assembly and as a playground. There were three verandas with roof that connect these buildings. To the west, a large football field which was fenced with metal wire and some tall trees along its parameter. The fence separates the Chinese school and ours. The whole school was fenced, once go in there, nobody could escape or leave without authorized permission. One end of the building was the canteen (a.k.a tuckshop) to the north, the boys’ toilet, next was the girls’ toilet. The other side of building was the school keeper’s house

– Extracted from David Yon’s description on the Boon Lay Primary’s Facebook Group

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Batch 1989

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Class 7Extended2 (students were born in 1978)

The new Boon Lay Primary produced some of the best national talents such as 10-year-old Loh Xiao Wei who beat 12 other aspirant chess players to win the girls’ National Schools Junior Individual Chess Championship under-10 Championship. She also became the youngest female winner at the 1994 National Championship. Hence, the school was widely known for being strong in chess. The spotlight was shone on the school again in 2004 as Primary 6 pupil Siti Nur Alyssyah emerged as champion among primary and secondary school students in a public speaking competition.

With such exceptional performance, no one would have expected the school to close. In fact, it was also slated to be upgraded by 2007 according to a 2003 report. So what exactly happened?

Anyway, it is also worth noting that our very first Singapore Idol Taufik Batisah attended Boon Lay Primary too 🙂

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Jubilee Primary School (West Coast)

Merged into Qifa Primary School in 1996

Opened in 1967 at Bukit Timah, it was an integrated school using English and Malay as the media of instruction. It was later merged with Jubilee Malay School in 1983 when English education became more popular with parents, and the school relocated to the latter’s site at West Coast.

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In 1996, the school closed with impressive PSLE results with a pass rate of 94% and out of which, 76% of them were qualified for the Express stream. Jubilee was the first school to merge with Qifa Primary (the second was Jin Tai Primary, as mentioned in my first entry).

If you are an alumni, do join Jubilee Primary’s Facebook page that has over 900 members to date.

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Buona Vista Secondary School (Commonwealth)

Merged into Queensway Secondary School in 2001

The school opened its doors to pupils in 1967 and was originally known as Chip Bee Secondary (named after the estate). However, the name was changed to what it was last known as on the eve of its official opening in 1968. It was one of the three government schools then which conducted classes in English, Chinese and Malay streams. In the 1970s, the school band joined forces with Tanglin Secondary School band and won several awards.

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Digress: As I was trying to get more information about this school, I stumbled upon at least two news reports on its students’ suicide. First was a student who plunged into Jurong Lake because she failed her GCE in 1973 while the other took poison after the school principal reproved her for playing truant in 1971.

Okay.

I mean no disrespect but sigh, why is student suicidal so common last time? It’s so depressing. But I’m glad students are more sensible today (I hope). Remember, life isn’t a joke.

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The one in this picture is Mr Chong. If you’re reading this, your student Connie Koh is looking for you!

The building of Buona Vista Secondary is now occupied by Anglo-Chinese School (International).

Queensway Secondary also absorbed Mei Chin Secondary, which closed in 2000.

Source: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5]


Margaret Drive Primary School (Queenstown)

Closed in 1986

The school was formed at a low cost in 1958 with just 17 classrooms, an office and a tuckshop. Over the years, more new and better-equipped schools were built and parents preferred to send their schools elsewhere. With that, the enrolment of Margaret Drive Primary fell and the school closed after 28 years of service.

Photo courtesy of Yahoo News (Wong Kok Leong)

Photo courtesy of Yahoo News (Wong Kok Leong)

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Not long after Margaret Drive Primary was demolished, a new building was constructed for Margaret Drive Special School for autistic children. The special school was then renamed to Rainbow Center.

Margaret Drive Primary was legally known as Margaret Drive School, but I choose to include “Primary” to avoid confusion due to the ambiguity in its name.

Source: [1] [2]


Kebun Baru Primary School (Ang Mo Kio)

Merged into Ang Mo Kio Primary School in 2002

The school was the last primary school built for Ang Mo Kio residents in 1985. With the completion of the 188th school built by the government, no more new school were constructed for children in Kebun Baru constituency and the surrounding private residential estates around Yio Chu Kang and Thomson Hills.

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Kebun Baru Primary School

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Kebun Baru Primary School uniform – so unique!

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Primary 6B of 1988

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It started functioning with an enrolment of 320 students in eight Primary One classes and 11 teachers and lessons were originally held at the now-defunct Li Hua Primary School.

The building is now a holding site for Anderson Primary School which is also a merged school (refer to my previous entry for its history).

Midfielder Fabian Kwok was a student of Kebun Baru Primary.

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Chong Boon Primary School (Ang Mo Kio)

Merged into Da Qiao Primary School in 2000

The school was built in 1980 and used to stand side-by-side at Ang Mo Kio Avenue 4 with Chong Li and Anderson Primary schools. Prior to that, it was known as Chong Boon School in Lorong Kinchir at Braddell and was there since the 1940s. Not sure why it shifted in the end but the school was given an eviction notice in 1956 by the new landlord. It wouldn’t take three decades for the school to move so I guess they eventually succeeded in preventing the notice from being enforced.

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Chong Boon Primary School in 2003 (before it was demolished)

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Inside the school

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In the classroom of Primary 6N2 (1987)

The building has been refurbished to accommodate more students from Pathlight School.

Source: [1] [2] [3] [4]


Chong Li Primary School (Ang Mo Kio)

Merged into Teck Ghee Primary School in 2003

Chong Li Primary began in the late 1940s as Chong Lip Chinese School, located off Upper Thomson Road. The school catered to children living in villages that area. It became a government school later on and was officially opened again in 1983 (the school started in 1981), holding classes in the old premises of Braddell Secondary School. As its student population grew bigger, it shifted again to 4 Ang Mo Kio Street 44.

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Female students from Chong Li before the 90’s would don in sleeveless blue polka dot blouse with a blue ribbon attached to the middle of collar. But it was later phased out and replaced by a shirt with sewn-on badge to resemble the boys’ attire which remained unchanged throughout the years.

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Old uniform for girls can be seen here

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New girls’ uniform

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Chong De Primary School (Ang Mo Kio)

Closed in 1998

The $4.28-million school was ready for occupation in 1982 but it started accepting students in 1981, who had lessons at neighbouring Ang Mo Kio North Primary and then at Chong Shan Primary School before moving to their own building. Chong De was the 12th primary school constructed in Ang Mo Kio.

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Its remaining students joined Chong Shan Primary School again after its closure. Townsville Primary now sits on the former site of Chong De Primary.

Source: [1] [2] [3] [4]

And yes, I’m equally puzzled by the number of schools in Ang Mo Kio with names beginning with “Chong”. Was it a coincidence? Schools in Ang Mo Kio bearing “Chong” in its name were: Chong Boon Primary, Chong Li Primary, Chong De Primary, Chong Shan Primary and Chong Boon Secondary.


Heng A Khe Bong School (Toa Payoh)

Closed in 1993

Heng A Khe Bong School was an amalgamation between two Chinese primary schools in the vicinity of Telok Ayer. They were Heng A School (est. 1918) and Khe Bong School (est. 1920).  As the schools were poorly equipped and the population around the area was diminishing,  the enrolments in both schools declined steadily. Thus, the management committees of both schools launched a fund-raising project for the construction of a new school in a populated area. Both schools merged and relocated to Toa Payoh New Town in 1971. It was officially opened in 1975.

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Heng A Khe Bong School

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An ex-student’s impression

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All boys

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Primary 6A of 1986

Thanks to a donation, the school was the first primary school in Singapore to own a computer.

Source: [1] [2] [3] [4]


MacRitchie Primary School (Toa Payoh)

Closed in 1997

Founded in 1976 and officially opened in 1977, it was located at the modest town of Toa Payoh. It was situated beside an old wet market along Lorong 8, where the school’s main gate overlooked Blk 225 Toa Payoh. The school began as an integrated school comprising 38 English medium classes and 8 Chinese medium classes. The majority of the English medium students and teachers came from Whitley Primary School which closed in 1975. The other group of Chinese medium stream students were from Nam Ann Primary School which also closed in the same year.

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MacRitchie Primary School

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The school shared the same field as Braddell Primary School and typically, students from both schools would fight with one another.

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An ex-student’s impression of the school

Dr Koh Poh Koon, a PAP candidate for Punggol East in the 2013 General Election, attended MacRitchie Primary. Other alumni include music composer and singer Azmeer, national footballer Rezal Hassan, Artist-Scriptwriter-Producer Djohan ‘Bobo’ bin Abdul Rahman and Had Adnan from rock band Rancour.

Source: [1] [2] [3]


Upper Serangoon Secondary School (Toa Payoh)

Merged into First Toa Payoh Secondary School in 2004

Located at 279 Upper Serangoon Road, it was previously known as Upper Serangoon Technical School (USTS). USTS officially opened in 1966 to offer technical education for the Malay-medium students. I am not sure if UTST relocated when it was renamed, but my intuition tells me that it could be.

Stamford American International School now stands on the former ground of Upper Serangoon Secondary.

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Ex-students visiting their alma mater

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Upper Serangoon Technical School

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Upper Serangoon Secondary School

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Upper Serangoon Secondary School

Yam Ah Mee (you may remember him as the one who delivered the results of the 2011 and 2013 General Elections) attended USTS.

Source: [1] [2] [3] [4]


East Payoh Secondary School (Toa Payoh)

Closed in 1998

The school was completed in 1975 and declared open in 1976 along Lorong 7 of the Kim Keat Constituency which was part of the large Toa Payoh estate. It was the 114th school built by the government. The four-storey building offered general and technical education in the English medium for both sexes.

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Taken from a classroom

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ECA within the school compound

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East Payoh Secondary School in 1978

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After it closed, its remaining students were transferred to Pei Dao Secondary School (renamed to Punggol Secondary in 2001 when it shifted from Toa Payoh to its current site at, duh, Punggol). Pei Chun Public School now occupies the land that East Payoh Secondary once stood on.

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And joining this list with effect from 2016 will be…

Tanglin Secondary School
Clementi Woods Secondary School (West Coast)

To merge in 2016 (name to be advised)

I have covered both schools in my previous history post. Please use ctrl+F (Windows) or cmd+F (Mac) to lead you to the relevant sections.

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First Toa Payoh Secondary School (Toa Payoh)
Bartley Secondary School (Bartley)

To merge in 2016 to form the new Bartley Secondary School

First Toa Payoh Secondary was the first secondary school built to cater to the secondary school population of Singapore’s first satellite town, Toa Payoh. Established in 1975 and officially opened in 1979, it was an integrated school offering both English and Chinese. In 2001, it merged with Thomson Secondary and Pei Dao Secondary, and Upper Serangoon Secondary in 2004. In 2003, it relocated to its new campus with better facilities.

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First Toa Payoh Secondary School on Google Maps

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First Toa Payoh Secondary School

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First Toa Payoh Secondary School

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First Toa Payoh Secondary School

Bartley, the first co-ed secondary school in Singapore, was formed in 1952. However it became a boys’ school in the secondary section (the school had a pre-University level until 1996) when the girls were transferred to Cedar Girls’ School to form the school. It became co-ed again in 1995. It moved to a holding site (former Mount Vernon Secondary) while waiting for its present building to be completed in 1995.

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Bartley Secondary School on Google Maps

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Bartley Secondary School students with exchange students from Indonesia (in printed uniform)

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The old Bartley Sec building

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Barley Secondary school hall

The merged school will function at the site of Bartley Secondary.

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Bedok Town Secondary School (Bedok)

To merge into Ping Yi Secondary School in 2016

Established in 1965 (the year Singapore gained independence) as Kaki Bukit Secondary School, it provided education in the English and Malay media to children living in what was once a rural area of Singapore. Their school song “Sekolah Menengah Kaki Bukit” was written by Mr Zubir Said, the same person that composed our national anthem. Between 1965 and 1984, the school attained the status of a top Malay medium school with good results in the Malay medium GCE ‘O’ level examination.  In addition, the school had also established a reputation for excellence in sports and games such as Sepak Takraw, football, hockey, athletics and cross country.

What an accomplished school, don’t you think? What a pity that it has to go, together with its school song that was written by a legendary person 😩

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Bedok Town Secondary School on Google Maps. This was taken in the year when Bedok Town and Chai Chee merged.

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Long before Bedok Town Secondary’s first merger

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It also merged with Chai Chee Secondary School (previously Sennett Road Secondary) in 2011. When news of the merger broke out, both schools had an online brawl. Hopefully it won’t happen again between Bedok Town and Ping Yi!

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Chestnut Drive Secondary School (Bukit Panjang)

To merge into Fajar Secondary School in 2016 

One of the first secondary schools set up after Singapore gained independence, the school catered to the education and development needs of the children in the Hillview, Woodlands, Teck Whye and Bukit Batok areas. It was established in 1968 and declared opened in 1969. It is the 105th school built by the government.

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Chestnut Drive Secondary School

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Chestnut Drive Secondary School on Google Maps.

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Chestnut Drive Secondary School on Google Maps. The school is surrounded by private houses and greenery.

In 2005, the school was reported to be a target of an unidentified sniper with six shots fired. The latest incident damaged a windowpane on the third floor of the school. The shooting was believed to have happened during non-school hours in a duration of three months thus no one was hurt. However the police later established that there was “insufficient evidence to suggest the presence of a sniper, and that no air gun pellets or projectiles had been found at the school.” Till date, the cause of the damage to the windowpane remains a mystery.

Students from Chestnut Drive Sec wore this really nice shade of blue uniform

Students from Chestnut Drive Sec wear uniform in the nicest shade of blue

Come 2016, Chestnut Drive Secondary will merge into Fajar Secondary and will operate out of the latter’s upgraded campus from 2018. In the meantime, Chestnut Drive’s compound will serve as a holding site for the newly merged school, which will also retain Chestnut Drive’s Chinese name “Li Jing”.

I came across this school while choosing my secondary schools in Primary 6 (donkey years ago) and was undoubtedly amused by its name. I’m sure many people who are not familiar with the roads in Singapore would react the same. Apparently, the place Chestnut Drive EXISTS (it’s even part of its address, duh!) and many other roads in Bukit Panjang are actually named after nuts. For example, Cashew Road, Chestnut Drive, Almond Street and Hazel(nut) Park. There are even roads that are named after fruits! Read more here. It’s super intriguing! 🙂

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Thanks everyone for your warm support and contribution! I hope I have covered more schools this time around and help some of you trace back to your roots (like how I successfully did in my previous entry). Once again, due to the lengthiness of this post as well as time constraints, I can only cover this many. I will definitely be back with a third instalment (believe it or not, I have already compiled another list of closed and merged schools) but that won’t happen so soon as my new school term is commencing next Monday. It’ll probably be up in my next break in December. Meanwhile, if you enjoyed this post or if you find it useful in some ways, please feel free to share it with your peers! 🙂 Thanks for reading this record-breaking 9400-word essay!

Have a story to share about your decommissioned school? Let me know in the comments below! I may include that in my next write-up (in progress) 🙂 And as you can see, some schools mentioned above don’t come with pictures. That’s because I can’t find them online so if you have some pictures of your school, feel free to share them!

Main source:
Ministry of Education (2008 Archive)
The Straits Times (2 January 1988, Page 10)
The Straits Times (11 August 1983, Page  10)
National Archives of Singapore
NewspaperSG (National Library Board)
Singapore Memory Portal
Facebook Pages of Schools
(In case some of these links become inaccessible, you may retrieve them through Archives.org)

Read also:
HISTORY: Closed and Merged Schools in Singapore (PART 1)
HISTORY: Closed and Merged Schools in Singapore (PART 3)
HISTORY: Closed and Merged Schools in Singapore (PART 4)