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Nov 15, 2010

Same Place, Different Time, Different Journey (Part 1)

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Photo Credit: Nancy MacIntyre Hollinshead
Thanks to Nancy of NJ, USA, for permission to publish this picture of the "Chinatown, Singapore" table top made of painted tiles. Thanks also to Marcus Lim, Singapore Historian Painter who knew about the picture of the table top owned by Nancy.

Street Scenes at Chinatown, Singapore

Majestic Theatre c 1950

Chinatown at South Bridge Road, Singapore c 1900.

Chinatown at South Bridge Road, Singapore c 1930.

Chinatown at New Bridge Road, Singapore c 1890.

Chinatown at New Bridge Road, Singapore c 1940.

Chinatown at New Bridge Road, Singapore c 1950.

There are many blogs with "Same Place, Different Time" as blog topics.

Similar themes from "Then and Now" topics from blogger friends at Taking Up The Challenge and The Long and Winding Road and fellow bloggers everywhere have many interesting related topics to share.

I found an interesting one: "Life – Same People, Same Place, Different Time". Nice.

They say sometimes one picture can tell a story of a lifetime.

The picture collection here is truly one of the most interesting picture collections we have come across. It captures the sense of time in a truly unique and interesting way – Same people, same place, different time.

This is a recommended fun activity for students and their parents, friends and family for the year-end school holidays something new and innovative ways to do.

Everyone can try this out yourself. Just retrieve your old photos taken with yourself or someone else, same people, same place at different time and get the same pose to post the photos to "Fotozup" - "Killing Time - The Random Way".

Have a memorable and wholesome funstuff everyone can do together. Be happy!

How about a participative blog concept to experiment with time and space over a series of blogs with the contribution of collective memorial to be posted here.

Same Place : Chinatown, Singapore
Different Times : 1960s to 2010 (Then and Now)
Different Journeys:

1. Market Street
2. Street Scenes
3. Chit Chat
4. Traders and Craftsmen
5. Five Foot Way
6. Flood
7. Shopping for Chinese New Year

This is an educational blog for the young ones to learn about Chinatown in the early days. Chinatown is still a place on the blog at Bullock Cart Water .

Thanks to courtesy of PICAS - Window to Our Past Imagery (National Archives of Singapore).

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Market Street: Now...

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Chinatown - A Different Journey

This is a Chinatown photographic journey above on this blog to show the same place, different time...then and now.

Samsonite has a candid slogan: "Life is a journey. We help you to pack" or something to that effect.

With loads of online quotation on journey, the following are some of my favorites to share:
~ If all difficulties were known at the outset of a long journey, most of us would never start out at all. ~
- Dan Rather

~ The only journey is the one within. ~
- Rainer Maria Rilke

~ 'Life to me is a journey - you never know what may be your next destination' ~
- David Russell

~ The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. ~
- Lao Tzu

~ A journey is best measured in friends rather than miles ~
- Tim Cahill

Life is not a journey to the grave with intentions of arriving safely in a pretty well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out and loudly proclaiming ... WOW! What a ride!”

“All of life is a journey which paths we take, what we look back on, and what we look forward to is up to us. We determine our destination, what kind of road we will take to get there, and how happy we are when we get there.”

“I haven't a clue as to how my story will end. But that's all right. When you set out on a journey and night covers the road, you don't conclude the road has vanished. And how else could we discover the stars?”

“All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.”
- Martin Buber

“There is no better time than right now to be happy.Happiness is a journey, not a destination.So work like you don't need money.Love like you've never been hurt, and, Dance like no one's watching...”

“When we are sure that we are on the right road there is no need to plan our journey too far ahead. No need to burden ourselves with doubts and fears as to the obstacles that may bar our progress. We cannot take more than one step at a time.”
- Orison Swett Marden

“There is great meaning in life for those who are willing to journey.”
- Jim England

“We may run, walk, stumble, drive, or fly, but let us never lost sight of the reason for the journey, or miss a chance to see a rainbow on the way.”

“We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey.”
- Kenji Miyazawa

“To finish the moment, to find the journey's end in every step of the road, to live the greatest number of good hours, is wisdom”
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

“If my ship sails from sight, it doesn't mean my journey ends, it simply means the river bends.”
- John Enoch Powell

To those who grew up in Chinatown, the journey was spanned over five decades for them to experience the transformation of the same place at different times travelling generations of different journeys!

Please join us to watch out for the next journey on this blog. Thank you for reading.



Blogger sim hui hwang said...

Hi Mr Seah, this is a very good idea to start a lesson on comparing the past to the present. It is a lovely blog topic and it is really interesting.

I am thinking of borrowing this idea to start my English lessons next year. It is very interesting and students can either do a powerpoint presentation, make a movie and upload it onto youtube or start a treasure hunt or an amazing race to look for changes to the landscape in Chinatown.

Mr Seah, you certainly are so creative in the way you use the blog to start a buzz. History comes alive and one can teach comparison and contrast by hunting down a place.

I can get my students to take the role of a photojournalist. It would help them better understand the past and the present. With the advent of digital media, they could do so much with a digicam or an iphone and post this on Facebook immediately.

I think there is a myriad of activities to work on. How interesting! Thanks so much, Mr Seah, for using this method to get readers hooked onto your blog postings! When I get this done, I will let you know the outcome, Mr Seah! Keep up this very good effort!

November 17, 2010 at 8:54 PM  
Blogger Lam Chun See said...

Yes. I think the 'Same people, same place, different time' idea is great. Will try it some time for my blog. But would be better if some commentary is added I think.

Actually I tried to do something like that here; but being alone, couldn't do it properly. Never mind, will try again another time.

November 18, 2010 at 8:41 PM  
Blogger Thimbuktu said...

Chun See, we need only the same place, same people (alright to be oneself) and take with the same pose at a different time. Quite fun.

Pls join the "FotozUP Fans Club" Group on Facebook.


November 20, 2010 at 1:47 PM  
Blogger Thimbuktu said...

Hi Miss Sim,

Thank you for your nice comments.

I've responded it here


November 20, 2010 at 1:52 PM  

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