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Jan 7, 2011

3D Blog - Queen Elizabeth Walk

Queen Elizabeth Walk c 1950. The same place where the coconut tree was located. (Photos above and below).

Photo Credit: National Archives of Singapore (NAS).

Queen Elizabeth Walk - Then

Queen Elizabeth Walk circ 1957. Photo Credit: National Archives of Singapore (NAS).

Queen Elizabeth Walk circ 1972. Photo Credit: National Archives of Singapore (NAS).

Same Place. Different Times...the same location at the Queen Elizabeth Walk "nong nong ago" in the 1930s. (Photos above and below). Could you spot the difference of the buildings?

Queen Elizabeth Walk circ 1950. Photo Credit: National Archives of Singapore (NAS).

Photo Credit: National Archives of Singapore (NAS).

A pretty model in Indian sari dress at Queen Elizabeth Walk in 1957. Photo Credit: National Archives of Singapore.

Queen Elizabeth Walk c 1957. Photo Credit: National Archives of Singapore (NAS).

Queen Elizabeth Walk circ 1972. Photo Credit: National Archives of Singapore (NAS).

Queen Elizabeth Walk circ 1972. Photo Credit: National Archives of Singapore (NAS).

Photo Credit: National Archives of Singapore (NAS).





Photo Credit: National Archives of Singapore (NAS).

With the courtesy from a family album.

Photo Credit: National Archives of Singapore (NAS).

Photo Credit: National Archives of Singapore (NAS).

Photo Credit: National Archives of Singapore (NAS).

Photo Credit: National Archives of Singapore (NAS).

Photo Credit: National Archives of Singapore (NAS).

Cenotap c 1922. Photo Credit: National Archives of Singapore (NAS).

Photo Credit: National Archives of Singapore (NAS).

Photo Credit: National Archives of Singapore (NAS).

Photo Credit: National Archives of Singapore (NAS).

Photo Credit: National Archives of Singapore (NAS).

Photo Credit: National Archives of Singapore (NAS).

Photo Credit: National Archives of Singapore (NAS).

"Tourist Week Regatta 1966" at Queen Elizabeth Walk. Photo Credit: National Archives of Singapore (NAS).

Photo Credit: National Archives of Singapore (NAS).

Photo Credit: National Archives of Singapore (NAS).

Queen Elizabeth Walk - Then, Then (In Between Years...)

Photo Credit: National Archives of Singapore (NAS).

Photo Credit: National Archives of Singapore (NAS).

Photo Credit: National Archives of Singapore (NAS).

Photo Credit: National Archives of Singapore (NAS).

Photo Credit: National Archives of Singapore (NAS).

Photo Credit: National Archives of Singapore (NAS).

Photo Credit: National Archives of Singapore (NAS).

Photo Credit: National Archives of Singapore (NAS).

Photo Credit: National Archives of Singapore (NAS).

Photo Credit: National Archives of Singapore (NAS).

Photo Credit: National Archives of Singapore (NAS).

Photo Credit: National Archives of Singapore (NAS).

Photo Credit: National Archives of Singapore (NAS).

Photo Credit: National Archives of Singapore (NAS).

Photo Credit: National Archives of Singapore (NAS).

Photo Credit: National Archives of Singapore (NAS).

Photo Credit: National Archives of Singapore (NAS).

Queen Elizabeth Walk - Now (Night Time)


A bright fairyland at night in the distance.


Queen Elizabeth Walk - Lovers Spot (Then):
Same Place. Different Times. Different People...

Queen Elizabeth Walk - Lovers Spot (Now):
Same Place. Different Times. Different People...

Quiz: What is the "Queen Elizabeth Walk" referred to in dialect?

Thanks to Chun See's Cantonese translation for "Hoi Pei" (meaning "seaside").

In the course of this blog research, I found the "Teochew (Chaozhou) for English Speakers" and would like to seek his advice to translate the "five trees" which was commonly known as the Queen Elizabeth
Walk. It sounds something like "ngou zang chiu" (which I am not sure this is correct). The spontaneous response from Mr Tan Peng Boon's email below:
"Queen Elizabeth Walk, according to my system of Romanised Teochew, is "G`ou zan chiu kha" (G`ou20zan10chiu54kha3 if include tonal marks).

Direct translation is "Five Trees Leg/Foot/Base", proper translation is "Shade of Five Trees". See my website for guide on my system on Teochew pronunication.

Regards,
Peng Boon"
This website is meant to help Teochews who are brought up in an English-speaking environment and wish to know more about Teochew Language (dialect), Teochew Nursery Rhymes, Sightseeing in Teochew Prefecture (Chaoshan) as well as know a little about Teochew Prefecture and its People. Teochew (or Tiochiu) is also known was Chaozhou in Mandarin and Chiuchow in Cantonese.

My gratitude to Mr Tan Peng Boon for sharing his Teochew dialect knowledge and to add this information about the Queen Elizabeth Walk for the benefit of our blog readers in Teochew.

Related Post

Jerome Lim, the "Wondering Wanderer" at the "Long and Winding Road" blog at A Different Time, A Different Place .

At yesterday.sg, Pixels & Grains takes a look at the charming area around the Esplanade, and how its bordering skyline against our waters has changed since the 1960s, with pictures from Pakcik Salleh, David Papworth and Belinda Tan here .

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6 Comments:

Blogger Lam Chun See said...

Answer here.

January 7, 2011 at 8:36 PM  
Blogger PChew said...

In the 50s and 60s Queen Elizabeth Walk was quite dark even with lamp posts around. Hence courting couples liked to go there especially on a breezy night. Those who liked to be under the cover of darkness could be found sitting or lying together at the Recreation Club ground or under the trees.

January 10, 2011 at 10:12 PM  
Blogger Ipohgal said...

Hi James,

It is indeed interesting to be able to compare a particular place after a few decades to see the difference.

Although I have been to Singapore for only two days during a stop-over on a cruise many years ago, and have not been to this place but from the photos of then and now, I can see the vast difference.

While the earlier black and white photos provided a simpler landscape, the mood is warmer. Compare that to the present landscape with skyscapers. The ambience is more colder. Like in a jungle of concrete.

Yes, I would still prefer it then.

January 11, 2011 at 4:22 PM  
Blogger Thimbuktu said...

Thanks for the memories of those courting days at the Padang and the Queen Elizabeth Park in the young days.

Many of us had lost count the stars in the sky, lying on the Padang and watching the starry, starry nights...

Fond memories at the Queen Elizabeth Park;

January 12, 2011 at 4:49 PM  
Blogger Thimbuktu said...

Thanks Ipohgal.

I share your sentiments about the third dimension (3D)memories blogs.

The same place cannot make stagnant with the passage of time. Different Times. Different journey and personal experience.

For instance, the advanced technology for photography has moved from black-and-white to color, from camera films to digital cameras...and so the scenario.

The young ones looking at these photos would prefer the Now colored ones...and are full of hope and aspirations for the future.

Every generation must have something to look forward to, while senior citizens have fond memories for us to walk down memory lane the same place.

Cheers!

January 12, 2011 at 5:03 PM  
Blogger lim said...

My first visit to the Queen Elizabeth Walk was as a young boy. My first sight of a big manicured garden so close to the sea was awe inspiring, like walking into a palace ground.

January 18, 2011 at 4:33 PM  

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