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Thank you The Homeground Asia and its editor Judith Tan for featuring me In Conversation With.

I share about my passion for history, how Singapore’s history is relevant to Singaporeans, and Hell’s Museum.

2021 is coming to an end, so here’s my year-end tradition of posting 12 photos, one for every month of the year that has just passed.

January: The Old Holland Plain.

February: Another forest lost.

March: Another addition to the family!

April: Paying respects.

May: A lost railway.

June: A forgotten cemetery.

July: Walking up Lim Chu Kang Road.

August: New line, new connections.

September: Ninety years old.

October: Hell’s Museum, four years in the making.

November: Soon, it will be as if it had never existed.

December: Unlocking the gates of history.


What will 2022 bring?

Today, I was invited to give a talk to the Intelligent Transportation Society Singapore (ITS Singapore), a society uniting stakeholders from the public and private sectors with interests in transport and transport infrastructure.

For around 30 minutes, I shared about the history of mobility in Singapore over 200 years, in seven parts. Topics covered included the Raffles Town Plan, urban transformation over the last 50 years, the impact of modes of transport such as the rickshaw, motor car, and Mass Rapid Transit (MRT), and transport lessons to be learned from history. Much of the material was taken from my book, Jalan Singapura: 700 Years of Movement in Singapore.

That was followed by a flurry of questions from the floor, good questions that got me thinking about long-term transport visions for Singapore, and how we - both the authorities and the public - can achieve them together.

Thank you for having me, ITS Singapore!

(The photo on the slide is of a Keppel Bus Company Bedford bus, licence plate S7618, sometime in the late 1940s to early 1950s.)