One of a pair of stone lions outside the Bank of China Building. The stone lions were sculpted by Rudolfo Nolli, who also sculpted the marble reliefs at the Old Supreme Court and the Tanjong Pagar Railway Station.
Incidentally the Bank of China Building (1954) shares architects P & T Architects and Engineers Ltd with other great riverside landmarks like the Sassoon House (better known now as the Peace Hotel) and the HSBC Building along the Bund in Shanghai.

One of a pair of stone lions outside the Bank of China Building. The stone lions were sculpted by Rudolfo Nolli, who also sculpted the marble reliefs at the Old Supreme Court and the Tanjong Pagar Railway Station.

Incidentally the Bank of China Building (1954) shares architects P & T Architects and Engineers Ltd with other great riverside landmarks like the Sassoon House (better known now as the Peace Hotel) and the HSBC Building along the Bund in Shanghai.


Beautifully adorned columns at Chijmes, the former home of my alma mater. The school was started by four French nuns who arrived in Southeast Asia in caravans. The chapel was built in 1904 and the complex was used as a convent and a school for girls for 132 years. The last religious service was held here in 3 November 1983, after which the chapel was deconsecrated.

Beautifully adorned columns at Chijmes, the former home of my alma mater. The school was started by four French nuns who arrived in Southeast Asia in caravans. The chapel was built in 1904 and the complex was used as a convent and a school for girls for 132 years. The last religious service was held here in 3 November 1983, after which the chapel was deconsecrated.


The Cathay Building was once the tallest building in Singapore and housed the first air-conditioned public space, the Cathay Cinema. During the Japanese Occupation, the Cathay Building housed the Japanese Propaganda Department and Military Information Bureau. 

The Cathay Building was once the tallest building in Singapore and housed the first air-conditioned public space, the Cathay Cinema. During the Japanese Occupation, the Cathay Building housed the Japanese Propaganda Department and Military Information Bureau. 


The Princep Street Presbyterian Church was the first Straits Chinese church in Singapore. Although founded in 1843, its present Romanesque incarnation was built in 1930s by Swan and Maclaren. The church is nicknamed Malay Chapel to honour a presbyterian priest’s contribution to the Malay community in Singapore. 

The Princep Street Presbyterian Church was the first Straits Chinese church in Singapore. Although founded in 1843, its present Romanesque incarnation was built in 1930s by Swan and Maclaren. The church is nicknamed Malay Chapel to honour a presbyterian priest’s contribution to the Malay community in Singapore. 


The Ellison Building at Little India was built in the 1940s in the Art Deco style. It has been speculated that the building was built by Isaac Ellison, a Romanian Jew for his wife Flora. According to The Long and Windng Road, Isaac Ellison owned a bar near Raffles Hotel called Iky’s.

Calling anyone who knows anything about the Ellison building or Iky’s Bar! 

The Ellison Building at Little India was built in the 1940s in the Art Deco style. It has been speculated that the building was built by Isaac Ellison, a Romanian Jew for his wife Flora. According to The Long and Windng Road, Isaac Ellison owned a bar near Raffles Hotel called Iky’s.

Calling anyone who knows anything about the Ellison building or Iky’s Bar! 


A modern revamp of a traditional Singapore shophouse in the Central Business District

A modern revamp of a traditional Singapore shophouse in the Central Business District


Mosaic tiles used in Peranakan shophouses.

Mosaic tiles used in Peranakan shophouses.


St George Church, Penang. Built in 1818 it is the oldest Anglican church in Southeast Asia. Captain Robert N Smith, who designed the church, built it in what he termed the “Georgian Palladium” style - a hybrid of the Georgian style, and the Greek architectural works by a Roman man named Palladius. 

Source: Penang-vacations.com

St George Church, Penang. Built in 1818 it is the oldest Anglican church in Southeast Asia. Captain Robert N Smith, who designed the church, built it in what he termed the “Georgian Palladium” style - a hybrid of the Georgian style, and the Greek architectural works by a Roman man named Palladius. 

Source: Penang-vacations.com


The Central Fire Station is the oldest existing fire station in Singapore. It was only completed in 1908, even though the notion of a professional fire brigade was conceived as early as 1855, when a fire at Kling Street (now Upper Cross Street near Chinatown) broke out causing about $13,000 worth of damage to property. 
As a side note, Kling Street is a common street name in many former British settlements in Southeast Asia. The word is derived from the region Kalinga in India but was changed perhaps because it had become widely used as a derogatory towards Indian migrants who became labourers in the region. 

The Central Fire Station is the oldest existing fire station in Singapore. It was only completed in 1908, even though the notion of a professional fire brigade was conceived as early as 1855, when a fire at Kling Street (now Upper Cross Street near Chinatown) broke out causing about $13,000 worth of damage to property. 

As a side note, Kling Street is a common street name in many former British settlements in Southeast Asia. The word is derived from the region Kalinga in India but was changed perhaps because it had become widely used as a derogatory towards Indian migrants who became labourers in the region


This is the new dome outside Plaza Singapura shopping mall at Dhoby Ghaut. It looks a little bit like aliens have infested the place, but I suppose from some angles it could be a looker. Some. 

This is the new dome outside Plaza Singapura shopping mall at Dhoby Ghaut. It looks a little bit like aliens have infested the place, but I suppose from some angles it could be a looker. Some.