Monday, August 24, 2009

Have you ordered your bins yet?

Some of you have contacted Mr Soh of the Town Council to order your bins, and some have not.

We are told that notices will be sent out soon to remind folks.

A gentle reminder to do so if you have not, to order your bin - and they should be placed at the back lane.


To discourage residents from dumping their refuse at 5 foot way and shop front, we have worked closely with NEA and ceased putting bins at 5 foot way and shop front. 3 summons were issued by NEA to residents for not disposing their refuse into bins being provided at back lane.

To encourage eating outlets to co-operate with us, new bins will be provided by public waste collector this week to the eating establishemnts in Pre-war estate. To prevent infestation of pest, shop tenants are required to cart their trade refuse in the bin to the bin centre opposite Blk 75 Tiong Poh Road daily.

For residential units, we will respond to any request for provison of bin for disposal of domestic refuse. The bin must be placed at the back lane of their units. Please ask them to contact Eric Soh at 64119418.

Its the 7th Lunar Month!

And its time for the annual Taoist season of taking care of the needs of the dearly departed while they return to Earth for visits.

Its a time for public altars, wayang, dinners, auctions and the burning of offerings.

If you want to find out more about the origins of this season and its celebrations, do check out the upcoming tours organised by the Chinatown Business Association.

More can be found here - through the blog - BULLOCK CART WATER - 牛车水.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Do you want your door and gate painted?

Hello... another neighbourhood service announcement -

if you own a flat in blocks 55- 82, you should have received the following notice - asking if you want your original door/gate to be repainted as part of the current redecoration exercise.

See picture here.

Do remember to respond by 18 August 09.


Friday, August 14, 2009


Dear Neighbours,

if you do not already know, there has been an outbreak of Dengue Fever cases in our neighbourhood.

You can monitor the situation at the following website - DENGUE - - makes it look almost like Dengue is part of our govt departments.... (bad joke).

But jokes aside, do remember the simple tips -

DO NOT have stagnant water around the house that can become breeding ground for the mozzies.

CHANGE water in your vases every 2 days - and...

While the local doctor has advised that the dengue carrying mosquito has a flying range of up to 1km, we should still make sure that our own backyards and frontyards are clean.

Dengue is avoidable if we all play our part in looking after the housekeeping of our neighbourhood.

If you do see places where there are blocked drains or suspicious neglected sites where water may be gathering and mozzies breeding, do call the NEA Hotline at 1800-333-7777.

Take care now everyone!

Monday, August 10, 2009

And now, a view of something old and new...

Walking out to Tiong Bahru Road a couple of days ago, it was really nice to see the effect of the new paint, the old green windows, and the profile and shadow of the old old Sea Almond Tree cast on the facades of the repainted buildings.

Hope that more owners will keep their old windows - the colours really work with each other. And it's charming too.

Also hope that the trees don't get chopped down and upgraded to new ones - the ones we have here have really seen the passage of time in this neighbourhood!

Walk A Jog coming right up!

Happy National Day to one and all... and here is an upcoming event that we can all join with ease - and get to catch up with old neighbours and meet new ones too!

Its the annual Walk-a-Jog.


See you there!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Bins Bins Bins - Part 2

And we have here, feedback from a concerned resident for all to consider - who wants better recycling facilities? Thanks to Jason, for taking time to share!

Dear Fellow Residents & Town Council,

With the recent repainting & sprucing of our neighbourhood Tiong Bahru is taking Shape as an interesting Conservation Town. To those who has contributed in this effort, I Thank You personally for organising the rubbish for a start!!. But I have noticed the bins available are really too small & insufficient to cater to the mass amount of rubbish thrown out by the TB residents. Take Block 55 & 56 Eng Hoon St as an example , I have just thrown my daily bag of rubbish this morning at the back alley of 55 & 56 but have also seen piles of gypsum ceiling boards lying around but the 2 rubbish cart was no where to be seen.(assume to be towed to the dump sites for dumping)

We will first have to tackle contractors rubbish which should not be dump at these sites as they will easily fill up the rubbish carts. The problem is also the carts are located at a public areas which makes monitoring undue rubbish dumping difficult. There must be assigned locations with strategic public view to prevent illegal dumping for such purpose and signs that warn about illegal dumping to prevent illegal dumping like those in HDBs areas.

The mere “insufficient and undersize bins” will already contribute to reasons residents rubbish get left behind on convenient locations not meant for rubbish dumping .I am for the idea of recycling and the 3 tiny bins located at the hawkers centre ground floor entrance certainly is not a reflection of the town council strong support in this area. I have made several attempts to deposit plastic bottles and found the bins full or too small to put in Detergent bottles.They ended up on the floor nearby or crowding the bins areas.

We should make conscious effort in making recycling an easy task for resident wanting to participate to this worthy cause by incorporating such bins at convenient Public locations with Large bins and equally large depositing holes to cater to this effort with convenience.

Lets work together to make Tiong Bahru a better place to call “HOME”

Thank You & Regards,

Jason Choo

Blk 56 #02-58

Serving the neighbourhood

A very inspiring model for all of us to look up to, and hopefully, to model ourselves - if you do want to help out in the same area - drop us an email - we will put you in touch with Linda. Every little effort is appreciated.

The Straits Times
Aug 1, 2009
By Melody Zaccheus

For 25 years, Linda Koh has served the needy

CALL her a village chief, of sorts.

Mrs Linda Koh, a spry 71-year-old volunteer, knows the name of every single resident she has been helping for the past 25 years at Tiong Bahru estate.

She can even rattle off their ages, family backgrounds and medical history.

Every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, she packs and delivers food rations to seniors at Blocks 105 and 125 in Kim Tian Road in a Nissan Sunny that her sons gave her.

These days, she sees a growing number of younger people hit by the downturn.

Since June last year, about 40 more people have joined her group needing free rations - most of them young families.

A recent beneficiary is Mrs Zulaiha Abdul Wahab, 33, who was retrenched earlier this year as a factory production operator. She and her odd-job labourer husband often skip meals so that their three children aged five to eight can go to bed fed.
'This is a difficult time for my family. Even as my husband and I look for stable jobs, my children still need to eat.

Here, there's rice, canned food and sometimes Milo that we can rely on, when we run out of milk powder,' she says.

Mrs Koh is particularly moved by the plight of such families.

'I am willing to help these young people out because they are genuinely at their wits' end.

I allow them to join our food queues because I trust them and want to help them.'

Known to Kim Tian residents as 'Hui Tai' (Mrs Koh in Cantonese), she is well-known for her work with senior citizens as a volunteer at Lions Befrienders.

Since most of the seniors at Kim Tian Road live alone and are cooped up in one-room flats all day, she encourages them to socialise at the void decks.

She has even appointed a level representative for each floor of Block 124, and an overall block representative, to help them solve day-to-day difficulties such as buying provisions and running errands for the immobile and taking the sick to the doctor.

'They can keep a lookout for each other when I'm not around and forge a bond through their daily chats,' she says.

Several times a month, she charters a bus to take them to places such as the Singapore Zoo and the Jurong BirdPark, or lunch at the Goodwood Park Hotel.

Mrs Koh's sons fund her volunteer efforts. Dr Hsu Li Fern, 40, is a cardiologist at the National Heart Centre, while Dr Hsu Li Yang, 36, is an infectious diseases specialist at National University Hospital.

Her 80-year-old husband, a former businessman, continues to be supportive of her volunteer work.

She has always been a housewife.

The daughter of a businessman and a housewife, she started volunteering in 1984 when she taught handicraft-making to senior citizens at Tiong Bahru Community Centre.

Her heart went out to them when she found out they survived on meals of salted fish and rice.

She says: 'They needed proper meals and nutrition so I asked my maid to cook for them.'

But the food her maid prepared could serve only 10 elderly folk.

So she recruited 20 housewives to cook at Tiong Bahru and Kim Tian community centres.

'The old folk I met told me that they were waiting for death to come.

I said: 'No, this shouldn't be how you live your golden years',' she recalls.

'They needed to have meaning in their lives and with proper meals, I thought they would have at least something to look forward to a few times a week.'

Since then, she has roped in other meal ration sponsors like Zouk, Bo Tien Welfare Service Association and Tang Gah Beo Temple.

Her friends, as well as kind-hearted individuals who have heard about her efforts, also chip in at times.

Over the past two decades, she has also helped arrange funerals for almost 40 people in the area - including some samsui women and amahs.

She and her group of 10 volunteers, mostly middle-aged working adults, chip in to pay for the funerals.

The free-thinker attributes her giving nature to the example her mother set.

'I was brought up in a middle-class family and I learnt from my mother that it was always a blessing to give and help others, in cash or in kind.

'We're all Singaporeans so we should always try to help the needy. We can start by being friends with them,' she said.

71, and still a volunteer

MRS Linda Koh, 71, has been a volunteer with the community group Lions Befrienders for the past 25 years and chairman of Tiong Bahru Community Centre for 15 years.

The housewife started out in 1984 as a volunteer teaching handicraft skills weekly to senior citizens at Tiong Bahru Community Centre. A year later, she started thrice weekly food drives for the elderly at Kim Tian Road, which has continued until today.

She recently started helping low-income families and young singles affected by the recession. She welcomes them to join her food queue, providing them with free food parcels three times a week at Kim Tian Road and once a month at Jalan Bukit Merah and Punggol.