The calmness of the business district after a bustling day of commercial activities; fake palm trees amongst real ones in the neighbourhood; a tree in the neighbourhood that resembles a Christmas tree if you squint hard enough; and a “welcome” sign atop a building, inviting visitors to explore our island beyond the usual tourist attractions.
Growing up in the 1970s, I remember Singapore as a garden city with lush trees in the neighbourhoods and lining roads all over the island. Since then, I have observed a country that is rapidly changing with constant construction for a growing urban population, resulting in gradually decreasing green spaces.
This is my personal mission to capture, through photographs, the Singapore that I remember from my childhood – a Singapore that to me is not perfect, but is my home.
This is my version of the Garden City.