Saturday, June 7, 2008

The kampong and the sea (Reality and Reflections)

In the 1940s, the coastal areas at Changi were dotted with kampong settlements like this. It is an idyllic setting for a Singapore kampong. All the elements of beauty are there - attap houses under the shade of tall coconut trees, casting their reflections on the face of the sea. Its beauty is subtle - a sort of freshness and glory. We knew it was real, and yet the experience was like a dream. Perhaps, many in Singapore still have kampong dreams.

(Photo by Yip Cheong Fun The kampong and the sea - circa 1940s )

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