Archive for May, 2012

Gotta Have All 3 Reds!

Posted: May 10, 2012 in Uncategorized

Captain’s log                                Stardate: 65679.1 (May 10th, 2012)

My eyes went wide-opened upon seeing 3 Red Rangers soft vinyl action figures from different series been sold at one of the toy stores at Funan IT. So tempted by all of them and I just had to grab all 3! Yes, they will be added to my Forever Red collection. 3 more Red Rangers had joined in the Red Force!

From left: Power Rangers S.P.D, RPM and Samurai.

 

I’m still far ahead from completing my Forever Red collection. My intention was to collect all the Reds, even those from the Japanese version but wasn’t part of the U.S version. Besides, I’m not entirely in a rush for it. I will managed one step at a time, and hopefully can get all from different series without losing anyone of them =)

Captain’s log                                Stardate: 69991.2 (May 9th, 2012)

Its been quite some time since I last wrote about my book of adventures been held here in my own land. Been caught up with so many things that I couldn’t find time to explore more interesting places. But nevertheless, I still be back on my feet whenever there’s a place that interest me to seek.

So here I go. Tucked away from the modernized and busy world of the city life with the growing technology, there stood this very piece of land in what many will thought it had no longer exists. Hidden away from the city madness, was the remnants of a simple life of what we had known a century ago. They make no use of today’s technology, and probably had no means of communication with the outside world. I don’t know how many had heard about this place, as this is what Singapore is like before HDB, condos and skyscrapers took over.

Kampong Buangkok – The last surviving kampong in Singapore. I always thought Pulau Ubin was the last surviving kampong of Singapore. Until I came across this, which tells me that I’m wrong. Built in 1965, and its located at Kampong Lorong Buangkok, off Yio Chu Kang Rd. There’s still a very piece of nostalgia survive on this fast-pace growing land. The kampongs were been spared from bulldozers, cranes and all those big trucks you can think of that will demolished them for good.

Me and my gang from the Singapore Paranormal Investigators were drawn into this. We research about this village through many links, especially blogs. Its seems that this veteran place has attracted many visitors, mostly tourists. The residents themselves, as according to the bloggers seems happy by the people visiting their simple terrority. If you asked me, I don’t know how true is that. We just have to find out for ourselves.

And so, me and one of the SPI member set off for the journey back in time to experience a fragment of how Singapore its like back in those days. The kampong had give us the chance to feel what its like, before advance technology change our lives. Away from the city madness, and into a simple, yet peaceful place on Earth.

The sight of the kampong greeted us and we knew that we just travel back 100 years. It wasn’t that difficult to locate it. We just follow the directions that were written by those bloggers that had visited the area. The sights, the smell, the sounds….. its just nostalgia ~~~ Peaceful and calm. I do expect to see a few chickens running around though.

Besides exploring the nostalgia village, we will also want to interview some of the residents. Just ask them simple questions as to how they had adapt to the conditions here, even though now its the 21st century with all the modern technology growing and growing. We managed to talk to a Malay residents, who both were actually siblings. They had came to visit their mother who had lived there ever since. They came here once in a while just to help out in doing some spring cleaning, house chores and other simple stuff. One lives in Yishun while the other lives in Pasir Ris.

What interest me the most was the towering communication cables that was placed on certain spots within the kampong. You won’t see this anymore in Singapore except at this old village of course. All lines were built underground. But in Malaysia, these type still exists. Perhaps down here at Kampong Buangkok, its what the residents had to still rely on as their only means of communication.

Then halfway through, the sky started rumbling. Fear that it might rain, we seek shelter at the house where the mother of the 2 brothers lives and waited there until the sky is clear. While waiting, we took some few shots of this serenity environment.

Soon the sky is clear and we decided to call it a day. Looking back, I just recall of what I’ve read about this place.  Though the place was been spared, its future still remains uncertain. Will the place be gone soon? Or will the authorities established it as a heritage site? Its saddening to know for the folks here, especially for those who had lived here long enough to see what lies in every path, every step along the way.

Will this surviving kampong last long? Time will tell, cause not many people nowadays who had lived in this modern technologically world get to experience what its like living back then. Cause when they do realize it, they might want to visit the place before the time comes where the kampong will be demolished for good. From there, you can never find another surviving village other than the one in Pulau Ubin. I for once hope, the village will still remains as where it should be, for the next generation and so forth.

If well approve and confirm, this place shall be revisit by us SPI, as part of an educational tour in time to come. It can be an interesting excursion for the members of public who shall be touring with us, so that they can traced back to the time before microchips and microbots were born.

Oh yes, as I had expected, there are chickens running wild. The nostalgia just never fails to amaze us! =)

* For those interested to visit this place, for me I will take the train and stop at Serangoon MRT. From there, take bus 103 from Serangoon Bus Interchange which is near to the MRT station.

– Other available buses: 70 and 854

Kampong Buangkok is just off Yio Chu Kang Road. Along Yio Chu Kang Road, look out for this St. Vincent de Paul church. Up ahead, there will be a Shell petrol kiosk. Once you caught sight of the church, get off the bus. The bus stop is just opposite the Kampong.

– From the bus stop, take the stairs down which is beside the petrol station. You see notice a bridge. Walk across it, then turned left. A bit more, and there you go. The kampong area is on your right! =)

Photos taken in steps for the directions to get there. As been elaborate above.

Captain’s log                                 Stardate: 62013.9 (May 7th, 2012)

I was been invited through Facebook, to come down for this Cosplay Competition which takes place at Bukit Batok Community Center yesterday the 6th. Good thing it landed on my off day. But I did not take part in the competition. Just to be there for the fun of cosplaying, since the organizers accept that.

So me and my gang members of Power Rangers and Kamen Riders were up for it yesterday. And its also just right for me to test out my Defender Vest that I had created out of evafoam. This vest was seen in Power Rangers Operational Overdrive. You might be wondering like many others, as they are so curious to know as to why this Red Ranger from the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (MMPR) dons the Defender Vest?

Well, if anyone of you, especially Power Rangers fans remember that episode where Adam, the Black Ranger from MMPR makes a comeback together with five other veterans rangers from different series. He managed to gain access in initiating the Defender Vest to dons on him.

So, my answer will be: If the Black Ranger can don the vest, do can the Red Ranger. Though its not really that legit, since Adam is the only Black Ranger from MMPR to experience it. But infact, as according to research, the Defender Vest is meant for all Rangers!

These selected awesome photos were taken by some of the photographers. Many credits to them for making us to be part of the spotlight! =D

Though the event was a small one, we still enjoy our time there and had fun interacting with the people. Especially getting to know new cosplayers. There’s quite a number of first timers, as what I had notice. Sooner or later, you guys will be addicted to this. Just like your seniors. Hehe…=P

Lastly, many thanks to the people who had put in alot of effort into this event. We really enjoyed it to the very last. You guys are awesome! And hopefully we can have another round of this event soon! =)

Captain’s log                                   Stardate: 68871.9 (May 3rd, 2012)

Singapore Paranormal Investigators were been invited by representatives from the Red Communication company, which is based in Malaysia and that they are also part of the country Astro’s Channel. We understand from them that they are currently involved into paranormal matters, as they will be documenting of how we paranormal investigators do and perform within our line of investigation. So likewise, its behind the scene of paranormal investigators.

So yesterday the 2nd, me and 2 of my members (all heads of certain departments in SPI), head down to Bugis where we will meet up with 2 ladies from the company. Their main purpose was to document us, in how we did our investigation. At the same time, to interview us. And by doing so, we have to re-enact, based on that night of investigation. They had showed us a video, where they had document this security guard in Malaysia, where he had share about his encounter with the paranormal at the place he was working. At the same time, you can heard him sharing his story in the background while re-enacted, as according to that night as prior to his encounter.

Like in that video, we will also need to reenact, as how we did on our side of the story. Seeing the video had provided us a good example on how it can be done. So the 3 of us SPI members had listed the 3 best places that we had investigate before, and each of us will take one of these place to re-enact.

Also, by doing so, we also have to select any one of our members to be our so-called actors or actress. But its not just by randomly select. The members that we shall be selecting were those who had experience about that place, and therefore can be a better aid during the re-enactment.

So for the actors side, they will be acting in how they had came about to know that place. How they had felt when they were there? Any disturbance they had felt? Then, they will consult the SPI, who shall send in a member, who will be there to investigate the place.

And even that member himself or herself, shall be the one who had the most experience by how he or her had felt during the investigation. So in turn, that member will set up the equipment, and will re-enact as according to that actual night of investigation.

Sounds interesting. Its worth a shot being in a documentary! It actually reminds me of the local police documentary, Crime Watch. They re-enact on the crimes taken, and how their investigation were conducted. Same thing for us. We will be doing the same routine, in the selected places.

Currently its still in the process, as the 3 of us have to submit our side of the story as how we had experience from the places that we had been. The documentary, as according to the representatives will be just one day. The whole day, as a matter of fact, and lasted till night. Really looking forward for this! =)

*Places that we have selected shall not be reveal until the whole documentary is complete. We apologize.