Hi everybody visiting, thanks for dropping in for a few minutes. Today I have a double layout (I don't do many double pages, much prefer single layouts) from the cruise DH and I took a couple of years ago.
We spent four days in Singapore before we flew back to Oz, my first time back since 1971.
My father was posted there when he was in the RAF. We moved there in 1969 and returned to the UK in 1971. I still have some very strong memories of our time there.
This layout, using Kaiser's 'Hideaway' range is of our visit to Haw Par Villa (Tiger Balm Gardens). I remember scrambling about the displays with my wee brother back then. However, got a bit of a shock this time, it has become very run down and a lot of the displays have not been maintained, it was in a very poor state of repair, which was very sad.
Haw Par Villa was free to visit when we were there in the late 60s, and families would spend the day there having picnics and family time. Then, in the 80s, someone decided to put an entry charge on the Villa. Subsequently the number of visitors declined - families had been visiting Haw Par since the 40s (I think) for free.
Eventually, the entry fee was removed, but by that time (not sure of dates) the damage had been done, the visitors did not return, there wasn't enough money to maintain upkeep, and the result was the poor condition which we saw in 2006. (We did not have to pay to get in)
I do hope when we visit again, which we will, it has been restored to its former glory, it would be really sad to see such a visually stunning family park disappear, and I'm sure the people of Singapore would agree with me completely.
That's all for now. Love Jane