My old Bukit Batok neighbourhood: an outing with my new Olympus Stylus XZ 2

It was a sunny Monday morning as I went off with my new camera Olympus Stylus XZ 2, one of those models that is slightly bigger than a compact but with some versatility of a DSLR. My old Fujifilm compact died on me and to repair it was not worth it. That’s the way it is these days.

I went to the old neighbourhood where I lived for 17 years: the neighbourhood where I raised all my children. It was an apartment at Block 264, #09-13 a pre-fabricated four-roomer. This place bore fond memories for me. As I walked around the area images, sounds, memories filled my mind. I parked at St Mary of the Angels. I think it is the most beautiful church in Singapore. I love the architecture and the feel of the place. The Catholics generally give more attention to aesthetics. Their buildings generally  give a sense of the transcendance of God. The Protestants are more pragmatic in their design, more utilitarian. Here are some pictures of the church and of my old neighbourhood.

Leading to the entrance of the sanctuary
Leading to the entrance of the sanctuary
Niches and little corners for prayer and meditation
Niches and little corners for prayer and meditation
Lovely flowers outside the prayer chapel - my first "bokeh" using a compact
Lovely flowers outside the prayer chapel - my first "bokeh" using a compact
Inside the sanctuary
Inside the sanctuary
Matthew and Elaine had kindergarten here but it is now catechism classrooms
Matthew and Elaine had kindergarten here but it is now catechism classrooms
Most of the dry market stalls were closed except the fruit stalls
Most of the dry market stalls were closed except the fruit stalls
Block 264 of Bukit Batok East Ave 4
Block 264 of Bukit Batok East Ave 4
My children waited for the Pei Hwa Presbyterian Primary School bus here
My children waited for the Pei Hwa Presbyterian Primary School bus here
The back side of the apartment block
The back side of the apartment block
As then, so now, the cats are everywhere - this one is beautiful
As then, so now, the cats are everywhere - this one is beautiful
This was where I played soccer with my three kids
This was where I played soccer with my three kids
Where the community center stood was once a field where SDP held their rallies and won the Gombak seat
Where the community center stood was once a field where SDP held their rallies and won the Gombak seat
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