The Last Train into Tanjong Pagar @ Bukit Timah Railway

We took a trip down to Bukit Timah Railway Station just now. It was an unused station but KTM trains continued to pass through it daily since 1932. The Tanjong Pagar Railway Station and together with the Bukit Timah Railway Station and the track and vast green land in between and right up till Woodlands will be handed over back to Singapore come 1 July 2011.

The Northern Station signboard at Bukit Timah Railway Station
(it was reportedly remove 1 week after the hand over)

It was dark when the last train into Singapore arrived. Although late, we sure knew how to party. There were air horns everywhere, cold champagnes and beers, lots of story telling by the station and KTM staff and everyone and photo taking.

Last south bound KTM train en-route to Tanjong Pagar Railway Station.

Some were over enthusiastic though, and fortunately a few police officers were around to remind them.

Didn’t take much pictures, but we had fun. 3 passing trains in total and we cheered and waved to each one. A real pity my kids will not be able to enjoy this view here in the future.

Emotions at Bukit Timah Railway Station


Not another Bird again…(thankfully its not Angry but its the Focal speakers)

After getting the TV, PS3 and the TV console, my next wishlist will be a good compact speaker system. Space is a constraint, (we live in tiny boxes here in Singapore), I am looking at a 2.1 or soundbar (yes, I know it doesn’t perform well, but it should be good enough for our tainted ears). I have been looking out at a few possibilities, and among those is the Focal Bird 2.1 system. It was released in France in June 2011 and Autumn 2011 for the rest of the world. The integrated amplifier, distribution and subwoofer thing works well for me, as I would not have to sacrifice floor space for the subs aka PowerBird. Do hope to check out a demo setup soon with the side speakers aka Little Bird, Bird or SuperBird.

The wife will be hoping to play the Angry Bird Rio HD with sound blasting on the Focal Bird 2.1.
Prices for the 2.1 are expected to be in the range of $1400 – $1800 depending on Little Bird, Bird or Super Bird.

September 2011: Bought it finally, review here.