So it’s Day 2 of Jalan Kayu site research! This time round, I went to the other end of Jalan Kayu, which is the Seletar West Farmway, the agriculture area were once held all the pig farms, but now all that’s left are simply abandoned lands, fish farms, a mushroom farm and an animal resort.
The weather wasn’t really siding me that day, thus it was pouringggg and I only managed to get a few shots with my usual partner in crime – my Dad, holding an umbrella above my head while I shot some of my pics. Thanks Dad! Heh.
I didn’t take much pictures of the route to the farmway. But it’s simply more trees and gravel roads. Everything just has a country, rural, rustic feel to it, as if I’m stepping back into the old kampong of Singapore. Here are some pictures I found on the net that shows some parts of Seletar West Farmway!
And here it is! The Animal Resort, which is known as the “kampong zoo”. However, this place opened in the 2000s, so it’s not really old. This place is really cool! There’s like random animals roaming around and best part of this place is, you don’t have to pay any entrance fee at all! You’ll just have to pay for the food to feed the animals.
Random “turkeys(?)” roaming around
Next, moving on to the fish farm area! As you can see, there’s still those old lamp post with cables hanging around that are still standing. It’s decades old!!!
Here we are at Sea View Aquarium. Apparently there are quite a number of peeps here even though the place is REALLY inaccessible. I did some research and it seems that the fishes are really cheap, as compared to other fish farms. Is $2 per fish cheap though?
All in all, I felt that even though in the modern society, Jalan Kayu still has the kampong part of it, which I really appreciate. It is something that you’ll hardly see now adays in society that keeps building and demolishing the old. The rural, rustic country side of Singapore, I hope it remains forever.
I’ve never been to Jalan Kayu EVER in my entire life, neither do I know which part of Singapore it’s located at. And to add on how 0 knowledge I have about Jalan Kayu (West Sider here), I’ve no idea that they are famous for their pratas. The only prata I know are the ones at Bukit Timah hahaha, Al Azhar all the way!!!
After Googling where in the world is Jalan Kayu, it is located near Seng Kang (WHAT), and near Seletar (WHAT) that is like super far and purple line is another foreign area for me.
I’m soooo lucky to have my usual partner in crime, my Dad, to drive me to this foreign place that I will NEVER go alone because I’m like… a direction idiot lol. I’ve never done any prior research of Jalan Kayu as I didn’t want to perceive a certain image of it in my head, and hope that I’ll be able to notice the interesting, special things there with my eye!
Fun Fact: My Dad’s old camp was located in Jalan Kayu.
He was really passionate and enthusiastic in sharing with me his army stories as his old camp was in Jalan Kayu, or was it Seletar? So he’s like 100% confident about the place as he said he often frequent there while he was a reservist.
Anyhow, here are some pictures that I’ve taken!
A random cat which was just chilling by the carpark.
The street of Jalan Kayu! When i first entered the area, I was like “O m g , is this Singapore?” It totally feels like a Malaysia old town because of its rustic shophouses, old lamppost (notice that the lamp post is different than the normal ones), old mailboxes and other nostalgic elements.
I did some research on this gravel pavement as I found it weird why they didn’t fix this part of the road? And actually… it comes with a history.
Did you know? Jalan Kayu means “wooden road” in Malay. It is said that the muddy laterite roads leading to the rubber estates in the area were made passable due to logs of wood that used to cover the muddy roads, hence the term in Malay Jalan Kayu.
Isn’t it cool!!! If you look close enough, you can see some remains of the wooden logs embedded deep in the rocks. Since I’m talking about the heritage here, I might as well share with you guys a background info on Jalan Kayu itself.
Background of Jalan Kayu Jalan Kayu was built in 1928, when the first Royal Air Force base outside the United Kingdom was established in Singapore.
And that means, Jalan Kayu was basically “built” for the military, and it is the only route that leads to Seletar Camp. Thus, Jalan kayu was always filled with servicemen, and that shows Jalan Kayu is not just about prata!
Anyway, here are more photos that I took of the shop houses.
It’s interesting how on the opposite of the shophouses, lies modern terrace houses and this shows a contrast in the old and new of Singapore. I didn’t just explore the stretch of Jalan Kayu itself, I went further down to the end of Jalan Kayu which reaches the entrance of the Seletar Camp itself. This was where my Dad’s old camp is! Sadly, we couldn’t find it as it was demolished.
My dad kept bugging me to take a photo of this Church – The Epiphany, which apparently has quite a old history.
So here, is the entrance to the Seletar Military Base. As you can see below, it’s an old guard house which was from the past! How awesome that it’s still standing there in such a fine condition?
And the famous…. Piccadily Circus which houses 378 colonial bungalows. I did some research on this roundabout as the road names were unusually English. Apparently, this area is called “Little England”, as it houses colonial bungalows which were built for the Royal Air Force as residential areas.
And since they are so far away from home, the government back then adopted London street names as the road names in this Piccadily Circus. For example, Edgware Rd, Lambeth Walk, Maida Vale and more.
Thats the research for Jalan Kayu and Seletar Military Base. I guess I’m more drawn to the heritage of Jalan Kayu itself and it’s funny how the heritage revolves around the vicinity of Jalan Kayu.
Besides it being a military base, on the other end of Jalan Kayu, it lies a huge plot of land which is the agriculture area – Seletar West Farmway, which I will be talking about in the next post!
Hi guys! Here are my final four submission pieces. Enjoy!
I feel that I can do better than this. But it’s okay, there’s always a next time! For this project, the best thing that I’ve brought away is the usage of the 3D tool in Illustrator. I’ve only been doing 3D stuff in 3Ds Max and never really explored the tool in Illustrator. But for this project, I simply just checked out the tool and o m g it works the same as my 3D software! I totally love it. Therefore for most of my pieces, I’ve used either the extrude/bevel tool or the revolve software.
The piece that I’m most satisfied with is – “The Baker”, it took awhile for me to figure out how this tool works but I finally got the right angle! However, the tool doesn’t work exactly like how I’m used to in my 3D software, which is able to help me outline the exterior of it, instead of it being just one solid colour. So… I had to manually trace out the outline. And I’m quite happy with the results!!
But. The thing that I felt could be improved would be the colours that I used. I realised that the colours I always go for are mostly blue, yellow and pink. And I would always go the analogous way. I should be much more daring and adventurous in my colours in the near future!
Comments from Shirley:
The Pirate: The pirate hat was a little too big and it overpowers the letter “N”, and also, the letter “G” wasn’t that obvious. As I’ve consulted her before, my initial idea for the hat was for it to be a mini hat hanging on the side of the character. But alas, I guess I forgot all about it 🙁
The Baker: I could have enlarge the cake bigger, so that the details can be seen. And also, there really isn’t a need to have so many baking equipments in the foreground. Maybe 1 or 2 will do.
The Furniture Designer: She mentioned there really isn’t a need for me to show the “final” product of the furniture, as my main focus is just the assembling of the pieces.
The Chocolatier: The colours!! The browns were too similar in tones. But overall she felt this piece was the nicest among all :))
I discovered a new 3D tool which I’ve never touch or explore before in Illustrator! I’ve only done all my 3D stuff on 3Ds Max as I’m very familiar with the program, but now when I finally have the courage to explore more of Illustrator, o m g it does the same exact function as 3Ds Max! There’s like extrude, bevel and revolve tool. It’s REALLY cool.
Therefore, I tried the 3D tool on some of my works. Here’s some process of the typeface that I’ve done and tried! However, here are the ones that didn’t make it into my final piece. I tried to arrange as neatly as possible so to show the gradual change! Enjoy~
It’s my first time modifying/recreating a Chinese typeface and I found it really interesting! I tried to express the Samurai’s appearance, of it’s helmet which is famous for it’s horn-like structure, and the blades of it’s armour, and not forgetting, the Katana.
I wanted to create a scenario with my Chinese name so I decided to have interact two of my characters. The 洁 (jie), will be the Samurai! Whereas the 玲 (ling), I’m sorry I gotta slice you into half.
This idea was thrown away as I’m not exactly feeling it and honestly the entire thing looks damn noobish LOL. Also, I feel that I’m unable to portray the “slicing” motion that I wanted. And… This was a last minute idea (oops), I tried to wing it but it’s not working out nicely. I guess I should have started earlier so I’m able to explore more on this typeface?
Introducing… my Blood Pack typeface! I never knew I would have so much fun creating my own typeface, it’s to the point that it’s almost addictive. Seeing how you’re able to create the picture in your head on Illustrator is really a m a z i n g.
This blood pack typeface took me quite awhile to create but in the end… it didn’t make it into my final work. It may look simple to create in on Illustrator but I guess it took me quite a long time as I was experimenting other effects on it? As usual, I used the extrude & bevel tool on this, and added some shadows on it to make it look more 3D. However, once I’m done doing this, I realised that it doesn’t look as realistic as I wanted to be. And it doesn’t really portray the occupation Doctor that much. The main idea was to show blood packs and the blood flowing around, but I can’t simply get it right! I guess it’s the time constraint that I had? I should have managed my time better… Sadly, this blood pack typeface went into my rejection pile 🙁
That’s all for now! Do stay tune for the process of my final pieces.