In this modern era and in land-scarce and property crazy Singapore, there exists, in small small pockets, certain houses, places or property, that somehow manages to elude the construction tractors and developers and remain abandoned. For some strange reasons, these places remain untouched, unwanted and left vacant. What strange tales exists in these places? Something sinister? A forgotten legacy? Hidden secrets? Well, GhostClubSG takes an exploration of some of these places in Singapore. See if you might have come across them in your travels around the sunny island!
First stop, Seletar Barracks. This is a well documented place where blocks of old colonial houses remain. Checks with SLA revealed that these places are up for renting. The houses are located in quaint Seletar Airbase, quiet, serene and very laid back! Certainly worth renting if i have the money, as a retirement home!
Huge shady trees, birds chirping, very little traffic, there is a freshness in the air and a nice cool breeze that swipes across. Very rustic indeed!
Here, a big huge tree caught my eye. It looks almost like a hand coming out from earth. Kind of a nice picture but at night, i ain't so sure. It looks creepy!
Signs of slight decay and certainly a nice coat of paint would make these row of houses look so much better! One interesting thing, our old colonial houses are all in white and black roof. Any particular reason for this arrangement of colours?
Quaint as it is in day time, there is yet a feeling of eerieness and spooks at night. Perhaps this would be an ideal place for a Halloween Party? I wonder who stays here in the 1930s and what is the history behind these particular buildings. Australian or English pilots from the past?
A sign just outside the fence indicated that this property will be developed into a luxrious private living. What a disappointment. But we wonder if the new owners will become another victim of some sinister supernatural force that may still be present despite the change in architecture. We await...
Somewhere near also lies another forgotten, majestic abandoned house. This abandoned house has been around as long as in 1999 when i noticed on my travels to my camp at MINDEF on bus 170 that this majestic, very rustic and old rounded architecture existed. It reminded me of some chinese influenced almost an olden hospital look. But i never knew the story behind it though. This property has been abandoned for some while it seems, as the grass inside were long and uncut. A huge tree overgrows and covers the entire sight of the house.
Set in the posh private housing at Caldecott Hill, the almost equivalent of Beverly Hills or Hollywood, a couple of old abandoned houses stand. The first one that i chanced upon was near Mediacorp, where the house looks abandoned and empty. The house was closed shut and there were junk around.
But as i took a closer look, there is actually a car inside! Wrapped in the sunblock cover! But it is really weird because the whole house look dead. Perhaps the owners were out overseas. I entertained the dramatic and spooky idea of unwrapping the car cover and finding a dead body inside the car.
Ironically the house number is '66'. Somehow any number associated with 6 related to the 'Devil', according to some. There have been many instances of 6s leading to uncanny tales and ghostly hauntings. Is this one of the houses that also hide a dark sinister past?
YIO CHU KANG RD
Following a tip off by Agent MaXx that he had spotted a gate that leads to somewhere, we investigated this particular place, located in another private housing area in Yio Chu Kang, near Upper Thomson. It is situated at the dead end of one of the private housing lanes, and it certainly holds potential!
Then i noticed a pair of strange lanterns hung on a particular tree. Not sure what the purpose and the intention is, but any chinese lantern is suspicious.
Walking on, the grassy land seems harmless. Nothing too sinister here. The land beyond just feels like vacant plots of land, disused and not having any plans for the moment. This part had a peaceful and calm feeling to it...
As i see more banana trees, the dogs started to bark. Being so close to private residential areas mean that night explorations will be tricky as our torchlights will be really visual to residents, who might call the police for fear of burgulars. But the main gate isnt locked, so we will not have to worry of trespassing.
Overall, this looks like just an ordinary unsold piece of property. Nothing really sinister or that implies some story behind it. So mystery is closed here!
Roads seem to lead to darker areas, and the level of secludedness is for all to feel and see. It is dead quiet at some spots, certainly dangerous for ladies to take an evening jog.
One of the entry points to a part of Bukit Timah Hill, it certainly looks not fit for entry without a torchlight!
An interesting tunnel that i found that separates two sides of the private houses. It is as if we are going into another side of the world. The dark side.
Water pipes leading to various points around look good for balancing on and having a race across!
Our last exploration takes us to this particular house at Upper Thomson, rumoured to be left vacant because of some dark past. It is said that this particular house lived a lonely unwed sister.
However, one day another sister of hers was visiting her and when she knocked on the door, there was no response. She knocked more and got anxious as her sister does not leave the flat.
Through the red door you see above, she couldn't gain entry as it was locked. Peering through the window, she couldn't see her sister in the living room either. There seem no sign of life! She eventually called the police and when the police managed to open the main door, and stepped in.
Well the look around this house certainly suggests something along those rumoured lines. This house is certainly old, it looks neglected and not trimmed or maintained like the other houses. Perhaps the sister did not draw a will and her next of kin do not want the house.
And so we come to the end of our random explorations of the vacant and abandoned houses and places in Singapore. If you do have more stories or tips, write them on our tag board and allow us to do more investigation on! Till then, Agent T signing off.