Tuesday, July 01, 2008

House No. 1 - WW



Charming English Cottage with Fireplace ........


........ in Singapore!? xiao (crazy)

It's House No. 1. This charming cottage was built in the 1930s by the then Chief Surveyor, Langdon Williams as a holiday retreat in Pulau Ubin. The architecture is tudor-style, with adaptations to the tropical climate. It's similar to cottages built in tea plantations during the British colonial era.

This unique house is designated a Conservation Building by Urban Redevelopment Authority of Singapore.

It has probably the only working fireplace left in Singapore.

In tropical Singapore, with temperatures of above 30 degree Celsius daily, why do you need a working fireplace? *scratch head*



103 comments:

  1. Oh it is really so English! Ya, that same thought came into my mind too about the fireplace. May be they put it in for the sake of completeness? To be 100% English?

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  2. Doreen,
    I think so too... they must be missing England so much then.... every thing has to be perfect. :)

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  3. Singaporeans can use the fireplace to roast dinner! LOL joking :P

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  4. Hahaha... They miss home... so they need something to remind them of the nice cold miserable English weather? :P

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  5. buzzingj,
    Indoor BBQ!? The whole house would be so smoky....

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  6. day-dreamer,
    Good idea. Roast chicken and piglet. hehe....

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  7. sher,
    Probably. I don't think they will get a chance to use it. :)

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  8. Obvious sign of Global Warming!!..Must have been chilly in Singapore in the 30's LOL

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  9. They probably used the fireplace to BBQ "char-siew" heehee...

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  10. Tom,
    Yah!! Good one! hehehe...

    Global warming is indeed getting worse. :(

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  11. napaboaniya,
    I imagine them roasting duck, crispy pork and char siew... kakaka....

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  12. It is beautiful, whatever may the purpose it has been built for.

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  13. Fireplace....to cook pizza...and roast ducks???

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  14. Ah, colonialism....Well, that saves you a trip to England to see one!

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  15. oceanskies,
    Yes, a fireplace but I don't know if they cooked pizza and roasted duck in it or not. kakaka....

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  16. strawberrygurl,
    Thanks for your votes!
    Good luck to you too.

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  17. sandy,
    I would still love to see England, see how different the houses are. :)

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  18. Why do we need a working fireplace in Singapore? You don't know meh? Aircon can be very cold, especially inside the office. So we need fireplace lor.

    Seriously, one time I was working in KL. The aircon was so freezingly cold that I did have a heat blower underneath my feet.

    Ah, time to vote for you! (Though I must protest that I hate leaving IC number and phone number over the Internet ... ha ha ha)

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  19. Thank you!

    for being one of the Top 25 EC Droppers in my blog!

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  20. England should be nice. I visited London about a few years ago. Frankly speaking, I prefer Scotland more than London itself. But London is great still....there are so many museums to visit (and admission to most is free).

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  21. I want my little nephew to be a chef ... just like Jaymes ... our chef-to-be!

    Jaymes... you are so good as mummy! That is why I voted for you too!

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  22. I voted for you!! I will continue to vote for you until you win!!

    Whne you win you have to take me in one of those trips!! HA Kidding

    GO ECL!!!!!!

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  23. That is very charming indeed!

    Do you own it?

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  24. Only the English, that is all I can say.

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  25. Thanks for being one of my top 25 ec droppers!

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  26. That is pretty funny to build a house so out of place with where it is. Wonder if they burned fires in the fireplace. Carver Wordless

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  27. So very English...who would have thought it was in Singapore?

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  28. I've been fishing on Pulau Ubin for many years and I don't even know this cottage exist. Even my guide back then didn't mention a word about it when we went exploring.

    And now everyone's favourite question... IS IT HAUNTED?

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  29. I can't imagine the fireplace was well used Eastcoastlife! Happy WW

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  30. Yealah woman.. we need aircon not fireplace...hehehe

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  31. Maybe they needed the fireplace working as an alternative cooking place when they ran out of LPG or electricity. lol!

    Happy WW!

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  32. It must be one of those imports that the English brought with them when they came over to Singapore.

    Haha, looks like I should be bringing along an aircon over to London. Btw, it's really hot nowadays. Darn the summer!

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  33. English Tudor is my very favorite architecture. I love the beams!

    Tink *~*~*
    My Mobile Adventures *~*~*

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  34. That is a cute little house. Err .. maybe not so little. But really cute!

    You must be traveling and sight seeing everyday!

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  35. I vote for you! :-) hope you win ECL!

    I love that type of house....
    LOL at indoor fireplace in Singapore.. hahaha.. should be replaced by iceplace... hahaha

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  36. houses like that in singapore? wow! amazing how diverse singapore is.

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  37. What a beautiful house, and story to go with :) Maybe he added in the fireplace because he missed England?

    Great shot :) Happy WW

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  38. How funny....and definitely charming. Happy WW.

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  39. Hi ECL, HAPPY WW! Thank you for checking on me.

    We don't use our fireplace here in Southeast Texas either.

    Tonight we are in Salina, Kansas. Tomorrow we will be in Eastern Nebraska for Blogspot '08. It is at Cliff's home place cornfield, here is the lowdown:
    http://cliffmorrow.blogspot.com/2008/06/its-about-time.html
    ..

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  40. Nice pictures, that's a really English-looking house...

    Happy WW!

    My post...

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  41. i think malaysian also can't accept this fireplace cause the weather here is too hot

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  42. what a charming house!
    lol ... had to laugh at buzzing j's comment (indoor BBQ)! ;P

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  43. That's really strange, lol !
    I am in Italy right now. We have been in the mountains yesterday where the James Bond crew was ! Was so surprised to see the name everywhere and the hotel owner was SOOOO proud. Weather is wonderful too. Each morning while my old man still sleeps I am sitting here on a camping place on the terrace and do my blogging for an

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  44. That's really strange, lol !
    I am in Italy right now. We have been in the mountains yesterday where the James Bond crew was ! Was so surprised to see the name everywhere and the hotel owner was SOOOO proud. Weather is wonderful too. Each morning while my old man still sleeps I am sitting here on a camping place on the terrace and do my blogging for an

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  45. hi ecl! it's been a while! :D beautiful house. i wouldn't have thought it's in singapore.

    WW: Chocolate Coffee Crunch
    WW: Abby & Her JavaKula

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  46. Aiyoo... whose lovely EC is that smiling down from your EC widget?? lolzz!!!!

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  47. I guess it's a reflection of how much they miss their home.

    Lovely shots!

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  48. Love the place, a bit to neat and tidy though, is it always that tidy? No kids then. Yer indoor barbeque, we call it burning the roast!
    :)

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  49. really in Singapore??? thats cool!

    Happy WW!

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  50. Congratulations to your son, of course, I'll run over and vote. :)

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  51. I never would have expected to see a Tudor-style house in Singapore. I wonder if they ever used the fireplace. Since you don't need the warmth, you could stick a big vase of flowers in there or use it for extra storage space. Or just build a very small fire and sit far back.

    Hope you can stop by – my post is here.

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  52. Haha it is definitely so European. You won't believe it but we brought a sauna thingy all the way from Holland to Singapore.It will be installed in our farm in the Philippines when we move there :) Crazy huh? I know.

    I dunno it it's ever gonna be used- maybe as a stove.

    off topic: I am so busy right now with so many things but I do hope to catch up after we come back from our work-vacation in the Philippines. We'll be leaving next week.Thanks for dropping by ECL!

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  53. wilfrid,
    Thanks for your votes.

    I think Parliament House should put a fireplace inside. Many MPs and even PM Lee and MM Lee are wearing jackets to keep warm. A roaring fireplace would be good. :P

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  54. oceanskies,
    So envious of you that you have been to London and Scotland. I would definitely visit the museums and the countryside.

    Waiting for that day to come ... soon.

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  55. pinkhippo,
    Thanks for voting Jaymes. *hugs*

    Your little nephew wants to be a chef? It's a tough life. Expose him to more careers before he decides. :)

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  56. Mike M,
    Thank you for your votes!!!
    *hugs*

    I hope you win a travel package to one of the destinations and come to Singapore too. I will personally bring you around Singapore. :)

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  57. shoshana,
    I wish.

    It belongs to the Singapore Government, not me. :)

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  58. strider,
    Mr Williams probably had forseen the rising fuel prices when he decided to build the fireplace. hehe....

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  59. ck,
    They don't have air-con in UK meh? Why must buy from Singapore? :)

    Anyway... summer's only a short while, tahan a bit lah. :P

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  60. We have such Tudor style houses in our highland retreats. I have heard that Palau Ubin is good for birdlife. Have a great BB!

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  61. andie summerkiss,
    It is cute and quite small... it's for a small family. :)

    I don't go sight-seeing everyday... so busy! I try to go for nature walks on weekends! :)

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  62. trinity,
    How come I cannot go to your blog through this link?

    I agree with you, it should be a iceplace, not fireplace. haha....

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  63. the dong,
    Incredible huh!? I was surprised too. Now going to keep an eye out for unique houses in Singapore. :)

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  64. hazel,
    There are houses with fireplace in Cameron Highlands!

    I have to visit it again.

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  65. Gattina,
    Wow! You are in Italy!? Did you see the actor playing James Bond? :)
    *envy*

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  66. LadyJava,
    Thanks for advertising with eastcoastlife! :)

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  67. Hi martin miller,
    The house is under conservation and is a mini museum to visitors. No one lives in it now.

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  68. Hi lisachaos,
    Thank you so much for your votes.

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  69. stephanie,
    I presume they had used the fireplace because it said in its brochure : 'the only working fireplace in Singapore'.

    It's not used now. It's just for display. :)

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  70. Jade,
    You bought a sauna from Holland to Singapore and then to the Philippines!? o.O

    Philippines is just as hot as Singapore. If you work on a farm, you would be sweating ... why need a sauna? hehe...

    See you when you come back.
    have a good trip!

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  71. gallicissa,
    Yes, Pulau Ubin is great for bird watching!!

    Would love to see your tudor-style houses. :)

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  72. Nice house like the ones in Camerons Highlands.....maybe they built the fireplace just in case it is cold when it rains...lol

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  73. Jasmine,
    even if it rains in Singapore or Malaysia, it's not freezing cold! hehe....

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  74. Beautiful home and grounds. What a surprise to find in Singapore.

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  75. Wah... can hv a cup of chocolate at late nights by the fireplace hehehe

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  76. What a great house, and indeed a bit English, I agree!

    Tried to vote for you of course, but could not figure out all the registrations? Whats the I/C No?

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  77. I would love to stay in that cottage. It is indeed a beautiful english, although I quite agree...not too much need for the fireplace :-) However as a true fireplace lover I would have lots of pretty things lined up on the mantle of the fire. Thanks for showing us this.

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  78. hey is this a recent picture? I've been to that tudor house many times in the past. IN fact, I've stayed over (ahem...u know) and fished there until they blocked up the place a few years back as it was fallen apart. It was sad for me actualy because I've used it as a personal getaway a few times away with frens and students. Mayb I shld dig up my pictures and blog about the trips.

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  79. I have voted for you & Jaymes :)

    Btw, here's a tag for you:
    http://babieslz.blogspot.com/2008/07/travel-to-7-continents-tag.html

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  80. Aiyah, maybe he's burning some wood in the fireplace to roast chicken and boil some water for tea. I know of a restaurant in Subang Parade which used to show customers their burning of Bakau wood to roast chicken. Besides, English people like tea, don't they?

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  81. How cool, it's very pretty! Good observation on the fireplace, LOL!

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  82. drop by to say hello :) hope u r doing fine. yup.

    voted :)

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  83. Hi melody is slurping life,
    Yes... I was surprised too and tickled by the fireplace! haha...

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  84. kyh,
    Hot chocolate by the fireplace!? Next day nose bled. Too heaty ...
    hahaha...

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  85. Thanks Renny for trying to vote for me. I appreciate that.

    IC number means identification number or passport number.

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  86. diane,
    I love fireplace too!

    The first time my husband and I set eyes on and also used a fireplace was in a Melbourne village in early winter. Laying in front of the warm fireplace, drinking an awesome red wine was a wonderful memory never to be forgotten.

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  87. sho,
    The picture was taken on 29th June 2008. The house has been restored and is now a mini museum.

    Gosh... I would love to see it in its dilapidated state. Before and after photos. :)

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  88. lzmommy,
    Thanks for the votes!! *hugs*

    And thanks for the tag. Give me some time.

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  89. jesie,
    hehehe.... I think I should call Mr Williams' ghost up and ask him why he needs the fireplace. :)

    Are you referring to the roast chickens of Kenny Rogers' restaurant?

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  90. Hello Terence!!
    *waves*

    Thanks for your votes. I'm blessed. I appreciate your kind gesture. :)

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  91. interesting. Singapore is so hot, there is no need for a fireplace.

    But it is nice to have one in the house.

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  92. Hi han cheng,
    I know a friend who has a decorative fireplace in his apartment, not workable. :) Looks great with his decor.

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  93. Whenever I arrive in Sg, the tall HDB blocks has this "suffocating" effect on me. I live among cottages like the one in P. Ubin in Holland n am so used to open spaces n low-level homes ;P ..

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