Remembering Dr. Sun Yat Sen

On our last day in Singapore, my wife suggested that we should visit the Nanyang Memorial Hall which is located along the "Balestier's Heritage Trail" where tourists could enjoy seeing several famous spots in one area. Our hotel was just located along the next street.



We walked under the blazing sun and found the sign that led us to the colonial mansion where Dr.Sun Yat Sen had once lived during his struggles for democracy. My heart skipped with excitement at the mention of his name as he has been like a historical idol of mine. I have watched much movies and read thick biographies about him, Chiang Kai Shek and Soong May Ling @ Madame Chiang.




The mansion's colonial architecture is nice and elegant with a huge neat sprawling gardens. I always believed that in my past lives, I must have lived in China during the era when the Ching Dynasty was falling with Dr.Sun Yat Sen staging revolutions. I feel some strong connections with him somewhere! Tell me where?



At the cozy and dim lit entrance, you need to pay $4.00 per adult to tour inside and admire all the old photographs and history. Inside there,  I got 2 shocks and learnt something that opened my eyes! I have been wrongly informed that China simply ignored Taiwan while the Japanese Army seized their country. The truths was, China was being forced to sign a treaty to surrender Taiwan. Now who is talking craps?




While some may be bored to death at such places, I loved every minute inside. I spent half hour looking at the many photos and salute those great names in this room. Now I know where the Singapore's landmarks got their great names from - Ngee Ann City, Tan Tock Seng Hospital, Boon Kheng Road, Lee Kong Chiang, Wee Ah Hood and many others!




They were all staunch overseas Chinese supporters of Dr. Sun Yat Sen. All of these comrades were very selfless and risked their lives as well as sacrificed their families. Many were also being executed by the Japanese Army who invaded Singapore. My heart sank to the bottom of the floor!



When the Chinese Mainlanders started to boycott the foreign products, they created their own Chinese styled advertising.




The whole wall was filled with old newspaper clippings. The word " WELCOMED AT NANKING" made my eyes gleamed. Next week, I will be taking a bullet train from Shanghai to Nanking! Deja Vu!
 There were several floor to ceiling sized paintings to commemorate the life and struggles of Dr. Sun Yat Sen who is hailed as the Father of Modern Taiwan. I have visited Taiwan many times but I never found time to visit any of his memorials or museum. Shame of me!




Lastly, the above chart gave me the 2nd shock. Think about it.

Comments

  1. Anay,
    Did you visit Dr Sun Yat Sen's base when he was in Penang for 6 months? :)

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  2. I gave the Sun Yat Sen Memorial a miss when I was in Taipei

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  3. what a nice trip to Singapore, Anay.. doing away with the norms of shopping and shopping, but Anay is going to museums!! better like that, paying just $4 to spend half a day is far better than spending $400 in shopping within half an hour!! hahaha~~

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    1. If Yannie goes to Singapore, you know where she will go right? The last place that she will go is museums and historical places. Silly Yannie.

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  4. i like those buildings during the colonial times, Singapore has done a great job in preserving them and they have restore them or convert them for other purposes, which i think it's something great!! look at our bolehland, everything old must be destroyed and everything new must be anew!! haiz~~

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  5. i love going to history museums too, like Anay, i will get excited to read stories behind names and things i come across in my everyday life.. it's like trivia and you feel intrigued to know the reasons and caused behind every important historical event.. that say, thought i won't go into details but i enjoy browsing through in museums..

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    1. But, Yannie will yawn if she goes looking at those pictures at historical museums. Yannie get excited only when she see fashion. Crazy Yannie!

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  6. Dr Sun Yat Sen was almost everywhere huh?? but i don't think he has been to Malaya before?? or perhaps he did, but his trails were covered up or even destroyed, nothing was kept nor restored?? and when did Anay meet him in your previous life?? perhaps somewhere in Jalan Petaling?? haha~~

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    1. Ah Boy,
      The Penang Heritage walk covers a house that used to be Dr Sun's base when he stayed in Penang for 6 months. :-)

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    2. oh, you mentioned this in your previous comment too!! blurry Ah Boy, maybe because not wearing specs lah~~ :D

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  7. oh, i love those advertisement posters!! aren't they beautiful?? i always love this kind of vintage, retro and reminiscent things from the olden days.. and if you noticed, there will always be a girl wearing cheongsam in the poster selling the products, as if it was a mandatory element in the advertisements.. :p

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  8. well well well, about that last picture you have posted here.. i guess it can be quite sensitive to openly discuss on the platform.. we shall continue in Whatsapp~~ :D

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    1. Ok, tonight I must read the Whatsapp to get more general knowledge from you guys.

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  9. It's good to visit museums but all my trip didn't include museums at all except in taiwan but it was just a short one. No time to really appreciate everything in the Taiwan museum. I would love to visit museums if possible.

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  10. well, don't really know who is Dr Sun Yat Sen but i saw some of the movie got say about this wonderful guy~ =)

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  11. I like the sprawling gardens!

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  12. I am not a big fan of historical museums but I don't mind visiting. Maybe you are more interested cos you were someone close to Dr Sun Yat Sen in your past life haha!

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  13. Oh? I thought you went to Taiwan. They have one for Lee Kuan Yew or not? Muahahahahaha!!!

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  14. Nice! I've been to the one in Penang but not to the one in Singapore. I actually head to Singapore quite often coz my sis lives there and so does my mom.

    I'll be inclined to go visit these places next time I go - cheers for the trip! I do like historical stuff. :)

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  15. Hope you enjoy your stay in Singapore...

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  16. i will go travel there too one day~ =)

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