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Bukit Brown Announcement

Dear Reader,

For all Bukit Brown related matters and tours, please visit http://bukitbrown.com/main/ 

API is part of the growing community fighting to save the resting place of our forefathers, from being destroyed by the present day government, through the construction of a 8 lane highway to replace the current Lornie Road.

What do we know of the early Singaporeans who came, once loved, lived, died in, & died for this Country we called Singapore? Learn about them in Bukit Brown, and the Pride of being a Singaporean.

Join our free Bukit Brown Tours and be a BROWNIE: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BZkMPFDXVko

Join the Bukit Brown's community facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/groups/bukitbrown.

API Spooky Tours - Uniquely Singapore

 

API Spooky Tours is listed as 1 of 20 Unique Things to do in Singapore, according to STB visitsingapore.com website. Know more here.
API Events Calender - JOIN US!
To join any events, please contact direct to the Organisation.

Kindly email to events@api.sg if contact details are unavailable.
Archives of our past API Events HERE.
31 Jan 2011 - NUS Tourism Geography Spooky Tour
26 Mar 2011 - NHB/SHC Bukit Brown Cemetery Heritage Tour
16 Apr 2011 - API Guided Bukit Brown Cemetery Public Tour
13 May 2011 - Silver Ribbon's "Friday the 13th" Talk
16 Apr 2011 - API Guided Bukit Brown Cemetery Public Tour
19 & 26 June 2011 - API DIY Bukit Brown Cemetery Tour
23 July 2011 - Ulu Pandan CC YEC Spooky Tour
26 Aug 2011 - URA Bukit Brown Chinese Cemetery Tour
14 Sep 2011 - GV Free Horror Movie Preview (Details here)
9 & 24 Sep 2011 - PMB Bukit Brown Chinese Cemetery Tour
12 Sep 2011 - LTA Bukit Brown Chinese Cemetery Walking Tour
21 Sep 2011 - PMB Bukit Brown Chinese Cemetery Walking Tour
24 Sep 2011 - PMB Volunteer Guides Bukit Brown Cemetery Tour
27 Sep 2011 - M.O.S Tan Chuan Jin Private Bukit Brown Chinese Cemetery Tour
28 Sep 2011 - URA Bukit Brown Chinese Cemetery Tour 2
1 Oct 2011 - API Bukit Brown Cemetery Tomb Clearing Day (Volunteers needed!)
9 & 16 Oct 2011 - API DIY Tour & Remember Your Ancestors Day at Bukit Brown
20 Oct 2011 - API Free Movie Preview (23:59 The Movie!)
29 Oct 2011 - St. James Powerhouse Horrorplex 23:59 Halloween
29 Oct 2011 - LKY School of Public Policy BBCC Tour
5 Nov 2011 - API DIY Bukit Brown Tour
26 Nov 2011 - API DIY Bukit Brown Tour (assemble at 9am)
29 Nov 2011 - ODAC CCA Changi Mystery Trail
10 Dec 2011 - API DIY Bukit Brown Tour (assemble at 9am)
API Free Movie Preview Screening - Hungry Ghost Ritual
Written by Webmaster   
Thursday, 26 June 2014 23:17

Win 1 of the 10 pair of preview tickets to watch the GALA PREMIER of the upcoming horror Ghost Movie HUNGRY GHOST RITUAL, courtesy of Golden Village Pictures, before the rest of Singapore does!

To win, simply write in to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with the subject header: HUNGRY GHOST RITUAL Contest, stating your Name, NRIC, Contact Number and Email.

All entries must reach us by 28 Jun (Saturday) 12pm noon.

There are 10 pairs to be won! Winners will be notified via email & SMS.

Details of horror movie, THE HUNGRY GHOST RITUAL Contest:

28 June (Sat)
7:00PM
GV Grand, Level 3, Great World City

The main cast Nick Cheung and supporting actress Carrie Ng will be gracing the event.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 26 June 2014 23:24
 
API Free Movie - INSIDIOUS CHAPTER 2
Written by Webmaster   
Tuesday, 24 September 2013 23:11

Win a pair of preview tickets to watch the horror film INSIDIOUS CHAPTER 2 , courtesy of Sony Pictures, before the rest of Singapore does!

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 September 2013 09:25
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Friday, the 13th- Psychosis Vs Possession
Written by Charles Goh   
Friday, 09 August 2013 23:31
Fridaythe13th-Flyer
Last Updated on Friday, 09 August 2013 23:32
 
Halloween @ National Library Board
Written by Charles Goh   
Monday, 10 September 2012 23:19

Join us this October and experience halloween at the Central National Library.

Last Updated on Monday, 10 September 2012 23:29
 
Open (again) - The Mystery of Hillview Mansion
Written by Webmaster   
Wednesday, 09 August 2006 08:37

Pic above: API Tour Participants peering at the gates of the mysterious Hillview Mansion that was rumoured to be haunted.

INTRODUCTION TO THE HILLVIEW MANSION AND HILLVIEW ESTATE

Visit Hillview Estate now and you will encounter a bustling private estate enclave bursting with new housing developments like new condominiums, SOHOs, landed properties and a MRT now under construction. 

But like all other parts of Singapore in the past, it wasn’t always so. 

Hillview Estate is built around the Bukit Gombak hill, where in the past, it was an industrial area, factories dotted the foot of the hill while granite quarries occupy the hilltop.

By the 1960s the quarries were gone, and rubber plantations took its place. Factory lands too changed hands and landed houses started making its presence. Nearby a car assembly plant, the Cycle & Carriage Assembly Plant was being built, and accordingly to those who knew this Urban Legend, was the start of the story of a mysterious house known as the Hillview Mansion.

Urban Legends has it that the Chairman of Cycle & Carriage, built himself a big mansion at the top of the hill, for either his wife or mistress, who while surveying the construction of the House, accidentally fell to her death. Saddened by her death, the C&C Chairman abandoned the construction of the House and there it lies, in its half-constructed state, on a land the size of 9,000 sq metres.

The House and the land it stood passed through many hands, and was the favourite haunt of many urban explorers and ghost hunters, until the year 2006, when the owner demolished the whole house, leaving the rubbles behind and the gates unlocked, as if to let everyone see that the House was no more.

Some months later, heavy rain hit Singapore, and the Hillview Mansion’s land caused a landslide and damaged the houses below the hill. The land was levelled and improvement made to ensure that the land will never cause a landslide again.

API investigation revealed that the truth is as strange as fiction. In the 1970s, the House was already known to the C&C Chairman’s relatives as very haunted and construction frequently stopped by the hauntings. An urban Explorer in the early 1980s had already visited the House, and it was already in its half-constructed state. A long-time resident referred to the Hillview Mansion as the C&C Chairman's Memorial House. What was even more unusual was that there was no authority’s building record of the Hillview Mansion. It appears to be an illegal structure.

The below story is dedicated to the HILLVIEW MANSION, 1 of the most mysterious house that ever existed in Singapore.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 September 2012 08:40
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Open - The Search for the Malaysian Bigfoot
Written by Charles Goh   
Tuesday, 18 September 2012 23:57

News about Bigfoot sightings in the State of Johor, Malaysia created a stir around the world and received unprecedented coverage in major international newspapers and paranormal-related reporting websites.

What sparked the Skeptics' cry of foul was that the sightings came hot on the heels immediately upon the release of the King Kong movie (above poster) in mid Dec 05, and in-line with the urgency of the Johor State Tourism Board in trying to perk up the industry.

API travelled across the Causeway, and hunted down the eye-witnesses who claimed to have seen the Malaysian Bigfoot.

The eye-witnesses were the Orang Asli, simple and truthful folks.

This is as much a story about them, as it is about Bigfoot.

I hope you will enjoy reading this article, as much as I have enjoyed writting it. 

Continue to read Article.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 September 2012 00:10
 
Solved - The Mystery of the Pasir Ris Red House
Written by Charles Goh   
Thursday, 07 June 2012 17:00

Have you heard of the Pasir Ris Red House?

It is an abandoned house situated along a road known as Jalan Loyang Besar, and is very popular with youths as infamously haunted.

 

The Public will know it as either the Pasir Ris Red House, Loyang Red House, the Pasir Ris Opera House, or the CK Tang House just to name afew. 

The passing of the ex-owner of the Red House has prompted API to reveal the facts, & demystify the myths and urban legends behind this infamous House.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 June 2012 08:40
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Friday, the 13th- Psychosis Vs Possession
Written by Charles Goh   
Thursday, 12 July 2012 23:26
Last Updated on Thursday, 12 July 2012 23:30
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Community for Bukit Brown calls for moratorium on plans for Bukit Brown
Written by Charles Goh   
Thursday, 12 July 2012 22:38
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INTERLUDE
Written by Charles Goh   
Friday, 08 July 2011 23:21
INTERLUDE
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A cool chill blew across the rolling grass of Bukit Brown.

It woke up Tan Kim Ching (son of Tan Tock Seng).

He yelled out to his friend below, Cheang Hong Lim (Speakers’ Corner): You feel that, Hong Lim?"

Hong Lim shuddered and nodded: "Let’s go find out what’s happening."

Together they stroll down the lonely path till they came up to 2 brothers Lim Chong Pang (Chong Pang Market) and Lim Chong Kuo, with their mother, Mrs Lim Nee Soon (Yishun Estate).

Mrs Lim looked at the 2 elderly gentlemen strolling towards them and ask: "Is it time?"
Last Updated on Sunday, 10 July 2011 00:44
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Free Map for DIY Tours to Bukit Brown
Written by Charles Goh   
Wednesday, 29 June 2011 00:57

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Following the success of the 2 Sundays DIY Tours at Bukit Brown, API has decided to release a Map showing the locations of the Notable Singapore Pioneers that lies resting in Bukit Brown.
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Last Updated on Friday, 24 February 2012 01:44
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The Rediscovery of Tan Eng Neo (Avenue)
Written by Charles Goh   
Thursday, 07 July 2011 23:38
The Persistent Spirit of Eng Neo
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This is a strange tale of a Road named Eng Neo Avenue......
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And the 3 year search for the tomb of Tan Eng Neo, who sleeps in Bukit Brown Chinese Cemetery...
Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 April 2012 23:16
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Did Raffles really had a Mistress in Singapore?
Written by Charles Goh   
Saturday, 09 June 2012 00:07

Not too long ago, API recieved a request from a gentleman by the name of John Tan, who was looking for an ancestor's grave in Bukit Brown Chinese Cemetery.

As it turns out, John is the person who claimed to be the indirect descendant of a lady by the name of Tan Chwee Neo, who died in 1904.

Mdm Tan Chwee Neo was the great great great grandmother of John Tan, and supposedly, the mistress of Singapore Founder, Sir Stamford Raffles!

You can read the newspaper story in our forum here.

 

According to the news report, there were 2 key points that lent credibility to the story:-

1. The location of Mdm Tan's grave was in a prime area, along Stevens Road and next to House no. 52, thus indicative of a prosperous family background;

2. The important person, a governor, gave Mdm Tan a huge tract of land before returning to England.

 

Last Updated on Sunday, 17 June 2012 23:03
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The Discovering of Mrs Tan Quee Lan Grave
Written by Charles Goh   
Sunday, 02 October 2011 21:57
It was during one of the tours we held in Bukit Brown that we received some very interesting info from a tour participant.

There was a tomb in the prestigious Bukit Timah Estate, behind a row of private houses along Sian Tuan Avenue, and nobody there seem to know
who was buried there and why.

It was a case worthy of investigation, in current times where every inch of land is expensive in Singapore, is there still a tomb lying around in the Bukit Timah private estate?

True enough, we found an old tomb there:
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Last Updated on Saturday, 14 July 2012 00:16
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Meet the Weekend Tomb Explorers
Written by Charles Goh   
Wednesday, 20 July 2011 17:02

Last Updated on Thursday, 28 July 2011 15:19
 
Debunking the Myth of Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall
Written by Charles Goh   
Thursday, 15 December 2011 14:27

A tomb discovery by Raymond Goh in Bukit Brown Chinese Cemetery revealed a startling Myth that everyone had accepted as a fact for a hundred years!

Above: The tomb of Boey Chuan Poh found by Raymond Goh in Bukit Brown. 

UNRAVELLING THE NAME OF HOUSE CALLED BIN CHAN

Last Updated on Sunday, 25 December 2011 01:37
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API in History Asia - Hidden Cities
Written by Charles Goh   
Monday, 28 November 2011 12:28
CATCH API AND THE MARSILING TUNNELS ON THE HISTORY CHANNEL - HIDDEN CITIES this Wednesday, 30 Nov from 9pm. More information here.

 
WATCH THE EPISODE HERE.
Last Updated on Friday, 02 December 2011 01:35
 
Solved - Mystery of the Underground Marsiling Tunnel
Written by Charles Goh   
Sunday, 27 November 2011 00:11

 

Hidden in a small hill in Marsiling, a short distance from the old Immigration Checkpoint and the Causeway connecting Singapore and Malaysia, there lies a tunnel system that most Singaporeans don't know about. 
Last Updated on Thursday, 01 November 2012 00:58
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Solved - The Mystery of the Chee Guan Chiang House
Written by Charles Goh   
Thursday, 08 September 2011 00:20

On 4 Sep 2011, Singapore leading Newspaper The Sunday Times published on its front page an interesting headline...

Abandoned and derelict, but beautiful and brimming with history

The article featured a number of houses, seemingly abandoned in Singapore. The 1st house mentioned in the ST article was the Chee Guan Chiang House. 

Built in 1938, the House was designed and built by Ho Kwong Yew, one of the leading architects of the Modern Movement (ie., De La Warr Pavilion) in Singapore during the 1930s.

The House was named the Chee Guan Chiang House, after 1 of its 2 owners. The other owner being the Chee Swee Cheng & Company Private Limited. The Company owned many properties in Orchard including The Heeren

The House was given Conservation Status by URA on 23rd May 2008. (link)

According to the ST report:-

A red mailbox hung from the gate, alongside two signs warning against trespassers and illegal parking on the private property..... in 2007 that the property could be seen only by residents from neighbouring condominiums who used it as a short cut to Orchard Road.

Before 2008, residents from a condomimum still could use an old road to gain access to the back gate of their condo.......

Last Updated on Monday, 19 September 2011 16:29
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Solved - The Case of the Singapore Monkey Tree
Written by Webmaster   
Sunday, 16 September 2007 18:37

This Debunker made it to Shin Min on 19 Sep 07. Read the News at our forums.

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The mid-month of September was the ending of the Hungry Ghost Month, but it also heralded the arrival of another well-know strange phenomena in Singapore.

The worship of Spirit Trees.

Above - The Monkey Tree of Jurong West

Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 September 2011 21:58
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Open - The Singapore Marble Dropping Mystery
Written by Webmaster   
Monday, 10 September 2007 11:49

 

Last Updated on Thursday, 14 October 2010 13:53
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Understanding Ghost Photos
Written by fengshui   
Sunday, 13 August 2006 16:55

 

Many people have heard or seen paranormal photos. API helps you to understand them.  

| Understanding Paranormal Photos |
Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 September 2011 21:49
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