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Kampong Days This Christmas

The leisurely nostalgic area of Katong and Joo Chiat is famously known as a food enclave where foodies across the island flock to for their fill of laksa, tau kwa pau and prawn mee. Come December, blend the love of food with “kampong” fun and a hearty dose of Christmas cheer at an annual three-day carnival. For the third year running, Christmas at Katong & Joo Chiat will be held at The Odeon Katong, from 19 to 21 December 2008 (Fri to Sun), with something for everyone in the community.

To kick start the event on 19 Dec (Fri), seven colourful Christmas floats will drive over from downtown Orchard Road and around the neighbourhood to add to the year-end cheer at 8pm. This is in conjunction with the Celebrate Christmas in Singapore’s (CCIS) ‘Celebrate Christmas in the Heartlands’ programme. Residents and visitors will be able to take a closer look at the floats as they park along Ean Kiam Place after the tour.

Mr Chan Soo Sen, MP of Joo Chiat, and Mr Lim Biow Chuan, MP of Marine Parade, will grace the event launch on 19 Dec as the Guests of Honour. Christmas @ Katong / Joo Chiat expects to attract some 10,000 residents and visitors.

Some of the exciting highlights to expect include evening stage performances by the community and participating schools and institutions. Special mention should be made for a Chinese drama “Life No Take 2” by Jes Media, played out by prolific local actors like Samuel Chong and Zhou Ming Lun. The story centres on a cast of actors who are preparing for a drama performance, “Blood Offering”. In the process of rehearsing and acting it out, their lives and dramatic turns similarly unfold. Make a date on 20 and 21 Dec to find out how the story ends.

If you prefer to get your adrenaline pumping in another way, then test your sportsmanship with a sporting event, the ‘Amazing Katong Race’, on 20 Dec (Sat). Alternatively, relive your childhood days and teach your children about the games you played as a child on 20 Dec (Sat) and 21 Dec (Sun) afternoon. Other fun-filled activities for kids also encompass a colouring competition and other hands-on projects. There’s even free popcorn and candy floss to delight them.

Senior citizens have not been missed out in the mix. Get them involved in a healthy workout, and get blessed with free dental and health checks on 20 Dec (Sat) afternoon. Pair this with some shopping among the daily bazaar stalls that serve up food, games and merchandise. You just might find that Christmas gift for that special someone. To cap each evening off, you could win yourself some fabulous prizes in the daily Christmas Draw.

With so much fun and excitement during this festive period at Katong and Joo Chiat, you wouldn’t want to miss Christmas @ Katong / Joo Chiat! See you there!

Date: Dec 19 - 21
Time: 11 am – 10.30 pm
Venue: The Odeon Katong Front Plaza
Enquiries: Email community@cscc.org.sg or call us at 63447321 during office hours (Tue – Fri 9.30am to 6pm, Sat 9am to 12noon). Click on www.cornerstoneservices.org.sg for more details.

 

Peranakan Christmas 2006!

It was a Peranakan Christmas to remember, not just for its historic heavy rains, but for its community celebrations in Katong and Joo Chiat, which were widely reported by Singapore's media.


Joo Chiat MP Chan Soo Sen and Cornerstone's Mrs Daphne Yang launching Peranakan Christmas at Katong/ Joo Chiat.

For the very first time, a kampung light-up was kindled all the way from Odeon Katong on East Coast Road through to Joo Chiat Square at the corner of Joo Chiat Road and Joo Chiat Place.

Despite threatening skies, the heavens miraculously held out as families and revellers came out in force to join the stage performers, carollers, and bazaars at Odeon Katong and Katong Mall from 22 to 24 December 2006. Seven enchanting floats came all the way from Orchard Road to add to the merriment.

  

Opps... we accidentally deleted two thirds of the pictures we took of the event... if anyone has pictures to offer, please send them through to us on

Organised by Cornerstone Community services Centre and supported by Joo Chiat Citizens' Consultative Committee, the Save Joo Chiat Work Group and Lee Foundation. The light-up also had the support of The Peranakan Association and many neighbourhood churches and civic organisations. The three-day year-end event attracted at least 10,000 residents and well-wishers.

And on 23 December, Joo Chiat MP Chan Soo Sen launched Joo Chiat Square that will be a gathering point for the community for weekend activities every Saturday in the next several years. The launch was followed up with free food and drinks for residents and well-wishers at the old Maternity Clinic car park further south on Joo Chiat Road.

Residents can look forward to another merry year-end activity in 2007. More news on this later.

 

 

 

Tiba Masanya Saya Bersinar @ JCC
My Turn to Shine @ JCC

It's Your Turn to Shine! Show us your singing talent and win attractive prizes!
Meet your favourite RIA DJs, KC & Fiza O, Maiya Rahman and renowned music composer Suhaila Hashim!

Date: 6 June 2009, Saturday
Time: 3-5 pm
Venue: JCC, Joo Chiat Complex

Call 6348-7538 to register or email us at event@esnasia.com  for Tiba Masanya Saya Bersinar @ JCC There will also be ballons giveaway, free flow of candy floss, popcorn and freebis to be given away.

 

 

 

Christmas Sparkles in the East

Celebrate 2007 Christmas in Katong & Joo Chiat with a different flavour. This year's festival will be conducted on Dec 21, 22 & 23, 11am - 10.30pm. Location is at the Front Plaza of Odeon Katong, 11 East Coast Road. There will be nightly performances, bazaar markets, guided tours and activities for young and the-not-so-young!

 

 

Our district will be lit with Christmas lights and decorations and a procession of Christmas Floats will be making its rounds in our neighbourhood.

Just some quick highlights-

Come join in the celebrations!

 

For enquiries, please email

 

Joo Chiat Re-imagined!

We chanced across this project in a blog belonging to a young architectural NUS student who lives in the East Coast and whose heart is clearly with the Joo Chiat community. We asked his permission to reproduce this insightful project in our website and hope you will enjoy it too. There is much going for Joo Chiat. Yes, there is still sleaze – but it is now confined to a small section of Joo Chiat Road. Sleaze used to be found in the whole stretch of Joo Chiat Road until MP Chan Soo Sen, grassroots leaders, the authorities and residents worked towards cleaning up the neighbourhood. As MP Chan Soo Sen has said last year, Joo Chiat will be vibrant and sleaze-free by 2008. That’s the target, and imaginative effort and conviction by East Coasters and well wishers like Jeffrey can only help lead us to that. Jeff's main theme is that more community space and activities will need to be created to bring families back to the neighbourhood. If you are not already aware, the Joo Chiat CCC since the start of 2007 has been organising events at Joo Chiat Square for families every Saturday from 5.30pm to at least 7pm. Joo Chiat Square is at the junction of Joo Chiat Place and Joo Chiat Road. Residents and well-wishers are welcome to enjoy these community events and activities.

That Joo Chiat Place by Jeffrey Ang of National University of Singapore Architecture Department

As part of my architectural thesis work, I have decided to investigate into Joo Chiat as a possible area of design intervention, taking into consideration of garnering feedback from the existing community as far as humanly possible in conjuncture with the demands of my academic life.

The issues below are some of the inferred Critiques/Observations of Joo Chiat from readings, mapping n site visits:

Joo Chiat Girls 

Although Joo Chiat does have a very distinct feel n character (from the generally relaxed and laidback feel of people & place to the well established namesake of a food haven in Sg), residents has been steadily unhappy that it has been gradually and constantly threatened by factors such as rampant vice and the rowdy male clientele that is associated with it. It is also observed that some female residents have been choosing to walk the back lanes as they do not want to be subjected to the accusing and demeaning looks walking portions of the main street, especially at night.

Joo Chiat Eateries

The nature of the people who come for food within Joo Chiat are seemingly transient and the inherent market forces within have thus created a lack of gathering/activity space. Food has always been a strong 'pull' factor of Joo Chiat, be it the residents themselves who regularly frequent particular shops, Easterners who often come in due to proximity, to the rest of Singaporeans who generally drop by for an occasional meal. But as time n society changes, food is now also a stronger 'push' factor as insiders n outsiders alike who eat are also transient! Parking fees are back of the mind as most outsiders drive in to grab a meal n leave. Residents either eat quickly or takeaway as there is also no reason to linger around too

There is a growing concern in Joo Chiat with regards to issues like dwindling community involvement and appreciation, which might be attributed to factors such as that of the new 'yuppie' residential influx who might not be interested in the 'older' activities of Joo Chiat, the younger generation of nuclear families or even the general ‘indifference’ that is rather characteristic of Singaporeans. The result is henceforth, little interaction

There is a high % of residents within Joo Chiat that own pets, dogs/cats in particular. Partly due to the fact that 90% of Joo Chiat is landed property & partly due to that relaxed atmosphere of place, where the feeling is that people within are more accommodating towards dogs n cats. Statistically supported by the huge no. of pet shops that can be found solely within the boundary itself, there is an obvious market for it in the area. But the lack of pet-friendly open/sheltered areas in Joo Chiat has led me to observe many owners walking their dogs along the back lanes and traffic-laden roads. ‘Neutral elements’ that they are, they might just be the perfect ice-breakers.

With a collation of these critiques, I then infer and suggest that these critiques have led me to a Problem Statement / Hypothesis:

“The Joo Chiat of today has a dire need for a catalytical activity-oriented community space because the sense of community within is slowly being eroded away, leading to a growing lack of appreciation for it even by residents, and only an empty shell will remain at the end of the day if nothing is done now."

Joo Chiat sights

The importance here is placed upon "a catalytical activity-oriented public space" and i shall attempt to explain why such an architectural intervention will help, if not solve many, of Joo Chiat's 'problems' as stated in my critique of JC.

Catalytical: the main aim is to draw the community/residents of Joo Chiat together, regardless of whether how long they have stayed in Joo Chiat or whatever their religious inclinations are. A pull factor in itself, it strives to encourage 'things' to occur and in this case, bonding within the community, which will only be for the better because as the community within Joo Chiat gets stronger, it might edge out the vice as the 'family feel' in the area gets stronger.

Activity-oriented: means the main focus/es of my programme is going to be activities derived from Joo Chiat itself, which has contributed to its 'fame' over the years, but are now being threatened. Also a draw factor, the activity attracts people from all walks of life to gather and in this case, the possible appeal of food and pets will combine as a main focus for the programme and gradually the facets of Joo Chiat life that is being eroded can strengthen.

Community Space: Definitely targeted towards the residents within Joo Chiat for them to gather and interact, however, it will also not alienate people who do not stay within Joo Chiat, tourists nor backpackers in order for businesses to thrive as well as to create a all-day vibrancy to the Joo Chiat area. The effect of attracting ‘outsiders’ might positively awaken residents of Joo Chiat to appreciate the area in which they live in, hence retaining the charm & legacy that Joo Chiat originally stood for.

Joo Chiat Pets and Cooking School

A possible specific area of intervention within Joo Chiat would be the open-air carpark situated along Joo Chiat Road itself: flanked by Joo Chiat Place, Joo Chiat Lane & Tembeling Road.

Joo Chiat Proposed Site
Initial proposals of a pet-friendly cooking community centre of sorts are currently being re-thought and re-envisoned.

As discourses and chats over tea and coffee at various locations in Joo Chiat occur, the orientation and focus of this thesis project will also evolve.

One can only know what the end result will be when one reaches there.

 

Peranakan Christmas 2006!

It was a Peranakan Christmas to remember, not just for its historic heavy rains, but for its community celebrations in Katong and Joo Chiat, which were widely reported by Singapore's media.


Joo Chiat MP Chan Soo Sen and Cornerstone's Mrs Daphne Yang launching Peranakan Christmas at Katong/ Joo Chiat.

For the very first time, a kampung light-up was kindled all the way from Odeon Katong on East Coast Road through to Joo Chiat Square at the corner of Joo Chiat Road and Joo Chiat Place.

Despite threatening skies, the heavens miraculously held out as families and revellers came out in force to join the stage performers, carollers, and bazaars at Odeon Katong and Katong Mall from 22 to 24 December 2006. Seven enchanting floats came all the way from Orchard Road to add to the merriment.

  

Opps... we accidentally deleted two thirds of the pictures we took of the event... if anyone has pictures to offer, please send them through to us on

Organised by Cornerstone Community services Centre and supported by Joo Chiat Citizens' Consultative Committee, the Save Joo Chiat Work Group and Lee Foundation. The light-up also had the support of The Peranakan Association and many neighbourhood churches and civic organisations. The three-day year-end event attracted at least 10,000 residents and well-wishers.

And on 23 December, Joo Chiat MP Chan Soo Sen launched Joo Chiat Square that will be a gathering point for the community for weekend activities every Saturday in the next several years. The launch was followed up with free food and drinks for residents and well-wishers at the old Maternity Clinic car park further south on Joo Chiat Road.

Residents can look forward to another merry year-end activity in 2007. More news on this later.

 

 

Saturdays at the Square

CALENDAR OF EVENTS FOR JOO CHIAT SQUARE 2007

SEPTEMBER 2007

Date Programme
01.09.2007 Multi-racial Performances by Children & Youths
08.09.2007 Chinese Opera Nite
15.09.2007 Martial Art Performance cum Chinese Instrumental Music
22.09.2007 Sing & Dance Night by Local Famous Singers
29.09.2007 Ballroom, Hip Hop, Latin, Social Dance and Rocking Retro Nite

 

OCTOBER 2007

Date Programme
06.10.2007 Golden Oldies’ Day
13.10.2007 Hari Raya Puasa (No Performance)
20.10.2007 Martial Art Performance cum Chinese Instrumental Music
27.10.2007 Kristang Cultural Troupe

 

NOVEMBER 2007

Date Programme
03.11.2007 Acoustic Duo
10.11.2007 Acoustic Duo
17.11.2007 Latin, Hip Hop, Ballroom, Salsa Dance and Social Dace Performance
24.11.2007 Kristang Cultural Troupe

 

DECEMBER 2007

Date Programme
01.12.2007 Acoustic Duo
08.12.2007 Dance Performance
15.12.2007 Golden Oldies’ Day
22.12.2007 Jazz Pop Performance
29.12.2007 Martial Art Performance cum Chinese Instrumental Music

 

YEAR-END AT JOO CHIAT

- A CELEBRATION!

For the first time Joo Chiat's community will be celebrating the year-end with a bang literally as a number of events get underway, one after the other.

Called Year-End at Joo Chiat, the programme has many elements: a Christmas Carolling and Bazaar, a year-end Carnival with free food, dance party and fireworks display, and more than ten participating neighbourhood restaurants that have agreed to discount at least 10per cent off their food menu!

Click here to read Katong Christmas Programme Bouchure

Click here to read Year-end Celebrations @ Joo Chiat Bouchure

 

Peranakan Christmas at Katong/Joo Chiat. Dec 22-24, 2006, 12 noon – 10.30 pm

This year’s Christmas cheer spreads beyond Orchard Road to the East as the Katong/Joo Chiat community celebrates Singapore’s first-ever Peranakan Christmas. The three-day themed event celebrates the neighbourhood’s multi-racial community living, focusing on its rich Peranakan heritage.

Peranakan performers from The Main Wayang Company will bring their unique and colourful heritage to life with song and dance. The event will also feature performances from Katong’s very own Eurasian band 57 Chevy, Singapore’s only African choir located in Katong, a special guest performance by world-renowned guitarist and harpist Alvaro Sanchez, local band Surreal, Temasek Polytechnic Concert Band, and choirs and performers from churches and residents in Katong/Joo Chiat.

On 22 December evening, seven Christmas floats will launch the event festivities. This is in conjunction with the Celebrate Christmas in Singapore’s (CCIS) ‘Celebrate Christmas in the Heartlands’ programme. Seven Christmas floats will drive over from downtown Orchard Road and around the neighbourhood to add to the year-end cheer. Residents and visitors will be able to take a closer look at the floats as they park along Ean Kiam Place after the tour.

Other festival highlights will include street bazaars and heritage tours, while strolling carollers dressed in batik and kebayas, while balloon sculptors mingle with residents, well-wishers and visitors. Bazaar stalls selling fashion, knick knacks and food will lend excitement and a festive air to the event. The street carnivals will be held at the front of Katong Mall and The Odeon Katong. Gift packs will be distributed to the less fortunate of some charity homes. The junction of East Coast and Joo Chiat Roads will be transformed into a giant necklace of sparkling colours.

Mr Chan Soo Sen, MP of Joo Chiat, will grace the event as the Special Guest. Christmas @ Katong / Joo Chiat expects to attract some 10,000 residents and visitors.

This community celebration is a joint project by many voluntary participating organizations and groups. The event adds to the wholesome ambience of the heritage neighbourhood. The main organiser is Cornerstone Community Services Centre, supported by the Joo Chiat Citizens’ Consultative Committee, Lee Foundation and the Save Joo Chiat (SJC) Work Group.

The event is strongly supported by businesses and volunteer welfare organisations in the Katong/Joo Chiat area, the Peranakan Association, The Singapore Tourism Board, Celebrate Christmas in Singapore (CCIS) and neighbourhood churches.

Year-End Carnival, Dec 23, 2006, 5.30 - 10pm

For the first time ever, to supplement the year-end cheer, a carnival will be held for residents and well-wishers at the open car park which is adjacent to the neighbourhood's Joo Chiat Maternity Clinic on Joo Chiat Road.

All participants will be treated to free hawker food and drinks on carts while stocks last, a dancing party to lively DJ music, and ending with a fireworks display.

This event is organised by the Joo Chiat Citizens' Consultative Committee.


Katong/Joo Chiat Food Promotion, Dec 20-24, 2006

Between Dec 20-24, more than 10 restaurants in Katong and Joo Chiat will discount their food menu between 10% and 20% to all diners who patronise them. This is to demonstrate the business community's support of the year-end programme.

 

 

 

Living Peranakan Culture

If you ever need to know anything about the Peranakans in Singapore, you go no further than Peter Wee.

Born Peter Wee Ban Kheng, the 54-year old Baba is Singapore's leading authority on Peranakan culture.

The Peranakans are sometimes referred to as Straits-born Chinese. They would have lived here for many generations, many hailing from Malacca, after Chinese traders married indigenous Malay women. Some Malaccan families can trace their histories to these merchants who reached those shores with Admiral Cheng Ho, the famous Chinese eunuch who traversed the Indian Ocean with his Treasure Fleet in the 15th century.

Peranakan men are often referred to as Babas and the women as Nonyas.

Through the process of intermarriage and long living, assimilation into the local Malay culture was inevitable. This is reflected in the Peranakans' mixed Malay-Hokkien mother tongue, mixed Chinese-Malay customs, their music which celebrate with the Chinese seroni, romance with the keronchong and parry with the pantun, and the use of Malay spices in their cuisine.

But they remained predominantly Buddhist and Taoist, steeped in the rituals of ancestor worship. However, especially in the years after World War II, many Peranakans have become Christians.

Having lived in the East for much of his life, fifth generation Baba Peter owns and operates Katong Antique House on 208 East Coast Road. Peter set up shop in 1979 after he inherited the building, a beautiful pre-war two-storey shophouse, from his maternal grandfather.

A Roman Catholic, Baba Peter treads a careful line between his adopted faith and Peranakan traditions.

As you enter his shop, which also serves as home, you are met not with the typical family ancestral alter but confounded with a carved wooden alter to Mother Mary in a manner of aesthetics that is tellingly Peranakan.

"Look around," Peter would say, "And be fascinated by a world that is fast disappearing."

Katong Antique House is a treasure trove of elaborately embroidered and colourful kebayas (tops), hand-printed sarongs (wrap-arounds), exquisitely beaded slippers, dazzling jewellery, and probably the world's best collection of rare binpoh and saputangan (handkerchiefs) amongst other Peranakan paraphernalia.

"These are the consequence of my collection of many, many years," confessed Peter. "Because of my known love for our culture, I became the focal point of families who didn't have any use for their family heirlooms and treasures."

Not surprisingly, Baba Peter is the go-to Peranakan expert for even the Singapore National Museum and the Asian Civilisations Museum.

Katong Antique House
208 East Coast Road, Singapore
Tel: 65-6345 8544
Opening Hours: 11am to 5pm
45-minute tour costs S$15, including
Local coffee or tea and Peranakan snacks.

 

 

My old Joo Chiat

By Evelyn Chow

Joo Chiat in its splendour of today
Is no different from its 50’s heyday
Thanks to modern conservation
The buildings are still in pristine condition
The Red House especially
Brings back memories of freshly baked cakes & pastry
The coffee shop at junction of Joo Chiat & East Coast
Was famous for char kuay teow, char siew rice & kaya toast
Not to mention the ice balls during intervals in Roxy
Slurping and dripping as we tarry
In between kachang puteh and laksa curry
Those were the days when movies were 50 and 70 cents
Which do not cause our allowance to dent
We are proud to say that memories of bygone years
Are still alive today which we hold dear

 


Joo Chiat Nostalgia

by Colin Chee

As I tap away on my laptop, Joo Chiat's sea breeze wafts through the open door and windows. It brings with it the faint salty scent of the South China Sea.

East Coast Window to the garden

This time of the year, the breeze is almost constant - cooling the tarmac, lifting the curtains and gently shaking the trees. There's no need for air-conditioning. No need for that for six months at least till past January. [Read more about Joo Chiat Geography & Weather]

I recall the sea smell was stronger once, long ago, before the sea got pushed out at least three kilometers.

Katong rojak was served from the back of an itinerant hawker's bicycle at Marine Parade beach. Katong laksa was dished out hot from a stall in the sandy grounds of a stately two-storey colonial bungalow on the sea front. Then there was the popular agar agar lemon drink from a large, polished brass pot at the junction of Tembeling Road and East Coast Road.

Tea time treats were usually at Red House Katong Bakery or Chin Mee Chin along East Coast Road.

the original katong laksa  katong rojak agar agar corner at  tembeling road

Red House is now boarded up till MUIS decides what to do with it. When Red House shut its doors a few years ago, my wife and I made sure to buy a few never used hand-made Japanese crystal liqueur glasses from the Hainanese confectionary cum coffee house.

But Chin Mee Chin reinvented itself subtly and is satisfying at least three generations of East Coasters - with its bite size cream puffs, flaky sausage rolls, curry puffs and Hainanese tea and deliciously soft warm buns flavoured with kaya and melting butter.

Most times we stayed home, sheltering from Joo Chiat's sometimes searing afternoon heat. Then we would keep our ears cocked for the familiar tick-tock of the mee pok man and his three-wheeled cart. We would let down a basket from the second level balcony of our terrace shophouse to pick up our orders.

We did the same for our chilli red Indian fried mee.

chin mei chin cmc at tea time  cmc sugar rolls  nasi padang east coast  laksa wars  george fried char kway teow

Even then Joo Chiat was known for its food. [Read more about Joo Chiat Food]

There was Ah Eng's wonton mee that you got from an atap house in Duku Road neighbourhood, and Fei Fei's from the back-lane off Mangis Road. Not to mention the char kway teow around Joo Chiat Place, now prepared by George who learnt the trade from his father.

Good food doesn't always go away. These stalls are still around after more than forty years.
They are some of Joo Chiat's iconic foods, feeding generations of regulars.

Joo Chiat is flat topographically. Not surprisingly, bicycles were the transport of choice for most families living here. They are still popular for short in-between trips. Their popularity is reflected in the many bicycle repair shops in the neighbourhood, from the traditional anything-can-sure-find shops to the better stocked and merchandised newbie shops selling high-end recreational bikes.

motorised tricycle on koon seng road  odeon katong cinema cornerstone church  old roxy cinema roxy square  tembeling road wall

I remember riding trishaws to shops, to cinemas like Roxy and Odeon Katong, to Joo Chiat's wet market (now Katong Mall) or the larger Changi Market (Joo Chiat Complex), or to Geylang Serai. We would bargain the fare down whenever we could. It wasn't easy because demand was strong.

Now we have only one trishaw riding the neighbourhood. It would be great if we could have more to take us to the train stations at Eunos and back or to the upcoming Dunman station when the Circle Line is completed.

Joo Chiat was charming in a kampung sort of way. It was one big kampung - with its Peranakan Chinese, dialect speaking Chinese, Eurasians, Malays and Indians.

It has retained much of this laid-back charm and history even today.

The neighbourhood is a living heritage. Many of its pre-war architectural gems are conserved. Joo Chiat Road's 1.3 km is banked by largely pre-war terrace shophouses with their unique five-footways and the occasional art deco buildings.

jonathan chan hair parlour  Koon Seng 5 footway  joo chiat place 5 foot way  joo chiat place medicine shop  tembeling road koon seng road  dunman road

Joo Chiat's unique Peranakan and Eurasian personality, yet diverse community, are still intact. Its unbeatable local eateries, eclectic restaurants, its creative energy, its traditional and niche businesses are still very much alive and evident.

To showcase Joo Chiat's little gems and potential to the world, the Save Joo Chiat Work Group (SJC) has launched this community website called myjoochiat.com. The SJC is a group of like-minded Joo Chiat residents who have come together to help revitalise the neighbourhood.

The website has a Peranakan and Eurasian as well as kampung click and feel to it, colourful and refreshing, as you can see. Already it has excited many stakeholders and we have the good fortune of support from many unexpected quarters.

The website's design was created by Temasek Polytechnic's(TP) IT lecturers and the site is now under consideration as a community project as well as teaching tool for TP students. It also has the support of Joo Chiat's Member of Parliament Chan Soo Sen, the Joo Chiat Citizens' Consultative Committee, The Peranakan and Eurasian Associations, MUIS, the Singapore Heritage Society, as well as the Singapore Land Authority and Mighty Minds for use of their maps.

Most importantly, it has the support of the community.

We want myjoochiat.com to be the go-to website for Joo Chiat's residents, our young, our schools, our well-wishers and visitors for what's new, interesting and happening in our neighbourhood.

We also want it to inform and educate site visitors to what Joo Chiat really is and its promise as a home and a living heritage destination.

There is much going for Joo Chiat.

ENJOY!
    


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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