The MRT series photo posts

The MRT.

Yes in Singapore we do not call it the subway or the metro. From the acronym, one can tell it’s meant to represent a transportation network that transit the masses – rapidly. From point A to B in the quickest and cheapest manner we hope with a smooth ride as much as can be.

Has it been any good?

In recent years the various lines ranging from the oldest ones to the newly built ones have encountered a series of inexplicable issues. The bottom line has always been delays for the commuter. Despite the high car population of in Singapore you’d be surprised that many do not drive. And there is a push to further reduce reliance on automobiles. ‘Car lite’ they term it.

‘Could be better’ is probably the best way to put it for now.

What’s this project about?

A few years back we thought to ourselves : ‘is there more to the glitzy sights that our tourism promotion board seem to be touting outside of our country?’ Or the new found obsession with otter families… ? Those are rhetorical questions for we knew the answer, being brought up in the lion city, little red dot, tiger economy… whatever labels this tiny island of a nation is given.

So we (alas mostly Mel) set out to explore more of our own country. The intent was to bring to attention some of the other “off beaten” sites that most might not deem as meaningful for tourism purposes. And where else to start then with the MRT system.

SG MRT line map
Lifted from web

While the original design of lines wasn’t exactly smart (in hindsight), the modified plans for more lines and where they run and connect will mean that most precincts will be within a walkable distance from an MRT station. Now the term ‘walkable’ varies by person and in our humble opinion means anything within a two kilometres’ diameter area (technically 1km either way to be clinical about it). You are free to disagree and we don’t care (to put it very mildly).

And thus a project begun

Every weekend or Friday long lunches were possible, one MRT station and its environs was explored. Where there are specific attractions around the station, these had been written about separately. What this project is about – is about the daily living surroundings for local residents. Of course the architecture of some stations can also be interesting in themselves. So this would be an eclectic mix of the station and precinct it anchors.

Each week (every 6 days to be precise) from January 2018, we had been sharing a post on one station. These are photo essays, a collection of the pictures that Mel and Suan took while taking long walks. It was a wonderful way to get some exercise while seeing a little of your “backyard” as well. Like they say it was like shooting two birds with one stone.

Initially, we thought we’d remain mostly silent in the posts but as time passed we seemed to have started rambling in these posts again…

Click on each station below and you will be transported to that corner of our little red dot. We hope you like these photo journeys. PS: the links come live only after we have made the post. So stay tuned and look out for the posts.

December 2017

North-South Line (NSL) East-West Line (EWL) Northeast Line (NEL) Circle Line (CCL) Downtown Line (DTL) Thomson East Coast Line (TEL)
Jurong East (NS1 EW24) Changi Airport (CG2) Harbour Front (NE1 CC29) Marina Bay (NS27 CE2 TE20) Bukit Panjang (DT1) Woodlands North (TE1)
Bukit Batok (NS2) Expo (CG1 DT35) Bayfront (CE1 DT16) Cashew (DT2) Woodlands (NS9 TE2)
Bukit Gombak (NS3) Pasir Ris (EW1) Outram Park (EW16 NE3 TE17) Dhoby Ghaut (NS24 NE6 CC1) Hillview (DT3) Woodlands South (TE3)
Choa Chu Kang (NS4) Tampines (EW2 DT32) Chinatown (NE4 DT19) Bras Basah (CC2) Springleaf (TE4)
Yew Tee (NS5) Simei (EW3) Clarke Quay (NE5) Esplanade (CC3) Beauty World (DT5) Lentor (TE5)
Kranji (NS6) Tanah Merah (EW4) Dhoby Ghaut (NS24 NE6 CC1) Promenade (CC4 DT15) King Albert Park (DT6) Mayflower (TE6)
Canberra (NS7) Bedok (EW5) Little India (NE7 DT12) Nicoll Highway (CC5) Sixth Avenue (DT7) Bright Hill (TE7)
Marsiling (NS8) Kembangan (EW6) Farrer Park (NE8) Stadium (CC6) Tan Kah Kee (DT8) Upper Thompson (TE8)
Woodlands (NS9 TE2) Eunos (EW7) Boon Keng (NE9) Mountbatten (CC7) Botanical Gardens (CC19 DT9) Caldecott (CC17 TE9)
Admiralty (NS10) Paya Lebar (EW8 CC9) Potong Pasir (NE10) Dakota (CC8) Stevens (DT10 TE11) Mount Pleasant (TE10)
Sembawang (NS11) Aljunied (EW9) Woodleigh (NE11) Newton (NS21 DT11) Stevens (DT10 TE11)
Canberra (NS12) Kallang (EW10) Serangoon (NE12 CC13) Macpherson (CC10 DT26) Little India (NE7 DT12) Napier (TE12)
Yishun (NS13) Lavender (EW11) Kovan (NE13) Tai Seng (CC11) Rochor (DT13) Orchard Boulevard (TE13)
Khatib (NS14) Bugis (EW12 DT14) Hougang (NE14) Bartley (CC12) Bugis (EW12 DT14) Orchard (NS22 TE14)
Yio Chu Kang (NS15) City Hall (NS25 EW13) Buangkok (NE15) Serangoon (NE12 CC13) Promenade (CC4 DT15) Great World (TE15)
Ang Mo Kio (NS16) Raffles Place (NS26 EW14) Sengkang (NE16) Lorong Chuan (CC14) Bayfront (CE1 DT16) Havelock (TE16)
Bishan (NS17 CC15) Tanjong Pagar (EW15) Punggol (NE17) Bishan (NS17 CC15) Downtown (DT17) Outram Park (EW16 NE3 TE17)
Braddell (NS18) Outram Park (EW16 NE3 TE17) Marymount (CC16) Telok Ayer (DT18) Maxwell (TE18)
Toa Payoh (NS19) Tiong Bahru (EW17) Caldecott (CC17 TE9) Chinatown (NE4 DT19) Shenton Way (TE19)
Novena (NS20) Redhill (EW18) Bukit Brown (CC18) Fort Canning (DT20) Marina Bay (NS27 CE2 TE20)
Newton (NS21 DT11) Queenstown (EW19) Botanical Gardens (CC19 DT9) Bencoolen (DT21) Marina South (TE21)
Orchard (NS22 TE14) Commonwealth (EW20) Farrer Road (CC20) Jalan Besar (DT22) Gardens by the Bay (TE22)
Somerset (NS23) Buona Vista (EW21 CC22) Holland Village (CC21) Bendemeer (DT23) Tanjong Rhu (TE23)
Dhoby Ghaut (NS24 NE6 CC1) Dover (EW22) Buona Vista (EW21 CC22) Geylang Bahru (DT24) Katong Park (TE24)
City Hall (NS25 EW13) Clementi (EW23) One North (CC23) Mattar (DT25) Tanjong Katong (TE25)
Raffles Place (NS26 EW14) Jurong East (NS1 EW24) Kent Ridge (CC24) Macpherson (CC10 DT26) Marine Parade (TE26)
Marina Bay (NS27 CE2 TE20) Chinese Garden (EW25) Haw Par Villa (CC25) Ubi (DT27) Marine Terrace (YE27)
Marina South Pier (NS28) Lakeside (EW26) Pasir Panjang (CC26) Kaki Bukit (DT28) Siglap (TE28)
Boon Lay (EW27) Labrador Park (CC27) Bedok North (DT29) Bayshore (TE29)
Pioneer (EW28) Telok Blangah (CC28) Bedok Reservoir (DT30) Bedok South (TE30)
Joo Koon (EW29) Harbour Front (NE1 CC29) Tampines West (DT31) Sungei Bedok (TE31)
Gul Circle (EW30) Keppel (CC30) Tampines (EW2 DT32)
Tuas Crescent (EW31) Cantonment (CC31) Tampines East (DT33)
Tuas West Road (EW32) Prince Edward (CC32) Upper Changi (DT34)
Tuas Link (EW33) Expo (CG1 DT35)
Xilin (DT36)
Sungei Bedok (DT37 TE31)

The blanks represent potential future stations that are either not being constructed or perhaps in planning stages.

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