This month but 76 years ago, the then Singapore unfatefully fell under the hands of Japan during the World War II for the next 3.5 years and was renamed as Syonan-to (Light of the South). As an individual who places importance on education, i welcome knowledge-imparting events anytime, so today, i was fortunate to be one of the enthusiastic participants of "Battles for Singapore" walking tour organised by the local National Heritage Board to commemorate the said Japanese Occupation.
When the guide was highlighting the episodes happened during the Occupation, a huge amount of respect naturally grew within me towards the fallen heroes who had with them unspoken resilience, audacity & might to fight against their enemy & all other odds but wondered if i were to be thrown in such battlefield, could i make the wonderwoman in the movie come into reality in me? Will i fight or flee for my own homeland? Indeed, the truest answer could only be shown to all the day when war invades my life.
By the way, i'm happy to share with you the historical sites we visited, but of course over time, their architectures reformed, thus what you see now differ from the exact ones during those dark days. 🌄🌆🌇 #japaneseoccupation#worldwar#war#wwii#syonan#syonanto#1942#japan#japanese#heroes#heroines#history#wonderwoman#heritage#architectures#singaporearchitectures#designbyhuman#peace#love#loveforall
A few months ago, I was discharged from hospital with a newborn baby boy in my arms and this letter from the Ministry of Defence in my hospital bag.
On 15 February 1942, Chinese New Year’s Day, the British surrendered their colony Singapore to the Japanese.
“For the British, the loss of Singapore was the blackest moment in the Second World War, and in the words of Winston Churchill, “the worst disaster and largest capitulation in British history”. (C.M Turnbull)
The next 3 years of rule under the Japanese occupation would be the darkest period of our grandparents’ time.
When the British returned after the War, “a new generation of (Singapore) leaders emerged, who had experienced the shock of the (British) surrender and the (Japanese) occupation...and who were to challenge the British right to rule” (C.M. Turnbull)
*The Sirens will sound for a minute at 6.20pm today to mark the time of the British surrender to the Japanese Imperial Forces*
#japaneseoccupation#ww2#rarecolourphoto#1942 Rare colour photographs of Mourning a fellow Japanese soldier who perished in the war and a shrine dedicated to the soldiers who lost their lives defending their country at MacRitchie Reservoir in 1942
White Chrysanthemum is a heartbreaking tribute to the Korean women who were forced to be "comfort women" during the Japanese occupation. The story is told from the viewpoints of Hana and her younger sister, Emi. Hana and Emi come from a long line of Haenyeos, women who dive to the depths of the sea to support their families. One day while diving, Hana is kidnapped by a Japanese soldier and forced into slavery as a comfort woman. That was the last day Emi ever saw her older sister. This story is a hard one to read because of the subject but beautifully written. Although Hana is a fictional character, I am still amazed at the strength of the women that endured this brutal abuse in real life.
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John Blaz, left, chairman of the Chagui'an Massacre Committee and Yigo Mayor Rudy Matanane held a press conference yesterday to announce recently uncovered World War II documents related to the discovery of seven more CHamoru men beheaded by Japanese imperial forces during the war. Read more in today's issue or postguam.com (link in bio). 📸: David Castro/The Guam Daily Post
Singapore Ghost project I worked on in collaboration with Saikotique Artistry!
We created several makeups during my trip to Singapore based on local folklore and Singapore’s history. We also shot the makeups on location. ----- A Pontianak is a vampiric ghost of Malay/Indonesian origin often believed to be the spirit of woman who died in childbirth. In South East Asia people often believe Pontianak reside in banana trees, banyan trees, swamps and forests. The fruit of the banana tree is believed to be the 'children' of the pontianak and taking the fruit or damaging it will anger the spirit. People also tie a red string to the fruit to 'bind' her children and in return for unbinding them, the Pontianak has to give the person winning lottery numbers.
Locals believe that when walking alone at night and encountering a strong frangrant scent of frangipani, one must not take notice of it or it will quickly turn into an awful stench of decay. The ghost will then tear out your insides with her sharp nails or suck your eyes out of your skull. ------ Makeup application: Kelton Ching and Saikotique Artistry
Photo and Editing: Foxfoo ——— #keltonfx#saikoart#singapore#ww2#japaneseoccupation#ghost#ghostmakeup#makeup#fxmakeup#sfxmakeup#spirit#makeupartist#horror#horrormakeup
*updated caption: reach☝️ for the stars 🌟 🙏
Class field trip to Jiufen 🇹🇼 (historic village filled with rich culture and simply beautiful). The mountain town still reflects Japanese influences due to occupation since late 20th century) with my adopted kids from around the world — they’re mostly 18-22yo and they call me “mom” because I’m always prepared for just about every possible scenario, and bring them snacks, extra layers, gloves, umbrellas, tissues, etc. Despite the pouring rain, loved visiting the magical quaint mountain town that is now a maze of small cobblestone roads and alleyways. 😂🏮🎎💰☔️❤️ ‼️🙌🌧🌈 ⛩️🏮#forever25#jiufen#taiwan#mandarin#teahouse#nineportions#goldrush#japaneseoccupation
Four generations Indos in this picture, born in the Dutch East Indies, The Netherlands and here in The US, we are blessed to have Opa and Oma around to tell us about their stories from growing up on the tea plantation to being a forced laborer on the notorious Burma railroad during the Japanese Occupation, cherish your Indo Heritage for life and be proud of it 💕