Chee Ancestral Hall

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I was a bit obsessed with this place when I was little, thinking of it as The Palace On Heeren Street. It’s actually the ancestral home of the Chee family, an old Peranakan (Straits-born Chinese) clan. It was built around the turn of the last century by Chee Swee Cheng, the first chairman of the Overseas Chinese Banking Corporation (OCBC), in memory of his grandfather, Chee Yam Chuan who was a prominent member of the Hokkien community. Designed by architect J Westerhout, it blends Dutch, Portuguese, British, and Chinese influences in architecture. It’s the grandest building on the street now – formerly called Heeren street, now Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock – as it must have been back in its day. The Chee mansion remains …

Memory, dog

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“Daisy never left my side. We took long, long walks into the fields surrounding our farm… That is my happy place in my mind, my home, refuge when the shadows catch up and it is time to run again, when, like now, I am homesick for a home that no longer exists, when I have time-traveled too much alone for too many years on too many planets, when the world spins too fast, when I am lost in a great sea of darkness. Then I walk into the field. With Daisy.” – To Be a Kid Again: Luke and Chewie Flemming relives an old memory, with Ben. It may just be particular affinity, but there is great comfort to be had, with a dog.