In this new travel series, Nessa gets inspired by Instagram-worthy photos on social media, hunts down the locations on her motorcycle, and discovers the stories behind them.
But, not all the locations she finds are fun and full of cheer. The grace and beauty of some war memorials in Singapore are made more poignant by tales of heartbreaking heroism and valour.
Visit Reflections at Bukit Chandu, a museum-memorial that opened in 2002, dedicated to preserving the heritage and memories from World War II.
The restored bungalow is located near the place where the Malay Regiment made its last stand against the invading Japanese in the Battle of Pasir Panjang. The Japanese outnumbered the regiment almost 10 to one.
Discover the stories of famed war hero Lieutenant Adnan Saidi and his platoon of 42 men in pictures, videos and statues in the museum.
The memorial is also connected to the Kent Ridge Park Canopy Walk. Make it a part of your next hike, if you’re looking to combine nature with a dose of history and culture.
Nessa also rides down the same road to the Kranji War Memorial that the Japanese troops used to invade Singapore.
The Kranji War Memorial was first built as an ammunition dump for the British forces, then converted into a hospital burial ground, and has since been dedicated as a final resting place and memorial for more than 28,000 soldiers from various Allied countries, who died defending Singapore and Malaya during the war.
The names of 24,000 Allied servicemen whose bodies were never found are inscribed on the walls of the central edifice, called the Singapore Memorial. The design represents the three branches of military: the army with its precise pillars; the air force and its soaring "wings"; and the navy with its steady "periscope".