Singaporeans pick 50 most memorable spots here to make up SG Heart Map

Minister in the Prime Minister's Grace Fu (centre), who is the co-chair of the SG50 Environment and Infrastructure Committee overseeing the SG Heart Map project, touring an exhibition with the unveiling of the 50 SG Heart Map places at Sentosa Siloso
Minister in the Prime Minister's Grace Fu (centre), who is the co-chair of the SG50 Environment and Infrastructure Committee overseeing the SG Heart Map project, touring an exhibition with the unveiling of the 50 SG Heart Map places at Sentosa Siloso Beach Emerald Pavilion on May 24, 2015. -- ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM 
Minister in the Prime Minister's Grace Fu (centre), who is the co-chair of the SG50 Environment and Infrastructure Committee overseeing the SG Heart Map project, touring an exhibition with the unveiling of the 50 SG Heart Map places at Sentosa Siloso
Minister in the Prime Minister's Grace Fu (centre), who is the co-chair of the SG50 Environment and Infrastructure Committee overseeing the SG Heart Map project, touring an exhibition with the unveiling of the 50 SG Heart Map places at Sentosa Siloso Beach Emerald Pavilion on May 24, 2015. -- ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM 
(From left) HDB chairman James Koh, Minister in the Prime Minister's Office Grace Fu and HDB CEO Dr Cheong Koon Hean, who is also the chairman of SG Heart Map Steering Committee, trigger a launch mechanism to unveil the 50 SG Heart Map places at Sent
(From left) HDB chairman James Koh, Minister in the Prime Minister's Office Grace Fu and HDB CEO Dr Cheong Koon Hean, who is also the chairman of SG Heart Map Steering Committee, trigger a launch mechanism to unveil the 50 SG Heart Map places at Sentosa Siloso Beach Emerald Pavilion on May 24, 2015. -- ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM 
Minister in the Prime Minister's Grace Fu (centre), who is the co-chair of the SG50 Environment and Infrastructure Committee overseeing the SG Heart Map project, touring an exhibition with the unveiling of the 50 SG Heart Map places at Sentosa Siloso
Minister in the Prime Minister's Grace Fu (centre), who is the co-chair of the SG50 Environment and Infrastructure Committee overseeing the SG Heart Map project, touring an exhibition with the unveiling of the 50 SG Heart Map places at Sentosa Siloso Beach Emerald Pavilion on May 24, 2015. -- ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM 

SINGAPORE - Under the moonlight, two friends perched atop a "super tree", fell in love. The lovebirds, then-university undergraduates Elena Ng and Jason Lee, had been working at the newly-opened Gardens By the Bay during their summer break in June 2012.

It was at the OCBC Skyway, an aerial walkway linking a cluster of the plant-covered concrete "trees" towering at 22m each, that their relationship blossomed.

Ms Ng, now 24, and an engineer said: "The skyway was our favourite station among the attractions. At the end of the night, when the crowds had left, we would linger for another 15 minutes chatting as we took in the view the glittering skyline before us."

Ms Ng's story is one of 80,000 submissions that detail personal memories of places and spaces to the SG Heart Map. The project aims to piece together 50 special areas that "define Singapore as home" to mark Singapore's 50th birthday this year.

They shared their stories through the website of the SG50 project (https://www.heartmap.sg/), contribution booths and roving vans since its launch last November.

These stories will be woven into a map that highlights 50 such spots.

Organisers said that about 25 per cent of contributions centred on the lives and memories of people in HDB towns. Of the lot, the first HDB satellite town, Toa Payoh, was mentioned the most frequently.

The other places include Little India, Orchard Road, Singapore Changi Airport, Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park and Gardens by the Bay.

Second Minister for Foreign Affairs and Environment and Water Resources Grace Fu, who is the co-chair of the SG50 Environment and Infrastructure Committee overseeing the project, unveiled the 50 locations this morning at Sentosa. The completed map will be showcased at the project's finale in November this year.

Noting the mix of older areas such as Little India and new sites such as Gardens By the Bay and Singapore Sports Hub, Ms Fu, who is the co-chair of the SG50 Environment and Infrastructure Committee overseeing the project, said: "It shows that we have some acknowledgement of the past development and appreciation of newer developments.

"By going through this SG Heart Map exercise, we realise that Singaporeans are building new and common memories together in new places."

Her contribution to the map was Singapore Botanic Gardens, for which Singapore is submitting an application to be named a Unesco World Heritage Site.

She said: "This is the place that I have very fond memories, even as a child, and even till now. I used to go there with my family... and I still go there to jog regularly now from my office. So indeed, it is a place that meant a lot to me, and still I'm interacting with it every day."

The 50 "special places in Singaporeans' hearts" are:

1) Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park

2) Bugis

3) Bukit Timah

4) Changi Village

5) Chinatown

6) Chinese Garden

7) Chong Pang Market and Food Centre

8) Downtown East

9) East Coast Park

10) Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay

11) Gardens by the Bay

12) Haw Par Villa

13) Holland Village

14) Jurong Bird Park

15) Kampong Glam

16) Katong/Joo Chiat

17) Little India

18) MacRitchie Reservoir

19) Marina Barrage

20) Marina Bay

21) Marina Bay Sands

22) Merlion Park

23) Mount Faber

24) National Library, Singapore

25) National Museum of Singapore

26) National University of Singapore

27) Orchard Road

28) Pasir Ris Town Park

29) Pulau Tekong

30) Pulau Ubin

31) Punggol Waterway Park

32) Raffles Place

33) Resorts World Sentosa

35) River Safari

36) SAFTI Military Institute

37) Sentosa

38) Singapore Botanic Gardens

39) Singapore Changi Airport

40) Singapore Flyer

41) Singapore River

42) Singapore Sports Hub

43) Singapore Zoo

44) Singapore Discovery Centre

45) Suntec City

46) Tanjong Pagar

47) Tiong Bahru

48) Toa Payoh

49) Vivocity/HarbourFront

50) West Coast Park