There is an entire HDB estate in Singapore that is abandoned with no one living in it for a few decades. FP told me about it 2 weeks ago and showed me a video on it. We set aside this day to check out this place. It is at the junction of Lim Chu Kang road and Neo Tiew Road. To get there via public transport, we decide to take the train from Paya Lebar station to Choa Chu Kang, followed by a bus ride there (Bus 975 goes there).
Here we are on board bus 975. There is no one on board the bus.
The sky turned downcast and it started drizzling. Here is the long and straight Lim Chu Kang road. It passes by several cemetaries along the way...
We arrived at our destination and were the only passengers alighting at this stop. The bus stop's bus plate seems to have camouflaged with the surrounding forest land.
Just next to the bus stop is a protected area. Unauthorized visitors to the forested lands may be shot.
When we turned towards the direction of Neo Tiew road, the sight of the abandoned HDB zoom in right in front of us. Lightnings flashed across the sky while thunders rumbled, this is really not a good day to be checking out abandoned HDB estates.
There is an exercise area in front of one of the flat. Guess it has not been used for a long while.
A ladder leading up to the second floor. What is up there?
If the estate were occupied, this should be where the clothings are dried. Now they are just empty husks where the windows have no grills and covers.
A playground with no kids... There were cobwebs around.
A skateboarding area but it is already overgrown with grass.
The drizzle intensified and we have to take refuge at one of the flat. At the ground floor of one of the flat, I guess this should be where shops used to occupied.
Walking down the passageway...
The market. But it is all cleared with holes at the rooftops, allowing rain to seep through.
We decided to find a main residential block to take refuge. Block 4 looks good. It is at the back of the estate.
I think all the flats are 3-room type. Here we have the walls completely removed. The door is the main entrance to the flat of the living room. Attached to it are 2 more bedrooms and a kitchen.
A place for ex-residents to just sit down and chat. But there is no more people now.
The stairs to the 3 levels above seems to be unused for many years.
We decided to move out to have a better view of the surroundings and wait out till the rain stop. The lightning is still flashing while thunder still rumble in the background. To the second floor, we were surprised to see a beer bottle. Not sure how long has it been there...
Notice anything weird about the sign below?
Actually, the number is missing a '6' in front. It is an old telephone number system that has not been used in Singapore for a long time. We go all the way to the top of the flat. All the doors and windows are opened. But there is nothing in everyone of them. I believe there is a story behind each flat...
A bird eye's view of the surrounding estate. The top level is a home to the birds. We were taken aback momentarily when birds flew out from one of the house.
After the visit to Neo Tiew HDB estate, we got back to Choa Chu Kang. There is another bus from there which goes to Kranji. Actually a more direct way is via Neo Tiew road but it is inaccessible via public transport. We took 925 from Choa Chu Kang down to Kranji reservoir.