#SG19 Revisiting Jalan Pemimpin


My Singapore nostalgia is likely to become insufferable over the coming days, for which I acknowledge but shamelessly do not apologise for. Maybe I should preface such posts with SG19, as the government here is want to do with anniversaries and such.

Yesterday Clara and I wandered over to Junction 8 in Bishan, five stops along the North-South MRT line from Orchard. Between high school and university I worked briefly in the area as a Perl developer, because that’s what we did in the mid 2000s! The company’s offices were in the Union Industrial Building, a few blocks down the street.

Photo from Property Guru showing the Union Industrial Building from the street.

I figured it must have been refurbished, because all I could find online of the original building was an outdated listing on EdgeProp, and an entry on PropertyGuru under an interim name, the Claris Centre. Fortunately, the latter had the photo above.

Needless to say, is a superfluous phrase. The area around the building was almost unrecognisable; all the low-rise light industrial buildings and offices had made way for tall glass buildings, including the Union Industrial Building. There’s even a new Circle Line station literally across the street.

Photo of the street with the replacement building on the right.

I took photos of the entire building from the front, but somehow the setting sun between these two new structures seemed more apt.

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