Singapore’s secret tunnels

Once again, my job takes me to the most unlikely of places. Who woulda thought there could be creepy tunnels in clean, green, sterile Singapore?

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Ok, maybe you’ve known about them all along. I’m ignorant, can?

Anyway, the tunnels are located in Labrodor Park. Who the hell even goes there?

The Goonfather said that the only people who go there are DOMs. (You can take up a case with him if you go there and you’re not a DOM.)

It was 7:50am. He had driven me there for my shoot before going to work himself. I was supposed to meet the film crew at the Labrador Park carpark but I was 10 minutes early and they weren’t there yet.

The Goonfather said he couldn’t leave me there to wait alone because I might get harassed or something.

I said, “It’s bright and early in the morning. Who’s going to harass me?”

“It’s dangerous here,” he said.

“There’s no one here!”

“Exactly.”

“…”

“See there… and there,” he pointed to several empty carpark lots.

Crumpled, used tissues littered the empty lots.

Took a few seconds for me to register the significance.

“Are they… does that mean…?”

“Yes.”

“But… nobody’s gonna come here in the morning to… er… use tissues,” I argued.

“It’s dangerous,” he repeated.

I decided to leave it at that and allow him to wait with me.

Of course, my first impression of Labrador Park was: Gross! Why the hell are we filming in this creepy ulu pandan place?”

Second impression (after a couple hours): Cool! Got secret tunnels!

No used tissues of dubious origins in the tunnels. Phew.

Anyway, for those who are as suaku (frog in the well) as me, the Labrador Secret Tunnels were built in the 1880s (I dunno what for) and were used by soldiers during the World War II (to store ammunition or hide in or whatever). After the war, the tunnels were forgotten and covered by vegetation.

Park officials discovered them in 2001 and, now, they’ve become a tourist attraction and you need to pay money to check them out. I didn’t have to pay because I was filming in there. Haha.

Of course, we didn’t have the benefit of a guided tour nor were we treated to creepy stories of death and destruction in the tunnels, but it was pretty cool just exploring the place.

Despite the many lamps lighting the way, the tunnels are quite dark and scary. I wouldn’t dare to wander in there all alone. And it didn’t help that our producer told us he could feel certain “presences” every time he walked past a specific spot in the tunnels.

Some discoveries are better kept to yourself, you know?!

Here’s a picture taken with flash so you can at least see what a tunnel looks like.

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The place smelled really musty and dusty. It was claustrophobic and creepy. I can’t imagine how the soldiers must have felt at the time with war and destruction raging about just outside of them, always fearful that the tunnels would cave in on them should a bomb locate them.

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All the destruction in the tunnels caused by the war have been preserved, complete with stone debris and fallen planks.

There was also this scary, dark room with a few display cases showing genuine shell fragments and such.

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Keep in mind that the whole damn place was really dark and the only light source was a small handful of gloomy yellow lamps. (They just don’t look dark in my photos because I have to use camera flash to capture anything at all.) Some pockets of areas were so dark we had to use torchlights to see where we were going.

There was a room with newspaper articles published during wartime.

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Cool!

We also met some “soldiers”.

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They were, of course, fake people. Not sure if the “props” are authentic. I didn’t have time to read the plaque or examine the installation.

Interesting as the tunnels were, it was good to surface in the sunlight again after being stuck in a dark, dank dungeon for an hour or so.

This is the entrance to the tunnels.

Doesn’t look that creepy from the outside.

What a cool place. I love my job!