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Say hi to the “Dragons” in my neighborhood.

Fret not folks, pls don’t press the panic button and start to evacuate!

What I am going to show you next are not real dragons. ^^

They are however, one of the oldest “relic” you probably can find in Singapore. – playgrounds modeled after the mystical creature known as dragons.

I bet you will probably feel a little sentimental after seeing the below images if you have been living in or visited Singapore in the early 1980s. =)

A sad fact but these playgrounds (featuring dragons) are fast becoming “extinct” in Singapore. 

I reckon that there are only 2-3 of such playgrounds left in Singapore.

When I was young, I always spend most of my time after school hanging around the area, back then it was a popular spot amongst kids.

 Guess kids these days prefer an ipad then having a little joy ride on the pony in the playground ^^

I guess It’s great that I took up photography.

It’s timely because I can re-capture my childhood memories convert them into images and store them into my little blog so that I can share with the future generations that once a upon a time, the mystical creatures known as dragons actually came and graced our little sleepy neighborhood. =)

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78 comments on “Say hi to the “Dragons” in my neighborhood.

  1. nuvofelt
    May 20, 2012

    Looks like a fun place

    • ishooteditnblog
      May 20, 2012

      Hi Nuvofelt, sure is!
      Back then, it was every kid’s favorite playground =)

  2. Chris Major
    May 20, 2012

    Looks like a fine use of outside space, you have captured the spirit of the place wonderfully!

    • ishooteditnblog
      May 20, 2012

      Hi Chris Major,
      Felt so motivated after hearing such an encouraging comment from you.
      Thank you sir! =)

  3. Nice set of photographs. The dragons are great but I really like the last shot best! Cheers…

    • ishooteditnblog
      May 20, 2012

      Hi Little bits of Sheffield,
      Its really an honor for a novice photographer to received awesome comments from you! =)

  4. dadirri7
    May 20, 2012

    i love the fantasy element the dragon theme brings to the playground, we all have our own dragons in side us, great to get familiar with them in play! good post, and thanks for visiting my blog too :)

    • ishooteditnblog
      May 20, 2012

      You are right dadirri,totally agree with you on the part where we all have our own dragons!
      Thanks for your lovely comments! =)

  5. machisan
    May 20, 2012

    Excellent photos

  6. Olivia Griselda
    May 20, 2012

    it’s sad that such playgrounds are getting replaced by the “safe” type :( last year, the m1 fringe festival did a photo series (“school of hard knocks”) on such playgrounds too.

    • ishooteditnblog
      May 20, 2012

      Hi Olivia,
      Yes, I agree with you, its very sad that these are slowly fading out.
      They ought to keep a few! – I think they are still the coolest and the most iconic looking playgrounds around Singapore!

  7. anotherboomerblog
    May 20, 2012

    No dragons, but I remember the pony on the spring my daughter used to ride on. Now my grandkids play soccer in the back yard during the summer or play basketball, go bike riding or inline skating, but they live in a small town and there’s no playground like that around.

  8. James Dunn
    May 20, 2012

    What fantastic shots, happily following you now!

    • ishooteditnblog
      May 20, 2012

      Thanks James! It’s really my privilege to have you click on that “follow” button =)

      • James Dunn
        May 20, 2012

        It was my pleasure! Hope you have a look at my stuff too

  9. Bams Triwoko
    May 20, 2012

    Lovely the pics..
    Thanks for sharing of your childhood memories..

  10. Northern Narratives
    May 20, 2012

    I love the dragons. Your photos are great :) Judy

  11. annuleeinx3
    May 21, 2012

    AMAZING ♥

  12. ljr3
    May 21, 2012

    The third photo has a mystical quality. I really like that one. It is sad that kids get caught up in the computer world and often forget their ability to creat their own fun these days.

    • ishooteditnblog
      May 21, 2012

      Hi ljr,
      Thanks for your comments! I have to agree with you on this, sad but true.
      It is however, a sign of times have changed ^^

  13. Steve Barnes
    May 21, 2012

    Those dragons are great! Good that you have documented them and thanks for posting!

  14. Sheila T Illustrated
    May 21, 2012

    It is great that you are documenting these playgrounds’ existence! Thanks for the share. :)

  15. sameward
    May 21, 2012

    Hi to them!

    • ishooteditnblog
      May 21, 2012

      Hi Sameward,
      On behalf of the “dragons”, Hi to you too!! =)

      • sameward
        May 21, 2012

        They’re magnificent! =) Thanks to the greeting. I am looking at your previous posts, too. Suddenly, I felt like I was starter. =D

      • ishooteditnblog
        May 21, 2012

        No way sameward, you take awesome shots urself too! =)

      • sameward
        May 21, 2012

        Ahhh. Thanks, then. Looking forward to be friends with you here. Uhm, will stay on the look out for your posts, too.

  16. Cat Phillips
    May 21, 2012

    Lovely! I wish I had had dragons in my playground as a child :) I’m sure I’ve ridden hundreds of little ponies though. Very nostalgic.

    • ishooteditnblog
      May 21, 2012

      Hi Cat Philips,
      Ahh, childhood memories, Thanks so much for sharing! =)

  17. andy1076
    May 21, 2012

    I have a lot of childhood memories playing with these rides when I was a child, the whole fantasy of riding an actual horse like in the movies :D

    • ishooteditnblog
      May 21, 2012

      Hi Andy,
      Feeling nostalgic too? Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts with me =)

  18. Chrissy510
    May 22, 2012

    Great pictures! What an awesome design for a playground.

  19. Michel Koven
    May 22, 2012

    Love the last photograph.

    • ishooteditnblog
      May 22, 2012

      Hi Michel Koven,
      Thanks for visiting! Glad you like that shots here! =)

  20. jaurbanphoto
    May 22, 2012

    If I were a kid, I’d be in love with that slide! I’m used to the boring just a ramp kinda slide… fun!

    • ishooteditnblog
      May 22, 2012

      Hi jaurbanphoto,
      My thoughts exact, the slide’s here is really a hit with the kids here =)

  21. Ed
    May 23, 2012

    Very cool, wish we had those kinds of playgrounds when I was a kid..:-)

    • ishooteditnblog
      May 23, 2012

      Hi Ed,
      Thanks for visiting!
      Glad you like the playgrounds in Singapore! =)

  22. Impybat
    May 24, 2012

    That playground is amazing.

  23. ceciliag
    May 24, 2012

    I love the dragon playgrounds, are they covered in tile? awesome.. sad that kids are not outside playing anymore.. c

    • ishooteditnblog
      May 24, 2012

      Hi ceciliag,
      Thanks for visiting and I totally agree with you on this

  24. meenopolis
    May 24, 2012

    It’s cuuuute !
    Your photos are great :)

    • ishooteditnblog
      May 26, 2012

      Hi meenopolis!
      Thank you!!
      I’m really humbled by your kind compliments =)

  25. onlinefunland
    May 26, 2012

    Really Awesome Dragons – Lovable

    • ishooteditnblog
      May 26, 2012

      Thanks!! I just realize the dragons are more popular with the readers than ishooteditnblog! ^^

      • onlinefunland
        May 26, 2012

        Yes they Are ! Nice Post !

  26. barefoot_med_student
    June 1, 2012

    Love these! When I visited China last year I also noticed that dragons formed part of a lot of place-names and play-areas.
    As for parks – I loved them as a little kid, and I’m definitely buying a house near a park for my kids, one day when it is time.

    • ishooteditnblog
      June 1, 2012

      Hi barefoot_med_student,
      A house with a lovely park nearby is always awesome. I hope you will be able to get your dream house soon! =)

  27. roughseasinthemed
    June 1, 2012

    I was in Singapore in the 80s. Just wonderful :)

    • ishooteditnblog
      June 1, 2012

      Hi roughseasinthemed,
      Thanks for visiting and do swing by Singapore soon, I’m sure you will like this little island all over again =)

      • roughseasinthemed
        June 1, 2012

        ah, you aren’t the first one to remind me of the beauty of Singapore and tempt me to return.

        But for now, I’m where I am. Looking forward seeing your photos of your home though :)

  28. kikipuffs
    June 1, 2012

    Thanks for your comment. You yourself are a terrific photographer, and I look forward to following your work for some inspiration. It just so happens that I have a special place in my heart for Singapore as well. I lived there when I was very young — 1990-1993 — my earliest memories all take place in Singapore :)

    • ishooteditnblog
      June 1, 2012

      Hi Kikipuffs,
      Then I’m quite sure you will still remember the very warm weather in this little tropical island! =)
      I must say that I really cannot deserved to be called terrific photographer, still got lots to learn so do swing by often to have a good laugh at my shots ^^

  29. tigermoo
    June 1, 2012

    Miss playgrounds like these. and then there’s the elephant, penguin and watermelon ones as well!

    • ishooteditnblog
      June 1, 2012

      Ahh, yes. Really kinda missed them =(
      The playgrounds nowadays looked so boring!

  30. sued51
    June 2, 2012

    It’s great you are doing this…the memories need to be preserved if the playgrounds aren’t!
    I love the dragons…nice photos…

  31. Sarah Jordan
    June 16, 2012

    Super cool! Thanks for checking out my blog :)

    • ishooteditnblog
      June 16, 2012

      Thanks Sarah! Loved your blog too! Very interesting (and way awesome than mine!) =)

  32. Pierre Cenerelli
    June 16, 2012

    Neat… these playgrounds are much more original than the one’s we have in Canada (for the most part). Thanks for sharing!

    • ishooteditnblog
      June 16, 2012

      Hi Pierre,
      Glad you enjoyed reading it! =)
      Loved to see some playgrounds in Canada too!

  33. todolokis
    June 16, 2012

    comment,Thank you !
    mmm,this is scene to watch for the first time.

  34. Joelle Foong
    June 17, 2012

    Those were the days… your photos brings back fond memories of my childhood :D And thanks for stopping by my blog! You take great pictures yourself! :)

    • ishooteditnblog
      June 17, 2012

      Hi Joelle,
      Yep, those were really the days.
      Sometimes I really wish that I can turn back time and travel back to Singapore in the 1980s again ^^

  35. thedormouseteapot
    June 18, 2012

    Love the last photo, caught my eye when I checked out your blog! I’m inspired to photograph my local playgrounds in search for nostalgic play equipment :) keep blogging! xo

    • ishooteditnblog
      June 18, 2012

      Hi thedormouseteapot!
      So glad that you like some of my shots here!
      This lovely compliment pushes yours truly, the novice photographer to take even more nicer pics! =)

  36. Marilyn Armstrong
    June 21, 2012

    Just so you know, I have nominated you for the “Lovely Blogger” award. Thank you for letting me look into your world and congratulations! I’m still working on the post, but you are there!

    • ishooteditnblog
      June 21, 2012

      Hi Marilyn Armstrong,
      Wow! Thank you so much! I really don’t think I deserved the nomination ^^
      You really made my day! =)

  37. ejomlexus
    July 4, 2012

    I miss childhood days. I wish I could play around with those even though I’m six-foot tall now.

    Excellent photos!

    • ishooteditnblog
      July 5, 2012

      Hi ejomlexus!
      Oh yes, I do agree. Sometimes I really wish I can turn back the clock just once to enjoy my childhood once again!

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