Tuesday, January 26, 2010

My World Tuesday - Sentosa - Fort Siloso Part 1

Today, I will begin my new series on Fort Siloso on Sentosa Island.

Fort Siloso is a coastal artillery battery and one of twelve coastal artillery batteries which made up ‘Fortress Singapore ’ at the start of World War Two. Although there are remains of other batteries to be found on Singapore, Fort Siloso is the sole restored battery. ‘Siloso’ is a Philippine word meaning ‘Jealous Person’. You can read more about the history of Fort Siloso from its official website.

Fort Siloso was heavily armed in anticipation that the Japanese would attack Singapore via the south from the Sea during World War II but the Japanese soldiers came via our backdoor i.e. from the North of Singapore via Malaysia. So the guns in Fort Siloso was never used for the fighting during WW2.

So sad that we lost the war and was under Japanese Occupation for about three years. I was not born then but my parents did suffered during the war.

A short video taken when I was on the tram going up the Fort. The tram ride was about 5 minutes ride and sadly we need to do most of the walking in the hot sun.....lol.

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More photos of Fort Siloso coming up in the later posts.


Photo Cache said...

The spelling of the Tagalog word is SELOSO, that's pretty neat tid bit of info.

Enjoy the week Alice.


Sylvia K said...

Marvelous and interesting post, Alice. Wonderful captures of a very historic fort. I know there had to be difficult memories, it was a sad time. Thanks for sharing! Hope you have a great week!


SandyCarlson said...

That was very interesting. Thanks. Military history sure offers a lot to photograph.

Indrani said...

I remember seeing these spots when I was there.

alicesg said...

PC, I think the word Siloso is created from the correct spelling of SELOSO. Thanks for the information. :)

Vaggelis said...

very beautiful post. info and photos. well done.

the donG said...

i like the fourth photo. the place is similar to corregidor here in our country.

Anya said...

Very interesting
great shots !!!
Nice to see the video ...

Marites said...

oh really..the Siloso name came from Tagalog word, seloso? That's an interesting info:) I think, Ft. Siloso's counterpart in the Philippines is the Corregidor Island. Unfortunately, the opposite happened to Corregidor which was heavily damaged by the Japanese during WWII. It was known as the last stand of the Allied forces in Philippines and they paid heavily on lives of the soldiers.