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Page 37 – Addendum


Apologies: For adding a note after the Ending Note.

After this “Horse-powered & Man-powered Transport” book was published, a reader pointed out that the co-authors had committed a grave sin of omission:

That all the different modes of transport described in the book dealt with Land Transport and we had missed out Man-powered Water Transport.

Luckily, it is easy to rectify this mistake when it is a blog and not a book. So, for our readers, we add this note for stamps of Man-powered Water Transport.


Written by victorkoo

24 March, 2008 at 10:00 am

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  1. In fact, the reader had commented quite humorously and appropriately, “You all have missed the boat.”

    Our reply to him would be, “We might have missed the boat but we certainly didn’t miss the blog.”

    Ha! Ha!

    Victor Koo

    24 March, 2008 at 1:22 pm

  2. Oh I forgot another thing – did you know why the Hokkiens call roads “Beh Chia Lor“? The words literally mean “horse-carriage road” and are testament to the fact that horse-carriages once ran on our roads.

    The horse-carriage was once the fastest mode of transport on the road. It could outrun the bullock cart, the rickshaw and the trishaw anytime. Roads meant for the swift horse-carriages must therefore be fairly wide and with few or no potholes.

    There were 7 “horse-carriage roads” in Singapore in the early days. These roads run parallel to each other and are still in existence today:

    Tua Beh Lor – Main horse-carriage road – North Bridge Road
    Ji Beh Lor – 2nd horse-carriage road – Victoria Street
    Sa Beh Lor – 3rd horse-carriage road – Queen Street
    Si Beh Lor – 4th horse-carriage road – Waterloo Street
    Gor Beh Lor – 5th horse-carriage road – Bencoolen Street
    Lak Beh Lor – 6th horse-carriage road – Prinsep Street
    Chit Beh Lor – 7th horse-carriage road – Selegie Road

    The road count stopped at 7 probably because many roads were built in Singapore after that – so many that people lost count. Ha! Ha!

    Actually, I think that people later grew sophisticated enough to name roads after people, places, things, etc. Perhaps it’s easier to remember them that way.

    But today, the “serialised” road naming system is still being practised, e.g. Toa Payoh Lorongs 1 to 8, Ang Mo Kio Avenues 1 to 10, and so on.

    Hmm… I suspect that today’s cars have their engine power measured in units of “horsepower” for the same reason.

    Victor Koo

    28 March, 2008 at 10:26 am

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