Sunday, December 6, 2015

Malay Road Toponyms 9


Riding around the whole island from east to west, up and down. And upon cross referencing with maps, I actually discovered that had to go back, only to miss out one road nearby to where I last been. Its really a sucky feeling, but in other words, despite the hiccups, I shall continue to be dedicated to documenting all the Malay road names in Singapore.

Bukit Ayer Molek
   بوكيت ايير موليق

Bukit Ayer Molek, located off and towards the end of Jalan Kampong Chantek, it offers serene and views of the hills and surrounding areas. Bukit Ayer Molek literally translates to "Pretty Water Hill" from Malay. A true testament and a fitting name to the area. The road was first appeared on maps in 1963 and previously played host to Kampong Chantek Bahru in the 50s. Today, its part of Binjai Park Housing Estate, a private estate

Jalan Adat
  جالن عادة

Adat is Malay for custom or tradition. Usually more aligned to customs on how one should conduct themselves in front of others. Jalan Adat is located off University Road in Capitol Park Housing Estate an is flanked by landed housing. Some other roads in the area are named after subject matters that form the backbone of Malayan Culture. Jalan Adat first appeared on maps in 1966.

Jalan Asuhan
   جالن اسوهن

Jalan Asuhan is translated to "Venture Road" in English. Named after subject matters that form the backbone of Malayan Culture, Jalan Asuhan is flanked by landed properties and is located off University Road in Capitol Park Housing Estate, near Dunearn Road. Jalan Asuhan first appeared on maps in 1966.

Jalan Bahasa
   جالن بهاس

Jalan Bahasa is flanked by landed properties and is located near University Road in Capitol Park Housing Estate. Bahasa is Malay for "language". It is also used to describe the Malay Language as a whole. One of the few roads named after subject matters that form the backbone of Malayan Culture. The road first appeared on maps in 1966

Jalan Bangket
    جالن بڠكيت

Following a naming pattern of naming roads after traditional Malayan cakes and pastries within Mayfair Park Estate, Jalan Bangket is named after the older spelling of kueh bangkit. Traditionally served in festive seasons, kueh bangkit is a sweet but light coconut milk flavored biscuit.

Jalan Bingka
    جالن بيڠك

Jalan Bingka is located within Mayfair Park Estate. Kueh Bingka is a traditional Malayan cake usually made from tapioca mixed with a variety of of ingredients such as pandan, flour, groud, ect, and shaped like flowers.

Jalan Gaharu
   جالن ڬهارو

Jalan Gaharu is named after Agarwood, a dark heartwood that forms in Aquilaria and Gyrinops trees native to Southeast Asia. Agarwood valued for its distinctive fragrance, and thus is used in perfumes. Located within Mayfair Park estate, Jalan Gaharu is home to the private houses along the road.


Jalan Ilmu
  جالن علمو

As with some roads in the area of University Road in Capitol Park Housing Estate, it is named after subject matters that form the backbone of Malayan Culture. Jalan Ilmu is literally translated to "Knowledge Road". Jalan Ilmu first appeared on maps in 1966 and is surrounded by private houses.

Jalan Jambu Ayer
    جالن جمبو ايير

Located in Binjai Park Estate off Dunearn Road, Jalan Jambu Ayer is one of three roads named after guavas. Jambu air is Malay for "water apple". The road first appeared on maps in 1966.


Jalan Jambu Batu
    جالن جمبو باتو

Jalan Jambu Batu is located in Binjai Park Estate, a private landed housing estate. Jambu batu means "guava" in Malay. The road first appeared on maps in 1966.


Jalan Jambu Mawar
      جالن جمبو ماور

Jalan Jambu Mawar means Rose Apple Road. Other common names for jambu mawar include  "Cloud apple", "Wax apple", "Malay apple" and "jambrosade". Jalan Jambu Mawar is located in Binjai Park Estate and serves as an address for the landed houses there. The road first appeared on maps in 1966.

Jalan Kampong Chantek
         جالن كامڤوڠ چنتيك

Jalan Kampong Chantek, located off Dunearn Road was previously the site of the former namesake kampong. It was rumored that, the former Governor of the Straits Settlements, Lawrence Guillemard (1862 - 1951), once visited the kampong and praised how beautiful it was. Hence, the village was known as Kampong Chantek. "Cantik", in the older spelling, "chantek" means "Beautiful" in Malay. At the end of the road is Murnane Service Reservoir, that existed since the 1950s. Today, Kampong Chantek is long gone and the long namesake Jalan Kampong Chantek that remains houses private properties and condominiums of Binjai Park  Estate . The road also spawned a flyover at the nearby Pan-Island Expressway named Chantek Flyover.


Jalan Keria
   جالن كريا

Kueh Keria are fried sweet potato snacks shaped like doughnuts are usually served for tea time. Located within Mayfair Park estate and flanked by private houses, Jalan Keria follows a naming pattern named after traditional Malayan pastries.

Jalan Pandan
   جالن ڤندان

Jalan Pandan is named after the namesake palm, known commonly as pandan. Flanked by landed properties, it is located off Linden Drive in Orchid Village. It is interesting to note that there is also Pandan Gardens residential estate off West Coast Road, Pandan Loop industrial area and also Pandan Reservoir. However these are spawned off the reservoir and are not related to the road in Orchid Village.


Jalan Sejarah
   جالن سجاره

Sejarah is translated to English as "History". As with some other roads in the area of University Road in Capitol Park Housing Estate, it is named after subject matters that form the backbone of Malayan Culture. Jalan Sejarah first appeared on maps in 1966. This short minor road is flanked by private landed houses.


Jalan Seni
  جالن سني

Jalan Seni is a minor road flanked by landed houses. It first appeared on maps in 1966. One of the few roads off University Road in Capitol Park Housing Estate named after subject matters that form the backbone of Malayan Culture, the word Seni in Jalan Seni means "art" in English.


Jalan Tempua
    جالن تمڤوا

Burung Tempua is Malay for Baya Weaver Bird (Ploceus philippinus) and the namesake road near University Road is named after it. Surrounded by landed houses, Jalan Tempua first appeared on maps in 1966

Jalan Unggas
  جالن اوڠڬس

Jalan Unggas is located off Jalan Bahasa, in Capitol Park Housing Estate near University Road houses landed properties along its road. Unggas is used to described all kinds of birds which have been tamed and domesticated. Jalan Unggas first appeared on maps in 1966.

Jalan Wajek
   جالن واجق

Jalan Wajek is named after a Malayan delicacy known as Kueh wajek, or kuih wajik in the current spelling. It is made with glutenous rice and palm sugar (Gula Melaka). Jalan Wajek is located within Mayfair Park and is flanked by landed houses.

Lorong Temechut
   لوروڠ تمايكهوت

Lorong Temechut, in the older spelling of temecut, is named after a species of grass known commonly as amorseco of by its scientific name Chrysopogon aciculatus. Located right behind and running almost parallel to Bukit Ayer Molek, Lorong Temechut is a nature track leading further down into vegetation. The road is located within Binjai Park Housing Estate.

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