Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Mobile field guide on Birds of Singapore.

Finally, a mobile field guide specifically on Birds of Singapore is now available. This is made possible with the hard work of Nature Society (Singapore) for iphone users (sorry android users, no android version yet). This is available via the itunes store.

Available are 375 species and over 500 photographs of Singapore birds.

Below are some of the screen shots after i downloaded the app. Some of this species come with an audio recording of that bird, which is very helpful especial for birders trying to do identification via sound. This is indeed a neat app and helps do away the need to bring a field guide if you are not spotting waders.

List view of birds

A specific view of a species

Friday, April 20, 2012

Teo Hoo Lye (Bukit Brown)

Teo Hoo Lye (1853-1933)
Teo Hoo Lye (Oct 18, 1853- Nov 16, 1933) was born in China and came to Singapore when he was 18. Like many stories of rags to riches of the early pioneers, Teo Hoo Lye worked from ground up, starting as a manual labourer, saving money to open a small grocer business called chop Soon Bee in Rochore Road. At the age of 25 he went to the Natuna and Anambas Islands and got into the copra (extracted for its coconut oil) business which was a valuable commercial product then. This then led him to expand and become a steamship owner (Aing Hong, Flevo, Batavier, Benuit, etc) and he became a consignee of ships for the export of copra, sago, rubber, etc from Natuna to Singapore and also to Sarawak.

His company, Teo Hoo Lye S.S. Co. (or Soon Bee Steamship Co.) was eventually liquidated in 1935, for half a million  dollars (by his trustees after his death) and  12 steamships such as Willy o' the Wisp, Massima, Huat Chiang among others bought up by Heap Eng Moh Steamship Co. Ltd

In Singapore he owned many property and was also the owner of two sago factories named Hock Soon Guan (in Havelok Road) and Hock Bee Guan (in Geylang) and a shareholder of Sze Hai Tong Bank. In 1900 he became a naturalised British subject and was a committee member of the Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce.

Teo Hoo Lye School (Institution)
Teo Hoo Lye Institution was established in 1925 in joint partnership with Rev. Chanan Singh. Mr Teo Hoo Lye provided the premises at a rental and Rev. Chanan Singh ran the operations of the school. It was a popular institution at that time located at Dhoby Ghaut.

Teo Hoo Lye residence was at No 13 Dhoby Ghaut. It was bought over in 1934 by Loke Yew and eventually demolished in 1939 to make way for the Cathay Building.
Front elevation of a building for Teo Hoo Lye at Dhoby Ghaut

Teo Hoo Lye's house in postcard circa 1920 
His wife is Madam Kaw Tak Poh and she passed away on November 9, 1933. Mr Teo Hoo Lye died a week later at the age of 80 on November 16, 1933. His funeral procession was mentioned by the papers to be one of the longest procession, starting from 11 am from Dhoby Ghaut, Selegie Road, Middle Road, Rochore and Rochore Canal Road, Bukit Timah Road and finally Bukit Brown. The whole procession ended past 4pm.
Funeral Procession of Mr Teo Hoo Lye

Teo Hoo Lye's tomb 
He left behind 3 sons, Teo Teow Peng, Teo Teow Gim, Teo Teow Geok, Mrs. See Cheng Ann ( Miss Teo Hong Eng) and Mrs Chin Hock Chye( Teo Nya Chwee). There was mentioned of a daughter by the name of  Teo Choon Neo, who celebrated her 24th birthday in 1951. This means she was 6 year old at the time of his death.

His second wife, Madam Tan Chee Neo died in July 6, 1940 at the age of 77 at No 119 Beach Road. She is buried in front of Mr Teo Hoo Lye.
Madam Tan Chee Neo 

Prior to his death, he removed the power of attorney from his eldest son, Teo Teow Peng.

Power of attorney dropped for Teo Teow Peng (the eldest)
a year after Mr Teo Hoo Lye's death 
Son: Teo Teow Peng 
His eldest son, Teo Teow Peng, born 1882 in Singapore and educated in Raffles Institution is effectively bilingual in English and Chinese and was in the board of directors of the Sze Hai Tong Bank and the Ho Aik Steamship Co. He was also the patron of the Tiang Ho Kok Association. His wife Madam Tan Kim Lian passed away at the age of 56 on July 29, 1936.

Teo Teow Peng 

(source: NewspaperSG)
Son: Teo Teow Gim 
Teo Teow Gim went on to be a committee member in 1939 representing the Hokkien section of the Malayan Patrotic Fund (Chinese Relief Fund), whose chairman was Lee Kong Chian.

Side track note
The iron steamship Willy o' the Wisp has a long history of sailing in Singapore waters. It was once owned by the Wee Brothers Steamship until 1917. This was the same ship that accompanied the remains of Wee Leong Tan, father of Capitan China of Bengkalis, Wee Chin Yean. The ship came to Malaya in 1886 and eventually after being bought over by Heap Eng Moh Steamship Co. Ltd in 1935, it was put for sale for breaking up in an age where steel ships rule the seas.

King Edward VII Memorial Fund. (1911, September 9). The Singapore Free Press, page 7
Funeral Announcements. (1933, November 24). The Straits Times, page 10
Mr Teo Hoo Lye. (1933,November 28). The Straits Times, page 2
Untitled. (1935, August 23). The Singapore Free Press, page 6
Local Fleet Sold.  (1935, August 2). The Straits Times, page 12
Half-million dollar sale for Soon Bee Steamship Company.  (1935, August 3). The Singapore Free Press, page 2
Domestic occurrence death. (1936,July 29). The Straits Times, page 2
Chinese Donations to war fund now total $67,575. (1938, September 26). The Straits Times, page 11
Death (1940, July 7). The Straits Times, page 7
Song, O.S. (1984). One hundred years history of the Chinese in Singapore. Singapore: Oxford University Press

Teo Hoo Lye : Hill 3 Division D plot 888

Monday, April 16, 2012

Chua Cheng Hock (Bukit Brown)

It started with a leisurely walk with Raymond Goh in Block 3 Division A on a sunny Sunday morning and we stumbled upon a Sikh Statue Guard barely visible in the thick undergrowth. This alerted me to find out who was the owner of this Sikh guard.

It was the tomb of  Mr. Chua Cheng Hock (1889-1951). Chua Cheng Hock was one of the directors of the Cycle and Carriage Company. He was also an avid tennis player and played many competitive matches. He contributed to the Malaysian Union Seminary (399-1 Upper Serangoon), Air Raid Relief Fund (via the Chinese Relief Fund Committee). Chua Cheng Hock was also a member of the Chee Yang (Chua Si) Kong So Association.
Mr and Mrs. Chua Cheng Hock and family
 (Chua Boon Hin (in dark coat) , Chua Boon Kim, Chua Hock Tay (Phyllis) )
(photo courtesy of Sharon Ong )

Cycle and Carriage Company 

Cycle and Carriage Company Ltd was founded in 1899 by the Chua brothers namely Chua Cheng Bok and Chua Cheng Tuan with brothers Chua Cheng Hee and Chua Cheng Hock and Chua Cheng Liat coming in to the business at different periods after that. Its business started in Kuala Lumpur in High Street and later Market Square by Cheng Bok. It business soon expanded to Ipoh in 1906 in Brewster Road and later in 1914, Penang. It's Penang office in Bishop Street even has an electric lift for cars to take it up to the top of its three storey building !
Cycle and Carriage -Kuala Lumpur
The Singapore branch was opened in 1916 in No 3 Orchard Road and it was a 3 storey building with an electric lift and equipped with the latest machinery for motor repairing. In May 1926 it listed as a public listed company with Cheng Bok as the Chairman. Chua Cheng Tuan, Chua Cheng Hee, Chua Cheng Hock and Chua Cheng Liat were directors of the company along with two other famous Malaccan's, Honory Tan Cheng Lock (rubber planter, member of Straits Settlement Legislative Council, and later on, founder and first President of the Malayan Chinese Association or MCA) and Lee Chim Tuan. John Middleton Sime who lived at Malacca at that time was the co-founder of Sime-Darby.

Directors of Cycle and Carriage Co Ltd 1926
The company was in 1926 the sole agency in Malaya for the following:

  • English Cars:  Crossley, Swift, Singer, Calthrope, Clement, Talbot, B.S.A.
  • American Cars: Overland, Willys-Knight, Oldsmobile and Cleveland
  • French Cars: De Dion, Darracq
  • German Cars: Opel
  • Italian Cars: Ansaldo
  • Motor Trucks: Federal-Knight, Brockway and Overland
  • Motorcycles: B.S.A, Chater-Les, Invieta, Monopole, O.E.C, Blackburne and James
  • Bicycles: B.S.A, Monopole, Invieta and Massey Harris

Some of the cars sold by Cycle and Carriage in 1926-1927
When listed in 1926, it had an authorised capital of $5 million. In spite of the difficulties it encountered in a number of years, (including the Great Depression, World War I and II ), the company continued to thrive. Cycle and Carriage is one of the major symbols of the vehicular transport growth in this region that still exist to-date.


Mr Chua Cheng Hock passed away on October 8, 1951 at the age of 62, in No 21 Scotts Road. He left behind his wife, 2 sons, Chua Boon Kim and Chua Boon Chin and 2 daughters,Chua Hock Tay and Chua Hock Choo. His first wife, Madam Ho Hian Goh died on May 14, 1935, leaving behind 2 sons and 1 daughter.

Sikh Guard and discovery of Chua Cheng Hock's tomb
Condition of tomb when we first discovered it

discovery of Chua Cheng Hock's tomb
Rediscovery of Chua Cheng Hock's tomb


Son: Chua Boon Hin
Chua Boon Hin (eldest son) married a daughter of a well-known Malacca resident, Mr Ho Eng Wah, in 1932.  Chua Boon Hin died in 20th January 1946 at the age of 36 at the Alexandra Military Hospital. He left behind his wife Madam Queenie Ho, 2 sons and a daughter.

Chua Boon Hin was a Lieutenant of the 2nd Singapore Volunteer Corps Bn, Straits Settlements Volunteer Force. He died likely on war wounds, but i am unable to verify further. What is for sure, he is remembered in Kranji War Memorial. He is buried close to his parent's grave in Bukit Brown.

Chua Boon Hin (photo courtesy of Sharon Ong)

Daughter Miss Chua Hock Tay (Phyllis)
Miss Chua Hock Tay (Phyllis) married Mr Ong Tiang Guan (Wallie), second son of Mr and Mrs Ong Boon Tat, J.P in 1940. (Ong Boon Tat if you recall is the eldest son of Mr Ong Sam Leong). At the brides house in Scotts Road, they were dressed in traditional Manchu wedding outfit with the groom wearing an elaborate jewelled head-dress and richly embroidered robes. Around her neck were many jewelled and gold necklets and she adorned diamond rings and bracelets. At the grooms place, more than 1,000 guest attended the lunch wedding reception given at the New World during the afternoon of September 20, 1940 and a wedding dinner that very night at Bukit Rose at Bukit Timah Road, family home of the Ong's.

Chua Hock Tay (Phyllis)
(photo courtesy of Sharon Ong)

[Left] Mr and Mrs Ong Tiang Guan greeted by Mrs Lim Boon Keng
[Right] Mr and Mrs Ong Tiang Guan in traditional Manchu outfit 

Son: Chua Boon Chin (Christopher)
Chua Boon Chin (Christopher) married Audrey Chionh Chai Meng, 2nd daughter of Mrs Chionh Doo Chee in 23 July 1961. Mrs Chioh Doo Chee (Ms Chan Keng Boon) was a famous competitive badminton player.
Mr and Mrs Chua Boon Chin
at St. Bernadette's Church, Zion Road

Chua family story  

Mr Chua Toh from Fukien (Fujian Province) made his way here as a young man to Malacca. He started out as a nutmeg dealer. He had five sons, Chua Cheng Tuan (eldest), Chua Cheng Bok, Chua Cheng Hee, Chua Cheng Hock and Chua Cheng Liat.  Chua Toh died in 1908 in Malacca and was buried in Bukit Cina.

Chua Cheng Tuan and Chua Cheng Bok as young man worked in Federated Engineering company to gain experience, and later they set up their own business, Federal Stores and later Cycle and Carriage -in High Street, Kuala Lumpur.

Chua Toh 

Chua Cheng Bok (left) Chua Cheng Liat (right) 

Chua Cheng Tuan died on March 27, 1912 after forming Cycle and Carriage and getting Chua Cheng Bok to partner him.

Chua Cheng Bok died at the age 61 on the April 25, 1940 in Ipoh, Malaysia. He was cremated at the Sam Poh Tong, temple. He was also a philanthropist, donating an entire entire maternity ward, named the Chua Cheng Bok ward of the Chinese Maternity Ward at Pudu Road

Chua Cheng Hee took over as Chairman after the death of  Chua Cheng Bok. Chua Cheng Liat was appointed managing director.

Chua Cheng Liat took over as Chairman after Chua Cheng Hee retired in 1949.  Cheng Liat died at the age of 64 in June 1957 in his residence at Lloyd Road, Singapore ending a generation of Chua brothers who toiled for Cycle and Carriage. The business was passed on to Chua Cheng Liat's eldest son, Chua Boon Peng.

My story ends here, for now.
Tomb of Chua Cheng Tuan in Kuala Lumpur Kwon tung Cemetery
(photo courtesy of Jonathan Siew)

[Last edited March 28, 2016]

Malaysian Union Seminary. (1924, July 24).
Advertisements. (1926, May 3). The Singapore Free Press, page 7
S.C.R.C Tournament. (1931, September 22).The Singapore Free Press,page 20
Mr. Ho Eng Wah. (1932, February 21). The Straits Times, page 13
Domestic Occurrences. (1935, May 16). The Straits Times, page 2
Chee Yang Association.(1938,January 21). The Singapore Free Press, page 2
Cremation of Mr.Chua Cheng Bok.(1940,April 26). The Singapore Free Press, page 2
Domestic Occurrences. (1940, May 30). The Singapore Free Press, page 3
Chinese Old Style Wedding.(1940, September 20). The Straits Times, page 11
Ong-Chua Wedding.(1940, September 13). The Straits Times, page 11
Wedding Reception. (1940, September 21).The Straits Times, page 10
Ong Boon Tat's son married.  (1940, September 19).The Straits Times, page 10
Chinese Gifts to London. (1940, December 9). The Singapore Free Press, page 7
Death. (1946, January 22). The Straits Time, page 2
Death. (1951, October 11).The Singapore Free Press, page 8
Motor Firm Man Takes Bride. (1961, July 24). The Straits Times, page 4
Through the Years: A story of growth and progress. (1974, June 15). The Straits Times, page 31
Motoring Archives-Cycle and Carriage [website] from Motoring Archives

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Kway Mee Koo (Bukit Brown)

In a quiet corner in Block 2 Division B, lies the tomb of Mr and Mrs Kway Mee Koo. Mr Kway Mee Koo (1876-1940) owned Kway Mee Koo & Sons, with office in No 56-7, Neil Road. He and his son's were builder's of roads and drainage, one of the many pioneer's that helped in establishing the early road infrastructure in Singapore. The company also leases out its 6-ton steam road roller has part of its business.

In 1924, Kway Mee Koo was awarded a contract for the reconstruction of Woodlands Road. Out of a tender bid of 14 bidders ranging from $12,083 to $43,500, Kway Mee Koo won it for a bid of $12,790 for road portion of Kranji Road to Sungei Mandai Besar.

Not all contracts are won by Kway Mee Koo, but the records do provide an interesting trail of history of roadworks and sewage infrastructure development back in the past and that contracts were tendered out and announced in the papers by the then Municipal Commission.

He was also listed to have bought a leasehold land at West Bukit Timah of about 9 acres for $1,500.

He was one of the people mentioned in the papers who donated money in 1924 for the establishment of the Methodist Mission Recreational Building in Telok Ayer, built by architects Swan and Maclaren.

Death and tomb 
Mr Kway Mee Koo died in September, 1940 at the age of 64. On his it mention 17th generation. Not to sure what it means. He left behind 5 sons, Kway Ong Chin and Kway Ong Hin. 3 other sons are listed as Quek (Chua Koon, Kit Sian, Soon Seng). But why the clear distinction in surname Kway and Quek?

The tomb head is also slightly damage indicating probable exhumation. Kway Mee Koo's wife nee Tan Poh Choo does not have a death date indicated in her tomb, probably she was not buried here.

Mr Kway Mee Koo's tomb 
Mrs Kway Mee Koo nee Tan Poo Choo

If you have insights on what 17th Generation is on the tomb and the use of Kway and Quek in this tomb, do email me.

Afternote: I was informed that 17th Generation means that Mr Kway Mee Koo belongs to the 17th generation of the Kway clan. Kway and Quek are the same in terms of its chinese character but romanised differently that's all.

Advertisement. (1916, May 10). The Singapore Free Press, page 10
Municipal Commissions. (1923, November 19).The Straits Times, page 12
Untitled. (1924, September 13). The Singapore Free Press, page 8
Methodist Mission Recreation Building. (1924, November 14). The Singapore Free Press, page 7
Advertisement. (1927, August 18). The Strait Times, page 5
Telok Ayer Chinese Methodist Church Building. [website] from Infopedia

Friday, April 06, 2012

Qingming at Bukit Brown

Qingming or what i usually call Cheng Beng usually happens on April 5, with families doing their grave visitations 10 days before or 10 days after. The ritual aspect of Qingming is something i am not very familiar with, but the importance of family gathering to remember their ancestors is an important value especially when multi-generational family members gather together help in the bonding process. Honor your parents resonates across many religions, and is a value i admire from Qingming.

I decided to head down on a rainy Saturday morning to Bukit Brown to observe the Qingming ceremony taking place there and although initially a bit worried that the morning showers might spoil my plan, but i was duly rewarded with some nice photos and also got to join a family looking to remember their ancestors in their own special way.

A crowded day in Bukit Brown with human traffic

Grandfathers, fathers,sons and grandchildren (top)
incense for the earth diety(bottom) 

Multi-coloured paper (left)
Staked but not forgotten(right)
Multi-coloured paper
on a tomb

While going through Google to read about Qingming, i came across this unique search result page when you type "qinming" which Google put up to remember Qingming. I must say, pretty neat work !

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Khoo Phee Soon and family (Bukit Brown)

Khoo Phee Soon (1862- 1939) was a well know ship owner and rice merchant, who had operations in Penang, Malacca, Bangkok and Singapore. He was also a shareholder in the Singapore Slipway & Engineering, Limited. He owned and or leased steamships /sails such as the Chow Phya, Rotorua,Omapere, Perak,Waihora, Avagyee, Vidar, Janet Nicoll.

The Straits Times, 26 August, 1903
(source: NewspaperSG)
Khoo Phee Soon died in 5th March 1939 at his residence in No. 146 Carpmael Street and is buried in Block 4 Division C. He left behind 5 sons, Khoo Peck Hock, Khoo Peck Enh, Khoo Peck Guan, Khoo Peck Cheng and Khoo Peck Khye, 2 daughters ; Khoo Eng Phaik ( Mrs Chua Kwee Seng) , Khoo Eng Yan  (Mrs Chia Keng Teow) and 2 son-in laws.

Khoo Phee Soon's tomb in Bukit Brown
Khoo Phee Soon's tomb revealed after
many years hidden by a Banyan tree

Father: Khoo Tiong Poh 邱忠波 (1830-1892)
Khoo Phee Soon's father was Khoo Tiong Poh / Khoo Teong Poh . Born in China, Khoo Tiong Poh was the eldest son of Khoo Eng Chye 邱应财 and came to the Straits Settlement when he was 22. He went on to be a prominent shipping figure and a leader among the Hokien community. In November 1874, after being in business as partner in chop Teong Ho, Market Street, Khoo Tiong Poh decided to leave and partner with Rajah Wichit of Phya Puket to become senior partner of a prominent shipping company called Bun Hin and Co, based in Malacca Street, with offices in Penang, Hong Kong, Swatow and Amoy. He was also a partner in Ann Bee and Co. (a ship chandlery business). He own steamships such as Cheang Hock Kian, Carisbrooke, Pearl and Petrel.

Family Tussle and Disputed Property
Khoo Tiong Poh died at the age of 62 on 1 March, 1892 after a prolong illness and was buried in Penang , his remains shipped by s.s. Cheang Chew to be buried in his plantation. Khoo Tiong Poh had 3 wives (Yeoh Siew Kim, Tan Poo Neo, and Tio Oo Neo) and 8 sons (Khoo Geen Soon alias Khoo Phee Soon, Khoo Geen Haw, Khoo Geen Keat, Khoo Geen Lek alias Khoo Mah Lek, Khoo Geen Choe, Khoo Geen Yew, Khoo Geen Tah, and, Khoo Geen Teow), and 4 daughters (Khoo Sor Pek, Khoo Sor Tin, Khoo Sor Gan, and Khoo Sor Lan)

After the death of Khoo Tiong Poh, there were multi-claims for his assets and estates and cash of $250, 950.87  from plaintiffs consisting of Tan Poo Neo and Khoo Gin Keat and defendants consisting of Khoo Phee Soon, Khoo Mah Lek, Khoo Gin Cho, Khoo Teong Pan and Yeoh Siew Kem Neo. There was also a  case dubbed as the "Nye Rai vs Lim Loh" or " Raffles Square case", a claim on properties at Raffles by Nye Rai, administrator of Prah Primoon Sombat Puket. The estate of the late Khoo Tiong Poh was outstanding indeed with houses and land all over Singapore !
source: NewspaperSG

Ong Sam Leong connection (Khoo Peck Lock)
One of Khoo Phee Soon's sons, Khoo Peck Lock (1889-1935) died before him and his name was not mentioned in the tombstone. Khoo Peck Lock married Ong Boey Neo, daughter of Ong Sam Leong, and he was the secretary of New World before he died.

Khoo Peck Lock, whose residence is in No 46 East Coast Road died on 20 September 1935 at the age of 46, leaving behind is wife Ong Boey Neo (the only surviving sister of Ong Boon Tat and Ong Peck Hock) and three daughters (Khoo Gek Choo, Khoo Gek Khee, Khoo Gek Hiok). As a mark of respect, New World Amusement Park and all it shows were closed on the 20th September.  Ong Boey Neo died in April 1951. Both Khoo Peck Lock and Ong Boey Neo are also buried in Bukit Brown close to Ong Sam Leong's family cluster of Mr and Mrs Ong Sam Leong, Ong Boon Tat and Peng Hock.

Khoo Peck Lock and Ong Boey Neo
Tomb of Khoo Peck Lock and Ong Boey Neo (partially hidden by fern)
Close-up of Khoo Peck Lock's tomb 

Song, O.S. (1984). One hundred years history of the Chinese in Singapore. Singapore: Oxford University Press
The late Khoo Tiong Poh. (1892, March 3).The Singapore Free Press and Mercantile Advertiser, page 2
Advertisements.(1897, May 27). The Straits Times, page 2
A valuable estate.(1899, June 8).The Singapore Free Press and Mercantile Advertiser, page 2
The Raffles Property case. (1900, November 20). The Straits Times, page 3
Untitled. (1906, August 14). Eastern Daily Mail and Straits Morning Advertiser, page 2
Obituary.(1935, September 20). The Straits Times, page 12
Death. (1935, September 20). The Straits Times, page 2
Funeral of Mr Khoo Peck Lock. (1935, September 23). The Straits Times, page 13
Acknowledgements. (1939, March 13). The Straits Times, page 2
Death. (1939, March 6). The Straits Times, page 2
Death. (1951, April 23). The Straits Times, page 13
Wong Yee Tuan. Uncovering the Myths of Two 19th-century Hokkien Business Personalities
in the Straits Settlements. Chinese Southern Diaspora Studies, Volume 5 , 2011

Sunday, April 01, 2012

Yap Geok Song (Bukit Brown)

Yap Geok Song was a land property owner, pineapple and rubber planter merchant. His rubber estate was privately owned and was called Kuan Tian or Yap Geok Song's estate. He was also a shareholder / director of Eastern United Assurance and Oversea Chinese Bank.
Yap Geok Song
(picture courtesy of Yap Family Archives)

Lands and Godowns
He bought freehold land at River Valley of 6,288 sq ft  for $3,144 (50 cents per sq foot) in a property auction in 1921. Yap Geok Song also rented out newly built godowns space that he built at river-side at Kim Seng Road. His office is listed to be at 91-4 River Valley Road.

source: NewspaperSG
He donated to the St.Andrew's Mission Hospital, Anglo-Chinese College, Amoy, China Famine Relief.  He was also a Tong Meng Hui member and contributed to the cause.

Death and Auctions
Yap Geok Song passed away in March 1928 due to heart failure. One of the notices that caught my eye was the sale of the late Yap Geok Song's property at No 18, Jiak Kim Street, or one of his godowns by The Straits Settlement of Singapore. One of Yap Geok Song's estate land in Choa Chu Kang was also put on auction to collect back the Land Collection Revenue arrears of $986.50 owed to the Land Office in 1934. The executors of his estate are Tan Seng Neo (his wife) and son Yap Kim Chuan (eldest son).
source: NewspaperSG

In a death notice in 1959, a Mdm Yeo Gim Ee (Mrs Yap Geok Song), age 88 passed away at her residence in 125-J Thompson Road leaving behind 3 sons, Yap Kim Chuan, Yap Koon Hoe and Yap Kim Swee and 1 daughter, 3 daughters-in laws. She was a Methodist and was buried in Bidadari.

Yap Geok Song's grave is right smack in a wooded or forested area. Its tomb is slowly being enveloped by large elephant leaves. It surrounding area contains two columns which i suspect, used to be a shelter or roofing, two gateway with eagles on top. (one is missing), 2 sikh guards, a pair of eastern design lions, a pair of western design lions and a pair of jade maidens.

Tombstone of Mr Yap Geok Song
The huge tomb area of Mr Yap Geok Song in a forested area 
Sikh guards
Westernised lions
Son: Yap Kim Chuan 

Mr Yap Kim Chuan passed away at the age of 78 on July 21, 1975. He is survived by his wife, Madam Quak Kit Neo, 3 sons, Yap Hock Kee, Alwin C.B. Yap, Yap Chew Leong, 2 daughter-in-laws, 4 daughters, Yap Teck Neo, Yap Kin Neo, Yap Choo Neo, Yap Guat Eng, 3 son-in-law, 23 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren. The cortege left 359F Kim Chuan Road.

Son: Yap Kim Swee

Mr and Mrs Yap Kim Swee
(photo courtesy of Yap Family Archives)
The daughter-in law of Yap Geok Song, Mrs Yap Kim Swee appeared in the papers as one of the many prominent Chinese woman helping on an event.
Mrs Yap Kim Swee
(Singapore Free Press,13 December 1935)

Daughter: Yap Poey Teen
His only daughter, Yap Poey Teen married Lim Kim Hoo, second son of Lim Lian Keng, nephew of Hon. Lim Boon Keng, O.B.E. on July 13, 1920.

If you have more leads or information about Yap Geok Song and his family, do email me.

Eastern United Assurance. (1913, November 19). The Straits Times, page 8
Anglo-Chinese, Amoy. (1919, November 20). The Straits Times, page 7
Rubber Crop Restriction.(1920, November 4). The Singapore Free Press, page 28
Advertisements. (1920, August 11). The Singapore Free Press, page 11
Advertisements. (1920, July 15). The Straits Times, page 6
Oversea Chinese Bank. (1920, September 21). The Singapore Free Press, page 202
Property Auction. (1921, March 16). The Singapore Free Press, page 7
Untitled. (1928, March 17). Malayan Saturday Post, page 5
Advertisements. (1937, October 31). The Straits Times, page 2
Advertisements. (1937, September 22). The Straits Times, page 4
Death. (1959, April 27). The Straits Times, page 6