Timeline


2003


MAY

One° North Explorers had it’s humble beginnings in a forum called SgForums:Singapore’s Online Community. Heavily influenced by the infotainment series “Hey Singapore!”, the idea of an exploration group based on members's similar interests was conceived, initially named "Urban Legends".


JUNE

Group was officially renamed as "Singapore Urban Explorers" to cover wider genres of interest, from it's initial mission of exploring the paranormal. Official website was launched by founders Aaron Chan and Eric Lee.

Outings were organized with visits to locations such as the Kranji War Memorial, Kranji Dam, various local cemeteries and Old Changi Hospital.






2004


NOVEMBER

A single person representing the defunct local group "FreakyLinks" joins the "Singapore Urban Explorers" forming a merger (which officially lasted only about two years). Our group then changed it’s name to reflect the new member addition - "Singapore Urban Explorers : FreakyLinks"





2005


MAY

Our group has attracted and recruited more new members, with a core group of approximately 15 people doing the actual explorations and documentation. However, rumours has it, fans numbering in the hundreds following eagerly for every online article published. With photography going digital, it made it easier for the group to have interesting coverage articles filled with photos, videos and even EVPs (voice recordings).

One of the most highly anticipated outing was to locate and visit the Syonan Jinja ruins, hidden from view in the depths of MacRitchie Reservoir. Other notable visits include locations like Istana Woodneuk and British Officers's Quarters in Pulau Blakang Mati.




SEPTEMBER

Our group first discovered, explored, documented and published online an article on the "Marsiling Dungeons" in Woodlands, Singapore.





2006


JANUARY

Group’s first combined effort with Asia Paranormal Investigators (API), sending representative, Andrew, on trips to Johore for joint-investigations/coverage/documentation of ‘Big Foot’ sightings.




APRIL

Our group experimented with a former member's idea of producing and selling 'memorabilia'. Unfortunately, response wasn't healthy as most didn't like the idea of 'needing to buy a shirt to join on outings'. Some even stated the design wasn't appealing and the price was too high. Group decided to scrap the idea as the costs were too high for a second attempt.


MAY

This month marks Singapore Urban Explorers:FreakyLinks first ever mainstream media coverage (see our Media Accolades). Group made a 'coup exploration' of View Road Hospital before it was turned into a foreign workers dormitory.




JUNE

Invited by API for "Ghouls of Asia" exhibition at Punggol Community Centre, where Singapore Urban Explorers : FreakyLinks hosted a booth to promote itself, alongside with API and Relic Hunters Singapore.


JULY

Group made another 'coup' by visiting and documenting the long gone Asian Village (demolished) on Sentosa. Currently, it is believed a theme park now sits on the same site.




AUGUST

Overnight camping trip to Pulau Ubin, to explore and 'try out' methods to lure out spirits/ghosts, investigation insisted by a former member (face censured), as he called for 'extreme paranormal investigation methods' (Eg. Knocking of chopsticks on bowls at a cemetery); because 'urban exploration' was too boring for him.




OCTOBER

Involved in a project done by NUS (National University of Singapore) students for their documentary on Old Changi Hospital.

This month marks the split between "Singapore Urban Explorers" and "FreakyLinks", due to irreconcilable differences.

Our group revert to our original name, while the latter group changes it's name to "SgFreakyLinks" (and later to "Urban Explorers of Singapore" a.k.a "Urban Xplorers of Singapore" in late 2010). Please do note, we are in no way affiliated/connected/related with the said individual and his various new groups.


NOVEMBER

We had our first ever flea market booth to promote ourselves and share the idea of urban exploration in Singapore; adopting the global urban exploration motto:



“Take nothing but photos, leave nothing but footprints.”







DECEMBER

Our group were co-hosts with API, NParks and National Heritage Board for the event on the 9th: Labrador Park - What lies beneath.

An educational event allowing the public to find out more about Labrador Park and it’s past, which included a sneak peek at Batu Berlayer (which is non-public accessible on normal days) and the Labrador Battery casmates.



This month sees our group appointed affiliates of Asia Paranormal Investigators (API). A landmark achievement for our group to be officially recognized.




2007 - 2009


Explorations are made, some being joint-effort with API. Documentation of numerous locations are kept for future online publication. Meanwhile, some members take a deserved break, attending to their personal commitments (Eg. studies, work, family, marriages, having kids, overseas relocation).





2010


JANUARY - OCTOBER

The group sets it's new direction of expanding genre coverage, previously on urban legends, folklore and the paranormal; now adding focus on local heritage and World War Two historical sites.

Group's name temporarily changed to "Singapura Urban Explorers", due to a former member's griefing antics.


NOVEMBER

Group carries on with ad-hoc explorations and get a little bit of media spotlight in the press; when Andrew joins the Goh brothers from API on tomb discovery in Upper Pierce reservoir areas.


DECEMBER

Critical decision made to change the group's name to "One° North Explorers" and officially register as a business entity.

"One° North Explorers" (One-North Explorers [Registration No: 53180929C])




2011


JANUARY - APRIL

One° North Explorers gets on Twitter and finally establish itself on Facebook finally after much teething issues in 2010.

Co-hosted with T.O.S.S, a short urbex experience in Singapore for a visiting foreign urbex enthusiast, Neil Ta from Canada.

Some of the interesting locations visited in 2011 - Dragon of Whampoa, visiting old forgotten playgrounds, the demolished Singapore National Stadium, former Shaw movie studios, a flooded mall in Malaysia, slums in China, former quarantine camp in St. John's Island, Cyrene Reef, Sembawang hot spring, old Kallang Airport and Raffles Lighthouse. More can be view here on our exploration memoirs.


MAY

Group contacted to appear on an episode of Hidden Cities, a documentary series based on adventure, history and the discovery of "hidden treasures" on the History Channel (Asia). Undisclosed, dusted and done.


NOVEMBER


Group went in search of the grave of Olivia Mariamne Raffles, the first wife of Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles (the founder of Singapore) in Jakarta. The arduous journey culminated with a two part post documenting the hunt entitled "In Search for Olivia's Tomb" and "The Search for Olivia's Tomb Continues", discovering other tombs of significance such as the largest mausoleum in Southeast Asia and the tombs of several VOC (Dutch East Indies) officials. 

The Hidden Cities episode on "The Marsiling Dungeons Mystery" was first aired on the History Channel (Asia) on 30 Nov 2011 featuring Andrew from the One° North Explorers and Charles from the Asia Paranormal Investigators. (link to video



2012 - 2013


H I B E R N A T I O N .


2014


The Group released a article on the Forgotten Relics of Labrador Park in June 2014, showing never-seen-before footage of a PF Cell (Position Finding Cell) and Gun Shelter hidden away in the undergrowth of Labrador Ridge.





2015 - 2017


H I B E R N A T I O N . A G A I N !


2018


A little squeak here and there.




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