T.H Villa once
stood a stone throws away from the sea, but after land reclamation
works began now sits several kilometres away from it. It
must have been an incredibly idyllic location in its time.
The first time I visited
the villa it was being used as a makeshift bird farm. All
kinds of birds were being looked after there in cages of
all sizes packed tightly inside and outside of the building.
A depressed looking pig tailed macaque was chained near
the front door, its sombre mood mimicking the general feel
of the place. The owner of the farm poked his head out the
door and I asked if I could have a look around. He said
okay. Venturing inside the villa it was a squalid mess.
The floor was covered in guano and feathers and with the
recent bird flu outbreak in Asia still fresh in my mind,
I didn’t hang about too long inside there.
Over the coming years I
kept a close eye on this villa watching it slowly change.
The bird farm finally moved out in around 2013, leaving
the villa empty and allowing me to explore the place once
again without any restrictions.
I’ve continued to revisit the old building each time
I’m in town and it’s become one of my favourite
locations now. Today, (2016) it still sits abandoned and
now fully overgrown. The sea is now even further away than
it was before..