Saturday, November 11, 2017

Swissotel Singapore Sauna... Closed WTF?

I arrived... and needed a sauna. Or at least an excuse to completing that document. Actually, I really needed a sauna to wash off travel and to warm me up from the freezing aircon climate.

So I went to the sauna at Swissotel the Stamford, Singapore. The spa area, Willow Stream, is incidentally on the linked, co-operating Fairmont side.

Unfortunately, the proper sauna was closed. I was able to visit the steam room and hot pool though, but even they will be closed for almost a week. Grr.

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Marinated Leather Jacket

Mmm... should have ordered this.

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Sunday, November 5, 2017

Bunkers in Kirkkonummi City

Today's exercise was to visit the Jolkby and Lindal bunkers near Kirkkonummi center. The designation "Command Bunker" promised much, but unfortunately, we could not get in. Digging might help, but while the tunnel started promisingly, it ended in dirt and a big stone. But we were able to enter the one in Lindal!

The command bunker is massive. I measured 11 by 12 meters, looking at the air ducts, entrance holes, and gun opening. And, I think this is the type that is two stories, so we're talking about 200 square meters of bunker space... quite possibly never visited after 1956. It would be interesting to dig the tunnel through and see what's inside. Scary perhaps.

But I actually wonder about the "command bunker" designation. Everything we've seen points to a ZIF-25 type bunker, similar to the one we saw in Degerby and in Masala. There's certainly a gun hole. So how come this would be a "command" bunker? But perhaps there was merely some communications equipment somewhere.

All in all, would be fun to get to explore what's inside. The bunker looks intact, but of course we don't know if the insides have been blow, it is possible. So far we have not found a single ZIF-25 or large bunker intact.

We also found two dugouts north of the command bunker. They have not been marked as parenthesis time remnants, but... we couldn't figure out what else they could be, and they would be in the right place for that too. In one dugout there was a long metal sheet, and in the other one an old style car. Later pieces of garbage, or from Soviet occupation times?

We found a children's playground war trench next to the bunker as well! Maybe the local farm kids? Anyway, well constructed trench... a bit smaller than the command bunker.

It was also quite funny that in the Lindal bunker there were Karjala beer cans. Left there later, but the concept of the Soviet army liking Karjala was interesting, for they did like Karjala so much that they annexed the entire region of Karjala.

The Lindal bunker was right next to plenty of houses, so the bunker's main entrance had been blocked, and gun and top exit holes had been covered with wooden lids. Movable, but safe at least against accidentally falling into these holes. I should say that I hit my knee on a sharp end of an invisible piece of rebar; this place -- like abandoned bunkers in general -- is not safe. Take care.

Kids: WARNING: Do NOT enter this bunker. Or any other bunkers. Same for adults.

Coordinates, the Jolkby command bunker: N 60.12613714° E 24.45087150°, the children's playground trench N 60.12635739° E 24.45093882° and the two trenches: N 60.12626913° E 24.45253595° and N 60.12619190° E 24.45248701°. The Lindal bunker is at N 60.13219612° E 24.43210994°.

Most of the pictures in this blog are by Jarmo; he and Eino were on the trip.

Pictures from the command bunker:


Children's playground trench:

Lindal bunker, outside:

Lindal bunker, inside:

This blog article is also available on TGR. Photos and videos (c) 2017 by Jarmo Ruuth and Jari Arkko. All rights reserved. Music by Ethan Meixsell "Collision", available for free for use in videos at

Kalasberget II

Olli and I went again to the Kalasberget bunker, to take some video and drone footage. It continues to be an amazing-looking bunker in the middle of the forest. Olli took some great pictures, and we got decent drone footage, too. The drone took some hits though.

I hit a brick wall while flying towards the bunker though from an abandoned building, and also hit the side of the bunker's gun while trying to exit. The smart do-not-collide logic of the drone interfered with manual guidance. Will have to see how to turn the collision avoidance off.

Now it refused my manual commands, while accidentally drifting towards obstacles, and unable to lift itself at its drifted position cleanly. Then I hit the wrong button and the rotors clipped the side of the exit hole a bit.

Need more training to fly this thing. And better understanding of what modes to use.

Here's the blocked entrance tunnel:

 The top exit hole:

The gun hole:

Bunker as seen from a nearby abandoned building:

Photos and videos (c) 2017 by Jari Arkko and Olli Arkko. All rights reserved. Music by Ethan Meixsell "In the Shadows", available for free for use in videos at This article is also available on TGR. Tämä artikkeli löytyy myös suomeksi Relaasta.

Collapsable Cowshed

An abandoned cowshed? Or abandoned building to store abandoned cars? Not sure. But it is for sure about to collapse. The concrete looks very shaky. We were on top of the building before realising how sketchy this was.

Oh well, once we were standing on a relatively firm feeling spot, we decided to fly some drones. And hitting the brick walls for 2 out of 2 tries.... One drone continued to fly the other one needs some new parts.

Due to the sketchiness of this place, I'm not releasing the coordinates. Somewhere in Kirkkonummi though.

Photos and videos (c) 2017 by Jari Arkko and Olli Arkko. All rights reserved.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

GoExpo: Freeskiing, Nalle Hukkataival, and Catherine Destivelle

I visited the "GoExpo" this weekend, the merge of previously separate Vapaalaskuiltamat (Freeskiing Festival), Helsinki Adventure Night, and SkiExpo.

Pretty good setup overall, but all together, but in the end I got a bit tired for sitting in the movie theatre for so long :-)

There were some remarkable programs though. What stood out for me at least was the movie on Nalle Hukkataival's "Lappnor Project", the world's most difficult boulder route, grade 9A. Great piece on stubbornness for four years, attempting to climb mere four meters... and finally succeeding.

The other really remarkable piece was talk by Catherine Destivelle on her climbing career. Amazing, and to a large extent scary stuff. This was Catherine's first visit to Finland. Glad she came, very interesting talk!

Photos (c) 2017 by Jari Arkko. All rights reserved.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Blasted Big Bunker

Today's article is from this blog's guest writer and my good friend Jarmo:

There was snow and rain, kids did not want to join and I had a schedule mismatch with Jari so I decided to stay at home. But after a while I figured that it would be nice to do some Sunday walk in the forest anyway. From local orienteering club Lynx map I had checked a bunker with an interesting description, "blasted big bunker".

The place was clearly visible in old aerial photographs from 1956. So I decided to go and check it, if it turned out to be interesting we could go again to explore it better. Coordinates are: N 60.152900101309356° E 24.449490859745083°.

I approached the place from the west to avoid going through private yards. On the nearby road there was a good place to park a car. I took a direct route through the forest but later found out that there is also a good walking path from the road to the bunker.

The place turned out be interesting. There was a big several meters high and wide hole in the rock and large pile of rock debris below. It is clear that someone has put a lot of effort to the place. The only problem was that I could not find any bunker. The place was marked with a local orienteering club sign that says "BUNKKERI" so I knew that I was in the right place. If there once was a bunker it was totally destroyed. The area was covered with snow so it is possible that there is something hiding below the snow. Usually bunkers are built with concrete and I did search signs of concrete but could not locate any. I probably need to go and check it again after the snow it gone. Although I could not find a bunker it was nice and relative short walk from the road and worth a visit. There were also some partly filled trenches close to road that I checked on the way back.

Update a few days later: It seems Lynx's great map and the sign was wrong this time. Per another source, this site is NOT a destroyed bunker but rather a Soviet quarry for stones. That matches better what's remaining at the site. The name used for the site is "Kärinberget 2". The quarry classification is also confirmed by the Finnish Museum Ministry's database.

Lynx's signs, this one is about a trench:

Text and photos (c) 2017 by Jarmo Ruuth. All rights reserved.