Take a Picture, Tell a Story: LOVE OR BREAD?

Bread tags photographed at Kallang River @ Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park

Does this remind you of the famous ‘love locks’ on the Pont des Arts Bridge in Paris?

Tying a “love lock” on to the Pont des Arts before throwing the key into the River Seine beneath has become a tourist tradition in recent years. This is to symbolise a couple’s love; typically the sweethearts’ names or initials are inscribed on the padlock and its key is thrown away to symbolise unbreakable love. But unfortunately, part of the bridge’s railings collapsed under the weight last year and close to one million locks (weighing 45 tonnes) have been removed in June this year. Imagine 6 elephants hanging from those railings!

'Love locks’ on the Pont des Arts Bridge in Paris

‘Love locks’ on the Pont des Arts Bridge in Paris

“There is more hunger for love and appreciation in this world than for bread” – Mother Teresa

Just like the love locks, love and interaction foster strong bonds between people. Love locks unlike bread tags, can better withstand the test of drastic environmental conditions and cannot be easily removed and replaced. Bread is essential for survival, but it is the close bond between people that keeps one going in times of adversity.

So while you are going about your daily grind, don’t forget to spend some quality time with your loved ones. Swing by any of our ABC Waters sites and you might spot something interesting too.

“Cherish every moment that you have with the people you love.”


“Take a Picture, Tell a Story” is part of a series of short photo stories inspired by photos captured at our Active, Beautiful, Clean Waters (ABC Waters) project sites.”

This photo story is specially brought to you by the Sustainability Office, PUB, the national water agency


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