The Journey (trilogy series)

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The Journey
GenrePeriod drama
Written byAng Teng Tee 洪荣狄 (A Voyage and Tumultuous Times)
Seah Choon Guan 谢俊源 (Our Homeland)
Chen Siew Khoon 陈秀群 (Our Homeland)
Directed byChong Liung Man 张龙敏
Loo Yin Yam 卢燕金
Doreen Yap 叶佩娟
Loo Yin Kam 卢燕金
Png Keh Hock 方家福
Chen Yi You 陈忆幼
StarringLi Nanxing
Elvin Ng
Desmond Tan
Joanne Peh
Jeanette Aw
Chris Tong
Pierre Png
Shaun Chen
Romeo Tan
Andie Chen
Felicia Chin
Carrie Wong
Chen Hanwei
Rui En
Zhang Zhen Huan
Rebecca Lim
Shane Pow
Ian Fang
Julie Tan
Jeffrey Xu
Opening theme家乡 by Alfred Sim (A Voyage)
信。约 by Kelvin Tan & Joi Chua (Tumultuous Times)
梦里家园 by Olivia Ong (Our Homeland)
Country of originSingapore
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes91 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)Chia Mien Yang 谢敏洋 (A Voyage)
Chong Liung Man 张龙敏 (Tumultuous Times)
Wong Kuang Yong 黄光荣 (Our Homeland)
Producer(s)Kwek Leng Soong 郭令送 (A Voyage)
Running timeapprox. 45 minutes (exc. advertisements)
Original networkMediaCorp
Picture format16:9 HDTV
Original release25 November 2013 (2013-11-25) –
26 August 2015 (2015-08-26)
Related showsThe Awakening (1984)
The Price of Peace (1997)
Stepping Out (1999)
In Pursuit of Peace (2001)
The Little Nyonya (2008)
Together (2009)
Tuesday Report: The Towkays (2013)
Tuesday Report: The Towkays 2 (2014)
Tuesday Report: Where The Heart Is (2015)
External links
"The Journey" official website

The Journey (Chinese: 信约) is a Singaporean transmedia project about the story of Singapore, aired from 2013 to 2015. It consists of three parts: A Voyage, which is about the early settlers that arrived in Singapore, Tumultuous Times, which is about the Second World War, as well as Singapore's road to independence, and Our Homeland, which is about Singapore's progress as a nation, which is slated to wrap up during Singapore's 50th birthday. The drama trilogy focuses on a fictional depiction of the events and lives of the people in each era.[1]


The Journey: A Voyage showcases the human spirit in Singaporeans of the past from the 1920s through the 1930s. It offers a glimpse of what Singapore is like in the 20s to 30s, where people from Tangshan sailed the seas to arrive in the shores of Nanyang, in search of a better life for themselves and their loved ones. Whether if it is intentional or otherwise, they will ultimately settle down in this country known as Singapore, sink their roots and lay the foundation for their descendants. Starring Li Nanxing, Elvin Ng, Desmond Tan, Joanne Peh, Jeanette Aw, Chris Tong and Pierre Png as the main characters of the series, each of a different background and with different forms of motivation, the series aims to inspires viewers with the characters’ hunger for survival and grit in overcoming adversities without lamentation. This is the third show on Channel 8 to celebrate MediaCorp's TV50, after mid-year blockbuster The Dream Makers and variety series The Joy Truck. The series is written by Ang Eng Tee and executive produced by Chia Mien Yang, who also executive produced C.L.I.F. and C.L.I.F. 2. This is also the only season to have a producer, Kwek Leng Soong, who is notable for The Little Nyonya, before her resignation in August 2014. The series garnered 12 nominations for 10 awards in Star Awards 20, to which Pierre Png won Best Actor.

The Journey: Tumultuous Times continues on from A Voyage, spanning more than 20 years from World War II to Singapore's independence. In this period of uncertainty, there were vastly different ideals among the people about how independence could be achieved; yet despite all odds, they pulled through and survived. Shaun Chen, Jeanette Aw, Andie Chen, Felicia Chin, Romeo Tan, Carrie Wong and Chen Hanwei portrays the series' main characters, where their stories unraveled as the country strove towards and finally gained independence. Key events or themes as the series progressed include World War II, secret societies, Hock Lee bus riots, student demonstrations, self-independence and Bukit Ho Swee fire. Ang Eng Tee returned to write the script for the series, after A Voyage, while Chong Liung Man, who won Best Director for A Voyage in Star Awards 20, returned as executive producer. It is Ang and Chong's third drama working together, after It Takes Two and I'm in Charge; the next being long-running television series 118. The series won 7 awards out of 17 nominations in 14 awards in Star Awards 2015, including Best Drama Serial.

The Journey: Our Homeland is set a few months after the events of Tumultuous Times. The series stars Rui En, Shaun Chen, Felicia Chin, Rebecca Lim, Romeo Tan, Zhang Zhenhuan, Ian Fang, Julie Tan, Shane Pow and Jeffrey Xu as the main characters. The series is Channel 8's mid-year blockbuster, coinciding with Singapore's 50th National Day. Spanning two decades, it depicts the development of Singapore from her budding steps during post-independence in 1966 to her era of prosperity in the 1980s. The series features the partings and reunions of the main characters in Tumultuous Times, and through one family's disintegration, bring out the changes of the era. Key events such as the 1969 racial riots, explosion of tanker Spyros in 1978 and the collapse of Hotel New World in 1986 will be presented. The series is written by Seah Choon Guan and Chen Siew Khoon, and executive produced by Wong Kuang Yong.


Cast Timeline[edit]

Note: A gray cell indicates that the character did not appear in that medium.

Cast Character Episode count Seasons
1 2 3
Li Nanxing Zhang Tianpeng 张天鹏 35 Main Supporting (photo only)
Elvin Ng Zhang Dong'en 张东恩 27 Main (flashback)
Desmond Tan Hong Shi 洪石 28 Main Supporting (photo only)
Joanne Peh Zhang Huiniang 张蕙娘 29 Main Guest (photo only)
Jeanette Aw Lin Yazi 林鸭子 29 Main Supporting (mentioned only)
Chris Tong Bai Mingzhu 白明珠 34 Main Supporting (mentioned only)
Pierre Png Hei Long 黑龙 21 Main
Allen Chen Zhang Tianying 张天鹰 15 Supporting Guest (photo only)
Terence Cao Zhang Guangda 张广达 26 Supporting
Carole Lin Huang Zhenniang 黄珍娘 21 Supporting (mentioned only)
Priscelia Chan Han Xiuxiang 韩秀香 21 Supporting
Shaun Chen Hu Jia/Zhang Jia 胡佳/张佳 48 Younger version Main Main
Romeo Tan Zhang Yan 张晏 34 Younger version Main Guest
Andie Chen Hong Dangyong 洪当勇 34 Younger version Main Supporting
Jeanette Aw Hong Minghui 洪明慧 32 Younger version Main Guest
Felicia Chin Zhang Min 张敏 49 Younger version Main Main
Carrie Wong Bai Lanxiang 白兰香 19 Main (mentioned only)
Chen Hanwei Hu Weiren 胡为人 16 Main (flashback)
Rui En Yang Meixue 杨美雪 22 Main
Zhang Zhen Huan Yan Yisheng 严义生 11 Main
Romeo Tan Hong Kuan 洪宽 27 Younger version Main
Rebecca Lim Wan Fei Fei 万菲菲 19 (mentioned only) Main
Shane Pow Wan Zi Hua 万子华 19 (mentioned only) Main
Ian Fang Wan Zi Cong 万子聪 26 Younger version Main
Julie Tan Yao Jia Hui 姚嘉惠 17 Main
Jeffrey Xu Hong Rui 洪锐 22 Younger version Main
Darren Lim Dai Xiaoxiong 戴晓雄 16 Supporting
Cheryl Wee Wan Fangfang 万芳芳 24 (mentioned only) Supporting
James Seah Yan Yi Min 严义民 10 Supporting
Chen Guohua Wan Shan 万山 12 Guest Supporting


The dramas are the first periodical dramas in Singapore to use CGI. This is done with the help of 27 students from Diploma in Digital Visual Effects in Nanyang Polytechnic.[2]

List of episodes[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "关于《信约》About The Journey". Toggle. Retrieved 3 April 2015.
  2. ^ "Nanyang Polytechnic A Very Special Journey for 27 Animation and Digital Visual Effects Students". Nanyang Polytechnic. Retrieved 19 December 2014.