When Rizal was in Singapore, he wrote about the palace of the Rajah of Siam where an “iron elephant” can be found. The Rizal scholar Ambeth Ocampo tried to locate this but was unable to do so because he went to the present day Thailand embassy in Orchard Rd. The elephant statue actually was a commemoration of the English speaking Siam King, Chulalongkorn’s visit to Singapur. The Thai leader, said to have been a modernist is credited with advancing the education of his nation, abolishing slavery and is the first Siam monarch to ever leave Thailand to travel. Like Rizal, he enjoyed traveling but I’m not sure if he had the same passion towards women like the brown superhero, who in his diary went to ask about the presence of women in Singapore, he’s left to wonder why he could hardly find any [most stayed in their homes during those days]. The present location of this iron elephant could’ve not been the monarch’s residence because it’s the old Parliament house. Rizal was wrong in identifying the building as “the palace of Rajah of Siam”, he was human of course – he does commit errors from time to time [tao lang po].