The Journey

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  • Title: 信约
  • English title: The Journey
  • Genre: Period Drama
  • Broadcast network: Mediacorp Channel 8

The Journey is a trilogy, with the first series airing in 2013.

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A Voyage[edit]

  • Title: 信约: 唐山到南洋
  • English title: The Journey: A Voyage
  • Episodes: 31
  • Broadcast period: 2013-Nov-25 to 2014-Jan-07
  • Air time: Weekdays 21:00-22:00
  • Opening Theme: Jia Xiang by Alfred Sim


Facing internal threats and foreign aggression, the social and political instability of 20th century China forces her people to leave their country in droves to seek a living in Nanyang. Hakka immigrant, Hong Shi (Desmond Tan), sails to Nanyang to work as a tin miner and lives a thrifty life. Three years later, he returns to his hometown to marry his childhood sweetheart, Lin Yazi (Jeanette Aw).

Shortly after their marriage, the couple returns to Nanyang by boat. This series tells the stories and difficulties they faced in Nanyang.


Zhang Family
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Tumultuous Times[edit]

  • Title: 信约: 动荡的年代
  • English title: The Journey: Tumultuous Times
  • Episodes: 30
  • Broadcast period: 2014-Nov-24 to 2015-Jan-02
  • Air time: Weekdays 21:00-22:00
  • Opening Theme: Xin Yue by Kelvin Tan and Joi Chua (Eps 1-24), Juebie Shu by Jim Lim and The Freshman (Eps 25-30)


In the wee hours of the morning on 8 Dec 1941, Japanese planes attacked Singapore by air under the cloak of the night. This is the beginning of the period of unrest in Singapore.

With the death of Zhang Tianying (Allen Chen) and Zhang Huiniang (Joanne Peh) during the Japanese Occupation, Zhang Min (Lieu Yanxi) and Zhang Jia (Damien Teo) planned to go to Ipoh to seek shelter at Hong Shi (Desmond Tan) and his wife Lin Yazi’s (Jeanette Aw) place. En route to Ipoh however, Zhang Min and Zhang Jia were separated and the latter was severely wounded. Zhang Min eventually reached Hong Shi and Yazi's house after 2 days, while her brother was missing.

After being rescued by Hu Weiren (Chen Hanwei), Zhang Jia acknowledged the latter as his father, with hope of seeking revenge for his father’s death. Growing up by Hu Weiren’s side, the intelligent and agile Hu Jia (Shaun Chen) learnt much about triads and shady dealings, and came into his own within a matter of years.

Anti-colonialism sentiments were high after World War II. Zhang Yan (Romeo Tan) and Hong Dangyong (Andie Chen), who were once close as brothers, drifted apart as both had different opinions on how Singapore should achieve independence. Dangyong joined the leftists, while Zhang Yan on the other hand, chose to join Lim Yew Hock’s government, seeking to wrestle for political power in a peaceful manner.

As Zhang Yan scaled the political ladder, he began to lose himself, starting to make merry with the powers that be, engaging in debauchery and taking bribes on the side. He was also in charge of revoking the license of the Association of Secondary Schools and taking action against students in September 1956. This pits Zhang Yan face-to-face against Dangyong and Hu Jia, and the tense situation is about to erupt any minute.


Zhang Tian Ying Family
Zhang Tian Peng Family
Hong Family
Bai Family
Siu Yee Tong
Seventh Gate of Loyalty
Zhong Ren Secondary School

Our Homeland[edit]

  • Title: 信约: 我们的家园
  • English title: The Journey: Our Homeland
  • Episodes: 30
  • Broadcast period: 2015-Jul-09 to 2015-Aug-19
  • Air time: Weekdays 21:00-22:00
  • Opening Theme:



Hong Family
Zhang Family
Yang Family
Wan Family
Yan Family
Wan Xing Village
Yao Family
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