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javamama: With the final gone for a long time and many of the rest of the series no longer intact I'll archive this one.


IMC No. 4 P-SG Ashes to Ashes

A cache by Javamama & Spa Susi Send Message to Owner Message this owner
Hidden : 06/01/2008
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Size: Size: small (small)

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Geocache Description:


This cache can be searched and found like any other traditional cache, but …

… it can be the starting point for an international cooperation as well: 

This cache is just one cache of a set of 24 caches named "IMC No. 4 …" (IMC = International Multi-Cache) dedicated to the theme Fire, one of te four basic elements of Earth.

These caches are hidden in 12 Countries worldwide: 

PT = Portugal, DE = Germany, XX=Xxxxxxxxx, .......

In each country there is a "primary cache" like this one and a "secondary cache" that can only be found with "hints" distributed to all primary caches. 

The nn primary caches are named "IMC No. 4 P-x - yyy" and the nn secondary caches "IMC No. 4 S-x - zzz" where x is the country code given above and yyy and zzz can be any additional name. 

The hints for the secondary caches are printed on "lists of hints" that are inside the primary caches. As the primary caches are scattered all over the world it will either require a lot of travelling or - and that is the intention of the IMC No. 4 - international cooperation: 

If you want to find the secondary cache as well, you should contact finders of other primary IMC No. 4 caches and exchange the hints. 

And please don't be a poor sport! 
Never publish these hints anywhere! Not in a log report or on any web side. The hints shall only be exchanged / traded between geocachers that found the primary caches and want to search the secondary caches. 

The IMC No. 4 team wish you good luck!

Table with links to all 24 IMC Nr. 4 caches

The Cache:

History of Cremation in Singapore:

In the days of British rule, Chinese grounds were increasing very rapidly, and the colonial government had little power to control burial spaces because the Commissioners did not possess sanctions of sufficient strength. Clan associations met all the physical and social needs of the Chinese majority, and the result was the creation of segmented Chinese immigrant communities separated by kinship ties and operating independently of the state, each conducting their own death rites and running their own cemeteries.

The local authorities were beginning to view these cemeteries as hazardous sources of disease-causing vectors such as mosquitoes, as well as a form of land waste. There were urgent demands on space in land-scarce Singapore, in the name of national development.

The 1965 Master Plan was designed to guide land-use development in Singapore. In it, cemeteries were identified as land “considered available for development” and cremation was mooted as a viable option to deal with the exhumed bodies from these burial grounds, and as a way to dispose of people who pass away. To encourage the population to adopt this relatively new idea of treating the dead, the state employed the help of “funerary middlemen” who could erode the distrust of cremation because they were respected for their knowledge of death rites and disposal. In addition, the rallying cries of national development, the common good, and the country’s future were used to encourage the populace to take up the idea of cremation and to abandon their insistence of traditional burial grounds.

The earliest government crematorium, situated at Mount Vernon, began operations in 1962 with only one funeral service hall and about four cremations a week. By 1995, it had three service halls and was averaging twenty-one cremations a day, with operations beginning everyday at nine o’clock in the morning with cremations scheduled at forty-five minute intervals until about six or seven in the evening. The site also includes a columbarium built in several phases, comprising niches arranged in numbered blocks which either feature Chinese-style green roofs, or housed within a nine-story “pagoda-style” building. There also exists a two-story “church-style” building. Towards the end of the 1970s, the Mount Vernon complex, which was initially intended for the storage of ashes from recent deaths, could no longer cope with the scale of exhumation projects fueling the demand for columbarium niches. Another crematorium-cum-columbarium complex was built at Mandai, and this commenced operations in 1982, equipped with eight small and four medium-sized cremators and a total of 64,370 niches for the storage of cremated remains.

The Hunt:

The cache is located just outside the complex to allow for 24 hour access - just in case anyone dares to go search after dark.

Cache Content:

  • Standard stash note
  • Severeal copies of the hintsheet
  • Logbook

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

Gur bar gung pyhgpurf gur ebpx pyhgpurf gur pnpur.

Decryption Key


(letter above equals below, and vice versa)



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