YG got all the answers correct. But nobody could provide the answer as to why the gate was left standing when everything around it had disappeared. My 1983 street directory showed a Malay settlement used to occupy this location:
A map and Google Earth comparison:
Photos of landmarks in this locality:
Bottle Tree Village (1)
Bottle Tree Village (2)
A comparison with this woman gives you an idea on how TALL the Bottle Tree is...
While a comparison with this woman gives you an idea on how, er... WIDE the Bottle Tree is