Teo Yew Chiat: Sky is the Limit

Teo Yew Chiat: Sky is the Limit

Posted by on May 27, 2016 in Memento | No Comments

Since he was a little child, Mr Teo Yew Chiat loved everything related to aeroplanes. The 81-year-old aviation buff fondly remembers the first model plane he had received from his cousin – a tiny four inch rusty toy plane which ‘fell from the sky’, as his older cousin had him to believe. His cousin had introduced model planes […]

Infographics: Stamp Collecting Hobby

Infographics: Stamp Collecting Hobby

Posted by on Apr 22, 2016 in Memento | No Comments

Stamps were first introduced in Singapore in 1854. Collecting and trading stamps was a popular and inexpensive hobby which valued the variety of subject matter depicted, and revealed details about history, heritage, culture and values. This series of colourful infographics by the Singapore Memory Project features an introduction to stamp collecting and a historical timeline of postage stamps […]

Infographics: Vanishing Street Sights

Infographics: Vanishing Street Sights

Posted by on Apr 15, 2016 in Memento | No Comments

The streets of yesteryears are a far cry from the neat and orderly ones of today. From the household goods sellers to the daily area licence sales booths, within that chaos emerged a colourful variety of sights and sounds that remain unique to this day. The mobile ice cream man continues bringing delight, plying his trade […]

A Disease that swept the Nation

A Disease that swept the Nation

Posted by on Mar 22, 2016 in Memento | No Comments

2003 will always be remembered as the year Sars swept Singapore. On 22 March 2003, TTSH and CDC were made the designated facilities for isolating and treating suspected and probable SARS cases. It has been more than a decade since the outbreak, which cast a pall on Singapore’s economy and left numerous families broken, and completely […]

Yaohan: Retail Giant in the 1970s

Yaohan: Retail Giant in the 1970s

Posted by on Mar 11, 2016 in Memento | No Comments

In the mid-70s, Japanese department store company Yaohan opened its first outlet in Singapore, combining a supermarket and department store. This innovative concept was a hit with Singaporeans at the time, and paved the way for the introduction of such supermarkets island-wide. Madam Ong Mui Lee remembers the snaking queues of shoppers waiting for trays […]

Customs Officer Remembers Toddy

Customs Officer Remembers Toddy

Posted by on Mar 2, 2016 in Memento | One Comment

A brief work stint with the Customs and Excise Department gave writer Joseph Pereira an opportunity to see how toddy was sold in the 1970s, as he carried out inspections of Singapore’s four government-administered toddy shops before they were all later shut down. In April 1975, I had joined the Customs and Excise Department. I […]

Growing Up in a Kampung in the 1970s

Growing Up in a Kampung in the 1970s

Posted by on Feb 19, 2016 in Memento | No Comments

For writer Clarice Pereira, growing up in the 1970s was one of the best times of her life. From playing hide and seek in her neighbours’ houses, to playing in the long kang (drains), the memories of growing up in the 1970s are something she will cherish forever. I was born in the year 1966, […]

Remembering WWII – in Tiong Bahru

Remembering WWII – in Tiong Bahru

Posted by on Feb 11, 2016 in Memento | No Comments

A group of WWII survivors and Tiong Bahru residents gather for an emotional morning by recounting their trials and tribulations under the Japanese Occupation, 73 years after the fall of Singapore. On 15 February 1942, Singapore fell to the Japanese Imperial Army, marking the start of an arduous period for the people of Singapore. Seventy-three […]

1990s: The Ah Beng Years

1990s: The Ah Beng Years

Posted by on Jan 28, 2016 in Memento | One Comment

While hipster cafes, secret cocktail bars and the Laneway Festival are all the rave in Singapore now, Alywin Chew recalls a time when he – and many others – thought it was cool to be an ah beng, who had the support of parang-wielding friends and the trusty orange comb. In the early 1990s, during […]

Travels with my Grandmother’s Quilt

Travels with my Grandmother’s Quilt

Posted by on Jan 17, 2016 in Memento | No Comments

The quilt that was made by writer Hong Xinyi’s grandmother has travelled the world with her, but more than anything it is a reminder of different journeys: An object made possible with skills that she never mastered, retaining rhythms of a life that she cannot begin to understand. I’ve had the quilt my grandmother made […]