Salleh: LKY meets Suharto

Salleh: LKY meets Suharto

Posted by on Apr 18, 2016 in From the Archives | No Comments

In commemoration of the  first year anniversary of Mr Lee Kuan Yew’s passing, we share a memory by Salleh Sariman on his personal encounters with the late Mr Lee during the aftermath of the bombing of the MacDonald House which claimed the lives of three people and injured at least 33 others in 1965. This is his story. Although this event took […]

Danny Chue: On Board the Ship

Danny Chue: On Board the Ship

Posted by on Apr 8, 2016 in From the Archives | No Comments

It started with news that made the family proud. Danny Chue remembers two memorable encounters from the 1970s and 1980s that had inspired him to pursue his interest in cultural and language exchange. His memories tell us how his openness contributed to new experiences and international friendships, during a time of rapid development and global learning in Singapore. The photographs here are contributed by […]

JD.H.Neill: Singapore from 1945

JD.H.Neill: Singapore from 1945

Posted by on Apr 4, 2016 in From the Archives | No Comments

In commemoration of the  first year anniversary of Mr Lee Kuan Yew’s passing, we share a memory by Mr James Desmond Howard Neill on his personal encounters with the late Mr Lee as well as the development of events right after the end of Japanese Occupation in Singapore. The first time I saw Lee Kuan Yew (LKY), I was […]

Memories of Van Kleef Aquarium

Memories of Van Kleef Aquarium

Posted by on Apr 1, 2016 in From the Archives | One Comment

It was a new tourist attraction that was successful from the time it opened in 1955. Attracting local and regional tourists, the Van Kleef Aquarium was the first public aquarium in Singapore that continued to be popular until competition from newer attractions such as the Underwater World in Sentosa saw its visitorship decline, and it ultimately […]

Madam Zainon: A Quiet Love

Madam Zainon: A Quiet Love

Posted by on Feb 12, 2016 in From the Archives | No Comments

His voice is quiet and firm, slightly hoarse with a steady rumble, but what she remembers whenever it echoes in her head is the way his eyes shine with a thousand things that he will never say. But she knows. He loves her and she will always love him. Theirs is a love story that […]

Low Sia Joo: His Childhood

Low Sia Joo: His Childhood

Posted by on Feb 11, 2016 in From the Archives | No Comments

To him, childhood nowadays is vastly different from what it was during his time. Playing with marbles, renting books and helping with his mother’s business are just the tip of the iceberg of the many rare, but once common childhood occurrences during Mr Low’s time. Seventy-year-old Mr Low Sia Joo was talking to us animatedly […]

Ahmad Bin Selamat: Leadership in Life

Ahmad Bin Selamat: Leadership in Life

Posted by on Jan 17, 2016 in From the Archives | No Comments

In 1932, Penang Road was home to a church and British Quarters. It was here that Mr Ahmad was born and spent his childhood. He attended a private primary school in Middle Road, consisting of mainly Eurasians, where he learnt English. Then, he was already recognized by his peers as a leader and was elected […]

Chai Xiu Zhen: Fireworks and Solidarity

Chai Xiu Zhen: Fireworks and Solidarity

Posted by on Jan 7, 2016 in From the Archives | No Comments

Madam Chai Xiu Zhen lived in the attap houses in Changi when she was a child. She recalls the treacherous period of her life – the Japanese Occupation. She was just ten years old then. She then recalls the fun times of Chinese New Year when she could finally eat delicacies like chicken.

Rosie Wee: The magic of Christmas

Rosie Wee: The magic of Christmas

Posted by on Dec 4, 2015 in From the Archives | No Comments

Think of Christmas, and you’d think of roast turkey, honey baked ham, mistletoe, baubles and star spangled Christmas trees, strains of we wish you a Merry Christmas belting from recorded CDs and Orchard Road light-up. Christmas in Singapore in the 1950s was a far cry from the above.  Rosie Wee tells us why. The majority of […]

Renuka: A Celebration of Festivals

Renuka: A Celebration of Festivals

Posted by on Nov 23, 2015 in From the Archives | No Comments

In January,  no one can miss the colourful decorations in Little India for Pongal Festival. Just last year, Pongal celebrations in Little India went on till the end of the month. This festival corresponds to the last day of the Tamil month Maargazhi to the third day of the Tamil month Thai. Renuka recollects her […]