When I Lived in Bukit Merah

When I Lived in Bukit Merah

Posted by on Oct 21, 2015 in From the Archives | No Comments

Samuel was about six years old when his family moved to live in a HDB flat in Bukit Merah. At the time, the flats were among the first high-rises to be built with latest technology. As such, the blocks in his neighbourhood stood tall and prominent in an area largely undeveloped. Read on as he describes growing […]

Rahim: My Teacher with Gusto

Rahim: My Teacher with Gusto

Posted by on Sep 16, 2015 in From the Archives | No Comments

For the month of September, we remember the teachers who left indelible impressions on us. Adrian Loo revisits memories of his secondary school teacher Cikgu Rahim from the 1980s. Whether in the limelight or on the sidelines, Cikgu Rahim was energetic, passionate and very supportive of his students.

Wen Xin: The Ruins of Kampong Ilham

Wen Xin: The Ruins of Kampong Ilham

Posted by on Aug 20, 2015 in From the Archives | No Comments

Tan Wen Xin remembered growing up as a child in Kampong Ilham. By the tender age of six, her family had to leave the Kampong to relocate to a HDB flat in the late 1950s.

TC Lai: Walkman, the Best Invention

TC Lai: Walkman, the Best Invention

Posted by on Aug 12, 2015 in From the Archives | No Comments

To TC Lai, Walkmans are still the best invention that were ever made. Even with the emergence of CD players in the past, his love for Walkmans for its functionality and durability has never swayed. Step inside his shoe to discover how the Walkman has won his heart. A Sanyo brand walkman. Photo credit: TC Lai […]

Sim Siew Tin: Story of Ah Gong

Sim Siew Tin: Story of Ah Gong

Posted by on Jul 15, 2015 in From the Archives | No Comments

Had it not been for Sim Siew Tin’s Ah Gong , Siew Tin’s grandmother would not have survived the war. Siew Tin shares the story of how his grandfather had left an indelible impression on him – as a pharmacist and a grandfather.  Photo credit: Sim Siew Tin Wee Boon Chit was my Ah Gong (maternal grandfather) […]

Jian Cheng: Moving Images & Hearts

Jian Cheng: Moving Images & Hearts

Posted by on Jun 19, 2015 in From the Archives | 2 Comments

For many people, the name ‘Shaw’ is synonymous with cinemas. And those who travel along Orchard Road will see two buildings: Shaw Centre and Shaw House. However, the name “Shaw” goes beyond bringing movies to people, it also brought hope and joy to the less fortunate. The man behind this great name is none other […]

James Seah: My Library. My Home.

James Seah: My Library. My Home.

Posted by on Jun 2, 2015 in From the Archives | No Comments

In the 1960s when travelling is only affordable by buses, James Seah brought his cousin from Brunei on a tour in Singapore and their first stop was the National Library at Stamford Road.  Read on to find out why James Seah also called it his home. James Seah with his cousin outside the old National Library. […]

Nadarajan: My Field of Endeavour

Nadarajan: My Field of Endeavour

Posted by on May 16, 2015 in From the Archives | One Comment

Long-distance walking may have been an unpopular sport to the masses today, but to Mr Nadarajan, it became his chosen field of endeavour. The proud former marine police corporal now recounts his experiences representing Singapore in the 7th SEAP Games in 1973. Mr Nada receiving his award from then president Mr Benjamin Sheares. Photo credit: Nadarajan  Ever since my primary […]

A haven for foodies: James Seah

A haven for foodies: James Seah

Posted by on Mar 9, 2015 in From the Archives | No Comments

From an island with limited resources to a Southeast Asian hub for multi-cultural cuisines – Join James Seah as he recollects and rationalises how Singapore became an international haven for foodies.  Scotts shopping centre under construction. Photo credit: James Seah This is not a “foodie blog”.But food is in the mouth of everyone and everyone must eat […]

The river without an end: James Seah

The river without an end: James Seah

Posted by on Mar 6, 2015 in From the Archives | 3 Comments

James Seah fondly remembers Commonwealth Estate as chap lak lao chu (sixteen storey tall flats). It is the third estate developed between 1962 and 1964 under the Housing Development Board. He remembers the hills that cut across the agricultural area – feng xing and feng ling, and shares what he knew about the place before […]