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Childhood Hobbies and Nostalgias

January 6, 2021

The year was 1984; I was a fifteen-year-old student enrolled in my neighbourhood school in Redhill estate. It was a school renowned for its sporting prowess and ruggedness. We were absorbed by the sweeping football craze – my group of friends and I virtually breathe football. After school, we would play soccer and spend most […]

A Walk Down Memory Lane — Badminton Craze

November 13, 2020

I grew up in Redhill estate in Singapore where gotong royong (cooperation within the community) was the order of the day. Doors opened in the morning were left ajar till bedtime.  There was a sense of belonging amongst the neighbours – we could just walk into one another’s home, unannounced. A constant buzz of interaction […]

Nostalgia — An Unforgettable Barbeque Party

October 2, 2020

The year was 1986; we were a bunch of teens growing up in Redhill estate in Singapore. We were feeling on top of the world since the school holidays had just begun. *Richard was a youth leader in the club we attended. Being older and responsible, he earned our respect for his leadership qualities and […]

A Walk Down Memory Lane… Saving Ten-Cents

August 24, 2020

In the ‘70s, I was enrolled in a vibrant primary school situated at Jalan Bukit Merah in Singapore. A school which could not boast of the trappings of opulence but produced outstanding students, both academically and in the sporting arena. The journey from my Redhill estate to school included a two kilometres walk followed by […]

Right or Wrong?

July 24, 2020

The year was 1981; I was a primary six student in a neighbourhood school. Lessons were over and my chum, *Simon and I were strolling casually towards the canteen. Just then, we noticed three schoolmates kicking a football at the indoor assembly hall. Being avid footballers, we couldn’t stop watching them pass the ball with […]

Walk Down Memory Lane… The Once Ubiquitous Video Cassette

July 13, 2020

The video cassette recorder may have died a natural death, but the memory is very much alive. I vividly remember my maiden movie watched via the VCR. The year was 1979 — my brothers and I were over the moon as we gathered in my home to watch Sylvester Stallone’s Rocky, inviting a few friends […]

Walk Down Memory Lane

June 25, 2020

The year was 1979; I was in primary 4, enrolled in a school in Bukit Merah estate. It was an era where the adage, “spare the rod and spoil the child”, was steadfastly advocated in most homes and schools. Our favourite English lesson was over and soon, the dreaded Mathematics class was about to commence. […]

Nostalgia — Plain Old Barbershop

May 12, 2020

The neon light with flickering signage emblazoned, “Hair Saloon for the Rugged Man”. It was captivating and I stood enthralled by the hoarding advertisement situated in the high-end shopping complex. A wave of emotions swept through me as I visualised the barbershop in Redhill estate where I grew up in the ‘70s and ‘80s. It […]

Walk Down Memory Lane… An Unforgettable Test

February 26, 2020

The year was 1984. We were feeling anxious in view of the accounting test which was about to take place in my Secondary Three classroom. The teacher, Mr *Loke walked in with the test papers and a look of self-importance. Mr Loke was a no-nonsensical teacher who kept a distance from the students with his […]