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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 […]

How Soccer was Played During My Childhood (the ‘70s & ‘80s)

January 23, 2020

In Redhill estate where I grew up during the ‘70s and ‘80s, soccer was the most popular pastime amongst the kids — where friendship was forged and lost in the hallowed ground. We were so obsessed with the game that we would somehow sneak our way to the basketball court for our daily routine. Homework, […]

Redhill Days

June 21, 2019

Redhill Days is a fictitious story which chronicles the shenanigans of Sanjay and the “Wild Boys”. It begins when Sanjay first sets foot in Redhill estate as an impressionable 9-year old boy and delves into the survival skills and instincts he had to master in order to weather the rough neighbourhood. The nail-biting adventures include Sanjay’s […]

Nostalgia — The Coconut Story

March 28, 2019

“Tomorrow is May Day — let’s go to the East Coast beach to celebrate the public holiday,” my sister suggested. All of us thought it was an excellent idea and began preparing for the picnic. My sister did a checklist of the items to be brought – food like chicken wings, sardine sandwiches, curry puffs […]

Nostalgia… Motivational — Bury the Hatchet

January 4, 2019

The year was 1988 – the kampong kids at Redhill estate would spend the whole day doing what they loved most – playing soccer! And sometimes such matches became ugly when the boys roughed up. More worrisome was when some amongst them took it personal and bore grudges. They had their ‘revenge’ in the ensuing […]

Exposed — Bollywood Themed Beauty Pageant

March 31, 2018

The television was broadcasting a beauty pageant. When it came to the question segment, I couldn’t help but chuckle to myself. My wife looked at me in bewilderment and teasingly shook her head. She must have wondered if I was captivated by the beauties… My thoughts raced back to more than 2 decades ago. It […]

When Addressing Someone As “Auntie” Ends In A Nightmare

March 16, 2018

Like most Singaporeans, I address those very much older with the utmost respect. I liberally dish out salutations like “Aunty” or “Uncle” without batting an eyelid. My own experience emboldened me that it’s a harmless expression and the right thing to say. Whenever I greet an elderly neighbour with “Good morning Auntie”, she reciprocates with […]