Tiew Lum

“Tiew Lum” in Cantonese means “Hanging Basket”.

My godmother’s house at Beatty Road was those of 4 storey high. As we were staying on the highest floor, my godmother had this round cane basket tied to a rope.

We used this round cane basket to buy those food like kaya bread, “ham chim pan”, “pak tong kow”, etc. from the food vendor riding on his bicycle. We would drop the basket down slowly with the rope tied to it and when the hawker put the food in it, he would collect the money placed in the basket. Then we would slowly pulled up the basket.

Of course now not many will be doing this act as most of us are staying higher than 4 storeys. Also now we have more and more “Dial and Deliver” service. Also illegal hawking are no longer allowed in Singapore.

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3 Responses to “Tiew Lum”


  1. 1 HamBearGer Friday, April 13, 2007 at 7:39 am

    Recent news about having to pay for plastic bags at some shops reminds me of this basket. In the good old days, mothers used to bring this type of basket to market for putting the stuffs they bought. No plastic bags unlike nowadays. Very environmental friendly. All us should go retro.

  2. 2 profkingsfield2004 Friday, April 13, 2007 at 10:48 am

    Baskets in those days were made from rattan and beige was the common color. I had seen even life roosters tied and place into these baskets as gifts to friends

    What about handkerchief tucked into the the side of the samfoo blouse?

    What about pink paper used to wharp Chinese medicine? I think they still do it these days.

  3. 3 laokokok Monday, April 16, 2007 at 7:36 am

    You are right profkingsfield2004! Rooster in basket, handkerchief at side of samfoo blouse, pink paper to wrap Chinese herb, etc… those were the days!


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