Old Calendar

A very belated Happy 牛 Year to all (though I’m rather late in this greetings…the last day of Chinese New Year). Finally things have settled down and I managed to squeeze some time to blog.

This year the Chinese New Year falls in January, the first month of the year 2009. Before I could rid off my old 2008 calendar, the Chinese New Year is already around the corner and now the 2 days holidays were over.

Every end of the year, I will be looking forward to getting new calendars for the following year. Every beginning of the year, I will be deciding which calendar to use for the hall, and each room or to be given away if there is any extra.

Sad to say, nowadays the number of calendars are getting lesser and lesser probably due to poor economy. I personally preferred my Tampines Town Council table calendar. I’ve not used those olden times wall calendar for a long long time.

Some of the commonly used old calendars (some of which still using now) are:

1. Single Page Date Type.

I love this type of calendars especially now that my eyesight is failing haha. But I hate the hassle of tearing the paper daily. Some people will use the paper torn off to place those bones during their meal time (good recycle idea!). Of course most of these calendars were attached to an advertisement board as seen below and they were usually given free by the company.

Credit : National Archives of Singapore, PICAS

You can even see that this roadside barber (below) also hang one such calendar on the wall. The setback is that one must usually put a nail on the wall to hang such type of calendar which is probably why most people are not using them now.

Credit : National Archives of Singapore, National Heritage Show

There were some type with a smaller size paper calendar as shown below;

Credit : Chinatown Heritage Centre

2. Horse Racing Calendars.

The other type of popular calendar is the horse racing type showing the dates of one whole month on one page including the horse racing dates.

Credit : National Archives Of Singapore, PICAS

I like this type too as I only need to tear off the page after 1 month and not on a daily basis. There is also a smaller version for those taxi drivers to hang in their cabs.

3. Swimsuits Type

These are very popular type among some shops like car workshops, furniture shops, etc.. where women in swimsuit type of calendars were usually hang on their shop walls.

Also in the past during the Chinese New Year, my godmother would like to hang a new Chinese Zodiac Signs type of calendar on the wall too;

Credit : National Archives Of Singapore, PICAS

With such a Chinese Zodiac sign calendar, we are able to roughly tell the age of a person if we know his/her Zodiac sign like Tiger, Pig, Rabbit, etc…

My Apologies;

Sorry for not blogging for a long while as I’m unable to do so. My father (only 78 this year) has suddenly turned from independent to dependent.

In December last year, he was having problems in getting up from his bed and finding difficulties in his movement. I thought it maybe gout and arthritis but after 3 weeks, he was admitted to Tan Tock Seng Hospital. He was warded for a week, and everyday he was tested for what causes the sickness. He was diagnosed to have Polymyalgia Rheumatica, Frozen Shoulder and Mild Cervical Mylopathy.

There isn’t much the doctor can do except to give him some pain-killer and discharged him to do Physio Therapy at another step-down hospital. He was discharged a couple of days before the Chinese New Year and now it was almost 2 weeks plus. After he was discharged, I’m his caregiver and I need to attend to all his needs 24/7 including bathing for him, etc… I thought taking care of my kids from baby to teenager is tough but now taking care of my father is even much more …. not only physically taxing but also mentally taxing. I’ve finally managed to shed 4 kg off within 1 week! The only contention is after these 2 weeks of home therapy, he is improving on his movement.

Now I start to fear…will I be the same in 30 years time…when I aged.

For those that I’ve not reply to you, my apologies.


16 Responses to “Old Calendar”

  1. 1 Icemoon Monday, February 9, 2009 at 9:42 pm

    Sorry to hear about your Dad, LKK. It is good news to hear his situation has improved.

    Welcome back to, er, blogsphere. 🙂

  2. 2 acroamatic Monday, February 9, 2009 at 11:00 pm

    LaoKokok, don’t worry about blogging or replying to readers. Family comes first. Wishing your father a quick recovery. I am very sure your care is helping him lots.

  3. 3 Victor Koo Tuesday, February 10, 2009 at 1:41 am

    Welcome back, LKK.

    You are truly a filial son. Very hard to find nowadays. I hope your dad will make a speedy recovery.

    Must be my ignorance but this is the first time that I hear “cervical” having something to do with a man. Hmm… I wonder where’s my cervix located?

  4. 4 Philip Chew Wednesday, February 11, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    Sorry for the news of your dad. I have frozen shoulder twice. The first time was about 10 years ago. I went to Mt E and one of the clinic doc gave me a jab and it worked like a miracle. I was back to normal. The second time was in 2007. I went to Changi Hosp and after a few visits, the doc gave me a jab. No miracle bur some relief. I still had difficulty changing clothes. I did free hand excercise and now recover about 95%. Hope your dad’s condition will continue to improve.

    Best regards


  5. 5 laokokok Thursday, February 12, 2009 at 9:17 am

    Hi Icemoon and Acroamatic,
    Thank you for your concern. I’m happy to be back here blogging again.

  6. 6 laokokok Thursday, February 12, 2009 at 9:18 am

    Hi Victor,
    Thank you. I think the term ‘cervical mylopathy’ refers to spinal dysfunction or something like that. This cervical is not referring to the female cervic.

  7. 7 laokokok Thursday, February 12, 2009 at 9:28 am

    Hi Philip,
    Thank you. I’m surprised that you have frozen shoulder too and yet have it again. I thought it will only attack once, seems like not so. I’ve read about those steroid jab but worry about the side effect of it.

  8. 8 yg Thursday, February 12, 2009 at 10:03 pm

    hi lkk,

    your father is a lucky man to have you as his son.

    glad to see you posting again.

    these old style calendars can still be found in some small town malaysian homes but they are not so common in s’pore.

  9. 9 laokokok Monday, February 16, 2009 at 9:04 am

    Thank you YG. In fact in Singapore, some of us still prefer to use such old calendars.

  10. 10 seenthisscenethat Tuesday, February 17, 2009 at 6:06 pm

    Hi LKK, take care of your family and especially yourself. Your excellent nostalgic and informative blog on history can wait.

  11. 11 peek-a-boo Wednesday, February 18, 2009 at 1:21 am

    Wishing your father a smooth convelescence. You and your family show a lot of courage. It must have been a worrisome ordeal.Take care.

  12. 12 laokokok Wednesday, February 18, 2009 at 7:27 am

    Hi Seenthisscenethat and Peek-a-boo,
    Thank you very much.

  13. 13 Al Saturday, February 21, 2009 at 2:56 pm

    Sorry to hear about your father. Wishing him a full and speedy recovery. May the good Lord pour His grace and mercy on him, and strengthen you through this challenging time.

    All will be well. Don’t worry. Take care. Romans 8:28

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    I’ll bookmark your weblog and take a look at again right here regularly. I am rather certain I will be told plenty of new stuff proper here! Best of luck for the next!

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    Wonderful blog! Do you have any hints for aspiring writers?
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  16. 16 Molly Tuesday, September 4, 2018 at 3:38 pm

    Hi. Do you know where I can purchase a Chinese daily calendar from previous years?

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