My beginning as a Singaporean occured in 1962 at the then K.K. Hospital. Of course, I may not be able to remember the earlier few years of my life, but I will try to pen down what I could recall before my memory fails.

I remember someone ever said these are some of the factors to tell one is aging;

– Start  to reminisce about the past but can’t remember the present.


157 Responses to “About Me”

  1. 1 karen Friday, May 18, 2007 at 5:13 am

    wow! awesome blog! i was also born in kk, some eight years after you – but your blog sure brought back memories 😀 thank you! keep blogging.

  2. 2 laokokok Friday, May 18, 2007 at 7:43 am

    Thanks for dropping by Karen.

  3. 3 danesh Monday, May 21, 2007 at 11:19 pm

    Yep… I agree. Great blog. I was born only 2 years after you so your posting really brings back memories… I was just lamenting the demise of:

    1. National Theatre
    2. National Museum
    3. MPH
    4. CHIJ (not CHIJMES)
    5. Yeo Brothers (Frankel Avenue)
    6. Odeon
    7. Siglap Market

    etc…. etc…

  4. 4 laokokok Tuesday, May 22, 2007 at 7:39 am

    Hi Danesh,
    Welcome here. I really miss that MPH (that one near to National Museum) and Odeon.

  5. 5 Vivienne Quek Monday, May 28, 2007 at 10:07 pm

    If you call yourself Laokokok, lots of us are also ah soh ah cheh ah mah ah kong liao.

    Guess what I missed … the National Theatre and Van Kleef Aquarium.

  6. 6 Priscilla Thursday, July 26, 2007 at 11:03 am

    Hey, that’s a very nice blog you have there!

  7. 7 laokokok Thursday, July 26, 2007 at 11:16 am

    Thank you Priscilla and welcome here.

  8. 8 tc Thursday, August 2, 2007 at 11:25 pm

    Hi, I’m a Singaporean too, and I’m 5 years younger than you.

    I simply love your blog, it’s the most wonderful blog I have come across till now. I hope you don’t mind I add this link to my blog.

    I like the old photos of Singapore, may I know where you found them?

  9. 9 laokokok Friday, August 3, 2007 at 7:26 am

    Hi TC,
    Welcome here and glad to hear that. By all means, link it. As for the photos, majority I’ve put the credit link and they are from there. You may also find them here;

  10. 10 Josephine Tuesday, August 7, 2007 at 1:42 pm


    my age is no where near yours.. i’m only in secondary school 😀

    but i still think that this is a great blog!

    [and it helped my alot for my history project too (: ]

    haha do continue posting!

  11. 11 laokokok Tuesday, August 7, 2007 at 2:14 pm

    Thanks Josephine and hope this blog is of some help to your school project.

  12. 12 lc Friday, August 10, 2007 at 4:44 pm

    Thanks for your blog. I recall the Kallang Gasworks, the hardware (?)businesses operating from the shophouses just before the gasworks on Kallang Road , the chicken shops at Lavender & the activity in that area.

    Wonder if you have any information about Sam Tat Building 66 Kampong Bugis? How old is it?

  13. 13 laokokok Monday, August 13, 2007 at 8:03 am

    Hi lc,
    How old is that Sam Tat Building I’m not too sure. But if you look at the 2nd photo in that Kallang Gasworks post, you will note that the Sam Tat Building was not there yet in 1961. So it should probably be after 1961. You may check those old photos in PICAS to see roughly when that building was built.

  14. 14 Minnal Monday, October 22, 2007 at 11:07 am

    great site….brought back lots of old memories…i was born in 1974….loved the 80’s… great to look back and reflect on how life was simple and cheap then….grew up in queenstown now cant recognize the place at all….haaaa…..wish i was a kid again:-)

    Well got to grow up i guess….thanks again for sharing your thoughts and shots

    Ps: some photos are missing

  15. 15 laokokok Monday, October 22, 2007 at 11:35 am

    Thanks Vj. Oh some photos are missing? Will look into it.

  16. 16 gopal Tuesday, November 6, 2007 at 12:45 am


    read about new world. will it be possible to speak to you about it. Do you have old photos i can look at. would you have one on the state cinema.

    pl replay to my email.

    tx u

  17. 17 laokokok Tuesday, November 6, 2007 at 9:17 am

    Hi Gopal,
    Already replied to your email. Pls check. Thank you for dropping by.

  18. 18 Wee Chee Jian Friday, December 28, 2007 at 3:00 pm


    Got your website while looking for AETI – saw your photo with Sgt Soo (I think).
    I was there in 1980 as a regular.

    I am also born in 1962 but at home – Blk 75 Ganges Avenue. Sad that the building was torn down before I could take a picture of it.

    Good site.


  19. 19 laokokok Wednesday, January 2, 2008 at 6:46 am

    HI Chee Jian,
    Welcome here and a Happy New Year. Yes, I think it’s Sgt Soo too haha. Forgotten his name until you mentioned it. I wonder if the AETI still inside the Changi Air Base now. The outside seems to have totally changed and now the security seems so tight. In the past, the public still can drive or walk inside the road, now it’s all under the Air Base, which is out of bound.

  20. 20 DC Tuesday, January 8, 2008 at 12:30 pm

    Bring me back to the 80’s when I was in Rangoon Road Secondary School – 1983. Missed those days when I was schooling there. Keep up the good work, great blog.

  21. 21 laokokok Wednesday, January 9, 2008 at 7:17 am

    Thanks DC and welcome here. Happy New Year to you.

  22. 22 Casey Yong S.F Sunday, March 2, 2008 at 12:31 pm

    I really miss all those days in Beatty Primary school. I will keep in touch with you soon. I am now staying in Bangkok and will be back to Singapore this April !!! Good site keep it up!

  23. 23 smurfiechowchow Thursday, March 6, 2008 at 2:02 am

    Guess I should be one of the youngest readers… born in 1983 but I already start reminiscing about my childhood and Singapore’s past. Always love retro things… things that tell stories and they really intrigue me.

    Thank you for the blog!

  24. 24 laokokok Friday, March 7, 2008 at 10:49 am

    HI Smurfiedchowchow,
    Welcome here and it doesn’t matter whether you are the youngest, just enjoy your read here.

  25. 25 Jess Friday, March 7, 2008 at 2:45 pm

    Hi loved your blog.I am from India and have not seen Singapore but music does make the world a family does’nt it?

  26. 26 Bernice Swee Friday, March 7, 2008 at 6:07 pm

    goodness…i was born in 1979 and also studied in Beatty Primary School from 1986 onwards. those were the good old days. i used to live in hamilton road right next to the holy trinity church. could still remember taking the trishaw to sch every morning with my bro, eating paus from swee choon and those good old cny celebrations in that area… im hoping to get in touch with some classmates whom i’ve lost touch with after i left beatty and moved to the new town. to any classmates who studied in beatty pri sch from 1986 onwards, pls contact me at

    thks for the great blog!

  27. 27 laokokok Monday, March 10, 2008 at 8:29 am

    Hi Jess, welcome here and thank you. I happy that you like that music.

    Hi Bernice Swee, I remember Hamilton Road where my classmate was staying there too. Once my friend and I had to run all the way to his house to wake him up for the PSLE Mother Tongue oral exam!

  28. 28 Tim Monday, March 10, 2008 at 5:15 pm

    Came by your website by chance. Thank you for sharing out through you blog the ‘old’ Singapore i use to know when i was a young boy in the 70/80s. It’s is really good to take a trip down memory lane and look at the old pictures again.

    I wonder if i should start taking more pictures before the more old places or landmarks are torn down.


  29. 29 laokokok Friday, March 14, 2008 at 8:38 am

    Hi Tim,
    Welcome here and thank you. Yes you should start taking photos of Singapore now before they are gone.

  30. 30 Timothy Wednesday, March 19, 2008 at 10:49 pm

    Hi and thanks. I’ve taken the liberty of forwarding your website to 2 of my friends where were born in the 60s. Perhaps they might have something to share. I hope you won’t mind.

    Haha. your statement above is intringuing. I’m not 40s yet but i’ve started to reminisce about the past already! Gee.

    Have a nice week.

  31. 31 Ron Tuesday, March 25, 2008 at 7:58 am


    Currently my students at VS are embarking a project on ‘The Making and Meaning of Katong’.

    Your posts on Katong and the changes to Sea View Hotel were excellent resources indeed.

    Thank you for this lovely blog – wonder if you’d have the time to make a trip to our school and share some memories about Katong to the younger generation? Let me know what you think. 🙂


  32. 32 laokokok Tuesday, March 25, 2008 at 8:20 am

    HI Ron Tan,
    I’m not too sure how you want it to be done. Best you can email me the details so that I can check my schedule. My email is

    Thanks for surfing by.

  33. 33 Jason Yeo Friday, March 28, 2008 at 7:02 am

    Hi Laokokok,
    Wow, thank you for this wonderful site. I am only 3 years younger than you so about the same age. Born and raised in Singapore, finished my NS, came to the U.S. for college, met and married my American wife and have been living here in San Francisco Bay Area for the past 20+ years now. Found Giant Robot on, did a Google search and found your site and was suddenly brought back to old Singapore! From pictures of Katong to old Primary School Report Books to POSB account books to TDK Cassette Tapes! Sure made me feel nostalgic. Trust me, sitting here in a corporate America office and looking at old pictures of New World brings back the strangest but fond memories!

    Thanks again!
    Jason Yeo Seow Eng

    P.S. Sad thing is my Primary School – Rayman Primary School in Whampoa is gone. My old Whitley Secondary School is gone (moved to Bishan I know).

  34. 34 laokokok Monday, March 31, 2008 at 8:01 am

    Hi Jason Yeo,
    Thanks for surfing by and glad that my blog brings back fond memories for you.

  35. 35 Delvin Thursday, April 3, 2008 at 11:51 am

    Hi LaoKoKok,

    this is indeed a great site! I salute you for all your investigations into the history and heritage of Singapore, as well as the many changes to her landscapes. Great great work!

  36. 36 laokokok Friday, April 4, 2008 at 6:56 am

    Thanks Delvin. I’m glad you like this blog of mine..

  37. 37 William Sim Wednesday, April 16, 2008 at 1:42 pm


    I was also in Beatty primary and later Beatty secondary. I am 2 years younger than you. I still remember the push cart Yong Tau Foo outside the school every evening. Use to save my pocket money so I can have 3 pieces for 10cent with unlimited soup! The Wan Ton noodle at the coffee shop outside is just as good too!
    I am now living in HK for the past 20 yrs. When I am back to S’pore I might just take a trip down memory lane!


  38. 38 laokokok Thursday, April 17, 2008 at 7:03 am

    Hi William,
    Welcome to my blog. Both Beatty Pri and Sec School buildings are still there but no longer operating as what they used to be. The area near the schools have changed tremendously too.

  39. 39 jack sim Saturday, April 26, 2008 at 2:08 am

    Hi Laokokok, i’m lao Hero here, i’m also born at KK Hospital, but is early you three years, so, younger friends call me : uncle jack, i’m grandfather already, and i’m same to you, recall my younger time memories, on the time just new year have soft drink, chicken, duck…. now the children’s so happiness, any time can enjoy great foods.
    I just quit my job two months ago, still relax to find new job, on the same time start to crazy about vinyl records, going to sungei road to find it, see that old old things can recall my younger stay at kampong life time, recall my late father, late wife.
    Oh, forget to tell you, i know your blog is from yahoo search engine, now i looking vinyl records is from website, are you still keep that records ? i very interested.

  40. 40 Garry Monday, April 28, 2008 at 1:15 am

    Hi there,

    Im born 14 yrs later than u … Have already hit my 30s. And im always thinking that those good old days in this world have gone by and will never be the same anymore.. I stumbled upon ur blog by chance. It kept me reading on and on for the past 2 hours.. poring over each word each map and most impressively the paper bags.

  41. 41 laokokok Monday, April 28, 2008 at 7:20 am

    Hi Jack Sim,
    Welcome here. I’m surprised that though you are 3 years my senior, you are already a grandfather! Peter, Chun See and Victor – are you guys grandfather already??? Haha!

  42. 42 laokokok Monday, April 28, 2008 at 7:21 am

    Hi Gary,
    I’m glad that you enjoy those oldies like many of us here.

  43. 43 Eric Sunday, May 4, 2008 at 8:48 pm

    Hi Laokokok;

    Surfing for old Singapore/ old classmates; surprise to have found one old classmate Yeo Seow Eng having visited your site. We were classmates for 5 years; he was in a different class in year 6.

    For his info; Rayman Primary school though defunct; building is still there; the triangular shaped school field and even the school canteen ! It has shrunk somewhat in total land area though. Demolished are the toilets and equipment shack !

    Eric Teoh

  44. 44 laokokok Monday, May 5, 2008 at 6:52 am

    Hi Eric Teoh,
    I’m surprised to hear that! Indeed it happened – you managed to find your old classmate via this blog. Thanks for the info on Rayman Pri Sch too.

  45. 45 Jason Yeo Tuesday, May 6, 2008 at 1:47 am

    Hey Eric Teoh,
    Wow, nice to hear from you! I remember you indeed. Please drop me an email at and we can catch up with old times! It’ll be a trip, haven’t seen or heard from you since Primary 6!

    Jason AKA Seow Eng

  46. 46 Jason Yeo Tuesday, May 6, 2008 at 1:48 am

    Oops, my email got dropped off, it’s:
    jason at mac dot com

  47. 47 peek-a-boo Wednesday, May 14, 2008 at 9:06 pm

    Hi Laokokok!
    I came across your site by chance and what a tearful walk down memory lane your blog has been for me.I grew up in Katong in the 70s.We lived nearby St.Pat’s school.I was surprised to learn the demise of Yeo’s Bros,Odean,Siglap market and CHIJ altho I went to Katong Convent.How things have changed.When the Gov reclaimed the land behind our house a certain innocence was lost.Of course we understood the urgent need for the Flats but Katong never really got over it and lost that certain sleepy seaside charm it had.I’ll never foget eating ice kachang by the beach.And being afraid of Pontianak hiding behind banana trees at night too LOL!
    I miss my Katong and those happy and carefree days.We also liked going to Changi beach for a change.My parents loved the long ride thru Bedok to get there.Old Bedok that is.Sigh!Such wonderful times.Thanks Laokokok.
    Have a nice day everybody in S’pore.

  48. 48 Joelle Friday, May 23, 2008 at 12:19 am

    Hey, i love reading ya blog. It is really addictive! I enjoyed all the articles & photos u’ve shared with everyone here. U must be a history lover. hee..


  49. 49 laokokok Friday, May 23, 2008 at 7:57 am

    Hi Joelle,
    Thanks and welcome to my blog. I’m a history lover now but when I was a student, I did badly for my History subject.

  50. 50 Maverick Thursday, June 26, 2008 at 9:34 am

    I am also from Rayman school. The one storey building bring fond memories. I was searching whether they have demolished it because today newsapaper said the Boys Bridgae school at ganges is the only one remaining in Spore. That one at ganges is the same as Rayman school.

  51. 51 Joker Thursday, July 3, 2008 at 9:42 am

    Great blog, Mr Y**.

    I was one of your mahjong kaki at Jeff’s place at Toa Payoh.

    Fat Dragon Heng would like to meet up with you.

    Keep blogging.

  52. 52 laokokok Thursday, July 3, 2008 at 9:59 am

    Hi Joker,
    Seems to have found some of my old kakis through this blog. If you are not Fat Dragon Heng, drop me a line at my email
    Thank you and keep in touch.

    And thanks for not revealing my name and who am I…haha.

  53. 53 joe walsh Thursday, July 3, 2008 at 3:28 pm

    Dear laukokok,

    This is an incredible blog that you have created. Congratulations!

    I’m also one of your mahjong kakis at Toa Payoh. See if you can guess who I am. I recognise your alpine white colour Yahama hi-fi set, it was my dream hi-fi… and I think later you had a Nakamichi tape deck, …. and your Lobo LP. haha.

  54. 54 laokokok Thursday, July 3, 2008 at 3:37 pm

    Wah, what’s happening today? All started to Google about their kakis today? If you are one of my majong kakis in TP and been to my house before, then I should know who. Especially one who is interested in Hi Fi – you must be L.Y.L. – the one who go to the studio and jam too.

    Thanks for not revealing my name.

  55. 55 Rin & Kamal Friday, August 22, 2008 at 12:22 pm

    Dear Laokokok,
    Your blog is really great. My husband is about your age and used to live at Lor L and Langsat Road. He was from Haigs Boys and Presbyterian Boys School. Your blog is so interesting and colourful that it brought back all the sweet memory of his childhood. He loves telling our 7 years old daughter of his childhood days at Katong area and your blogs adds more visual to her. Keep it up and we look forward to read more of your blogs. Have a happy day always! Cheers.

  56. 56 laokokok Tuesday, August 26, 2008 at 8:55 am

    Hi Rin & Kamal,
    Welcome here and I’m glad both of you like my blog. I’ll keep blogging and hope you will be back for more.

  57. 57 Ed Wednesday, October 15, 2008 at 2:57 pm

    This is amazing! I was just googling for nostalgia sake and stumbled on your blog — and what memories you have evoked.

    I was also from Beatty Primary School — same year as you. What class were you in?

    One of my fondest memory was buying prawn crackers from an old man through a hole in the fence near the tuckshop. He’ll always come around recess time and stand at that spot along the fence. Keropok has not tasted so good since!

    Those were the days…

  58. 58 laokokok Tuesday, October 21, 2008 at 8:53 am

    Hi Ed,
    Wecome here and thank you. Glad to know another one from Beatty Pri too especially one of the same year as me. Well I’m from 3D in 1971 and 4A in 1972. Are we in the same class?

  59. 59 Saturday, November 1, 2008 at 10:27 pm

    Anyone has pictures of the old Yaohans at Plaza Singapura, Thomson Plaza or Katong?

  60. 60 wan Thursday, November 13, 2008 at 4:18 pm

    i enjoyed reading most of your post though i was born in late 70s but quite fortunate to visit of the place you mention 🙂

  61. 61 laokokok Monday, November 17, 2008 at 9:36 am

    Thank you Wan and glad you enjoyed reading it.

  62. 62 Yan Wednesday, December 3, 2008 at 2:10 am

    Hi Laokokok,

    I stumbled upon your blog while looking up about Singapore nostalgic past. I’m just curious about the grey building near Marine Parade Library. It looks like an old colonial building maybe hotel but has been divided by a road (Still Road if I’m not wrong. Do you have any info?

  63. 63 laokokok Wednesday, December 3, 2008 at 7:34 am

    Hi Yan,
    That should be the Grand Hotel in the past.

  64. 64 Lyn Tuesday, December 30, 2008 at 3:59 pm

    wow, dear old rayman primary school, i was there during the 60’s. still remember the bakery shop and the hair salon that my mum used to visit during the lunar new year and the post office – all were torn down many years back … glad someone still have memories for them …

  65. 65 peek-a-boo Wednesday, December 31, 2008 at 1:17 am

    Hi Yan, LKK is right. Its probably the Grand Hotel and the road that divides it into 2 is Karikal Road.I lived nearby and you should have seen the area before that big dividing road was installed.It was a lovely area so peaceful and calm. As kids we used to sneak into the Hotel grounds to ‘cut short’ to the beach and eat ice balls at a little snack bar nearby.I’ve forgotten its name.I’m so melancholic thinking about it. I have no idea if the Hotel is still running. I knew a girl who grew up and later worked there called Regina Ng.

  66. 66 Terence Wednesday, January 28, 2009 at 5:28 pm

    Hi Laokokok, thanks for doing this blog, it brings back great memories. I was born in 1961 myself, and have fond memories of the old Cold Storage supermarket (remember the Salad Bowl, the Toy Shop, Hilda’s?)and eating at the carpark opposite (my family called it Philip’s Square because of the signboard above the carpark, but so far all pictures I have seen of the carpark show a Setron billboard…

    Keep up the good work mate!

  67. 67 Minnal Wednesday, February 4, 2009 at 8:55 am

    hi laokokok

    great blog, i was born in kk in 74, miss the 80’s which i relish so much…….though i dont really remember the 70’s i still like the lifestyle! thanks for keeping the memories alive


  68. 68 laokokok Monday, February 9, 2009 at 9:26 am

    Thank you Vj, I’m glad you like my blog and those old lifestyle.

  69. 69 Vince Thursday, March 5, 2009 at 1:07 pm

    Born in 1975 🙂

    Both my primary and sec school still there but are no longer what they used to be 😦 Beatty Pri, now an Indian centre(school) and Whampoa Sec, now become Bendemeer Sec school.

    Like to collect those little red love seeds along the road inside Beatty Pri and missed those 5-20 cents canteen foods :). ALways enjoyed the stories told by the teachers about the Bodhi Tree infront of the gate of Whampoa sec…, those were the days

    Really enjoy the days in 80s and early 90s, it truely unique Singapore back then………

  70. 70 laokokok Friday, March 6, 2009 at 7:47 am

    You are right Vince, as those old landmarks are slowly phasing out; what’s left are our memories of those good old times.

  71. 71 peter Saturday, April 4, 2009 at 3:01 pm

    I really enjoyed your website, I was born in 1966 in Malaysia, but my father is from Singapore. I had a wonderful time looking at the pictures and your write up about The Tiger Balm Garden. It was really fantastic back in the day. It was really a place where your imagination can go really wild when we were kids! I was really scared out my mind with the scale of the statues and sculptures, but then again, when we were kids, everything seems larger than life.

    Thank you for posting the picture of the beautiful original mansion too!


  72. 72 laokokok Tuesday, April 7, 2009 at 8:00 am

    Thanks Peter and glad you enjoy reading my blog.

  73. 73 Robert L. Wednesday, April 22, 2009 at 4:46 am

    Your blog sure brought back some small memories in me of the Singapore I visited pre-1970s. I’m from Hong Kong myself and visited Singapore fairly regularly until the mid-1970s because my maternal aunt “married over” there. But today’s Singapore is a different kettle of fish, isn’t it? I’m no way saying it’s better or worse – it’s just different now.

  74. 74 Roshaizan Sapan Sunday, April 26, 2009 at 12:32 am

    Bro, we were of the same year in VS (75 to 78), we’ve definitely crossed paths in school and for sure, we’ve shared the Court for Soccer!!!
    Anyway, i came across your blog from Abang Victor’s link and am glad that i did!!!
    I don’t really blog nowadays but am more into facebook as got to update the soccer players…
    do find me at
    thanks Bro!

  75. 75 laokokok Monday, April 27, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    Thanks Roshaizan Sapan. Another Victorian!

  76. 76 laokokok Monday, April 27, 2009 at 2:25 pm

    Hi Robert,
    Yes Singapore now definitely is totally different, but be it good or bad,…it all depends on what issue.

  77. 77 thenakedlistener Monday, April 27, 2009 at 6:35 pm

    God I loved the Singapore of the 1960s and ’70s.

  78. 78 Joops Monday, May 25, 2009 at 2:15 am

    hi… thanks for the valuable insights/history of VS to a fellow junior Victorian…

    your blog deserves to be part of our national archive for the benefit and joy of many generations to come…

    nil sine labore

  79. 79 laokokok Monday, May 25, 2009 at 7:32 am

    Thank you Joops and glad to find another Victorian here. Cheers!

  80. 80 Sian Tuesday, June 23, 2009 at 9:44 pm

    Fantastic site, just what I was looking for! Had the most wonderful time of my childhood when I lived in Singapore 1966/1968 with so many cherished memories. My father was posted to Seletar and we lived in Marine Mansions, Sea View Avenue, Katong. For the first time since then it looks like I may have a chance for a short stopover in Singapore later this year and would love to visit as near as I can to what used to be home! The address no longer exists on any map of today, but if you or anyone else out there can help, I would be so grateful. The flats used to look out over the sea, and at the top of the road was, I think, a small Roman Catholic church – it had a beautiful magnolia tree in the grounds. Many thanks!

  81. 81 Johnson Lee Beng Guan Wednesday, July 8, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    LKK. Me born in the same year as you.
    Mum says she paid $5/- hospital charge.

    Nice Blog … Bring back beautiful memories of yesteryears.

    I went to St Anthony’s Boy School, then to SJI, => SP => NUS

  82. 82 laokokok Thursday, July 9, 2009 at 7:40 am

    Welcome another tiger here, Johnson.

  83. 83 luo Monday, July 27, 2009 at 1:16 pm

    i was born in the same year as you in jb, your postings really bring back memories…walaa

  84. 84 Meow Wednesday, July 29, 2009 at 2:42 am

    I am 2 years younger than you.
    Do you know the place at upper bukit timah road inside the forests where there were lot of kampong villages/houses used by chinese family in the year 1970?

  85. 85 laokokok Wednesday, July 29, 2009 at 7:48 am

    Hi Meow,
    Sorry I’m not familiar with that place.

  86. 86 bee Sunday, August 2, 2009 at 1:09 pm

    hey, happened to browse around and chance upon your blog.
    so nostalgic. almost churning my stomach around. keep it up! totally enjoy your photos and reminisces.

  87. 87 Sharifah Monday, August 10, 2009 at 11:57 am

    Hi there, found your blog by chance, and I really enjoy it. Bring
    back so many memories, especially now that I’m so far away from home. It’s my pleasure to add your blog to my blogroll!

  88. 88 laokokok Tuesday, August 11, 2009 at 7:52 am

    Hi Sharifah, thank you and glad you like my blog. Cheers.

  89. 89 lokcheekumore Wednesday, September 16, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    Stumbled into your site, while reading about Cecilia Chung’s second pregnancy, which lead to a search for Tse Yin on google….saw his younger days photo..and into your blog.

    Unfortunately I lost my treasur chest of memories, while moving house many years back, it contains most of what you put on line or more.

    Anyone remembers the FANFARE magazine of the past?, Paik Choo, Siva Choy, Kitchi boy and so forth?. Anyone have a copy to show? I collected them from 1st issue to last…hence the treasure box lost..

    Thanks for the memories…if any reading this, anyone remembers OUTRAM PRIMARY SCHOOL?, I can’t seem to find info of this school, which I attended from 1962 to 1963, Primary 1 to Primary 2…when I was staying at Tiong Bahru.

    Thank you for the reminders…the amusement parks…etc

  90. 90 laokokok Thursday, September 17, 2009 at 2:32 pm

    Hi lokcheekumore,

    Thanks for your comments and yes I do remember Fanfare magazines. I like to keep those posters in the magazines too but all these are gone as well…

  91. 93 Yq Tuesday, October 20, 2009 at 9:41 pm

    Hi your blog is really detailed! Appreciate the efforts you have put in when writing about the places in Singapore. I was amazed by the maps you have found and the stamps, post cards.. (Botanic Gardens) Help me a lot in my history assignment! Thanks!

  92. 94 laokokok Wednesday, October 28, 2009 at 7:37 am

    Thanks Yq,
    Hope you do well in your History assignment.

  93. 95 Equally Old Thursday, November 12, 2009 at 12:37 pm

    I just came across your blog by chance and it really brought back a lot of memory.

    Haha, I was born in KK, probably a few months after you in early 1963. However I am now living half a world away.

    I am a nostalgic guy and love what I see in your blog very much. I am sure I will be checking back very often.

    Thank you and keep up the good work.

  94. 96 Silvia Saturday, November 14, 2009 at 5:06 pm

    Nice blog, thank you! I have enjoyed reading it! Please keep on as memories of the past is a medicine for me now!

  95. 97 Jeanne-Marie Monday, November 16, 2009 at 3:08 am

    I must say you have invested quite a bit of time to share the innumerable and varied moments in your life in lovely Singapore. You have made similarly commendable efforts in Images of Singapore.

    Thank you so much for this labor of love. It is going to take me and others with me a while to “amble” through all these pages so wonderfully rich in imagery and narrative…as you transport us back in time to a bygone era as well as things more recent which I can identify.

    Just a thought….have you considered collating all these onto a CD which gratefuls like moi… can return our appreciations in some form:)? This will allow me to share with others offline as well.


  96. 98 laokokok Monday, November 16, 2009 at 10:47 am

    Hi Equally Old,
    So you are now half a globe away from Singapore. Glad you are dropping by my blog and pls drop by again. Good day.

  97. 99 laokokok Monday, November 16, 2009 at 10:48 am

    Glad you like my blog Silvia.

  98. 100 laokokok Monday, November 16, 2009 at 10:49 am

    Thanks for your suggestion JMA. Probably one of these days, I may seriously consider it.

  99. 101 Equally Old Wednesday, November 18, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    After reading some of your posts, we are in fact “distant neighbour”.

    I lived in a shop house at the corner of Levander St and King George Ave till 1972. (I think it is now a Hotel 81 but they have pulled down the old building and replaced with a new one).

    I remember my grandfather would bring my brother and me to a place between New World and Beatty School on Sunday mornings and hang his bird cage on a pole where everyone showed off their pets in some kind of “Bird show”. And he would order us a cup of Milo and we would have to share with one drank from the cup and the other drank from the plate!!!

    My brother went to Victoria School and I went to Catholic High. My teenage” playground” in the 70s would be the Bras Basah and Stamford Road area. When I last visited the place about 2 years ago, it was very sad to find that it had totally gone and being replaced by SMU. Very Sad!

  100. 102 laokokok Friday, November 20, 2009 at 7:48 am

    Hi Equally Old,
    What a small world! You were staying so near to me and your brother was also in VS too.

  101. 103 Equally Old Saturday, November 21, 2009 at 11:35 am

    Yes, what a small world! And I am here in Canada reading your blog!!!

    Thank you. Keep up the good work and you bet I’ll be following what you write.

  102. 104 Daniel Monday, November 30, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    This is a fab site. Singapore has just changed so fast for all of us, I think, regardless of age, to account for every bit of our youth, but i like the flashbacks from the stories you’d picked – It shifts my timeline back to when the pace of life was probably more…fun.

    More flashbacks to the 1980s would be valuable to some of us (I certainly won’t complain!). Up to the 1990s, I still had copies of RTV times lying around the house.

  103. 105 Priya Sunday, February 21, 2010 at 2:01 pm


    Your Blog is indeed one of my wonderful discoveries online . Thanks and Congratulations. I am going to be an ardent follower of this. My son shares the same birth place as yours and he is 1 and half year old now. I am so excited to read such personal account of Singapore, a place I deeply love. Your blog can be a great help for the next generation too…Keep up the good work.


  104. 106 laokokok Wednesday, February 24, 2010 at 8:35 am

    Thanks Priya and glad you like my blog.

  105. 107 Richard D. Chelvan Tuesday, March 30, 2010 at 2:06 am


    Man, talk about memories! I am six years older than you. I now live in North Texas, USA! I miss growing up part of the time in the Joo Chiat, Marine Parade area. I even remember Frankel Estate. I used to attend St. Patrick’s Secondary School. Here is a good story for you, it is absolutely true.

    My brother who is 5 years older than me used to involve me in some of his mischief and adventures in the sea during low tide at Joo Chiat before the land reclamation.

    During low tide we used to go out to the exposed shore where we picked up rifle ammunition and unexploded munitions (airplane bombs from the Japanese attacks during WWII).

    My brother and I picked one of those bombs up and brought it to the Joo Chiat Police Station just as it is pictured in your archive photograph. You should have seen the reaction from the policemen! They were scrambling to get away from us two crazy boys. It was then that I dropped my end and the nose of the bomb hit the hard floor in the station. The police officers were diving through doorways and windows to escape the blast that did not happen. It was so funny that I did it again!

    Finally, when everything calmed down and my mother was called from work the policemen in charge was begging my mom to not let us play during low tide in the sand anymore. As my mother later on recounted the story to family members and friends (with gales of laughter) she said that the policemen (their faces still “puchat”) begged her to restrain our adventurous trips during low time, “Tolong Mem, tell your boys, no more bombs.”

  106. 108 Rickee Saturday, May 8, 2010 at 3:40 pm


    Great blog!

    I was borned 1953. My address then, c/o 850 Serangoon Road (Bendemeer House addy). Was your father’s old house near or opposite the old location of AUPE? Was it in the same roll as a Chinese barber shop?

  107. 109 Amanda Saturday, July 17, 2010 at 5:10 pm

    There is a TONY TANN (Outram Primary School 1962, pei 1) who is searching for same school mate in that year. We are from the Facebook group OPS. I lived in Tiong Bahru too. OPS 1969, My siblings all attend OPS. Drop me an email so that I can fwd it to Tony Tann on FB/

  108. 110 James Ho Saturday, July 24, 2010 at 9:49 pm

    Dear Laokokok,

    Thank you for this priceless treasure trove of memories of past Singapore. I chanced upon your blog when searching for the past gasholder in kallang riverside park. Seems you did an article on it and practically everything else in that time period! Your articles are all so interesting, and your pictures and investigative notes are very thorough and poignant. Not only have you helped your generation relive their younger days, you have enlightened the younger generation on their past and allowed them to develop a greater appreciation and understanding of their history! Coming from a 16-year old (Me), it is definitely a passage back in time.

    You have helped me recall some things my parents told me as a child about their own childhood; such as the 1960s bus tickets, the five stones games, their old houses, and the early form of ERP…etc. Some things, they don’t even remember already given their age, so they can only tell me half the story. But you cannot imagine how elated I am when I see all their tales come alive again on your blog, complete with pictorial and first hand evidence that all these events once happened before right here in Singapore.

    I never studied History, nor liked it. But I am truly touched by what you are doing. Remember the chinese saying “A person who does not know his past is like a tree without roots”? Thanks for helping me understand this colorful period of our nation’s development. Sometimes I wish I was born in my parents’ time period – wonder how different life would be…definitely something that would get me thinking.

    Please continue feeding us with nuggets of the past!


  109. 111 laokokok Monday, July 26, 2010 at 8:20 am

    Thank you for your compliments and happy to know you like what I’m blogging.

  110. 112 Frankie Sunday, September 26, 2010 at 11:43 pm

    For someone not yet 50 I am amazed that you call yourself laokokok haha.. But I must say I really enjoy reading your blog. I still have some catching up to do. I am in my late 50’s and I guess you are right that when age is catching up one starts to reminisce. Remembering the present isn’t so much of a problem for me personally; remembering the details of the past is.

  111. 113 ongkk Friday, December 31, 2010 at 8:35 pm

    i stayed in the dakota crescent area up to 1977.

    i will appreciate it greatly if you can provide a street map of this area between 1971 to 1975 (or close to these landmark years)

    thanks and a Happy New Year.


  112. 114 sharon Thursday, June 16, 2011 at 11:13 am

    Hello Laokokok,
    What a great blog ! Thanks for your time and effort.I couldn’t believe my eyes when i saw the pictures of Kallang gasworks where I used to walked pass to the Kampong Bugis Community Centre. Your blog has brought back so much fond memories of our childhood days when my family and I was staying at Nam Lock Street and Kampong Soopoo. Thanks and Keep blogging !


  113. 115 seecasey Saturday, June 25, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    HI I was born in KLGH in 1961 and it seems that there is a parallel sort of experience and memories we have too. The odeons ,capitols, federal theathres that we patronize especially CNY days…..the good old days of watching chinese movies with movie queen’s posters….etc etc Casey See

  114. 116 Edward Lim Monday, June 27, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    I was from 1D to 3D, then 4P to 6P. Guess we’re in the opposite session. But it’s great knowing you — albeit online.

    Reading what you’ve written certainly brings back all the good old memories.

  115. 117 Lin Mustapha Tuesday, November 1, 2011 at 11:46 pm

    Hi Laokokok I must admit reading your blog was one beautiful trip down memory lane…. younger than you but old enough to have had the experience of bowling at Jackies Bowl at Katong, cabut from Siglap Secondary at Cheviot Hill and go dwn to Jackies. I am Lin the lady that is looking for those softball medals…..hope you know someone who can show me the medals…I need to duplicate them for keep sake…..keep those blog of yours coming it is so nostalgic! Anyway thank you for the trip.

  116. 118 Desmond Woodthorpe Monday, January 16, 2012 at 11:05 am

    Fantastic blog. I stumbled on it by chance. I am a Brit and used to live in Singapore during the early 90s (ok it’ snot the 40s or anything). I came back in 2005 but i long for those days when Singapore was a bit more laid back and less built up. I miss the Satay club, MPH (nr the old National Library), the shop houses along Selegie Rd (which have now been razed to the ground), Capitol cinema at City Hall and the lovely memories of Changi Terminal 1 with its taxi drivers milling around wearing shirts with orchid prints on them… I even miss the old Toyota Corolla taxis!

    It’s great to see your old photos…. Thanks for your great work…

  117. 119 Victor Wednesday, February 1, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    Hi I was from Rayman School and Victoria School. I am now living in Australia. Really miss all those times when I was in Singapore.

  118. 120 Ho Kee Yan Friday, February 17, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    Whoa! Very interesting blog. At 50 this year, you’re still very lucky young. Geylang was where I grew up in. Lived on the main road, Lorongs 10, 19, 20 and Jalan Molek off Lorong 24A. I’m giving your blog link to my old school mates (from Geylang English School) and hope they follow it. We have a very slow moving blog at Can’t help it, we’re all 69.
    Oh yes, how’d I land up here? One old buddy suggested a tour of the Old Mansions, and I just clicked away, and then reached here.
    Keep up the great work.

  119. 121 Pat Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 10:31 pm

    Used to live in Braddell Heights, and before transferring to the new RGS on Anderson, I’d be driven everyday all the way down Serangoon Road, pass KK Hospital where it intersected with the stinky Rochore Canal, and then on to Queen’s street. Singapore used to be unique, now it looks like any other city in the world:Shanghai, Dubai, Los Angeles, Manhattan, Singapore, K.L. tall , sterile, ugly edifices of glass and steel.

  120. 122 L.K. Sunday, May 20, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    Wow.. what an inside to our old days… anyone from Whitley Secondary School, class of 1977 out there? I left Singapore back in mid 80’s, and very much miss the good old days… thanks for sharing

  121. 123 violet lee Monday, June 18, 2012 at 12:27 am

    hi there, me too. same year n also at kkh

  122. 124 Eric Tuesday, August 7, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    Victor, there is a face book page on our ” kampong school ”

  123. 125 Ramli Sunday, September 9, 2012 at 9:42 am

    I end up here, as was looking for old photos of Haig Road, after I discovered that the Lion City Hotel just ‘vanished’… I was born in 1962, and went to Fowlie School and TK Tech … spent my week-ends collecting ‘Matchbox’ toys from a ‘hobby shop’ from a 2nd floor shop unit in the arcade adjacent to ‘People’s Emporium’ that is within the hotel’s vicinity.

    Before HDB built the HDB residential flats, there were many Government quarters on what is now Blocks 1-14 Haig Road.

    This blog lets me reminisce the old good times … thank you, Laokokok!

  124. 126 DN Tuesday, September 25, 2012 at 5:55 pm


    I was born in KK too, but 20 years after you! I am a fellow blogger and was blogging about my own trip to Haw Par Villa to share with friends when I chance upon your blog! Very good and gosh, I think I am getting old too, missing the good old things about Singapore, e.g, Marina City Park, etc.

    Anyway, a brilliant blog, I shall be reading your various posts and continue blogging!


  125. 127 Singapore Memory Project Tuesday, December 4, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    Dear Sir,

    On behalf of the National Library Board (NLB), we would like to invite you to pledge your blog to the Singapore Memory Project as part of efforts to collect memories that are already manifested in existing online channels.

    The Singapore Memory Project (SMP) is a national initiative to collect, preserve and provide access to Singapore’s knowledge materials. Spearheaded by NLB, the SMP aims to build a national collection of content in diverse formats (including print, audio and video), to preserve them in digital form, and make them available for discovery and research.

    By pledging your blog to SMP, you are affirming that every memory matters. Whether your posts are an account of your daily life, or an expression of your thoughts, the SMP hopes to find a home for your memories so that it can help build towards an understanding of Singapore. You will also receive a badge that you can display on your blog in recognition of your contributions.

    Contributors to this blog pledging initiative will be listed on Singapore Memory portal’s blog pledging webpage. All blogs pledged to SMP will archived using NLB’s web harvesting software, in addition to images of each blog’s landing page.

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  129. 131 Toinh5 Monday, May 27, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    Mr. Laokokok,
    I came accross your blog when I was seaching for old photograph of the Whampoa river. I am more Laokokok than you. I was born 10 1954 at Bajerai Lane. The Namseng Hua Yuan was opposite the place we live. I lived in that area for 15 years, moving to Jln Tenteram in 1968. During spring cleaning, my mother and other neighhours would go to the Namseng Hua Yuan to get bamboo for the cleaning. I entered Balestier Mix School in 1961 and later transfered to Beatty Integrated Primay School in 1963, the year Beatty Pri Sch started operating. I remember seeing the sawmills at the side of the Whampoa River. The Sesame factory was there too, Now the Chee Seng Sesame Oil Factory is at Defu Lane, near the place where I am working now. Looking at those old photos put up by you brings back fond memories. I also remembered Raymond School, I used to pass there when I go for my Dental appointment at Pegu Road.

    Thank you very much.

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  131. 133 Clear Brook Rae Tuesday, June 25, 2013 at 11:48 pm

    Nice blog that made me wanting to check out things of the past… which is actually not that long ago…

  132. 134 Jed Mitter Thursday, September 5, 2013 at 10:04 am

    It is wonderful to see you and so many “Old timers” saving these historical memories for us “Old timers” who still live or used to live in Singapore. I lived in so many areas during my stay in SIngapore 1967~1984-I think I lived during the best of times when I was there. Great Stuff, Keep on Blogging

  133. 135 Simon Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    Hi,love to read your blog.Bring back many beautiful memories of my childhood in Beatty area n Tronoh road area..bro,when did u leave aeti?

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  135. 137 BH Sunday, November 3, 2013 at 7:30 pm

    Hi, I am so thrilled to read all the blogs on this site. By the way, laokokok, you and I are both born in the same year. Have you any information about Block 101 Lorong 2 Toa Payoh? If you haven’t, can you point me in the right direction for more info and photos, please? Thanks heaps. Keep blogging. You’re doing an excellent job. This community is also really cool. Cheers, Everyone.

  136. 138 Andrew Goh Monday, November 11, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    Hi Laokokok,

    I was elated when I chanced upon your interesting blog while in Facebook which reported the passing away of Mr Boh, your late form teacher of Secondary 2G in 1976. Seeing the nostalgic photograph of Secondary 4T1 of Victoria School’s Class of 1978. it dawned on me hat we must have been classmates from 1977 to 1978.

    After my secondary education in VS, I joined Hwa Chong Junior College for my A levels, served national service before proceeding for further studies, first at NUS and then subsequently in the United Kingdom.

    I am a father of two children and am residing in the East Coast area for over 20 years now. It was really great to read a former classmate’s award-winning blog. Cheers! My email is: if you wish to contact me.

  137. 139 Pat tan Friday, January 10, 2014 at 6:24 pm

    Hello Laokokok
    Discovered your blog while searching news about Singapore and have been reading it ever since. Brought many tearful and nostalgic memories. Was born in 1951 at Paglar maternity hospital now East Shore hospital?, went to Seraya primary then TKGS. Held high jump record c division for the district at 4 feet 1 inch and has always wondered whether that record was ever beattened. Lived my early years at Katong opposite the market and police station then st Patrick rd then finally at upper east coast rd. I will always remember the carefree days running to the beach every day after school before the sea was reclaimed. I remembered wavering to David Marshall quite often as a teenager when his car passed by my house in the evening- never knew where he lived , only that it was further up the road,

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  141. 143 KJ Wednesday, December 24, 2014 at 6:52 pm

    Hi All, I just stumbled to your blog when trying to get info of our area in the 6o’s. Yeah like you have said,”someone ever said these are some of the factors to tell one is aging;” We have come to of age!

    – Start to reminisce about the past but can’t remember the present.

    Anyway, what interest me most in this is just look like I found a schoolmate from Seraya Primary while my secondary school was TKTSS. I too was born in 1951 and had lived around Mountbatten Rd and love the sea of marine parade before it was reclaimed. I still remember when TKGS & TKTSS having the same sports day.

    Thank you & take care of your great lifes.

  142. 144 EUNICE KCWONG Monday, January 5, 2015 at 3:26 pm

    Hi… if you are from Rayman school please email me at Thank you. I sm one year your senior.

  143. 145 EuniceWongKC Monday, January 5, 2015 at 3:42 pm

    Hi Lyn
    I am looking for Raymanians since 2013 and have managed to organised the first Mass Rayman School reunion on 7.9.2013 I am not sure are you one of the attendees, if no, I hope you can connect with me now at Rayman School Reunion Group. Or you can drop me an email at

  144. 146 EuniceWongKC Monday, January 5, 2015 at 3:48 pm

    Hi Victor
    I am from Rayman School too and I am the organiser for the Mass Reunion of Rayman School and I am now in the midst of planning for the 2nd Mass Reunion in conjuction with SG50 Celebration. Please drop me an email at or join the Facebook – Rayman School Reunion Group

  145. 147 Thomas lee Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at 8:22 am

    I was born in the 1964 I don’t bookmark blog in my laptop but this is exceptional.thank you for the reminiscing.

  146. 148 Yen (Mrs Tan) Tuesday, July 14, 2015 at 10:56 am

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  147. 149 Chia Monday, July 22, 2019 at 5:04 pm

    I’m born in 1961 , KKH. My parents n grand parents and my other siblings stayed at No.24 Bajerai Lane. We studied at Whampoe English School nearby then…thks for the memories

  148. 150 Wong kc Monday, July 22, 2019 at 5:28 pm

    What is the name of the school. Is it Rayman school

  149. 151 Timothy Friday, April 10, 2020 at 7:09 pm

    HI LKK ,

    Are you still updating this blog ? Hope all is well

  150. 152 Sham Sunday, April 12, 2020 at 11:58 am

    Hi Laokokok.

    Was browsing for my old kampong at Jalan Durian off Jalan Eunos….then stumbled over your blog. Hope to meet some old friends here. Great blog to share our fond memories of the 50s/60s. Hope u keep this blog going….

  151. 153 Brian Carlin Thursday, December 17, 2020 at 3:30 pm

    Hi Laokokok,
    I came across your blog while researching for a book I’m writing about the time I was in Singapore during my RAF service at RAF Changi. My wife and I rented a flat in Rose Garden in Katong and I have many memories of living there. This was in 1967/68, so you were just a young nipper then. Someone (Sian I believe) mentioned the Coq D’Or restaurant, or maybe it was a hotel, but it had a wonderful restaurant that my wife and I used to go to celebrate special occasions. They had fresh steaks flown in from Australia each day and served them on a scorching hot cast iron plate. All the while, a terrific group of musicians and a very talented lady singer kept us entertained. We were delighted when the Tay Ban Guan (TBG) supermarket opened and we used to shop there for our groceries. Other things I remember was the fish market on the opposite side of the street from TBG where we frequently purchase a kati of fish for dinner. There were two cinemas, although I don’t recall their names. One showed Shaw Brothers martial arts films and the other showed more Hollywood type movies. While we lived there, the land reclamation had begun and the beach at Bedok Junction had already been claimed, but the giant machinery hadn’t reached Katong yet, so we could enjoy a walk along Marine Parade near the Chinese Swimming Club. There was a kampong near Rose Garden and street between us and he kampong led to the beach, which has no doubt been long gone. I used to commute to Changi by pick-up taxi along the East Coast Road, then a left turn at Bedok and up to the Changi Road, past the prison. Happy memories of my time in your home town and thanks for this blog which has reminded me of a number of things that I can put into my book. I have a photo of a street scene in Katong from that time, but don’t know if I can post it here. Let me know if it’s possible and how I can do it.

  152. 154 Sian Coggins Thursday, December 17, 2020 at 4:43 pm

    Hello Brian,

    Lovely to read your post and to see you were there around the same time as us. I’ve been fortunate in having been able to have returned a couple of times since I posted, last time staying in Katong itself and our old flat in Sea Avenue is still there, even if it no longer looks over the sea! Whilst much of it doesn’t quite fit with my memory some still does. The Coq D’Or is no more but was indeed a hotel and so far you are the only other person who appears to have also remembered it. There were several other forces families there at the same time and we stayed twice; until our accommodation was arranged and again between vacating the flat and our flight home. Good luck with the writing I will be on the look out for the finished article!

  153. 155 Brian Carlin Saturday, December 19, 2020 at 3:33 pm

    Sian, thank you for your response to my comments. I can’t quite remember where the Coq d’Or was, except that it was in a narrow street between where you lived in Sea Avenue and our abode in the Rose Garden flats, which was alongside Amber Road. I too have been back to Singapore a couple of times. The first time was on a business trip to Jakarta in 2008, with a layover in Singapore. I was on my own so could do as I pleased, so hired a taxi to take me around all the old places, including Katong. The taxi driver had been a police officer at the Joo Chiat police station back in the 60s, so he was familiar with the area. The flats where my wife and I had lived were still there at Rose Garden, but everything else had been cleaned up and beautified. The monsoon drains were all covered over by flagstones. The kampong on Amber Road had gone and there were some rich peoples’ houses there instead…the place had become gentrified! Singapore, on the whole, looked a lot nicer than when we had lived there…I believe they had dubbed it the Garden City and the people, especially the younger ones, looked prosperous and well dressed. The taxi driver confided that all the kampongs were gone and the inhabitants were now housed in high rise blocks of flats. He said they didn’t like it because there wasn’t the social life that they had enjoyed in the kampongs.
    On my second visit, I was with several other people to attend a business meeting in what had been the naval dockyard area, so I didn’t have the same freedom to roam about.

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