Monthly Archives: February 2017

I Remember – National Library of yesteryears

I miss the National Library at Stamford. The red-bricked building was iconic. This building was as old as I am if it were still around. (The foundation stone was laid on 15 August 1957.) It was with so much sadness … Continue reading

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I Remember – Early years of bus transport

I began to take public buses to school when I was in Secondary One. The bus journey was from Havelock Road to Anson Road where Gan Eng Seng School was sited. From 1969 to early 1970s, there were several public … Continue reading

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I Remember – I did woodwork and metalwork

For two years 1970 and 1971 when I was in Gan Eng Seng School, I was knocking, sawing, filing in an adjacent building of the school. This housed the technical workshops. I did not appreciate back then why my cohort … Continue reading

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I Remember – My National Service Days

National Service is now 50 years since 1967. I served my National Service from December 1975 to June 1978. It was two and a half years of service to the nation. Now the length of National Service (NS) had been … Continue reading

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I Remember – My First Savings Account (POSB)

Back in 1969, school children participated in a savings scheme by the purchase of stamps for sticking onto a card. This card belonged to the Postal Savings Bank. This is the current Post Office Savings Bank (POSB) and now part … Continue reading

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Littering is personal

For the longest time, I have been disgusted at the state of cleanliness in our public spaces. I wrote about it in my earlier posts a few years back. In 2016, 31,000 fines were handed out for littering. (Source: The … Continue reading

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I Remember – Bukit Ho Swee Fire

The big fire in Singapore history happened in the area near where I stayed as a child. It happened at the squatter settlement of attap and wooden huts in the Bukit Ho Swee area (Tiong Bahru road to Havelock road) … Continue reading

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I Remember – From poor to rich

Singapore’s Per Capita Gross Domestic Product (GDP)1 was S$1,580 in 1965. It jumped to S$71,318 in 2014. As a nation, she was very poor at the time of Singapore’s Independence. Now, Singapore is very rich by international standards. I was … Continue reading

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“A Study in Scarlet” by Arthur Conan Doyle – A Book Review

This book starts with Dr. John Watson first meeting with Sherlock Holmes and sharing the residence of 221B Baker Street. It was set in the late 1800s. The mystery death of a man in a South London house baffled the … Continue reading

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