Even though this was my second time to the shophouse, which has been converted to a nostalgia museum, it felt new somehow. It was extra fun perhaps because my cousin was with it and it was cool to see her reaction to the memorabilia from my time and that of her parents. As an tot of the 80’s, most of the stuff there was before her time. Sometimes it’s not just about the place, but the company.
The toys galore.
It was so much more fun to dial this rotary phone. I used to play with it as a little kid, repeatedly dialing the zero and pretending to make calls. Vintage phones are so pretty too. I was sad when the government took them away and replaced them with push button ones. In the old days, the government provided the phones. I think Telecoms (Singtel today) was totally under government control then.
The drinks that I used to drink straight from the glass bottles at home, or through a straw when I was at the hawker centre.
I hated my schooldays, but in a strange way, I am glad that it’s added a rich dimension to my childhood.
We did all kinds of propaganda art for the various Singapore campaigns. That my cousin recalls as well.
That blue thing is a pen eraser because we did not have liquid paper then. In my cousin’s time they had liquid paper, but they were not allowed to use it. Anyway the horrer of erasing and creating a hole in your exercise book which would then incur the unreasonable wrath of the teacher. We really had abusive teachers, especially in the 70’s and earlier.
The one thing we all looked forward to, was the twenty minute recess and the bus ride home where we would jump around the bus and play to our hearts’ content. Oh the poor bus driver, but he was so kind to us all. Well it was more like a small van.
I could never get the hang of this – but I saw that some girls could play this well. It was pronounced cha-thay. It was skillfully bounced on the inner part of your foot with your knee bent inwards. The goal was to bounce it as many times as possible without letting it fall to the ground. One of the very cheap local toys that my mum’s generation played with quite a bit. It’s quite sad to see the proliferation of video games and none of these simple toys with so much charm.