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Jul 19, 2014

Scenes of the Markets in Early Singapore

This archived photo from the National Archives of Singapore (NAS) inspired me to blog on this topic on scenes of the markets in Singapore.

I was just like this little boy in the 1950s when I would tag along with my mother to the market every morning when I have not started schooling.  At that time, my mother goes to the market daily to cook for the family because we do not have maids to look after the kids at home or for her to do the marketing.

We did not have fridge to store a week's food in the house as fridge was a luxury, not a necessity.

Our neighbors in the kampong would have to go to the market as a daily chore.

These archived photos of the scenes of markets in early Singapore are curated from NAS with thanks and acknowledgement for sharing collective memories of pioneer generations of Singaporeans.  They would recollect with amusement our trips to the market as an adventure everytime.

The markets I remember vividly are the markets in Bukit Ho Swee and Chinatown in the 1950s.

With the courtesy of the SittingInPictures video, there are some scenes and video footage of the wet market to watch.

Ellenborough Market in 1953
Beo Crescent market after the Bukit Ho Swee fire in 1961

Roadside Hawker Stalls at Chinatown

Please take a look at "Ways Done in the Past - Wet Markets" blog .

The current young generation of Singaporeans have grown up to a new generation of modern marketing  lifestyles supermarkets here and here .


Jul 13, 2014

Camp Spectrum 2014 (Racial Harmony Hub)

In 2004 when I posted the blog "Colour of Harmony" , I did not know that the research resources published 4 years ago could be used and shared on 6 July, 2014 at the "Racial Harmony Dialogue" at

An event initiated by Ethan, Eunice, David, Hezekiah, Isaac, James, Qian Hui and Xin Ting. The Camp Spectrum 2014 profile page on Facebook  for more information.

It is heartening to note that the young Singaporean students of various schools meet together in a 3-day camp to share their experiences in multi-racial, multi-religious and multi-cultural Singapore.

We are not a homogeneous society. There are three major races, ethnic Chinese, Malays and Indians. Each race has its own unique culture, language and also generally shares a common religion. Without understanding and tolerance, these cultural, linguistic and religious differences between the groups can sometimes cause tension and lead to conflict.

In any society, people differ in their nature, attitudes, ideal, interest, aspirations, community values and religious beliefs. - Our Strategic Thrusts

    Champion racial harmony initiatives, working with organisations celebrating racial harmony nation-wide, coming up with joint themes and messages, which can be brought across in our various celebrations, programmes and daily lives, with a view to nurturing a bottom-up movement in racial harmony;

    Engage youth with focus on developing youth leadership, initiative and commitment in promoting racial harmony and social cohesion;

    Engage stakeholders and partners (including community organisations, schools and government agencies) to widen outreach, and develop the capabilities of organisations, community leaders, teachers and everyone who is passionate and committed about racial harmony to enhance the effectiveness of racial harmony programmes and initiatives;

    Be the leading repository and first-stop centre for research and resource materials on racial issues in Singapore. Develop knowledge base on race relations, and proactively share information and resources, making them available to not just all Singaporeans here and overseas, but also to foreigners who look to study Singapore's experience in promoting racial harmony.

Our Mission:

To nurture a harmonious society through cross-cultural education and further contribute to the success of multi-racial Singapore .

Professor Michael Heng also emphasised the importance of racial harmony for a peaceful country with political stability.

The National Pledge:

    We, the citizens of Singapore,
    pledge ourselves as one united people,
    regardless of race, language or religion,
    to build a democratic society
    based on justice and equality
    so as to achieve happiness, prosperity and
    progress for our nation.

One Pledge:

We, the people in Singapore, declare that religious harmony is vital for peace, progress and prosperity in our multi-racial and multi-religious Nation.
We resolve to strengthen religious harmony through mutual tolerance, confidence, respect, and understanding.
We shall always
Recognise the secular nature of our State,
Promote cohesion within our society,
Respect each other's freedom of religion,
Grow our common space while respecting our diversity,
Foster inter-religious communications,
and thereby ensure that religion will not be abused to create conflict and disharmony in Singapore.

Please watch this meaningful experiment by Ms. Jane Elliott's "brown eyes, blue eyes" experiment in 1970 (the third one after her first in 1968).


Jul 5, 2014

Teaching Aids in Grandfather's Era

Eniac - The First Computer

Would the computer technology  be used in the grandfather's era as teaching aids?


 Bill Gates:  " A computer on every desk and in every home"

“When Paul Allen and I started Microsoft over 30 years ago, we had big dreams about software,” recalls Gates. “We had dreams about the impact it could have. We talked about a computer on every desk and in every home. It’s been amazing to see so much of that dream become a reality and touch so many lives. I never imagined what an incredible and important company would spring from those original ideas.”

History of Microsoft's founder Bill Gates .

Steve Jobs:  It turns out people want keyboards ..."

The ideas and experiences of Steve Jobs .

 Top 10 Reasons to Use Technology in Education

Teaching aids used by the current generation in Singapore ... over 3 decades ago.

Children with smartphones everywhere they go for learning, playing and entertaining with games to enjoy.

I wished to be a kid again like my grandchild to learn and play a smartphone game everywhere I go!


Jun 28, 2014

Memories of Picnic at MacRitchie Reservoir in 1963

MacRitchie Reservoir at sunset.
This is my favorite best shot of MacRitchie Reservoir, Singapore with courtesy of Draken413o .

However, the set of black and white photos Han Hai Kwang passed to me for scanning and published on this blog.  These "unglam" photos captured the schooldays memories of my NBS brothers and sisters of picnic at MacRitchie Reservoir in 1963.  These rare photos and memories are "colourless" but we have very few young days photos of happy moments to reminisce during our schooldays over 50 years ago.

One early morning during the school holidays in 1963, we assembled at Hai Kwang's house.  The attap hut was located at the Thomson Road near the main road before the kampong and small vegetable farms were demolished.

The "then and now" photo with the courtesy of Google Map to juxtapose the same place 50 years apart.

We were walking from Thomson Road towards MacRitchie Reservoir in a different direction (the same foot-path on the right of the photo in Google Map).

Time for lunch
Time for games
Time for music from a portable battery operated record player
A group photo for memories 

Time to go home just before sunset.  It was a memorable picnic to remember. Patrick frolic around at MacRitchie Reservoir for some fun.

Many pioneer generation and current generation of Singaporeans would remember the MacRitchie Reservoir with fond nostalgic memories.

50th anniversary reunion gathering in May, 2014

Thanks to the courtesy of Andy Lee of Seng Kang Babies blog and Hanafi Sedik of Frenzeelo blog to share their memories of MacRitchie Reservoir.