THE YEARS -1940's, 50's , 60's...by Patrick Teoh

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 Post subject: THE YEARS -1940's, 50's , 60's...by Patrick Teoh
PostPosted: Sun Jul 01, 2012 2:58 pm 
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Subject: Dedicated To All those Born in 1940's, 50's , 60's...by Patrick Teoh
>>
>>Ah......those were the days. :celebrate:
>>
>> Rose Chan was our favourite performer.
>>
>> Wong Peng Soon was our favorite badminton player.
>>
>> Because we reared fishes, the seller was our idol.
>>
>> Driving license renewal was by pasting an additional slip at the back
>> of a small booklet
>>
>> Susu lembu was house delivered by our big friendly and strong Bahiii
>> ............. on his bicycle
>>
>> Kacang puteh man came a peddling , walking and balancing his head top
>> of 6 compartments o of different type of murukus ...
>>
>> F&N orange was served in wooden crates and displayed on table during
>> Chinese New Year
>>
>> M&M 's was called Treets .. :cool:
>>
>> My addition on the good old days,
>> We bought bangkali bread from the Indian roti man who paddled his
>> bicycle around the neighbourhood with the familiar ringing sound.
>>
>> Sometimes we bought cold storage bread wrapped in wax paper. Spread
>> the bread with butter and kaya wrap with the wax paper and take to >>school. :cheeky:
>>
>> Crop crew cut by the travelling Hockchew barber; 30 sen a haircut; all
>> the way to the top. Reason easy to dry when curi swimming. :duck:
>>
>> During weekends went swimming in the river, no swimming trucks, only
>> birthday suit. No one laugh at you whether your "kuku" is small,
>> crooked, etc. :faint:
>>
>> On Sunday morning listen to "Kee Huat" radio facts and fancies and
>> Saturday night "top of the pops" DJ was Patrick Teoh.
>>
>> Saturday go for cheap matinee usually cowboy shows or Greek mythology
>> like Hercules.
>>
>> Father gave 50 sen; 25 sen for ticket, 10 sen for return bus fare,
>> 5 sen for kacang putih and 10 sen for ice "angtau". Sometimes ice ball
>> only 5 sen "pau angtau" and half red sugar the other half black sugar
>> or sarsee. :imanisland:
>>
>> Never, never, never talk or mixed with girls until Form 5. :sweat:
>>
>> Learned the waltz, cha-cha, rhumba, foxtrot and offbeat cha cha from a
>> classmate sister.
>>
>> First time dancing with a girl nearly freezed; heart went "botobom, botobom"... :oops:
>>
>> Do add some more >>>> surely you can ! Those were the days , my friends !!!
>>
>> Dedicated To All those Born in 1940's, 50's , 60's
>>
>> First, we survived with mothers who had no maids. They cooked /cleaned
>> while taking care of us at the same time.
>>
>> They took aspirin, candy floss, fizzy drinks, shaved ice with syrups
>> and diabetes were rare. Salt added to Pepsi or Coke was remedy for
>> fever. :imconstipated:
>>
>> We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors or cabinets and
>> when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets.
>>
>> As children, we would ride with our parents on bicycles/ motorcycles
>> for 2 or 3. Richer ones in cars with no seat belts or air bags.
>>
>> Riding in the back of a private taxi was a special treat.
>>
>> We drank water from the tap and NOT from a bottle.
>>
>> We would spend hours on the fields under bright sunlight flying our
>> kites, without worrying about the UV ray which never seem to affect
>> us.
>>
>> We went to the jungle to catch spiders without worries of Aedes mosquitoes.
>>
>> With mere 5 pebbles (stones) would be a endless game. With a ball
>> (tennis ball best) we boys would run like crazy for hours.
>>
>> We caught guppies in drains / canals and when it rained, we swam there.
>>
>> We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle and NO ONE
>> actually worried about being unhygienic. :tongue:
>>
>> We ate salty, very sweet & oily food, candies, bread and real butter
>> and drank very sweet soft sweet coffee/ tea, ice kacang, but we
>> weren't overweight because.......
>>
>> WE WERE OFTEN OUT PLAYING!! :dancing:
>>
>> We would leave home in the morning and play all day, till street lights came on.
>>
>> No one was able to reach us all day.WE DID NOT HAVE HANDPHONE TO BUG
>> US. And we were O.K. AND WE WERE SAFE. :
>>
>> We would spend hours repairing our old bicycles and wooden scooters
>> out of scraps and then ride down the hill, only to find out we forgot
>> the brakes. After running into the bushes a few times, we learned to
>> solve the problem . :rotflmao:
>>
>> We did not have Playstations, X-boxes, Nintendo's, multiple channels
>> on cable TV, DVD movies, no surround sound, no phones, no personal
>> computers, no Internet. WE HAD FRIENDS and we went outside and found
>> them! :grphug:
>>
>> We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and we still
>> continued the stunts. :nunchuk:
>>
>> We never had birthdays parties till we were 21 :love:
>>
>> We rode bikes or walked to a friend's house and just yelled for them!
>>
>> We don't know what is "Bumiputra"......
>>
>> The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard
>> of. They actually sided with the law ! :spank: Nobody knew about child
>> psychology !
>>
>> Yet this generation has produced some of the best risk-takers, problem
>> solvers and inventors ever! :idea:
>>
>> The past 40 years have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas.
>>
>> We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned ......!!
>>
>> HOW TO DEAL WITH IT ALL!
>>
>> And YOU are one of them!
>>
>> CONGRATULATIONS!
>>
>> You might want to share this with others who have had the luck to grow
>> up as kids, before the government 'regulated' our lives for good !!
>>
>> And while you are at it, forward it to your kids so they will know how
>> brave their parents were.
>>
>> P/S: -The big font used is because of Long-sightedness or hyperopia at our age.

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 Post subject: Re: THE YEARS -1940's, 50's , 60's...by Patrick Teoh
PostPosted: Sun Jul 01, 2012 10:56 pm 
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those were the days - sweet memories :boogie:


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 Post subject: Re: THE YEARS -1940's, 50's , 60's...by Patrick Teoh
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Thanks...to add on...

We survived the hot weather with nake top without fan. Air cond are never heard of. A wet towel over our back was the best way to cool ourselves.

We walked to sch regardless the weather condition, without any complains.

Those in the afternoon session queue outside the classroom and rubbed shoulders with the morning session in the classroom when the latter finished the session.

Teacher whacked us with ruler and we dared not to tell our parents. Otherwise will ganna whacked second time at home. We would still go to the sch next day.

For outing, we waited patiently for the bus. Bus ticket conductor must knock metal part of seat to ask you to pay money (so noisy and yet no one complain). The ticket punched with holes to indicate the journey.

If too many of us going out, it would be more worthwhile to get a private taxi (ba wan che) but have to cram into it like sardine. But we are happy to take a car instead of bus!

When we saw the 36-doors vehicle :yikes: , we all run away.

We played qu-chee qu-chee using bottle caps and othelo using the 'meat' of the bottle cap.

[Ai yo, a lot to add... someone else to continue pls] :sweat:


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 Post subject: Re: THE YEARS -1940's, 50's , 60's...by Patrick Teoh
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nonKiasu wrote:
Thanks...to add on...

When we saw the 36-doors vehicle :yikes: , we all run away.

We played qu-chee qu-chee using bottle caps and othelo using the 'meat' of the bottle cap.

[Ai yo, a lot to add... someone else to continue pls] :sweat:


36 doors this Guy is sure very rich ....he carry black gold :rotflmao: :rotflmao:

Babies feed on condensed milk and they still grow chubby and cute
the better one have Wood's "fai chai swui"

Baby chair is made out of wooden box free from grocery Uncle shop

Busy Mom let 4 months baby self feed, with towel tuck below bottle.

We got to collect free milk powder in Paperbags....

We buy whitechick for 5 sen each and feed them with "croakroaches'
caught running around the backyard squash into a bottle ... :faint:

We can slide down 12 steps of a HDB staircase in one leap all the way down
10 floors faster than the lift .. :evil:

Our enrichment classes is the field with a basketball court with no net
and it absolutely free and available 24/7....peak periods is 4 to 6pm everyday
when the whole HDB block of children congregate,no supervision needed
we self regulate with an ocassional small injury :boogie:

A family trip to the Changi point beach is like a trip oversea

:snuggles: :hugs: :hugs: :celebrate:


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 Post subject: Re: THE YEARS -1940's, 50's , 60's...by Patrick Teoh
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kekeke... only the poor knows what is that 36-door vehicle. Ya, it carried 'gold', a great fertilizer in the field. And it's free! My boys can't imagine how our toilet was then and how the poo was being removed daily.

Actually, I didn't add in the free orchestra symphony during every raining day bec it's only applicable to the poor. We used up every pails and basin in the house to hold the dripping rain thru our roof! Used to hate this free music but now, sort of missed it.


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 Post subject: Re: THE YEARS -1940's, 50's , 60's...by Patrick Teoh
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What is 36 door vehicle? School bus??!!


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 Post subject: Re: THE YEARS -1940's, 50's , 60's...by Patrick Teoh
PostPosted: Mon Jul 02, 2012 11:13 pm 
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peapot wrote:
What is 36 door vehicle? School bus??!!


No, it's a truck. The truck will travel household to household to collect poo. Each door contained a poo container. At each household, the poo collector will get 2 emtpy containers from 2 doors, carried them thru a stick at shoulder, one at each end. Don't know how to say....the way he carried was like the shao lin monk carry 2 buckets water from the river. Walked thru our house door to the toilet, replace the filled container with the empty one. And hei, yo, hei, yo, carried the filled one back to the truck, again like the shao lin monk carrying water. But of course, the containers were closed. But still deem smelly.
Actually, I can't remember exactly how the truck looked like now (e.g colour, etc) bec we all ran away when the smell reached us first before the sight.


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 Post subject: Re: THE YEARS -1940's, 50's , 60's...by Patrick Teoh
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Oh! I see. Thks for explanation.


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 Post subject: Re: THE YEARS -1940's, 50's , 60's...by Patrick Teoh
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Oh ya, some images of life back then still remain....

Applying for a passport was a whole day affair sitting at the "naturally ventilated" passport office at Empress Place.

Dating girls was by trial and error. We would estimate a time when her parents were not home, then go to a public phone with some 10-cent coins and call her home (we called from public phones because we were afraid that a protective parent may ask Singapore Telecoms to trace our home number, and we would be found out). If her parents picked up the phone, we would quickly hang up. Try again the next day.

I still remember that dial phone we had at home. Dial a digit by pushing the dial clockwise then wait for the dial to go back anti-clockwise to original position, then dial the next digit. Sometimes we would get impatient and use our finger to push the dial back to original position faster. Crosslines were not uncommon, so sometimes we got to hear other people's private conversations!

The occasional late night laksa and rojak, the weekend family trip to Orchard Road open air hawker centre (opposite the 2-storey Cold Storage building), were all special treats. Always couldn't wait to dig out the inner lining of bottle caps to see what picture was printed there, hoping to win something.

Cold Storage's most direct competitor was Fitzpatrick's.

No electronic musical instruments yet, so the RTS band used those blaring trumpets for every song in their "variety shows". Oh my gosh....and the bands were made of old guys wearing ugly grey suits with black lapels.

TV wasn't 24 hours and daily broadcast commenced only in the evenings. There were only four channels: RTS 5, RTS 8, RTM 3, RTM 10. For some strange reason, TVs always came in their own cabinets with four legs.

In my earlier years, when we fell sick and needed to sponge ourselves with warm water, the only way was to boil a kettle of water, then mix it with cold water in a basin to get warm water.

My neighbour had a white Fiat 124, always parked behind my parents' yellow Datsun 100A.

Marine Parade didn't exist yet. It was still the sea.

Bata's "Badminton Master" was the trendiest pair of shoes one could wear to school, but they had to be whitewashed with Kiwi every now and then.

Brylcreem was the most popular hair dressing for guys. Crocodile was the most popular underwear.

Stealing my neighbour's jackfruit from the tree was much easier back then, because hidden surveillance cameras have not be invented yet.

Having 10 bucks made me feel rich. I saved hard for a whole school year just to reach 10 bucks.

We never bothered about the ethnicities of our classmates or neighbours. We all got along just fine.

Those times will never come back....


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 Post subject: Re: THE YEARS -1940's, 50's , 60's...by Patrick Teoh
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Scorpion wrote:
Oh ya, some images of life back then still remain....

Applying for a passport was a whole day affair sitting at the "naturally ventilated" passport office at Empress Place. :duck:

Dating girls was by trial and error. :love: We would estimate a time when her parents were not home, then go to a public phone with some 10-cent coins and call her home (we called from public phones because we were afraid that a protective parent may ask Singapore Telecoms to trace our home number, and we would be found out). If her parents picked up the phone, we would quickly hang up. Try again the next day. :imsorry:

I still remember that dial phone we had at home. Dial a digit by pushing the dial clockwise then wait for the dial to go back anti-clockwise to original position, then dial the next digit. Sometimes we would get impatient and use our finger to push the dial back to original position faster. Crosslines were not uncommon, so sometimes we got to hear other people's private conversations! :slapshead:

The occasional late night laksa and rojak, the weekend family trip to Orchard Road open air hawker centre (opposite the 2-storey Cold Storage building), were all special treats. Always couldn't wait to dig out the inner lining of bottle caps to see what picture was printed there, hoping to win something.

Cold Storage's most direct competitor was Fitzpatrick's.

No electronic musical instruments yet, so the RTS band used those blaring trumpets for every song in their "variety shows". Oh my gosh....and the bands were made of old guys wearing ugly grey suits with black lapels. :love:

TV wasn't 24 hours and daily broadcast commenced only in the evenings. There were only four channels: RTS 5, RTS 8, RTM 3, RTM 10. For some strange reason, TVs always came in their own cabinets with four legs. :snooze:

In my earlier years, when we fell sick and needed to sponge ourselves with warm water, the only way was to boil a kettle of water, then mix it with cold water in a basin to get warm water.

My neighbour had a white Fiat 124, always parked behind my parents' yellow Datsun 100A......

Marine Parade didn't exist yet. It was still the sea.

Bata's "Badminton Master" was the trendiest pair of shoes one could wear to school, but they had to be whitewashed with Kiwi every now and then. :imcool:

Brylcreem was the most popular hair dressing for guys. Crocodile was the most popular underwear. :evil:

Stealing my neighbour's jackfruit from the tree was much easier back then, because hidden surveillance cameras have not be invented yet.

Having 10 bucks made me feel rich. I saved hard for a whole school year just to reach 10 bucks. :rahrah:

We never bothered about the ethnicities of our classmates or neighbours. We all got along just fine. :grphug:

Those times will never come back.... :cry: :cry: :cry:

Scorpion :please:
First post so Nostalgic :kiss:

You sound 'rich' from back then ...got car ...got TV ...go Fitzpatricks :cool:
got 10 bucks ..........you know what is 10 bucks back then :wink:

our TV is the black and white from the Neighbours window ,
"Slamp shut " when the crwod start building up ...
we kids just walk away still smiling ...happy to catch a glimpse of our idol :rotflmao: :rotflmao:


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