Blast From The Past: 40 Things That Will Remind Singaporeans Of Their Childhood

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They say photos from our childhood make us nostalgic about the past, when in fact, our childhood is stored in the taste of certain candies, the sound of certain jingles, the smell of certain talcum powders, the feel of certain fabrics and the sight of certain phones. The world has changed a lot and it feels like Singapore went into time lapse mode with everything changing and developing so quickly in the past 10-20 years. Here are a few things that’ll either make you feel super old or take you back to a time that has been locked away in a distant part of the memory compartment in your brain. Enjoy reminiscing!

1. Bus Ticket Machine

Imagine if you had to press those buttons and wait for your ticket during rush hour today?!?

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2. MRT Map

Those were the simple times.

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3. Public Pay Phone

Apparently you can still find some of these around the country! Not sure if they still work.

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4. Push Button Home Phone By Telecom

Back in the day when phones had no screens and only number buttons. Telecom was the equivalent of Apple back then.

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5. Sentosa’s Monorail

Anyone tried reaching out to touch the trees?

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6. Yellow-Top Black Taxis

Nowadays with Uber and Grab, taxis just look like normal cars.

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7. Trans-Island Buses

Trans-island buses were later taken over by SMRT.

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8. Scotts Shopping Centre

This was the best place to shop back in the day. They used to hang single posters to advertise and now there are huge screens playing multiple video ads!

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9. Flag Erasers

It was difficult to find one without staple pins at the back.

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10. Wallet Chains

Wallet chains were the coolest fashion statement back in the day.

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11. Multi-Purpose Japanese Pencil Box

Playing with the buttons on these things, when teachers weren’t around, used to be so fun.

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12. Pop Pop Fire Crackers

These were the ultimate prankster favourites before they were banned.

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13. Phone Cards

It’s hard to image that there was a time when people had to use these cards at payphones to communicate with people.

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14. Money

I think I’ve forgotten what Singaporean paper money felt like…

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15. Hopscotch

These hopscotch blocks would be found drawn on the ground at every school and HDB car parks.

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16. Five Stones

Anyone still remember how to play this?

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17. Hawflakes

These would be over in seconds if your classmates found out!

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18. White Rabbit Creamy Candy

I wish they could bring these back…without the melanin

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19. Old School Snacks

Some of these snacks would only cost around 10 cents! Click here for old school snacks that you can still find in certain places around Singapore.

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20. True Singapore Ghost Stories

True or not, they sure made a fun read.

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21. Mr Midnight

Not as scary as True Singapore Ghost Stories but definitely a fun read as well.

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22. Slambooks/ Autograph Books

Before Facebook, we kept our friends’ details in Slambooks. These would circulate around like crazy before PSLEs.

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23. OHP Projector

Every kid in class tried to create shadow animals (at least once) when the teacher left the classroom.

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24. Card games like Snap, Old Maid, Donkey and Happy Family

Playing this in school buses sure made time fly by.

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25. Tamagotchi

I think mine died after 3 days 🙁

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26. Trading card machines

Kids with the best cards were always treated with so much respect.

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27. Computer screensavers

Ah sweet nostalgia…

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28. Neopets

This was the most popular game back in the day. I don’t even remember what it was about.

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29. MSN Messenger

Back when display pictures were actually avatars.

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30. Yahoo Messenger

Not as popular as MSN but it had its perks.

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31. Non-aircon buses

Can you imagine travelling in a non-aircon anything now?!?

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32. Fare cards

Fare cards sure have evolved a lot.

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33. No TV transmission time

Yes, there used to be a time when TVs would stop transmitting because the concept of 24/7 entertainment hadn’t come to existence. This image would generally equate to bedtime.

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34. Singha Campaign

Singha the lion would always try to remind you to be courteous.

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35. When Social Studies period meant we could slack off

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36. Ice-and-fire game

Probably the most fun game we played as kids around the HDB block decks.

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37. Sand Playground

Yup, playgrounds were made of sand not rubber…

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38. Young Scientist Card

Earning these badges meant a big deal back in those days.

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39. Heelys

If you didn’t have a pair of Heelys, you weren’t a cool kid 😛

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 40. Bookworm Short Stories

The Bookworm stories and these characters who soon became some of your best friends.

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How many of these do you remember?

 

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