Thought I’d start a page on something I remember of the times when I was growing up. Since the majority of my readers are from the other side of the pond, I thought you might find the things I grew up with during my childhood interesting. I will need to dig deep into the recesses of my mind to come up with something interesting or peculiar to this part of the world.
Let me see where to start…
The earliest memories I have of my childhood are from the time I was probably only 3 or 4 years old. I grew up in a 1-room HDB (Housing Development Board) flat, a government-built housing. The flat only has a room, a kitchen and a bathroom/toilet; there is no living room.
I remember we had a wooden partition that separated the room into 2, 1 side for the living area, the other for sleeping. There was a huge 4-post bed in the middle of the ‘bedroom’, huge probably because I was tiny at that time LOL
There were my parents, my 3 elder sisters and myself living in that flat. A younger sister and 2 younger brothers weren’t born yet at that time. I distinctly remember the narrow and dark corridor, that the door of our flat opened up to see the door of our neighbour just a few feet away.
I remember always going into one of the neighbour’s house to play but one day I swallowed a chewing gum (at that time chewing gums weren’t banned yet 😉 ) while playing there and I cried and cried. Since then I became too shy to even go to that flat anymore and would hide behind my mum whenever we came across the neighbour 😛
We lived on the ground floor of the highrise building so we had a back door that opened to a grassy patch of lawn where we had clothes lines and could play out there.
There was time I remember when we had our Mid-Autumn Festival fun at the lawn. We were each carrying a cellophane lantern lighted with a candle and walking and laughing and admiring each other’s choice of lantern. In those days there were no Pokemon, Dinosaur, Angry Birds lanterns; they are mostly of animals from the 12 Chinese zodiac or fish. I probably remember this day because my second sister’s lantern caught fire and burnt to ashes LOL Imagine the horror on our faces because the cellophane and bamboo sticks that made the lantern went up in flames pretty quickly. Poor sis was left to just watch us play after that… Gone are the days of big, open space just at the doorstep 😦
To be continued…