Nostalgic moments

January 21, 2008 at 3:11 am (Personal)

If you’re a Singaporean, and born between 70s and 80s,  you will probably have experienced these moments during your primary school days.

When I think about it, these events were the reason why I’m what I am today. Kids nowadays will never appreciate the what we normally play during those times. We don’t have the luxury of high-tech devices to complement our “toys” we play.

I took this off from a chained letter. Shit I hate chain letters. But this one has the most meaning to me. I will throw in a few of my own rendition when I deem fit.

1. You grew up watching He-man, MASK, Transformers, Silver Hawk and Mickey Mouse. Not to forget, Ninja turtles, My Little Pony and Smurfs too.

2. You grew up brushing your teeth with a mug in Primary school during recess time. You will squat by a drain with all your classmates beside you, and brush your teeth with a coloured mug. The teachers said you must brush each side 10 times too.

3. You were very afraid whenever someone comes up at the door, with a clipboard, and calls some names: it’s the dentist’s call.

4. You know what SBC stands for.

5. You pay 40 cents for Chocolate or Strawberry MILK every week in class.

6. You watch a very popular Malay dubbed Japanese drama on RTM1 about schoolgirls who possess powerful skills in volleyball called Meoro Attack.

7. You find your friends with pagers and handphone cool in Secondary school.

8. And you keep ringing the melodies of every new pager models your friends has.

9. SBS buses used to be non-airconditioned. The bus seats are made of wood and the cushion is red. The big red bell gives a loud BEEP! when pressed. There are colourful tickets forTIBS buses.The conductor will check for tickets by using a machine which punches a hole in the ticket.

10. And you buy a consession ticket stamp for a bus pass so that you can travel in buses anytime, anywhere.

11. Envelopes given to us to donate to Sharity Elephant every Children’s Day.

12. You’ve probably read Young Generation magazine.You know who’s Vinny the little vampire and Acai the constable.

13. You were there when they first introduced MRT here. You went for the first ride with your parents and you would kneel on the seat to see the scenery.

14. Movie tickets used to cost only $3.50.

15. Gals are fascinated by Strawberry Short Cake and Barbie Dolls.

16. And guys are fascinated by erasers that have countries on it, and make dominoes out of it. They also make their own paper soccer made of vanguard sheets, and ball made of aluminium foils.

17. You learn to laugh like The Count in Sesame Street.

18. You longed to buy tibits called Kaka (! 20 cents per pack), and Ding Dang (50 cents per box), that had a toy in it and it changes every week not forgetting the 15 cents animal crackers and the ring pop, where the lollipop is the diamond on the ring.

19. You watched TV2 (also known as Channel 10) cartoons because Channel 5 never had enough cartoons for you.

20. And you tell your mother to wake you up on weekends morning so that you can catch the first cartoon on air.

21. Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew, The Three Investigators, Famous Five and Secret Seven are probably the thickest story books you ever thought you have read. Even Sweet Valley High and Malory Towers.

22. KFC used to be a high class restaurant that serve food in plates and let you use metal forks and knives.

23. And you would beg your parents to go to McDonalds to buy the Happy Meals, which have toys in them.

24. The most vulgar thing you said was asshole and idiot and THE MOST EXTREME WAS ‘super white’…you just couldn’t bring yourself to say the hokkien relative.

25. If you catch your friends saying that in school, you’ll probably report to a prefect, and the prefect will probably report to the teacher.

26. Catching was the IN thing and twist as the magic word.

27. Your English workbooks was made of some damn poor quality paper that was smooth and yellow.

28. CDIS were your bestfriend

29. The only computer lessons in school involved funny pixellised characters in 16 colours walking about trying to teach you maths.

30. You can’t wait to officially use a pen to write.

31. Waterbottles were slinged around your neck and a must everywhere you go.

32. And the drink stall sells a cup drink that cost 10 cents per cup.

33. Boys loved to play soccer with small plastic balls in the basketball court.

34. Teng-teng, five stones, chapteh, hentam bola and zero point were all the rage with the girls and boys too…

35. Science was fun with the balsam and the angsana being the most important plants of our lives, guppies and swordtail being the most important fish.

36. Who can forget Ahmad, Bala, Sumei and John, eternalized in our minds from the textbooks. Even Mr Wally & Mr. Yakki. What abt Miss Lala??? And Zaki and Tini in Malay Textbooks

37. We carry out experiments of our own to get yourself badges for being a Young Zoologist/Botanist etc.

38. Every Children’s day and National day you either get pins or pens with ‘Happy Children’s Day 1993’ or dumb files with ‘Happy National Day 1994’.

39. In Primary six you had to play buddy for the younger kids like big sister and brother.

40. We wear BM2000, BATA, or Pallas shoes.

41. And if you wear laced shoes, that’s the highest respect in school.

42. Your form teacher taught you Maths, Science and English.

43. The worksheets were made of brown rough paper of poor quality.

44. You went to school in slippers and a raincoat when it rained, and you find a dry spot in the school to sit down, dry your feet, and wear your dry and warm socks and shoes.

45. School dismissal time was normally around 1 pm.

46. There would be spelling tests and mental sums to do almost everyday. Usually, when you finished writing for that word, you’ll need to put your heads down. You also used your bags as a barrier to prevent your friends from copying you.

47. Your friends considered you lucky and rich if your parents gave you $3 or more for pocket money everyday.

48. You see Wee Kim Wee’s face in the school hall.

49. You freak out when the teacher tells you to line up according to height and hold hands with the corresponding boy or girl.

50. Boys like to catch fighting spiders.

51. Collecting and battling erasers was a pastime for boys.

52. Autograph books were loaded with ‘Best Wishes’, ‘Forget Me Not’, and small poems like ‘Bird fly high, hard to catch. Friend like you, hard to forget’.

53. Class monitors and prefects loved to say ‘You talk somemore, I write your name ah!’

54. There were at least 40 people in one class.

55. Large, colourful schoolbags were carried.

56. You brought every single book to school, even though there was one thing called the timetable

57. If you board the school bus, you always fight to get the front seats.

58. And the share of the windows.

59. You’ll probably have to sit in 3’s in the bus.

60. The bookworm club is the only books you’ll buy whenever they come to your school.

61. You look forward to performances and shows displayed on the stage.

62. Playing the monkey bar is probably the most exercise you had.

63. And girls like to hang themselves upside down on the balancing beams.

64. We play catching in the playground with “mirror” as a rule.


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