As AsH I am only carrying on the torch for my father's proclivity - collecting and storing memories and history and stuff that are too precious to be discarded. And am I glad that I'm an incorrigible magpie!
I remember one day when Abah, returning from his foray at Sungei Road (Singapore's thieves' market ), plonked down 2-3 pairs of shoes for my sister and I. We were aghast and horrified. They were obviously shoes from the 1930s or 1940s with chunky heels and little straps for the ankles. Our faces told Abah what we thought of his choice. Didn't he realise we were in the 1960s, and that stilletto heels were the fashion? Really! Heaven knows what he did with those shoes. If mak had seen them he would be in real hot water!
Somehow, I think, at some time or other I might have made my nieces suffer the same fate - but they were too polite to complain. Bless their cotton socks!
But now ... this I have to inflict on all those who visit this blog. These pictures and texts are taken from "Look and Read", my Primary Two School textbook. I love the drawings and the old-fashioned colour scheme.
But most of all, they remind me of gentler days of long ago - of the Ice Seller and the ice-balls, the apek who sells fruit or the mamak/bai who comes to the door and rings his bicycle bell to tempt you with his roti at five cents a loaf! We were informed that English boys love sweets made from the sugar cane while we in the colonies suck the sugar cane. How interesting!!
Also fascinating is how toddy is a substitute for yeast and cigarettes were sold at the Ice-seller's stall.
THE ICE SELLER
|THE FRUIT SELLER|
|THE BREAD MAN|
|THE SUGAR CANE MAN|
Finally, boys and girls, which drink would you choose? Teh Tarik, Sir.
Which fruit do you like best? Durian, teacher. But the durian doesn't like me! BURP!!!
Which kind of bread do you like? Do you mean dosh, Miss? I only get 10 cents per day from me mum.
Teacher, did you know that too much sugar gives you diabetes? I discovered this while reading the Health and Scientific Review, Volume VI, No. 19. It is considered a modern plague due to over-consumption and lack of physical activity.
Shut up and sit down AsH, sez Teacher!
R I N G !! END OF LESSON