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33 scenes only true blue S’poreans will remember

Posted on 30 January 2013

But if you do remember these scenes, you’re really too old.

News of Singapore’s population breaching the 7 million mark by 2030 with half of the people on this island made up of foreigners is leaving a bad taste in a lot of people’s mouths.

And the most widespread fear?

The loss of Singaporean-ness.

So, what better way to bid adieu to everything we have lost, and will lose, than to take a trip down memory lane and re-live all those places and things that are no more.

However, if a lot of these scenes from the late 1980s to early 1990s ring a bell, you’re getting too old.

#1 Orchard Road back then
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#2 Is this Paragon?
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#3 I really don’t remember Orchard Plaza
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#4 Tangs and Lucky Plaza
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#5 Dhoby Ghaut
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#6 Specialist Shopping Centre at Somerset, a.k.a 313. And remember those traffic lights?
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#7 ERP used to be called Restricted Zone
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#8 Restricted Zone at Clark Quay area
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#9 Opposite Tangs
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#10 Centre Point!
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#11 That building on the left is Specialist Shopping Centre
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#12 Double decker non-air con bus
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#13 Change Alley at Collyer Quay
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#14 I have no idea where this is
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#15 Chinatown
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#16 Chinatown
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#17 Harbour Front, without Vivocity
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#18 90s McDonald’s advertising! (That’s Abigail’s mom)
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#19 Wee Kim Wee
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#20 In front of Padang
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#21 Lee Hsien Loong
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#22 A time when Singapore still had four races
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#23 Ong Teng Cheong
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#24 A time when PAP was still winning elections!
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#25 Look how MRT stations have modernised!
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#26 Merlion
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#27 This one’s probably demolished
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#28 This too
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#29 Neil Road?
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#30 I think this tortoise is still alive at the Singapore Zoo!
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#31 Cecil Street area?
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#32 Raffles Place MRT
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#33 Fullerton
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Noticed how little people there were last time?

All stills stolen from here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here and here.

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  • Touche!

    #22 A time when Singapore still had four races

    LMAO!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002029057247 Jammie Wong

    is that Yam Ah Mee with Wee Kim Wee?

    • Zhu Bajie

      I think Yam Ah Mee was with the Air Force. This bloke is a seaman.

      • National Day Sea Review

        That is RSS JUPITER and the Navy chap is James Leo

  • kaylene

    #5 should be Cathay Building. It was one of the tallest buildings, not only in Singapore but in southeast Asia during those days in the 1930-40s.

    • Jase

      Agree, #5 is the old cathay, I remember going there for the first time to catch Die Hard, sipping on orange julius. Until they tore it down before 2000, we used to hang out later outside the 7-11, listening to this Ang Moh basker who had no talent with the recorder.

  • Jase

    #14 – feels like the flea markets just behind Serangoon road. If remembered correctly, should be near the current one before Sim Lim Tower.