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Another 90 things 1980s S’porean babies miss

Posted on 07 April 2013

This list also includes all the things you’d forgotten you miss.

This is a continuation of the 89 things 1980s S’porean babies remember.

#1 Ladybird storybooks, earliest attempt at being literate

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#2 Bookworm Club, gave us Young Generation too

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#3 Choose Your Own Adventure, where you will always be tempted to flip through and work your way backwards

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#4 V-sign by Channel 8 alien Chen Xiuhuan, made a lot of kids do it too

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#5 Weixian-U, a badly dubbed Jap gastric pill ad

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#6 SBC magazines and RTV Times, before there was 8 Days every week

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#7 Match-making variety show, featuring Chen Shu Chen trying to hook Singaporeans up

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#8 Wang Sha and Ye Feng, our version of Lao Fu Zi and Da Fan Shu

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#9 No transmission screen, a time when TV programming used to start only after 3 p.m. on Channel 8

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#10 Ultraman, and his funny hand waving

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#11 Old movie tickets, which cost between $2.50 and $3

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#12 Kacang Puteh, in a cone

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#13 Pyramid fresh milk, most who have seen it will probably have encountered it in school

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#14 Oldenlandia Water, a.k.a. snake water

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#15 Icee, that eventually became licensed and marketed as Slurpee by 7-Eleven

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#16 Old IC, crummy and wrinkled after some use

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#17 Library passes, caused long queues at the library because processing time was painfully slow

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#18 PAP kindergarten, monopolising the scene since eons ago

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#19 Basic Reader, for students to do better at English

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#20 Young Scientist badges, for the nerd in you

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#21 Kalkitos, these were cooler than stickers as you had to rub the images on. If you don’t do a good job, sometimes only half the image will appear.

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#22 Plasticine, if you mix all the colours together, you won’t get rainbow. You’d get brown

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#23 Educational magazines, for the nerd in you

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#24 Autograph books, where you’d write who your best friends were and who your BFFs were. Oh god why

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#25 Sing Singapore Song Book, where songs like ‘Count On Me Singapore’ were written by a Canadian

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#26 Harmonica, where you would blow it until it smells like saliva and never touch it again

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#27 Recorder, where you would blow it so hard, it shrieks, because you are a talentless lump

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#28 Wooden chairs, where your grandmother used to sit

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#29 Darlie toothpaste, the most racist toothpaste ever

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#30 Old logos, but so familiar

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#31 Centrepoint, when it was still hip

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#32 Sogo, like Yaohan, it has folded

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#33 Hotwheels, and the like

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#34 Idol cards, Vivian Chow, weeeee yew weeeeee

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#35 McDonald’s collectibles, you wasted a good part of your life collecting these and now they are all thrown away

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#36 Mascots, they are 2D but cuter than the 3D, textured, realistic mascot designs we get today

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#37 Fido Dido, 7 Up, minimalist mascot

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#38 GI Joe, boys’ version of Barbie

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#39 She-Ra, for girls because boys already got He Man

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#40 Alvin and the Chipmunks, started out in 1983, and they have gone 3D these days

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#41 Strawberry Shortcake, cartoons and merchandise

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#42 The Flintstones, made you question Christianity because they were obviously alive Before Christian Era

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#43 Dick Dastardly and Muttley, wheezing while snickering

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#44 Spiderman And His Amazing Friends, and you can’t remember who his friends were

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#45 Dragon Ball, when you line up the spines of the comic book, you see an extended image

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#46 Where’s Wally?, if you used to circle him and return the book to the library, screw you

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#47 Asterix, read as widely as Tin Tin

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#48 Slam Dunk, as famous as Dragon Ball

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#49 Ballon glue, smelled funny, but doesn’t matter

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#50 Mr Kiasu, actually spawned a TV series

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#51 Transformers JetFire, you can morph it into a vehicle or something

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#52 Hungry Hungry Hippos, an amazingly noisy game

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#53 Pick-Up Sticks, where you had to pick up the stick one at a time without disturbing other sticks. Who actually think up such games?

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#54 Styrofoam airplanes, even more fun when you throw them off 12 storeys

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#55 Tikam tikam, where you’d pay $0.20 to win something

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#56 Tikam tikam balls, can cost up to $1 and its kind of like Kinder Surprise, except no chocolate egg

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#57 Golden Axe, where you’d choose the female character, make her walk away from the screen, and check out her ass

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#58 Duncan Butterfly Yoyo, just a fancy yoyo

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#59 MasterMind, where you’d spill all the little coloured pieces on the floor, which marked the end of the game because you couldn’t be bothered to pick up the pieces

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#60 Contra, because graphics did not matter as long as the game is fun

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#61 Pew pew pew, collect power

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#62 More pew pew pew

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#63 Puzzle Fighter, a prelude of Bejewel

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#64 Street Fighter, Ryu vs Ken

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#65 String game, where boys and girls make patterns and find an excuse to touch each others’ hands

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#66 Road Safety Park, where you go there and act like a pedestrian if you don’t cycle or ride the car

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#67 Arcade tokens, each one cost $0.50, the more you bought the cheaper

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#68 Game Boy, handheld games helped people waste a large part of their lives

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#69 Old school handphone, where it was so big, people used it for gang fights

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#70 Radio with cassette, where it will periodically cause your cassette tape to get tangled

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#71 Electric clock, ran on electricity

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#72 Dragon Ball cards, used to spend $0.20 for one

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#73 Old POSB, so you can get rid of your piggy bank

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#74 Old school orange bus stops, still used these days as temporary bus stops

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#75 Tamiya car, used to get the wheel caught in people’s hair though haha

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#76 Student concession cards, where you had to buy concession stamps for air con or non-air con, with or w/o train

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#77 Paper bus tickets, where you make into hearts and pass to your crush and she will freak out and you will still be forever alone

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#78 Translink cards, makes you carry coins with you all the time

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#79 Old school buses, no con damn stuffy

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#80 Restricted Zone, an ancestor of ERP

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#81 SIA Concorde, way too expensive back then

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#82 80s campaign posters, social engineering at its finest

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#83 Big Splash, wild, wet, hot and slippery

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#84 National Library, torn down to make way for the Fort Canning Tunnel

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#85 World Trade Centre, gateway to overseas — Sentosa

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#86 National Theatre, not very cultured so can’t remember this one though

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#87 Ang Mo Kio fountain, not as big as other estates’ fountain

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#88 Toa Payoh fountain, that is greenish blue all the time. Eeew

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#89 Iconic Ang Mo Kio signboard, a landmark at that time

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#90 Changi Airport fountain, it was cutting edge at that time when it was conceived

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Most memories stolen from here.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/Tinier Eddie Chin

    I miss the Clementi fountain and water cascading pool..The current one isn’t even half of what it used to be.

    And I think you missed including the Van cleef aquarium, I remembered going there a few times and being awed by the marine creatures there.

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  • S

    How ’bout Mr. Softee ice cream from 7-11? Loved it as a primary school kid – the chendol flavour was superbly gooood!

  • A.T

    Number 51 is a robotech not transformer.