Monday, March 3, 2014

My Childhood Playground

I have been planning to visit my childhood area for a long time. This was the place I spent 9 years of my growing up period and probably the only place I experienced the most emotional feelings – happiness, sadness, fear, great friendship, etc..

As a child, I grew up with a group of friends who went to the same Kindergarten and Primary School together. Those were the days, fun is not only limited to school time but more so, the time we had around the estate, playing basketball, football, hide-and-seek, ‘catching’, ‘pepsi-cola-123’.


This is a very special spot that is actually just a part of a corner ledge at the void deck. But this place is where I used to hide from friends when we were playing hide-and-seek. When I was found, I would just jump off the ledge and run off in excitement. Things we do as a kid.


After almost 30 years, I am very surprise that some of the places are still the same as before. Just like this stone wall that is just behind my old block. A few of my friends and I would spend nights sitting here, sharing our rare coke and just talk nonsense till it’s time to go home and sleep. How many of us still do that with friends now?



Maybe some of you have not seen this before? Noise Meter.


Shy Auntie.


Walking towards to the block I used to stay in, every path and road seems so familiar and full of memories. Like this particular staircase that I used to walk pass when I go to school.


Coming near to the unit, another view from the past. Purposely took this view while squatting down, this is how I saw the outside when I was only 7 or 8 years old.


Through the long corridor. HDB don’t build houses with such concept anymore. Which is why in the new flats, the interaction between neighbours no longer exist.


If you look carefully, both sides of the corridor have units. I remember looking out of our 1-room flat, I can see and smell the curry from the opposite Malay unit.


05-5071D is a number I will always remember for the rest of my life.



  1. it's great you managed to go back and capture these beautiful pictures.. the corridor with flats on both sides reminds me of HK :)

    Ai @ Sakura Haruka

    1. Ya, I am planning to bring my girls to visit the place when they are older and can understand the meaning of keeping the memory.. Haven't been to HK with such corridors, would be nice to take some photos there.. =)

  2. I remember those see-through corridors. Hate them then, and now (still got height phobia) haha.

    At the same time, when we were young, we really "天不怕、地不怕".
    We like to stand on the corridor ledge (where one slip would be a 6,9 or 12 storeys fall!), or we will be playing catching, jumping down flights of stairs.
    (not going to share this experience with my kids though)

    cheers, Andy

    1. Right on Andy! Those were the days when kids are so much more carefree and more adventurous.. Guilty as charged myself, sometimes we are too protective of our kids, not allowing them to try and fail..

      Btw, I think I developed my height phobia from the young experiences too.. Hahaha.. =)