Another piece of art by Yip Yew Chong, together with Yuen Kum Cheong, they painted a series of six door panels murals depicting the scenes familiar to us who grew up with the old iconic National Library, MPH Building, Odeon Cinema around the Bras Basah vicinity.
National Library & MPH
The new National Library and all the Neighborhood libraries are great, well stocked with books, but none can be compared to the original old National Library.
The structure is unique and the memories of the red bricks are still so vivid.
Now the libraries double-ups as study areas for students but back then, the library was just purely for research and reading. Nostalgic.
Tried to explain to the girls that we used to have date stamps on the books to indicate the period of loan. They just shrugged their shoulders and gave me the “huh?” look.
Odeon Cinema & National Theatre
Do we still build buildings with red bricks? If Esplanade is the iconic “durian” building of current days, then the National Theatre was the iconic “diamond” building of the past. I believe I still have some old photos of my mother and her sisters posing in front of the building. (mental note to do some digging)
And who can forget the kachang puteh man?
Beach Road Army Market & NCO Club
It was my dream to enter the NCO Club when I was still a NSF. But before long, I have given up on that idea when army life seems not so fun. Now, the building is gone and replaced by the very sophisticated looking South Beach.
51 Waterloo Street, building adjoining 222 Queen Street