Monday, April 09, 2007

Unexpected Outcome


Yesterday, this blog was featured in article in the New Paper about older bloggers. I must thank the reporter, Mr Ho Lian Yi for quite accurately reflecting one of the basic goals of my blog, which is to educate and inform young Singaporeans about what their country was like a few short decades ago. He also noted that blogging has helped me to connect with the younger generation. I hope more young people will read the stories I put up here.

I should take this opportunity to thank my guest bloggers; especially those from UK - John Harper, Tom O'brien, Brian Mitchell, Tom Brown and Lynn Copping. My apologies if I missed any name. As for the 'local heroes', as Mr Miyagi puts it, there's my brother Chun Chew, and old friends Chuck Hio, Simon Chu and Adrian Chua, and new friends Peter, Victor, Chris and others who share their stories in the 'comments' section.

Regrettably, there was one unexpected outcome of the above article. I have inadvertently helped to promote gambling in Singapore. I received an email from an old friend this morning, 'complaining' that the number 2867 was sold out, presumably at the the 4D lottery counters.

21 comments:

Victor said...

I am quite sure that the propensity of a sizeable number of Singaporeans to gamble is not a new thing. It was probably also what our country was like "a few short decades ago". Some things never change.

BTW, how on earth did your old friend manage to arrive at 2867? How come I can never deduce that? But most important of all, did the number come out over the weekend? If it did, then I really got to bang my head liao.

stanley foo said...

Every time I visit your site I never fail to notice the photo showing your dog nappie and car registation number 2867.Being an avid 4D punter I think I will keep on punting that number until I strike!! LOL. A little worry though
because the number has now become a "hot" favourite.

Lam Chun See said...

That car was a Toyota Corrolla belonging to my 7 Uncle. Right, Zen?

Cool Insider said...

Nice story there Chun See and at least you can say that you have added to Singapore's gambling heritage! ;) BTW as New Paper's readership is pretty young, you are probably gonna get more SYT admirers coming your way...

zen said...

To most Chinese, gambling could be considered second nature, that is why the government could not control this popular past-time, might as well join in, turning a crow into a phoenix, remake it into a huge international lucrative business (IR) - only for the licenced ones. Unofficial ones need to go elsewhere.

zen said...

Chun See - Yes it our uncle's car. to be exact it was a Toyota 700 deluxe. You can even blog about it.

Chris said...

Your blog has indeed been educational to many of our youngsters. Thank you. And I like your humility, Chun See.

Laokokok said...

Definitely a very good historical read for my kids.

Victor said...

Oh dearie me. Missed the photo because my open palms are covering the screen, hehe.

Zen - Surely you mean that they are turning a crow into a golden goose instead of a phoenix? LOL.

Brian Mitchell said...

Congratulations Chun See and I think the reporter has got it right about your blog - keep up the good work!

Kenny & Vivien said...

Hi Chun See... I got to know of your blog thru the Sunday New Paper and I found it v interesting and has substance ... keep up the good work! In fact I went thru the entire archives! Though I am not in your generation (hehe).. those old black and white photos that you posted are similar to those that my father and mother have... Vivien

Lam Chun See said...

Wow, Vivien, you went through all 150+ articles? That's about the best compliment a blogger can ever ask for. Thanks.

household name said...

Congratulations, Mr Lam, your blog is indeed interesting, funny, educational, etc. Enjoy reading it very much!

Lam Chun See said...

Thanks Household Name.

Shilpa. said...

Congratulations, Chun See! I do enjoy reading all your posts even if I don't comment much! Too busy wiping off tears of nostalgia mah.. heheheh.. When I go back in a few weeks' time, I'll be making a trip to Ceylon Road in Katong, haven't been there in almost 20 years after my school (St Hilda's) moved! It must be unrecognisable now!

Lam Chun See said...

Hi Shilpa. Glad you like my stories. Better come back more often.

Dare say any place in Spore is unrecognizable after 20 months. The other evening I tried to turn left from Armenian St to Stamford rd and was shocked to see an ugly tunnel where once our lovely National Library stood.

Kenny & Vivien said...

Hi Chun See, I digested those about your families and old kampong stories very fast. I'm still reading the longer stories. I like the ones on Chinatown. I rembr my grandmother had a 'ma che' friend who lived in Chinatown. My parents brought us to visit her every Chinese New Year. I rmbr climbing up this narrow rambling flight of stairs. My grandmother was more fortunate, she came here to be one of the 'ma che' but after she married my grandfather, she didn't have to work at all.

Kenny & Vivien said...

Chun See, sorry, I'm not sure if I made a mistake re 'ma che', I meant 'samsui woman'.

household name said...

Mr Lam,
I also had the same tunnel experience. I was expecting to see the museum on my left and suddenly, it was not there and instead, there was an ERP gantry (at the end of the tunnel)!
I recall there were a few people who wrote to the papers commenting on how/why good ol' National Library building had to make way for that tunnel.

Mr Miyagi said...

And what a short tunnel that is, too. Years of heritage trumped by the need to cut down on 5 minutes of travelling time. Such is life in Singapore.

But anyway, LCS, keep blogging! You rawk!

Anonymous said...

Tom
Hi Chun see, Iam glad to hear that every body are reading and loves your blog site .Good on you friend.