Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Old Buildings Quiz No. 10

Below are 2 photos of the same place taken 31 years apart. Can you identify this place? The top photo is from the National Archives website taken in 1978.


When I look at these two photos, the opening lines of an old song come to mind. Can you identify this song?

See the tree how big it’s grown,
But friend it hasn’t been too long it wasn’t big.

I had breakfast there this morning and chatted with the tau-huay vendor. She told me that this entire area will be demolished after Chinese New Year. No wonder most of the shops, food stalls and wet market stalls were empty.

So if like me, you have some sentimental feelings for this place, you should make plans to come down and take some photos before it is gone. I plan to do that as I did not have my camera with me. I took the above photo using my mobile phone.

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi! Chun See,

I thought I saw a 'Dove' on top the roof of the building. BTW, the National Archives (Picas) has 1978 pictures, under the relevant heading, when we do the search . Thank goodness, your picture is on the first page and listed as number 7. No need to go through endless searching.

Cheers,

Anonymous said...

Hi!

Also, Some husbands prefer to call their wives "Honey".

Cheers,

Edward said...

The name of the song is "Honey I miss you".

household name said...

Dover market?

yg said...

edward, the song is simply 'honey'. most of us have listened to the version by bobby goldsboro.
i have visited the dover road food court a few times; this is the one across the road from fairfield methodist school, i think.

Edward said...

YG, you’re right, it’s called “Honey”. Many of these oldies have been revived by more recent musicians and I got the incorrect title of the Tammy Wynette version from iTunes. Thanks for pointing out.

yg said...

here is the song by bobby goldsboro

Lam Chun See said...

Yes it's Dover Market. Have been frequenting this place for years. I like this type of old HDB estates where there are lot's of open parking lots. The new towns mostly have multi-storey carparks and the lower floors are all reserved for residents. Wonder what it will be like after they redevelop it.

Have to leave GMY to you guys for a few days. Going to Kuantan with my brother Zen.

Lam Chun See said...

The Andy Williams version seemed to be more popular with our djs in the old days.

Victor said...

Wow, a very good attempt at second shot, Chun See. Yes, Dover Road market it is. The chicken rice stall there is very popular.

Edward said...

Andy Williams was my mother's favourite. I remember "Moon River". Very smooth voice. We used to watch his shows on tv. His Christmas shows are a real treat for the family too.

Icemoon said...

Nice second shot by Chun See. I wonder whether it was a deliberate attempt; in future before we drink tau-huay at old housing estate, must consult picas first.

Anonymous said...

Dear Chun See

It will not be demolished after CNY , not to worry , Dover Market will still be around for perhaps another year and a half


Doverian

Lam Chun See said...

It was a deliberate attempt. I happen to see the Picas photo some time ago and so whilst I was there the other day, I decided to take a photo.

quirK said...

Ah, I've walked through this estate for a good 3.5 years now while shuttling between campus and home, and the greater neighbourhood is the place where I grew up (and got educated) in.

Seriously, coloured photos are not as romantic as the b&w ones. :)

Dover Boy said...

Gosh, this photo brings back memories. I had lived at Dover for the first 21 years of my life.

I miss the Yong Tau Foo stall at the market. The fried hokkien prawn noodles and the rojak were also very good.

Btw, I know the chicken rice stall owner personally. He has moved his stall to the coffee shop opposite the new flats' multi-storey car park at Dover Crescent.

Lam Chun See said...

I am not sure about present; but there used to be 2 chicken rice stalls at the corner and they were fiercely competitive; rushing to solicit business from passers-by. Usually I do not patronize either of them in order not to disappoint the other.

I think it is bad idea for two stalls selling exactly the same product to be sited side-by-side. Tends to generate bad feelings.

Icemoon said...

I think it is bad idea for two stalls selling exactly the same product to be sited side-by-side.

Except if you sell laksa or bak chor mee, either you ride on the fame or fool people who don't know the history :P