The have Brylcreem, Tancho and Yardley haircream which I blogged about before here.
They even sell a type of powder called Hoi Tong Fun in Cantonese which my mum had used for decades.
In a separate section of the shop, there is even a small counter providing photo-printing services; and guess what they had in the glass counter … Films!
I am curious as to who their customers are. Maybe next time I am there, I will ask the shop keeper. My guess would be older folks.
Of late, there has been quite a bit of news about businesses that cater to the boomers market. (In fact, even the number of nostalgia blogs have increased.) Thus I was not surprised to see some very familiar furniture from my kampong days at a Hakka yong tau hu coffee shop that I patronized the other day.
This photo shows my younger brother James doing his homework at a marble table and seated on the same type of chair. I remember at the bottom of the chair, were these words, Made in Poland. Notice the big arm chair next to the wall. It’s call Suin Chee Teng. Made of very hard wood, and black in colour. Very hard to clean because the many cavities tended to collect dust.
They even serve their coffee in this type of traditional cup and saucer; but the plastic spoon was out of place. By the way, have you seen how some older folks drink their coffee. They will pour the coffee onto the saucer and drink from the latter. I think it is to cool the coffee more quickly. I personally don’t think it is very hygienic.
This shop, by the way, is located in Lavender Street near to the Singapore Casket Building.
PS – I borrowed a line from an old song for the title of this article. Do you know which song that is? Answer here.