Last week my brother Chun Chew (Zen) and I met up with two old friends from Braddell Rise School to reminisce about the old days in BRS. I brought along my precious report book to show off my fantastic grades – 2nd in class in Primary two Ok! But to my disappointment, they were more interested to pore over the teachers’ and principals’ signatures to try and decipher their identities. As always, I never fail to marvel at Aii Chan’s (Kim) fantastic memory for people. She also had a very good recollection of the tuckshop and even drew a sketch for us showing the location of every single stall. Me … I could only remember the drinks stall run by the lady every BRS boy loved – Fong Jie.
We had our meeting in the hawker centre at Sembawang Hills Estate. We chose this place because Aii Chan and Sock Gek used to pass by it everyday on their way to school at Upper Thomson Secondary School from their kampong at Hai Lam Sua (near the present Lakeview Estate). Do you know where was this school located?
When we arrived at this hawker centre, I noticed that there was a mini-wayang stage in the car park where they were rehearsing a puppet show. As far as I can tell, this puppet show was exactly the same as those that were staged in our kampong during the Chinese Seventh Month. Although most of the time they would stage the traditional Hokkien Wayang shows, occasionally I saw them perform puppet shows like this one.
Some things never change.
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