Saturday, January 28, 2012

Good Morning Yesterday the book

Dear friends of Good Morning Yesterday. I am very happy to announce that my book is finally on sale at the bookshops. This book is a re-write (and more) of many of the essays in this blog; but organized into a coherent narrative. But it only covers up to 1970 since it is about growing up in Singapore. Even though much of the information was already on my blog, it was still a very very laborious (but joyous) task to rethink, rewrite and reorganize the contents.

I want to thank the many people who helped and encouraged me. First of all, I want to thank you, the faithful readers of this blog. Thank you for your positive feedback in your emails and blog comments, some of which I have reproduced in the back cover of my book – hope you don’t mind. They gave me the much-needed courage to embark on this project.

I also want to thank my friends, Dr Tan Wee Kiat and Kenneth Pinto for encouraging me to write this book. I remember the FOYers meeting at MacDonald’s (Bishan) a few years ago when they convinced me to ‘launch out into the deep’. Likewise, Walter (Cool Insights) Lim also encouraged me and pointed me to the NHB’s Hi2P scheme for assistance.

My special thanks to Derek Tait who inspired me with his books about the Singapore he knew when he was here as a kid. Besides generously sharing his photos, he gave me valuable advice on how write and publish a book.

Not all the contents and stories in my book were written by me. Many are from friends and guest bloggers who posted their stories on my blog. They include my brother Chun Chew, my friends Chuck Hio, Simon Chu Chun Sing and Charles Phua, my Braddell Rise School schoolmates, Lee Sock Geck and Kim Aii Choo; as well as guest bloggers Peter Chan, Brian Mitchell, Freddy Neo, and Edward Williams. Others, like Victor Koo, James Seah, Philip Chew, Dick Yip, Ong Yew Ghee and Yeo Hong Eng, host their own nostalgia blogs but gave me permission to use their stories.

Likewise not all the photographs in my book belong to me. I thank Derek Tait, Peter Chan, Victor Koo, Philip Chew, Yeo Hong Eng, Lau Eng Leong, Ong Yew Ghee, Victor Yue, November Tan, Geoffrey Pain, Steven Charters, John Hake, Andrew Paterson, and others for giving me permission to use their photos. The remaining came from the collection of the National Archives of Singapore.

A special word of thanks goes to Mr Gene Tan and Kevyn Lai. Gene, who is the programme director of the Singapore Memory Project, wrote the forward, and Kevyn, my friend, designed the book cover.

(** My sincere apologies to anyone whose name I have left out)

Above all, I thank the Almighty God who equipped me with the ability to write these stories and who providentially kept away my business during the past few years so that I could find the time to concentrate on my writing. Praise God from whom all blessings flow.


OK. Now you can rush out to the following places and do the necessary. LOL. But in case they run out of stocks – not that I am such a popular author, but because they have never heard of Lam Chun See and (wisely) took only a small initial consignment - please bear with us.

1) Kinokuniya @ Ngee Ann City and Bugis Junction

2) Times @ Centrepoint, Plaza Singapura, Jelita Holland, Marina Square, Tampines One, Suntec City and Paragon.

3) Popular bookstores.

Thank you and God bless.

PS - The number of page views for this blog is fast approaching the magic figure of 1 million. Thanks a million!!!


peter said...

Congratulations brudder (lei hai tak) met your personal objective

fr said...

Chun See, Gong Xi! Gong Xi!

Victor said...

Congrats, Chun See. Looking forward to your book launch.

Edward said...

Chun See,

I can't wait to read this book. Congratulations! It's a lot of hard work but I am sure you enjoyed the journey and I, and all your mates, would like to extend our heartfelt wishes for your success!

Kong Hee Fatt Choy!


derek tait said...

Hi Chun See,
Congratulations! Your book looks excellent and I'm sure it will sell well. I can't wait to read it. I'm glad that I could help out.
Maybe Sohkiak can turn it into a tv series!
Two places that were good for ordering my books were Select Books and the National libraries, if you want to give them a try.
I'll put your book on my blog soon which might help sales (although my blog isn't as well read as yours).
It's quite an achievement and I'm sure that a lot of people of a younger generation will discover a Singapore that they never knew existed.
Hope all is well there.
Best wishes,

Erwin said...

Congratulations Chun See!

Will be purchase it when I'm there.

Best Wishes.


Noel Tan said...

Congrats Chun See! I've posted a plug on, should be coming up next week!

Freddy Neo said...

Congrats, Chun See. Can't wait to read the book. MOE should consider using this book as one of the texts for social studies in our schools.

Lam Chun See said...

Thank you everyone. Maybe I was a bit to 'kan cheong' (excited) in announcing this. Perhaps the shops might need a couple of days to ready the books for the shelves. Sorry for any inconvenience caused.

Sivasothi said...


Andrew said...

Congrats Mr Lam! :)

Icemoon said...

Congrats Chun See for his new book. I enjoy reading the articles in the blog written by Chun See and his team of guest bloggers. In fact I "grow up" reading GMY after it kindled my interest in heritage.

Thimbuktu said...

Congratulations, Chun See.

Your long-awaited book helps to enhance Singapore memory and heritage for present and new nostalgia fans of "Good Morning Yesterday" blog as a memorable gift for posterity.


Anonymous said...

Look forward to getting a copy.

Keith said...

Hoh Sai Lae ! Kong Hae Kong Hae !

Brian and Tess said...

Congratulations Chun See and as a freenlance consultant I can certainly appreciate how glad you were that the paid work quietly departed for long enough for you to write it!

I am greatly looking forward to reading it particularly as I found your blog some time after you started it and there is so much that I missed first time around.

FL said...

Congrats, Mr Lam. Many of us are proud of your achievements.Wishing you more good years !

Timothy said...

Thanks for the information Chun See. I wonder in the Kinokuniya at Bugis has your book. Will try to get from them or Popular - hope they will sell your books there too.
Waiting for your book 2.... LOL

Lam Chun See said...

Hi Timothy. Popular has not come on board yet. Times seems to have the most outlet with my book at the moment. Suggest you call first before you go.

Daniel Koh said...

Congratulations, Chun See. Will see if I can order it from

Anonymous said...

I am glad your blog is now out in book form. Congratulations!

Anonymous said...

Hi everyone I am Yu Lin an undergraduate student doing a project on the hidden heritages of Singapore. I chanced upon this blog while researching on possible places to base my project on.

I would like to ask if anyone would know of this particular street called 打铁街 or "pa ti kwei" in the hokkien dialect as my grandmother calls it. It is now currently I believe Sultan Gate and Baghdad Street intersection. All I know is that there used to be many iron mongers there but there is I believe only 1 left there now?

I am trying to find out more information about this street(its trade, culture, significance to Singapore). It would be great if you have any stories to share with me on this.

I can also be contacted at

Thank You

Audris Tan said...

Just bought 1 of 2 copies at Kinokuniya Bugis Junction :)

Lam Chun See said...

Thank you Audris.

Anonymous said...

Have not been in here for a while, a blessed year ahed & a prosperous one too. How much does the book cost & if I can't find it at Kino. or Times, where else can I buy the book.

Lam Chun See said...

My distributor has not given me any new places where the book is available. He said Popular would be one of them. But due to the Chinese New break, they may need some time to come in. One reader told me it is retailing at about $18.50 after gst.

Tim said...

Hi Chun See

My book arrived this morning. Many thanks.

I'll let you have some feedback soon


Unknown said...

I'm certainly looking forward to reading it and will see you this afternoon at the launch! Time to embark on my own too.... :)

Audris said...

$18.65 at Kino. I do hope more copies would be available soon, or maybe sold online? I'd like to pick up another to mail to my family friends in the UK who first arrived in Sg in the 60s :)

Anonymous said...

I bought the book today at Kino, this is the last copy in the store, so lucky. Congrats to you. Thanks

Anonymous said...

Do you know where I can purchase a copy of your book.? I called both Kinokuniya outlets as well as Select Books and they don't have any stocks of your work.

Lam Chun See said...

Very sorry. As I said, these bookshops have never heard of my name and so they were very cautious and ordered only small initial quantities. I believe they will quickly replenish their stocks; and Popular and others will come on stream soon.

Thank you for your support.

geradteo said...

There's still stock at Times Bookshop, Centre point branch - about 6 books left. While stocks last! :-D

Laokokok said...

Congrats Chun See for your new book launch.

Unknown said...

Hi Mr Lam,

The book is sold out in Kinokuniya. Anyway I could get it please


Unknown said...

Hi Mr Lam,

Did you give a copy to all your previous schools? Including JC?


Lam Chun See said...

Yes. Both NJC and ACSI have my book. My primary school, BRS is no longer around.

Sorry my book no longer found in the bookshops. But I believe you can still get at Select Books.

Unknown said...

That's great to hear. Thanks. Will check out the library.

Right now my students are working on a graded project trying to find out how much Singapore have transformed in the first decade of independence.

They are eager to ask you questions.

We are looking at different groups of Singaporeans and how their ways of life are affected by independence.

The idea is based on a quote taken from LKY's speech in 1975.

They have a strict project deadline which is due in a couple of weeks. Please do keep a look out for them. Thanks


Lam Chun See said...

I am going outstation soon and will not be checking this blog. Ask them to email me at: and I may be able to access.

Unknown said...

Ok got it, thank you Mr Lam

Rig Svenson said...

Its good to see the stories of early Singapore where I was born come from ordinary people, particularly during the time that I grew up and lived there from 1955 to 1972 get preserved for posterity. I have fond memories of my former homeland growing up as a child there until I left for the United Kingdom. The monsoon seasons were memorable as were the lightning storms and the girl I left behind. Many congrats.

Best wishes

victorchia89 said...

ANy chance i still can purchase Mr Lam