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!!!
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