Here’s an extract from my book Good MorningYesterday which I want to dedicate especially to teenage boys of 21st century Singapore.
“Believe it or not, getting my first pair of trousers (long pants) was a milestone in my life. I remember looking forward to that day which in my case was when I reached around Secondary 2 or 3. We had to go to the tailor’s to make our trousers (our clothes were normally sewn by my mother). As we did not have such a tailor in our kampong, we went to the one at Braddell Road near the junction with Lorong Chuan. The name of the shop sounded like Golden Coach or Golden Carriage.”
I remember Golden Coach was operated by two brothers. They were about the same age as my older brothers. Subsequently, when Toa Payoh New Town was completed, they shifted to Toa Payoh Central occupying a shop along Block 177 which faced Toa Payoh Central (road). Across the road, facing the shop was a very interesting block of flats. This was Block 79. It’s long, curved shape reminded me of a Claymore mine. I don’t think I have ever come across such a long block of HDB flat; have you?
For a number of years, my brothers and I continued to patronize Golden Coach; possibly until we moved out of our kampong in 1974 to Farrer Road.
Today Golden Coach is no longer in Toa Payoh Central. I did a search on the internet and found a Golden Coach Tailor at Ang Moh Kio Ave 1, Block 332 #01-1897. I wonder if they are the same? Should pay them a visit and perhaps renew old friendships.