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My Teenhood: What was your favorite subject at school and why?

For me it was definitely English Literature in upper secondary school as not only did I love good books and grew to love poetry, but I had the best teacher ever. She was Miss Penelope Shone from New Zealand. She … Continue reading

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My Childhood: The Beach & What I Seek in Travel

As a child I didn’t have truly good memories of the beaches in Singapore. My sister and I often developed huge painful welts on our upper arms and always thought it was because we were allergic to sea water. We … Continue reading

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My Childhood: Garden Stories & Jaffna Cousins

I miss our small tropical garden. Of course, as these things go, I didn’t appreciate it till it was reduced to just a tiny patch devoid of any fruit trees. I miss the Japanese roses my mum tended to in … Continue reading

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Typical Childhood in the 1950’s (Uncle A’s perspective), with a Preamble About Recording Stories

I’m noting down family details and it’s all these little stories and varying perspectives that may come in useful for a story about a typical Singaporean family that have their ancestral roots in Sri Lanka, specifically Jaffna. Of course no … Continue reading

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Were there Tasks You Hated Doing as a Child?

I’m asking myself questions and often I go off on a tangent, but that’s my purpose. My method of jogging my memory before it all fades. For me, as I was not made to do any chores, it was mostly … Continue reading

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Asking My 79 Year Old Uncle about his Childhood

My uncle used to swim in the Kallang River and rushed back home by 5.30pm when his father (the grandfather I never met, as he died a decade before I was born) would be home. My uncle (second eldest son … Continue reading

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What it was like growing up in the 70’s and 80’s – corded, rotary and pay phones

To have privacy for my phone calls as a teenager, I had to pull the cord of the only home phone and I couldn’t even shut the door of my room as the cord was thick. You were restricted by … Continue reading

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What are the three best decisions you’ve ever made?

I keep dwelling on decisions I regret so I am keen to do this more positive exercise instead. In real time. That is, whatever I type right now will be published unedited. 1. Immediately I think of travel. There is … Continue reading

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Why I Always Reach For Food

Wish I didn’t succumb to this, but I do, I always do. The lure of tasty food. I eat especially when I’m upset or often when I’m bored. Always for a celebration. Food makes me so happy and it’s what … Continue reading

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Anxiety: Why Am I Wired This Way?

My brain has been wired by trauma to always think of the worse possible outcome, so that I can be prepared. I’m constantly in fight or flight mode. It’s a terrible state to be in and I wish I wasn’t … Continue reading

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Singapore Museums: The National Museum is Amazing & A Must Visit

It’s free for Singaporeans and Permanent Residents so we really should take advantage of this. The building itself is spectacular and we are always awestruck looking up at the dome with the stain glass. As I went with two darling … Continue reading

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Nostalgia: Old Fashioned Cream Cakes

These butter cream cakes with jam on top, transport me back to afternoons with my grandmother, aunties, uncles and cousins. I was one of the younger ones then as it was the early 70’s and the rest of my cousins … Continue reading

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My Revelation on Instagram

I bit the bullet & revealed myself, sort of, on Instagram. My real name is Shanti & I love the fact that in Sanskrit it means peace. I dislike confrontation or conflict, am always seeking peace. I’m rather a passive … Continue reading

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Toddler Safety

Toddlers can get into all kinds of scraps so I had to write a post about toddler safety. I feel like they need to be supervised at all times. I would be fearful about unsupervised toddlers as they are constantly … Continue reading

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Tang at Mustafa

Had to snap a shot of shelves of Tang, a powdered vitamin C drink I used to have as a kid in the 80’s. I haven’t seen this in a while and it’s cool how this department store in Little … Continue reading

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Birthday Cake Memories

Wrote about my birthday cake memories. Remember when you were a child and the big reveal – when the cake box was opened for the first time and everyone marvelled? There was something magical about that. And who doesn’t like cake … Continue reading

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How Far Back Can You Remember?

Would love to hear about your earliest childhood memories and what age you were at the time. It seems most people can only recall as far back as age 6. Makes me wonder if there are suppressed memories. Wrote about … Continue reading

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What Were You Sure of as a 6 Year Old?

It’s sad that life beats us down and we don’t have the confidence we were born with. Was feeling introspective the other day and wrote this. Please indulge me. Always eager to hear your thoughts.

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Childhood Activities in the 70’s

These days the activities of children seem to be so commercialized. Wrote about my 70’s childhood and it made me think about simpler days when we made up our games and those lovely sand pits at the playground. Very hard … Continue reading

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My Third Visit to the Children Little Museum at Kampong Glam

It’s still interesting when you come with someone who hasn’t been here yet. Nice to witness their reaction and the childhood memories it brings back for them. It was worth paying for the S$2 ticket again to see the upstairs … Continue reading

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Inspiring Life Snippets

Following up from my last post, I was so enthralled to get the responses from blog writers that I nominated for the Liebster award.  Thank you so much for putting effort into your responses and sharing such personal details and … Continue reading

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My Early Teens: Studying in Singapore

Shared a little bit more about my childhood, teenhood and my sweet aunts. Previously I wrote about what it was like as a six year old, primary one child in the 70’s.

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