Shall start this blog entry with snippets from my favourite comic, Archie (Our dog, Archie, is named after the lead character!).
Archie & Betty: A Cheap Date @ the Playground
Baby, shall we go on a simple date at the playground sometime soon? 🙂
Royston Tan’s documentary movie, Old Places, has inspired many Singaporeans to take a trip down memory lane and recapture the old places that were, once, so significant in our lives. A street barbershop, a world-class cinema, an old elevator, a family-managed confectionery, a dilapidated post office, the neighborhood coffee shop and of course, every child’s favourite hangout, the playground. Well, every child’s favourite place to be before modern technology (internet? gaming? television?) came into our lives. I miss … experiencing a temporary high as I swept back and forth on the swing, getting giddy spells as I went round the merry-go-round and enjoying the thrill of playing the balancing act on the see-saw. Playground features that are almost rare to find in modern playgrounds these days. As it turns out, the government had to convert the majority of the sandpit into foam or rubber as there was a hike in playground-related accidents which resulted in many injuries.
These playgrounds of the yesteryear (built between 1970s to 1990s) were designed and built with a specific theme in mind, such as animals and fruits. Earlier this year, The Little Drom Store celebrated “the essence of the good old dreamy days” by showcasing a collection of 28 pictures taken of 10 old playgrounds at the Esplanade. “The architecture of such nostalgic playgrounds were considered art, beyond the tangible realm. And in our humble opinion, they are so much more creative and imaginative than the plastic playgrounds we have now.” – The Little Drom Store. Such a beautiful statement.
With only a map in hand (thank god for GPS!) and a whole lot of determination (trust me, it was quite a challenge to fight the scorching heat while trying to find my way to the playgrounds … on foot and public transport!), I managed to cover 5 old playgrounds in 5 hours. Relive your childhood memories as I take you through these 5 playgrounds located in the heartlands.
* All pics with the blurry effects are taken with the starburst jelly lens attached to the nico digi. For those who are keen, you might like to check out Film Snap for a wide range of film cameras and accessories at budget friendly prices! 🙂
Take a walk with the Dinosaurs
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