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Days past - a working river

By GeorgeP  
Singapore River ~ 1963..This is a scan of a slide taken around 1963. I was fortunate to spend my final three years of high school in Singapore. There, I discovered girls, independence from parents, and Tiger beer. Those three years made an indelible impression - something akin to what Kipling captured in his poem:..

An' I'm learnin' 'ere in London what the ten-year soldier tells.
"If you've 'eard the East a-callin', you won't never 'eed naught else."
No! you won't 'eed nothin' else.
But them spicy garlic smells,.
An' the sunshine an' the palm-trees an' the tinkly temple-bells;

I've returned to Singapore several times over the years and been amazed at the way this small island has changed and continues to change. Yet some things are constant - the climate, the variety of wonderful tasty food, the friendly industrious people and Tiger beer.

Tags: River Historical Singapore Landscape and travel

Voters: ANNDORASBOX, ossca, bobpaige1 and 25 more


cats_123 Plus
16 5.0k 30 Northern Ireland
21 Nov 2016 8:35AM
Something you'll never forget 😁

My abiding memory is the heat 😁😁

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GeorgeP Plus
13 59 25 United States
21 Nov 2016 2:31PM

Quote:My abiding memory is the heat 😁😁

It must be age but I don't recall the heat as a big problem when I was a kid. Very few places were air conditioneded and most busses and cars managed with only the breeze coming through the windows. On my last visit the heat was noticeable. Perhaps because memory is selective rather than a change in the climate?
af1 7 United Kingdom
21 Nov 2016 2:55PM
Nice memories George..My father was stationed in Changi and left just as the Japs arrived...
23 Nov 2016 4:29PM
Lovely write up George and a great shot..Lin
An unusual tonal range but creates a lovely change. Well done George.
GeorgeP Plus
13 59 25 United States
5 Dec 2016 3:43AM

Quote:An unusual tonal range but creates a lovely change.

I take no credit . . . probably a result of the dyes in the slide fading over the past 50 years! In keeping, the smells of the river have also faded in my memory.
Chinga Plus
9 3 2 United Kingdom
15 Dec 2016 2:35AM
Wonderful image presented...
I have just returned from Thailand and Tiger beer and Shinga beer were the order of the day... SmileSmile
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tonyguitar Plus
8 77 37 Canada
23 Dec 2016 4:52AM
In the land of fine jewelry and finest tailored suits, this image is full of interest and suggests a touch of high key. TG
sawsengee Plus
13 6 33 Malaysia
28 Apr 2019 7:34AM
Yes George, your observation is so enlightening, the river quays of Singapore will never change, it is part of their heritage & you can see the riverside restaurants & foodstalls on your picture, the very same location as they are today! ee Smile

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