I am sure many people of my generation remember fondly the Odeon Theatre at 331 North Bridge Road. Some of us (not me) might have had their first dates there, not necessarily with our spouses. It was an ordinary theatre which was a well-known landmark in that area. It was the place where families and courting couples spent many hours watching movies like The Ten Commandments and other war movies. That is until the building was demolished in the 1970s, I think.
Today, a spanking new building stands in its place - the Odeon Tower:
The ground floor entrance to the tower is just as spectacular:
And so is the view from one of the upper floors:
In fact, for a photo buff like me, there is no lack of interesting subjects in the building. Here's a worm-eye view of a spiral staircase leading to a designer furniture shop on the first floor and a pub on a higher floor which I think might have closed down:
Last week (3 - 6 Jan 06), I was at Odeon Tower to attend an IT course. I recently bought a new Samsung L50 camera from a fellow Renault car club forum member for $270. I considered it a very good buy since its market value was at least $415. In fact, it was such good value that the seller made me promise not to resell it for a profit.
As you can see, I have faithfully kept my promise - these photos were taken with the new camera. They come with date-time stamps, just like in Chun See's photos. So Philip (camera seller's name), if you are reading this, I've kept my promise so far and therefore you cannot shoot me... just yet.
Back to my story on Odeon Theatre and Odeon Tower. Old foodies would know that there used to be a coffeeshop near Odeon Theatre which served very delicious Hainanese beef noodles and it was normal to have to wait more than half an hour for it:
So naturally, when it was lunchtime, I went hunting for similarly delicious food. I passed by the restaurant which you see on the left of the entrance photo above. The restaurant served an unbelievable $3 lunch, including a small dian xin (点心) like lao po bing (老婆并) free. Tea and coffee prices were only at 70 cts a cuppa with no 'plus-plus-plus' too (meaning no GST, service charge, tea and towel charge). And they served beef stew rice which was yummy. Needless to say, even though fully aware that beef is cholesterol-laden, I had this dish for two days in a row. Only when Odeon Theatre was still around could one find restaurant food at such a bargain. So what's the catch? One had to lunch al fresco at one of the four tables you see on the right of the photo. The table umbrella would be opened for you but it was of little use in foul weather. Another catch - the fish porridge which my colleague ordered took more than half an hour to come and he left without eating it. Some things never change.
I must say the IT course brought back EAT memories for me and I had great company for lunch too. By the way (I don't mean to give you any assignment since school has started) does anyone know where the beef noodles of yore has moved to, that is if it is still operating?