I wrote about Toa Payoh Lorong 8 here in Oct 2007.
Yesterday, I was back at the same place for a revisit. The place did not look very different. The food centre still looked the same as it was before, except that some stalls had increased their prices. For example, the fishball stall which I mentioned in the earlier post was selling its noodles at a minimum of $2.50 per bowl instead of $2.00 previously.
I noticed that the seats around the trees in the courtyard had been removed:
Above: Photo taken yesterday
I wonder why? Could it be that some people have been caught sleeping on the seats?
In addition, the rooster I saw previously was white in colour. This time round, a black-and-brown one seemed to have taken over the territory:
He even started a family, possibly with even more chicks still being hatched by the hen:
At a nearby fruit stall, a fruit that I thought was the buah su su (passion fruit) was on sale:
(Chun See and YG recently blogged about the passion fruit here and here respectively.)
My eyes chanced upon a poster at the food centre. It was only then that I realised why this part of Toa Payoh had remained largely unchanged since the town was built:
You see, Lorong 8 Toa Payoh is part of the Potong Pasir Single Member Constituency, an opposition ward served by Mr Chiam See Tong since 1984. Come to think of it, we should thank Mr Chiam for leaving us some nostalgic places to reminisce about.