11 October 2010

Then And Now (2)

I had been very busy lately as I was attending a 2-month part-time course at the Singapore Polytechnic. As this course was sponsored by my office, it was important that I pass it otherwise I don't know where to hide my face. Hence, please accept my sincere apologies for having disappeared for some time.

To hold the fort for a while, here is another "Then And Now" post. The following photo, courtesy of National Archives of Singapore, shows the junction of Rochor Road and North Bridge Road in 1986:


It shows the 7th Storey hotel which I blogged about here and here. This old hotel was demolished in 2009 to make way for the Downtown MRT Line. This location was also where the DHL balloon was sited. The bubble was burst balloon was taken down sometime last year too.


The photo below shows how the same junction looked like a few months ago. You can see the ongoing construction work being carried out on the right side of the photo. (I have placed the old photo of the junction directly below the newer one for comparison purpose.)

9 comments:

unk Dicko said...

Somehow, looking at the 2 pics, I can recognise the old scene better
[1986]...even though I've walked around there in both time periods.
But I can't explain this feeling!

Thimbuktu said...

unk Dicko, I somehow share your sentiments about that pix...compared to the the heavy traffic with the MRT Bugis Street active construction now. Signs of progress and times of change, I guess!

unk Dicko said...

As I said it's difficult to explain, James. It's not that traffic moved slower in 1986 and now tend to move much faster..that is the explanation. It's something deeper than that. Maybe for some of us,the internal archives in our brain(memory recall)are functioning better with sentimental, old scenes than jazzy, new ones. That's why many of us love old things, collect old things..and still love our old clothes v much!

Thimbuktu said...

How nice to share the personal observations of our friends of our times and suddenly, I don't feel lonely and alone in my thoughts anymore.

Replace that label "old" with the word "favorite"...

"I simply remember my favorite things
And then I don't feel so bad..."

Remember "Maria - My Favorite Things" from "The Sound of Music"

Love that Unk Dicko. Cheers!

unk Dicko said...

Sure I remember..the whole song. Even now, it's still in my head! And still one of my Favorites.
Remind me to play this tune for you on Ukulele next when we meet.

Anonymous said...

Unk Dicko said ... "many of us love old things, collect old things..and still love our old clothes.."

For sure, even his nickname is "the wise OLD owl". We love it too. Haha!

Lam Chun See said...

He (Unk Dicko) is what is called an oldie by goodie.

Lam Chun See said...

No wonder I feel so at home in Ipoh. The streets there just like your old photo. When I go into town nowadays, I get quite stressed; esp. the Suntec area and Orchard Rd. Just a concrete jungle.

Andy Young* said...

Great area Bugis. That high buiding diagonally across the shopping mall. Looks like a Gotham City block to me. Check carefully in the evenings and you can see Batman peering from the top of the highrise.