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11/19/2007

Life in the 50s and 60s

We were poor, terribly poor. We tightened belt everyday, living a day at a time. We ate things as substitution from those we could not afford. Instead of milk powder, we had condensed milk and of the cheapest brand, the General. Rice was the poorest quality. Our clothings were branded, like Moon Rabbit, Good Morning, Sea Gull and Double Happiness. We don't used hand washing solution or washing powder. A bar of multipurpose Sunlight soap will do for everything, wash hair, wash face and body, wash clothing, was bowls and pans. And we rented out every rooms to strangers. We welcomed strangers into our homes and shared everything, toilet and living rooms with them, cooked in the same kitchen, no privacy, no fear of security etc. We are going down that path today. It is progress, the Singapore way. We are better off today, huh?

4 comments:

Speedwing said...

Hi Redbean, are Singaporeans going down that road? I think not. You have progressed too far to ever return to that state of affairs. Please don't exaggerate. Don't frighten people too much. You will cause panic on this peaceful heaven.

redbean said...

hi speed,

it will never be the same again. we will not live in the slums of old chinatown. we will not be earning $200 pm. we will not wear clothing that are patched.

but we will share our home with strangers, some of the people will. and some will be very stretched.

Anonymous said...

I don't know, but people in the 60s had more humanity than the modern generation of Singaporeans who subscribe to unbrindled materialism, individualism, banana ideals, and kiasuness.

Anonymous said...

You can still be happy with poor living conditions (e.g. Indonesians are happier than Americans - or so the survey goes). Learn to adapt.