Sunday, November 15, 2009

The Singapore Chapter.....58, Jalan Mas Kuning and the people .around us.

The above is the house my late father bought when he retired. It was at the time when I graduated from the Singapore Teachers' College. It was also the time when ASH graduated from the Singapore University and started teaching in Yusof Ishak Secondary School which was situated very close to No 58.

It was strange then to to have 'next-door' neighbors - something we never experienced before when living in kampung houses ! We felt that people are watching each other ever so closely - and we were also guilty of that.

My right side neighbour was a Fillipino family. The man of the house was working for Caltex . The couple had something like 4 daughters and a son if I remembeted correctly and they were so noisy. But the children never play with other kids. They kept very much to themcelves.

My left side neighbour was a problem. They are a Chinese family who came from a deep rural area and had to move out because of development. They were famers With the compensation money, they bought the house---cash ! However they could not adjust to the new environment. And my family had to pay for their adjustment in having an eye-sore in their garden which was filled with knick-knacks from their kampung house. I swear that the stench of urine that sometimes pervade the air in the morning comes from their garden. I can only guess that they used urine to water their plants.

We remembered they had a dog. One evening, there was a howling from the dog and the next morning, we saw that the poor dog had lost its tail.! Don't ask me how and why ! Any theories from any 'experts' of practices ?

Two doors away was a Eurasian family.  It consists of the mother and two siblings, The elder one, the son was an engineer. He loves the Saab cars ( Acar from Sweden I think) . He has three of these cars and was involved with motor racing activities.

When ASH sold her two-seater MG Midget sports car ( for want of a faster car ), she bought a Morris Mini Cooper which was already 'souped-up' by the previous owner. (you see , in her days....she was 'eeevviilll'  - and fast ). Anyway I remembered asking the guy to test out the Cooper. He took the car out , with Abah and me in the car---and showed me how to drive a fast car. He was something else !


from this

to something like this with 2" wheel spacers, straight-through 2" pipe exhaust system and if I'm not wrong , a twin Stromberg or Webber carburetor in racing green..





Now , his younger sister was a musician. Every sunday morning, I would listen to her playing the piano and that would be the time for me to wash the car . Between us was a well kept secret which both families and neighbour didn't know --- we were going out together -- for about 6 or 8 month I think. Yeah, that was fun. A lot of cloak and dagger movements when we want to meet or coming home from an outing. How we pretended with just a nod of acknowledgment whenever the families see each other.

Our front neighbour was an English family . He was attached to the British family and another square peg in a round hole.....but thats another story.


Anyway way here are photos. Unfortunately , photos of me are in ASH's camera and  it will come later..---


the driveway .



ASH at the gate..




....and below....just received this from ASH..




Since we're on the topic of no.58, let me dig up deep into the archives and these are what I retrieved....two photos related to this post. Of course its black and white. In fact these photos were processed, developed and enlarged in my own dark-room. Colour processing was impossibly expensive and not within a hobbyist's reach.



Me---with cigarette in hand (I don't smoke indoor) and always doing something. Thats ASH's Cooper

 
Front view of No 58 then.. ( don't bother about the back view of someone leaning against the car )

In no 58, in front of the main door. Next to me are my Minolta 35mm and the SLR Praktica Nova B, and on the table is the casing for my Soligor 200mm. telephoto lens. So you see, my hobby actually goes way back when ...

17 comments:

ph said...

Hey Romeo, it makes me laugh when reading the part about you washing the car whenever your "Juliet" played the piano. Your car must had been very shiny and spotless.

sunnysideup said...

hey ph
bodoh lah i if i don;t take the opportunity !
But my car gained the most because its always spick and span, inside and out. Ask ASH ...she knows. Sometimes I even washed her car so I could stay langer outside without appearing ridiculous..hahahaha..
Oh the things we have to do ....its a lot of sacrifices and sweat you know.... but of course well worth it ....heheheh

anak si-hamid said...

So, who's a conniving Romeo and just as eeevviiill

I wish and wish and wish I could have my old MG Midget again. Sighhh.

Helas(^o^)\m/ said...

ehem.... need tips ow ur tackle ur juliet heheh

sunnysideup said...

helas
I'm sure you're no novice yourself....

sunnysideup said...

anak si-hamid

errr ...errrr...

Hey...find an old one and shah and I would be happy to give it a make-over. That would be something to see you and Iain zooming up and down the eatate.....

iRiSS said...

hahahah... im sure the car must be very shining..! cuz im sure u can't stop washing and stay a distance from the sound of piano sir..

sunnysideup said...

iriss...
if only you know what I went through....the car, the garden , the smoking,...........

Helas(^o^)\m/ said...

-> anak si-hamid
i will pray for u that u will have ur "MG Midget sports car".. then u bring me Jalan-jalan hehehe

Helas(^o^)\m/ said...

eh i realize... got more story below.. i tot it was end oredy after ash pic..

ok now about the black and white photo.. no photo about ur juliet sir hehehe

sunnysideup said...

mana eh sai helas ! Now she is called juliet ha....thx to ph !!!

About your prayer helas....ASH will be happy to know that.

Helas(^o^)\m/ said...

hahaha.. ok ok....

bout the car.. hope can ride with ASH someday hehe.. ow by the way.. look at ur pic about the MG car, should i bring along an umbrella.. its open air car i see.. hehe

anak si-hamid said...

Helas,
I don't think you will want to be a passenger in my MG Midget sports car. Firstly, get an insurance cover. But wish hard for me...

Sunnysideup,
Didn't you and Abah made that three-seater settee-cum-coffee table? It was a real fancy set.

sunnysideup said...

Yes , I did , didn't I ! Guess I still have that old man's creativity. heheheh

Helas(^o^)\m/ said...

ASH...

dont worry i'm confident with u hehe.. ok i will pray for u.. just let me know k after u get 1.. hehe.

sunnysideup
sir, is that table from F1 car rims inspired from ur Abah also??

sunnysideup said...

HELAS
NO HELAS. tHATS FROM MY SON. Guess it runs in the family !

Helas(^o^)\m/ said...

owww ok .... inherit from its granpa hehe