A Blink in Time: Memories of Singapore’s Vanishing Past
Authored by Project Ink’s Communications Architect Angela Chew, A Blink In Time captures traditional trades, places and items that are fast disappearing – pieces of the past that still remain in Singapore which remind us of our childhood and our parents of their own.
- Traditional trades, places and items, for instance, Kampong Lorong Buangkok, a roadside barber, a gated lift, old bus tickets, pagers, walkmans and many others.
- Traditional trades and items unique to the different races, such as the Indian parrot fortune teller and spice mill, the Chinese abacus and weighing scale, the Malay games of chatek and congkak, the Peranakan tailor who still embroiders sarong kebayas the traditional way, and the Eurasian folk dancers.
Accompanying the images are a collection of memories of the various individuals who lived through those times and experienced its sights, scents and smells. These stories are told in each individual’s own words – which span the full spectrum from Standard English to Singlish – and thus bring to life the images on the page while adding a distinctively local flavour to the book.