BEDA · Joelyn's Museum Escapades

BEDA 2013.1 #8: Once Upon Singapore

It was a dark morning, the rain clouds hung, heavy from impending rain. Over at Outram Park Station, adventurers Sarah, Raven, and Joelyn head for a journey that is directionless at best, all aimed to be done to beat the rain.

On the way there, at Neil Road.
On the way there, at Neil Road.
Up the hipster alley... HEE
Up the hipster alley… HEE

Okay, I’m being very melodramatic here. We went to the Once Upon Singapore exhibition held at the Math Paper Press Showroom. In summary, the exhibition was organised and curated by Seah YunXin, a final year student with LaSalle School of the Arts, featuring items of Singapore’s past (mostly items of our childhood).

Entrance Poster.
Entrance Poster.
Math Paper Press Showroom.
Math Paper Press Showroom.
A typewriter greets you at the start of the exhibition.
A typewriter greets you at the start of the exhibition.
Remember that green activity book? If you went for Heritage Trails in schools, chances are, you might have gone through that.
Remember that green activity book? If you went for Heritage Trails in schools, chances are, you might have gone through that.
GREASE!! Library cards, phone cards, and old envelopes.
GREASE!! Library cards, phone cards, and old envelopes.

You were given an exhibition guide upon entrance, providing short write-ups to the various exhibits and information from their donors. After which, you could take a seat, enjoy the video interviews of various donors (Kenny Leck and Royston Tan being a few of them), and literally, chop until you were happy.

Activity corner on a marble table.
Activity corner on a marble table.
Stamps of old playground designs!
Stamps of old playground designs!
Yes, chop until happy.
Yes, chop until happy.

To say that the exhibition brought back memories of my childhood is probably just scraping the surface. While I was able to relate to many items, it also got me thinking – these items weren’t around that long ago, have we been progressing too quickly? And how many are there missing out on the underrated value of these things?

Pondering aside, I felt that the venue was apt, nonetheless (Math Paper Press Showroom). While the surroundings exuded nostalgia, it was clear that the stamps were a great activity to have.

Sarah and Raven chopping until happy.
Sarah and Raven chopping until happy.

In fact, when this picture reached Max via Whatsapp, he literally went, “BRB COMING OVER NOW” and did so.

So there you go.

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