Looking at these photos by 65-year-old Japanese photographer and former marine engineer Doi Kuro, you’d think you were in some more backward part of Malaysia, or maybe Potong Pasir (sorry Potong Pasirians).
But no, what you’ll see below is Singapore in the 1980s – almost unrecognisable from the Singapore of today.
If you showed some la uncle at the time a picture of Bugis Village and told him one day his home would look like this, he’d probably slap you on the head, tell you to don’t gong jiao wei, and ask you to go hang up the bananas for the day’s sale.
But oh, for the Singaporeans who can remember these sights and sounds, what a long way we’ve come.
Time and tide might have travelled too quickly for us to catch up.
(1) Makan at the “Hawker Centre”
(2) Wow, Public Buses!
(4) Capitol Theatre then, and that Unmistakable Parking Sign!
(5) Now, THAT’S a Mamak Stall
(6) A Very Different Pasar