12 May '12, 5am

Blogged: My first home and our big, black, noisy gate.

Blogged: My first home and our big, black, noisy gate.

Warning, shameless product placement at the end of this sincere post. My first home was a three-room flat in Upper Aljunied Lane. My parents lived there for three years before they had me, their firstborn. My family went on to stay there for the next fifteen years. We had one of those old school gates, a heavy black metal gate that opened by sliding to one side. You can see it in the photo above (yes, that was me in 1969). Because the bearings below were damaged and Pa didn't bother to fix it, every time we opened the gate, the whole neigbourhood could hear the clanging sound. It was like the sound of a castle drawbridge being lowered. We hardly kept the door closed anyway, because our neighbourhood was like a little kampung. Neighbours walked in and out of each other's homes, doors were not locked till late at night, and kids played along the common corridor. More than on...

Full article: http://www.mrbrown.com/blog/2012/05/my-first-home.html

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