Phase 1


Date: Feb 1984 – Dec 1988
: Toddler
Age: 0 – 4 years
Location: Singapore (Clementi)


There isn’t a whole lot I remember about this part of my life. Singapore herself is considered one large city, but is divided into many little residential town areas, and we lived in one of the western ones called Clementi for the first few years of my life. I am fairly sure we were in Yishun, a town in the north, before I was 5, as that’s when I started kindergarten there, and I do have a few lingering memories from that time period. My younger sister was born when I was 4, and she was born in Clementi, so we must have moved from Clementi to Yishun at some point between May and December 1988, but I have not found records of when this move exactly took place.

In this phase of my life, we lived in Block 730, Clementi West Street 2, #10-338 (local). A Google Maps view of the block can be seen here (local).

Clementi is forever cemented in my mind as W8 — the 8th station on the west Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) line. Even though Singapore isn’t a large place by all accounts, my schools were always in the north and then central and then central-east regions of the city-state, and so we seldom had a reason to head so far west. As a result, I don’t think I ever really visited or was shown what Clementi looked like once I grew up enough to recognize and recall things. There might have been one exception, when I followed Dad on a courier trip on his motorcycle and he might have pointed out the apartment block as we went by the place, but I am not sure if that is a made up memory or not.

Regardless, all that will be in this section are photographs, as I do not really have any memories from this far back. Stay tuned for these photographs!

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