This nostalgia trip by Allan Thompson will certainly be one he can share with many Singaporeans. Allan's "spreading the newspaper on the grass" experience is only too common with young Singaporeans who went courting in the 60s. Allan explains that he is "raking through the embers of my Singapore past and stirring up a few sparks which make me smile." He has written many poems when he was in RAF Changi. "Perhaps it was the scent of frangipani on the balmy evening air or, more likely, the searing stench of a freshly sliced durian! I am keeping an interested eye on your marvellous blog."
So if you enjoyed his last 6 episodes about RAF Changi in the 60s and his stint with a guitar group then read on about his social life in Singapore:
I also remember the #Wonderland bar and restaurant on the East Coast Road ( image below) which was on the ground floor of a tall building called the Tay Ban Guan. It was air-conditioned and very dark when you first went inside so that you bumped into tables. Good fun!
So as the The Platters', Twilight Time, Cliff Richard's When The Girl In Your Arms Is The Girl In Your Heart and the Reyes Sisters', I Don't Care If Tomorrow Never Comes (image record sleeve above left) were playing from a nearby seaside bungalow, Allan started to count the twinkling lights and stars. And that took a long time...
Do you have stories and songs you wish to share when you took that Tanjong Katong stroll with your girlfriend?
[Philips Record: EP The Reyes Sisters: A Ring For My Darling (by Tisana/W.King), I Don't Care If Tomorrow Never Come (Pop classic. Great yodelling by sisters), *Valley Of Dreams (Singapore original by Terry Marsden), You Don't Have To Be A Baby To Cry.]