Sail Your Way to Singapore

A long long time ago, the only way to reach Singapore was by sea. Here’s an easy activity inspired by our forefathers’ perilous sea journeys. It is perfect for younger children aged five to eight.

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William Farquhar — The Other Founder of Singapore

Everyone knows Stamford Raffles as the Founder of Singapore. But in all his life, he only spent¬†8 months at the longest stretch¬†on our little island. Raffles may have had the grand plans, but it was William Farquhar who stayed on and ruled in Singapore. He worked with the people here and took Singapore from the…

Singapore’s Bumboats

Once upon a time, the Singapore River was crowded with bumboats. They carried goods such as nutmeg and pepper between the ships moored out at sea and the warehouses, which were also called godowns. Back in the day, bumboats came in all colours, shapes and sizes.

Childhood Favourites – White Rabbit Candy

You can buy lots of sweets and candies in the shops these days. And there are huge shops selling nothing but candy too. But can you imagine that not that long ago, such a sight was not to be seen in Singapore? Many of the sweets we take for granted now — like the different…

How To Play Five Stones

This is one of the most well known games during the early days of Independent Singapore. Almost every school girl would have a set of five stones in her pocket or bag, ready to play with friends. You’ll need: At least 2 players, a flat surface to play on, and a set of five stones.…

When Singapore Queued For A Week

Queuing is a very Singaporean trait these days. We like things to be done orderly, and queuing is the fairest way to take turns. You’ll see Singaporeans queuing at food stalls, at the cashier, for buses, etc. But from 25 to 28 March 2015, Singaporeans queued like they had never queued before! You’ll see a…