Photo *Heart* Fridays – Nostalgia

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Behind these dusty window panes is a medical shop manned by a middle aged lady and her aged mother…

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Taking a peek through the windows of these shophouses, I see dark, dusty rooms, now abandoned. Once homes to residents living along Katong Road.


The former Red House Bakery, once a landmark on Katong Road, used to be famous for its Swiss rolls and curry puffs. The“Red House” Bakery was the first in Singapore to bake three-tier Western-style wedding cakes in the 1920s.

It will become residential homes very soon, to be sold to affluent house buyers.


Katong, whose history is filled with vacation homes and mansions for the wealthy in the 19th century, still retains some of its charm with its quaint cafes, eateries and glimpses of its Peranankan heritage. What other nostalgic finds will I discover in this neighborhood? Do read the upcoming posts to find out!

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  1. Aha! I recognized the window grilles straightaway! I crossed that same overhead bridge so many times in my youth. Oh, Red House Bakery, how i miss it. I had so many dates there! Wish I could bring my kids there like my parents brought me. Do you go to chin mee chin? It transports you right back to the 70s!!

    I did a post about the Katong I miss some time ago. Please allow me to share it here; would be nice to compare Katong then and now!
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    Mabel Reply:

    Adora, Chin Mee Chin either closed down already, or closing down soon!! it’s going the same sad way that Red House did… not enough workers :(
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    Rachel Reply:

    Actually CMC is still thriving in Katong…no signs of it folding soon I think

    Rachel Reply:

    Yes I have been to CHC…love the old school feeling in the coffeeshop

    I remembered reading your post sometime ago. So much of our childhood memories have been lost through modernization of the place

  2. As Adora says: My body is in the West, but my heart lives in the East.

    Not only now – but when I first came to SG, I stayed in the East. So they were mostly a backdrop to my childhood and growing up years.
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    Rachel Reply:

    You must have had many fond memories of this neighborhood

    Adora Reply:

    Regina has fond memoria of the paktoring in that neighborhood I’m sure 😀
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  3. Lovely vintage shots.. must make a trip down to Katong soon!! Laksa and all the lovely architecture!!
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    Rachel Reply:

    Yes Laksa together soon :)

  4. i used to stay in the katong area and i had so many things going on there my entire childhood!

    the red house bakery was where my family and i would go to pack bread – i especially love their hot dogs! and i remember there being a prima deli on the way home from school. my dad will park along the road, my sis and i will run in and grab whatever cake and/or bread we want to eat that’s within our $10 budget and run out! and the drama and music classes i attended….

    ahhh!! your post has brought back so much memories for me! 😀

    Rachel Reply:

    Glad that this post have brought back some fond memories for u!

  5. I live in the area!! Very nice photography. Let me know next time you are in the area, we’ll meet up – this area is a foodie paradise and a photographer’s haven.
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