Child’s Play – Toy Story #3

November 12, 2010 at 12:09 am | Posted in itchy mouth | Leave a comment
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Remember Itchyfingers mentioned that Singapore used to have three museums for toys? With the one dedicated to Shanghai toys, MoST, closed, we are now left with two. This is another little museum tucked in a small shophouse near the heritage area of Arab Street. Itchyfingers saw this museum few years back when we were taking photos around but didn’t go in cos we needed to rush to somewhere else. This particular day, we made it a point to find time for a visit.

But we could not find the museum at the same street we saw it last time. Could it have closed down? Just when I was feeling a bit disappointed, something familiar caught our eyes…

The big robot! So they had moved to a new location! Luckily we didn’t leave
but continue to look around the vicinity!

At the entrance was this stall with lotsa old toys for sale. I was so
intrigued by one of those plastic toys that I went closer into the stall for a
look, but was stopped by the shop attendant…hahah…malu :p

Besides this nostalgic looking shop front, the ground floor also sells other bigger items of yesteryears, including retro-looking fridge, record players and of course, more toys. We checked with the attendant that the museum was on the second floor and guess what, it only cost $2! Hmmm, I thought I remembered it was $5 at the old place? But, who’s complaining?! Hahaha!

Rows of robot toys in glass cabinet welcomed visitors before entering the
museum upstairs

History of tin toys…er…the sentence-breaking not very good…hahah…

Pushed open the door and along the wooden stairway were displays of the owner’s old childhood photos as well some handmade toys.


Some old baby products

Interesting dual function applicances!

Old toys hung as decor

After walking up the stairs we understood why it only cost $2 per person…cos it was so small! Hahahah… 😀

One of the corners of the museum

It might be a small museum, but choosing where to start looking was tough choice! Hahah…I was looking at the wall display when Tisu Boy asked me to go see something else…

Another toy ‘stall’ set up at a corner. This one looked even more authentic
compared to the one on the ground floor as the toys here were all used and
old items…Aiyo, cannot jump in to take picture.. 😦 Look carefully and
you are bound to find something familiar…


Don’t they still sell something similar in neighbourhood toy shops? 😀

Wow…this train must had been one of those more expensive toys in those
days…comes with a headlight! 😀

A more economical plaything – paper figures with changeable wardrobe!

Just besides this toy ‘stall’, there was this equally attractive ‘stall’…

Icy cold drinks for you? 8) What else do you find in this stall?

An old ice-kacang, or shaved ice, machine! 😀 Some hawkers still use this
old model…I think I saw this in Cambodia too!

Old glass bottled drinks

The same orange drink, different packaging. Look at the old F&N logo
a tongue-sticking lion! Hahah

Drinks in assortments of colours! Looked just like sugar syrup!

Over at the other side was this old mobile movie projector, where you
peeked into one of the small windows to watch moving imageries. I saw
this before in the museum

Another of my favourite spot across the room…!

An old fashioned hair salon! Look at the water sprinkler bottle, the round
mirror, old perfume…Retro!

Tisu Girl desperately in need of a makeover! Does this picture remind you
of the salon installation at the Singapore Biennial we visited two years back?

I think this toddler stool had dual function – as a normal chair with safety
bar to prevent the kid from falling and as ‘toilet’! The potty would be placed
below the stool – the round disc with two holes made it easier for adults to
remove it so the tiny butt can drop the poo poo into the potty…hahah

“Hello, hello…anyone home?”

Next to the salon was a stationery shop display…so many old stationery!

Have you used any one of these before?

Another collection of pencil sharpener!

A row of glass cabinet displayed items that the owner used during school days…

School bags used to look like suitcase…haha

Cute tiny trophies!

School socks…the white bottled liquid was a quick-fix for dirty school

Do you prefer a 1979 Superman pencil case or one with Bruce Lee?

When there’s school, there will be exams! So the owner used to burn the
midnight oil during exams period and needed the alarm to wake him up
for brekky – two hard boiled eggs!

The exams result!

Not so bad!

Naked baby dolls…

No longer naked with handmade knitted dress

Oh my god! The crazy Cymbal-banging Monkey! He appeared in Toy
Story 3
! Hahahaha! 😀 I couldn’t stop laughing as I had just watched
the movie! 😀

Well, the museum may be small compared to the other two, but the theme was different. Over here, it is more personal as the items were all memories from the owner’s childhood time. They were also more familiar to people here as they were part of our collective memories. Certainly worth a visit to relive some of the lost childhood moments if you were born in the same period as the owner. If you are not, it is still good fun looking at what people play during the time.

Leaving our mark on the guestbook… :p

Also see related posts:
> Have a Mint – Toy Story #2
> Game Over – Toy Story #1


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