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With my bottle recycling business in tatters, I found difficulty filling the Post Office card with stamps. Moreover, the number of boys and girls made to stand at the back of the classroom dwindled. There were only three of us left – all boys. Mr Sir seemed to overlook the girls and focused on the boys. I did not want to be the last boy standing (and all of you thought it was a new reality TV program).

There are a total of 50 such stories… regarding life in rural 1960s Singapore, Chong Pang Village in Sembawang outside the former HM Naval Base which was the Royal Navy’s primary military base in the Far East until 1972.

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