28 April 2021

80s/90s Kids, Relive Your Childhood at These Forgotten Spots

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Joel Conceicao A long-suffering Arsenal fan who will most likely reincarnate as a Himalayan goat.

It’s not just wine that gets better with age. Walk down memory lane and revisit these old school spots that you hung out at as a kid.

80s/90s kids, remember when entertainment was simple? Like collecting saga seeds and feeding your Tamagotchi? Well, those good ol’ days are long gone. In many cases, they are gone for the better (we shudder thinking of dial-up internet). Still, a lot has not changed, and these include spots that we visited as a kid but have forgotten as an adult. If you want a blast from the past, here are five old-school attractions to visit and relive your childhood.

Beat that tropical heat
Beat that tropical heat
  • Families with Kids

A long-time favourite of Singaporeans, Snow City gave many people the chance to experience snow in a tropical country. And, of course, as kids, playing around in a winter wonderland was a dream come true. While many of us have gone on to holiday in colder climates, it’s nice to remember the first time we saw snow, albeit artificial, at Snow City.

Dining in the sky
Dining in the sky
  • Instagram-worthy
  • Couples

Nothing is more old school than the Singapore Cable Car, having opened in 1974. The Cable Car once hosted the filming of the TV show Hawaii Five-O and held the world’s first mass weddings in the late 70s. Today, you can bring your partner here for a romantic night out to savour an exquisite four-course Italian meal and to soak in stunning views.

Visit a bomb-proof bunker
Visit a bomb-proof bunker
  • Heritage
  • Solo Traveller

The Battle Box a WWII-era, bomb-proof bunker converted into a museum, was not a place we pestered our parents to bring us to. But it’s nice to revisit this former command centre as an adult if you’ve been here before. Located nine metres underground, discover rooms and wartime artefacts at the spot where Singapore surrendered to the Japanese.

Admire gorgeous flora
Admire gorgeous flora
  • Iconic
  • Group Travellers
  • Families with Kids

The National Orchid Garden is one of those places you’ve been to when you were young but probably forgotten. Today, the Garden has a new attraction: the Tropical Montane Orchidetum. This dreamy, air-conditioned glasshouse is an Instagrammable gem perfect for escaping the heat, with a fairy-tale-like garden of over 1,000 species of orchids and hybrids.

For thrills and spills
For thrills and spills
  • Families with Kids
  • Adrenaline Rush
  • Group Travellers

Millennials would be familiar with Wild Wild Wet, which opened in 2004 and was given a facelift before re-opening in 2012. Despite new and improved rides like the Royal Flush, Asia’s first hybrid raft ride, there is no ridding this iconic water park of its nostalgia, when we used to beg mum and dad to bring us here during the school holidays.

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