Residents recall Paya Lebar's civilian airport and kampung days
Memories take flight over 'wide swamp'
Mention Paya Lebar, and it conjures up many different memories.
For 59-year-old Mr David Sia, what comes to mind is the former Paya Lebar Airport terminal building which he frequented with his cousins in the 1960s.
"We watched the planes from the viewing gallery on the open rooftop.
"It was a joy to look at them coming in and touching down," said the corporate trainer.
For others, Paya Lebar is an industrial town, dotted with low- rise hardware and repair workshops, and offices in the Singapore Post Centre and iPark complex.
If you were a stranger and came here, there'd be eyes on you. You might have been challenged to a fight.
- Long-time Paya Lebar resident David Sia, on the gangsters in the area in the old days