8 SG50 items on the Internet to make you nostalgic

As Singapore gears up to celebrate its landmark 50th birthday, there have been plenty of interesting projects to commemorate the occasion.

Social media has also been abuzz with photos, videos and snippets shared by netizens, harking back to the past.

Get ready those tissues - here's eight notable highlights for a heavy dose of nostalgia.

1. #GrowingUpSingaporean

This hashtag calling on locals to recount their childhood memories started trending on Twitter on July 22. Still remember the milo truck that toured schools and some of the well-loved snacks that were a part of everyone's younger days?

2. Merlion drawing

"SG50 Merlion" Sorry that it took me this long to complete it. Anyways, here's the completed artwork - Merlion done by writing "SG50" entirely in pilot drawing pens. Took me 17 hours over a span of 1 week, approximately 25,000 words ( 25 words per minute ). It is harder than it looks, especially the scales. To commemorate Singapore's 50th Birthday on the 9th August, I've decided to come up with this piece as a follow up to the LKY drawing. This is my way of showing my appreciation for the country that I'm proud to call home. Truthfully speaking, there is no place I'd rather be than to be in Singapore. And I hope that whenever Singaporeans see this, it will make them feel the same :) MAJULAH SINGAPURA.

Ong Yi Teck's amazing portrait of the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew in March drew widespread plaudits, and the aspiring artist has done it again - this time producing a masterpiece of the Merlion. It took the 21-year-old over a week, writing the word "SG50" more than 25,000 times, to complete the drawing.

Time to 'Scale' things up #killingme

Time to 'Scale' things up #killingme

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Now a tourism icon for Singapore, the Merlion first appeared as a symbol in 1964. A statue of it was erected in 1972.

3. The Play Project

The iconic dragon playground located at 28 Lorong 6 Toa Payoh. PHOTO: WWW.THEPLAYPROJECT.SG

A playground at 206 Jurong East St 21. PHOTO: WWW.THEPLAYPROJECT.SG

The brainchild of Li Hui-Yi and photographer Stefen Chow, Play is an aerial survey of 100 playgrounds around the island. Their reason for doing it? "The playground is an integral point as Singapore went from village to a first world city nation in the last 50 years," according to its website.

Check out more stunning images from the project here.

4. Coconut grating machine

The provision shop of yesteryear was perfectly encapsulated in a 1980 photo posted by irememberSG on its Facebook page. Showing an elderly woman using a coconut grating machine in front of a provision shop, it pulled nearly 11,000 likes and was shared more than 1,200 times.

5. You're The Boy

A short film adapted from the real-life story of a local 1960s band, You're The Boy touched plenty of hearts and attracted more than 730,000 YouTube views with its poignant tale of a girl's quest to surprise her grandfather on his birthday.

6. Singapore OLD in NEW

History buffs will enjoy 3D animation studio Sixtrees' very cool take on blending scenes from modern Singapore with elements from the past.

More info can be found here

7. Video Collage

Pulling together a collage of photos of items from a bygone era - think retro-looking buses and taxis, pagers and old-school toys - this video has been circulating on mobile app WhatsApp and other chat platforms.

8. KopiTimes series

The SG50 team speaks to 30 pioneers of Singapore, who reminisce about their fondest memories. Jeshua Solomon Judah, for instance, recounts how he personally crossed paths with the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew.

More videos here.

Have you come across an SG50 project or photos/videos worth highlighting? Let us know at stshare@sph.com.sg