Geylang is filled with many things exotic, and we are no longer talking about the streetwalkers. Singapore's once infamous red light and gambling district is a foodies' paradise. Along one lorong is the must-eat frog leg porridge and round the corner, the turtle soup… We could go on.
Derek Lai and I both spent our formative years here in Geylang, as primary school kids. I entered Maha Bodhi School in 1981 when it was located on Lorong 34 Geylang, while Derek studied at Kong Hwa Primary School right across on Guillemard Road. Speaking to him brought back a flood of memories. We used to dash across the roads, fish in drains, suck nectar (at least I was told it was nectar) from orange ixora flowers and get caught for doing all that.