A walk down memory lane for the elderly

Participants taking in the strong aroma of freshly baked bread at Sweetlands Confectionery and Bakery yesterday in Kim Keat Lane, where they learn the process of making bread the old-fashioned way. The stretch of Sim Kwong Ho shophouses in Balestier
Participants in yesterday's Reminiscence Walks heritage tour visiting Lam Yeo Coffee Powder shop in Balestier Road, where coffee is ground the traditional way.ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN
Participants taking in the strong aroma of freshly baked bread at Sweetlands Confectionery and Bakery yesterday in Kim Keat Lane, where they learn the process of making bread the old-fashioned way. The stretch of Sim Kwong Ho shophouses in Balestier
Participants taking in the strong aroma of freshly baked bread at Sweetlands Confectionery and Bakery yesterday in Kim Keat Lane, where they learn the process of making bread the old-fashioned way. ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN
Participants taking in the strong aroma of freshly baked bread at Sweetlands Confectionery and Bakery yesterday in Kim Keat Lane, where they learn the process of making bread the old-fashioned way. The stretch of Sim Kwong Ho shophouses in Balestier
The stretch of Sim Kwong Ho shophouses in Balestier Road feature intricate Peranakan motifs on the facade and were once owned by a Peranakan woman. ST FILE PHOTO

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Having lived near Balestier for much of his youth, retiree Jerry Low, 65, thought he knew the area like the back of his hand.

But he was surprised to learn that the elaborately designed Sim Kwong Ho shophouses in Balestier Road used to be owned by a Nonya - hence the intricate Peranakan motifs on the shopfront.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 19, 2018, with the headline 'A walk down memory lane for the elderly'. Print Edition | Subscribe