Date: 9th October 2011
Woo Hock Trading Co.
Location:17, Lichfield Road, Singapore 1955
Contact Number:+65 62865951
I wonder how many of you recalled those colorful Kiddy Rides during your childhood? I happen to be one of those kids who would jump up and down, and create a racket if my parents refused to allow me to take a ride in them *embarrassed*. I am so regretful that I never collected and bought any for memory sake. With a stroke of luck, I stumbled upon this Kiddy Rides shop in Serangoon Gardens and I told myself no matter how busy I was, I would find time to make a trip...
As the owner came out to welcome us to his shop, he remained mysteriously quiet. The silence was only broken the moment he handed me his name card. As he did, Mr. Lee stammered: "I am Mr. Lee" (with a kind of "robotic" tone in his voice). I then realized that there was a big cut in his neck and I could clearly see a pipe sticking into it.
Throughout the conversation, Mr. Lee often joked about himself (he's a happy-go-lucky man!). And although he had lost his vocal cord, he is contented that he survived after his battle with throat cancer.
How could we resist seeing all these 80's childhood memories all gathered in one location? (scream~)
Some may find this video clip a little too lengthy to view, but in my opinion, it's worth your time.
This adorable baby duck is the trademark of Woo Hock shop.
The Decor of the shop remained the same throughout Mr. Lee's 40 years of business (that is also one of the reasons why I liked the shop so much!). Although Mr. Lee was a successful businessman, he chose to live humbly because he was only dedicated to spend all of his time to create these classic Kiddy Rides.
These "toys" are reasonable priced but unfortunately my "pigeon hole" HDB apartment is so constrained in space that its ready to explode!
My first meeting with Mr. Lee was filled with his life stories. I ended up buying nothing from his shop, but am glad that I took a day off my computer and made this memorable trip. I am certainly looking forward to spend another similar afternoon with him. Thank you, Mr. Lee!
to be continued...