Monday, December 12, 2011

Kiddy Rides 儿童音乐电动器

日期:十月九号二零一一年
时间: 2点下午

Date: 9th October 2011
Time: 2pm

五福贸易公司
Woo Hock Trading Co.
Location:17, Lichfield Road, Singapore 1955
Contact Number:+65 62865951
Email: woohock17@singnet.com.sg

星期天的下午,在JuwindYen的友情加入,继续我的挖宝之旅。今天寻宝的目标是小的时候常常吵着要坐的儿童音乐电动器,我称它为“大玩具”
小的时候,比较贪新厌旧。等到岁月不留人的时候,才开始怀恋曾经陪伴童年的点点滴滴;更想知道它们背后的故事。我想,这群能为小孩带来欢乐的大人们,心里都住着一个爱幻想童话的小孩。

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...






▲ “有人在吗?”
"Anybody home?"

• 逆光下,看见老板身影慢慢走过来。


刚开始的时候,觉得老板怎么都不开口说话?
一直到我接过了名片;他用大拇指按着颈项穿了一个大洞的喉咙自我介绍:“我姓李。”声调还带有“机器人”的口音。那一刻,才发觉老板的声带已经被切除了。(我...太大意了)


面对有缺陷的人,我难免会为他们感到很抱歉,李老板却是例外。他很有耐心的陪在我们的身边回答为我们解说制造儿童音乐电动器的过程;有的时候还会像逗趣小孩一般跟我们开开玩笑;他用乐观的精神告诉我们没有了声带也可以活得很快乐...就这样,我们才开始失去理智问了一堆无厘头的问题


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.



 过了那道任意门,目睹这一切。三个80年代的女人,在心中沉睡已久的小女孩被唤醒了(还得了?)开始失控的尖叫~
How could we resist seeing all these 80's childhood memories all gathered in one location? (scream~)








▲ ~It's a small world after all ~ It's the small world after all~...细小的声音正是从这一边传过来的,没有完美的音质却是完整地保留当年的回忆。

The vintage radio in the background was playing "It's a small world after all ~ it's a small world after all~" ...surrounding Mr. Lee' work table.



(影片取自Youtube)
(Video sourced from Youtube)
▲ 60年代的Disneyland,想带你体验乘坐时光机回到小时候。(影片有点长,但值得一看。)
Some may find this video clip a little too lengthy to view, but in my opinion, it's worth your time.





▲ 可爱的小鸭子是老板的的得意之作;也是店里的招牌鸭
“你也太可爱了吧!好想把你带回家~”
This adorable baby duck is the trademark of Woo Hock shop.
• 店里没有豪华的装潢,生活也非常朴实。老板把重心都放在制作儿童音乐电动器的工作上。我们都能感受老板开门做生意除了赚钱,还以交朋友的心态来对待客人。


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. 




 每一件“大玩具”,价格都合情合理。(比较不合理的是,我们住的鸽子洞已经快要爆炸了!)
These "toys" are reasonable priced but unfortunately my "pigeon hole" HDB apartment is so constrained in space that its ready to explode!









▲ 这不是战力品,它是李老板热心报销的旧东西。喜欢旧东西的朋友要记得留意明天的小小惊喜^_^
I didn't spend any cent on this "gift". It was Mr. Lee's treasure, given to me. I have lined up a little surprise for some lucky readers to own this "gift", do remember to check the next update tomorrow to find out ;)


就这样,一面之缘的李老板跟我们分享了他一身的故事,
我虽然什么都没买,但是心里总想为他做些什么。
难忘的下午,一个大小孩和三个女人可以无话不谈的坐了一个下午。

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!

待续⋯⋯
to be continued...

4 comments:

  1. So precious so precious! Thank you for sharing these with us :-)

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  2. Hi! Is it okay if you tell us what's the price range of the rides? :)
    Thank you.

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  3. Hi :)

    Thank you for your interest. To be honest with you, I do not have the price range for all the rides as each of them have different price depending on the condition, size and etc.

    I would recommend that you make a trip to the shop for further details.

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