Friday, May 10, 2013

Memories of Old Rattan Gems

After my Hokkaido Chiffon Cupcakes baking class, I went for a little walk while waiting for the boy to pick me up and chanced upon this old shop selling rattan furniture gems. It brought back memories for me because my childhood home had a lot of rattan furniture. Long before there was Ikea or Scanteak, I think rattan furniture was very popular in local households because of its affordability and durability. I remember our rattan bookshelves, old sofa set made of white rattan, and the rattan reading chair my sister brought back from my aunt's place, which is still in my parent's room by the way.

Pretty sure we had one of those rattan child seats too. They seem so special and intricately made. I wish I could bring something like that little rattan rocking chair home for Lil Pumpkin, but as it is, we're supposed to be decluttering at home :/ I can so imagine her reading a book while rocking her time away... ahh such bliss!

The boy's grandma had a cupboard just like this in their family home in Malacca. I saw it when I went up with him one year to celebrate Chinese New Year. If I'm not wrong, in the old days when people did not have fridges, they kept their food inside the cupboard with mesh doors to keep it cool and the insects away.

I always feel a sense of glee when I discovers shops filled with memories like this, yet a little sadness in knowing that such trades are disappearing fast in Singapore. Will this shop still be open when Lil Pumpkin is old enough to shop for her own furniture? I'm pretty sure all these beautiful rattan pieces were handcrafted... and it is a tedious, yet low-paying job that's why not many youngsters want to take it up. There was an old man sitting in the shop having lunch and if I wasn't feeling that tired, I might have walked in to chat with him and learn more about his shop.

Some people are amused {surprised even?} by how I can just walk up to random strangers and chat with them, like what I'm doing for my Joys of Parenting series. It's not that I'm extremely outgoing {well, more than some I guess} but if you want to do something out of the ordinary, be it to inspire others to find what they love about being parents or to satisfy your curiosity in life, you have to step out of your comfort zone. It's ok to try and fail, but never fail to try.

Anyway, I'll probably go back with the boy to pick something up and support this dying trade. Good enough reason to shop there, yes? :P Don't worry hubs, I promise to throw away some "stuff" first!

What other gems have you discovered recently?

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13 comments:

Cybele @ BlahBlah said...

Beautiful post and I love your note on stepping outside the comfort zone. I need to do a bit more of that x

Stacy said...

I'm been tempted by rattan displays too! Are the products cheap though? Never stopped to enquire.

Ai Sakura said...

Cybele: thanks! I hope you do too :)

Stacy: No I didn't stop to enquire but I don't think it will be thaaaaat expensive, right? How much are they selling in your area?

Susan said...

If you're planning to go back, you better hurry. My owner is my mum's friend father in law and heard from her that the owner is selling his shop for the row of shops to be developed. This will be a fading sight in Singapore where another part of our history gets forgotten.

alissa apel said...

They do have a charm to them.

I discovered a store that has parts to make trains, monster trucks, and other types of boys toys. It looks like fun. Right now I think there kits are even too hard for us. Someday we might buy some thing to build all on our own.

mail4rosey said...

I really like that high chair!

We have a wood rocker here but the pretty paint job is starting to peel now. Not sure if I'll repaint it or strip and stain it, but you're right the kids love to read in their rockers.

Happy weekend to you!

Anonymous said...

Where is this shop?

Carol

Theresa said...

I love finding long lost treasures like these. I happen upon a lot of cool furniture we had when I was a child at a lot of yard sales. It always brings back such sweet memories!

candy said...

Yes! I'll like to know where is the shop located too! Kind enough to share?

Ai Sakura said...

Susan: I went bk to check. The owner said they aren't closing yet

Alissa: that will be fun for your boys I'm sure!

Mail4rosey: I'd love to see pics after you've done it up. Happy weekend too!

Theresa: do u buy them? I love yard sales but we don't get a lot here

Carol & Candy: I'll be writing another post with the exact address and more info because I did go back to talk to the owner. Come back again to check! This shop is at Balestiar Rd

Grace said...

So much nostalgia comes with rattan for me!
It is a shame that there's less interest in people doing it for a trade.

Stacy said...

Ai, no idea, only passed by while in the car. I'm tempted by the rocking chair too, but where would I put it? Heh. Doesn't go with anything else in the house.

Imtiaz Hossain said...

I like all. That's good. Love it.