Robin­sons, Raf­fles Place. Click through to see it post-fire.

The 21st of this month will see the 40th anniver­sary of the hor­rific fire that destroyed Robin­sons Depart­men­tal Store at Raf­fles Place in 1972. Nine peo­ple died in the blaze that morn­ing, which was large enough to be vis­i­ble from Jurong.

Those who are old enough to remem­ber the event have had mem­o­ries of this seared in their minds. My mother (I was only three then) always told us about how she had changed her mind at the very last minute that morn­ing not to shop there — her office was almost right next door at D’Almeida Street — for our Christ­mas presents that year.

If you or your friends have rec­ol­lec­tions of events like this — here’s a reminder to come and share next Sat­ur­day, 10 Nov 2012 at Chye Seng Huat Hard­ware Cof­fee Shop on Tyr­whitt Road. I’ll be there drink­ing too much cof­fee and talk­ing very quickly, as will Dr Leslie Tay of

Leslie has a goodie for you: sub­mit your favourite mem­ory of a dish your grand­mother makes/used to make to and stand a chance to win his lat­est book: “The End Of Char Kuay Teow” before it hits the bookstores!

Do check out iremembersg’s FB page for slices of nos­tal­gia too.

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