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Jul 23, 2011

A Different Timezone

"Timezone" Family Entertainment Centre (FEC)at Parkway Parade.

Today I go east, that is travelling in the direction of East Coast Road to be exact.

From Katong Shopping Centre, I tracked a familiar route over 20 years ago with Mum and my kids almost every weekend to Parkway Parade. No anymore when the kids grew up and they have the activities of their own.

Figuratively, I was on a different "timezone", virtually travelling through "human time machine", memories in the mind on a journey over four decades of personal remembrance through space and time in different "third dimension (3D) timezones".

This blog is a sequence to "A New Generation Funworld" and the link to the "three worlds of amusement" blogs.

This photo above is the main entrance into Parkway Parade through the glass doors outside the taxi-stand.

Through these glass doors almost every weekends many years ago, my kids, mum and I have passed into Parkway Parade to spend the whole day at "Uncle Kenny Funworld" for the kids to enjoy their favorite kiddie rides and games, spend the meals there before we leave for home.

Nothing much has changed at this same place at the entrance of Parkway Parade. The architecture of the metal framework encased in glass, the high ceiling.

Many shops have changed business owners and trade, but the location inside the building remembers them as we visited over 20 years ago...the escalators, the lobby, the staircases, and even where the loos (upgraded) were located.

"Uncle Kenny Funworld" on the third level of Parkway Parade was gone!

The entire floor area formerly occupied by Uncle Kenny was converted and partitioned into smaller shoplets selling mostly toys and kids stuff.

On enquiry, I was told that an amusement centre was available on the fourth level of the building.

Welcome to Timezone! It is always 'Time for Fun'! (Note: This is not commercial ad endorsed by the blog).

Timezone at #04-08, Parkway Parade, Singapore.

< Timezone> has become the leader in the interactive games industry with 16 outlets around the island.

The Timezone experience is ever changing and growing to stay abreast of entertainment trends. Presented with the up-market fit-out, a bright, colorful and cozy ambience is created for family entertainment. Customers get to win fabulous prizes from the extensive range of unique and branded quality products from its prize counters. Equipped with the latest and hottest games, Timezone offers its customers from all walks of life a truly fun-filled experience.
In praise of amusement parks for the enjoyment of kids at any timezone...in the past, present or future. The kiddies machines or virtual game machines may be designed and built differently...but the joy and the fun for the kids' amusement remains unchanged! Same, same, but different!

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4 Comments:

Blogger Andy Young* said...

A short but sweet write-up and really lovely pictures James. Katong was my old haunt for 35 years and Siglap was where I lived.

July 24, 2011 at 9:14 AM  
Blogger Thimbuktu said...

Thanks Andy. Katong is a place with heritage buildings, streets, food heritage enriched with traditional Peranakan flavor for generations of Singaporeans who grew up in Katong.

July 24, 2011 at 5:50 PM  
Blogger peter said...

Can you name some shops/businesses inside Parkway Parade that have not changed location and moved out since it was opened in 1984?

July 25, 2011 at 5:20 PM  
Blogger Thimbuktu said...

My Dear "Elephant Memory" friend Peter. Sorry. I'm not going to take another trip to Parkway Parade to look for answers to your test question for a challenge.

Most of the shops/businesses at PP since 1984 appear new to me, esp "Giant".

I play cheat here .

So Bata, Cold Storage, Bee Cheng Hiang and all the banks are still at PP, to name just a few.

Most of the change of trade were adapted to survive the change of trend, taste, fashion changed although the owners may be the same shop owners. Parkway Parade is a memorable place for my kids where Uncle Kenny Funworld where they grew up as happy days to remember.

July 25, 2011 at 10:06 PM  

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