Daily routine of morning exercise. How Japanese helped workers. Relationship with Japanese. Remembered paying respect to dead soldiers at Bukit Batok monument during student days. Study of Japanese language. Promoted to higher class every 3 months; completed study in one year. Old boys' association started. Lasted till end of war. Even published magazines. His daily diet. How his mother patched worn-out clothes
This source is about how people during Japanese Occupation get their food. They were given food ration coupons. The author's mother would help people to buy rice, sugar, salt and other daily necessities available with the use of food ration certificates. The food rationing caused people to open 'black markets' where they sold goods at exorbitant prices which only wealthy people can afford to buy. In Singapore during the Japanese occupation, food and other commodities were in very short supply and strictly rationed. This means that people would be willing to pay higher prices to get more than their limited ration. There were also thousands of people who made a living by hawking goods on the street, and even door-to-door salesmen. So the black market was everywhere. The enterprising businessmen with money and capital to obtain the commodities would then sell them at a high profits. The 'black market' was so rampant and people deliberately hoard supplies of food and desired products in order to drive up the prices. The Grow More Food Campaign was started during the Japanese Occupation to place a check on inflation. People were encouraged to strive for self-sufficiency by growing their own food. Vegetables, tapioca and sweet potatoes, yam, maize, were some of the common crops grown. The campaign targeted people from all walks of life including city-dwellers, government workers and schoolchildren.
This is a video of the daily life that people faced during Japanese Occupation. The video show that people during Japanese Occupation have to bow to a Japanese guard when they pass by one. There was a small boy in the video. He did not know that he have to bow to the Japanese guards. So he just walk past them and then he was stopped by the guards and was slapped by the guard, without telling the small boy what he had done wrong. The Japanese calendar was adopted, 1942 became 2602. All clocks and watches are set to Tokyo time.
This is the note people during Japanese Occupation used to buy and sell items. It is called Banana Money. It reminds my grandparents of the painful memories of the Japanese Occupation that happened in 1941-1945. It shows the stamps they had to use when the Japanese came to Singapore. It reminds them that the Japanese were cruel as they did not let them sent as many letters as they wanted to their loved ones who were out of Singapore at that time. It also reminded my grandparents about the torture that the Japanese soldiers will do if you disobeyed their unreasonable orders.The notes reminded them about the tough live of a person during that time to earn money. It also reminded them of starvation because they did not have enough money.The notes became worthless after World War 2 ended.