We were having dinner at the popular Old Airport Road food centre the other day and Elliott was being his usual inquisitive self – cannot sit still for more than 5 mins. So I carried him around the food centre , trying to distract him with the sounds and sights of a busy food centre.
A elderly man approached us and started hitting a wooden stick on a bamboo cup (producing a tok tok tok* noise and hence the name) – this immediately caught Elliott’s attention and kept him distracted for a while. Apparently he is not just good at the toktok sound, he also has other tricks up his sleeves like balancing his umbrella on his finger tip.
At the end of the session, he handed me a hand written slip with his youtube video – such personalised touch! In return, I promised that I will ‘support’ him by watching his youtube video. He hangs around old airport area as he stays just opposite the food centre.
You can read more about him here. Such a friendly and interesting character that you can hardly find in today’s Singapore.
* noise made from wooden stick knocking on a curve piece of bamboo.In the past, noodle street vendor going from door to door use the sound to attract customers.