Friday, 15 October 2010

Fun at Jason's Bay

Here's a colour photo that features in the new Amberley version of 'Sampans, Banyans and Rambutans'. It was taken at Jason's Bay in about 1966. Sat on our lilo is Linda Bagwell, Debbie Sharpe, Ian Bagwell and me, complete with water wings. I never was a very good swimmer! My dad is giving us a push on the right. I remember that the water always had stuff floating in it and I remember seeing a jellyfish swim by us once. I don't remember anyone ever being stung though. There were probably sharks and crocodiles and other dangerous creatures beneath us but most of the time, we didn't think too much about it. It's lovely seeing this in colour as most of our photos are in black and white. I think that colour film was much more expensive then. This photo was taken by Tom Bagwell and comes from a slide. Looks a great day and it looks like we were having a good time. We must have visited Jason's Bay many times in the three years that we lived there. I can still remember what the beach was like and the strange smells from cows, oxen and just about anything else that was around. We probably had a barbeque later in the day near to the parachute that the men used to set up so that everyone could shelter from the heat and the sun. Seems such a long time ago now!


  1. Hi Derek,

    Reading your posts time and again. You must have had a beautiful childhood.

    Thanks for promoting Singapore 60s music.

    Keep in touch.

  2. Hi, thanks for the memory. We used to take our kids there quite often. Also Kota Tinggi waterfalls. Evening banyans and swimming off Changi. I shudder to think what may have been lurking.... Haw Par Villas where the monkeys snatched the bags of nuts. MacRitchie Reservoir where we saw a tree python catch a chameleon and swallow it.