Medical Office


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Tucked incon­spic­u­ous­ly along Gey­lang Road, Med­ical Office is an antique lit­tle phar­ma­cy that appears to be an anachro­nism stuck in time. We talked to the two pro­pri­etors, two elo­quent and elder­ly gen­tle­men who spoke in the delib­er­ate, kind­ly sort of way that only the wis­dom of their gen­er­a­tion offers.

Medical Office

Medical Office

Medical Office

Medical Office

A sea of untouched arte­facts are placed neat­ly around the shop. Many appear to be no longer med­ical­ly sound for con­sump­tion, but you can see the touch of pride and dis­ci­pline in their pro­fes­sion that is present. The pair have tried to keep things the way they have always been, even if busi­ness is slow, if any, and the counter once used to serve cus­tomers is now mere­ly a stor­age draw­er.

Medical Office

Medical Office

In the cor­ner, a large roll of pack­ing paper sits for­got­ten behind a pile of mag­a­zines, a hint of the old days when the pair would oft be busy pack­ing con­coc­tions for their cus­tomers. Accord­ing to both Mr. Foos (who are inci­den­tal­ly, not relat­ed by blood), they still sell some of these quaint med­ical sup­plies to any­one who walks in and wants to buy them.

Medical Office

Medical Office

Medical Office

An old pho­to of the pair shot by anoth­er pho­tog­ra­ph­er who vis­it­ed their shop some decades ago. When asked when it was tak­en, the elder Mr. Foo (one is 85, while the oth­er, 75 years of age) said casu­al­ly that it was ‘not very long ago, just in 1988’. I guess when you’ve seen your fair share of the years and lived through the Japan­ese Occu­pa­tion, time is mea­sured in a dif­fer­ent scale. (I for one, wasn’t even born yet in 1988.)

Medical Office

Medical Office

Medical Office

Their house brand of prick­ly heat pow­der, which they say is their best sell­er, and in fact the only item we saw deliv­ery men com­ing to pick up sin­gle car­tons of. The big­ger con­tain­er sells for $5.50, and the small one for $4.00.

Medical Office

The pair today. Still dig­ni­fied and proud of the 100-year his­to­ry of the shop – even as they know that the his­to­ry of this estab­lish­ment, first set up by Ger­man phar­ma­cists in 1916, will fade with them once their time here is done.

More pic­tures on our Flickr page here.

Med­ical Office
648 Gey­lang Road
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One Comments

  • juju

    November 17, 2011

    The whole shop is indeed retro!

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