She has seen it all in 37 years at Plaza Sing
Optician has worked in shop at Plaza Sing for 37 years
Madam Theresa Tok probably knows more about one Singapore shopping landmark than most.
She has been working in the same shop at the same mall since 1979.
The 57-year-old optician has seen Plaza Singapura (PS) undergo two major revamps during the 37 years she has been there. And she's still there for its latest new look.
"It used to have the nickname 'Orchard Yaohan' when Yaohan was still around," she said.
"It was also a popular place for Japanese tourists back in the 1990s. Nowadays, we see more local youngsters and families."
To mark its 42nd anniversary, the mall is organising activities such as Bring Home a Piece of PS and showcasing a wall mural - a depiction of the history of the mall and the Dhoby Ghaut area.
The wall mural makes Madam Tok, who works at Paris Miki, nostalgic.
While she thinks the mall looks more modern now, "I still prefer the previous exterior of the mall, which was more structured", she said.
"The new one is a little too wavy for me."
ACTIVITY: Shoppers who spend minimum $30 in a single receipt at Plaza Singapura can sign up for the woodcrafting workshop. PHOTO: PLAZA SINGAPURA
How did she come to work there for so long? It was because of her customers, she said.
"I witnessed my customers grow from kids to adults. It's really heartwarming," she said.
"Sometimes they would even wait one to two hours so that I could serve them."
The mall, which was revamped recently, will conduct woodworking workshops for shoppers to create a hand-carved wooden trinket dish using recycled wood from the mall's recent refurbishment efforts.
All shoppers need to qualify is a minimum of $30 in a single receipt.
Workshops for children will be free and they will get to learn to make personalised coasters and spin tops.
Adults will use a Japanese gouge and a mallet and be guided by artisan Xinnie Ng, 28.
The wood, which was taken from the old railings of PS, has been processed and cut into planks.