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Five things from our childhood that aren't here anymore

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Time for a one-way ticket back into the past.

Childhood is a time we all wish we could go back to. Other than the fond memories of fun and watching children's TV programmes, not having to study or do adult things was definitely a bonus.

Sadly, many things we loved from our childhood are no longer here. But not to worry, here's a little trip to Nostalgia Island!

1. Club Penguin

I was hardly a gamer as a kid, but Club Penguin was one of the few I played and enjoyed. Bean Counters and Ice Fishing are some of the minigames that I never tire of.



WHAT OTHER CLUB PENGUIN GAMES DO YOU LOVE?
PHOTO CREDIT: CLUBPENGUINWIKIA.COM

Who could forget the thrill of going on missions as a secret agent? I'm sure we bragged about it to our friends when we completed missions before they did.

Legend had it that if enough penguins drill at the same spot, the iceberg flips to reveal a surprise. For more than a decade, players have tried (and even got banned for it), but their efforts have finally paid off!


LOOK AT THAT AWESOMENESS!! #TEAMWORK #DANCEPARTY
PHOTO CREDIT: KOTAKU ON TWITTER

Unfortunately, Club Penguin will be closing down on 31 March 2017. Be sure to pop by and take a last look at your puffles before they are gone forever.

2. We are R.E.M.


ADMIT IT, WE ALL SECRETLY WANTED TO BE THEM.

Back in the days of Kids Central, this series featuring three crime-busting girls was one of the most iconic ever – it's basically Totally Spies set in Singapore!

Investigative work came naturally to them, and we loved to accompany R.E.M. on their journey to wreck a crime syndicate. What's more, they somehow always seem to do a better job than the police. Heh heh.

Eventually the girls disappeared from screen, and R.E.M. was no more. Some of you might recall the existence of R.E.M. The Next Generation, but hey, it just didn't feel the same.

3. Hi-5


FIVE IN THE AIR, LET'S DO IT TOGETHER…HI-FIVE!
PHOTO CREDIT: MUMSLOUNGE.COM.AU

According to six-year-old me, this was "THE BEST SHOW EVER!!" 

I was coming home from school ready for my date with Kathleen and the mischievous Jup Jup every day.

No one could forget their catchy tunes – I'm pretty sure they were the ones who taught everyone how to spell "opposite".

I remember being so envious of the lucky kids who got the chance to meet the Hi-5 cast at their tour. Although there were different combinations of the ever-popular show later on, no one can beat the OG members.

4. Blue's Clues

Anyone else wanted their very own handy dandy notebook and thinking chair? I know I did.

We had so much fun following Steve around looking for blue paw prints and pointing them out aloud...because he could definitely hear us through the screen right?

When Steve sat down in the thinking chair to solve Blue's puzzle, you knew it was time to think REALLY hard, because sometimes Blue is just too smart for all of us.


HMM…WHAT COULD BUBBLES, TOWEL AND SOAP MEAN?

Fun fact: did you know that Blue is a girl? I spent my entire childhood thinking Magenta was his girlfriend…guess not.

5. MSN Messenger

Last but not least, the legendary messenger, a death I still mourn today. It was so exciting to log on and start chatting with our friends after completing our homework! We added so many cute emoticons because a sparkly "HI" is indefinitely better than a plain ol' "hi" right?


SENDING WINKS AND NUDGES WAS SO MUCH FUN.
PHOTO CREDIT: PHOTOBUCKET.COM

Customising your status was an art form, because it had to be interesting or emo enough for your crush to notice. And there was also the old trick of logging in and out a million times to attract your crush's attention.

Aaah, good memories indeed. Anything else we missed? Let us know in the comments below!