Street Sights: Bugis Street

I live in a unique place, and I love how we’re a mishmash of old traditions intertwined with modern living. Here in urbanised Singapore, are pockets of culture-rich streets that have been around for decades.

I’m sure people think many things about Singapore – how affluent we are (or the government is, anyway), how expensive it is to live here, the many tourist attractions, etc.  But that’s just one side of the story…here’s what a day trip to Bugis showed me (:

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Ice cream man at work

Even with the countless ice-cream parlours popping up over the island, nothing really beats the nostalgia of the ice-cream uncle, with his rickety old motorcycle, humongous sunshade, and that famous metal ice-cream box. These precious memories of childhood, are priceless.

Life in the City - Bugis StreetLife in the City - Bugis Street Lovely blossoms all over the streets

Flowers are a MUST for many during the Lunar New Year, because it signifies that Springtime is here. Which is funny, because it’s actually Summer, all year long.

Life in the City - Bugis Street Madam Kamala, a parrot astrologer

Parrot Astrologers are fortune-tellers who use a trained parakeets to pick up tarot cards, which are then used to predict your future. Parrot Astrology is an age-old tradition practiced by Tamils in India and Singapore, and I find it fascinating how something this mystical seems so commonplace, and right at home on the streets of Singapore. I did some research and chanced upon this interesting article.

Life in the City - Bugis Street Lings Lovely Things - Bugis StreetThis green lil guy hops out of his cage, picks up a card, and hops right back in again. Ain’t he the cutest???

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A Buddhist monk walking along the street

It seems to me like he’d brought along an almost tangible air of calm and tranquility. Not surprising, because I truly believe that peace comes from within you, and it can be found even in the midst of chaos.

Life in the City - Bugis Street At the entrance of the Si Ma Lu Guanyin Temple. Work pals, or long time buddies?

Life in the City - Bugis Street A temple devotee

Life in the City - Bugis Street Guardians of the temple

These revered stone lions are placed at the entrances of temples, and are believed to ward off evil. But I’ve also heard that in certain places said to be haunted, they are there to PREVENT evil from escaping.

Life in the City - Bugis Street Life in the City - Bugis Street Life in the City - Bugis Street A seasoned gourmet, savoring samples from roadside goodies

Roadside stalls selling a large variety of preserved foods like these, line the streets of Bugis, and free samples are offered to passerbys. The great care with which these goodies are selected, both amuse and impress me at the same time!

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A tiny offering at a secret spot

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My lunch, a simple but delicious feast of Wanton Noodles. The noodles are chewy and bouncy, and the Char Siew is fat and juicy. Yummers!

Life in the City - Bugis StreetLife in the City - Bugis StreetBeautiful Geometric shapes captured by my talented assistant ;)

I’ve been to Bugis a thousand times. But this trip to Bugis was special to me. Because in the process of taking photos, you’re really viewing the world through a different lens, and not just literally. It causes you to look at things from a different angle, and think about things from another perspective.

Got some free time to spare? Grab a camera – or your phone – and set aside a couple of hours for a photo taking session. Chances are, you’ll also start discovering new things about your neighbourhood or your regular hangout spot that you’ve never noticed before (;

20 Comments

  • Johnny
    3 years ago

    Lovely pictures of the colourful Albert Street area!

    • lingslovelythings
      3 years ago

      Thanks Johnny, and thank you for dropping by. Enjoyed your site a lot!

  • 3 years ago

    Bugis looks so beautiful through your lens :)

    • lingslovelythings
      3 years ago

      Thanks dear! So sweet of you c:

  • 3 years ago

    you should watermark your photos! because it’s so well taken, other people might steal. xp

  • msa
    3 years ago

    The photos are really really beautifully taken! it’s so therapeutic to read your entries :)

    • lingslovelythings
      3 years ago

      Thanks for visiting and glad you enjoyed them (:

  • 3 years ago

    *sweep sweep*

  • 3 years ago

    Hi Ling,
    This is the first time I visit your blog. I was doing research on Korean Hairdresser in Singapore and came across your blog. I really like your writing style.
    I always liked fortune tellers. I need to go to Bugis street to give it a go. Is the parrot astrologer always there or just weekend?
    Thanks x

    • lingslovelythings
      3 years ago

      Hi dear, fortune telling intrugues me too :) Unfortunately I have no idea what schedule Madam Kamala follows, but I’ll let you know if I do spot her again. Got to know about her from Johnny over at Ghetto Singapore, you can read more over there :)

      • 3 years ago

        Thanks Hun x

        How is your hair by the way? I read your review on the rebounding. I am very keen to get it done but after reading your second review I am less keen.

        • lingslovelythings
          3 years ago

          I’m not prepared to invest heavily in hair care to get it back into shape, so I’ve decided to start afresh – cutting it all off! At least, the damaged ends. Well don’t let my story stop you. You can still have a chat with your hairstylist, see if your hair is in a good enough condition. I’ve seen some amazing results on ladies with strong, healthy hair :)

          • Grace
            3 years ago

            By the way, I tried to click on your social media icons to follow you on twitter and Instagram but it does response.
            Thanks for dropping by my blog. I have responsed to your comment :)

          • lingslovelythings
            3 years ago

            Yup, I’m doing a bit of re-designing. Do check back again soon :)

  • sonia
    3 years ago

    Hi there ling:) i read your blog and went to mdm kamala the parrot reader. However i didnt pay a nominal fee. She asked me to buy a bottle of oil from her and rubbed it on my brows. And the miniature bottle of oil costs $50. The readings were like less than 6mins? The readings she gave was also pretty vague… its not worth it. Just my 2 cents worth.

    • lingslovelythings
      3 years ago

      Hi Sonia! That must have felt quite disappointing :( Nevertheless thanks for sharing your experience with us. Did she say what the oil was for?

      • sonia
        3 years ago

        She said i was down on my luck because i stepped on the offerings. So well it is to “remove” my bad luck. It is said that i have good luck but all these stepped in my way…. lol.

        • lingslovelythings
          3 years ago

          Well on a positive note, you’ve just had a bad-luck cleansing session! :)

          • sonia
            3 years ago

            Yea true true:) btw your blog is really lovely! You did a fabulous job:)

          • lingslovelythings
            3 years ago

            Thank you dear, that’s really sweet of you. Glad you like it!

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