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 (:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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 (;