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This blog is an amateur photographer's attempt to show how beautiful the world really is. He is drawn to the colors of nature like a moth to a candle light. What are showcased here are nature's grand display of colors at sunrise and sunset, beautiful beaches and off-the-beaten track locations in his beloved Philippines, waterfalls and some of nature's great sculptures, architectural gems, and other views from around SE Asia that he was fortunate to see at one point.

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March 25, 2014

singapore: going around chinatown in 3 hours

Singapore Chinatown

With just a couple of hours break from our 'official' itinerary, a fellow traveler and I decided to check out Chinatown. We had our sights on the 3 temples of 'different religions' that's supposed to be adjacent to one another, and of course pick up a few knick knacks on the side.

Getting there was a breeze via MRT . We were in Clarke Quay and just a few minutes away: got off the Chinatown stop, went up the stairs, and viola, we are in Chinatown. And we are lost.

Singapore Chinatown

I turned on my phone's GPS, did a map search and while I was trying to get my bearing, a gentleman approached us and asked if we are going somewhere. We asked about the Buddhist temple and he point us to the general direction right so. Talked about helpful locals! [Try doing that in HK]

same same, but different

 Singapore Chinatown

We followed the gentleman's direction and found our way into Pagoda St. My initial impression was that the place has all the trappings of a typical Chinatown.

Singapore Chinatown

There are vendors and stalls selling souvenirs and all sorts of trinkets, just what we are looking for. Oh wait, yes we are looking for the temples, but a few little side trips wouldn't hurt.

Singapore Chinatown

And whats different about this Chinatown? Its spotlessly clean! Now that may be an exaggeration but if you have seen Chinatowns in other places, you'll probably agree with me.

on to the temples knick-knacks

We went inside a few stores, by 'few' I mean a good number of 'hey, let's go inside and check if its cheaper'.

Singapore Chinatown: Shaolin Figurines

Singapore Chinatown: Figurines

Singapore Chinatown: Zodiacs

Singapore Chinatown: Knick Knacks

the tintin shop!

Singapore Chinatown: Tintin store

Why here in Chinatown? I have absolutely no idea! But its a hidden gem and good break from the '3 for 10 dollars' shops

finally: one street, 3 religions

We did manage to reach South Bridge road where the temples are. Do you want to know what cultural diversity looks like?

Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum

Sri Mariamman Temple

Singapore Chinatown: Masjid Jamae Chulia

That's 3 adjacent places of worship along one street: Buddha Tooth Relic Temple (Buddhist temple), Sri Mariamman Temple (Hindu temple), and Masjid Jamae Chulia (Mosque)

We probably spent more than half of our time here in Chinatown appreciating these three [will post more photos soon].

die die,  must try!

I heard that the food is one of the 'draws' in Chinatown [it always is!] but we did not have the luxury of time. We did manage to stumble into Tong Heng.

Singapore Chinatown: Tong Heng

I did not realize the significance of this pastry shop until later when I did some googling. Unbeknownst to me Tong Heng is an institution and known for its egg tarts.

Singapore Chinatown: Tong Heng Pastries

I got a couple of egg tarts [the absolute die, die, must try item here] and some mini mooncake with lotus paste. And the verdict with the egg tarts? Hmmm, well they are soft .... and different ... and eggy. [And that, folks, is why I don't do food blogs] I also read that they put nothing but the nicest stuff in their pastries, and that should be good enough for me :)

Singapore Chinatown: Tong Heng Famous Egg tart

Die, die, must try - Checked! [one of these days someone has to tell me how this Singlish term came about]

Time flies so fast when you are having egg tarts, and soon it was time to say good bye to Chinatown. I would have love to shoot some more but we were already late very late from our next appointment.

Singapore Chinatown: Street Vendor
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Lantaw said...

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