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Singapore Chinatown after dark July 20, 2008

Posted by asianpixmen in Activities, Craft, Culture, Food, Other Countries, People, Places, Singapore.

Chinese all over the world have got this insatiable curiosity to visit other Chinatowns whenever they are on holiday on foreign soil.

Take for example, Melbourne, Australia. Right in the heart of this beautiful city is a neat Chinatown. Admittedly, it doesn’t have the kind of ambience that you will find in Petaling Street, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. But it is Chinatown nevertheless, even though many of the shops are manned by ex-Chinese mainlanders.

One Chinese can spot another “foreign” Chinese about four joss sticks’ fragrance away. Recently, I went south of the Malaysian border, down Singapore way.

Naturally, the island republic has her own Chinatown. It is one of the cleanest Chinatowns I have ever come across. The frontage of many of these old shoplots have got a new coat of paint and all significant repairs have been done. Quite impressive.

Some of the food stalls have items that I have not even tried before. Just goes to show you that it’s never too late to try something new.

The items were basically the same as those found in other Chinatowns, with a few variations, of course. Do I like it? Well, of course, Chinatown is Chinatown. It’s just like coming home.

So long as there are restaurants, roadside stalls and plenty of cheap souvenirs, we feel we have somehow arrive at the right spot.



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