Little India and Arab Street


The 3rd day in the Merlion city was dedicated for walking tours. Dyanie and I parted ways, by the way. She chose to stroll in every shopping mall within the city, with her friends. While I went to check some religious sites, accompanied by my friend AJ, and Ron of www.fliptravels.com.


Little India
That morning, AJ and I headed to Little India. It is an ethnic neighborhood found in Singapore that has Tamil cultural elements.

your nostrils will lead you here! ^_^

Aside from the colorful garments and paintings that were scattered all over the place, the eye-catcher would be the Hindu Temples. In Hinduism, the people worship may gods and deities. And I must say, among all the religion I know, Hinduism has the most interesting-looking gods.

If we have crosses on top of our churches, then Hindu temples have these figures:

take a look closely

at topmost is Ganesha (elephant figure)


Vishnu - blue with multiple arms

Narasimha

Shiva, I think

Very interesting, isn't it?

Aj and I went inside to see how the people worship their gods. I knew it's a sacred place so I minimized taking photos. Yes, this temple is open to the public, but Im sure the worshipers still want to keep this place quiet and they expect every guest to be respectful.

Nataraja

intense-looking figure

a Hindu priest

a worshiper



Im so tempted to ask a lot of details about their ritual, but everyone seems busy praying. Oh well, there's still next time. And I really hope I could learn more about Hinduism.


Before heading to Arab Street, we had lunch in -- I forgot! Haha All Im sure is it's somewhere behind Plaza Singapura.

even the public bus is clean

this was my outfit when that "traumatic incident" happened
sunugin ko na kaya ang damit na yan?


Anyway, for lunch, AJ let me try his favorite Beef Noodles. As for me, I ordered something familiar. (sakit ko yan whenever Im out of the country)


this tastes so good and flavorful, but im not really a fan of Chinese cuisine.

im not surprised, Pepper Lunch in SG tastes better than what we have here.

thanks AJ for the company and for the treats! ^_^
btw, his drink tastes like aratilis. haha

and lucky me, Ive got to experience SG's S$1 ice cream


Arab Street / Kampong Glam
After this lunch, Aj went back to his office while I was set to meet Ron. There are many friends to meet in SG, but I didnt hesitate to choose Ron. And as expected, he is a very nice guy. Mind you, it's just our 1st time to meet then.



The first thing he did is buy some snacks at ITamei. I said I was not hungry, but good thing he insisted. I was blown away by this Tofu Fries!

thank you Ron for introducing Tofu Fries. hangsarrap!


After our are-we-sure-it's-just-our-1st-time-to-meet conversation, we headed to Arab Street / Kampong Glam. This place is full of traditional stores selling carpets, household wares and textiles. The alleyways of this cultural spot are filled with the smells, sights and sounds of spices.

way to Sultan Mosque

it's major landmark, the Sultan Mosque

a walking tour with Ron

We continued to stroll around the side by side old shop houses and traditional wares. And look, we found a Blogshop!

the blogshop

this bicycle made this GAP wall more effective


We passed by this alley where the walls have graffiti and the floor had Hookah/Shisha.

Hookah/Shisha
In the Arab world, people smoke it as part of their culture and traditions. Social smoking is done with a single or double hose. When the smoker is finished, either the hose is placed back on the table signifying that it is available, or it is handed from one user to the next.


very nice to meet you Ron.
hope to see you this month, yes?


Overall, I was surprised I liked Singapore as much as I expected. The airport is awesome. Train system is very efficient. Actually, almost everything works systematically. The best part - the locals are nice, contrary to what other tourists say. The not so good thing about SG - everything is expensive. And always remember that it is a FINE city.

Singapore is indeed a FINE city

next entries : Bali series

39 responses:

Chyng said...

Im not very sure with the names of these Hindu gods and deities so just let me know which ones need to be corrected. thank you!

bulakbolero.sg said...

chyng andaya mo, sabi mo magpapakita ka pag punta mo dito. tsk.

hehe..

kill3rfill3r said...

Eto ang di ko napuntahan sa SG.:/
Ang sarap naman Winter Melon tapos Walls na ice cream sa kanto.hehe Yung Taimei ba parang Old Chan Kee din?

Robbie said...

Ayun! Nagbalik ang Name/URL sa comments! Hehehehe. Di ako makapag-comment the past few days dahil wala yun eh.

Oks. Basahin ko na yun post. Hahaha. :D

Robbie said...

For some reason, this is the first blog entry I've ever read about Singapore. Thanks!!! Akala ko kasi puro theme parks lang andyan. Gusto kong puntahan Little India for the food!

And ang ganda ng Hindu Temple!!! And yes, tama ata ang mga name ng gods. :D

pusang kalye said...

mukhang natimingan nyong malinis ang little India. me festival nung pumunta kami at aparang another universe si little India. di mo iisiping part sya ng Sg kasi ang gulogulo--daming pakalat kalat. at kumakain pa yung mga Indians sa tabi ng kalsada. diko nakita yang Mosque na yan.san ba yan banda?oi---yung $1 ice creams. that's SELECTA? the famous Universal Robina brand.tama bako?:D

pack up and drift said...

lalobg nangati paa ko na pumunta ng SG. hehe.

bertN said...

I did not stay long enough in Singapore to run into tofu fries. Sayang! Paborito ko pa naman ang tofu any way it is prepared.

bang said...

parang gusto ko na tuloy pumunta sa SG! :)

tina said...

huwaw! i love the photos! Galing! Gusto ko din ng tofu fries :D

I really want to go to SG, pero even if I can afford the tickets expensive talaga ang mamasyal, so I need to make ipon more :D

♥ joei said...

Nice photos Chyng! And I agree, Pepper Lunch tastes better there ;)

Definitely, Maybe

Photo Cache said...

visual delights. you had wonderful captures of the city. i would have done the same thing as you did and forgo the malls.

sali ka sa contest.

khantotantra said...

yung elephant na god nakita ko yan sa amazing race episode.eehehe

ung ice cream, parang selecta ang logo....

andami palang bawal sa SG. hahah, parang nikakabahan ako at baka puro multa mangyari pag napabyahe me dyan

JeffZ said...

@khanto: bawal daw ang pakalat-kalat.. baka mawalis ka.. hehe :)

@chyng: yung damit, wag mo sunugin, pwede mo pa-bid.. lol :)

Kidding aside, parang I notice you're not as ecstatic as before to blog your travels, or dahil pa rin ba sa experience na "thou shall not be named" hehe.. otherwise, it's just me who noticed.. :) hope everything is okay with you.. :)

Karla said...

Sayang, hindi kami nakapunta dati ni mommy sa Arab Street. Maganda pala dun. :) Miss ko na ang 1 dollar ice cream kahit medyo mahirap kainin ang wafer, hehe.

I hope okay ka na. Just want you to know that what you did for me was right contrary to what some detractors said. Kaya nga nagiging normal lang ang ganitong pang-aabuso kasi hinahayaan na lang ng iba. If you feel violated, it is never correct.

Take care and have a nice day! :)

ontogmolomo said...

Hi ms.chyng, next time na mapadaan ka ng SG :) hit me a message too. Para naman makasama din ako sa adventure mo.

Thank you.
Renevic

Kai said...

Ang ganda naman ng Little India. Their culture is very rich. Never thought merong ganyan sa Singa. Kala ko mga theme park lang nandun. Nice! :)

lakwatsera de primera said...

i admire SG transport system especially their trains, mas modern pa nga kesa dito sa Sydney. Sobrang nag enjoy ako kakaikot at gimik dyan kahit may kamahalan lahat ng bagay kasi sagot nung host ko :)

isp101 said...

Hi, Chyng! Meron din palang little india sa SG, now, i know! Yung 1$ na Ice Cream na MALL's, parang yung logo nila kaparehas ng Selecta, sino sa kanila ang original?! Hehehe! =)

gillboard said...

i like how colorful the first part of your trip was.

SunnyToast said...

wahahah..iba na tlga c Dyan ngyn shopping to d max pero wala naman akong pasalubong;(!

Buti lang Chyng oks ang experience mo dito kc yong frnd ko dito nawalan ng wallet nya sa little india:)

Arvin U. de la Peña said...

ang ganda naman ng lugar na iyan..certified traveller ka talaga,heeh..

dong ho said...

kampong glam is a personal favorite in singapore. i love the food and the alleys.

kakatuwa at natikman mo ang 1SGD na ice cream. also my favorite.

ganda ng mga kuha sa little india. nakapag comment na din.

Rizalenio said...

Wonderful photos. I miss Little India already.

Shey Malindog said...

ate chyng,

Gaganda ng mga pics, im gonna include this in our itinerary. Thanks for the details.. Tc!

Keep it up can't wait for bali series!

chris said...

kelan pa kaya ang bali series mag start?hehehe atat lang

akasha said...

i love the mint flavor of 1$ ice cream! sa sg din ako natutung uminom ng soya! they have this 99c shop where I always bought 1 liter soya milk. very cheap.. but everything else is EXPENSIVE!

I had firsthand experience of the local's rudeness. very rude talaga sila esp. when it comes to work. pero cyempre di naman lahat. glad you enjoyed SG!

waiting for your Bali series =)

The Traveler said...

Wow! I really enjoyed reading this lengthy post. Plus ang gaganda ng mga pictures! :D

Pagiipunan ko talaga ang Singapore :)

(http://thetravelingnomad.blogspot.com)

pamatayhomesick said...

nice post and capture...:)
buti nakuhanan mo yung hindu priest...

kay said...

Oohhh those are really nice ... I want to go visit!

Rd Sean said...

ang ganda ng shots mo sa temples.. sobrang detailed.. galing.. im just around here sa kampong glam din :P

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Mr. Chan said...

Nice shot Chyng, as always...

Buti ka pa nakatikim na ng sisha sa arab st. hehehe


:) hindi ako madalas dun. puro sa CBD lng ako :)

Malditang "Kura"cha said...

parang naalala ko yung Slumdog Millionaire. hahah! iniisip ko pa kung sino yung god na nandun e. Anyway, this is a very informative post. lalo na yung part ng social smoking. Weird lang. Feeling ko hindi pwede satin. Maarte tayo e. hahah!

natuwa ako sa susunugin ang damit. Wag naman. Ang cute kaya.

May question lang ako... the smell inside the train.. how was it? May naririnig lang akong mga kwento kasi. hihihi! =)

AJ said...

Sinong AJ? Ako ba yun? LOL!

Nice photos of Hindu gods. Fave ko si Ganesha. Cute parang si Dumbo. Yung iba medjo nakakata-cute.

witsandnuts said...

Hindu temples are so colorful! We didn't go to Arab Street, maybe because I wanted a 'rest' from the scenery considering where I'm based heehee.

Dylan said...

Natawa ako sa FINE city. San to banda sa SG? Hindi ko ito nakita. :)

Ang daming names ng mga Hindu Gods so we won't mind if you don't mention them. :)

I especially like your photo with the bicycle. Nagagandahan lang ako dun. :)

I'm glad you had a great time in SG.

Badet said...

I missed Little India, that's the problem when traveling with infants and kids, di kami nakapunta dyan kasi we have 3 kids in tow, our baby and our friend's kids.

Thanks to your blog, mapupuntahan ko rin yung di ko napuntahan sa SG, including USS =(

Christian | Lakad Pilipinas said...

Magnet ba yung last pic? Nice ah!

Kakaiba mga sculpture ng gods nila. Very interesting indeed

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