Exploring Singapore – Chinatown

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Just barely 16 days into the new year, and I was roaming around Chinatown in the late Saturday afternoon, excited about my first photo challenge that I have set for myself this year.

It was almost 4.30pm by the time I alighted from the bus and I was kind of surprised at the number of people in the vicinity, though I was mentally prepared to see a busy street due to Chinese New Year being just round the corner.

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Chinatown seems to be a common place in a many countries, where one can find many Chinese stuffs, food and culture and it’s usually a shopping haven for locals and tourists. Being a multi-racial country with Chinese as one of the main population, Chinatown is inevitably one of the place where many old Chinese folks like to come together for a taste of the olden days.

It happened that a couple of major roads were closed to make way for a stage and performance that evening, which I wasn’t aware about. This has also caused the streets to become narrower and more congested, as locals and tourist snaked their ways along and around the barricades.

I tried to do photo stacking but it turned out to be so unnatural. This picture was "stitched" with 6 snaps of the area.
I tried to do photo stacking but it turned out to be so unnatural. This picture was “stitched” with 6 snaps of the area.
Roads were closed to make way for Light Up Ceremony
Roads were closed to make way for Light Up Ceremony
Peach lanterns
Peach lanterns

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With just a 35mm (cropped) prime lens (another challenge I gave myself), I soon found myself being  restricted by the fixed angle of view and have to move around to find the best position to snap pictures, as I couldn’t zoom out to capture the entire old buildings and architectures or zoom in to snap pictures of people “secretly”.

Old building in Chinatown
Old building in Chinatown

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However, the small and light-weight lens does has its own disadvantages, and definitely easier to take pictures, as I moved around in Pagoda Street, Temple Street, Smith Street and finally ending up in Eu Tong Sen Street.

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Busy street....
Busy street….
Crowds queuing for the popular Lim Chee Guan dried pork slices.
Crowds queuing for the popular Lim Chee Guan dried pork slices.
Street shopping with full of Chinese New Year decorations.
Street shopping with full of Chinese New Year decorations.
Samsui woman sculpture
Samsui woman sculpture
@ Singapore Chinatown
@ Singapore Chinatown
Tasting of Bird's Nest
Tasting of Bird’s Nest
Hindu Temple in Chinatown
Hindu Temple in Chinatown

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@ Singapore Chinatown
@ Singapore Chinatown
@ Singapore Chinatown
@ Singapore Chinatown
Chinese New Year is coming....
Chinese New Year is coming….

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This girl seems to be a TV artiste, but I do not know her. :-)
This girl seems to be a TV artiste, but I do not know her. 🙂
Waiting for the performance to start.
Waiting for the performance to start.
Samsui woman @ food street
Samsui woman @ food street

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Fruit seller @ Chinatown
Fruit seller @ Chinatown

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Ice cream - something that is in high demand in the hot weather.
Ice cream – something that is in high demand in the hot weather.
Monkey God puppet. This is the year of Monkey.
Monkey God puppet. This is the year of Monkey.

As the sun began to set, people were still pouring into the street, especially around the cordoned area. That was when I learned that there would be a lantern light up ceremony that very evening.

Had I known that there will be a ceremony, I would have postponed my visit to Chinatown, given my dislike for huge crowds.

Nevertheless, I waited till the Light Up ceremony was over before I headed back home……

Shopping malls along Eu Tong Sen street
Shopping malls along Eu Tong Sen street
As the night began to fall....
As the night began to fall….
Eager crowds eating for Light Up ceremony...
Eager crowds eating for Light Up ceremony…
Light UP!
Light UP!

 

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