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July 12, 2011

Singapore was founded by migrant Chinese – and they comprise the single largest ethnic group in this city-nation.

So it should come as no surprise there’s a vibrant Chinese district.

The idea of a small store on the first floor and residences above is quite appealing.

Chinatown was, in our opinion, just flat out cool!

The area comprised about 12 city blocks – and they all looked much like this.

The next shot is interesting on two fronts:

the first is a sound engineer getting foley clips for some studio production – she had the kids run by several times to capture the effect.  the second one (and I’m sorry I didn’t get a better pic) is the store on the far left.  they had but one product – chopsticks.  I had no idea there were so many – and that a set can run into the hundreds of dollars!

Not feeling well?

Asian medicine abounds.

Like every other part of Singapore, it was clean and neat – and here’s why:

Pedal powered street sweepers.  Cleanliness and a small carbon footprint!

The Pheebs got a kick out of these:

I believe they are for luck ; the left arm waves incessantly.

We really enjoyed this part of Singapore – so much so that we returned several times during our stay.

We had a hard time cramming all the trinkets we bought for the kids after visiting here.  We will be back!

5 Comments leave one →
  1. July 12, 2011 5:48 am

    Chuck, Thanks for sharing.

    • dangerboyandpixie permalink*
      July 12, 2011 7:02 am

      Always a pleasure!

  2. Jack Riepe permalink
    July 12, 2011 10:51 pm

    Dear Chuck and Pheebs:

    The contrast between Chinatown in Singapore and Chinatown in New York City is astounding. The shops in the 12-block area in Chinatown in New York stand behind columns of garbage at the curbs. Can you find me a pair of chopsticks made from Snow Leopard claws. Thy are supposed to be “good for the man.”

    Great geography lessons from you guys.

    Fondest regards,
    Twisted Roads

    • dangerboyandpixie permalink*
      July 12, 2011 11:16 pm


      Now I need to show you what an alleyway looks like in Singapore – it’s nicer than the main streets in many US cities. I’ll rework the net post, Boat Quay, so that you may see what we mean.

      We have visions of this part of the world being dirty, grubby and undeveloped. I’m beginning to think this is deliberate on behalf of the Man behind the Curtain…

    • dangerboyandpixie permalink*
      July 12, 2011 11:22 pm

      Pending posted updated for your viewing pleasure.

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