Friday, June 15, 2012

Amongst the Singapore Shophouses

Yesterday, my buddy, Louise, and I took a bus to the Joo Chiat neighborhood, which is a bit Northeast of where we live in the East Coast area of Singapore.  This an older area that has for the most part escaped the wrecking ball, so many of the colorful old shophouses of Singapore remain.  It's known for being a bastion of Peranakan (original Straits people), as well as Malay cultures, and has a number of fun shops and restaurants.  We passed an old Malay village being renovated, bought a couple of treasures in the Changi Junk Store and picked up some nutmeg oil from a Malaysian pharmacy - it's supposed to be good for aches and pains.  And, of course, we brought our cameras...

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