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Tong Seng: The Last Truly Multi Racial Kopitiam

Create: 08/09/2017 - 18:05
Tong Seng

Majulah Singapura.

This is a 2010 picture I took inside Tong Seng coffee shop in Liang Seah Street in the Bugis area. It has since closed and one of the reasons cited was the difficulty in hiring help.

Rumour has it that property value appreciation resulted in the family making a tidy SGD 15 million selling the shop and retiring to The Bahamas.

It was the favourite halal certified Chinese kopitiam in Singapore. I always go there to eat the sliced fish soup, chicken rice and prawn mee whenever I was in Singapore. It tasted really good.

The Joker Of Singapore And Jus Katira

Create: 07/31/2017 - 13:29
The Joker Of Singapore And Jus Katira

Singapore is good at promoting foreign food or "hipterising" local food favourites such as nasi lemak's conversion into a McD burger for National Day. At their Ramadan bazaars, I kept seeing a Katira drink that was a big hit. The crazy Chinese seller who looked like Batman's Joker, assured me it is halal and showed me the MUIS logo which is similar in mileage to our JAKIM logo.

Jakun Moments - Singapore Casinos.

Create: 07/13/2017 - 11:24
Singapore casinos

The word Jakun is used to described a country bumpkin or greenhorn who is amazed by seeing something new for the first time. The word somehow entered the vocabulary of both the Chinese and Malays. Jakuns are an actual orang asli tribe and it is derogatory and disrespectful towards the Jakuns to associate them with ignorance and for being unrefined and uncivilized. I think the word is usually used without malice and it has no replacement or perfect synonym.

Guns N' Rose Syrup

Create: 06/20/2017 - 23:26
Guns N' Rose Syrup

A shoutout to the many Malay law enforcement officers who perform breaking of fast (buka puasa) on the fly as duties call. They keep the traffic smooth, deter crime and assist tourists.

Sony Alpha a7R, ISO 800, f4, 1/250 sec.

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Rainbow Bagels Are Unicorn Poop?

Create: 06/20/2017 - 20:54
Rainbow bagels at Geylang Serai

Rainbow Bagels Are Unicorn Poop?

The rainbow bagel, which I first saw last year. at the Geylang Serai Ramadan Bazaar are back again this year, I heard.

Young and old were captivated by the psychedelic bread which originated in The Bagel Store in Brooklyn. Bagels are a bread product originating in the Jewish communities of Poland.

The rainbow versions became hipster Ramadan bazaar food in Singapore. It was made for the Instagram generation.

The Birthplace Of Roti John

Create: 06/16/2017 - 15:17
The Birthplace Of Roti John

Singapore is where Roti John was concocted, invented or born as a street food. I sat down for a drink at a stall in Haig Road Cooked Food Centre, unaware.

When I looked up later, I was astonished to see a very long queue forming in front of the neighbouring stall. It was Ramadan and local Muslims were packing and taking away food to break fast later.

The stall named Rosy & Nora is 35 years old and as old as the the Roti John snack it is famous for serving. Roti John is a baguette loaf with scrambled eggs, onions and chilli gravy.

Watermelon Volcano

Create: 06/15/2017 - 19:23

Watermelon Volcano.

It was the most successful fadish food at Singapore's Geylang Serai Ramadan bazaar last year. Alongside, rainbow bagels and Ramly burgers.

Long queues of mostly young people and hipsterlets can be seen lining up in front of the kiosk. Wonder if it is still a big hit this year?

Originally, a school science project with vinegar and baking soda, the messy eruptions became a a slushie mixture of ice, watermelon cubes and evaporated milk. Because it is shared dish with straws, it is popular with couples and young people.

Singapore's Urban Sketchers

Create: 04/26/2017 - 20:10
Singapore's Urban Sketchers

Singapore's Urban Sketchers

At Al Waldi Restaurant, I met a Singapore street sketcher. As she sketched the "putu piring" making kiosk and as I photographed it, we had a brief conversation. Just like in KL, there is now a growing community of street sketchers. It is a great way of documenting a cultural activity and heritage architectural subjects. They are also known as urban sketchers and its is usually done on location.

Only people I know into street sketching on my Fb are Lim Chin Han, Victor Chin and perhaps Merilyn PL Ng. Let me know if you are one.

Mirror, Mirror On The Wall

Create: 04/26/2017 - 16:57
Hotel 81 Tristar Geylang Singapore

To have quick access to the Singapore Ramadan Bazaar, I stayed at a hotel on the doorsteps of the street bazaar known as Geylang Serai. I tried to recall the name of the hotel but there are like a dozen 81 chain hotels in the Geylang area!

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