|You don't have to wait for the night for the neon lights to appear. It all adds to the charm of Geylang, which appears to be a food galore as well.|
|Jalan Besar has the old school bustle and energy that I like. Certainly not swanky Shenton Way nor Orchard Road, but I would rather be here on a weekend or weekday. Haising Hotel (far right) is a budget hotel that is quite highly rated. Quite a few old fashioned coffee shops can be found here too... maybe got nice wanton noodles?|
|I like the low two-storey shophouses sandwiched between higher buildings.|
|Pointed gable (far right) next to the pink gable with a slightly rounded mound at its apex. Pointed gable suggests fire element for the Chinese, while the rounded mound suggest either wood or water element. The earth element is depicted by a squarish tip on the apex of the gable.|
|Pictures taken 26 Jan 2016, a drizzly day.|
Details on walls can be interesting. Here
are a pair of racing horses decorating the
wall of Haniffa Pte Ltd at 60, Serangoon Rd.
The company is more than 50 years old. Started
by one Mr O K Mohamed Haniffa at the shophouse
the business did more than OK. It grew and opened
another branch at Dunlop Street. They have branches
in Malaysia and India.
Anyway, the Chinese always believe.
that horses are good fengshui!
|Everton Road with its charming shophouses -- some are original and dating back to the late 1800s. Pictures: 7 May 2016.|
|Traditional wooden signboard on top of entance.|
|Auspicious couplets on doors.|
|Traditional outer swing doors. Windows (below) decorated with gold motifs.|
|66 Spottiswoode Park Road. An oft-photographed shophouse as its original 19th Century artwork got peeled off, uncovering the only known example of an intact and original 19th century decorative scheme in Singapore -- according to the URA website.|
|Back of shophouses facing Neil Road.|
|Purvis Street, famous for its Hainanese eateries. Really must try Chin Chin Eating House one day. It has very good reviews. Just reading about its chicken rice, claypot mutton soup, Hainanese pork chop... makes me hungry. Only set back is that it's packed most of the time. And parking may be impossible. But yes, one day.|
|Tan Quee Lan Street. I haven't tried any of the food there, but apparently, the street is much featured by netizens for its food. Anyway, the second part of World Street Food Congress Dialogue 2015 was held in an open field on this street, attracting more than 200 people from all over the world! Pics taken Feb 2016|
|The Chinese Weekly Entertainment Club sits on what used to be Quee Lan Hill.|
A haven for food lovers, but a nightmare for parking. This is what this area means to me -- usually. So the smart thing to do is to take a bus. In my younger days, the Red House Bakery (now under restoration, to the left of the picture) was a really interesting place to me. You could choose your bread or whatever morsel and then have them in peace somewhere in the bowels of this bakery which looked small on the outside but had courtyards once you entered. Established in 1925 it was closed in 2003, deemed unsafe. A Jew started the bakery shop which was later taken over by a Hainanese seaman who apparently paid only $600 as "coffee money" to take over the bakery. That was in the 1930s. Information taken from Infopedia.