Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Back Alley 2 - Shophouses

Continued from yesterday's post.

This is the same alley as yesterday. Some of these shophouses are not restored and renovated yet and some are vacant.

The shophouse must be vacant long ago, even the creepers had climbed up to the upper floor.

Now I wondered if this plant has been grown by a bird...lol. The birds must have carry the seeds and drop into the cracks of the wall.


A very old and vacant shophouses waiting to be restored.

The alley is so narrow that I could not capture the three floors of this shophouse in my camera's screen. The highest addition of a small room reminded me of my late maternal grandparent's home. My grandparents used to stay in such a shophouse but bigger and they had an extra room added to their roof. We used to go up the extra room and climb out to the roof. My uncle is braver and he would walked on top of the roof and climb to the neighbour's shophouse to play with his neighbour...lol.

A contractor doing some renovation and restoration works to another shophouse. It looked so dangerous, I think he should wear a safety belt and a helmet. As these shophouses are protected and preserved, even the windows had to be changed to look like the original architectural designs of the old shophouse.

9 comments:

magiceye said...

must have been a fun community to live in!

Lawstude said...

the plant was truly interesting. the different colors of the place are indeed eye-catching.

Anya said...

Interesting,
very colored houses hehe...
Looks very cozy that little street
:)

Keats The Sunshine Girl said...

it's easy for a place to look dilapidated when no one inhabits it anymore.
I used to live in a shophouse when I was young.

M.Kate said...

Looks like the ones we have here too. Happy holidays Alice.

XUE said...

I'm thinking of nonya kueh now! These buildings always makes me think of those colourful kueh!

Lara said...

it's sad when people desert buildings...

J.C. said...

These buildings look similar to those in my hometown, Melaka. I saw your label stated 'Kampong Glam'. Is that where this buildings are? I hope they will be restored to its old glory days.

alicesg said...

JC, you are right about the location of the shophouses.