Thursday, July 31, 2008

Kreta Ayer Wet Market - Part 2

Hahaha...yesterday, many complimented that the market looked dry for a wet market. Here is another part of the market which is wet. The reason for being wet was mostly the fish stalls vendors washing the floors because of the fishes they sold. If they do not spray water, the floor would stink because of the scaling, cleaning of fishes they did for customers. The scaling and cleaning of fishes are free of charge for the customers. Now you know why it is known as wet market.

Customers buying fishes from a fish vendor.

Fishes and prawns are cheaper at this market than other wet markets around Singapore.

Best time to buy cheap fishes and prawns would be after 11.30 am. The market operates only half a day. Therefore the fish vendors are eager to get rid of their fishes at cheaper prices around that time before they call it a day at 1 pm.

More photos of fish stalls after skywatch friday.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Kreta Ayer Wet Market-Part 1

This is the basement of Kreta Ayer. It is known as Kreta Ayer Wet Market. Why wet market? The floors and surroundings are often routinely sprayed and washed with water—to the extent of flooding it at frequent intervals—which gave it the name "wet market". (For more information on wet market, you can view it from here.

Look at the newly renovated market, it is spacious and very clean. It is so spacious and suitable for those in wheelchairs to move about. Bravo because the population is aging and we need more places to be user friendly to those in wheelchairs.

Pork Stalls

Fruits Stalls

Vegetables Stalls
The floorings of the above stalls are cleaner and drier. My next post will show the seafood stalls that have wet

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Kreta Ayer Market-Shopping

Still at Kreta Ayer. Kreta Ayer Market consists of a wet market in the basement and shops on the ground floor while the food centre is on the 2nd floor (which I had posted a photo yesterday).

On the ground floor are many shops selling clothes, shoes, bags, cloths, etc. It is very spacious and it is non air conditioned. But you wont feel sweaty although it is non air conditioned because it had a very high ceiling and plenty of walking spaces.

This is the place to shop and you could bargain for your products.

My next few posts would be the wet market in the basement. It would be very interesting to some of you all.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Kreta Ayer Food Centre

Kreta Ayer (meaning bullock cart in Malay) Food Centre was renovated and recently reopen to the public. This is the food centre where most old tenants are back selling the good and yummy food. The new place is airy and spacious and now have more tables and chairs for us to enjoy our food.

Friday, July 25, 2008


I was too late with my camera when I saw the apache flying above me. By the time I grabbed the camera, the plane fly too far away. Anyway I have another photo of the apaches in my previous post.

Another plane flying past after the apache. I guess it is always at this time of the year where the airforce are rehearsing for the National Day parade next month. So next month, I must tried to capture these planes as they fly past me. :)

Thanks to Tom for hosting Sky Watch. For other sky watchers, you can go to Tom's skywatch blog.

Thursday, July 24, 2008


This underpass is located near Novena Square and United Square. It was a long underpass and I found the underpass to be very clean. But the longest underpass I took would be at the The Link at City Hall MRT Station.

You can view another underpass in my previous post.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Bicycle Bay

This is a bicycle parking bay. (Sorry for the blur photo - it was taken by my mobile phone)
Wondered if the owner is parking just the wheel or did someone stole the bicycle and left only the wheel locked in the bicycle bay.

For more bicycle parking bay, you can view my previous posting.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Chinatown Shophouses 6 Final Part

Finally, this would be my last posting on Chinatown Shophouses. Hope you all enjoyed the photos of these shophouses.

This shophouse had very colourful windows.
You can't miss this shophouse with all the yellow flowers on its blue background in the heart of chinatown.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Chinatown Shophouses(5)

More photos of shophouses. Some are used as shops, residential and offices.

The above shophouses are converted to be a boutique hotel. To know more about The Scarlet-A Boutique Hotel, you can view their website.

I love the designs of these shophouses and very fascinated by their windows. I always love taking photos of wndows and doors.

Closer look at the foral designs.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Chinatown Shophouses (4)

I like this beautiful built shophouse. You could see that it was built in 1910. In the olden days, builders would engraved the year the building was built on them. I am glad the owner kept most of the original architectural designs except for a fresh coat of paint.

Another beautiful architecturally built shophouse in the heart of chinatown.

Inside this building are many different shops and offices.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Chinatown Shophouses (3)

This shop house is of the same design as the shophouse that I posted in my earlier post on chinatown shophouses (2), but the owner did not do a very elaborate painting and decoration on its building.

The shophouse with red and white paintings on its exterior was the one I posted in previous post.

A closer look and comparision on the windows of the two shophouses. The original shophouse bear some european designs while the newly painted shophouse was painted red to make it looked very chinese.

Another shophouse being renovated by a new owner. Look at the circled area, a plant decided to grow inside a crack of the wall. It must be planted by some birds carrying some seeds to the building. :)
I have more beautiful photos of shophouses in chinatown in later posts.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Scary Face in the Cloud

Do you see what I see? I felt that the cloud looked like a scary face and there was some white smoke coming out of its mouth.

Thanks to Tom for hosting Sky Watch. For other sky watchers, you can go to Tom's skywatch blog.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Chinatown shophouses (2)

More photos of shophouses in Chinatown. These shophouses had a long history and had been here since the British Rules. Many had been restored and renovated. Some are used as shops and restaurants while some are used as offices. The one above with the red windows is a chinese restaurant called Yum Cha, selling "dim sum".

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Chinatown shophouses

This is just one of the very old shophouses presevered. These buildings were built during the British rule, that is why you could see many buildings with Victorian architecture. For more information of chinatown and its buildings you can view them here.

By night, some of the streets in chinatown would become a food street.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Sculptures at Hotel Royal

Saw these cute sculptures at Hotel Royal, as we were on our way to a sumptous steam boat buffet lunch at Jade Room Restaurant.

Not sure what these sculptures meant as there are no information about them.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Painting and Redecoration Works at HDB Apartment

From the view of my brother's flat I could these workers doing the painting work on the opposite block of flats. It is a very dangerous job for the painters even though they have safety belts, etc.

These are HDB flats which majority of Singaporean lived in. Every 5 years the town council would repaint and redecorate the estates.

For more information on the public housing in Singapore, you could see from here.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Fitness Advertisement

The three people on top of the building are not real, they are part of an advertisment for sports and fitness by California Fitness Jackie Chan Sport at Velocity@NovenaSquare. For more information on the fitness company, you can view here.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Skywatch-Novena Square

This is office building cum shopping mall at Novena Square. The sky reflected on the windows of the office building would make a good photo for skywatch.

Another direction taken of the building which reflected some condominium buildings in the vinicity.

Thanks to Tom for hosting Sky Watch. For other sky watchers, you can go to Tom's website.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Toa Payoh Housing Estate

After a sumptous lunch at Toa Payoh, I took these photos of the housing estate from inside the

The apartment block on the left are about 10 years of age while the one on the right are more than 30 years of age.

Roads are kept clean by the Road Sweeper Truck.

This is malay wedding reception held at a housing apartment's void deck. You would like to read the information on what is a void deck by clicking on it.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Our children are colour blind.

This is a cute advertisement.

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Life is so fragile

Life is so fragile. Just when your close ones are here one minute and gone the next.

How to you cope with 2 deaths of close ones within a span of seven months? Just lost my dad in law last November and one week ago, lost my mother in law. Both died of heart attacks.

I was more or less prepared for my dad in law cause he had a heart bypass and aging, he was 82 but my mom in law who was 74, was very healthy and no symptoms of any illness. She just fainted in the toilet in the middle of the night and died before the ambulance came.

This music video really described the situation I am in right now. Sigh.

"If Life Is So Short"
Isn't it funny how time seems to slip away so fast
One minute you're happy, the other you're sad
But if you give me one more chance
To show my love for you is true I'll stand by your side your whole life through
If life is so short
Why don't you let me love you
Before we run out of time If love is so strong
Why won't you take the chance
Before our time has gone
If life is so short, if life is so short
Love is a word that explains how I feel for you
And when you're in my arms, all my dreams come true
And when you're not around
You can't hardly see
These tears that I'm crying now are for you to be with me