Charming Old Singapore in Chinatown

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I just love the architecture of old buildings with old style window shutters. This pale blue restored building is actually a budget hotel.

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Old yellow building topped with green, in Chinatown. I wonder if this is a commercial building or one of the oldest high-rise flats (government apartments) in Singapore.

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I never imagined I could still see coin operated pay phones around.  When I was a school girl, I remember always saving my ten and twenty cent coins, so that I could call home when I needed to.  The phones then were even cooler, not push button, but the ones with the circular dials that made the coolest winding sound.

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An old sign that indicated a barber shop.  I never thought this still existed.  Only in wonderful Chinatown!

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An old press for making sugar cane juice. These are still pretty common in Singapore, where sugar cane juice is a popular drink at the hawker stalls.  Just a tip – it’s fun to chew on little sticks of sugar cane. If you haven’t tried it, you should.

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You can rub the Laughing Buddha’s belly for good luck. When I passed by I saw a jolly tourist hugging this laughing Buddha with joy. The Laughing Buddha is based on an eccentric Chinese monk who lived over 1,000 years ago known for his benevolent nature.

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60’s style Chinese pant suits. It’s so cool that even the mannequins are from the 60’s!

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Blogging about life in Singapore & recently cancer too.
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3 Responses to Charming Old Singapore in Chinatown

  1. James McNamara says:

    Great photos,BTW I lived in Singapore for many many years.An enchanting island,food to die for,friendly people.I miss the place la.

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