Posted by: maureenc | September 23, 2011

Chinatown, Singapore

One would think that after all of Saturday’s movements, we would slow down Saturday evening. Not so! We had heard that Chinatown would be celebrating the Mid Autumn Lunar festival, so…..
we left the hotel and walked down past the nearby Mosque and ended in a street where stalls were being set up for the evening.

Then we found the Bugis Street Markets. Still as good as they were back in the mid eighties. It was hard to drag Di away from her buying frenzy. Ok! I wasn’t far behind her.
Anyway, we took our booty back to the hotel, and caught a cab down to China town and People’s Park Centre which is a mixed-use development which features four floors for retail shopping and a pair of towers which are used for office space and residential usage.
The main tower, reaching thirteen floors, hosts many of Singapore’s law firms and the management office is also located on the fifth floor which provides a link between the management and the tenants. The smaller tower hosts a few offices and a considerable amount of residential space. The main shopping centre is located at the lower floors of the development and houses a wide variety of retailers dealing in Chinese handicrafts and a large array of Chinese oriented travel agencies. From People’s Park we were able to use an elevated walkway to cross the road which had been closed to traffic for the celebrations.
Talk about wall to wall people!
Unfortunately, due to the crush of people I didn’t manage any photos of either the Lion or the Dragon dancers which paraded down the street.
Later there was a concert featuring singers, dancers, etc.

And when the celebrations were over, what did we do??

Why, more shopping of course!
But I must admit to being very disappointed in the quality of batik fabrics available.
I had planned on purchasing a Kebaya and sarong outfit for my daughter, but the quality was so poor I restrained myself (sorry Colleen)
Finally we were able to hail a cab, and about 1 am we called it a day and collapsed into bed.

Tomorrow afternoon we board the Super star VIRGO for a  five night cruise: Singapore, Ho Chi Minh City, Pulau/Redang Island Resort and back to Singapore.

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