Spending Deepavali holidays in Geylang

Happy deepavali to all my Hindu friends πŸ™‚

Hari Raya is just a few more days to go!

Visited Geylang today. Heard that it would be the last year that Geylang would be around before it gets demolished for an upgrade.

As a kid, my parents brought me here quite frequently every time during the fasting month and I remember the warm, if a little stuffy alleys of geylang serai, full of people selling clothes, food and other cultural needs.

I’ve always enjoyed walking through these mazes of shops that leads round and around and exploring which little corner that I can stumble to. Sometimes it will lead me to a delicious snack corner full of delicious traditional cakes and sometimes it will lead me to a clothes stall, full of baju kurongs. It was always exciting for me to walk around.

Am a little sad to see these alleys go. We’ll never experience the old style geylang any more from next year onwards. Am going to miss it.


Stall selling colourful scarves and headgear


Lovely kebayas for sale for about S$50


During the fasting month there are many boxes like these – donations are used for the poor and needy


Crowded with other nostalgic people, like me


Man cooking ayam percik (Original one, on a stick tastes better!)


Man selling off lemang (bamboo filled with rice, slowly cooked over an open fire)


I’ve no idea what he’s cooking. But it looks so cool


Selling kuih raya (cakes and snacks)


Kebabs! Mmmm …


Seafood! Mmmm …

Man cooking Dengdeng (what a cute name) a type of thinly stripped bbq’ed marinated meat


Display of kuih raya

Putu bambu (coconut snack with sugar inside) I like!

It was easier for me to take pictures here as compared to Chinatown Most were happy to have their pictures taken. I chatted with some of the shopkeepers and he told me. “One day, maybe in 10 or 15 years from now, those pictures will be valuable”

To me, the pictures are already valuable. But the good memories, is the most valuable of all. I will miss Geylang.

11 thoughts on “Spending Deepavali holidays in Geylang”

  1. I think that should be Putu Bambu coz Putu Piring is in the shape of a small piring. Hehe.

    We spoke to each other today. But you still don’t know which one is Me. Wahahah!

  2. Oh, already edited. My mistake. Its putu bambu, not putu piring.

    No, I dont know who you are. And to be honest, I’m giving up trying to even make a guess. *headache*

    But Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri, Maaf zahir batin :]

  3. Pnii! Thanks πŸ™‚ And Selamat Hari Raya to you too, maaf zahir batin πŸ™‚

    Zila : Nice not? Tapi blum beli moto lagi … Tulah orang tak simpan duit cam ginilah … πŸ˜›

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