Friday, March 6, 2009

Just outside the door

Singapore's shophouses are often dwarfed by high-rise office blocks or living quarters
Now I am not in Singapore on a tourist jaunt, this is strictly medical tourism and to be frank, I'm not in the mood to wander around a very hot and humid city with people staring at my angry red face. Nevertheless, just outside my hotel there's some interesting architecture dating back to the time when this area of Singapore, Little India, was home to the remnants of Indian convicts brought here to work as construction labourers in the 1920s. Given land and buffaloes as well as their freedom they settled in this area and it continues to this day, as colourful, noisy and busy as any so-called Little India's around the globe. There is an eatery every second shop or so it seems and a lot of them are housed in Singapore's shophouses, quite similar in style to the colonial French ones found dotted around Cambodia provincial towns. Here's a selection, all within a block of my hotel, when I popped out to get some lunch. My doctor has suggested a rest from sun, heat, sweat and dust, so it was literally, out and back in a few minutes. I know Little India has a lot more sights to see but maybe I'll have time for that when I see some improvement in my condition.
Built in 1925 these shophouses have all received a lick of paint in recent years
More of the same row of shophouses in Sam Leong Road, Little India
A colourful home and shop complex in Sam Leong Road, with definite Indian influences
The beading on this property look almost Georgian in style. This can be found on Jalan Besar Road.
This is my home for the next few days, the ill-named Classique Hotel in Little India - finding reasonable accommodation at bargain prices was impossible.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Andy, its allan again

Little India is a pretty pleasant place to stroll around and its not far from the sultans mosque either...

also I have a feeling you may have the same skin infection as my brother.. he gets it on an annual basis where his whole face/neck gets all red and flaky... went to specialist and still haven't had much luck in finding out why or how to prevent/help :S

he used to have it like for a whole 2 months in the year or so

March 6, 2009 at 6:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Andy,

Since you're in Singapore, I thought I'd mention that Singapore in the 1960s were modelling after the beautiful city of Phnom Penh when she was deemed the "pearl of the orient" back then. The old shophouses there looked similar to the ones in Phnom Penh, Battambang, Kompong Cham, Kampot and so on, typical of architecture in Cambodia then.

March 7, 2009 at 3:18 AM  

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