Monday, September 08, 2008

Raya Singapore

Every month during the fasting month, the streets of Changi Road, Geylang Road & Sims Ave are well decorated with tents being put up along both sides of the roads.

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And it is also this time of the year, that I would go down to soak in the Raya atmosphere. To me, this really is the 'mother of all pasar malams' as it is really huge and have lots of things to see, buy & eat!

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Just look at the crowd - 'happening - lah'


Clothes/ Baju
This is a good place especially for our Muslim friends to get their baju Raya (Raya clothes). Prices are reasonable, and there is quite a fair bit of varieties.

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The baju kurungs for the ladies


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There are also the many baju kebayas... though this year seems to be a lil less compared to last time when kebayas were at its peak


Of course, for the ladies, there are more than just bajus, like accessories from purses, handbags and even brooches & necklaces.

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Accessories to go well with the baju kurungs & baju kebayas


Well, while the ladies have their wide things to choose from, the men also have a fair choice.

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The baju Melayu for the men


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Of course, it goes well with a new songkok


Apart from the traditional dresses, there are also many other 'modern day' clothes (not that the traditional clothes aren't) - like jerseys.

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Choose your favourite football team jersey!


And the one for all...
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Wow, really that many slippers! And this is just one of the many stalls having only slippers & shoes


Food!
Well the one thing I like most about this bazaar is its wide array of food, some of which is close to heart!

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My no. 1 pasar malam food - yes, the burger Ramly! (btw, see how focus this seller is! Tentu sedap! (For sure nice one!)


There are also my other favourite, the bbq chicken wings.

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The lady obliged with a photo - just see how many wings she has!


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Another chicken wing seller... "Ah boleh, boleh, boleh... ambik-lah" (Ah, can, can, can... take-lah) when asked to take photo. They must be thinking where I come from.


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The coconuts - refreshing after a walkabout in this busy bazaar


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There is also this yiu tiao which I've yet to try... maybe the next time round


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And also one of Singapore's pasar malam more common foods - the otah


More Food!
Apart from the fresh cooked food, there is also some food which we can takeaway.

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Manalah raya tanpa kuih raya kan (Where lah got raya without raya cookies). hehe... plus some kacang putih


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The rather popular red dates!


Apart from food & clothes, the one other thing one can buy to make a happy raya include:

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Decorative plants to spruce up the home for visiting guests


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To add comfort & ambiance, one can get the carpets


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And yes, even cars... See, only S$7/ day, can own car already!


After a round of indulgence, it's time to head home. But, the crowd has just begun.

*Nearest MRT station - Paya Lebar. From there, it's just 2 minutes away.

*Apparently, the prices have 'harga runtuh' (drop down prices?) during the eve of Hari Raya. There are many good bargains especially the carpets. But expect a huge crowd!

*1st Day of Hari Raya is a Public Holiday in Singapore.

Oh one more thing, to all Muslim friends all over, Selamat Bulan Ramadhan :)

11 comments:

  1. It seems that the mood is really up and going over there. =) I like the photo where you can own the car for $7 per day.

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  2. I'm goin' goo goo ga ga over the decorative plants! LOL!

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  3. Wow, the crowd, the noise, the bargains, the food, the lighting. I miss them all! :)

    Hello, first time visiting here. :)

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  4. wow.. thanks for the photos.. especially Ramly Burger's one.

    I am so missing that! I used to go all the way there just to get the burgers.

    Gosh how i miss that!

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  5. very nice blog about travel..good job =)

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  6. @tekkaus
    ya, what a good marketing heh. makes it looks affordable :)

    @nessa
    oh you like plants too? cool. what are your fav?

    @icalvyn
    its actually car purchase... but not bad lah, considered quite cheap :)

    @bengbeng
    thanks. ppl were staring when i took that shot. like someone never seen otah/ otak otak before haha.

    @cc
    yes, its just great soaking in all. btw thanks for coming by :)

    @jonathan
    ya, the ramly is the no. 1 - 'die die must try' one huh :)

    @tolanic
    thank u :)

    @shien
    haha. glad you like them. well, it means time to makan :)

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  7. Haven't been to Singapore for 10 years now. Thanks for the beautiful picture. So, are you a singaporean or malaysian living in singapore?

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  8. I feel so tortured when I see all the photos...this is kind of things that I really miss being far away from homw..tsk..tsk...

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