Learning Journey to Chinatown

Finally I got the chance to accompany the lil one for his school learning journey (what we used to call ‘excursion’ during our days in primary school ;)) the trip to Chinatown made me feel like a tourist in my own country (not an unfamiliar sensation 😉 and it was tiring afternoon keeping up with the small group of boys. The interesting sights and time spent with my son and his friends made the effort so worthwhile!

Lil one and his friends

Lil one and his friends

The trip was just before the Chinese New Year, thus we saw plenty of auspicious symbols used to usher in the year of Water Snake …

Pomelos- one of the auspicious symbols of Chinese New Year

Pomelos- one of the auspicious symbols of Chinese New Year

Glutinous Rice cakes- the round shape symbolises unity and is believed to bring good luck to one's career

Glutinous Rice cakes- the round shape symbolises unity and is believed to bring good luck to one’s career

Food galore- perfect reason to go back!

Food galore- perfect reason to go back!

Decorations

Decorations

Dried food galore

Dried food galore

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Never seen so much cured meats at such long stretch!

Never seen so much cured meats at such long stretch!

Premium cured ham

Premium cured ham

Waxed duck

Waxed duck

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After walking through the crowded and meandering streets, the class visited the Chinatown Heritage Centre. Sights outside the centre and within-

A lone figure by the bustling walkway

A lone figure by the bustling walkway

Another lonely and hidden figure...

Another lonely and hidden figure…

doors- old and modern side by side

doors- old and modern side by side

washing area from the past

washing area from the past

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABoys were too busy discovering ‘secret stairways’ to observe the squalid living conditions  of our migrant ancestors. Oh well… it was an eye-opener that tis Oriental corner of Singapore sure needs repeated visits!

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