I was a little nervous about even looking at the ethnic street stalls. Usually I find that if I cannot try a garment on I don't like to even look, preferring not to be harassed by the street traders. But that all changed when I found what have become my favorite trousers in a China Town street market. They were S$10 and "one size" fits all. Each leg is like a wrap-around skirt, so I have a pair of floaty loose bottoms that flow like a skirt but prevent my legs from sticking together with the sweat (lovely image I'm sure!) - perfect for the sticky heat that Singapore doles out day and night.
Our lovely hostess, who is Indian, offered to be our tour guide around Singapore's Little India and China Town districts. We hopped in a taxi and started with a few temples in Little India.
As a place of worship - wow! These temples were amazing, vibrant places with fabulous art and atmosphere. It was nice to see not just tourists ogling at these treasures, but believers praying and enjoying the temples too, using them as they were meant to be used.
Having looked around Little India, we then hopped into a taxi and got the grumpiest taxi driver in Singapore. We gave him the address to the big temple in China Town. The traffic was bad, and tired of listening to his grumbling, we jumped out before we'd even gotten there, deciding to look at the street market I mentioned at the beginning of this post. That's when I spotted the new item for my wardrobe, and bought it.
Then we decided it was lunch time and our hostess recommended a great place for Dim Sum called Yum Cha. Really good dumplings!
After lunch it was time to get back to base. We hailed a cab and procured a much friendlier driver. It was only as he drove past the big temple and asked us if we'd liked it, did we realize that we'd been too distracted by shopping and eating to actually visit it!
Oh well, maybe next time!