Daily Prompt: In which I sneak in photos of a random Saturday in Singapore

Daily Prompt: A Little Sneaky

by michelle w. on August 30, 2013

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Photographers, artists, poets: show us SNEAKY.

It looks like an ordinary, sleepy neighborhood.

It looks like an ordinary, sleepy neighborhood.

Tiong Bahru is a sneaky little neighborhood in Singapore that pretends to be staid and sleepy.  Yet, my Saturday morning explorations of Yong Siak Street yielded an independent bookstore and an industrial-steel clad Japanese restaurant with a no-nonsense approach to serious dining.

Artwork on facade of Books Actually

Artwork on facade of Books Actually

Books Actually

Independent bookstores are hiding here.

Ikyu's steel doors have a clubbing rather than a dining vibe.

Ikyu’s steel doors have a clubbing rather than a dining vibe.

Sneaky ceramic glass pretends to be a crushed plastic cup!

Sneaky ceramic glass pretends to be a crushed plastic cup!

Serious sushi behind steel doors.

Serious sushi behind steel doors.

I’m happy that even with all the unsettling and lightning speed modernity hitting Singapore, these quaint neighborhoods are retaining their identity and opening their arms to non-chain restos and bookstores (with that fresh bookstore smell that I fear is slowly becoming endangered).  This is a side of Singapore far from the skyscrapers and crazy ass architecture (yes, I’m referring to Marina Bay Sands, i.e., the ship on top of the hotel).

It's weird, but the tourists seem to love it.

It’s weird, but the tourists seem to love it.

Enjoy your weekend and greetings from sunny Singapore!

Oh and yes, the Daily Prompts are darned useful!

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