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What's Up On Arab Street?

December 10, 2011 4 comments

It was said that the street was so called because the area used to be owned by an Arab and it was the site of an Arab kampong.  What I knew about Arab Street is that there is that Queen Street Bus Terminal close by to take you to Johor, Malaysia.  Also, there’s a nearby wholesale market for all sorts of spices and stuff.  I remember passing through this area few times- jogging or riding the bus to Johor.  But wait, there’s the other side of this street!  It turned out to be a bargain place like Divisoria in the Philippines- to a lesser degree.

Corner leading to Arab street

Last year, in search for cheap Christmas garland, my wife discovered that good priced ones were sold in this area.  What was sold at SGD 30 elsewhere, was sold here for SGD 15! But that’s old news.  We visited the lone store concentrated on selling Christmas stuff and was selling the same garland for SGD 30 plus, the same price elsewhere.  They must have discovered the treasure in this item.

Christmas garland bringing more Christmas air

Walking through the street is a delight for you do not see too many merchandise displayed beyond the stores- on the sidewalk that is.  It is reminiscent of Quiapo, Central Market and Divisoria, what have you.  But again, with  a higher standard of setting from Singapore’s perspective – cleaner, more organized and safe.  Wholesale and retail stores with a huge inventory of items make it easier for you to find what you’re looking for.

Array of stores on Arab Street

There’s a basket shop – nice to see but quality is so-so similar to what you find in some underpass Quiapo stalls.

Basketry

We only found one Christmas decor and trinkets shop in the middle of the street. Good variety of stuff.

Wide selection of Christmas stuff

Fabrics is not my thing. In case you rave for this, this is one place to be.

Overflow of textile merchandise

For smokers, there’s a restaurant that has this hookah or shisha pipes in some tables.  And they also sell the pipes!

Warning: Smoking a tobacco-based Hookah is as dangerous as smoking cigarettes

Other stores are found here if you need ribbons, tapes etc.

Supplies store

If you are the adventurer type, it’s worth going to this place and have a look at what’s going on here 🙂

Categories: Shopping

What’s Up On Arab Street?

December 10, 2011 6 comments

It was said that the street was so called because the area used to be owned by an Arab and it was the site of an Arab kampong.  What I knew about Arab Street is that there is that Queen Street Bus Terminal close by to take you to Johor, Malaysia.  Also, there’s a nearby wholesale market for all sorts of spices and stuff.  I remember passing through this area few times- jogging or riding the bus to Johor.  But wait, there’s the other side of this street!  It turned out to be a bargain place like Divisoria in the Philippines- to a lesser degree.

Corner leading to Arab street

Last year, in search for cheap Christmas garland, my wife discovered that good priced ones were sold in this area.  What was sold at SGD 30 elsewhere, was sold here for SGD 15! But that’s old news.  We visited the lone store concentrated on selling Christmas stuff and was selling the same garland for SGD 30 plus, the same price elsewhere.  They must have discovered the treasure in this item.

Christmas garland bringing more Christmas air

Walking through the street is a delight for you do not see too many merchandise displayed beyond the stores- on the sidewalk that is.  It is reminiscent of Quiapo, Central Market and Divisoria, what have you.  But again, with  a higher standard of setting from Singapore’s perspective – cleaner, more organized and safe.  Wholesale and retail stores with a huge inventory of items make it easier for you to find what you’re looking for.

Array of stores on Arab Street

There’s a basket shop – nice to see but quality is so-so similar to what you find in some underpass Quiapo stalls.

Basketry

We only found one Christmas decor and trinkets shop in the middle of the street. Good variety of stuff.

Wide selection of Christmas stuff

Fabrics is not my thing. In case you rave for this, this is one place to be.

Overflow of textile merchandise

For smokers, there’s a restaurant that has this hookah or shisha pipes in some tables.  And they also sell the pipes!

Warning: Smoking a tobacco-based Hookah is as dangerous as smoking cigarettes

Other stores are found here if you need ribbons, tapes etc.

Supplies store

If you are the adventurer type, it’s worth going to this place and have a look at what’s going on here 🙂

Categories: Living In Singapore

Where Did You Buy Your Christmas Decor?

November 14, 2011 Leave a comment

In the Philippines, September is the time when the so-called “-ber months” commence.  The presence of Christmas is starting to be felt with the airing of Christmas carols and putting up of decor.    Television networks join the hype with their Christmas countdown too.  Following this custom, as early as October, our Christmas tree had been assembled by my wife, who fancies a lot about Christmas stuff.  Putting together a collection of Christmas home decor is not an easy task in Singapore. Why? For discriminating tastes, it is not easy to find a good bunch of these perhaps because Christmas is valued differently here.  It’s easy to find Christmas trees everywhere in different colors (such as black) and shapes but not your perfect pine in the right proportions.

We found one at Carrefour and turned out to be most costly in that store (around SGD 110). But I guess, it’s worth it because we will use it for several years anyway.  We have not attempted to go to high-end stores so this should be the best price for the best Christmas tree.  We did not find it in our recent visit to Carrefour Plaza Singapore so I guess you need to scour around other branches.

First of all, your Christmas tree is never close to the real if there are no pine cones.  You can easily pick numerous cones to complete this green structure on the round where Pine trees stand in the nearest neighbourhood.

For the other tree’s trinkets and decor, you can find bargains in many places but surely nothing can beat Daiso’s two dollar sets.

Coffee table Christmas candles (in progress)

Candles (less than SGD 20 for three)from Ikea; Glass plate (gift) from Tang’s; cones from the neighbourhood;
ribbons from the supplies store.

Christmas garland

Artificial garland (branches with leaves only) from a store in Arab Street– bought at bargain SGD 15 two years ago but now selling at SGD 38! This would be costing the same or slightly higher in superstores.

Santa’s socks

from Daiso, SGD 2.

Don’t wait for the last-minute to decorate your house with Christmas stuff.  Best time to start this is on 1st Sunday of Advent which happens on 4 December when we start preparing for the joyous occasion in church.  It helps to attune the earthly realm with the spiritual. 😉

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