Tuesday, June 16, 2009

新加坡"牛車水" Singapore's Chinatown

怪怪的名稱,為何叫"牛車水"?恕我懶得去考查.管他....我們從前叫這里People's Park(珍珠坊).其實,它又叫"牛車水",又叫珍珠坊,又叫People's Park,全部都是Chinatown的一部份.能夠找到這里是最重要的,名稱只是習慣和親切感.
1972年我在新加坡求學,住了4年,直至1976年.至今已超過33年.1997年曾返當地走一趟.最大的不同,是當年沒有地鐵,現在有了地鐵,交通就方便和快捷多了.
上個星期舊地重遊,用了一天瞭解地鐵的操作流程,第2天就熟多了,第3天開始敢敢宣稱是"專家"了....可惜,就4天就打道回府.下回再去,可能又忘了.並不難跑,只是人越來越老,記性正在衰退,情有可原.
牛車水感覺上,好像本來就有夜市的.怎麼說是2004年6月17日才正式營業呢?原來是重造牛車水夜市,目的是要把當年街邊小販沿街叫賣的熱鬧景象帶回來.這是個露天夜市,有161個攤位,遍佈在寶塔街,丁加奴街,碩莪街.
Chinatown or People's Park, is a symbol of the old Singapore. I was there 33 years ago, as a student, in 1972, staying until 1976. I went back to visit Singapore in 1997. the only different is the MRT, the mass transit system which construction started in the late 70's.
the MRT is a very convenient transport, I learn in just three days how to move round. unfortunately have to go home on the 4th day.
the People's Park or Chinatown, is where you can buy cheap items. and it's "Pasar Malam", or night hawker stalls were re-started in 17th June, 2004. obviously realizing the importance of these business activities are actually popular among the tourists.
街道一個角落望向珍珠坊大廈. a corner of People's Park.
天橋上望向珍珠坊大廈和它的商業中心. a view on the overhead bridge of People's Park building.
說是夜市,白天夜晚一樣開. although it is called "Pasar Malam", they do business during day time as well.
珍珠坊的"中僑百貨",這個名稱讓人時光倒流.這是上個世紀留存下來的商業公司,賣的純粹是傳統的中國貨. the famous China Overseas emporium, a well known emporium in the last century. it is still in operation, woah....
珍珠坊已成為中國人民在新加坡主要集中地.在這里,也有匯款中心,協助他們將彼邦賺到的錢匯回家.在烏節路,幸運商業中心則是印尼人和菲律賓人匯款的地點. People's Park commercial centre is the place where many Chinese from China send their earning back to their home.
牛車水天橋上,底下是地鐵入口,遠一點則是夜市. on the overhead bridge, beneath is the MRT entrance and night market.
這是真正在夜晚拍的夜市景觀. and, this is the actual night market.
只是看見扇子漂亮,並不是要拍阿姆.但是她的反應好激烈,急急的搖著手,快快拍了走開,管她在罵甚麼....I'm only interested in the fans, but the Ah Moo react vigorously, just ignore her and walk away.
牛車水夜市的飲食攤位,好可惜沒有坐下來休息一下.因為心中只以為是賺"紅毛人"錢的地方,不想被"砍".現在看清楚,原來全是自己人. this is the food stalls of the night market.
牛車水鄰近的著名印度廟,以為可以拍幾張照.誰曉得,新加坡到處在重建,連印度廟也在修建,沒有好拍,只好拍"紅毛"了.....the Indian temple is under re-construction, nothing to see, just the white people.

1 comment:

  1. 牛車水,是從前新嘉坡人用牛車來這裡運水,因此得名

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