The Changing Face of the Singapore Pasar Malam
I strolled into a pasar malam the other day. They had the usual clothes, dresses, accessories and VCDs. And of course, the famous Ramly burger stall. The stall was packed and going by the slab of butter these guys use, you could get a heart-attack the next day. I'm sorry but who said Singaporeans are not risk takers :p
The rides were packed with kids and eager fathers who could kill to make sure their kids got onto the next ride. I'm sorry but who said Singapore dads fare very poorly? :p
And just when I thought I had seen it all...I saw the new "no-frills" car showroom. No swanky stuff. No reflective glass mirrors. No balloons for chewren. No freebies for adults and no free makan. The heartland market that usually sells clothes, accessories and toys has now began to sell cars! To use a gahmen catchphrase, the Singapore pasar malam has undergone a mindset change.
And that’s not all….the dudes who run the pasar malam stores are also aware of the 'suing culture' in Singapore and hence have put up large disclaimers. For instance, there were 1000 piece jigsaw puzzles selling at 3 for $10. And the disclaimer – "not responsible for any missing part" !!!!
Can you imagine doing a 1000 piece jigsaw only to figure out that there is a piece or two missing? Now I know why people throw killer litter out of their windows :)
I'm sorry but who said the Singapore pasar malam is dying?