t Double Yellow's Musings: The Changing Face of the Singapore Pasar Malam
The warped mind of Double Yellow craves for humor everyday. His daily dose comes from The Straits Times, The Sunday Times, Today, Channelnewsasia, etc. He also thinks that because of this preamble, this blog will never get featured in the local media. And of course, please read the Disclaimer before embarking on the journey.

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

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?


Blogger Ra said...

At least the "missing parts" notice was not hanging from the cars, that could cause more than killer litters. Nice post! Time to hit the pasar malam...

7:54 AM  
Blogger Beng said...

I've quite enjoyed the so famous Ramly burger though :D

8:28 AM  
Blogger Jaschocolate said...

So familiar.. is it the one in boon lay.. and it's quite common for cars to be in pasar malam after the news reported about it in 2003 or 2004.. remember the first time was in Joo Chiat, during the malay festival period

8:40 AM  
Blogger doubleyellow said...

ra ==> hahaha ! hilarious ! you're right - if the missing parts were hanging on the cars, it wd have been a different story :p

beng ==> yeah, the ramly burger is real good ! but i think the one in malaysia is better :)

chocolove ==> spot on !! yeah, a couple of shots are fm boon lay. this is the first time i've seen cars at so many pasar malams (boon lay, tampines, cck). never been to the one in joo chiat - mebbe shd go next time :)

7:55 PM  
Blogger Mr Wang Says So said...

Is this a permanent sort of pasar malam, or the kind that closes after a few days>

2:13 AM  
Blogger doubleyellow said...

hey mr wang, the pasar malams are usually open for a coupla weeks. try the one in boon lay (near the bus interchange), might still be open...

4:33 AM  

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