Entrance to Little India
Little India is crowded, but quiet. This is the time of the Diwali Festival and the streets will be lit and active after dark. I'll come back later. Meanwhile, I wander.
Small alleyway market, outside and inside
Jewelry (gold) shops next to food hall
Streets decorated for the festival, art in a vacant lot
Crowded sidewalks (in the rain), temple across the street
After wading through the crowds, all of us on the same covered sidewalks as it pours outside, I make my way to the edge of Little India, cross the river, and enter the Malay district, Kampong Glam. There, I immediately find the Sultan Mosque (Masjid Sultan, hard to miss, it stands out above the shops and homes of the district). My favorite is that the sign on the side of the mosque notes that they have received their ISO 9001 certification (I'm used to the ISO 9001 international quality management system certification for technology companies, but never thought about it with respect to a mosque)!
Masjid Sultan (Sultan Mosque)
Streets of Kampong Glam
I pass the colonial-style, luxury accommodations of the Raffles Hotel, established in 1887 and where the Singapore Sling was invented in the hotel's Long Bar, and immediately see the highrises of the new Singapore. And, a few blocks from Raffles, across from the Singapore National Gallery, I see a rugby tournament with action in many fields simultaneously. I've never seen a rugby match before and stop to watch. Interesting, but with a lot of body contact.
Old and new Singapore
Two sculptures I pass on the way back