Sunday, October 16, 2005

Geylang Serai

The Sims Avenue Gateway to Geylang Serai, at night.

During this month of Ramadhan, the bazaar at Geylang Serai is up and running (as usual). Milady and I walked through the bazaar yesterday afternoon, and then we drove through last night on our way home. Above and below are a few of my photos. All of the night photos were taken from inside the car (often while the car was moving). The day photos were taken on foot from various places along the street and on some pedestrian bridges over Geylang/Changi Road. Above is the gateway to the Geylang Serai area over Sims Avenue.

Detail from the Sims Avenue Gateway to Geylang Serai.

Some detail from the top of one of the pillars to the Sims Avenue Gateway.

Geylang Road, looking east.

This is Geylang Road, looking east (toward where Geylang is known as Changi Road), from one of the pedestrian bridges that crosses above the street. This is a rather typical street scene for the Geylang area, as the road is almost always this congested with traffic and with people walking in (or jaywalking across) the street. This is one of the few pictures I've left untouched.

Geylang Road, at night.

Geylang Road, at night.


Handbag, anyone? This was one of two pictures of merchandise I took yesterday. I would have liked to have taken more photos of the merchandise for sale (especially of items made out of fabric, for the colors), but I wasn't interested in going up to each and every salesperson to ask permission. This photo was taken covertly. ;)


Safiyyah said...

Why do you have to ask permission?

JD said...

Here in S'pore, taking photos in shopping centers tends to be forbidden (not so much in the public areas, but inside stores it could be a problem). People would be worried about the copying of intellectual property (which is a real problem in this part of the world). Even something as innocuous as a pattern on a cloth might be copied by other firms. And so, even though Geylang Serai is an open-air market, my wife and I felt that, in general, it would be best not to take any photographs without the merchant's permission. (The photograph in question was taken from public space - the stairs of a pedestrian bridge that crosses a street - which we felt wasn't intruding on the merchant's rights (too much).)