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17 May 2016
Singapore Orchard Road

It is often time since i have visited Orchard Road with oh my gosh, so yesterday,we spent couple of hours walking down Orchard Road, taking refuge from the bristling heat within the comfortable air-cooled malls, "shopping centre hopping" from one shopping mall to another.

Fu Lu Shou Complex Singapore

Orchard road isn't only an excellent place for shopping, it is also a location to watch some interesting street-side busking. There were quite a number of people hawking their wares, from selling tissues papers to ice-creams that have been common in Orchard Road. My Dear and I also caught sight of your old woman selling quite unconventional items on Orchard road: packets of Milo and some other dry snacks presented neatly on a mat. It appears that they were her only possessions left that she wished to target earn some dough for a job.

There have been other buskers like a blind man playing real soothing music, earning living from donations of passers by. There was another most unconventional busker as you have seen in the photo below:

If I am not mistaken, what are the old man was performing was "Kung Fu ball" and before he earned an appearances and caught attention of passers-by, I've read somewhere inside the newspapers which he may be practicing his craft in a park somewhere within the island. Having perfected his skills, he has come here to execute and work out a living.

While there have been teenagers performing some stunts in Orchard road on the streets just for fun and work out some pocket monies, from a few things i observe, most of the older and physically-challenged personnel have learned to Orchard road to sell items and food, perform antics, music or some skills underneath the hot sun to earn a living. If given a choice, at their age, do they really wish to brave and endure the bristling hot sun, extreme humidity and trade every ounce of their remaining strength inside their ripe own age everyday at Orchard road?

Tourists may welcome this part of Orchard road which presents a much more unique side of Singapore. Another place commonly visited by tourists and where street busking is rife is Bencoolen Street, the stretch of pavement leading from Fu Lu Shou complex to OG and Fortune shopping centre at Bugis. There, the stuntmen are mostly from China, and there are even more interesting acts daily. We have caught some stuntmen bringing in snakes before, promising a super tool for the onlookers, who have been made of uncles and aunties inside their fifties to seventies. There, the stunt, as befitting the theme of Waterloo Street is more orient-centric.

Anyway, I welcome these unique street busking aside towards the hundreds of shopping centres Singapore now boasts. There'd be even more shopping centres coming, at heartlands come later this season. For example, Bedok will quickly have a brand-new shopping center called Bedok Point.

Fu Lu Shou Complex Singapore


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