deepavali

deepavali

It was a Friday and my first public holiday that I wasn’t called to work. Deepavali is the biggest celebration of the Indian Heritage. So where else to go? but to Little India in Serangoon. I tagged along another Pinoy Backpacker, Flip of FLIPNOMAD.COM.

Yes folks, Once and for all—Flipnomad and Fliptravels are two different blogs run by different backpackers. So please, stop asking why I don’t have a picture of my fat brown a** in Flipnomad’s website. Monette and I are not the guys behind it, Flip Nomad is an anonymous blogger, we are cam whores to start with.

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little india

When I stepped out of the train station, I knew right off the bat that it is a huge, rich and colorful celebration. Like Christmas for us Filipinos (without the greasy lechon and stalking inaanaks). Ladies donned with regal sari, men downing bottles of kingfisher, it was a whirlwind of sights, sounds and scents.

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little india

We walked along Serangoon and Buffalo streets passing through the Tekka Market, alleys lined with backpacker hostels and shophouses. And what is a celebration without the food? So we grabbed a table and ordered traditional Indian meal, al fresco style.

masala
Masala dhosai, cheese naan, mutton curry, egg prata and gaal… I swear it should come with free Orlestat pills.

It was almost dark and after passing through several alleys with wasted people intoxicated by cans of ridiculously overpriced beer, I unconsciously started walking faster. It was along Mustafa Center when someone grabbed my arm. I almost yelped and being a Filipino, instantly clenched my fists as initial reaction to possible threat or danger (aka. the Pacquiao Reflex).

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The Indian guy, whom I couldn’t remember who, hugged me and greeted me a Happy Deepavali. After several seconds of pretending that I know him. I came in to my senses and remembered who he is… Rani, my patient last week, who was having severe angina and DOB.

FTW?! Am I a celebrity now or somethin’? LOLS

But seriously, it is rewarding to see that he is doing good and feeling better. But it is more rewarding to be remembered by them.

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Check-out Monette’s first solo trip in Litte India seasons back.

CLICK HERE!

After tiring ourselves and sweating it a bit, we decided to move to a different place to chill. We were both Pagoda Tragedy (READ: Pagod or Tired) so Pagoda Street it is. Three train stations away, enshrined in the middle of China Town, Sri Mariamman is the oldest Hindu temple in Singapore. Why is it in China Town? Don’t ask me. Ask Maria Venus Raj she might have some answers.

sri mariamman
The temple was oddly quiet, and surprisingly closed at 11:oo PM. So we just went on and walked along Ann Siang Hill where some of the most luxurious mid-sized, over priced hotels are. And we know beer bottles will cost us our arms and legs unless we prostitute ourselves along the street corners of Maxwell. So we just enjoyed sitting in a curbside with our bottles of energy drink, cigarettes and quietly started bashing pedestrians.

ann siang photos

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14 Comments
  • rebie

    November 14, 2010 at 11:11 am

    camwhores to start with? award!!!

  • flip'n travels

    November 14, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    tamaaaaaaa!

  • journeyingjames

    November 17, 2010 at 7:50 am

    i can smell the mutton curry and feel its grease. now im craving for some roti and coffee susu..missing indian food

  • lechua

    November 18, 2010 at 8:05 am

    that wall is really colourful… ahh so u guys celebrate deepavali too.. it’s quite lively in little india here too… fireworks and all

  • pinaytraveljunkie

    November 18, 2010 at 11:07 am

    argh! i’m missing indian food too 🙁

  • The Nomadic Pinoy

    November 20, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    there are many Hindu festivals but the one I couldn’t forget was Holi – its participatory element put me in the midst of it!

    oh, i think i’m the 3rd person to say i miss Indian food as well.

  • pinoy boy

    November 23, 2010 at 4:17 pm

    ang saya naman, tambay tambay lang kayo diyan! ayos! little india lang din ako tumira, pinakamurang beer, kamukha ko lahat ng tao! ha ha ha Cheers sa inyong dalawa!

  • flip'n travels

    November 24, 2010 at 2:45 pm

    jjames

    i just cooked a roti prata for dinner. hehehehe

    RON

  • flip'n travels

    November 24, 2010 at 2:46 pm

    lee… i am already in singapore! few hours away from you. let’s meet up some time!

    Ron

  • flip'n travels

    November 24, 2010 at 2:46 pm

    Gay… sa UN avenue meron!!!

  • flip'n travels

    November 24, 2010 at 2:48 pm

    dennis.

    Holi? post the link!!! hehe

    Ron

  • flip'n travels

    November 24, 2010 at 2:49 pm

    jerik!

    hindi gusto ni Flip yung kingfisher na beer, lasang formalin daw, kaya hindi na kami nag attempt! hehee

    Ron

  • The Nomadic Pinoy

    November 25, 2010 at 1:32 am

    hey Ron,
    here’s the link to my blog entry re Holi:
    http://www.nomadicpinoy.com/2009/03/agra-india.html

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    April 5, 2014 at 4:08 pm

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