IT'S LYNNY KANSAS
DON'T LET THE RUBY SLIPPERS,
OR THE DOROTHY INSPIRED NICKNAME
FOOL YOU., THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE HOME,
BUT TRAVELING IS FUN.
I have lost count of the times I have transited through Narita Airport over the last five years, the best route for the journey between Leesburg VA and Singapore. This past May however, was the first time I actually got to go into the city of Tokyo and get my first real experience of Japan.
For the last month or so, it has been impossible not to notice the Mooncake madness here in Singapore!
The Mid Autumn Festival, which typically falls on the 15th day of the 8th Lunar month, is the 3rd major festival of the Chinese Calendar, (following after Chinese New Year and the Spring Festival). Also known as the Moon Festival, because at this time of year the moon is at it's highest and brightest, it will be celebrated this year on the 19th September. The build up to this Festival, has been a flurry of Mooncakes for sale everywhere.
With the Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations almost upon us (9th February 2013 is Chinese New Years Eve), the center of Chinatown is very busy with people shopping and preparing, getting ready to welcome the year of the Snake. Our walk was a little different as we took in some of the quieter streets first, learning some of the history of the buildings along the way.
What's not to love about markets? I personally love market shopping, be it the modern Supermarket (I can happily spend many hours in there), or more colorful and vibrant local markets which can be found wherever and whichever place you are living, the World over.
Singapore has some great "wet" markets, so called because the floors are usually wet from either melting ice, used to keep foods chilled, or from the general washing/cleaning, food and otherwise that goes on. Empress Market, or Farrer Market as it is also sometimes known, is perhaps the closest and easiest wet market for me to get to. It is also not so large or overwhelming as some of the others I have been to in Singapore.
Took a little trip one Wednesday afternoon to an area of Singapore called Bugis, as I had been told there was a great market. This area turned out to be more than just a market but a diverse shopping area ranging from a local market to a modern showpiece mall.