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Philip Game | profile | all galleries >> Malaysia & Singapore (9 galleries) >> Singapore tree view | thumbnails | slideshow

Singapore's Gardens by the Bay | Malaysia's Taman Negara | Sarawak (Malaysian Borneo) | Malaysia's East Coast: Kelantan, Terengganu | Around Kuala Lumpur | Chinese New Year | Malaysia's Jungle Railway | Riding the rails down to Singapore | Singapore


This gallery is not about shopping, slick hotels or elevated swimming pools, but rather a selection of the scenes and characters who once lent Singapore a somewhat quirky character. Much of the original Chinatown has disappeared over the last two decades, although Little India and Arab Street seem to have fared better, as does Geylang. Read more on my blog.

Most of these images have been scanned from the original 35mm Ektachrome or Fujichrome transparencies, with a few later digital images captured with Nikon D200 using RAW format. All are available for licensing. Please visit

Malay woman at the Geylang market Malay man at the Geylang market Malay man playing a mouth organ Murtabak cook at the Zam Zam Restaurant Rubbing Buddha's belly in Waterloo Street
Selling snake oil, literally Seniors in Chinatown Thian Hock Keng temple doors Maxwell Road hawker centre Mutton soup: it was probably better than it sounds
Still smiling, Singapore Chinese clan house in Eu Tong Sen Street A pensive worshipper at a Chinese temple Woodcarver Old-time autoelectrician
The girl in the pink shalwar kameez... Entering a Hindu temple A small mosque in Little India Indian man resting at a temple Two Muslim men
Sultan Mosque The Armenian Church, home to a dwindling congregation St Andrew's Cathedral Kranji War Cemetery Pulau Ubin, an island off the eastern tip of Singapore