Where The Wind Takes Me – Day 40

Where The Wind Takes Me Series - Table of Contents

EntryNotable Places/EventsStart of DayEnd of Day
Day 0 - Apr 21-22 2024Plane (Edmonton > Calgary > Tokyo)Edmonton, CanadaTokyo, Japan
Day 1 - Tue Apr 23 2024Akihabara, Sensoji, Tokyo Sky Arena, Taiwan Food FestivalTokyo, JapanTokyo, Japan
Day 2 - Wed Apr 24 2024Nezu Shrine, Tokyo National MuseumTokyo, JapanTokyo, Japan
Day 3 - Thu Apr 25 2024Akihabara, Ginza, Yurakucho, Bocchi the Rock! Exhibition (with Quintopia)Tokyo, JapanTokyo, Japan
Day 4 - Fri Apr 26 2024Craft Gyoza Fes, Niku Fes, Odaiba, Kameido Tenjin ShrineTokyo, JapanTokyo, Japan
Day 5 - Sat Apr 27 2024Niconico Chokaigi 2024Tokyo, JapanTokyo, Japan
Day 6 - Sun Apr 28 2024M3-53Tokyo, JapanTokyo, Japan
Day 7 - Mon Apr 29 2024Train (Tokyo > Osaka)Tokyo, JapanOsaka, Japan
Day 8 - Tue Apr 30 2024Tsurumibashi, Expo Commemorative Park, Osaka Station (with Miyu)Osaka, JapanOsaka, Japan
Day 9 - Wed May 01 2024Kyoto, Takenobu Inari Shrine, SaiinOsaka, JapanOsaka, Japan
Day 10 - Thu, May 02 2024Train (Osaka > Tokyo)Osaka, JapanTokyo, Japan
Day 11 - Fri May 03 2024Reitaisai 21Tokyo, JapanTokyo, Japan
Day 12 - Sat May 04 2024Japan Jam 2024 (with Quintopia)Tokyo, JapanTokyo, Japan
Day 13 - Sun May 05 2024National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (with Quintopia)Tokyo, JapanTokyo, Japan
Day 14 - Mon May 06 2024Plane (Tokyo > Taipei), Liaoning Night MarketTokyo, JapanTaipei, Taiwan
Day 15 - Tue May 07 2024Taipei Main Station Underground Mall, Ximending Night MarketTaipei, TaiwanTaipei, Taiwan
Day 16 - Wed May 08 2024Shilin Night MarketTaipei, TaiwanTaipei, Taiwan
Day 17 - Thu May 09 2024Raohe Street Night MarketTaipei, TaiwanTaipei, Taiwan
Day 18 - Fri May 10 2024Songjiang Market, Guang Hua Digital Plaza, Shida Night MarketTaipei, TaiwanTaipei, Taiwan
Day 19 - Sat May 11 2024Dihua Street, Huaxi Street Night Market, Guangzhou Street Night MarketTaipei, TaiwanTaipei, Taiwan
Day 20 - Sun May 12 2024Gongguan Night MarketTaipei, TaiwanTaipei, Taiwan
Day 21 - Mon May 13 2024Plane (Taipei > HK), Train (HK > Guangzhou), Stayed with KelTaipei, TaiwanGuangzhou, China
Day 22 - Tue May 14 2024Zhongfu Square, Alpaca Sighting (with Kel), Dinner with Kel, Stayed with KelGuangzhou, ChinaGuangzhou, China
Day 23 - Wed May 15 2024Panyu Square, Dinner with Kel, Stayed with KelGuangzhou, ChinaGuangzhou, China
Day 24 - Thu May 16 2024Nancun Wanbo (with Kel), Stayed with KelGuangzhou, ChinaGuangzhou, China
Day 25 - Fri May 17 2024Train (Guangzhou > Xiamen), Zhongshan RoadGuangzhou, ChinaXiamen, China
Day 26 - Sat May 18 2024Xiamen Railway StationXiamen, ChinaXiamen, China
Day 27 - Sun May 19 2024Mingfa Shopping MallXiamen, ChinaXiamen, China
Day 28 - Mon May 20 2024Train (Xiamen > Guangzhou), Stayed with KelXiamen, ChinaGuangzhou, China
Day 29 - Tue May 21 2024Stayed with KelGuangzhou, ChinaGuangzhou, China
Day 30 - Wed May 22 2024Tianhe Computer Town, Dinner with Kel, Stayed with KelGuangzhou, ChinaGuangzhou, China
Day 31 - Thu May 23 2024Comic City, Shangxiajiu Square, Dinner with Kel, Stayed with KelGuangzhou, ChinaGuangzhou, China
Day 32 - Fri May 24 2024Train (Guangzhou > Hong Kong)Guangzhou, ChinaHong Kong, China
Day 33 - Sat May 25 2024Wan Chai, Temple StreetHong Kong, ChinaHong Kong, China
Day 34 - Sun May 26 2024Chungking Mansions, Nathan Road, Ladies' MarketHong Kong, ChinaHong Kong, China
Day 35 - Mon May 27 2024Central Market, Sino CentreHong Kong, ChinaHong Kong, China
Day 36 - Tue May 28 2024Tea at Minimal (with WingBenny), Dragon CentreHong Kong, ChinaHong Kong, China
Day 37 - Wed May 29 2024Plane (HK > Singapore), Tampines N2 Shopping StreetHong Kong, ChinaSimei, Singapore
Day 38 - Thu May 30 2024Tampines Regional CentreSimei, SingaporeSimei, Singapore
Day 39 - Fri May 31 2024Lunch (with Debbie and Zixiang), Bras Basah Complex, I Light SingaporeSimei, SingaporeSimei, Singapore
Day 40 - Sat Jun 01 2024People's Park Complex, People's Park CentreSimei, SingaporeSimei, Singapore
Day 41 - Sun Jun 02 2024BishanSimei, SingaporeSimei, Singapore
Day 42 - Mon Jun 03 2024Dunman High School, Katong Shopping Centre, Parkway ParadeSimei, SingaporeSimei, Singapore
Day 43 - Tue Jun 04 2024Hell's MuseumSimei, SingaporeSimei, Singapore
Day 44 - Wed Jun 05 2024Flight (Singapore > San Francisco > Vancouver > Edmonton)Simei, SingaporeEdmonton, Canada
Final ThoughtsFinal Thoughts!Edmonton, CanadaWe'll see

Saturday, Jun 01 2024 (Day 40)

I took a couple pictures of my lodging early this afternoon just before I went out, of the common areas of the house where the host family (Belinda, John, or the single one of their five daughters that still currently lives with them) sometimes can be found hanging out. Their house isn’t particularly clean (and neither is my room), but is stuffed full with, uh, personality in the form of artifacts and items.

This is the little second-level hallway to my room (which is at the end of the hall), much better than the little outdoor path atop a dirty drain leading to the maid room behind the house.

For pictures of the room itself, see two days ago. The other side of the hallway leads to the second floor landing:

There’s a third floor too but I have not gone up there, since all the guest rooms are on the second floor. Down on the first floor there’s a living room area:

And to the left of that a dining room area:

And to the left of that, the indoor kitchen:

As opposed to the outdoor kitchen, which is beyond that door at the back of the indoor kitchen, and can be seen from my post three days ago. Much later in the day, while doing laundry in the late evening after I had arrived home, I also had the pleasure of briefly meeting the other two guests that were staying in the house, Kishore and Samit. They’re both Indians, and Kishore is the one that shares the bathroom with me (with dual lockable doors leading to each of our rooms) while Samit is the one who has the master bedroom with its own bathroom at the moment. They’re both long-term residents of the place, and I was reminded that Belinda had made an off-the-cuff comment the other day that she had tried lowering the prices of the rooms at one point (below the $50-$80 a day that it already is, I guess) but that attracted a certain type of renter that she didn’t want in the house.

I left the house after that, armed with an umbrella as I set off into the mid-afternoon rain-drenched world. It was still drizzling slightly but the rain was tapering off for the day, and naturally since I brought an umbrella along, there was no more rain for the rest of the day. I walked toward the secondary nearby MRT Station today, Upper Changi, and took this picture of a weird gnome with a whistle or something standing outside someone’s house on the way there.

I took a train from that station down to Chinatown Station, and ended up in a mall connected to that station, Chinatown Point. The architecture of the mall was interesting, the circular path ringing the shopping centre curled around so that you slowly descended as you walked clockwise along it, or ascended if you went the other way.

I walked around that mall briefly, then stepped out and crossed a road and came onto part of the Chinatown Street Market area, specifically Pagoda Street, though I think it stretches across a few streets.

The area was very tourist-trappy though, so I didn’t stay here long, but it was notable because I recognized this area from an IRL streamer on Twitch that I had watched a few months ago, awkwards_travel. One of the two streamers that use that channel had been in Singapore at the time when I first tuned in to it, and they came to this area and watched a live busker here and even saw and commented on an adult toys shop that was in the area, which I also found today but did not take a picture of. It was very cool, but due to that stream I knew that this place was full of things like tourist souvenirs and not a place that interested me.

Instead, I was headed to two strata malls that were across the road. The first one was called People’s Park Complex:

Which I reached via an overhead bridge that had a nice pagoda-themed garden and rest area up top on the bridge itself.

There was a hawker centre named People’s Park Food Centre next to it:

And I hadn’t eaten anything up to that point, so I went to a random store and ordered some fried carrot cake from them.

I did not like this dish, as there was no sauce and no chai poh (preserved radish) topping, so it was rather tasteless. This was my bad though, as what I should have done was taken a small or medium helping ($3 or $4 respectively) instead of the large one ($5) and saved some money and room for another dish from another stall instead, since there were so many choices. Instead, it was tasteless but filling enough that I didn’t end up eating anything else from the hawker centre.

There were also a bunch of stalls outside the hawker centre and outside People’s Park Complex itself, kind of attached to the general blob of buildings without actually being part of the mall or the food centre. This included a bakery shop named “bunnies” which had a tagline of “freshly baked” and positioned it so it looked like “freshly baked bunnies”.

There was also an ice cream cart that reminded me of the uncle that used to run a cart by Kallang MRT Station and the Kallang McDonalds area, an integral part of my long-gone childhood memories. His cart looked very similar to this one, just with a different brand.

I also ran into a curry puff store with a bunch of awards called Tanglin Crispy Curry Puff Original.

Apparently there’s a whole bunch of history (local) behind this store and a similar store owned by the family, which was a very intriguing read. This wasn’t one of the main store branches though, and I had no idea about any of that history when I saw the store, but I can confirm that their curry puffs are amazing.

These might be some of the best curry puffs that I’ve ever eaten. I paid $2 each for two of them, the potato chicken with eggs curry puff and the fish otah curry puff, and the first one in particular was super nice, while the second one was just nice.

In between my lunch and that snack, I had also walked around the entirety of the interior of People’s Park Complex, a shopping centre that seemed packed full with travel agents and massage parlours. And to a lesser extent, jewellery stores, medicinal stores, and electronic stores. Even one store that was half medicinal and half clothing, which was a really weird mix of products. That shop features in the last picture in the following gallery.

I then left People’s Park Complex, and crossed over the same couple roads that I had approached this strata mall from, reaching another strata mall practically across the street called People’s Park Centre. A very similar name, and I’m sure they have some sort of interesting and storied competitive history or something between the two too. I didn’t look into it though.

This one was very nice and had a mishmash of different store types, including really cheap food places:

Astrology/mysticism stores:

Quite a few coin and stamp collectible stores:

The usual clothing and accessory stores:

And stores selling potpourri that defied easy categorization:

I really enjoyed this mall, it was the definition of the word eclectic, and I spent way too much time exploring the four levels of the building. There was an attached apartment building or something above it too I think, and I wonder what it would be like living above a place like this. Also, unlike the REIT malls that all tend to have clean and high quality toilets, strata malls tend to have more run-down and dirty toilets, or at least low-quality toilets, but I didn’t even make it into the one here because the toilets in this mall actually had an admittance fee to enter!

I’m not entirely sure if the $2 fee is for entering the toilet and the toilet paper is complimentary, or if entering the toilet is free and the toilet paper costs $2. Either way it’s quite the business model though huh. Elsewhere on the blog I’ve mentioned this as a childhood memory of a thing that was done in some strata malls, but I didn’t realize it was still going on. What would that guard even put on his resume? “I spent 20 years guarding the public toilets in a mall from people who wanted to use it for free.”? Thankfully I didn’t need to use it since I had used one in Chinatown Point much earlier on in the day already.

I also ended up having an early dinner at this place, though despite the cheap food, mine came out to be $9 because I opted for a yong tau foo store where I picked my own ingredients (80 cents per) and then had the owner cook it together with noodles (80 cents more) and curry broth (80 cents more).

That was still only $8, but there was a “top up your meal” deal where you could request a receipt and then take it to the drink store in the little food court and get a drink for $1 instead of the usual $1.50 or whatever. I took this deal, which apparently wasn’t popular as the owner of the yong tau foo store hadn’t printed off a receipt in a LONG time. When the owner printed off the receipt, it contained the combined meal totals of like the past 15-20 customers as well and was a combined $620 in cost. The owner laughed and said the number didn’t matter, all I needed to redeem the drink discount was to just show *a* receipt. So anyway at the end of the day I had my yong tau foo in curry noodles, a slightly discounted drink and a hilarious receipt that I got to keep.

After that, I finally left, pausing only at the entrance where I saw that there was a general no photography sign for the entire building that I was about to step out of.

So please ignore the last 20 or so pictures in this blog, I guess.

I headed home early to do laundry this evening, but Kishore was also doing laundry so I had to wait until the washing machine was free before I could do it, and ended up just leaving my laundry to hang dry overnight on hangers hung up on a bamboo pole directly outside of the room that I had stayed in on the first night. The washing machine and the laundry area in general wasn’t very clean, but whatever, this should be my last round of laundry before I arrive home in 4-5 days. Hopefully my clothes survive the night and don’t get carried off by an owl or a parrot or something.

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