Singapore Orchard Road
It’s been time since I visited Orchard Road with oh my gosh, so yesterday,we spent several hours walking down Orchard Road, taking refuge from the bristling heat inside the comfortable air-cooled malls, “shopping centre hopping” from one retail center to a different.
Orchard road is not only an incredible spot for shopping, additionally it is a location to view some interesting street-side busking. There have been a large number of people hawking their wares, from selling tissues papers to ice-creams which were quite common in Orchard Road. Oh my gosh and i caught sight of your old woman selling quite unconventional items on Orchard road: packets of Milo plus some other dry snacks laid out neatly on a mat. It appears that these were her only possessions left that she desired to industry to earn some dough for a living.
There was other buskers just like a blind man playing real soothing music, earning living from donations of passers by. There was another most unconventional busker as you can see from 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 have read somewhere within the newspapers which he has been practicing his craft in the park somewhere inside the island. Having perfected his skills, he has come here to execute and work out a full time income.
While there have been teenagers performing some stunts in Orchard road around the streets for fun and work out some pocket monies, from a few things i observe, the majority of the older and physically-challenged personnel have started to Orchard route to sell items and food, perform antics, music or some skills underneath the hot sun to make money. If given a selection, 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 facet of Orchard road which presents a much more unique side of Singapore. Another place commonly visited by tourists 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 a lot more interesting acts daily. I’ve caught some stuntmen attracting snakes before, promising a super tool to the onlookers, who had been made of uncles and aunties in their fifties to seventies. There, the stunt, as befitting the theme of Waterloo Street is a lot more orient-centric.
Anyway, I welcome these unique street busking aside for the countless shopping centres Singapore now boasts. There would be even more shopping centres coming up, at heartlands come later this coming year. For instance, Bedok will quickly have a brand new shopping center called Bedok Point.