I moved to Singapore several months ago and Little India is such a facinating place I decided to move very close to here. There is an incredible amount of construction in Singapore and they hire thousands of Indian and Pakistani men to work here. All of these men live in an area called Little India and it's an incredible area.
When I say "men" I mean an army of men... When you go out at night there are armies of Indian men in the streets. I have to add that it's incredibly safe and a very peaceful environment. Although my wife feels like a piece of meat when she is there at night. I guess that's because all of these men are far from their families and well...
This is on Buffalo street where there are many vegetable shops and other shops selling Indian goods. I simply asked nicely if I could take a picture in his shop and he said "of course!" with a smile.
Always very friendly people in Little India :-)
Singapore began as a boat quay at the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula. Its early days bear few written accounts which are made more difficult to interpret due to the many names it has had. Its original name in Malay meant "island at the end" of the peninsula.In the middle ages there was a settlement here with a trading post and fishing village; today Singapore technically contains sixty-three small islands. Here's a good view of the city from Merlion Park and up close at Raffles Place.From the fifteenth century onwards Singapore's warring neighbors took turns taking over control of the city. Over the past five centuries this port city has been the property of Siam, the Majapahit Empire of Java, Thailand, Portugal, Britain, Japan and Malaysia. Singapore finally achieved its independence in 1959 and has existed as the Republic of Singapore, a UN member nation.Singapore is really interesting because it's one of only five sovereign city-states which survived the colonial expansion period of world history. (The others are Vatican City, Monaco, San Marino and Andorra.) Its history as a busy port city has brought traders from all over the world, and their influence is commemorated in some interesting works of art. For example, see the British tea merchants along the Singapore river, and the Asian Civilizations Museum.In the nineteenth century Singapore was a major port for ships traveling between Europe and East Asia. During WWII the Battle of Singapore ended with the largest British surrender in history -- nearly 130,000 troops.Next time you have the chance to pass through Singapore, make sure to visit the zoo and see the white tigers, and be glad there's a fence in between. Also note how clean the city is, even under a bridge.Text by Steve Smith.