Budget : depends on what you will buy
Duration : ~2 hours
Bummers : long walk
Getting lost isn’t fun. Getting lost with an empty stomach is infuriating – especially for me. Chinatown is one of our planned destinations when we were in Singapore. Of course, as Pinoys, we cannot simply go back home without pasalubong (homecoming gift). To save on pasalubongs, there is no other place that you should go to but Chinatown. Okay, I exaggerated a bit because Bugis Junction is also a great place to buy affordable pasalubongs in Singapore.
We took a train ride and got off Chinatown stop. Unfortunately, there were many exits in the Chinatown stop and the signs were a bit confusing (or maybe I was just hungry). So, by gut-feel, we took one exit. Sadly, it’s the wrong exit so we went back down from where we started and tried another exit. What I learned from this is if you are looking for Chinatown, go along with the flow of people and most likely that’s the right exit. Since Chinatown is composed on many streets, the street you should be looking for to find the cheap buys is the Pagoda Street.
Once I saw that it was already the right street, I was so happy. All I can think of is, “Now, I can eat..”
There are many hawker stations in Chinatown. As a foodie, I do a few research of what to dishes to try to experience the place or country that I am visiting. Of course, I will be trying the chili crabs, which are specialty of many hawker stations in Singapore. We walked around Chinatown and decided to eat somewhere far from the MRT entrance. We thought that prices of food would probably be cheaper if the hawker station is far from the train entrance. So, we walked a few blocks and then found a good hawker station to eat.