At the kind invitation of Alvinology from Omy.sg, I was invited for a Trishaw Night Tour as part of the Night Out at Bras Basah, Bugis Precinct activity organised by the National Museum of Singapore. Part of the overall effort to inject more buzz and excitement into the Civic District, the activity showed us how much more vibrant and fascinating Singapore’s cultural hotspots can be after dark.
Helmed by the DJs Jianwen and Kemin from the Radio Station 100.3 FM, the three-wheeled tour was an interesting blend of whimsical fun and wonder through the brightly lit nightscape of Singapore’s cultural hub. Commencing at the Bugis Trishaw Park (between Albert Centre Hawker Centre and Fu Lu Shou Building on Queen Street), it ended at the Settler’s Cafe at SMU where food, drink and friendly conversation capped off the night on a high.
Here’s a photographic account of our journey. No prizes for guessing who the real stars of the night were. 🙂
Our nocturnal adventures began at the Trishaw Park area in between Fu Lu Shou Complex and Albert Court. Here’s DJs Jianwen and Kemin urging everybody to cheer out loud.
Friendly banter and chats betwee trishaw riders and passengers alike help to make the time pass by breezily. It was interesting to note how amusingly animated our three-wheeled “captains” were, despite the sweltering while peddling away in the tropical heat and humidity.
Along the way, real tourists – the non Singaporean kind – had a small chat with my wife Tina on what we are doing out in the middle of the road on three-wheeled human powered vehicles. I think she did a convincing job telling them how fun it was!
Our curious carriages trundled on to the colourful and charismatic “Little India” area along Serangoon Road and Campbell Lane, where we saw these interesting shops offering garlands of yellow flowers for sale.
We also passed by what’s probably the Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple located along in the middle of Serangoon Road. Talk about a spiritual experience!
Turning off from Serangoon Road to Rowell Road, we saw a few interesting sights. They include representatives of our foreign workforce, some “ladies” of the night, as well as a karaoke pub located alongside the POST Museum – an oasis of artistic incubation.
On the way to Bras Basah Road, we swung by the Sungei Road area (on the left) which is one of Singapore’s oldest “outdoor” market where vendors proffer cheap second hand goods for sale during the day.
Our trusty trishaw riders – who were the real stars of the ride – dropped us off at Waterloo Street outside the entrance to the new Bras Basah circle line. There, our DJs took over the show yet again and helped organise the crowd.
As we crossed busy Bras Basah Road, I couldn’t help taking this shot of Singapore Art Museum at night.
At our table, my wife Tina showed that she was quite adept at the game called Ugly Doll, where you had to turn over cards and grab them once three of the same patterned “dolls” emerged.
Our wonderful night out ended with DJ Jianwen going through a lucky draw where winners could win tickets to the splendid Egyptian mummies show Quest for Immortality at the National Museum of Singapore as well as free vouchers to Settler’s Cafe.