When I asked friends what was a must see in Singapore, everyone mentioned Little India. Let me warn you, you can easily spend hours and hours here. There is so much to do, see, hear, and smell. I just loved it.
First of all, no need to take a cab. When I first asked the hotel concierge how to get there, she immediately said you must take a cab. I asked her about the subway, and she immediately rejected the idea for that would require changing trains. Do I have an incompetent look on my face? Well, don’t answer that;). It is super easy to get to underground, and way way cheaper.
As I emerged from under ground, the vibrant colors and fabrics of Indian saris immediately overwhelmed me. I knew I had arrived. I received several requests to investigate the prices of having custom saris made. Nothing beats India, and if you manage to find yourself on Harwin Street in Houston, you also cannot go wrong. I found some beautiful saris which would cost anywhere between $50 and $300 depending on the intricate and delicate nature of the work involved to tailor as well as the fabrics used. If you are interested in having a sari made, please note that it may take between 2-4 days. There are literally thousands upon thousands of saris and other beautiful clothes to choose from. If you need a break, just look down. I found myself distracted by the hustle and bustle of the fish market.
The food in Little India is incredibly fresh, and the flavors are incredible. Many friends directed me to typical touristy places, but I challenge you to try going to a random restaurant in one of the dozen food courts. It doesn’t get more legit than that…and cheaper.
As I was slightly exhausted from travelling, I decided to wander aimlessly which I also highly recommend. I found countless streets lined with beautiful furniture and other home goods that made me want to buy a house. Maybe in ten years.
Like Indians, Arabs love gold and a good bargain, so it was off to find some fun designs. Many people attempt this without doing any research. Please do not randomly walk in a store and get attached. You should always know the current price of gold. I knew certain places were out of the question when they inflated their stories. Some of these sellers would make incredible lawyers. I decided to go for a couple of light but slightly quirky bangles, and the lady helping me said that I wore her down like no other. I learned my skills from a 5’4 little blond Arab lady I like to call mom. I decided to have a little fun and try on Indian wedding jewelry. The necklace I have on costs about $15,000. Pocket change? I was hoping that my new henna tattoo would give me a little bargaining street credibility.