had lovely love malay nasi padang lunch at haji maimunah
at joo chiat with my supper kakis now turned brunch kakis (i think age is getting to us, i cant do supper any longer, no more late nights for moi!)
lunch was not too bad- had my siput sedut
(escargots cooked in coconut curry). it was good, but not fantastic. it wasn't spicy enough for me. i like it really really spicy, but the kerabu taugeh was lovely, and the ikan bakar (grilled fish) was just gorgeous! With a side of with kicap manis (sweet soy sauce dip with onion and green chillis) mixed in and a squirt of fresh lime- heavenly.
we then, visited the newly renovated pasar geylang
or geylang market. we walked the clean airy 2-storey building, with neat rows of stalls selling fresh produce, clothes and even a food centre on the 2nd floor. all i could think about the entire time, was how much i missed the dark, narrow passages of the old market, packed with makciks and pakciks shopping for groceries, with their pants or kain (long skirts) rollled up, skirting over the water logged floors.
actually, i was never fond of the market, always getting out of trips to geylang market with my mom, complaining it was too hot, busy and chaotic. and now, i wish it was still the same hot, busy, dark, dank, market that it was. before it was stripped of its character- now like any other wet market.
nostalgia- i always find it interesting, how we romanticize the old, even when we didn't quite really appreciate it when it was around.