Kampong Glam and Little India

Those colorful and market-inspired areas. With tasteful food from India and the Middle East.

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Sidewalk in Little India

You get on the metro from the modern, business busy central parts of the city…

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Clarke Quay

… and you get off close to a hawker center with prata-bread and curry to die for.

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Mutton curry and daal + garlic prata

We had a nice trip to these areas of Singapore the other day.

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Pretty shop houses

Here you can find saris, get your Indian spices freshly mixed, listen to your favorite Bollywood music and buy the movies, buy fresh fruits and vegetables, eat real Indian food and get lost over and over in a rather small area.

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Did we say getting lost? We were.

It’s certainly different from the stylish modern buildings in our area of town.

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Arab street

And then, a walk in the heat of the day, and you reach Arab street and the Kampong Glam area.

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My favorite street, Haji Lane

I had gotten my eyes on Haji Lane via Instagtam. With lots of colorful pictures and inspiring cafés, I couldn’t wait to see it.

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Haji Lane

It’s become one of those streets that’s rather part of a movement than being just a street. Where it feels modern, yet the houses are old, the hipsters and Instagrammers love it with the colors and little different shops.

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Beautiful street art in Kampong Glam

It’s a great area for taking pictures, and you will see people snapping photos everywhere.

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Anders determined to sit down and have a coffee

So, the Middle Eastern part of Kampong Glam, or the area of Arab street and Haji Lane? It’s there too. Maybe not exactly on those two streets, but in the area.

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Tailor made clothes

Carpets, scarfs, hand made silk clothes and more.
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What started as a living and shopping area for people from the same part of the world, has become a modern picture and coffee favorite. Kampong Glam certainly is a lot different from what we saw in Cairo and Istanbul last winter, but we recognize some things and the sense is there. And of course the food. It’s always a lot about the food in Singapore.

Kampong Glam reminds me of Södermalm in Stockholm, or some of the streets in Malmö in southern Sweden. Going back here another time? Certainly!

// Wivan

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What France, Cairo and Christmas Eve have in common

Having the streets for ourselves

Having the streets for ourselves


It’s Sunday afternoon, about 2 pm and not a person is seen when walking around the little village. The roads are completely quiet. Sunday afternoons tend to be like that here in France; people are at home or at a local restaurant enjoying a good, long lunch.

Friday morning in New Cairo - empty streets

Friday morning in New Cairo – empty streets


The feeling is quite similar to Friday mornings in Cairo, when it’s prayer time and the streets are quiet and empty. That’s when I loved being out walking or taking a taxi somewhere.

And today it struck me; it’s the same feeling as on Christmas Eve in Sweden between 3 and 4.30 pm. That’s when old episodes of Donald Duck and Mickey Mouse are shown on television and the country becomes quiet and the streets empty.

On Christmas Eve, Swedish Television shows old cartoons

On Christmas Eve, Swedish Television shows old cartoons

Funny similarities of habits among religion, old cartoons and family dinner 🙂

//Wivan

Moving on

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Packing, cleaning our room and washing the bed linens

Today is travel day for the two of us. We’re flying out from Cairo to Istanbul tonight and have decided to stay in a hotel for six nights before flying back to Toulouse in France and our next house sit.

We’ve never been to Turkey and have heard so many good things about Istanbul, so we have payed a bit extra to change our tickets and prolong the layover in Istanbul. It’s fairly cheap to stay in a hotel there at this time of year. And even though it might be a bit cold and rainy, there’s lots to see and explore, we’re planning on going to a hamam (Turkish bath), eat out, enjoy hotel breakfasts, go to the gym, visit the great bazaar, some of the mosques and hopefully find someone local to take us to some of the non-tourist places. We’ll see! Whatever happens is good.

See you around!
//Anders and Wivan

The new New

Suddenly in Cairo, Egypt. Suddenly in a new environment, new (to us) culture. Suddenly, and again, in a new setting of people, new aquantencies, new subjects of discussion and again a new home, a new pet, almost everything totally new to us and yet still at home, still together, still at peace.

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Sunshine and blue sky

Sitting in bed at night, trying to grasp all that has happened the last 36 hours; flights, friends, airports, hotel, sleep, staying awake, new people, new places, new bed and… It’s so much to take in, much to learn and catch, many, many things. Inspiring, tiring, scaring, laughing, leaning, listening, seeing, hearing, waring, eating.

It’s all ours. It’s all us. It’s all here. It’s all now.

We know nothing about next. Nothing about tomorrow. Noting about later. It’s all here. It’s all now, new.

The New New

Suddenly in Cairo, Egypt. Suddenly in a new environment, new (to us) culture. Suddenly, and again, in a new setting of people, new aquantencies, new subjects of discussion and again a new home, a new pet, almost everything totally new to us and yet still at home, still together, still at peace.

Sitting in bed at night, trying to grasp all that has happened the last 36 hours; flights, friends, airports, hotel, sleep, staying awake, new people, new places, new bed and… It’s so much to take in, much to learn and catch, many, many things. Inspiring, tiring, scaring, laughing, leaning, listening, seeing, hearing, waring, eating.

It’s all ours. It’s all us. It’s all here. It’s all now.

We know nothing about next. Nothing about tomorrow. Noting about later. It’s all here. It’s all now, new.

Cairo baby, yeah!

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Check in at Toulouse airport

We left “our” little village at 10.30 Wednesday morning, got a ride to the airport and now, about 17 hours later we’re settling down in our hotel room we’re staying in until our new house sit hosts pick us up late afternoon.

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Toulouse airport

It’s been a good time with a layover in Istanbul, Turkey.

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Ladies room in Istanbul airport

We had dinner at the airport in Istanbul, a surprisingly good meal and a great waiter who picked up on Wivan’s interest in drawing…

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Oh yes! We got color pencils

And, except for the mouse picture we also got some blank sheets and made a little Christmas card for our waiter, Umut.

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Christmas greeting made at the dinner table

We’ve been well taken care of from the moment we entered Cairo airport and are very comfortable in our luxurious room at the Dusit Thani hotel in New Cairo.

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Chillaxing before going to bed

//Anders and Wivan

Oh, we almost forgot! On the plane from Toulouse to Istanbul we met Jeff, a new international friend who’s on his way home to the Phillipines over the holidays. When life is giving you good surprises – enjoy them!

Anders, Wivan and Jeff arrived in Istanbul

Anders, Wivan and Jeff arrived in Istanbul

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Airport survival kit