On a short visit to Singapore, I lucked out and was able to partake in the celebration of their annual Diwali Festival (aka Deepavali). My friend took me out for dinner in Little India. The food was delicious and I really enjoyed the people watching. The streets were bustling with people, colors, lights and flowers.
At the end of dinner, as we were looking for a taxi to take us home, we noticed that no cars were permitted to pass through the middle of the festival. So we ended up walking along the street towards where the taxis were waiting. Along the way, I stopped to smell the ropes of jasmine hanging along the street carts. It was tantalizing to be surrounded around all this lovely fragrance which included hints of incense floating in the air.
Even though it was late at night, all the stores and even a few mom and pop vendors were open for the night. I thought it was interesting to find a seamster working on the street with many onlookers watching him conduct his task. I loved being able to see so many intricate statues along the street as well. It was mesmerizing to see them at night under the low light.
Without a doubt, I really love Singapore. It is one of those countries that has a sampling of every culture which in turn has influenced the Singaporean cuisine. I think I am a die-hard fan of this country primarily because of the vast selection of foods you can find here. I hope to return again and spend more time exploring this wonderful country.