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Thievery in Singapore! - The Sungei Road Story

In the prim and proper Singapore, an open secret is hidden near the outskirts of the city. Contrasting the spanking new shopping malls, this street market sells goods of dubious origins. Don't ask, don't tell. Get it cheap walk away! Click to find out more!

Sungei Road is where almost a hundred vendors hide under umbrellas in the tropical sun of Singapore, peddling their wares on disused lanes. Spic and span this place is not, more akin to a developing nation than metropolitan Singapore.

This place operates on the fact that one man’s garbage is another man’s treasure. A lot of the goods found here are what many affluent families throw out, often in pretty decent conditions. Knick-knacks and various memorabilia can be obtained at low low prices. Be sure to bargain, and it’s an advantage if you know the prices of the things you are purchasing; street peddlers aren’t exactly Mark’s and Spencer’s.

Other than capturing a side of Singapore that is distinctly different and even uncouth, lomographers can even score it big here. Because the peddlers here may not know the value of some of the cameras they are selling, it may be possible to strike it rich here. Legend has it than a Hasseblad Xpan was bought at under $50 here. While such may be the stuff of embellishments, it is not uncommon to find pentacons, canonets and other rangefinders here at a rock bottom prices.

Do note that these vendors DO NOT like being photographed (for whatever reasons, get incriminated for selling stolen goods maybe) so it’s a good place to practice shooting from the hip! =)

written by nicholasdavidchoy

7 comments

  1. stouf

    stouf

    A Xpan for 50 bucks !?!?!? Lucky buyer...

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  2. eastmoe

    eastmoe

    Hasseblad Xpan 50 buck?wow...

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  3. ndroo

    ndroo

    Nice location entry. Now look what you've done! We are probably gonna have to hide in the bushes near Sg Road to ambush the next camera for sale! :D LOL! Oh ... you might have indirectly boost tourism for Singapore too. :D

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  4. panelomo

    panelomo

    i need to visit this place before i leave singapore!

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  5. renaishashin

    renaishashin

    I'm not so lucky lol! I found nothing interesting!

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  6. nicholasdavidchoy

    nicholasdavidchoy

    i did see a cx-2 before for under 30 bucks, everything seemed to be working fine.. shd have just bought la ^#$#&^%&*

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  7. kdstevens

    kdstevens

    Nice work!

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