44) I can’t find my way back home!

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This is not an ordinary street buzzing with pushcarts selling souvenirs in the core of Chinatown.  It has a certain background we should recall or try not to recall…the Sago Street.

By courtesy of btrt.org.sg
By courtesy of btrt.org.sg

Sago Street alias “sei yang gai” in Cantonese refers to “street of the dead”.  Back to the last century, funeral parlours stretching from one end to another are not an uncommon sight.

In the funeral living room, you see bodies covered merely with cloth lying on pallets in open cubicle, each with a table placed with offering items.  As the shops are usually small and dimly lighted, the atmosphere then was chilly and creepy.  It is definitely not for the feeble hearted.

When I was young, I remember having to pass by a few lying bodies just to reach the toilet situated right behind the backyard of the shop.  To me, attending funeral wake is always a hair-raising event.  It’s a frightening experience and one that left a deep impression behind.

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The picture was captured in the Chinatown Heritage Centre at Pagoda Street (a few lanes away from Sago Street) depicting the bitterness of life during that century.

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Those offerings are the basic needs for the deceased, it’s offered to serve them with a better life at the other side of the world.

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Today, if your soul traveled back home from the other side of the world, you maybe surprised by the overwhelming tourist crowd, waking you up next to the side of your soul bed.  Or maybe you would consider starting a new life again, this time with a more graceful surrounding.

27 thoughts on “44) I can’t find my way back home!

    petspeopleandlife said:
    December 18, 2012 at 2:15 am

    Eerie and morbid.

      Sydney Fong responded:
      December 18, 2012 at 11:39 am

      Yes, indeed! The particular scene still in my mind clear and sharp, is unforgettable!

    guttermutt said:
    December 18, 2012 at 3:43 am

    A new life with a more graceful surrounding is sounding really good to me right now. ;)

      Sydney Fong responded:
      December 18, 2012 at 11:36 am

      Is a very memorable experience, I am glad I had been thru this kind of special occasion!

    grndmachris said:
    December 18, 2012 at 4:34 am

    Such a well written post, thank you for educating me.

      Sydney Fong responded:
      December 18, 2012 at 11:42 am

      NO worries! We educate each others, I am just sharing my life experience with everybody! :)

    Opalla said:
    December 18, 2012 at 4:53 am

    Interesting, but scary…

      Sydney Fong responded:
      December 18, 2012 at 11:33 am

      Is a very special journey in my memory, creepy and wonderful experience!

    yiyime said:
    December 18, 2012 at 5:01 am

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      Sydney Fong responded:
      December 18, 2012 at 11:30 am

      Thanks for your nomination! :)

        yiyime said:
        December 18, 2012 at 12:42 pm

        you are welcome. Really enjoy your blog

        Sydney Fong responded:
        December 18, 2012 at 3:04 pm

        I am so glad today a Blogger told me she like my Blog twice, you really cheer me up! Thanks, see you around!

        yiyime said:
        December 19, 2012 at 1:51 am

        you bet…thank you!

    qiquan said:
    December 18, 2012 at 7:34 am

    A wonderful memory of yours about the old Singapore heritage.
    kc

      Sydney Fong responded:
      December 18, 2012 at 11:44 am

      Yes, a very special life experience! I am glad I had been thru this!

        qiquan said:
        December 18, 2012 at 1:26 pm

        You have more cultural experiences as Singapore was a more developed cultural city than my hometown Miri during your era, my hometown has the jungles and the sea and that was the kind of life I had during my childhood.

        kc

        Sydney Fong responded:
        December 18, 2012 at 2:58 pm

        Thanks, KC! :)

    Rexlin Victor said:
    December 18, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    Very interesting!!!

    Drew said:
    December 18, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    Hahahah for a moment the funeral pictures freaked me out a little cos I saw movement in what should be a jpg! Then I realized it was your Christmas snow effect!

      Sydney Fong responded:
      December 18, 2012 at 7:39 pm

      For that, WP is going to bear the responsible!
      At least they have others better than snowing effect!
      Haha! Thanks for reading Drew!

    Tracy said:
    December 18, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    I nominated you for a Versatile Blogger award http://wp.me/2MIsj

    kelihasablog said:
    December 19, 2012 at 4:50 am

    Awesome!!!

    JK Bevill - Lost Creek Publishing said:
    April 10, 2013 at 11:32 pm

    Reblogged this on lost creek publishing.

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