Peranakan houses

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UploadedDecember 19, 2008
TakenNovember 23, 2007
MakeFujifilm
ModelFinePix S5Pro
Exposure1/160 sec at f/11
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Focal Length18 mm
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A row of beautifully restored Peranakan houses along Petain Road, Singapore.

Peranakan is a Malay word that means "descendent" and it refers to the descendants of the very early Chinese immigrants to Southeast Asia, particularly to Singapore, Malacca, Penang and parts of Indonesia.

These early immigrants partially adopted Malay customs in an effort to be assimilated into the local communities.

The Peranakans have a distinctive culture that includes their own "language" - a mix of Chinese (usually Hokkien dialect), Malay and English - and cuisine (sweet and spicy).

Peranakan architecture is, as you can see here, very colourful, featuring the use of decorative wall tiles.

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Petain Road, incidentally, is a small red light district in Singapore (where prostitution is legal but pimping is not). It is a "low-end" area where the working girls are generally older women serving older men and low wage foreign workers. They don't work out of these beautiful houses, but a short distance away.

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  • Tammy Espino

    Tammy Espino gave props (19 Dec 2008):

    Got my vote!!

  • Chelsea Rising

    Chelsea Rising gave props (19 Dec 2008):

    Enchanting, voted

  • Sonia Davis

    Sonia Davis gave props (26 Dec 2008):

    Great photo. Centered and colorful and full of life. vtd

  • salvipix.com

    salvipix.com gave props (30 Dec 2008):

    love it

  • Karen K Smith

    Karen K Smith gave props (1 Jan 2009):

    Great entry and history..YEAH

  • Joe Schaf

    Joe Schaf   gave props (3 Jan 2009):

    Beautiful Shot Richard! Gets My "Yeah!" Vote! Fave Too!

  • Alexandru Iedu

    Alexandru Iedu gave props (24 Jan 2009):

    NICE IMAGE ... YOU HAVE MY VOTE ...

  • Leanna Lomanski

    Leanna Lomanski gave props (25 Jan 2009):

    Yep, I'm voting for it!

  • Alexandru Iedu

    Alexandru Iedu gave props (4 Mar 2009):

    I RETURN TO VOTE AGAIN :) WHAT CAN I SAY MORE ... BESIDE THAT I LIKE YOUR WORK AND YOUR PHOTO-VISION.

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    Great eye!

  • Aelica

    Aelica (Deleted) gave props (9 Mar 2009):

    it rocks, great shot!

  • Yasmina Baggili

    Yasmina Baggili (Deleted) gave props (19 May 2009):

    lovely capture! Well done. My vote

  • Mykola Swarnyk

    Mykola Swarnyk gave props (24 May 2009):

    Oh, it is so beautifully decorated!

  • Johanna Mifsud

    Johanna Mifsud said (26 May 2009):

    What amazing architecture. Thanks for giving an explanation too. Voted!

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