With the pandemic going on, the memory of what once used to be normal to us, can be chucked deep within your store room together with all your other junk. Because with covid-19 still out and about, this is the new normal we gotta live with.
We were on our way out to dinner one day and my brother suggested that since I'm home, we should go to pasar malam nearby. I haven't been home in 7 months, I miss everything about home, I miss everything about KL.
If you didn't know, the idea of a 'pasar malam' in Singapore is quite different when you're used to the pasar malam here. Most (if not all) pasar malam in Singapore are shaded under big tents with carpeted floor, stand fans everywhere and also wooden benches with tables for you to dine at. And they do not happen on a weekly basis like in KL, they are usually scheduled for short periods and then it will be gone before you know it. Its basically like Artbox in KL, or like an event space.
The pasar malam I know and love will always be the ones I grew up with, under the dark blue sky with 臭豆腐 on the first stall, lots of other junk food and weird gizmo and gadgets. It was Monday night, so the place we went to was Serdang Pasar Malam.
On the way there, all I could think of was... How were they going to regulate the number of people going in and out of the market? It is on the street, right? How were we supposed to scan in and out on the MySejahtera app?
There were two entrances to the pasar malam. One at the beginning of the street and one at the end. The sides (where the stalls are at) were all sealed and barricade with tape.
There were tents for everyone to register before entering. You could scan the code with your app or physically write your names down on the book. Tbh, writing your name and contact down was way faster than waiting for everyone to scan the QR code. This line was actually building up just for the code. They could place the code everywhere, so that everyone could scan before even reaching the station where they took your temperature. Nevertheless, it was okay, didn't take too much of our time.
But if you're not a fan of 臭豆腐, which is usually the first stall of literally every pasar malam hahaha, i suggest you quickly write your name and run.
Hear me when I say... Queuing in line is the new norm. Hahaha
I think they did a great job setting regulations on something as chaotic as a pasar malam. Serdang pasar malam always had wide walking paths and space for stalls, so it was very breezy and social distancing was not an issue. That and there wasn't as many people there as your normal Mondays, pre-covid of course. Also the original two-street pasar malam has also been reduced to only one street, mostly because not many stalls are open either.
Anyway, I would think other places like Taman Connaught pasar malam would have more issues of the social distancing part since the streets are tighter and narrower.
Here's Ee looking cute, I like candid photos of her.
And a candid Euwern telling us that she must must must have a bottle of sugar cane every time she comes to pasar malam. Hahaha.
I hope I get to stay here a while longer before I have to go back to Singapore. I have been appreciating everyday and every moment I get to spend with my family. I am very grateful for still having a job too. During these tough times, there are so many people stuck in places, unable to see their loved ones for very long period of time. People getting retrenched and being the slice of meat under the company's knife as they proceed to cut budgets. This may not be the normal we are looking for but we are still forced to face it. We can get through this.