Appreciating the traditional trades of Singapore Author: Yip Yi Qing

In Singapore, even before we gained independence, we were well-known for being a popular trading port. Attracting people from various countries, we also rely on trades till this day, not only to build foreign relationships, but as a way to make a business or a living. Some of these trades exist outside of the port, such as the examples shown below.

This picture depicts a bustling wet market with people buying products and store owners selling them.

Wet markets are a very common sight to see in a neighbourhood in Singapore. Even though we are not the only one with wet markets in our country, many people who reside in Singapore go there almost daily to buy fresh products that are usually frozen in convenient stores and supermarkets. It also a place where people make a living out of these products as they have a unique feel of products supermarkets do not have.

This photo shows the front a stall in a hawker centre.

Hawker centres are an area filled with stalls tables and chairs ment for those who are looking to start their day off with a good affordable meal. It is popular among locals and foreigners as not only are the options of food affordable, the options themselves come from a variety of different ethinic foods, and let`s be honest, who doesn`t like a place that sell Wanton Noodles and Prata in the same area. People operating the stalls have alot of responsibilities to do, as they wake up very early to prepare a days long of work of preparing fresh, delicious food for customers. It may be hard, but those people are taking it upon themselves to serve food. Some even have it like a family business or pass it down to their children who are interested in taking over. (Jeremy ;)

In conclusion...

No matter in what shape of form, trades will be a part of Singapore, whether or not if it is trading through the docks, or our neighbourly trades in the wet market or hawker centres. However, due to the urbanisation of our country, where supermarkets and fancy restaurant grow, people are less reliant on these areas. As a Singaporean, I feel like it will only feel right if we supported our locals by, buying fresh products you cannot find in any supermarket, and eating at hawker centres, where food is not only made hand but moulded by the heart and hard work.

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