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I feel a little sorry for tourists who visit Singapore during the Chinese New Year period. Most eateries are closed from Chinese New Year's Eve due to the reunion dinner, all the way to at least the second day of New Year. This year it was worse, because the first day was a Sunday, so everything came to a standstill from Saturday and only restarted on Wednesday, the fourth day of New Year.
I was at Sim Lim Square on Saturday, New Year's Eve. While the womenfolk in our household prepared for the reunion dinner, the menfolk, that is, me, went out to do some last minute shopping. My official reason was to pick up an iPhone headphone for the wife and also some tools and parts to repair a broken bed.
The streets were empty and many shops had their shutters down. This was Saturday afternoon, so it looked like a surreal scene out of a zombie movie.
In Sim Lim Square, technology mall and the tourist rip-off city of Singapore, most shops were closed or closing. I could see tourists looking a little dazed. They must be wondering why no shops were open on a Saturday to take advantage of them.
Hey, even dodgy electronics salesmen have to go home for reunion dinner, ok? (cont'd)