Geylang Serai Bazaar Raya

Set in 1970 Geylang Serai, the painting captures the atmosphere of the Ramadan Bazaar at the blue hour. The sun had just set below the horizon, its warm apenglow still lingering on the faces of block 2 and 3. The mosque’s prayer call permeated the air – it’s breakfast time! The bazaar was like a sea , with waves of people rippling its surface; the stalls like sailing boats, with smoke from cooking puffing above, its smell thickening the air. “Lelong! lelong!”, “Bunga, bunga!”, “Kueh Lapis, Kueh Raya!” People of all races came to buy, sell or just soak in the atmosphere. The lights of the bazaar, the streets and moving vehicles began to illuminate the whole place like fluttering fire flies. Above, at the flats’corridors, decorative fairy lights and kids’ playing cracker sticks flickered like stars of the sky. It was a sight to behold, a moment in the heart held close, a memory kept and retold. A lady was singing “Geylang si paku Geylang” on the 4th floor corridor, a song so sweet and nostalgic, bringing everyone back to the their childhood days. Let’s go home, Let’s go home, everyone lets go home…” Selamat Hari Raya Aidil Fitri! Acrylic painting on canvas + video production – Yip Yew Chong Vocal – Mahani Mahmud Music – The TENG Company + Syafiqah ‘Adha

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