Hawkers v.2021

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Hawkers v.2021
Text by AL Lee
Contributing Photographers: Audrey Wong, Nash Teh Peng Wee, Peggy Teo & Serene Ong (Serene Digital Crafts).  

Image: Pasir Panjang Food Centre by AL Lee

 

30th May 2021, Singapore – Due to an increase of unlinked cases, Singapore announced the Covid-19 Phase 2 (Heightened Alert) which takes effect from Sunday, 16 May 2021 through to Sunday, 13 June 2021. One of the restrictions includes “No Dining In” to which we saw all the tables and chairs are (once again) sealed/blocked just like our Phase 1 in May 2020. On 19th May 2021, I announced to our Telegram group that I am intending to do a project on Hawker Centres without the actual brief then I was informed that the idea had been plagiarized by other photographers. I cannot imagine what would have been if I had shared the full project brief.

Back to the project, there are many things that will definitely go down in Singapore’s image history, one of them will definitely be how our Food Centres looks like right now. Already the businesses are suffering due to the restrictions, and our hardworking hawkers have to take another blow due to the recent increased cases. It is akin to what we saw during Phase 1, tables & chairs are sealed up/ cordoned off or blocked. And so, I decided to combine a few elements together for this project.

1. Silence of the Night – This project was carried out after 11pm at night and all images are shot between 11pm through 3am. A busy place in the day that turns creepily quiet and solemn in the cover of the night.
2. Tables & Chairs – Different Food Centres uses different ways, different methods, different materials to enforce the restriction. We noted the use of Safety Tapes, White Tapes, Cling Wraps, Black Trash Bags, Cloth Tapes and many others. And these were utilized in many ways and patterns.
3. Heritage Food Centres – While there are certainly many hawker centres/ food centres in Singapore, these hawker centres made it to this project list for several reasons. Many are famous food centres, some dating back to the 1970s, some are popular due to the offerings and some are places that holds dearly to my heart.

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The selected Food Centres/ Hawker Centres as below;

  1. Pasir Panjang Food Centre
  2. Maxwell Food Centre
  3. Amoy Street Food Centre
  4. People’s Park Food Centre
  5. Jurong West Hawker Centre & Market
  6. Taman Jurong Market and Food Centre
  7. Seah Imm Food Centre
  8. Tanjong Pagar Plaza Market & Food Centre
  9. Hong Lim Market & Food Centre
  10. Boon Lay Place Market & Food Village
  11. Yuhua Village Market and Food Centre (Jurong East)
  12. West Coast Market Square
  13. Clementi 448 Market & Food Centre (Clementi Central)
  14. Tanglin Halt Food Centre
  15. Redhill Food Centre
  16. ABC Brickworks Market & Food Centre
  17. Holland Village Market & Food Centre
  18. Bukit Timah Market & Food Centre
  19. Chong Pang City Wet Market & Food Centre, (Yishun)
  20. Ang Mo Kio Central Market & Food Centre
  21. Toa Payoh Lorong 5 Food Centre
  22. Circuit Road Market & Food Centre
  23. Bendemeer Food Centre
  24. Old Airport Road Food Centre & Shopping Mall
  25. Eunos Crescent Market and Food Centre
  26. Bedok Interchange Hawker Centre (Bedok Central)
  27. East Coast Lagoon Food Village
  28. Marine Parade Central Market and Food Centre
  29. Pasir Ris Central Hawker Centre
  30. Changi Village Hawker Centre

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That’s 30 Food Centres/Hawker Centres to cover! So I decided to rope in some help from a few photographers. The project team was formed with Audrey Wong, Nash Teh, Peggy Teo, Serene Ong from Serene Digital Crafts & myself.

So each of us will visit 6 locations (total 30) after 11pm at night and try to capture the current situation with the above theme at these locations.

Let’s Start!

Pasir Panjang Hawker Centre – by AL Lee
121 Pasir Panjang Rd, Singapore 118543

 


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Boon Lay Place Market and Food Village – by Serene Ong (Serene Digital Crafts)
 221A Boon Lay Pl, Singapore 641221

Chong Pang City Wet Market & Food Centre, (Yishun) – by Peggy Teo
105 Yishun Ring Rd, Singapore 760105

 

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Ang Mo Kio Central Market & Food Centre – by Audrey Wong
724 Ang Mo Kio Ave 6, Singapore 560724

ABC Brickworks Market & Food Centre – by Nash Teh Peng Wee
6 Jalan Bukit Merah, Singapore 150006

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Maxwell Food Centre – by AL Lee
1 Kadayanallur St, Singapore 069184



Seah Imm Food Centre – by Serene Ong (Serene Digital Crafts)

2 Seah Im Rd, Singapore 099114

Old Airport Road Food Centre & Shopping Mall – by Peggy Teo
51 Old Airport Rd, Singapore 390051


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Circuit Road Market & Food Centre – by Audrey Wong
80 Circuit Rd, Singapore 370080

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Bukit Timah Market & Food Centre – by Nash Teh Peng Wee
51 Upper Bukit Timah Rd, Singapore 588215

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Amoy Street Food Centre – by AL Lee
7 Maxwell Rd, Singapore 069111

 

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Tanjong Pagar Plaza Market & Food Centre – by Serene Ong (Serene Digital Crafts)
6 Tanjong Pagar Plaza, Singapore 081006

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Toa Payoh Lorong 5 Food Centre – by Peggy Teo

75 Lrg. 5 Toa Payoh, Singapore 310075

 

Eunos Crescent Market and Food Centre – by Audrey Wong
4A Eunos Cres, Singapore 402004

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Clementi 448 Market & Food Centre – by Nash Teh Peng Wee
448 Clementi Ave 3, Singapore 120448

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People’s Park Food Centre – by AL Lee
32 New Market Rd, Singapore 050032


 

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Hong Lim Market & Food Centre – by Serene Ong (Serene Digital Crafts)
531A Upper Cross St, Singapore 051531

 

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Changi Village Hawker Centre – by Peggy Teo
2 Changi Village Rd, Singapore 500002



Bedok Interchange Hawker Centre (Bedok Central) – by Audrey Wong

208B New Upper Changi Rd, 462208

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Holland Village Market & Food Centre – by Nash Teh Peng Wee
 1 Lor Mambong, Singapore 277700


 

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Jurong West 505 Market & Food Centre – by AL Lee
505 Jurong West Street 52, Singapore 640505

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Yuhua Village Market and Food Centre – by Serene Ong (Serene Digital Crafts)
254 Jurong East St 24, Singapore 600254

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Marine Parade Central Market and Food Centre – by Peggy Teo
84 Marine Parade Central, Singapore 440084


East Coast Lagoon Food Village – by Audrey Wong
1220 ECP, Singapore 468960


Redhill Food Centre – by Nash Teh Peng Wee
85 Redhill Ln, Singapore 150085

Taman Jurong Market and Food Centre – by AL Lee
3 Yung Sheng Rd, Singapore 618499


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West Coast Market Square – by Serene Ong (Serene Digital Crafts)

726 Clementi West St. 2, Singapore 120726

Pasir Ris Central Hawker Centre – by Peggy Teo
110 Pasir Ris Central, Singapore 519641



Bendemeer Market & Food Centre – by Audrey Wong

29 Bendemeer Rd, Singapore 330029