Still in Little India, after a long day of walking in circles, came the time to cool down (or rather run away from the heat) and drink small Bierchen :) On our way to an unknown destination I decided to check what hides behind an intriguing tiled façade. How surprised I was to find not a museum, not even an antique shop but a bar + a French restaurant called Cocotte.
It took me a while to realize what was actually happening- I can see myself standing there for a few good minutes, confused, surprised, ready to say: “I’m sorry, I mixed up the entrances”. Because what was I supposed to think about barber/dentist (????) chairs around coffee tables, shopping trolleys parked next to the armchairs and gigantic coca-cola caps on top of bar stools? That it’s BRILLIANT (after 3 min). Hah! To add more, opened ceiling, tons of wires and metal furniture accompanied by vintage, cosy elements = INDUSTRIAL/HOMY INTERIOR made me forget about my beer and run around with my camera taking pictures.
Apparently the place is known for a very good French cuisine, which we’ll have to check out sometime soon.
A bartender must have realized our fascination as he decided to add even more to this positive experience by bringing a ball for … a free FOOSBALL! No wonder we didn’t manage to cool down in the end ;)
I couldn’t help myself from photographing this bathroom. Just like everything in eclectic Cocotte, a washroom in Arabic style was put together with a minimalistic black glass cabin.
No. 2 Dickson Road
This place can be compared to an exotic “bath” in a big pallet of colours, tastes and smells. Within this overwhelming parade of incentives and temptations there are, however, some aspects which I simply don’t understand. To start with- a peculiar balance between the REAL flowers, authentic meals, fresh spices and PLASTIC, kitschy jewellery, blinking window displays and synthetic fabrics. Weirdly enough, Little India in Singapore is mainly known for it’s famous shopping “Mecca”, called after the owner- MUSTAFA. The quality of goods is far from the highest standard, however, just like the famous Harrods in London, it proudly holds the title of the best equipped store in Singapore. No wonder there is a feeling of almost NON-existing district as this multistory giant constantly grows, “eating up” small shops and businesses. Outrageous? Not at all! Mustafa is an Indian hero, thanks to whom the district is a real magnet on the local and touristic maps. Moreover, having even a tiny stall “glued” to this multi store is good enough to have a successful business.
Inside MUSTAFA. There are arround 2100 Indians working in the store.
Happy Easter to all visitors.
Have a wonderful time with family and friends. May the holidays be the moment to experience not only the miracle of Jesus Christ’s resurrection, but also possibility to work on upgrading the relationships and human interactions.
Photo from Little India market- apparently they also added Easter to their holdays ;)
The Szczecin Newspaper ‘Kurier Szczecinski’ featured an interview with me as an Easter Special on Great Friday 6 April 2012.
The interview describes my experiences in Ethiopia during Easter time, including a Palm Sunday on Entoto Mountain and eating chicken stew after Resurrection mass at 3 in the morning.