I was awoken early this morning by Chris' sudden closing of the wardrobe door. He was going to accompany our Member of Parliament Mr Lim Biow Chuan (Marine Parade GRC), on a Chinese New Year Visit to the stallholders of Jalan Batu Market & Food Centre and the temporary Old Airport Road hawker Centre. I decided to follow and woke up Jaymes too.
We arrived at Mountbatten Community Centre where there was a jog and walk event. MP Lim arrived at 8.30 am and after wishing the residents Happy Chinese New Year, he started to distribute a pair of tangerines held in a red paper bag. There was a long queue for his blessings.
We drove to Jalan Batu Market & Food Centre. It's the first time I set foot at this place. There weren't many stalls and customers. MP Lim & his entourage shook hands and gave out tangerines to all the stallholders and customers. He stopped to chat with almost all customers. Some stallholders and residents gave feedback which MP Lim took down in a notebook. He immediately took a look at the structure of the market when a stallholder mentioned it to him.
We had a drink and a light snack before proceeding to the next destination. MP Lim jokingly offered to buy me breakfast of a prata and a cup of soya bean milk. The prata shouldn't cost more than 80 cents. But Jaymes bought a Prata with Egg which already cost S$1.30, so I had to skip my breakfast. hahaha....
When MP Lim asked why wasn't I eating? I told him if I had bought two pratas, I would have bust the budget! MP Lim remarked," I asked you to buy prata kosong! Who ask you to buy prata telor!" To much amusement from the rest of the group.
We returned to Old Airport Road Hawker Centre where MP Lim again distributed the tangerines and wished everyone present, a Happy Lunar New Year. There are lots of good food at this hawker centre, so you can see many people from all over Singapore come here to eat. There was a group of our friendly neighbours from Johor Bahru too! It was 11.30 am when we finished the rounds.
MP Lim Biow Chuan
& the grassroots of Mountbatten Constituency
wish everyone a
Happy Chinese New Year!!