Welcome to the one and only, the Jalan Besar Stadium.
Many Singaporeans shouldn’t be a stranger to this place. Even if you’ve never been here before, at least, you’ve heard about it’s existance. This is the place where Singapore’s football owed most of its history to (apart from the Old National Stadium and Farrer Park)
Last Friday, because of my Visual Communication (Viscomm) assignment, I went down to Jalan Besar Stadium to catch the final of the Starhub League Cup final between Tanjong Pagar United and Brunei DPMM.
So… what’s the link between my assignment and a League Cup final? Well… I decided to do a photo story on the love of football among Singaporeans, hence this Final is part of the story.
After school at 5pm, I took my own sweet time to travel down to Singapore Polytechnic (SP) to find Adam Oh. I was supposed to meet him for dinner on that day itself, then I almost have to pangseh him because I need to do this assignment. But luckily, he didn’t mind coming down with me to watch the match.
I shan’t mention how I got lost in SP for the second time within 2 days (Yep, I went to SP to have lunch with my classmates Crystal, Meihong and Zeliang on Thursday. Thn, I wanted to go to their School of Business to find Wanlin. Guess what, I went towards the other side of the campus.)
I swear SP is huge and confusing.
Well, getting back on the topic. So we went down to Lavender MRT Station by the MRT and that’s when all the yolo-ing starts.
This Adam looks delighted with the 2 concession tickets for the match. (Btw, it’s only S$1 each)
Above the entrance on the stadium.
Marshalls checking the tickets, and bags.
Adam taking photo of the stadium too!
There were really quite a number of fans coming down to watch the match. According to the stats from SLeague.com, there were a crowd of about 2 000. But for a league cup final, there were really too many empty seats there. I really think that we should be more supportive of our own domestic league.
But I have to admit that I am also guilty of not showing too much support for the league. I still remembered that the last time I watched S. League on Ch5 was back in primary school. While watching, I would tend to kick a small soccer ball that I used to have around my house. Those were the times.
This was in fact my first time watching a competitive football match live in a stadium. And actually watching the match ‘live’ at the venue is so much interesting. The comments that were shouted out by the fans were so much more interesting than the commentary over the tv.
“How much did you all pay the ref?”
And when the opposing player was injured:
“Bee-po Bee-po Bee-po”
“Stop bloody wasting time lah sial.”
The Tanjong Pagar United’s mascot actually poses for me!
Here’s a strategy to attract more fans! Free curry puffs from Polar and coffee/tea from Coffee Bean & Tea Leaves!
Of course, as a Singaporean, got free gift, confirm must go get. ;D
Yes. I caught him drinkng.
First time seeing such a big camera!
The match’s about to start!
Tanjong Pagar United’s players doing pep talk.
The League Cup trophy!
As the match was being played, I kept taking photos, until…
My SD card decided to be a bitch.
My SD card was only 8GB, and I was forced to transfer all my files to my laptop before reformatting it. A new lesson learnt: Either get a 32GB or bigger SD card or bring a lot of SD card along with you when taking photographs, esp. when you are trying to the .RAW photographs.
The match ended 2 – 0 to Brunei DPMM.
After the match, it took Adam and I quite some time to decide on what to eat.
He suggested Swee Choon in the end.
Swee Choon is located at Jalan Besar. And when we reached there around 10.30pm+, it was really full. It was one of the shops there that operates throughout the midnight. It opens from 6PM to 6AM. While I was still wondering if anyone would even come out to Jalan Besar to have supper so late at night (I was eventually proved wrong in the end).
As we reached Swee Choon, its doorstep was filled with many patrons. Initially, I told Adam that we should eat elsewhere because the queue was too long and it was too late. I think by the end we finish waiting and finish eating, we won’t be even able to find any public transport to go home.
And no, we are not crazy enough to walk home from there.
But… we went to enquire about the estimated waiting time with the staffs there.
Seems reasonable. We decided to just wait.
Surprisingly, the waiting time seems to be lesser than 20 minutes.
We went in, took our order and our food was served quite promptly.
Things that we’ve ordered.
The first thing to arrive was our Chrysanthemum-brewed Pu’er Tea. Didn’t try it before so I decided to order that.
The taste of the tea is really nice. It has a very pleasant combination of bitterness of the pu’er and the sweetness from the chrysanthemum. It might just be my cup of tea. Get it? My CUP OF TEA. :’P
Look at how Adam is enjoying his tea.
And being excited for the rest of the food to be served!
We didn’t have to wait for quite long before all our food (except our dessert) is being served.
Pork Chop. (Yes, I know I am sinned for eating fried food, but hey, today supposed to be just yolo)
Our Xiao Long Bao!!! The Xiao Long Bao is really nice. Take one bite off the skin of the bao and suck in the juice within it. The fragrance of the juice is just so sedap, it’s like eating from a dumpling soup. It’s best tasted when it’s hot!
Baked BBQ Pork Pastry.
Chee Cheong Fun.
Har Kow. And I like this a lot!
Swee Choon Mee-Suah Kuay.
Of course, I wasn’t the only one doing #foodporn. HAHAHA
And we took #foodporn to the whole new level. I swear the patrons and the staffs there were all judging us. We stood up, one holding a DSLR, and another holding an iPhone, shooting pictures of all the food.
I am sure they must be judging us the moment I rose up my camera to take a bird-eye view of all the food, with my hands trembling. I saw one pair of eyes sharing over at me before I quickly sat down and try to find a place to hide. :’D
How can people not judge sial? HAHAHAHA
Here’s an overview of what we’ve ordered. It’s really a lot for 2 person.
It’s like so long since I’ve met this Adam Oh. The last time we met was a dinner at The Tea Party Cafe
. And that’s like close to 2 months already. I just realised one thing that, everytime when I went out to have a meal with Adam, we two tend to go and eat some really good food. Shiok lah!
We were eating, drinking and chatting about our respective lifes. Yes. Secrets and more secrets. Critics and more critics. He’s really one of those people whom I can trust everything with, really.
We were so full that we even have to eat really really slowly. And by the time we finished everything, it’s already close to 1am in the morning.
And guess what, we’ve got to travel down from Jalan Besar to Little India to catch the midnight bus (Nite Owl) back to Ang Mo Kio.
On the way to Little India, we were like having a small exploration around the area in the freaking midnight.
Actually Little India is a rather quiet area at night despite the streets are all filled with cars.
We took quite some time strolling through Little India and someone even tried to take selfie in the middle of a road. He thought that one his grandfather’s road uh. HAHAHA
Eventually, we got on to 1N and went home.
Selfie taken on the bus, at 0150hrs.
Surprisingly, the bus took just about 5 minutes to reach AMK from Little India. Woah.