Have you been to the Pasir Panjang Wholesale Centre that is located south of the West Coast Highway (yes, it means west of Singapore)? It’s a place known for its bustling morning activities for being a Singapore’s main distribution point for a wide variety of exotic and freshly imported fruits and vegetables and dried goods too! My parents (smarties’ grandparents) used to bring me there often when I was younger, now is my turn to bring smarties there to explore the interesting place.
We were there in the day where the pace is not as fast and exciting as in the middle of the night from 12 am to 6 am. I know right, how to get the kids to endure that kind of hours. Maybe one day, we will try that. One day. Anyway, a visit to the centre in the day was interesting enough to entice the 2 little ones. First, we visited a dried goods store. Smarties were fascinated by all the interesting stuff that are being kept and displayed in boxes compared to shopping malls where all their products are nicely displayed on shelves and stands.
I started explaining to them what those items are and, frankly speaking, I do not know in detailed what and how some of the food are being used and for what purposes. But we were blessed to have a nice and friendly uncle who came to our rescue. Of course, that’s none other than the owner of the store. He was really patience to explain and answering all the questions that smarties posted to him. Best of all, they got to touch, feel, smell and even taste some of the food there. Yes, all our senses were being activated by just this one store alone. As a result, smarties grandparents bought a number of products from them. Good service equates to good business, right?
Next, while we were walking along to explore further, a snack store caught smarties’ attention. They went over to explore and checked out the different types of snacks that the store provides. It was managed by a young guy and he was really good with the children. He explained what those snacks were and gave them samples to try too! Now is the mommy’s turn to spent on the snacks for the kids. *Ouch!*
Enough of food tasting! We headed to another section where they sell fresh vegetables. Although most of the vegetables were known to smarties, but it amazes them at how people work there. They got to see and learn how the vegetables are packed and delivered to the market. There were many forklifts chugging past us at the same time, with boxes and crates of fresh vegetables to be delivered to supermarkets.
They even found some enormous size vegetables too which you can’t really find it in supermarkets. Lots of touched and feel senses to be explored here as well except for tasting though!
Lastly, we headed to the fruits section. Guess what, the boxes and the amount of food that each store has amazed us. Smarties also get to observed how the people deliver the goods to and from the store to their truck or lorries and how the seller and buyer interact and making deals.
We didn’t get to taste anything here as well but we do get to touch and feel the fruits. Check out the size of the jackfruit! The smell was so strong that we could smell it before we see it.
The trip to Pasir Panjang Wholesale Centre was definitely worth it. They got to see by themselves how the people upload the vegetables and fruits to lorries or even watched how the shouting among various interest groups happened at that time of making deals which you don’t get to see in shopping malls and supermarkets. Smarties had a great time learning and exploring with the real thing, not just from books or television or youtube.
The next time we are coming, I hope I get to bring them here in the wee hours of the morning before it winds up at around 5am to see the “real” hustle and bustle of the life there. Best way to learn out of the classroom, agree?
Here’s the address of Pasir Panjang Wholesale Market, do make a visit with your child and explore how a “market works”, even adults can learn a great deal too!
Address: 1 Wholesale Centre, Singapore 110001 | Phone: 1800 866 3077
Opening hours: 24 hours
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