the Beanie Boy parade didn't commence until after midnight it was
normal custom to drink in the Sembawang bars, 15 miles to the north,
until about 11:30 pm when by law they all closed, then hop in a
Singapore taxi and take the hair raising ride down Thompson Road
into China Town, maybe stopping along the way at Nee Soon to pick
up some Dim Sum.
a matelot would drink his way into the dawn of a new day and watch
the sun rise over 'The Straza'. All around him the the locals would
be busy turning off their gas lanterns, packing up their tables
and chairs, wheeling away their food and 'trinket' carts and clearing
up the street for another day, when it once again would revert to
a busy thoroughfare for motor vehicles.