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stories of chinatown
Like all the great things, Chinatown had a humble beginning.

Following Singapore's founding, migrants looking to make their fortune in Singapore began arriving in droves. Life back then wasn't easy for the man on the street and home often meant nothing more than a wooden board to serve as a bed. Fresh water had to be carted in by bullock-drawn carts, the practice of which gave rise to Chinatown's other name - Niu Che Shui, or Bullock-Cart-Water.

Over the years, Chinatown has changed and evolved, but it remains our beloved enclave of culture and tradition, defined by the very people who live, work and play on its streets - and here are their stories.
A Humble Beginning
Chinatown was not always the glittering cultural jewel of Singapore - like all great things, Chinatown had a humble beginning.
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"Well last night, I bit the bullet... a colleague and I went down to Qi Mantra at Club Street, and we are sharing a package. So each one of us have 5 pre-paid massages at any of their outlets. Of course we had a massage last night too..."
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"Yes I do enjoyed being touched by a woman. She is a stout and elderly lady from China. Before you yell "sacrilege!", she's a "tui na" (literally "push-take" although that is misleading cos there ain't anything to be taking. See definition in trusty Wiki here) therapist from Qi Mantra. And what she does with her hands is amazing - she dutifully feels for knots, of which there are plenty on my back and shoulders and kneads them away skilfully and patiently."
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