1 On day two, our first stop of the day was the historical Baba House. This architectural icon showcases Peranakan Chinese history, architecture, and heritage.
2 Unlike traditional museums, guests are able to feel and enjoy the walls and furnishings. This is a beautiful and elaborately carved wall panel.
3 The house, which was built in 1895, is surprisingly cool in this hot and humid climate. The interior was intentionally made dark to help bring down the temperature. Ceiling fans keep one the interior quite comfortable.
4 Before our TV shoot, I sat for an interview with Ms. Huang Lijie from the Straits Times.
5 Hanging on the walls are elaborately framed portraits of generations of the Wee family, who owned the house.
6 A very beautiful Japanese vase
7 A little 'courtyard' also helps to keep the house cool.
8 A closeup of the intricately carved woodwork
9 The second floor is devoted to the 12-day ritual of the Peranakan wedding. This is the bed of a future bride.
10 The upstairs corridor with highly polished floors and furniture from China
11 This is a sumptuously carved, lacquered, and gilded canopied wedding bed from 19th-century Penang.
12 The house is full of gorgeous, ornate furniture from the Peranakan era. I loved this armoire in the main bedroom.
13 Beneath a colorful floor covering is a peep hole, which looks down into the main foyer. The bride-to-be would use this to catch a glimpse of potential suitors who came to call.
14 Sophie used that peep hole to spy on the TV crew below.
15 Good thing the crew was busy at work.
16 A beautiful Venetian glass vase
17 Part of the upstairs has been extended upon and turned into a private gallery.
18 In that gallery, traditional Pernanakan embroidery is on display.
19 Old and new traditional Peranakan embroidery. The new work on the right, fashioned after traditional Peranakan beading and embroidery, is designed by Raymond Wong.
20 A suitcase highly decorated with mirrors.
21 I loved this mirror - the spiral stair case is part of the Baba House extension.
22 Panels of stained glass
23 A shot of the roof with its traditional terra cotta tiling
24 Located on Neil Road, Baba house is one of several well-preserved, historical homes.
25 A back alley with historic homes juxtaposed with modern skyscrapers
26 More of the interior
27 More Chinese furniture
28 This beautiful oven is from the Peranakan times.
29 As are these wonderful kitchen implements
30 These are ornate lacquered stackable meal containers.
31 Beautiful dessert molds
32 A traditional grinding stone
33 A pastry mold - after the mold was filled with batter, a lid covered with hot coals was placed on top to bake the batter.
34 After a tour of the house, I learned how to make pandan leaf-wrapped dumplings with Edmond Wong, brother of Raymond Wong.
35 Here I am with Edmond, filling the dumplings with a secret rice and meat filling - a recipe of his grandmother's. He would not reveal the secret!
36 A wrapped dumpling before steaming for six hours
37 We were served a refreshing fruit infused tea.
38 The dumplings, after 6 hours of steaming. They were so delicious!
39 An unwrapped dumpling - the rice encases the meat.
40 We were also treated to delectable steamed cupcakes.
41 And a wonderful semolina cake flavored with a bit of Pandan leaf
42 Here I am with Peter Lee, Raymond Wong, and Edmond Wong sampling the delicious dumplings, along with several other traditional Peranakan sweets.
43 We also tried this wonderful lunch dish. The banana leaf is filled with rice seasoned with seafood and spices. When opened, you eat it with an assortment of toppings.
44 The rice with the toppings
45 Very delicious
46 Mangostein, a tapioca dessert, and pomelo sections.
47 After our wonderfully informative visit to the Baba House, we stopped at a small antique shop called Guan Antique.
48 The store was filled with an amazing eclectic mix of objects.
49 Next, we made a quick stop in Little India, the heart of Singapore's Indian community. Here's our camera man Frankie.
50 We stopped in a very nice clothing store. The owners are from the Indian state of Tamil Nadu.
51 These pretty dresses are called salwar kameez.
52 This woman was happy to show us some of her gorgeous saris.
53 I really like colorful shops, like this one.
54 An especially pretty sari with gold threads woven throughout
55 We also stopped into Kamala Jewellers.
56 They had very fine pieces.
57 I was so tempted.
58 The writing below is Tamil for Campbell Lane.
59 There were also many food vendors.
60 We found this sign humorous.
61 Fresh flower garlands are a circular symbol of love, peace, and purity for use in Hindu Temples in the neighborhood.
62 Milk, coconuts, wrinkly limes, lotus flowers, and marigold blooms