Monday, July 26, 2010
Rick's Roadshow: Singapore Day 1
above: I also love the real shutters on the windows. You see them everywhere.
above: these are retail shops and restaurants, yet they all have such nice colors.
above: this wall was so cheery. It was just a side ally, yet they had it painted nicely and had a row of potted trees along the way.
above: just a nice pedestrian side street with lush plants.
above: Arab Street, with a variety of wonderful shops.
above...like these slippers. They kind of remind me of "The King and I"
above: I ate here at the Sultan restaurant
above: The Sultan's Mosque
above: The Istana Kampong Guam temple
above: Famous Bugis Street Market, the largest street shopping in Singapore.
above: Bugis had this cool stand with fresh fruit drinks. Click on it ti Biggify to see the neat-o flavors of drinks.
above: Bugis Street market isn't like other Asian street markets I've visited. It has a huge variety of goods, mixed with produce, food and services. Plus, there are flat screen TVs overhead!
above: the market has several bakery stand. I love these Chinese steamed buns (the white ones in the case)
above: Not to mention the other Chinese sweets, like these sesame ball things among others. No idea what the deal is with the green waffles...
above: later I encountered this Buddha statue, and yes, I did rub his belly for good luck.
above: later I visited the Goddess of Mercy Temple. I went in to pray and make an incense offering too.
above: I loved the tile walls out front of the temple.
above: another view of the tile walls in front of the temple.
above: I was admonished for taking this photo of the wall inside the temple area. I missed the sign that said "no photos". Whoops.
above: I passed through Heritage Park on my way to a pet shop. It was so serene, and offered views of life in Singapore early in its history.
above: I especially liked this model they had of the traditional Singaporean Palace
above: I had dinner at the famous Raffles Hotel. Its sort of historic and has really nice grounds.
above: I also visited the Indian Sri Krishnan Temple. I had a tough time getting a good angle to take a photo.
above: it had a long line of Hindus waiting to get in to pray, so I did not enter.
above: lest you think Singapore is all just colorful buildings and temples, here is an example of its modern architecture too.
above: I loved this building. The white things are hexagonal tiles, which give it wonderful texture. My first day in Singapore was enjoyable. Between visiting pet shops I was able to see quite a bit. I have a very busy Monday at work planned, so hopefully I will be able to have some additional photos of Singapore again tomorrow. I hope you can stop by again.
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