I love the mix of buildings in Singapore.
They say that the number of cranes in a city skyline is a good indicator of economic prosperity (and it is the year of the Rat after all.) – Singapore must be buzzing then. I took the photo from Yang’s car at about 110 km an hour – love the menu functions on digital cameras.
Marc and Yang tell me that over 80% of people living in Singapore are housed in public housing. There are generations of apartment blocks that were built at different times. People pay a rent/mortgage and pretty much own it – Marc, correct me if I’m wrong.
Unlike Ireland where apartments are smaller than the proverbial shoebox, Singaporean apartments are huge – lots of rooms. We were invited to Yang’s family home for a New Year dinner (And what a wonderful time I had. What a warm and welcoming family.) and their apartment seemed to go on forever. We were on some very high floor -45 or something and from the balcony we had the most amazing views of Singapore.
Some of the apartments have these long horizontal washing lines. All the washing looks like some kind of public art. I kept thinking that it was a long way down if any of the washing fluttered off the line – I’d have really really strong pegs.
The other thing I enjoyed about Singapore buildings was the juxtaposition between old and new – short and tall.
And for some of the buildings there was no such thing as too much colour!
Outside the Buddha Tooth (I really hope I spelt that right) Temple there were all these figures. So much more cheerful than some of the Christian saints and martyrs statues I’ve seen.
The inside of the temple was breathtaking. There was this huge wall with individual buddhas in little recesses. Each one was different and had a range of gestures.
There was also what looked like a kind of wishing/prayer line. I like that idea. There’s something about any place where people gentle their spirit and just go still. It resonates an enormous energy.
We also went to a huge flower market. There seemed to be acres and acres of flowers and people. I bought a huge amount of flowers (all the auspicious red ones) and it cost relatively little.
Marc recommended a new bar so I went along to test their cocktails and champagne – someones gotta do it folks. The bar is very narrow and on three floors. Every floor has a different design and music – all done by artists. I loved the ground floor bar. It had this amazing glass boxes installation on the ceiling. The main wall was made of wood inserts, butterflies in boxes and steel sculpted insects. Sounds bizarre but it all came together really well. Outside is a huge sculpture on the wall. A very interesting place and just around the corner from Marc’s office in Chinatown.
Marc lives in a gorgeous home. I’m not going to show you the inside because that’s a bit cheeky – but here’s a peek from the inside out. I loved staying there and hope to go back soon.
So, that’s my little slice of Singapore memories. I adore visiting Marc & Yang there and can’t wait to go back. Hopefully in November for a buying trip for Lippylala – and a side trip with Marc to Vietnam.
I’ll finish this post with 2 photos that make me laugh. The camel was the final image on an ATM in Malaysia. The whole ATM process is a series of animated camel cartoons – loved it. The second image was on the back of a bus in Singapore – not sure what long vehicle they mean.