Singapore Day 1, Part 2: Pictures that didn’t make the 10 on 10 cut but I wanted to blog a bit about anyway
This is day 2 of being wide awake at 5AM. I can’t blame anyone for snoring this time… I just couldn’t sleep. Oh well — in a couple of hours I’ll be catching a bus to Malacca, Malaysia, and it’s a 4 hour ride, so I can sleep then if I feel the need.
So instead of working on my grad school homework like I should (I’ll do it on the bus… maybe…) I figured instead I’d toss a few more pictures online.
I’m staying in a 28-bed dorm at a hostel called the Rucksack Inn. While I’ve stayed in hostels before, I’ve never actually stayed in a dorm-style one, and I was a bit leery of staying with 27 other people and trying to get any sleep. I brought ear plugs and an eye mask, though, and so far so good. Haven’t had a huge amount of success sleeping a lot at night, but I think that’s probably more due to jet lag and the fact that I generally don’t have great sleeping habits. I did take a great nap yesterday evening — the definition of a great nap is not getting interrupted, and waking up feeling refreshed. Good stuff. :-)
The dorm is one large room divided by lockers down the middle. I'm on the right side of these lockers--this is looking towards the door. Through the door you can see the reception desk.
View from my bunk toward the other side of the room (I'm actually on the bottom bunk, but I took this standing on the ladder to the top bunk.)
Lanterns in Chinatown. There's something I really like about the contrast between traditional and modern here.
"I can't eat this." "Why not??" "Because... it's... LOOKING at me!!" ~A Christmas Story
When Joel and Ting and I parted ways for the day, I was going to walk home... but I got sidetracked. Shocking, I know.
You couldn't enter if you were in shorts above the knees or tank tops. I was wearing both. Whoops!! Fortunately, they had coverings for people to borrow--try not to laugh at me. :-)
Right down the street from the Buddhist temple is a Hindu temple. I remember taking a picture of the outside of it last time I was here, but this time I got to go inside. Awesome.
Color love!! Singapore Ministry of Information, Communications, and the Arts.
I spent *waaay* too long taking pictures of this building. :-)
I kept seeing these signs everywhere, complete with large insect. Nice. :-)
My botany knowledge is failing me at the moment, but I believe this is some type of ginger. Correct me if I'm wrong. :-)
Some of the older buildings seem so out of place among the skyscrapers.
So they pull them down to make room for the new... but sometimes the buildings leave their own memories.
So as I was taking this picture of the sunset over Clarke Quay...
...this man walked past, and without stopping, turning, or missing a beat, he said, "Your country has more beautiful scenery." To which I replied, "But I'm enjoying yours right now." Then I turned around and snapped a picture of him as he continued across the bridge.
I love you all, but I don’t want to go home. I just want to ramble with my camera in foreign countries, bumping from place to place and just watching and experiencing. I love this so, so much — it brings a peace to my restlessness that few other things do.