Travel Short: Singapore

“The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.

You are wrong if you think Joy emanates only or principally from human relationships. God has placed it all around us. It is in everything and anything we might experience. We just have to have the courage to turn against our habitual lifestyle and engage in unconventional living,”  Christopher Johnson Mccandless, excerpt from Into the Wild

I had spent five days travelling alone in Singapore. Visiting friends and places alike under the scorching sun was not exactly what I was looking for, but I had a great time nonetheless. Below are journal entries entered at the end of each day. Fortunately, I had not lost my phone this time around.

Day 1 – The thing about noon flight is that, it sucks. By time I settled down, it was an hour and a half to dinner, what else to do but read? Went to a Chinese restaurant at Woodland for dinner with relatives. It was nice seeing everyone after so many years!

Day 2 – Walked along Orchard Road, toward the National Museum of Singapore. Baked under the hot sun. Jeans, what was I thinking. The museum is impressive, high tech and very…user friendly (not sure if it’s the right expression, but I’m tired). Went for dinner with Adelyn at Blujazz Cafe for some food and live jazz music. Music was good.

Day 3 – Took the MRT down to Marina Bay Sands (MBS). Beautiful architecture. The Art Science Museum had a Titanic exhibit, depicting the rise and fall of the ship, along with a gallery of Andy Warhol’s work. I am reminded of how decay is the nature of life.

Andy Warhol’s take on everyday object is beyond words. It is nice to be able to finally have the opportunity to explore his works. Caught the laser/fountain show at MBS, much more impressive than Hong Kong’s light show indeed.

Walked all the way to the Esplanade for the Mosaic Musical Festival. Caught a show before moving on to Clarke Quay to catch Manchester United’s game. The night scene here, is exactly the same in Malaysia.

Day 4 – Went to Haw Par Villa. It is seriously too hot. Headed to Chinatown before visiting the Red Dot Design Museum. Chinatown had a shop selling TinTin merchandise. That’s not very Chinese. Had the entire museum to myself; brilliant! A lot of nifty stuff in here – from tech gadgets to magazines.

Spent some time to relax my feet at the coffeehouse before moving on to Lau Par Sat for dinner and some Satay. Food here can’t beat food back home. Malaysians do it better. Went over to Fullerton One to see the light festival. The light painting of the Merlion is brilliant!

Day 5 – Went out to meet Chong for lunch before heading down to the Singapore Museum of Art. Yes, another museum. This piece by Yayoi Kusama is one of my favourite there.

Headed to Adelyn’s workplace for dinner before leaving tomorrow. Had a great time catching up somemore.

Day 6 – Flight scheduled at 2.40pm. Again, not a good idea to fly in the middle of the day.

(The photo album is available here)

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