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Tag : Singapore

18 Apr 2013

Modern Architecture in Singapore, Marina Bay Sands Hotel

The Marina Bay Sands Hotel in Singapore struck me as odd and fascinating. Talk about conflicted. I mean, you can’t help but marvel at the genius behind the construction, but why is there a ship’s hull on top of a building? Incongruous? I think so. But then again, the structure is a casino-hotel and if Vegas is any guide, the more outlandish, the better. Maybe people bet more in quirky spaces? Or maybe, it symbolizes the casino sailing away with […]

23 Feb 2013

I've Been Living in a Capsule

In the last post, I talked about where the people of Singapore live. Well, this is where I’ve been living. It’s called a Capsule Hotel and they originated in Japan where space, like many densely inhabited regions of Asia, is at a huge premium. So, as always, if things get too expensive for the masses, they either give you less of them or they make them smaller. Hence the Capsule Hotel. I’ve never stayed in one of the Japanese originals […]

23 Feb 2013

Laundry Lives the High Life in Singapore

In Singapore, this is how you dry your laundry and apparently it rarely falls. It it does, maybe you just forget about it. Can you imagine finding it on a windy day? But really this post is about how and where people live in Singapore. Pretty much everyone except a few very rich souls ( ~1%) live in units such as these. There are  just over 5 million people living in Singapore, and everyone owns their own residence; No one […]

22 Feb 2013

That Sure is One Big Buddha

This Buddha is located just around the corner from where I am staying. Unless you poke your head into places, you would never notice things, even ones this large. Oftentimes, the entrances are quite unremarkable but when you go in there is something spectacular such as this large Buddha. And there is the value of using local knowledge to find out where to go. Guide books are only so good, and really, all of them are quite limited in revealing […]

21 Feb 2013

Spinning the Dharma Wheel in Singapore

At a downtown Singapore Tibetan Buddhist Temple, a man spins a large prayer wheel with the aim of ridding bad karma. The temple is open 24 hours a day and you can often hear people chanting in the main hall. In the span of a short walk, Singapore is a wild mix of shops, restaurants, temples, mosques, churches, old buildings and modern high rises. It’s a really wild juxtaposition that borders on surreal. If you find yourself in Asia, it’s […]

20 Feb 2013

Lost In Translation

It just didn’t get the digestive juices flowing. But really, Singapore is famous for its food. What a melange. Apparently, eating is a national pastime for Singaporeans. I just had the most amazing flat noodle dish with fresh greens and a mix of mushrooms. And spicy. Lovely. If you want to explore the cuisine in Singapore, you can head to a Hawker Centre which is essentially a large food court with a gazillion options, all with pictures. More later. (iPhone […]