Durians in Chinatown.
Posted in Asia, Chinatown, Food, Food Photography, Food Stalls, Foodie Photo of the Day, fruit, Fruit Stalls, Hawker Food Diaries, Photography, Raw foods, Singapore, singapore photo of the day, travel photography, Uncategorized, Weird Asia, tagged Asia, asian fruit, banned fruits, Chinatown, durian, Food, food photography, foodie photo of the day, fruit, Fruit Stalls, Photography, Singapore, Singapore photo of the day, smelly, Street Food, travel photography, weird Asia on April 15, 2016| Leave a Comment »
Durians in Chinatown.
Posted in Chinatown, city life, Photography, Religion, Singapore, singapore photo of the day, temples, Travel, travel photography, Uncategorized, tagged CBD, old meets new, Photography, Singapore, Singapore photo of the day, skyline, Sri Mariamman Temple, temple, Travel, travel photography, views on November 24, 2015| Leave a Comment »
The Sri Mariamman Temple is the oldest Hindu temple in Singapore and was founded in 1827, eight years after the East India Company established a trading settlement in Singapore. Today it is a stone’s throw from Singapore’s Central Business District.
The rural South Indian mother goddess Mariamman is a protector against diseases.
Posted in Asia, Beach, island, Photography, Sentosa, Singapore, singapore photo of the day, sunset, tanjong beach, Travel, travel photography, tagged Asia, Beach, island, Photography, sentosa, Singapore, Singapore photo of the day, sunset, Tanjong Beach, Travel, travel photography on August 30, 2015| Leave a Comment »
Posted in Asia, Chinatown, massage, Singapore, Spa, travel photography, Weird Asia, tagged Chinatown, massage, massage chair, Photography, Singapore, spa, travel photography, weird Asia on March 27, 2015| Leave a Comment »
A post-dinner cruise through Chinatown had myself and a few friends stumble on this site.
“Huh,” we thought. “Is this legit?” Stephanie immediately chucked the boxes out of the way and sat down for a try.
Unfortunately, the massage chair didn’t work. Massage chair uncle in his most stylish tee came out to troubleshoot the situation.
Ahhhhhhhh. There we go.
A few minutes later we were on our way having made a few new friends in this ambiguous shopfront.
You know, just everyday life in Singapore Chinatown.
Posted in Asia, Asian, china, Food, Photography, temples, Travel, travel photography, tagged 72 hour in transit, Asia, bride in red, bull statue, China, jazz, Jing'an temple, marraige fair, parks, Photography, photos, Shanghai, temples, the Bond, Travel on November 17, 2014| 1 Comment »
My first trip to China was a long weekend in Shanghai last year. At the time I was still freelancing and I accompanied Husband on a business trip. Definitely an international city, I found myself intrigued by Shanghai’s style and culture.
I started my time in Shanghai with a walk down the Bund, the colonial riverside of Old Shanghai lined by historical buildings on the west and the Huangpu and financial district on the east. In the morning, the air was clear but by 4 pm, the haze had rolled in and the buildings weren’t very visible. Luckily, I had a chance to snap these shots in the morning.
In China, red symbolizes prosperity and joy while white symbolizes death and mourning so it’s only fitting that a Chinese bride should wear red. This bride and groom were having their wedding portraits done along the Bund.
The riverfront walkway along the Bund underwent a major reconstruction in March 2010. The benefits are clear.
I took a similar photo of a bull at Wall Street in NYC a few years ago.
Continuing my walk, I ran into these fun guys dishing up some street snacks.
I stumbled into People’s Park and found a man practicing his Mandarin characters.
It took me a while to figure out what was going on with the hordes of people below. Eventually I came to the conclusion I was at a marriage market. Every Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m parents of unmarried adults gather to try and play matchmaker. The gender gap in China has widened to make finding a suitable bride more and more difficult for Chinese men. This market has been ongoing since 2004.
All this walking was making me hungry so I made my way to Jiajiatangbao (90 Huanghe Lu) for xiaolongbao. I arrived just in time to miss the long queue and sat across from a sweet local couple who gave me tips on the art of eating the dumplings without spilling out the precious juices or burning my mouth.
There are plenty of temples in Shanghai. Later with Husband now in tow, we visited the Jing’an Temple just north of Jing’an Park.
After the temple, we settled down into the lovely grass at Jing’an Park where we were promptly booted out by these officers. They were very strict about the “No sitting or standing on grass” policy. A shame, really. The grass was so nice and well cared for. I challenge you to resist temptation to sit on it.
We topped the evening off with cocktails and jazz, which is apparently live and well in Shanghai.
Until next time, Shanghai!
Editors note: Visas to China are required for many countries and can be expensive, particularly for Americans. If you plan on staying 72 hours or less, you may qualify for the 72-hour Transit Visa Exemption Program. Keep that in mind when booking tickets for a quick weekend and you could save yourself a few hundred dollars.
Posted in Art, Australia, City Breaks, grafitti, Kids, public transport, Singapore, Travel, travel photography, tagged Art, Australia, children, grafitti, kids, left bank, Melbourne, presents, public transport, southgate, tapas on April 23, 2014| Leave a Comment »
Singapore is the closest I’ve ever lived to Australia. And it’s a good thing we’re here since a few good friends moved to Melbourne about 3 years ago. That and well, who doesn’t love Melbourne?
Sunshine, good food, art. But let’s be honest what it was really all about. Getting these two their presents.
The simple and versatile ribbon on string wins the day.
Posted in Asia, Kuala Lumpur, Photography, Travel, travel photography, tagged batu caves, Chinese new year, Islamic Arts Museum, KL, Kuala Lumpur, Petronas Towers, Singapore, thean hou temple, Travel, travel photograpy, Year of the Horse, year of the snake on February 3, 2014| Leave a Comment »
You may remember that last year I was a little clueless when it came to Chinese New Year. I ended up ringing in the year of the snake with a last minute trip to Kuala Lumpur. My friend, Giselle, was barely more than a stranger to me at the time yet invited me along with her and her husband anyway.
Doesn’t that seem the nature of life here in Singapore? You meet someone and a week later you are hauling your bag on to a bus and settling down next to them for an adventure. Sometimes you part ways at the end and keep in touch as a formality on Facebook. In other cases, as is the case of Giselle, I was happy to make a friend to keep.
Our agenda was relaxed with a few things in mind, including Thean Hou Temple in its full New Year glory.
Heh, this sign made me laugh. By the end of day 1 we had made a game out of trying to get a taxi that would use it’s meter. We took turns approaching taxis and the one who got a driver that would use the meter won the round. Generally one out of every 4 taxi drivers would oblige.
Giselle studied art, so a trip to the Islamic Arts Museum was in order. The architecture of the building was a highlight.
Onto the charming and chaotic Batu caves!
And of course, a trip to KL would not be complete without a view of the Petronas Towers.
Although there are quite a few sights to see in KL, one draw of the city is their affordable 4 and 5 star hotels. Might as well spend some time enjoying the facilities and take things slow. My travelling companions booked early and were able to get a deal at a top hotel. I, on the other hand, was last minute and had to go a bit more budget. With a pool like this, I didn’t feel a bit bad about the extra money saved.
2014 introduces the year of the horse. Once again, I found myself without plans. This time due to tentative work-related commitments. While husband and myself contemplated last minute bookings, we opted in the end for a staycation spent with new and old friends in similar situations. Sometimes its just nice to not rush around.
One thing remains the same between CNY of the snake and the horse: so.many.mandarins.