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22 January 2010
Photo Friday: the real Singapore, hold the caning

burning incense on Temple Street
burning incense on Temple Street


Singapore was the first stop on our 2008 monthlong jaunt through Southeast Asia. It's a fascinating place, an amalgam of cultures and customs that sprawls across the densely-packed island city-state, in the shadow of gigantic gleaming skyscrapers that house corporate headquarters of multinational outfits. We found wandering through Singapore's ethnic neighborhoods to be a great antidote to its no-gum-chewing, intimidatingly squeaky-clean reputation.

There's nowhere the melting pot is more obvious than in its houses of worship. On one street alone (the aptly-named Temple Street) there are mosques, Hindu temples, Buddhist temples, and Christian churches all within a block or two of each other. Here's a small sampling of some of our faves from throughout the city:


Ron Jeremy visits Sri Veeramakaliamman
Ron Jeremy visits Sri Veeramakaliamman

ornate gopuram of Sri Veeramakaliamman
ornate gopuram of Sri Veeramakaliamman

Buddha luck
Buddha luck

Kwan Im Tong Hood Che temple
Kwan Im Tong Hood Che temple

Masjid Sultan
Masjid Sultan


Don't forget to visit DeliciousBaby's Photo Friday for more fabulous travel pics!

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Re: Photo Friday: the real Singapore, hold the caning
The only place I have found the melting pot is equally obvious in Singapore is some of the awesome food courts. Every kind of Asian food you have ever loved or heard of or wanted to try all available under one roof and quite cheap. The only funny thing about it is how you sometimes have to work to convince them that you really want what you are trying to order, because they are surprised a non-Asian customer is asking for what you are requesting. I had more than one pretty amusing but friendly and fun conversations along those lines. As you found there is a lot more to this city-state than caning and intimidation. But try to talk politics and you know you are not in Kansas pretty quick.
Posted by jimbourg on January 22, 2010 at 11:38 PM

Re: Photo Friday: the real Singapore, hold the caning
That's so true! Even though Singapore is a turbo-international place, Caucasians who want to taste "authentic" delicacies are still a surprise to the locals. They also have a hard time believing we really *do* want to try spicy stuff! :)
Posted by sonia on January 25, 2010 at 11:11 PM

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