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* Peninsular Sprint
* Like a Diamond Out a Goat's Ass...
* Adios Philippines
* I Will Eat Your Unborn Child!
* Learning to Play
* I Love Sufing
* Reunited (And It Feels So Good)
* On a Cool Night, Just Let Me Hold You By the Firelight
* The Temperate Zone Spreads Her Chilly Tentacles...
* It's All Good
* Eyes in the Back of My...Back
* The Road to Hell
* Getting High in the Low Season
* Just a Quickie...
* Oh My Buddha! (Part Two)
* Oh My Buddha! (Part One)
* Life's a Bitch...
* Holiday in Cambodia
* "Tuk-tuk, my friend? You want something?"
June 08, 2005
Like a Diamond Out a Goat's Ass...
...Singapore shines! Holy crap, dude, I have never been through a metropolitan area that is so free of litter. The government here imposes hefty fines for littering, etc. which I think is brilliant. As liberal as I am, I am definitely not opposed to dealing huge fines for littering, lashing vandals with bamboo canes (anyone remember Michael Fey? Bastard had it coming.), cutting the hands off of thieves, castrating pederasts and other sexual predators, etc. (okay, they don't actually do the last two here, although I don't think it would be so bad if the whole world adopted this practice).
Anyway, Singapore is a compact place with what seems to be the perfect balance of East meets West flavors. There are people of all ethnic backgrounds residing here, though mostly what you see are Indians, Chinese, and ethnic Malays. Religious buildings--mosques, churches, and Hindu and Buddhist temples are everywhere and most of the sights can be explored by foot or by using the excellent MRT system.
Singapore is divided into districts, each with their own unique flavor: Little India, Kampung Glam (Middle Eastern population), Chinatown, the Colonial District (lots of old British buildings), the Quays (where most of the modern buildings stand), Orchard Road (shopping area)....that's basically the city centre. I stayed in a hotel in Little India where the rooms are a very good value and the smells of delicious India cusine permeate the area.
After dropping my bags off at the Boon Wah Hotel, I spent my first night wandering around Little India, admiring the tidiness of the place. A new backpacker's lodge had just opened up and although all the rooms were booked, the nightlife looked good, so I returned for some beer and entertainment. I enjoyed a local girl doing covers on her acoustic guitar, washing it all down with half-liter mugs of Hoegaarden, a Belgian witbier for those of you who aren't familiar. I then took my big-ass bottle of Absolut to a local Indian restaurant and pigged out. Man, is Indian food ever tasty.
Returning to my 2-person dorm room, I spent some time drunkenly conversing to my Malaysian roommate about where I should visit in Malaysia (my next destination). Satisfied with this new information, I drifted off to sleep, only to be awoken 6 hours later by the roomie's unbearably loud snoring. Unable to get back to sleep, I brushed my fangs and headed out on the town for some sightseeing.
I started off by wandering around Little India, photographing the impressive religious buildings. Then, I headed to the Quays and walked to the Colonial District, spending some time at the beautiful Ft. Canning, which was once a British military stronghold. Walking back down through the Colonial District, I spotted an outdoor store and decided to check it out. The prices were too high, but I did spot the 2005 Mad Rock catalog (Mad Rock is a rock climbing shoe company that I worked for until I could no longer tolerate my boss's dickheaded antics). Funny, I didn't think I'd find my image in a shop half-way around the world. My next stop was Chinatown, where I walked through the touristy markets and stumbled across a REAL gem: an all-you-can-eat sushi restaurant!! And it wasn't second-rate sushi either. I had five full plates of the stuff, and was so full I felt like I was going to pop. Yum!
Besides the sightseeing, I found some great deals on electronics, picking up a new flash card for my digital camera and some headphones to replace my busted ones. I'd like to come back sometime just to pick up some electronics and camera equipment.
All in all, Singapore was rad, and delivered much more than I expected of it. I arrived in Malaysia yesterday morning and have already seen some exciting sights...more to come soon.
Donny: What's a 'pederast,' Walter?
Posted by Gary on June 8, 2005 07:47 PM
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