Mull of Kintyre at 3am

Trip Start May 29, 2009
Trip End Aug 19, 2009

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Sunday, August 9, 2009

It's the weekend again and that means waking up at midday!

On Friday evening we went to the cinema and watched the new Pixar film "Up" which I had no preconceptions about but thought it was a fantastic film. It had an amazing soundtrack and the story was surprisingly moving and bittersweet. The audience were something else though. Again, I think this may be a cultural difference, but in Britain, I think audiences are much more reserved when displaying any kind of emotion - laughter is usually short and restrained for instance. Here, it was entirely different. Whenever there was the slightest hint of a joke, the audience went absolutely wild and hysterical with laughter. It was like canned laughter, live. Even in the bits that weren't that funny, the audience howled and roared - I had no idea what to make of it except laugh in my short, restrained way and look bemused at everyone behind me. Another thing that I've found different is that people have no qualms answering their phones and talking in the cinema. They would simply cover their mouths and talk in a normal volume because covering one's mouth instantly mutes any sound you may utter, obviously.

It was a very good evening and the next day we had a very long lie-in before venturing into Geylang and getting some dumplings for lunch. In the afternoon we visited the "Asian Civilisations Museum" which was fascinating as we learnt the history of Singapore and saw various items from cultures in South east Asia. One particular item I remember was a carved lintel in the style of the Banteay Srei temple in Cambodia which I was impressed with as I could say to the others that I had seen the original. We also learnt about rice cultivation (surprisingly interesting as rice is one of the main reasons for the development of civilisation in South east Asia) and Emily and Lucy engaged in a bit of dressing up in the style of Chinese Opera singers. One thing we learnt was that the Singapore river used to be a busy hub in the centre of the town full of hawkers, merchants and the like, but since the "big clean" of the river, it is eerily silent with the odd tourist boat going up and down it.

In the evening we thought we'd try our luck at another club called Arena. On the way we wandered around Clarke Quay which is full of pubs, bars, restaurants and clubs. As we entered the centre of this Disneyland-esque complex, I saw a bizarre scene which I may have mentioned previously. We turned the corner to find many people in golden wheelchairs with IV drips chatting merrily as many people walked on by. It wasn't a hospital but quite a sick (in the sense of disgust not illness) bar called "Clinic" where people drank cocktails from these IV drips and socialised in golden wheelchairs they could wheel about. I had no idea what to make of it and to me it seemed highly un-PC but people were enjoying themselves nonetheless...

Anyway we found ourselves in Arena and I could tell it would be a good night as my gin and lemonade was made with real lemonade (not awful mass produced Tesco Value) from actual lemons as opposed to flavoured esters. There was a live group on who actually weren't that bad playing better music than Zouk. Emily was in pure ecstacy when they played "Green Light".and the whole night in my opinion was highly fun. There was a stage where only girls were allowed to dance while being ogled at by the many men at the bottom (PA alert) - one girl especially was getting rather too into her slutty dancing so Lucy gave her a look of horror and disgust and the girl was mildly embarrassed and then readjusted her dancing but then returned to original dirt mode. At about 3am we decided to head home back to Geylang. Our taxi driver was quite funny as he joined in singing the music in the cab. Mull of Kintyre also came on which Emily and Lucy were highly excited about and started singing in harmony, at 3am, in a random taxi, towards Geylang in Singapore... The taxi driver also joined in and I simply sat there amused, watching the brightly lit high rise buildlings go by. I'm starting to get used to Singapore I think.

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