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Trip Start May 25, 2012
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Trip End Aug 02, 2012


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Flag of Singapore  , Canton of Zurich,
Monday, June 25, 2012

alright so yesterday i went sight-seeing! after tanning and hanging out at the pool for a bit (štsch! hehe..) we went to chinatown. one of our first stops was the heritage chinatown museum or something like that. it's basically a museum which tells the story of the first chinese immigrants and what happend to them. it was very very interesting! they came here looking for work, often leaving their families at home. they thought this was their refuge but what they found was horrible. lots of them were forced to live in extremely small cubicles with their spouses and children.up to ten people or more would live in a cubicle of roughly 4^2! crazy eh? and i was complaining about my 11 m^2 room at the beginning. i will not loose another word about my room! anyhow, the chinese immigrants then tried to escape the hardship of their lives by smoking opium, visiting brothels (prostitution houses), gambling and alcohol. the consequences of those problems/vices are still a topic since drug use is not only illegal but will be punished with a death-sentence! prostitution and pornography too are anything but allowed as far as i know. it was really interesting to see the roots of everything at the museum. it all makes much more sense now, especially since it hasn't been very long since then. not even 150 years. after the museum we walked through chinatown for a bit and ended up at a hindu temple - the sri mariamman. it was a smaller temple and not as nice as the other one we visited in little india but apparently it is the most magnificent and oldest hindu temple in singapore. the first version was built in 1827 and was then renovated a couple of times. it was also used as a place of lodging for new immigrants and as a registry of births and deaths until the 1900's. it's a national monument today. the place we saw after that was much more interesting though! the buddha tooth relic temple and museum!! you should've seen this place... amazing! just look at the pictures, i can't even begin to describe the beauty of it! all the buddha statues and bodhisattvas.. oh brother! there was a room with 10'000 buddhas in it. and there was also a hall called the 100 dragon hall, where the maitreya buddha was. the maitreya buddha is the future buddha who is supposed to come back and reign if i understood it correctly. sort of like jesus. probably not.. :D
anyhow, after that we grabbed some dinner (yummy wok) and then went home. today i packed most of my things together and went to see snowhite and the huntsman. looooved it! good movie!

well, tomorrow's the big day. i'm excited to be seeing new things and to be faced with new adventures. otherwise i would get really homesick i think. who knew that i could feel such a thing as homesickness.. i sure didn't... :D
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