Culture Vultures!

Trip Start Sep 01, 2010
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Trip End Jun 18, 2011


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Saturday, January 8, 2011

So today we decided to finish off seeing the temples which we didn't get chance to see yesterday. After a very late start we started out in China Town and went to see the beautiful Thian Hock Keng Buddhist temple. While we were there 4 tour buses turned up and the building became over-run with tourists, so we found a relax for a while and waited until the buses left before we went for a proper look round. This temple was really interesting because it is situated right in the middle of a load of skyscrapers and it was funny to see the contrast between the old temple and the shiny new skyscrapers. After we had finished here we decided to venture out of China Town and visit another part of the city called Little India. as you can probably guess, this part of town is where the majority of Singapore's Indian community live. We had read in our guidebook that walking into this section of the city is like being transported to another part of the world; we didn't really know what to expect when we got there.However as soon as we left the MRT station it felt like we had somehow made our way to the real India. The air smelt really spicy, there was Bollywood music blaring out of all the shops, the streets were jam packed with people, there were lots of weird and wonderful fruits and vegetables for sale that I have never even seen before and there were flower petals everywhere. It didn't even feel like we were in Singapore anymore! First thing we did was  find a food court and ordered a big plate of onion bajees; they were really nice... but they don't taste like they do at home! After some food we went to visit our first Hindu temple. So far we have only ever visited Buddhist temples and we have learnt quite a lot about Buddhism so we kind of know what we are looking at when we are there. However we know nothing about Hinduism and we were completely overwhelmed by our first visit to a Hindu temple; we didn't have a clue what to do or what everything meant. In our complete ignorance, the best that we can say is that we found the temple very beautiful and interesting and hopefully we will learn more about Hinduism as we go on our travels. After this we visited one more Buddhist temple, which used to be a school-house, and then we headed to get some food for our tea. We ended up in a food court eating ramen noodle soups and veggie satay sticks, which were delicious and I had to try very hard to stop Tom from eating them all! After our tea we went to watch a laser show at the shopping mall, which was pretty rubbish but it got us out of the rain for a while so we were happy. Later that night we went over to the esplanade to watch a local band playing some music; they were actually quite good, apart from the fact that the backing singer had a face like a smacked bum and we spent most of the night giggling at her moody expressions.

We had a slight turn of bad luck today as our laptop finally packed up on us; we have had problems with it for weeks but Tom has managed to patch it back together thus far, but today it officially died. Before we came away we said that it would be nice to have the laptop with us for as long as it lasts, but that we don't necessarily need to have one. However, we have really come to rely on it over the last few months; I type up all the blogs on it, we look at all our photos on it and, before the wireless internet broke, we used it to book all our accommodation over the internet and to keep in touch with everyone back home. I don't really know how we are going to keep the blog going without a laptop, so fingers crossed we will be able to muddle along without one. 
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Chris on

Tooooooooommmmmmmmmm I want noodles! Bring me back some noodles please they look yummy :D x x x

rach on

have to agree there chris , they do look yummy !!!! but they would be a bit manky by the time you got to eat them !!

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