RTW05 #1: singapore

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singapore, nov. 2005
singapore, nov. 2005

here comes the first batch of photos that have accumulated over the last 4 months.

after some serious planning, i decided to leave austria on november 7th – the day that allesandro volta presented the first battery in public. just kidding…

for the first part of my time in singapore [G], i was staying with peter, who gave me lots of advise on what to see and do.
since he was still working when i arrived, i was welcomed by his roommate, matteo from italy.
it was pretty …strange to hear “this will sound strange, but ‘welcome to singapore’.” from an italian guy ;-)

the first two days, i woke up at 3 in the morning. this turned out to be the only time on my travels, that i suffered from jetlag.

on november 09th at 0321, i took this note:

    i can’t sleep right now – still running on my own time, somewhere between european and singaporean time.

    [lyrics quote of the moment]
    it’s so beautiful here,
    this moment now,
    and this moment now.
    and i never thought, i would find …
    vienna teng – recessional

the following day i ran across the elderly australian couple, who were sitting next to me on the plane to singapore. they told me that they also got up between 3 and 4 am. with the time difference, that would be 9 in the evening (CET), though… so that doesn’t really make sense.

chinatown in singapore

i spent a day wandering through chinatown and little india with peter from hamburg, who (amongst others) introduced me to lassi: a sweet-honeyish yogurt beverage from india.

for the second part of my stay, i “moved” to wee hui’s place. she and jaslin (“aircon!”) took me out on a photographic night-shot tour one evening :-)

other attractions i went to check out:

(these photos will follow separately – check for updates!)

little side-notes:

  • singapore is not as clean & tidy as people told me.
  • i was really, really tense when riding a taxi on the first day, because it drove on the *left* side…
  • i decided *not* to try and to smuggle chewing gum into singapore.
  • matteo

    pointed out that singapore is a “fine city”, meaning that there are fines for everything in singapore.

  • satay chicken is AWESOME!
  • fresh watermelon-juice tastes so much better than it sounds.
  • fresh papaya-juice doesn’t really taste as good as it sounds.
  • unfortunately i wasn’t able to try a real durian. that is something i’ll definitely do next time!
  • christmas-music seems really absurd in a tropical climate, especially if it’s only the beginning of november.
  • compared to christian churches, hindu temples seem really crowded and noisy.

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    3 comments on “RTW05 #1: singapore

    1. nice pics, markus! those fruit / vegetable things are bitter melons. yep, they taste bitter. not sure if they are classified as a fruit or veg ... ever since tomatoes got classified as fruit i got all confused! loved the "no durian" sign, and your hot/cold flashes. my mom likes durian. i don't. and if she eats them (you can get them in the frozen food aisle at the Chinese grocery here), she eats them outside, not in the house. :) (on the other hand, i really love stinky tofu. go fig.)
    2. thanks for the hint. i think tomatoes are considered fruit because it's a fruit that develops from a pollinated flower. in german, there are two different words for fruit (most of the flower-products of angiosperms) and fruit (the sweet & raw-eaten part of most of the flower-products of angiosperms)... however, wikipedia says it's a vegetable. a clarifying diagram can be found here... one day, i'll get to try a durian! and if i'm lucky, some stinky tofu as well :mrgreen:
    3. ok, i just changed the title, and EVERY SINGLE TIME i misspelled it as "bitter LeMons"... talk about motor skill habits.

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