My second day in Singapore was a Monday. So, I decided to start off the day in Chinatown since it was far away. Since I didn't use much of the hop on hop off bus I decided to take it to Chinatown so I wouldn't have to walk. It was a really hot day.
The first place I wanted to see was the Sri Mariamman Temple. This is an old Hindu temple build in 1823. It is so beautiful with all the vibrant colours and pictures. I didn't go inside because I wasn't dressed appropriately, skirt above the knees and uncovered arms. But I did get a picture of what it looks like inside. You have to be very modest in these places.
After I had taken my pictures I went in the heart of Chinatown.
There are so many colourful building and lanterns everywhere. It wasn't as busy as when I drove by in the bus on Sunday, thank God! These building remind me of the Painted Ladies in San Francisco, because of the colours and colonial style buildings. I think I spent about an hour looking at souvenirs trying to figure out what i would get for people. The souvenirs here are very cheap, which is surprising because this country is expensive. I ended up getting shot glasses, magnets, chocolates, mugs, key chains and a reusable bag.
I never eat breakfast even though it's free. So as you could imagine I was starving. I used my map to find the food area so I could get some lunch. I didn't find the place I was looking for but I think I found something better. The Chinatown Food Street has so many different cuisines. There was Chinese, Thai, Singaporean, Indian, etc. I got Chinese food because I wanted a really cheap lunch. It cost 5 sgd. It was steamed white rice with veggies and roasted chicken which was soooooo good. The chicken was very juicy and flavorful. I was really happy with it, plus it was cheap!
The Food Street is filled with restaurants on the sides and in the middle of the street.
After I ate my delicious meal, I walked around for a bit more. Souvenirs are so cheap here! I already bought all of mine but I just looked to see if there was anything else I thought might be of interest.
After I was done browsing around Chinatown, there was one more thing I wanted to see before I left the area, Buddha Tooth Relic Temple. This temple is a 5 storey Chinese style Buddhist temple built in 2006. Apparently inside the temple is Buddha's left canine tooth in a gold stupa behind protective glass. I didn't actually go inside, I just took pictures from the doorway.
After the temple I was going to go back to the hotel because it was way too humid and I had been walking a lot so I wanted to cool down. I was walking back to my hostel from Chinatown which is a good 45 mins, but with the heat it turned out to be about an hour and a half including me stopping for pictures. Just past Clarke Quay I saw this beautiful colourful building, so I took some pictures. I was trying to figure out what it was so I walked about to the front and found out it was the ministry and communication and information. It is definitely an eye catching building.
I also passed this cool building which is the Singapore Chinese chamber of commerce.
Then I passed this fancy white and gray building that looked like a church called Chijmes (pronounced chimes). I found out this was actually a multi purpose hall; so there is a chapel there but there is also an art gallery, restaurants and shops. So, i'm kinda sad I didn't go in there. I read that there was a Brazilian Churrascaria there. Brazilian Churrascaria is an all you can eat dinner which you are brought different kinds of meat to your table. I've been once in Korea and it was the most delicious meat I have ever had! But it is expensive!
As I continued on, I passed an alley where I saw girls taking pictures. Then I wondered why would you want to take pictures in an alley, so I stopped to see why they were taking pictures. On the walls was this amazing graffiti. I love murals/graffiti, as you say my post awhile ago from the village in Korea with all the murals.
After I snapped some pictures of the pretty art I walked back to the hostel. My intentions were just to go straight to the hostel. But then I decided to walk though Arab Street, since it's right beside my hostel and I still have not been there yet. I walked through some of the back alleys because I saw a guy taking photos so I figured it would be nice. And it was....
Singapore has so many buildings with vibrant colours. It's so inviting and warm and I love it. These are alleys and with the colours it looks a lot more lively. There are also little restaurants, coffee shops and shops in the alley.
After I took my photos in the alley I immediately went back to my hostel because I needed to rest in the a/c.
To be continued....
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