21.05.2015 - 22.05.2015
The next morning I actually had a plan of where I wanted to go. Little India was the destination. Right outside the hostel at a nearby convenience store I saw some cool local specialties that caught my eye. Mushrooms, chili and dried shrimps were normal. Flying squirrel not so much.
Along the way to Little India there was heaps to see and worth stopping for. Art, churches, stunning architecture, and temples. Only slowly I could make my way onward. And wherever I walked it was clean. I knew it was a cliche well known about Singapore, but it was only at that point that I started to realize it was also true. I mean, just look at the sidewalk on the last of the following pictures.
The closer I got to Little India the more colorful the building became. The exotic atmosphere that district gave off was almost tangible. For lunch I checked out the hawker center there. Actually, all I ate was hawker food. It's delicious and cheap - what else could a traveler on a budget want? At the Tekka Center I saw how important religion can be. Next to all the hawker stores was a Buddhism praying station installed. I got myself lunch and then the store owner suddenly asked for a picture with me. Well, okay haha.
Strolled around Little India afterwards. Compared to the other parts of the town much more people were on the road and were or appeared busy. Little decorations on some of the buildings showed their religious origin. Little India was definitely a colorful district and fun to explore. Small stores on every corner and street sold all kind of stuff from jeans, sunglasses and watches to flowers, spices and fruits.
From Little India I headed towards Marina Bay again. Stopped by Suntec City Mall's Fountain of Wealth which serves as a hub for the shopping complex. During certain periods of the day, the fountain is turned off and visitors are invited to walk around a mini fountain at the center of the base to collect coins for good luck. It is also said that visitors who walk around the central base of the Fountain three times and touching the water at all times, would gain some good luck of their own. But what if multiple people walk in the opposite direction?
Right next to the water side behind the mall was the Formula 1 Circuit. Special about that circuit is that it is actually a public road. Not open to daily traffic but open to the public to jog on, stroll around or just take pictures like I was doing. Cool to imagine the racing cars speeding around the pavement where I was standing. Saw some group of oarsmen practicing on the water and sat on a bench and watched them until I realized it had already became evening. Looking over to the Marina Bay Sands hotel I could see the Singapore Flyer, the 165 meter high Ferris wheel. With the sunset already taking place, the whole scenery made up a good shot for my camera.
Drawn by the glowing Supertrees on the other side of the bay, I walked back to the spots of the day before with the only change that it was night. During the day the whole Marina Bay area and the Gardens by the Bay are masterfully-designed structures, but at night they really become alive. The Marina Bay Sands hotel, the Helix Bridge and of course the Supertrees all offered great opportunities for amazing pictures. To my surprise, there was a music and light show going on when I arrived at the platform to look at the Supertrees. To get a small impression of what I'm talking about make sure to check out the video I'll post at the end of this entry as a short recap of my impressions of Singapore so far.
Back the same way as the previous day, along the water side of Marina Bay, saying good night to the Merlion and then through the downtown district. Walking the entire day was tiring, but worth it when you really want to see a place. Because you never know what you might miss out on when you take the train.