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Mixed Street Adventures in Singapore
Few cities offer the level of excitement that Singapore does - when it comes to street explorations, that is...
The city feels close to perfection, boasts in richness and colour. Of course, it's multi-ethnic, multi-religious as well.
So, here comes - a mixed depiction of places, words about my experiences that I had while strolling on the streets of Singapore, following my Malaysian trip.
Mixed experiences, places and feelings that didn't fit into separate categories, so I decided to pack into a single article - here.
A typical Singaporean street
I couldn't stop exploring this time either. And, in the end, when I had to fly further, I felt as if I had left a piece of me there in "Lion City".
I'd love to return for the 3rd time and collect it!
Outram Park and the Pinnacle@Duxton Utopian Complex
The Pinnacle at Duxton housing complex
The island country has captured my heart and I'm still fascinated by the its diversity, whenever I browse back through my photos (and it has almost become an obsessive-compulsive photo browsing mania).
Because good memories live strongly in our mind and our soul, I feel as if this Singaporean escape has happened yesterday... or the day before yesterday.
But it's been almost 3 years since then! (Hey, this is a retro post, but most things stand the test of time for a long time, no worries).
The memory is still pretty much alive...
From the charming Singaporean girls to the exciting architecture... from the delicious foods to the feel of the hot damp tropical air, I can remember everything!
Let's dip in deeper now, shall we?
During this second trip to "Lion City", I spent some time in the Outram Park area.
A relatively quiet place with peculiar architecture.
This weird massive building (photos above and below...) is the utopian, monstrous Pinnacle at Duxton (or, Pinnacle@Duxton) residential complex.
I first came across the Pinnacle@Duxton near the CBD on my first exploration stroll in Singapore.
A few days later I was back in Singapore and I decided to explore the area around it. It felt weird, interesting.
Near a towery building...
I wouldn't call this massive concrete block complex beautiful, but it sure is interesting!
It's a "block complex", because it's composed of 7 connected house blocks. 1,848 apartments, 50-story. And I hear they have splendid views from up there...
Triangular terrace with green vegetation
At least there are green areas on terraces and on the top of the complex...
I couldn't live in such a concrete complex, unless it were just for a short period of time - for fun, for experimenting.
Would you live in such a building?
It has the population of a small town...
While I was exploring this area in the Outram zone, I sat down to have a brunch, but a cat kept harassing me. Probably in need of affection?
As a matter a fact, Singapore has quite an interesting cat community.
It took a while until the kitty left me alone, so I could contemplate the area's architecture.
Strange place with strange buildings, contrast here as well. It was also very quiet...
The external spiral staircases, the green-red-white-yellow-grey colours of the walls, the asymmetry of shapes makes this place so nice.
At first glance, it seems disorganized, chaotic.
But I reckon, the way they built these houses was rather an ingenious way of using space.
Lots of air ventilation systems. Without air conditioning, living there whould feel like in the jungle.
Again, just like in many other parts of "Lion City", I was able to enjoy multiple perspectives, multiple angles of the same places.
Anyway... here's another angle of the Pinnacle@Duxton from an old street... Look at how the monolithic (perhaps even utopian) phalanstery rises like a concrete monster in the background of the old shop houses...
Old buildings, shop houses with concrete phalanstery
Sri Thendayuthapani Temple
The gopuram of the temple
It was constructed in 1859 by the Hindu community of Singapore and it's dedicated to the six-faced Lord Subramaniam (Lord Murugan).
This temple also hosts the Thaipusam festival (it's also held at the Batu Caves in Malaysia).
During the festival, the protagonists puncture themselves with spears (ouch!). The ritual is linked to Lord Murugan, who was given a spear by Parvati to vanquish the evil demon Soorapadman.
I came across the Sri Thendayuthapani Temple by accident... While wandering and exploring the Chinatown and Outram areas.
Find it at 15 Tank Road...
And check the top religious sites of Singapore, it's worth planning from this perspective too.
I'd normally select what I consider the very best of the most interesting and I'd visit those.
From the religious sites' point-of-view, Singapore is like an intercontinental mix containing Chinese, Malay, Hindu, European, Arab and other sites.
More contrast on the photo below: skyscraper with a strong Asian fell, flat minimalist white house block, old grey Chinese shop house and the Sri Thendayuthapani Temple.
Nevertheless, it's a well-maintained temple that feels brand new.
They used modern restoration techniques. Airbrush or paint spray marks are abundant and the details are simply perfect.
There's more info and photos of the temple's interior on this website.
One some sides it's close to other buildings and narrow streets, making it hard to take photos of it.
One of the corners
Weird Striking Contrast and Traditional Architecture
Singapore is a land of contrast - as I've repeatedly said in other articles as well.
Colours, architectural styles, but also sizes are in strong contrast with each other...
I don't know how many times I saw this exact same complex of house blocks. But from different angles...
The building below has a slap in the face wild green colour. I'd say: poison green!
I get goose skin when I see such colours in abundance. It couldn't get much more unconvetional than this (in terms of colours, at least!).
Slap in the face poison green house block. Wicked phalanstery!
Of course, there is an abundance of old buildings. They seemed to pop-up almost everywhere I walked - not just strictly in the central area.
Oddly, the areas where old shop houses are found, felt rather deserted...
A quiet area. These are houses, but perhaps in the past they were intended for trade.
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Escape Hunter, the young solo traveler in his early 30's explores the World driven by curiosity, thirst for adventure, deep passion for beauty, love for freedom and diversity.
With a nuanced, even humorous approach to travel, an obsession for art and design, Escape Hunter prefers to travel slowly, in order to learn and "soak up" the local atmosphere...
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