Thursday, September 13, 2007

Singapore in the Rain

First day in Singapore and it rained. After procuring a trusty umbrella from GIORDANO (they sell it for $6 if it's raining and $12 if it's sunny), I walked from Orchard Road (Wisma Atria) to Chinatown.

Pictured below is Raffles Hotel. The last time I was here in 1979, this hotel was so dark, dreary and deteriorated. I'm glad they fixed it.

Pictured below are images of chinatown including some of the sculptures at Sri Mariamman Temple in Singapore.

Pictured below is the set-up for the lantern festival at Riverside Point. This is the first time they are doing this as part of the Mid-Autumn Festivities. The people were setting these lanterns up in the rain, exposed wiring and all. It's a scene ripe for an electrocution but no such luck.

Views from the river (Clark Quay):

Pictured below is a durian sculpture and an atrium:

Pictured below is the Singapore art museum which features some Philippine Art in their permanent collection including works from Botong Francisco and Nunelucio Alvarado. The red dot museum featured more commercial art and winners of the red dot design competition. It is housed in the old firehouse which was converted to a multi-use property which also houses the museum.

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