After finishing an intense week of waking up bright and early (before 6 a.m. every morning!) and participating in meetings, lectures, worship, brainstorming, strategy meetings, and prayer until after 8 p.m. at night… I am tired! But, I had one full day (and last night) to explore a bit of Singapore.
Singapore is called the Lion City… Modern Singapore has many remnants from the time of British colonization (1823-1942) under the influence of Sir Stanford Raffles. I am going to Raffles Hotel tonight to have a drink and check out the history museum. From 1942-45, Singapore suffered under Japanese occupation (e.g. WWII) until the British regained control in 1945. The British maintained influence through 1959 when the first full Singaporean legislative elections were held.
Today Singapore is a bright city famous for its many multi-cultural neighborhoods, stunning views from the harbor, and its food! Last night I went out with my roommate and visited the brand new (and very expensive!) luxury hotel in Marina Bay. The view was stunning! We also caught a light and water show – which reminded me a little bit of Disney World… it was lovely!
Today, my adventures started in Little India. There are many South Asians in Singapore in addition to the many other ethnic groups including Chinese, Malay, Thai, and many others. I had lunch at a place called “Banana Leaf Restaurant” where I was served fresh coconut milk… chicken curry… semosas… It was fabulous! I walked around a bit and have been told that the neighborhood truly is a glimpse of India… Bright colors… fun little shops.
I then went to Chinatown. I am surprised how much I am using my Mandarin here. Everyday I have been treating myself to “zhen-zhou nai-cha” (Taiwan Bubble Milk Tea)… I am in heaven.
Tonight I am going to the “Night Safari” which may be a little touristy – but I’ve been told is one of a kind in the world. Hope I don’t get eaten by a lion!