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The Day of Adventure
We grabbed a cab for Chinatown and J knew enough about it ( after one visit I think) to land us in a very good restaurant for lunch.
Fortified, we struck out in the midday sun to check out shops - a store with breathtaking jade and another with a good selection of tea were the ones that pulled us in. Further wandering led us, however, to a much more spectacular site -that of a Buddhist Temple, the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple. At this temple there was a significant chant service going on and we were privy to enter the main hall to see and hear it...even take pictures.
The structure of this temple is impressive with 4 elaborate floors. The first floor, pictured above, was enormously extravagant in icons and gilt.
After listening and appreciating for a while we began to explore the building further. We found a very fine museum on the 3rd floor depicting the life of the Buddha. However, when it was suggested my skirt was too short for the very important 4th floor, I happily, tiredly, passed.
Above you see that we headed for a cool drink and a warranted sit down.
The day was gorgeous and hot but at about the time we had both given out and it was time to get back for M's pick up a day school anyway, a formidable storm began brewing. we waited in a cab line watching the clouds and hearing the thunder and surely using up some valuable good luck chips got the very last cab before the heavens really REALLY opened. This was my first view of a Singapore WOW storm. It was beyond wonderful to see it from the cab and later from the hotel's hospitality room with a hot tea in hand.
and that ends the day of adventure! ( but for better reporting by far go to joliejam.blogspot.com)
The Day of Adventure
Anticipating a day on our own with all babies safely tended to and the hours from M's drop off at school until time to pick her up thusly covered, J and I called it Our Day of Adventure.
It was a roasting hot day so after the walk with M to school, I changed clothes to a less than lovely but respectable ( I thought until my skirt, just above the knee, was deemed too short for a special Buddhist Temple site) and above all cool.
We started then off in an icy cab to Little India.
Not being an fan of Indian food and not knowing India at all, I was not overly keen on going there but, like many of life's lessons, was surprised and happy to be so.
When we arrived it was too early for many of the shops but, walking around, we came upon a truly impressive Indian temple, Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple ( take that spellcheck! ) As J writes in her blog, it was exotic and very much like being off traveling and, since I indeed am off traveling, very satisfying as well.
We explored the fresh market, the huge clothing floor upstairs from it and I just sort of goggled at all of it. We made some purchases ( see joliejam.blogspot.com for more and better coverage of this!) then moved on to Chinatown.
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Sunday, November 07, 2010
In Chinese Garden
This pretty building is the entrance to a beautiful bonsai garden. As you see above, the garden is majestically exposed at the entrance via a window that could easily be mistaken for a painting.
Regretfully i have no pictures from the garden having become, in the noon day Singapore sun, a shade seeking missile.