My first stop was Tainan City – the southern part of Taiwan. Weather is pretty much like Singapore where the sun greets you everyday. Only difference is that it’s actually cooler there, so we don’t really perspire much even after walking for hours under the sun, clad in a jacket. But I guess the UV is much stronger as I get tanned within a day.
This potted plant is just outside the room where we stayed in Tainan – fanning out to the morning sun.
I’m back from my Taiwan trip :( Here’s a little backlog update so you guys know that I’m still alive.. Didn’t make any posts as I was too tired from all the sightseeing and shopping for the past 16 days.
There’s Hakase filling up the arrival card for me. More photos of the trip will be up within the next few days. Stay tuned.. :)
Oh yes, many Singaporeans (mostly the elder people or what we call aunties and uncles) love to attend food fairs or places where there are unlimited food samples.
While it is understandable that we would only buy the stuff that suits our tastebuds, these cheapos love to go around sampling every free food that they come across. It’s like a part of our culture that whenever these cheapos want to buy a food product, we’ll hear them requesting for a sample first. On some occasions, even if the food tastes good, or it’s to their liking, they still have no intention of buying. Instead, they’ll probably pop more of those samples and have their kids to have it before strolling off.
These el-cheapos make up part of the ugly Singaporeans.
Many Singaporeans are paying up to millions of dollars to live “in the air”. With a shortage of land, the only way to accommodate 5 million people in a small city named Singapore is to have as many people on the same land area as possible. This is a very common sight island-wide; seeing blocks of apartments everywhere in a 360º turn.
The price of a standard HDB (bought directly from the government) with a 90m² floor area costs as much as a bungalow in America. Prices depend on the district as well; up to 3 times more expensive in mature districts such as Tampines. The same applies to our bodies / ashes. Land is scarce and we can’t afford to pay for the land for burials. Inflation affects us even when we’re dead; placing our ashes on a shelf in a temple costs as much as 15,000 SGD.
When it was announced that Singapore’s projected population is to reach 7 million in 2030, many Singaporeans voiced their opinions in online polls to the government. Overcrowding is already an issue now and we are still adopting an open-immigration system. Cost of living, especially housing, is expected to rocket over the next few years. Nothing is being done to address citizens’ concerns while the country (city) is focusing on GDP growth.
What for, when many Singaporeans can’t cope with inflation. Not when the cost of everything rise but not our salary.
Lunar New Year is just 2 weeks away and Chinatown is even livelier than usual during this period – with lots of people shopping for Chinese New Year decorations and goodies. The closer we get to Lunar New Year, the cheaper the goods get and people hurrying down for some last minute shopping. Things get really bad the day before and it’ll take like 10 minutes just to walk 100m. It wouldn’t even be considered “walking” anymore.
Like Little India, Chinatown is one of the cultural places to visit in Singapore. There are lots of people and road stalls around even on normal days (not Lunar New Year). Sad to say but this year’s street decorations are kinda ugly and disappointing (as compared to previous years).
Singapore Common Sights #2 – Hanged Laundry
Since most Singaporeans stay in HDB, the “affordable” housing, we hang our laundry to dry on a bamboo stick like this. You’ll see this sight everywhere except in the central shopping district.
That was my neighbour’s laundry by the way.
I have decided to start on a Common Sights project, a one-photo post with a scene that people in Singapore will come across almost on a daily basis.
Singapore Common Sights #1 – Roadworks
Our government has decided by themselves that a small city of just 710km² will grow to 7 million population by 2030. Right now, expanding our existing roads and paving the way for new Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) tracks are one of the top priorities to ensure that commuters are able to get to work on time and
Since it’s a rush for time, you are bound to come across one or two roadworks while on the streets.
This time round, I headed to Jurong East (Yuhua Community Centre) for the PMET‘s “Portraits of People Around Us” photography event last Saturday. It was raining / drizzling the whole afternoon and I stuck to the neighbourhood areas. It might be due to the rain, but there wasn’t a lot of people around this district. Since it was a public event and up to hundreds of photographers were going around to shoot, the townsfolk probably didn’t feel too comfortable and one of the young photographer ended up with a scolding instead. The only closeup shots I took were of children.