|The AG's Chambers, which is next to this giant hotel|
|Behind it, Hong Leong Complex.|
|Not a hall of mirrors, but a corridor of waterfeatures, frangipanis and pillars|
|You think it was built by giants|
|Maybe it was|
|Mosque street, so named because of the mosque|
|Simple, beautiful lines of the mosque's architecture|
|Just across from the mosque, every whiskey from every corner of the globe|
I take public transport every day. I like taking public transport. It is clean, and busy and i get to see all kinds of people. They throng all about.
After my walk in Chinatown, i went for a simple snack with a friend. We chatted about how crazy Singapore had become. Pockets of sanity are great, but yesterday i was feeling really miserable because of the agas in Marine Parade. Because the place was now a noisy mess. So far the really nice places i have been in are:-
The market in Ang Mo Kio
Chinatown - away from the crowds
Serangoon Road, Little India, the night market
The City Hall area
Not Gardens by the Bay
Not every goddamned shopping centre
Not Marina Bay Sands
What do the places i love have in common? They are places which people are allowed to get on with it. Places where the government does it job - provide running water, trash collection, the infrastructure - and people are just allowed to do their own thing. These places put people first - THAT it what they have in common. They have not improved anything - i mean they tried to improve Macritchie and that was actually NOT an improvement - apart from the outdoors showers - it's just like Marine Parade, they tried to improve and sanitise it and just improved the living daylights out of it. Just learn to leave the good bits alone!!! There is no need to go around improving things that do not need improvement!!!! You know most of the work in Singapore is done - because everything has been built on. The ONLY thing the government needs to do now is maintain it with some kind of sensitivity. Their question whenever they are about to 'improve' or 'upgrade' something should be: Will this contribute to the well-being of the people? If the answer is no, then just fucking leave it alone. Also, they need to ask, will it destroy the character of the place, will it destroy the thing which makes the place what it is? For a place like Marine Parade, it would have been the solitude and the breeze. For Macritchie it would be the smell of the rainforest and the peace and quiet. For Serangoon Road it would be the aliveness, the hustle and bustle, the toing and the froing. Just fucking keep a place clean, paint it up, clear the trash, keep the water going and then step back and leave people to it. There is no need to demolish the place and put a giant shopping centre in its place. And sometimes places SHOULD be hard to get to. Like Macritchie. Because that means very few people go to it and that means that it is looked after by its inaccessibility. It is not rocket science.
I am now covered in huge ugly welts because of the agas bites and am popping anti histamines. They really do help. Why do insects love eating me? I wasn't even expecting insects at the beach in Singapore.