Impressions of Singapore

I and my girlfriend Nga have just come back from a short vacation in Singapore. At least for me, previous visits have been focused on buying electronics, but this time it was a rather more Chinese experience, reminiscent of our time in Beijing. Our hotel was very close to the MRT (subway) which took us everywhere we wanted to go.

Singapore MRT
Waiting for the MRT

The first stop was obviously Orchard Street where Nga was shopping for clothes while I was primarily looking for Chinese music and books. My expression when I laid eyes on the 3-story HMV store is rather telling (taken covertly, I can’t fake this kind of stupid).

Staring at HMV
Is this heaven?

I spent many hours in the Chinese section and eventually bought some of my favorite albums by artists Mayday (五月天), Jay Chou (周杰倫) and Eason Chan (陳奕迅). At Kinokuniya I bought a traditional Chinese-English dictionary which I’ve been wanting for a long time (and couldn’t find in Beijing).

At Kinokuniya bookstore
Looking at dictionaries

Nga was equally successful with the shopping agenda...

Pretty woman
Pretty woman, walking down the street

The above picture is taken on Sentosa, the gimmicky theme park island where we spent half a day. It’s clearly intended for a younger audience, but what made it all worth the trip was seeing two Buddhist monks wearing 3D glasses riding the “Extreme Log Ride” simulator... (sorry no pictures)

One major point about going to Singapore was to be able to see John Woo’s Red Cliff (赤壁) and that was not a disappointment. In Singapore it shows with both Chinese and English subtitles which is necessary as parts of the dialogue are in incomprehensible (to us anyway) classical Chinese. It’s one of few movies where Nga hasn’t fallen asleep and we recommend it to everyone! I’m eagerly waiting for part 2 which is supposedly coming in January 2009...

Everyone has to eat, which I happen to enjoy doing. At a restaurant called 麵麵俱到 I ate the best dumplings I have ever tasted: vegetarian open-mouthed dumplings (開口素餃).

The best dumplings I have eaten

I’ve never eaten meat dumplings, but these dumplings were so good that I came back to eat them a second time. I asked the waiter about the origin of this kind of dumpling and she said it was something they had just made up. In passing she listed the ingredients, including eggs... I had actually thought it was ground tofu since it neither tasted like eggs nor had any visible yolk. The upside is that I won’t have to go back to Singapore just for the food. The perfect vegan dumpling has yet to be found.

In summary, we had a wonderful time in Singapore, but it’s nice to be back in Hanoi too. About Vietnam, I promise that some pictures are coming before I go back to Sweden...

8 thoughts on “Impressions of Singapore

  1. Det var ett fint blogginlägg och du är en fin människa och jag älskar dig och saknar dig och kom tillbaka nån gång för helvete då ju.


  2. 你好 无意中发现你这里 请问你会讲中文吗? 如果可以的话 想向你请教一些音乐上的问题。

  3. How did you fall in love with Chinese songs while origin from western country? I though western songs have their own charms. Do you sing in Karaoke?

  4. I started listening to Chinese music while studying Mandarin in Beijing. Growing up I mostly listened to western music so Chinese music feels “fresh” in comparison. Even if Chinese pop and rock music is influenced by their western counterparts (I enjoy traditional Chinese music just as little as I enjoy classical western music) good music is good music no matter what language it is performed in. Yes, I do enjoy karaoke very much and it’s a great pity that there are no karaoke parlors in Sweden...

  5. Karaoke is great invention many many years ago, think was by Japanese, they loves singing while drinking! It gives everyone chances to perform, express or even a way to vent a person’s mood. Think every country should have this kind of event. For business opportunity seekers, it might be a good news for bringing Karaoke into Sweden without competitors! LOL.

  6. Hiya.I am a chinese in singapore.

    [email address removed]

    add me if you wanna make friends with me as well : )

    I wonder whether you can speak chinese.

    Haha.I am not good at english.honestly~

  7. hey, accidentally found your blog when i was looking for way to download chinese songs by using emule. nice blog! it seems that you are fully indulged in chinese cultures 🙂 i’m a chinese from malaysia. able to speak and write both chinese and eng. nice to meet u!

  8. Hi there, chanced upon your blog while looking around for some WP widgets..Congrats on your engagement and hope you had fun in Singapore (I’m located in Singapore currently)

    It’s interesting to see how you have such great interest in Chinese and its culture. Keep it going =)

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