Singapore, the heart of Asia

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article by: at: 16th Jun 2011 under: Singapore
Singapore - China Town

Local men playing and betting on the streets.

The air is hot an humid. Each step I take I get the sense of yet another smell so different, new and unknown. Fragrances of incense sticks and exotic foods are mixing up with the traffic and the noises of the metropolis. Singapore… Where the ancient traditions of the continent of the rising sun meet the achievements of the western world. Whenever I have the chance I love to spent a few days in this city full of contrasts. No city in Asia brings all the different oriental cultures so close together as one can see in Singapore.

I dive into the side streets of China Town with it’s hundreds of shops offering bizarre looking goods and pharmacies full of herbal medicines and elixir. I step inside Buddhist temples and watch men playing nine men’s morris and betting in the streets. On the river walk a group of athletes, dressed with the latest gear and iPods, are having a workout. In Little India a sweet aromatic smell is present everywhere. Shops full of flowers and blooms for sacrificial offerings are competing with their colours against the countless fruit stalls and the colourful dressing of the locals. A stroll through the Arab District is like entering another continent. The golden domed roofs of the mosques are reflecting the light of the setting sun while men sit down at the outside terraces of the bars to have a chat, having a cup of mint tea and smoking water pipes.

Sometimes it feels to me as if the heart of the world is beating in Singapore. Have a look into my recently added Singapore Image Gallery and take a virtual trip into this marvellous city.

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