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the tip of Sultans Mosque over the storefronts
After a much needed late start, I stepped out into the sauna that is Singapore. It was hot and muggy and the air just wraps itself around you. The locals seem absolutely fine with the temperature; the tourists look all disheveled and exhausted. It's retail overload...all over! There's mall after mall after mall. Imagine Jersey squeezed onto Manhattan. BUT, the malls are a welcome retreat from the streets for the sole fact of aircon (and toilets)!
Stumbling off the bus at Bugis Junction, I bypassed the first shopping centre enroute to a golden topped roof standing prominently above storefronts below.
"Sultans Mosque," the largest in Singapore. seems randomly out of place in a city setting. That is, until you turn the corner around back and are bombarded with food stalls and canal-type streets lined with niknacks and clothing.
a side view of the mosque
There seems to be a whole little mini village around the mosque. Fun fact: did you know that the slanted roof over cleansing areas was not originally an architecturally deliberate choice? The roves became slanted due to bombs slopping the ground when they fell. At Sultans Mosque, the women pray upstairs, always separate from the men. The large chandelier at the front of the prayer room is in the direction of Mecca and is always faced while praying.
Already in need of a break from the heat, I grabbed an iced coffee from Starbucks (don't judge) and refueled before the journey into pungent Little India. Discount/knock off store heaven! Shopping is unavoidable in Singapore, but I'm doing my best to be frugal. The sidewalks are covered with storefronts spilling over, so one often has to walk in the streets.
around Sultans Mosque
There's not a ton of variety in the types of stores, but one has a million choices of where to go! Onward to Little India's temples!
 "Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple," dedicated to Kali, the incarnation of Lord Siva's wife Meenachi. This was the first temple in Singapore dedicated to Meenachi and was erected in 1855. When war broke out in 1942, the temple served as a refuge for locals, and Kali was then also seen as a protector.
"Leong San Buddhist Temple,"  began as a lodge for treating the sick, but grew into an elaborate temple. A school was started to help teach the local children, which is still connected to the temple in back.
"Sakya Muni Buddha Gaya Temple," was originally just a zinc and wood shelter that housed a statue of Buddha. As its popularity grew, so did its building (and Buddha...now 300 tons!)

I'm sure there's plenty of temples I've missed, but perhaps Chinatown will produce more. I'll work on uploading the pictures, but this computer is kind of slow and uploading, so I may have to go to an internet cafe at somepoint where they have updated computers.
talllady6 says:
Quite a week! I've been looking for your comments elsewhere so glad to find this entry. I'm most amazed at the influences of the West - so much English and Western dress. Mention your experiences with language in your travels - would love to hear about that!
Posted on: Sep 20, 2009
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the tip of Sultans Mosque over the…
the tip of Sultans Mosque over th…
a side view of the mosque
a side view of the mosque
around Sultans Mosque
around Sultans Mosque
lots of little streets with little…
lots of little streets with littl…
some of the food stalls around the…
some of the food stalls around th…
the entrance
the entrance
blindingly hot...thank goodness fo…
blindingly hot...thank goodness f…
the prayer hall...tourist are NOT …
the prayer hall...tourist are NOT…
more of the front
more of the front
and the left side
and the left side
the pedestrian walk that leads awa…
the pedestrian walk that leads aw…
road closures for ramadan?
road closures for ramadan?
what appears a subtle entrance to …
what appears a subtle entrance to…
it just amused me....for obvious r…
it just amused me....for obvious …
a buddha outside a restaurant...pe…
a buddha outside a restaurant...p…
streets of Little India!
streets of Little India!
Little India is insanely bright an…
Little India is insanely bright a…
Happy Deevali? I think...
Happy Deevali? I think...
glass statues ontop of Sri Veerama…
glass statues ontop of Sri Veeram…
the temple dedicated to Kali
the temple dedicated to Kali
Kali stands for the wife of Lord S…
Kali stands for the wife of Lord …
This was the first temple in singa…
This was the first temple in sing…
Sakya Muni Buddha Gaya Temple
Sakya Muni Buddha Gaya Temple
originally just a zinc and wooden …
originally just a zinc and wooden…
now it houses a 300 ton buddha
now it houses a 300 ton buddha
up close and personal at Sakya Muni
up close and personal at Sakya Muni
its a rather ferocious greeting, …
it's a rather ferocious greeting,…
Leong San Buddhist Temple
Leong San Buddhist Temple
I felt awkward getting too close b…
I felt awkward getting too close …
Originally used to house the sick
Originally used to house the sick
then became a school...the school …
then became a school...the school…
uh...i dont remember which one th…
uh...i don't remember which one t…
the last weekend at Vagabond! Me a…
the last weekend at Vagabond! Me …
Me and my British flatmates
Me and my British flatmates
Singapore
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