Saturday, August 19, 2017

SE Asia 2017 - Day 6 (8/19/2017) - Chinatown and Singapore Night Festival

Today got off to an even later start, as I took some time to catch up on my travelogue and pictures, as well as some other lingering matters from home.  I didn't leave the hotel until after 1pm.  My first stop was lunch at a restaurant around the corner called Herbivore.  It is a vegetarian restaurant with a fascinating menu of mostly Japanese food, but also has a few Western options.  Their menus are presented on iPads.  I ordered the Tonkatsu Bento and a Pink Fusion soda; the meal (not so much the drink) was the most satisfying that I have had in a long time.

Buddha Tooth Relic Temple

I then took the train from Bugis (DT14) to the Telok Ayer station (DT18) to go see a couple of Buddhist temples in Chinatown.  It had drizzling outside as I exited the subway.  I first went to Thian Hock Keng, then Budda Tooth Relic Temple; the latter was by far the more impressive of the two.  I then casually strolled to the Chinatown MRT station (NE4/DT19) and took the Downtown line in the opposite direction back to Rochor (DT13).  I was back in the room at 4:30pm for a bit of a rest.

Singapore Night Festival - Convolutions (NMS Fa├žade)

My rest turned into an accidental nap until 7:30pm.  I went back out a little later, walking to Shots & Scoops to get a little ice cream and chat with Zhihui a bit while she was on dinner break.  After leaving there I intended to take the bus down to the Singapore River area and hop on a late river cruise.  However, I noticed while walking to the bus stop that there was a cool light display going on the next street over.  I walked over there and found out that it was part of the Singapore Night Festival, so I decided to check that out instead.

Singapore Night Festival - The Standing Men

My festival exploration took me through the National Museum of Singapore and by the Singapore Art Museum before I decided to call it a night.  I arrived back at Hotel G sometime around 11pm.



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