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Fun, but noisy

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I may have mentioned that I work next to a Temple. The temple owns our building in fact with the lower floors reserved for the Chinese Association that runs the temple, and the top 3 floors (it’s only 5 stories tall) rented out to other people like our company.

It’s the temple’s 88th year anniversary, and if you know 8 is a lucky number in Chinese, so 88 is doublely so. Lots of parties and blessings happening around here.

This video was taken from my office window. Notice how loud it is? That’s what I listen to most of the afternoon this week. They are set up stage do to Chinese plays for the temple gods. No audience (at least not that we can see) but for the spirits. Full blast Chinese WAILING (aka Singing). It’s not great.

Nap time

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Napping workers

I can’t blame these workers one bit for catching some zzzz’s. You will see this often around mid-afternoon. The workers get up and start early, and then take a siesta in the mid day heat. They will grab nearby cardboard to make a mat, kick off the shoes, and grab some shut eye. Honestly, I don’t know how they work outside all day the way the do, it must be grueling.

Piece of History

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Raffles Hotel

Established in 1887 the Raffles Hotel is a legend in Singapore. It’s a monument to a time long gone in on the island. I think perhaps this combines some of the best of the old world architecture with some of nicer things of our current times, like air conditioned rooms! The architecture and design is classic and always nice to pass by. As you can see, it lights up nice at night as well :)

Uncles and checkers

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Outside¬†Buddha tooth temple is a covered area with fixed tables with playing boards etched into the tops. All day long, Uncles gather to have a smoke, catch up with friends, and relax while playing games. It only takes two to play, but there’s always an audience on the sidelines….

Satay Street

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We love going to La Pau Sat for Chili Crab and Satay. It’s a little more pricey than some other locations, but when we have guests you get a lot of bang for your buck with the Atmosphere. Satay street is a road during the day, but every evening it’s blocked to cars and they put out long tables for everyone to sit at. Of course the flames and rows of Satay make great photos, and the cooks take full advantage of their photo moments….

Satay Street

Buddha tooth temple

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Buddha tooth temple

We’ve visited¬†Buddha tooth temple many times, it’s a great place to visit with guests. For the firs time we found out you can go to the upper levels and on the roof is small, but nice garden. In the center is a very large prayer wheel, which you turn. I got lucky and snapped a pic of the little girl both praying, and I suspect, having a little fun in the process :)

Guest from DC

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Our friend Tako paid us a visit last week. He was on his way to Burma and stopped off for a visit. As always, what do we do with guests? We feed them…We took the tour around the downtown and settled into some chicken rice (for lunch) and Chili Crab (for dinner) Good times as always. But no fishead curry this time…Tako, you’ll have to pay us another visit.

Hot weather, spicy food.

Hot weather, spicy food.

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