Friday, January 9, 2009

Pampered in Singapore

The airport here in Singapore really pampers the traveler -- and for those with long layovers there is plenty to do. There's a free shuttle into the city -- which takes about 35-40 minutes -- depending on traffic, there are free nap areas, free gaming, massage, a free movie theater with comfortable seats that shows films 24 hours a day, free WI-FI, tons and tons of free internet portals -- and lots and lots of shops.

This is my third visit to Singapore and it is always a pleasure to spend a few hours or a few days here.

Yesterday, I visited the Singapore Art Museum, where there was a new exhibition on modern Korean paintings. One painter, Kim Tschang Yeul, uses droplets of water on his still wet oil canvas to create an amazing transparency. The sprinkles of water give his paintings lots of depth and texture.

Water and oil mix well in this medium.

Before the art museum, I stopped by two temples -- one Hindu, the Sri Krishnan Temple, and the Chinese temple, The Goddess of Mercy. They are almost side-by-side -- located on Waterloo Street in the City Center.

The photo on the right is one of two statues that guard the entrance to the temple. There is a rather large Hindu population in Singapore.


Eric said...

Nice photos. Do you know what are the flowers sold in the first photo? They almost look like some sort of lotus blossom.
Just make sure you don't spit on the sidewalk on your foray into town!

Radio Nomad said...

I believe they are lotus blossoms, just before they open. I was quite taken by them. Chewing gum, too, is a no-no!