Thursday, August 07, 2008

A walk to the unusual

"Visit the zoo. It's one of the best in the world. Go cycling to Pulau Ubin. Eat Chilly crab. Have roti prata at Jalan Kayu. Walk through the CBD. Walk through Chinatown. Walk down Serangoon road on a weekend. Walk through the trails at Bukit Timah Reserve. Take the bungee jump at Clarke Quay. Check out the Armenian church, and the Mariamman temple. Take a trek trough Labrador Park. Walk around in MacRitchie reservoir in the morning. Visit the Times bookstore in Vivo City. Actually there are tons of things to do......and blowing money at Sentosa and Orchard road are not among them." - Soham Pablo, Life and other wierd things

I got this from the blog of an expat who lived in Singapore over the period of 1996 to 1997 and 2007 to 2008. He had a gripping post on Singapore's flaws and positive points.

As locals, we always complained that Singapore is mundane and drab. Yet, most Singaporeans are unlikely to have visited most of the places in this short extract. I certainly did not for all the years I had lived here.


Instead of lamenting on how the shopping malls in Singapore are homogeneous, we should visit the little nooks of our country. Take the treetop walk at MacRitchie Reservoir, take photos at fullerton hotel, visit the temples... We should move out of our comfort zones of air-conditioned shopping malls.

We can grumble about our homeland or we can take a step and make our lives more exciting.

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