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Orchard Road, Singapore.

Bonus Picture - Selfies are now found everywhere here. Singapore.
Bonus Picture – Selfies are now found everywhere here. Singapore.

If I’m a Singaporean, I will be singing “this is home truly” right now. Unlike many travelers the tiny red dot city state Singapore, I lived here for 6 years, so I can be considered a local. To many, Singapore is known for food, cleanliness and efficiency; I, on the other hand, remember a very different list of things about this place. One quirky thing is their annual tradition composing new patriotic national songs to celebrate their independence day. To many outsiders, this may seems like a propaganda act by the government. However, Singaporeans love this practice and many can proudly recite all the songs even after a couple of (really expensive. seriously.) shots. Could you say something is propaganda if it really works? DoubleSpeak yo.

Anyway, here are some shots I took while walking down the fame Orchard Road. Singapore is a city that never stops moving, and you can see from the non-stop crowd and ever-changing cityscape. It has been only 5 years since I left this Lilliputian island, yet I can’t name you half the skyscrappers here. Don’t look at me – my local friends can’t name them either. If you need directions, hail the foreign looking backpackers. They probably are the only ones who have a map and know where they are. Trust me, I was one of them.

MRT (subway) in Singapore.
MRT (subway) in Singapore.
I can't fit the high-rising HDB flats (apartments) into my frame. Singapore.
I can’t fit the high-rising HDB flats (apartments) into my frame. Singapore.
You can easily distinguish the more luxirious condominiums. Singapore.
You can easily distinguish the more luxirious condominiums. Singapore.
Rows of apartments. Singapore.
Rows of apartments. Singapore.
Crowded streets. Orchard Road, Singapore.
Crowded streets. Orchard Road, Singapore.
Broken escalator in Tangs. Orchard Road, Singapore.
Broken escalator in Tangs. Orchard Road, Singapore.
Rows of shopping malls. Orchard Road, Singapore.
Rows of shopping malls. Orchard Road, Singapore.
A city that never stops. Orchard MRT station, Singapore.
A city that never stops. Orchard MRT station, Singapore.
Indoor Rainbow. Ion Orchard, Singapore.
Indoor Rainbow. Ion Orchard, Singapore.
Can't cease to find crowded cafes. Wheelock Place, Singapore.
Can’t cease to find crowded cafes. Ion Orchard, Singapore.
Still one of my favorite buildings after all these years. Wheelock Place, Singapore.
Still one of my favorite buildings after all these years. Wheelock Place, Singapore.
Can't get more efficient than that arrangement. Wheelock Place, Singapore.
Can’t get more efficient than that arrangement. Wheelock Place, Singapore.
I don't recognize that tall building in the background. Things are too darn fast here. Orchard Road, Singapore.
I don’t recognize that tall building in the background. Things are too darn fast here. Orchard Road, Singapore.
Keep moving forward. Orchard Road, Singapore.
Keep moving forward. Orchard Road, Singapore.

This is the first of all backlogged stuff, so bear with me. Even though I lived here a long time ago for a not short time, I don’t know much about the famous places in Singapore. It might be a sin, but I never stepped into Newton Hawker Center and I used to live right next to that. I also have no idea how Chilli crab tastes like, or how Katong Laksa look like, and I heard the well known Ng Ah Sio Bak Kut Teh isn’t even Bak Kut Teh. :P

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