Sunday, February 19, 2012

Lazy Weekend (Day 1)

My first weekend in Singapore - I must admit, I didn't 'do' a lot. But that's the nice part of being here for three months, I don't have to do everything at once.
So I did sleep in on Saturday only to be woken up by this loud noise: rain! And as expected not only a light drizzle, but a downpour! I had already rained a few times last week, but this time it didn't stop after 10 or 15 minutes but kept up for almost four hours. No sense in going out in the rain, I'd be soaking wet before I'm even out of the front gate. So instead I stayed in and read up on a few things.
I finally left around 4pm and walked to Orchard Road - around 15 minutes from my apartment.

Photo from Wikipedia

Orchard Road is 'shopping mekka' with shops no end, all the labels you'd expect (and some you don't - more than 2000) and plenty of shopping malls (22 by the latest count!). As wikitravel states: "Weekends in the area are often packed with locals and visitors alike out to consume en masse". I can only agree (the photo above must have been taken early on a weekday...). And of course it's not only crowded, hot and humid, but also noisy - traffic, loud music from the shops and even construction work going on. I decided to do people-watching and leave the serious shopping for another day... 

What I DID find was an art supply store - yay! So I bought some mineral spirit, but didn't find painting boards. Will have to look further for them...


  1. What a wonderful adventure! I love hearing about it all! So glad you found an art store. Lucky lucky you! and lucky us for getting to hear all about it.

  2. Wow! I can't even imagine sooo many stores in one area! Glad you found an art store (that would be my favorite!). I wonder why the painting boards were not there? Seems rather basic. Anyway, I am enjoying your trip! Your apartment looks good. Only one pot?!! More shopping ahead!

  3. What a great place to watch people and take picture! Wow! I like your apartment also. Are you feeling lonely? Are the people being nice to you? I am thinking of you. If you have time and it doesn't cost a fortune could you send me a post card? don't bother if it's to much trouble. Your blog is great. I can't wait to see your first painting.


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