Sunday, October 9, 2016

Half-Day Tour of Singapore

The Lobby of the Royal Plaza Hotel
We didn't stay in this beautiful place, we just met our tour bus here,
but we got a glimpse of how the other half lives.

Our first stop on the tour was Little India. 
They are preparing for a special celebration of Deepavali the 29th of this month.

Deepavali dazzles with the most intense of colours - rich saffron and turmeric - illuminated by the light of a thousand oil lamps.

I love seeing other cultures and their handicrafts.


Celebrated by Hindus across the world to mark the triumph of good over evil and light over darkness, the symbolism of Deepavali is aptly summed up in the simple act of lighting an oil lamp.
And this is precisely what thousands of Hindu families all around Singapore do, turning their homes into enclaves of warm golden light even as they offer prayers, exchange gifts and share sweetmeats with each other.

The Raffles Hotel is named for Sir Stamford Raffles who was the founder of Singapore

The Marina Bay Sands Hotel with viewing deck on top

The architecture in Singapore is truly a thing of incredible beauty. 

The second stop on our tour was Marina Bay
where you can view the many architectural wonders of Singapore.

Our third stop was Chinatown. 
As we were walking down the street, this darling family came up to us "Hello missionaries."  They were excited to see us.
Jake & Kari Carlson are from California.  Jake is an attorney and Kari homeschools the children.  They decided to quit their job, sell most of their belongings and take a "Year- long trip around the world".  The ultimate homeschool experience.  They were in week 8 of their trip. 

The last stop on our tour was this magnificent National Orchid Garden.
  It's beauty speaks for itself.

The end of an interesting tour. 
We enjoyed the beauty and peaceful feeling that is in this garden.

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