'Twas 6 something in the morning
, my eyes are glued shut with sleep but i manage to eventually pry them open, head for the shower and so begins S'pore Road Trip Aug '06...
Had quite a buzz of excitement over the whole trip. For some reason, the both of us just really needed a break from the existential cycle of eat-sleep-work. Boarding the bus with closed eyes and open minds, we were clueless as ever as to what exactly we were going down for but happy as ever to be doing it all the same.
5 hours flew (or more like drove *hee*)
by quite quickly considering that it was a rainy day..
..and that all i had to stare at for that duration of time was..
Anyways, we finally arrived at the drop-off where we wandered around a bit looking for the lrt station and met up with my daddy for lunch *hugs dad*
. After dropping our bags off at my uncle's place, cleaning up, and realising that i didn't have Matthias' mobile number and had no other way of contacting him in S'pore (nOOoooOOoo)
, Ray and i decided to head down to Ochard Rd. to wander aimlessly and hopefully get some retail therapy *Yays!*
So walk walk walk to the station then we wait for the bus. This is when we encounter"Queer Sinagporean Item No. 1: The Smellie Pits Man"
Thankfully, i was standing far far away from these two *hehehe* the guy will kill me if he ever comes to my blog :D
On the bus, we encountered"Queer Sinagporean Item No. 2: Evil Manga Eyed Girl"
The combination of excessive bus travel and lack of sleep must have got to me. i could've sworn i was temporarily possesed by a manga-wannabe-12-year-old-girl *cringe*
So we're walking around, smiling like sleepy blur people just trying to tap into the city vibe there. My camera's out, itching to snap away so i obliged and shot this staple "looking-up-a-glass-facade-building" shot.
Ends up we stumbled into this place called That CD Shop
which i just fell in love with. Ray liked the hot salesgirls in sleek black, i loved the racks and racks of jazz/world/lounge CDs *sighs*
got stuck there for a bit *hee*
and ended up acquiring a nice little pile of cds (kudos to Ray for putting up with me!), which incidently were the only real purchases i made throughout the trip.
Ray wanted to check out some Gundam model shops so we hoped on a bus again and went to Plaza something. All browsing done, it was time to feed on queer S'porean cuisine. This is precisely when we came across this.."Queer Sinagporean Item No. 3: Egg Balls (seriously, that's what they're called!)"
Ray couldn't stop laughing at 'em. Haha especially when they were in the bag and looked rather *em* flesh coloured.. hahaha so wrong wei.. but ahh the novelty of it all. *hee* A bit of walking round and it was time to meet up with Matthias for dinner. Felt quite weird at first to meet up with someone whom i've only known online so far - it felt both familar and the foreign at the same time. Matt was a dear and we got along great the whole trip :D My first deviant.meet ever! *whee*
The Dhoby Gaut LRT station - i like the lights :)
Went for the fireworks that night... twas beautiful albeit a tad messy at times but good all the same . i forgot how much i loved watching twinkling lights streak across the black sky before bursting and showering the night with colourful spakles and stars. *happy sigh* Didn't bring my tripod thought so couldn't shoot anything. Took some videos instead! Might upload em here soon :D
After the fireworks had ended, the smoke had settled, and most of the people had moved away, the backdropped remained. A city in its splendour, dressed for the occasion, laying silently unapplauded in the shadow of the fireworks. And at once, it was both awake and asleep, both alive and dead.
A veil of light in the solemn sky... and Singapore sleeps.
*Please click on the photo thumbnail to see a bigger pic of this pano shot i took of the S'pore cityline off the Marina Bay area. Alternatively CLICK HERE to see the FULL-SIZED version of this shot. This thumbnail is pathetically small - sorry ;p*