Singapore. It keeps calling me. Small – but big. A bustling metropolis – but super clean. People have asked me if the rumors about chewing gum being illegal there are true. In a way… yes. Gum was banned in Singapore in 1992. The importing or sale of gum was banned as well. That’s one of the reasons the city stays so spotless. So it may not be a good idea to smuggle any Bazooka or Trident Spearmint into Singapore please. Unless you would like to risk a fine.
This trip to Singapore was planned for a while. I wanted to be there for Hari Raya this time. Everyone told me it was a must for a photographer or cinematographer. Or for anyone who likes to eat exotic food. Hmmm… I’m there buddy.
After fasting for the month of Ramadan, Muslims in Singapore celebrate Hari Raya by savoring spicy foods like beef rendang, ketupat, nasi padang and curry puffs, donning brand new colorful clothing and paying respect to their elders.
On the eve of Hari Raya I checked out an area in Singapore known as Geylang, a festive neighborhood where Malay people crowd into sweaty tents to browse bazaars and pick out a last minute baju melayu, the traditional cotton outfit worn during the holiday. From the periphery of the tents the smell of Malay food beckons. Once inside you become immersed in a world of colorful flashing lights, bold cloth material and street hawkers selling food on bullhorns. It’s hot. It’s humid. And it’s a total trip.
After many days of trekking through the city streets and riding the MRT, I just had to relax with some good ol’ fashioned foot reflexology (which I of course had to document).
I must add that this city has one of the cleanest, most modern and efficient Mass Rapid Transit systems in the world.
Camera: Canon T2i w 17-50mm f2.8 lens
Cutting tool: Final Cut Pro
Soundtrack: “Fragment One… And I Kept Hearing”
by The Kenneth Bager Experience