Your diverse culture is what I love the most, its artistic paths make myself feel so alive. And if I could perfectly put it into words, being in your country is like walking to places in different timelines.
In the past weeks, I shared my time in Singapore through words that I thought described what I felt during my moments there, now I will try to simply just describe bits and pieces that will show the culture that I continuously admire there.
A cultural past is what strengthens the life of places like Tiong Bahru, Little India, and Chinatown. They have stories that lived with each step of the people that passed by there. And as a traveller, it makes my heart so happy, times may be different, but at least I could still see that a lot of practices still lives in the hearts of the Singaporeans.
Establishments in Little India
In front of Tan Teng Niah’s Former House
Former House of Tan Teng Niah
Sri Mariamman Temple
However, a part of me is still sad with this, yes, I may have experienced to attend a Puja at Sri Veeramakaliamman, but seeing a lot of dead memories as I was walking along Tiong Bahru’s reminds me that there are times that some things should be erased in order for an innovation that may be beneficial for a lot of people.
Tiong Bahru Neighbourhood
Yong Siak Street
I know that in each country, whether it’s a first world country, there will always be homeless individuals around, but it was my first time seeing a community of homeless people in your country. They’re happy I guess, it might be insensitive to say this, but it’s just amazing that the government still supports them and they also allow themselves in the process to still respect and work for them to live.
Homeless area near Rochor Centre
What also impressed me with your present innovations is that the art culture is perfectly alive in your country, Singapore. From museums up to the artistic places that brings the art culture closer to the public. I know your country is rich, but it’s simply amazing how the people involved in this community are helping each other to grow to a country that is filled with art.
Block 7 at Gillman Barracks
Like each future, the future that you showed me, Singapore, is something that scared me. Don’t get me wrong, I love the aesthetic and the meaning behind each of those places. But my question is, will these places be the only ones to live for the generations to come?
As of right now, my mind is actually not functioning on its best state, but here are some short thoughts that I want to share. Some are not clear, I know that, and I’m sorry. Maybe that’s just it when we talk about culture, questions will never leave and they will continuously be strange for a big population.
I hope to see you soon, Singapore. For now, I miss you.