i’m going to be honest here: i didn’t know what to expect of Singapore before i got here, and even now, two days later, i don’t think i fully know what it’s all about. i expected a sleek, clean, futuristic metropolis — and while that’s definitely here, there’s so much more. for example, the colonial architecture is amazing; if i had a few more days i’d love to go on a guided tour with a historian. there’s also the less-frequented parts like Geylang, which i read about this morning when trying to decide what to do. and it sounded perfect for a visit.
described in the same breath as the city’s new red-light district and the location of some of the best food around, it’s pretty much ungentrified Singapore. (which is great, since where i am staying seems pretty much like a Disney development.)
i found a walking tour (one of two, actually) on Expat Living and headed out. the following pictures were taken along Geylang Road and down its offshoot lanes, or lorongs.
sidebar: the noms i stopped at two of the places on that foodwalk and got the recommended mutton soup and the hokkien char mee. both were amazingly delicious. whatever you do, though, do NOT look up cordyceps in Wikipedia, now or ever.