Archive for May 30th, 2004

the far side of the world

Sunday, May 30th, 2004 at about 1:18 am

So here I am in sunny sunny Singapore. It’s hot and humid, as predicted, but nothing too unbearable. I spent most of the morning and early afternoon dodging in and out of shopping malls. Which is not terribly hard, given that there are an insane number of them here. In this area there are quite literally dozens of major shopping centers, generally one on every block. Why would a country possibly need so many malls, you ask? A good question. And the answer is I have no fucking clue. Shopping must be the national past time around here. There’s a cricket field a couple blocks from the hotel, but I get the sense sports must take a back seat to simple consumerism around here. Maybe I’m wrong, after all I’m judging a country after having only been here a day, but a retail-obsessed nation is the only plausible explanation I can come up with for this density of largely identical shopping centers.

That’s not to say there must be some other interests as well. There was in one of these sprawling retail behemoths a huge line of people waiting for, much to the surprise of my father and I, a church service of some kind. In the mall. Unexpected, but whatever works I suppose.

There is much more to say, I am sure, but I am also very, very tired. The flight here was 24 hours and I’m still not on the time zone, so I’ve really only slept about 6 or 7 hours total in the past two days. And much of that was cramped up in a plane. Regardless, I’m hoping to be adjusted by tomorrow. But at the moment, I’ve really got to go to sleep.

Zuke is due to arrive tonight. We should be having a good time tomorrow. Today I took some photos, they’re online at http://www.uni.uiuc.edu/~twiltziu/personal/pics/singapore. I hope to add new pictures daily.

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by j. android