footwear and fantasy

So today we went up to Little India. First we tried to find a park, but as far as I can tell parks are not something this country excels at. The park I found was just a big empty field. Nothing interesting at all. It’s a shame, too, because in this climate you could grow some stellar public spaces. But they’ve opted for concrete scenery and more of those fucking shopping malls instead. Ah well. I’m happy to just go shoe shopping anyway; it’s too hot to really be outside for most of the day. Especially when there’s no shade.

Anyway, the Indian quarter was sorta interesting. This one funky building, maybe a temple? Shows my ignorance, I suppose. Zuke bought a random CD, I think it’s guitar music. He listened to it later this afternoon and said it had a lot of high-pitched whiny-type singing. I forget the right word for that kind of music, those non-Western chords. I saw a T-shirt that I should have bought, but just passed it by. Perhaps I can find it somewhere else.

In the spirit of all the commercialism around us Zuke and I are getting more and more absorbed in shopping. Zuke keeps buying Kung Fu VCDs and music, I keep looking for electronics I don’t really need and shoes. I bought a pair of knock offs for S$15 (which is maybe US$10). That made me happy, but breaking them in today hurt my feet.

My dad’s over an hour late coming back from his daily meetings. Which is still better than yesterday. Ah, the phone is ringing. Shit, I missed it because I decided I had better type what was going on. Fucking stupid sometimes. At least they left a message…

background noise: A Grand Don’t Come for Free, The Streets

5 Responses to “footwear and fantasy”

  1. mo Says:

    I enjoy your pictures tom (especially since you’re there and posting them).

    Definitely, go for the shoes.

  2. mira Says:

    damn, no way does S15 = US10!, in malaysia R15 (ringitt) = like US3..
    as for the shopping malls, most of them are an eyesore….and they’re all the same, but that penninsula has got some wicked water parks/amusement areas- arcades don’t compare to japan tho.

  3. tom Says:

    Yea, they are all rather similar. It would be really depressing to live here, because as far as I can tell all there is to do is shop. And that would get really old really fast. But for a week, it’s fine. My goal today is to just spend money. What a wonderful country.

  4. tom Says:

    Also, S$15 does equal US$10. I checked the exchange rate online against the one in the hotel, and the median exchange was about .58 US dollars for each Singaporean dollar.

  5. amirah Says:

    yeah my bad, i think i was mistaking the currency exchange for indonesia (bad econ) w/ singapore (fairly good econ).
    also, if your running out of places to go besides malls, you could try going to Arab St, which is where a major concentration of the muslim pop is. one of the tackiest places on the face of the earth (at least since i’ve been there, they might’ve cleaned up) is a Chinese mythological theme park called the Haw Par Villa (west of the city centre in Jurong Town).
    try the fruit,durian and rambutan especially, the weirder/smellier the better! wow that was a long, crap post…

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