Monthly Archives: May 2013

“Streets of Harmony” in Singapore

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All three of the Straits Settlements towns, Penang, Malacca and Singapore were known to be multi-cultural melting pots, home to almost all of the creeds and religions in the world.  In each of these, there were streets known as “Streets … Continue reading

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Colonial Contemporary Singapore

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         What distinguishes Singapore from everywhere else in Southeast Asia, is that here, one still feels keenly, the sense of the colonial.  In fact, the colonial is pervasive in Singapore, not just in terms of the way of life here; … Continue reading

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The Raffles Hotel, Singapore…aka Beautiful but Soul-less

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This was it: the grande dame of not just Singapore, but Southeast Asia.  It was meant to be the glorious climax and culmination of the entire Grand Tour.  But somehow, it fell short, by about a mile. I think it … Continue reading

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The Grand Tour XII – Colonial Capital… Singapore

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“’No, Jim, that’s not what the Singapore Grip is,” cried Matthew, his eyes flashing more than ever. ‘I know what it is! It’s the grip of our Western culture and economy on the Far East… It’s the stranglehold of capital … Continue reading

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146th St: The Black Hood (Broadway to Riverside Drive)

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Gallery 5 begins in media res somewhere before we reach Broadway.  Here, the landscape changes suddenly into one straight out of some kind of fantasy or sci-fi novel. The signature piece here is a haunting piece of street art I … Continue reading

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146th St: Convent Girl (Convent Ave to Broadway)

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Gallery 4 starts at Convent Ave, and continues the theme of Wall-As-Art, except in this case, the pieces are far more contemporary in style, with designs blending brick, metal and paint. A highlight of the Gallery is yet another community … Continue reading

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146th St: Jazz Age Architecture (Edgecombe to Convent Aves)

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Gallery 3 features architecture, in particular the spectacular turn of the 19th century mansions and townhouses of Sugar Hill, which became the residence of famous and wealthy African Americans during the Harlem Renaissance. Past alumni include W. E. B. Du … Continue reading

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