Bird song

2 Jul

Singapore is in many ways very westernised, some might say tame, compared to other Asian cities like Bangkok.  Their underground system is clean, cool, efficient.  They have sparklingly beautiful museums and galleries.  There are rules for everything, which everyone adheres to.

But we also found that if you scratched the surface, it has an Asian heart.  The food stalls may have been corralled under roofs and operate under license, but it’s still the best Chinese food I’ve ever eaten.  The Hindu temple was as noisy, confusing and devotional as any we visited in India.  It’s not often that you walk down an alleyway in Western Europe to see people barbecuing pork skin on an open fire.  And while this weekly bird singing competition may be highly organised and sponsored by KLM, it’s not something I’ve ever seen anywhere else.

Every Sunday morning, people from all over the city, bring their song birds in pretty bamboo cages to compete.  I have no idea of the rules, or how the singing was judged, other than by taciturn groups of men drinking tea and coffee at the outside tables of numerous cafes.  As with many things when you travel, it was all a bit mysterious.  And a bit of mystery is no bad thing.

I liked Singapore.  I’m looking forward to going back.

This post was written for Photo Friday over at Delicious Baby.  Head on over if you want to see lots more travel photos.


14 Responses to “Bird song”

  1. Sophie 02/07/2010 at 11:53 am #

    Found your post through DeliciousBaby. We’ve been to Singapore several times, but never managed to see the Sundays morning bird song. Definitely next time. Sweet pics 🙂

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 02/07/2010 at 2:38 pm #

      If you go back, it’s really worth the effort.

  2. Sharon 02/07/2010 at 12:17 pm #

    That’s lovely! Your posts about your past travels are always so atmospheric, that’s why I’m looking forward to your journey in four months time!

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 02/07/2010 at 2:38 pm #

      Thank you, I’m really looking forward to writing about it all.

  3. Nickie@Typecast 02/07/2010 at 2:17 pm #

    Sounds interesting 🙂
    Can’t wait to read your stuff whilst your travelling and when you come back 😀

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 02/07/2010 at 2:37 pm #

      Thank you! So did you follow the link from Starman Fan Club?

  4. christinemosler 02/07/2010 at 2:37 pm #

    I am so looking forward to reading of your travels, you write so beautifully. Gorgeous photos (tho I do, of course, have trouble with the cages!) the colours are fabulous! xxx

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 02/07/2010 at 3:02 pm #

      Yes, in Asia you have to harden yourself to the animals in cages, there are an awful lot of them, and not much you can do about it. At least these ones were much loved pets.

  5. Paula 02/07/2010 at 2:53 pm #

    Great pics – these were my fave bits of Singapore too, I was only there a really short time, so it’s unfair to say, but I found the rest soul-less. Wish I’d heard the birds x

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 02/07/2010 at 3:03 pm #

      It’s not the most exciting bit of Asia, but I could imagine living there, which I wouldn’t say about most of the other cities. However much I love Bangkok, I think it would be a frustrating place to live. Do the pictures look better upside down?

  6. Lora 02/07/2010 at 4:18 pm #

    Love that last shot, particularly the colors and contrasting lines.

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 02/07/2010 at 5:07 pm #

      Thank you, I like that one too.

  7. Debbie Dubrow 02/07/2010 at 6:43 pm #

    I love how those KLM tags seem like flowers until you take a closer look!

    Thanks so much for sharing.

  8. Kerry 04/07/2010 at 8:54 pm #

    good point about the sometimes mysterious nature of travel, and a fine event with which to illustrate it, thanks

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