I’m back! and the travel channel’s about to be switched on around here – but first, my favorite shot of the city.
it was a short trip, but a great one – bangkok is manic and crazy and frenetic (and so familiar to most us city-dwellers) – but retains enough rusticity (really a polite way of saying third-world developing-nation charm) to make for an out-of-daily-life experience.
just a few last shots from the parade – from when the sun set and our lights went on. I know some people thought the parade wasn’t as good this year, but the atmosphere was positively electric that night. it was like a massive rave!
and there were fireworks! I think blasting bright fire in the sky is the best thing ever – it’s poignant, and beautiful, and full of sentimality, and just plain awesome.
I cannot entirely express to you how excited I am about sharing these photos – but I am certainly going to try. a few days ago, I mentioned that we scored some tickets to the national day parade – these tickets are much sought after, and won through ballot – but on the actual day, we got crazy decent seats (even after arriving a tad late).
I did a whole whack-a-mole-type pop-out-of-my-seat routine ever so often during the parade just so I could take just about a million photos – and landed with some pretty cool ones. I hope you like them as much as I do!
and if I haven’t been explicit enough – I’m proud of our tiny country, our beautiful landscapes and sky-scapes, and our increasingly impressive national day parades. onward, singapore! may you grow stronger, smarter, and more beautiful.
these are a few shots from my terrible backlog – this time from singapore’s preparation for the new year’s eve party at the marina barrage. singapore is sort of growing up into a hip city, eager to show off its vibrant nightlife and its very gorgeous new skyline along the river.
this year, they were encouraging citizens – and really just anyone – to write their best wishes for the new year on these large white balloons that would later be scattered about the river in a sort of modern installation. I thought these were very cool – and since my partner and I have a few wishes we’d like to get fulfilled in the new year, it was pretty fun to do this. our new hipster status will probably be reinstated by the insistence on recycling and biodegradability on that sign right on the top – a very neat thing in asia since recycling has yet to really catch on here.
(the presence of young and enthusiastic people who I assume will fit quite neatly into this phase of singapore’s nightlife development is probably rather manifested in their k-pop scribbling all over the sign).