Singapore, Day 7

Someone was sick. And, that someone was James. I was on my own again--Dani staying home to nurse her horizontally-bound son back to a modicum of health. Alas, modern medicine has its limits, and it was touch and go for awhile as James' fever dreams put him in a world very different than our own. He was a world consisting of brightly colored talking animals, abstracted difficult concepts and nonsensical realities--no wait, that was just what was on the Cartoon Network.

Actually, James was fine, but still a bit under the weather. I wrote the preceding paragraph to entertain him, since he's watching over my shoulder eagerly awaiting my finishing this entry so that we can go play an internet video game.

It was, all-in-all, a pretty lazy day. After running around so much every day, I did the rare luxury of just relaxing with Dani most of the day. We did get some white bread and break open a jar of kaya and make our own kaya toast, gorging on it until we were both a little regretful of just how much we ate.

And good thing I was home, too--a torrential rainstorm came through for a three hours or so, drenching everything in sight. Lightning and thunder followed, huge menacing cracks and booms.

When the rain died down a bit, I ventured out. I've been fascinated with Lee Kuan Yew, the architect of modern Singapore, responsible for not only turning the city into a sovereign nation, but also bringing it from the third world to the first world. I've decided that picking up his autobiography, both volumes, would keep me busy understanding this place well into the future. More on that another day when a humming boy isn't standing by my side eagerly awaiting my finish.

I ventured to the Takashayima mall again to the great bookstore Kinokuniya and spent some time looking around. Afterwards I walked up Orchard street the opposite direction from before, finding myself in a completely different shopping area than before.

I rode the MRT home at rush hour--great fun, and then James and I watched more TV as his mom and dad went out to an appointment for a few hours. A lazy day, no doubt, but fully enjoyable, and now I have good reading material about Lee Kuan Yew to keep me busy understanding Singapore.

Posted by: Martin McClellan
On the date of: October 29, 2004 07:17 PM
Do u know there's a public library cum cafe at the floor above the bookstore?
Thanks Cheeky-- My sister has checked that out. I'm leaving here soon, but she's here for awhile. Nice to have a native reading these--feel free to add more whenever you want.
Hey Martin, I saw a fascinating interview with Lee Kuan Yew on Charlie Rose shortly after Dani & Charles left for Singapore! I'll be very interested to hear what you think of his books.
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