Friday, January 21, 2011

Exploring the neighorhoods of Singapore

Standing on a bridge across from Singapore's famed skyline, I thought to myself, "Wow, this is the most impressive skyline we've seen on this trip."

Singapore skyline, day 71

This assessment would be promptly thrown out the window two days later upon our arrival in Shanghai, but at the time, man, I really believed it.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

The best thing I have ever eaten

Behold, the Singapore Chilli Crab.

Chilli crab at Newton hawker center, Singapore, Day 70

Steamed to perfection with ginger, flavored with garlic, rice vinegar, soy sauce and then stir-fried in chilli sauce, tomato and egg, the Chilli Crab is perhaps this country's most famous dish.

It's also the kind of food that begs the age-old question... Best dish ever? Or... best dish possible?

Thursday, January 13, 2011

We go to the zoo and it Singapours

Sick of my terrible puns yet?

Well, if you are, don't worry because we're coming down to the final stretch! We're in Singapore!

Singapore zoo, day 65

Since we've gotten a bit behind on posts, I'll let the photos do most of the talking for this one. Even in Southeast Asia, cute and fuzzy animals tend to speak for themselves.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Echoes of China in Penang, Malaysia

A few days ago Beth told you about the wonders of George Town's Little India. Today I thought I would balance our take on this awesome little town with some images of its Chinatown.

Chinatown, Penang, Malaysia, Day 63

To say that George Town even has a Chinatown is a bit of an understatement—nearly half of Penang's population is Chinese, and it shows. What is so amazing about George Town for sinophiles like myself is that coming here, especially after living in mainland China for so long, is like stepping back in time a good 60 years to pre-Mao China.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

A taste of India (and Queens) in Georgetown, Penang

I have a theory that Penang, Malaysia is the Queens, NY of Southeast Asia.

Non-Newyorkers will have to forgive me for my propensity to understand the world as an analytic study in how "Newyorky" a place is or (sadly) is not. Generally when I make these kind of comparisons they elicit a rolled eye or a laugh— occasionally from my travel companion who, bless him, is patient with me— but this time, I think I'm really on to something.

Little India, Georgetown, Penang, day 62
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