Temporary Buddhist Temple

Trip Start Nov 08, 2006
Trip End Ongoing

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Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Monday was a Buddhist holiday celebrating Buddha's birth, death and enlightenment.  So the park next to the MRT station by our hotel had been turned into a temporary place of worship.  It was cool.  We had seen all the merit making and worship before in other Southeast Asian countries, but I thought it would be cool for Derek to see it.  I think he really enjoyed it.  We strolled in their late at night and he was jet-lagged and only slightly friendly, and a woman walked up and asked if he would like to "fill the emptiness inside him."  He stared at her icily and she eventually walked away.  I had never seen any Buddhists proselytizing, so that was interesting.  And Derek's response entertained me thoroughly.  If she had approached me, I probably would have taken her line for spiritual salvation and turned it into a double entendre, which would have made everyone quite uncomfortable. 

Check out the plastic wrap on the spinning wheels for merit making.  That's a nice example of sterilized Singapore.
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