Chinatown in Singapore

Took a walk to get to Chinatown this afternoon and after looking on a map in beforehand I felt pretty sure of direction and approximate distance.

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Yey! Chinatown!

But, what sometimes happens when crossing wide streets and bridges is that the direction gets slightly off… So, I ended up in another park, and after walking through it I ended up walking around a huge construction site…

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Everywhere shopping

The distance I actually walked surely was a bit further than what the map had shown, and I was sweating in the afternoon sun. But, it’s really good for my minds map of Singapore that I use to get around by foot.

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Men gathered playing board games

After finally getting in to Chinatown and strolling up and down a few streets, looking at food stalls, shopping streets and centers, I found what I had set out to find: reflexology. I miss the massages I got in Thailand and Bali, so after reading several statements of great reflexology treatments here in Singapore, I really wanted to find a good place at a good price. Chinatown was my best bet.

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Massage and reflexology heaven

There are many good quality, local style massage and reflexology places on the third floor of People’s Park Complex. I paid 18 Singapore dollars for a 45 minute massage. I have had reflexology a couple of times before, and I would love to say it feels very good and relaxing. Part of the time it does, part of the time it can be very painful. But, I know that my body usually reaponds well to the treatment and how it helps the entire system to heal and reboot, so, I take the good with the bad!

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Pretty streets in Chinatown

It was a good massage today and I am curious to see what the body feels like tomorrow. Afterwards I found a somewhat more straight way back home, and even got some take-away Indian to bring home for dinner. That too, something I had longed for.

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Lots of food for $10 (there's more outside the picture)

Take care and treat yourself with lots of kindness!
//Wivan

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Interesting things to buy

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Hungry for something special?

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Chinese medicine store

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Nice decorations

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Happy to find a public bathroom

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This kindness kicks ***

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Two eggs, fresh from the chicken house

It’s overwhelming and humbling to recieve all the gifts, help, care and friendly gestures we are met by every day.

Before leaving Sweden, we blogged about how we needed to practice recieving, that we’re more used to giving and now it’s time to accept help and things from others.

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Last weekend we got to go up on a Mountain with friends

So, we’ve thought about this, and have been recieving a lot. Accepting the wonderful fact that people do want to help out, that so many we meet enjoy giving to us and taking us with them to different places.

Last week we were invited for dinner to a couple we’ve only recently met. There was no end to the generosity they showed us, like eating pancakes made from flour, eggs and milk from their own farm for example. Served with whipped cream and jam – also from their farm. And vegetables and meat and liquor and…

Wivan was so excited she got the last two pancakes in a doggy bag for the next day 😉 And we also got to bring a couple of eggs home directly from the chicken house.

It’s also been nice to feel welcome at the local pub evenings where expats and locals meet and have a beer or glass of wine on Friday evenings. Last Friday we brought a new house sitting “colleague” along, so she got to meet some of this generosity as well. Oh, the time before that, the first thing that happened was someone buying us drinks as soon as we walked through the doors!

Anders at a 5-star hotel in Cairo, a treat from our hosts there

Anders at a 5-star hotel in Cairo, a treat from our hosts there

And we’ve been shown around in the area, driven to markets, been given presents and all sorts of wonderful little things. This was truly nothing we expected before we got here, and we had never even imagined anything like it when we were thinking about our house sits and the time we had planned in France or other parts of the world.

We have been giving a lot to others, and now we certainly enjoy recieving all the love, care and help we get. Thanks to everyone – let’s all see what we can give or share with others the coming days.

// Anders & Wivan