There are 72 Masjids in Singapore but you rarely hear the Islamic call of prayer because the speakers for broadcasting it were turned inwards to broadcast towards the interior of the masjids as part of a noise abatement campaign in 1974.
The only mosque that has outward facing loudspeakers is the Masjid Sultan (Sultan Mosque) which was built in 1824 and declared a national monument in 1973.
According to statistics from 2020, about 15.6% of Singapore’s resident population are Muslims. A majority of Muslims in Singapore are traditionally ethnic Malays, which comprises over four-fifth of the Muslim population in Singapore. The majority of Muslims in Singapore are traditionally Sunni Muslims who follow the Shafi‘i or the Hanafi school of thought.
~~Every city has its own color, smell, sound, and vibe. While I can share the colors through photography and sometime the vibe too, I thought I would try to share with you the sounds that are so specific to Singapore. ~~
To wrap up my time in China, I stayed a few days in Beijing with my friend.
It’s a weird feeling to visit a place you’ve called home for a few years (twice 3 years in our case for Beijing). Everything looks familiar, as much as it can be with the very fast changing pace in Beijing, yet everything is different. You are not on daily routine mode, you are on tourist mode but yet you are not really the typical tourist.
What I liked about living close to the center in Beijing was that I could wander around different neighborhoods on my Vespa but this time I was constrained by taxi and my walking. But I did manage to walk 13 km that day; from Jinshang hill, around the Forbidden City to Qianmen with a little side tour to The Egg. It was a gorgeous day with blue sky and perfect spring temperature… just the way I want to remember Beijing.
There’s also the fact that a place is usually associated with the people you meet there and after almost three years of being away, and by the nature of our expat life, most of my friends have left. I did manage to catch up for coffee and lunch with a couple and had dinner on my last nights with a few more.
Will the China chapter truly be closed this time? Only time will tell 😉
10-Apr-2022: D-70 before departure
April 2019 – Beijing, China
This was at the end of my Silk Road trip, I stayed a couple extra days in Beijing with my friends. This was almost 10 years after we left Beijing the first time and 3 years after we left the second time.
Cities change a lot over a decade but it’s even more true in Asia I feel. The Beijing we discover when we first landed in August 2006 and this last trip could almost be 2 different world.
On the China Lonely planet there were a quote that said “China isn’t a country, it’s a different world.” I would also add a country you visit and a country you’ve lived in, has a very different feeling.
When you travel, remember that a foreign country is not designed to make you comfortable. It is designed to make its own people comfortable. ~Clifton Fadiman (1904 – 1999)
⚠️ FYI: Last day of the Spring break… back to regular reposting about Singapore tomorrow
~~~Just a little FYI So for my last 200 days in Singapore I have decided to reblog, in no special order, a post from the 6 years I will have spent on the Little Red Dot. PS: you will then get 2 posts a day!!~~~