I may not have seen any tooth inside Chinatown’s Buddha Tooth Relic Temple, but it didn’t matter. This was the most elaborate temple I’d stepped into in Singapore. The building was huge while inside I lost count of the number of Buddha statues that festooned the walls. Continue reading Buddha Tooth Relic Temple
Fortunately, the hike up Little Bourke Street into Chinatown was worth it because of the Chinese Museum. Many of the pieces on display were on loan from a local interested in Chinese history.
Because ancient Chinese believed in the after life as in ancient Egypt, jade burial suits were a relatively common discovery. Despite the extravagance, it was believed that the jade would preserve the body. Continue reading Melbourne’s Chinese Museum
Like the Arab Quarter, Singapore’s Chinatown was surrounded by modern highrise buildings. However, within the network of streets that made up this unique area of the city, old buildings were well maintained. Continue reading Chinatown architecture
Stretching across two blocks of Little Bourke Street, Chinatown’s entrance was impressive. Once inside however, I found there were more restaurants from other parts of Asia than China. Continue reading Melbourne’s Chinatown
It may have been in Singapore’s Chinatown, but on Pagoda Street stood a Hindu temple in all its rainbow glory. Continue reading Sri Mariamman Temple
Up close is what I’m doing with my manuscript at the moment. Studying every sentence, each verb, every paragraph to make my story read as best as I can. Continue reading Up Close
Vancouver’s Chinatown covered more than three square blocks. Its heart was either side of Pender East, but there were other streets where I glimpsed every kind of remedy inside Chinese herbal stores as well as grocery shops stocked a variety of Chinese vegetables. Continue reading At the Heart of Vancouver’s Chinatown