From what I remember the guide saying, over 30% of people living in Singapore are not Christian and it was so humbling and emotional for me seeing people of all religions and nationalities enjoying the Christmas parade on Orchard Road, taking photos of Christmas trees and nativity scenes. Even girls in hijabs wearing santa hats! It really made me believe in man kind again and remember that we can all live together and embrace the best of each others traditions.
The 3 countries I visited in Asia made me realise how much happier these people are than I am. Singapore is a very affluent country. Clean, polite and looked after. And the shopping? WOW.
The Balinese people are the happiest people on the planet, I have no doubt! They have very little, some of them live in cardboard boxes, yet the smallest things make their day and bring a smile to their face. I bought 3 plastic bags full of hand made art for about USD20 and told the lady to "keep the change", the change would have been less than 50 cents, yet you couldn't wipe the smile off her face. She wanted to kiss my hand. All week I was thinking - why can't I be this happy all the time too? Why don't the simple things in life always make me happy every single day? Why did I see a scarf in Zara in Singapore and obsess over it for 3 days, feeling restless until I went back to purchase it. It's a SCARF?????
Food for thought.
Hope you enjoy the Christmas themed photos as much as I enjoyed the 25th in Singapore! It's Orthodox Christmas Eve tonight, so this post ties in well. If you're Orthodox, I wish you and your loved ones a safe and blessed night and day. Hristos se Rodi. Christ is Born.
Macaron Christmas tree at the buffet
Takashimaya Department Store
Tree outside of ION shopping mall
Foam as snow!!
Raffles Hotel tree