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TRAVEL JOURNAL: Losing my religion - SINGAPORE - 25.12.2016

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TRAVEL JOURNAL: Losing my religion - SINGAPORE - 25.12.2016

My 4th Christmas away from home...

Day started out slow...until I sneaked in a quick walk to Bukit Batok nature park. The last time I was there I encounter an angry, aggressive monkey. This time it was active pensioners. I love that Singapore is so verdant green and that beautiful areas of nature are so accessible.

Getting back, me and grandma met Anne and we headed for Christmas lunch. Anne is a nice, happy go lucky lady and her company is pleasant, though we have very little in common save grandma. We went to a hoity toity Western restaurant for lunch. Singapore fine dining is usually overpriced and this place was no exception. Well done, but unexceptional courses rolled out, at least it was plentiful. The Nathans, family friends, were good company too, similar to my family in many ways: welcoming, very middle class and Indian. Granny Nathan still wants to set me up with her grand daughter...hey could be a lot worse.

One epiphany I had today is that Christmas is meaningless. While a time to share and spend time with family, it's lost the magic it once had. In fact it's become almost a blur in calendar with the many other large holidays - Diwali, Chinese New Year etc

We want back home totally stuffed and I spent the rest of the day doing nothing, which I didn't feel bad for. Singapore is a city I know well and most of it's value is felt spending time with friends and family. Though lacking company tonight, I was pretty happy staying home.

Anyway tomorrow is Yangon and a country I've never visited!