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Filipino American Expat in Singapore

PJ’s on a two-week leave from work. Wanting to maximize this rare opportunity where we’re both “on leave”, I asked if he wanted to visit Chinese Gardens today. I wanted to see the turtles at the Live Turtle and Tortoise Museum (I heard it might be relocating soon). We took the train from Tiong Bahru to Chinese Gardens. Before heading out we picked up some drinks and chips at the convenience store.

This was the farthest west that PJ’s been in Singapore. He lives on the opposite side of the island in Tampines.

It was a fairly sunny and very hot Monday afternoon. The first of October too!

PJ brought his DSLR. The Chinese Garden was pretty peaceful.

Perfect sunny weather!

We only had time to visit the Chinese Garden. We might visit the Japanese Garden next time.

On the way to the turtle museum.

A statue of Confucius.

The Live Turtle and Tortoise Museum in Singapore.

I don’t know how I quite feel about seeing the turtles here. They’re lovely to look at. And this has been their home for decades. It makes me wonder what’s going to happen next for them.

Little statues inside the museum.

Very rustic environment.

On a Monday. In October.

Turtles separated into different areas.

@ the Live Turtle and Tortoise Museum.

@ the Live Turtle and Tortoise Museum.

 

Some of these turtles were let go by their owners.

A man feeds turtles.

The Chinese Garden was built in 1975.

Facing the sunset.

One of the bridges at Jurong Lake.

A turtle as photographed by PJ.

The twin pagodas at Chinese Garden.

Watching the sun set over Singapore.

The 7-storey Chinese Garden Pagoda.

Bonus material:

The newest Jollibee outlet in Singapore: Jurong East MRT.

Exploring Westgate Mall in Jurong East.

This really tasty Pork Belly rice bowl we discovered at the Gourmet Paradise food court (outside Isetan) at B2 of Westgate. Made-to-order.

Our meat bowls.

PJ wanted me to try this Gong Cha signature milk tea with taro foam.

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It was a great day to be a tourist. I feel like we have to maximize the time we get to be in Singapore and not have to work. I’m waiting for my employment pass at this point.