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Singapore’s Merlion

Posted in Life in Singapore with tags , , , , , on February 24, 2012 by Yarn Over New York

If you have ever visited Singapore, you surely have seen the city-state’s mascot, the Merlion.  Half Lion/Half Fish.  Kind of like a mermaid.  The lion half comes from the Malay name of the country, Singapura, which mean “Lion City.”  I have no idea where the fish half comes from.  Maybe because it’s an island and lots of people fish here.

Anyway, normally, the Merlion sits on the Marina Bay, spouting water from its mouth.  However, when I first visited this lovely country, the Merlion had been converted into an installation art/ tourist attraction.  The Merlion Hotel, a one-room exclusive hotel built around the Merlion’s head.  (Spouting water turned off, obviously.)  Guests could spend one night up-close and personal with this giant “catfish.”

For those not willing to sleep under the stoney watchful eyes of a mythical beast, a mini version was erected in the nearby square.

Merlions can be found all over Singapore.  Shot glasses, t-shirts, figurines.  There is a giant (even bigger than the original) replica on Sentosa Island (with a viewing deck in its mouth!).  My favorite on display at the Vivo City Mall Toys R Us and made entirely out of Lego.

If you ever travel to Singapore, be sure to give the Merlion a visit.

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Snowy Central Park

Posted in new york with tags , , , , , , , on December 20, 2008 by Yarn Over New York

Today it was 27 degress here in NYC.  My high school friends Sara and Nick are visiting from the DC area.  We were originally planning to go to Ellis Island and see the Statue of Liberty on the way.  However, it is freezing-reezing!  So instead we frolicked briefly in Central Park.

I am a Unicorn

I am a Unicorn

Sara is a Devil

Sara is a Devil

Snowy Trees

Snowy Trees

Fallen

Fallen

Twig

Twig

Chilly Trees

Chilly Trees

Robotos in the Snow

Robotos in the Snow

After frolicking, we ate dinner at the Uptown Juice Bar, one of my favorite vegetarian restaurants.  It was cold outside and we were very glad to take a break indoors with some warm food.  Then we trudged back to my place to a yummy bottle of wine and watch movies.  Luckily, our heat works very well and we are managing to stay warm despite the frigid cold outdoors.

In case you are wondering, last night we had dinner at the Film Center Cafe, which was also tasty.  Tomorrow they will come to see my show at Blue Man Group before heading back to the slightly warmer than freezing DC area.