Pens on a World Map
Penner: Shannon Young of Hong Kong
(originally from Arizona)
Location: Marina Bay, Singapore
Singapore in Solitude
Nearby sat the lotus ArtScience Museum and two floating crystals reflecting the silver of the looming storm clouds. Across the Bay, the towers of Singapore’s business district rose behind a row of colonial era hotels.
I crossed the Helix Bridge and made my way along the waterfront, passing the entrance to the glamorous Marina Bay Sands. A pool filled with lily pads sat beneath the smooth white petals of the ArtScience Museum. As I walked, something tugged at the back of my mind. Why did this journey give me such an eerily peaceful feeling?
|Marina Bay architecture|
I followed the path toward the distant city. On the far edge of the Bay, I meandered between the quiet high-rises and trailed my hand along the railing at the water’s edge. It was jarring when I reached the lionfish fountain, a sort of mascot that was a popular spot for tourist photos.
Here, I finally found large groups of people. But I quickly left them behind to complete my circuit of the Bay. For now, I wanted the city to myself.
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Shannon Young is an American writer currently living in Hong Kong. She is the author of a mini travel memoir called The Olympics Beat: A Spectator’s Memoir of Beijing. Shannon blogs about books and travel at A Kindle in Hong Kong.