Tuesday, February 6, 2007

The View From A Room In Pasir Ris

The building I see from my window is numbered xxx. Having thirteen floors, it's mostly white except for the red and green brickworks from the fourth floor up. Shoes, sandals, and different pieces of clothing - socks, underwear, shirts, pants, beddings, towels, etc. - are left hanging out to dry. Along the corridors are plants in pots, shoe racks, portable clothesline and a few bikes. On the upper floors, bird cages and orchids hang from the ceilings.

Of course, things don't change too much when the sun hides to make way for the moon. I can still discern that the trees are only two of a kind. As for building 629, with about 5 flourescent lamps per floor, its corridors are well-lit. If there were prowling thieves, they would have found a hard time trying to be inconspicuous. It is interesting to note however, that there is a very low crime rate in Singapore. This is definitely a plus whether you're relocating to Singapore or simply making a short visit.

There was this one time when the smell of burning plastic reached my nose; so looking out my window was my immediate reaction. It appeared to me the family was incinerating remnants of the Lunar New Year's fireworks. With no apparent reason, my next course of action involved grabbing the camera and taking a few snaphsots. I hope I didn't violate any privacy laws; I don't want to get fined. Hmm... Is burning plastic illegal in Singapore? Singapore isn't called a fine city for no reason. If you have a list of things to bring, it wouldn't be a bad idea to come up with a list of things not to bring. Put chewing gum and pack of cigarettes at the top of your list.

The multi-storey carpark can also be seen from my window, on the left side. From what I heard and what most people would certainly expect, there's a parking fee. Just out of curiousity, maybe I'll find out how much.

There's not much to see on the right side, my view is limited because I'm too near one of my building's post. The camera shots reveal a lot more because I can extend my hand and just click away.

On a final note, these buildings are called HDBs. HDB actually stands for Housing & Development Board -- the government office responsible for public housing here in Singapore. But locals refer to these government-built housing units as HDBs.

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