In March, 2014, Jim and Randy visited the beautiful city-state of Singapore for work. But as with most Greathall work, pleasure and awe are abundant, too. Singapore is a beautiful oasis of intriguing, proud history and culture, mixing ancient foundations to up-to-the-moment modernity. The city is colorful and architecturally fascinating. It's filled with magnificent sights -- and delicious food! Visitors are often surprised that the the Singapore Government recognizes four official languages: English, Malay,Mandarin, and Tamil. These official languages, along with a multitude of other languages, reflect Singapore's multiracial, multicultural and multilingual nature.
School Children are seen all over Singapore, learning as they walk with, and listen to, their teachers.
Notice the modern high-rise behind the colorful old buildings in this section that is predominantly Indian (Tamil, as in the sign on the left, is a language and culture in Southern India and Sri Lanka.)
Fruits and vegetables are imported to SIngapore in great variety of shapes and colors. It's fun to try something new.
The Sultan Mosque is located in the heart of Kampong Glam, Little India.
Jim's interview with Singapore's newspaper, The Strait Times, included a video about storytelling. This was filmed in the Presidential Suite of the Conrad Hotel, Singapore.
Jim and Randy pose with videographer Alf and Jonathon, representing the Conrad Hotel
No visit to Singapore is complete without spending a day at Gardens by the Bay, a 101-hectare/250 acre horticultural theme park that features two GIANT conservatories—the Flower Dome and the Cloud Forest. The complex houses thousands of rare plant species from around the world. This was one of the most amazing places that Jim and Randy have ever visited.
The War of the Roses was the theme in the Flower Dome when we visited. Very clever to turn the English historical conflict of this name (see the photo) into the basis of an amazing garden display.
Jim stands by a shining knight, one tiny part of the War of the Roses display in the magnificent dome.
Amidst the plants and flowers we find compelling sculptures such as this one.
Knights, ladies, princesses are seen throughout the War of the Roses section.
Also peasants and common folk
Knights in shining armor engage in battle
Notice that even the horse is made of natural elements.
Manners prevail in Singapore (although it's difficult to imagine anybody doing anything to destroy this carefully designed masterpiece.) Courtesy holds a very special place in Singaporean culture.
These plants thrive on mist and moisture.
Wouldn't it be amazing to tour this land by train? (You'd have to be a lot smaller than you are, though.)
A brilliant waterfall awaits us as we turn a corner. It reminded Jim of the story "Behind the Waterfall" from our Sweet Dreams recording.
There's a lost world? Yes, indeed, adventure lovers. Just press #6 for more delights.
Back from sightseeing among amazing gardens to the world of another kind of wonder. Here, Jim presents a storytelling workshop.
The Singapore River is colorful and picturesque. It is adorned by enticing restaurants and shops. Again we see modernity interfacing with the old buildings
Dresses for sale in Little India
We SO enjoyed this traditional Chinese meal called," Steamboat." With lots of food and dipping sauces, this meal was like a stepped-up version of Fondue.
Pauline and Jerene have become part of our Singapore Greathall Team -- and our friends.
im autographs for some of the approximately 500 attendees at a storytelling performance. It's always a bit mind-boggling to find Greathall listeners and Jim Weiss fans literally halfway around the world from home. It brings us great to joy to know that the great stories are still working their magic as they once more wend their way around the globe.
Jim enjoyed this audience as much as they enjoyed him. Community centers such as this one are dotted throughout Singapore.
More autographs ... as always, personalized.
Randy and Jim greet the audience with humility and joy.
A visit to Singapore's Chinatown brings more intrigue and color. Pictured here is the Sri Mariamman Temple, Singapore's oldest Hindu Temple, with its colorful sculptures of deities adorning the "gopuram" (entrance tower.) Singapore has succeeded in welcoming a wide variety of ethnicities and religions.