It was a sandwich: the 'first world' cities were the 'bread' & the filling were '2nd world'.
One of the most astonishing things about Singapore was its newness and its daring architecture....
Constructions were everywhere!
We went to a memorial site for WWII. The names on the wall-- Chinese, Sikh & Hindu Indians, English, & Malaysian.
There was only a bit of colonial architecture left.
Architecture of Singapore in contrast to that in the part of Java I saw. The most wonderful architecture there were the two restored 11th century temples. Jokja was full of motorbikes & and many many small businesses.
We were in Jokja for only 5 days, but above & below photos sum up my impressions.
On to Bali.... where everyone lives in a family compound with a shrine, the first photo below. Once you discount the tourists, the clothing is amazing, though the sarongs below were at a funeral, so a bit fancier than normal. Not everyone wears sarongs, but many do.
Men at funeral.
Garuda, my favorite god, along with Ganesh.
All construction involved concrete with bamboo support.
This woman is gathering water for making sea salt.
Bali was so full of contrast for me. Deep simplicity & struggle for survival against the prosperity of the tourism industry.
Finally Kyoto ...the old & new....
Bustle & more zip, fun style & variation than in Singapore.
We saw several pin-ball parlors... smokey!
We saw lots of great pottery, netsukes (no photos allowed) & some art.
I have to end somewhere, so that's it for now.