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Shamis in Singapore: Haw Par Villa, Chilli Crab, & the Merlion

Part two of adventures in Singapore with Shamis led Jesca and I to Haw Par Villa, a place that both of us had not visited since childhood. We talked about it a while back with some of Nano’s friends when they visited, but missed the opportunity due to the monsoon rains. This time, the skies cleared enough for us to go when Shamis visited! It was everything we hoped for and more.

Entrance to Haw Par Villa, Singapore.

Colourful animals in a state of feral anger were abundant:

Shamis at the statues of scary pandas at Haw Par Villa, Singapore.Shamis and what we can only assume to be a family of pandas which happen to look like hell spawn.

Selfie with scary statues of seals at Haw Par Villa, Singapore.The scariest seals I’ve ever laid eyes on.

Scary statue of swine and piglets at Haw Par Villa, Singapore.Angry swine and her brood of hungry piglets.

Jesca and I making owl faces in front of an owl statue at Haw Par Villa, Singapore.Jesca and I mimicking the owl’s derpy expression.

Selfie with scary giant mask statue at Haw Par Villa, Singapore.

Selfie with scary giant mask statue at Haw Par Villa, Singapore.Gigantic opera masks and their creepy smiles.

Cute tigers holding Tiger Balm products at Haw Par Villa, Singapore.One of the rare cute sculptures in the park- a pair of tigers holding Tiger Balm products, the medical ointment that started it all.

Weird mermaid statues at Haw Par Villa, Singapore.

Weird mermaid statues at Haw Par Villa, Singapore.

Posing with weird mermaid statues at Haw Par Villa, Singapore.These mermaids were ridiculously awesome.

Weird human head on a giant crab's body at Haw Par Villa, Singapore.I don’t even…

Statue of Liberty replica at Haw Par Villa, Singapore.The statue of Liberty was so out of the blue. XD

Forg in baseball cap perched atop an ostrich at Haw Par Villa, Singapore.So was this cool frog perched atop an ostrich at what the three of us dubbed ‘Australia-land’. It’s actually the perfect place for a picnic. XD

Ren sitting on a statue of a tiger at Haw Par Villa, Singapore.I think the human on this tiger is pretty cool too, hur hur hur.

Diorama of anthropomorphic animals in a house at Haw Par Villa, Singapore.The anthropomorphic animals were the most dapper creatures to roam the park.

Statue of man-fish at Haw Par Villa, Singapore.… well perhaps except for this guy over here.

Statue of Tripitaka's magical white horse from the tale of Journey to the West at Haw Par Villa, Singapore.Just one of the many statues depicting scenes from Journey to the West, this beauty is Tripitaka’s magical white horse, a dragon prince of the sea who was punished for devouring the original white horse and given a second chance to redeem himself through this transformation.

Buddhist statues are pretty prevalent in the park as well:

Buddhist statues at Haw Par Villa, Singapore.

Statue of the buddhist goddess of mercy at Haw Par Villa, Singapore.Goddess of mercy.

Statue of buddha atop a pagoda at Haw Par Villa, Singapore.Bodhisattva Buddha.

Beautiful structures at a hidden-away pond:

Red dragonfly perched on a stone statue of the fish in a pond at Haw Par Villa, Singapore.Red dragonfly perched on a stone statue of a fish.

Beautiful stone pond sculpture at Haw Par Villa, Singapore.Loveee the design.

We saved the best for last, the Ten Courts of Hell (十八晨地狱). Yea it says eighteen in Mandarin, but what the hey. This was one of my most vivid memories of Haw Par Villa. It was a boat ride back in the day, and I remember being so terrified that I buried my head in Mum’s lap throughout. Jesca also went to Haw Par Villa as a kid, but she’s seven years my junior and apparently the boat ride was replaced by a walking tour by the time she went.

Heads decorating the entrance to the Ten Courts of Hell (十八晨地狱) at Haw Par Villa, Singapore.Decapitated head adorning the entrance of the Ten Courts of Hell. The inscription basically says that the sea of hardship may be vast, but the shore is there if you turn back.

Statues of the guardians of hell at the Ten Courts of Hell (十八晨地狱) at Haw Par Villa, Singapore.

Chinese poem about karmic retribution at the entrance of the Ten Courts of Hell (十八晨地狱) at Haw Par Villa, Singapore.Before entering the cave, there’s an inscription about karmic retribution, which basically says that good deeds will be rewarded with good, while bad deeds will be repaid alike. However, retribution will not be immediate.

Jesca entering the Ten Courts of Hell (十八晨地狱) at Haw Par Villa, Singapore.In we went!

Torture of the dead at the Ten Courts of Hell (十八晨地狱) at Haw Par Villa, Singapore.It’s torture timeeee. Every level was reserved for a certain misdeed ranging from the lack of filial piety to murder.

The dead thrown onto a hill of knives at the Ten Courts of Hell (十八晨地狱) at Haw Par Villa, Singapore.This is the fifth level of hell, reserved for crimes in which one plotted a murder of another for their property and money, and for money lenders with exorbitant interest rates. These people would then be thrown onto a hill with knives. Ouch! It’s one of my favourite scenes because of its absurdity.

Scene of filial piety in which a woman breastfeeds her elderly mother outside the Ten Courts of Hell (十八晨地狱) at Haw Par Villa, Singapore.Nothing horrified us more than the scene which greeted us upon exiting the cave though… filial piety at its finest?

We had to take some pictures before we left for lunch:

Instax polaroid photos of Shamis, Jesca, and Ren at Haw Par Villa, Singapore.Jesca was the only one who spelt ‘Haw Par Villa’ correctly. OTL

Posing our instax photos with creepy panda statues at Haw Par Villa, Singapore.

Jesca and her outfit at Haw Par Villa, SingaporeJesca!

She also helped me to take my outfit of the day:

OOTD at Haw Par Villa, Singapore. Wearing white textured crop top from Bec & Bridge, black midi skirt from Lowry's Farm, white 1460 8-eye boots from Dr. Martens, black frame glasses from Gap.

OOTD at Haw Par Villa, Singapore. Wearing white textured crop top from Bec & Bridge, black midi skirt from Lowry's Farm, white 1460 8-eye boots from Dr. Martens, black frame glasses from Gap.

OOTD at Haw Par Villa, Singapore. Wearing white textured crop top from Bec & Bridge, black midi skirt from Lowry's Farm, white 1460 8-eye boots from Dr. Martens, black frame glasses from Gap.

We had to get some genuine local cuisine into Shamis, the chilli crab! Jumbo Seafood Restaurant at The Riverwalk was the place to go. It was an unfortunate coincidence that the three of us wore white on the day that red chilli would potentially be splattering all over us.

Ren, Jesca, and Shamis wearing bibs for chilli crab at Jumbo Seafood Restaurant at The Riverwalk, Singapore.We were too amused with our bibs.

Chilli crab, kai lan vegetables, mantou, and fried baby squid at Jumbo Seafood Restaurant at The Riverwalk, Singapore.Chilli crab, Kai Lan, Man Tou, and Fried Baby Squid. So yummy~

We went to the Merlion for Shamis’ last stop for Singapore:

Panorama of the Singapore River at the Esplanade.

Selfie in front of the Merlion by the Singapore River at the Esplanade.

The Merlion and Marina Bay Sands by the Singapore River.

Hope to see you again, Shamis!!

OUTFIT
Crop top from Bec & Bridge
Midi skirt from Lowry’s Farm
Boots from Dr. Martens

Outfit photos assisted by Jesca.

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