It’s taken me a bit longer than expected to get back here to the blog. I’ve been traveling in Singapore and Malaysia for the past several weeks and between meeting up with friends in Singapore, moving from place to place in Malaysia, and an unusual dearth of internet connectivity in a number of places, the posts just haven’t happened. But I’m back, and just in time for everyone’s favorite romantic holiday: Valentine’s Day! (It’s unlikely I’ll get a February wallpaper out at this point. Apologies to those of you waiting for one. I’ll try to do better for March.)
The Merlion at Marina Bay in Singapore is an odd bit of statuary artistry which likely leaves many wondering what it’s all about. Well, according to Wikipedia, a merlion is a Malay mythical creature with the body of a fish and head of a lion. The merlion has become the national ‘personification’ of Singapore, where the fish represents Singapore’s origin as a fishing village and the lion head is a symbol representing Singapore’s original name, Singapura, which means lion city. In any case, it’s a popular tourist spot: if you come to Singapore, you have to see the Merlion. And here, in recognition of the sappy lovey-dovey day known as Valentine’s Day (thank you Hallmark), is a young couple getting a bit fresh in front of the Singapore Merlion.