Versatile Blogger Award and Living Singapore

An award however small or big just boosts up the spirits and is very encouraging. It’s a recognition that everyone desires for his or her work. Last week Yulia ( nominated my blog for the Versatile Blogger Award. It’s my first blogger award and I feel humbled and honored. Thanks for all the appreciation and kind words Yulia! 🙂

According to the rules, I have to nominate 15 blogs that I like. This is a great way of sharing and getting to know other bloggers. There are so many great blogs out there and to choose 15 among them is difficult, but here’s the list of my favorites, in no particular order. – Lovely images of Japan. – Beautiful Photographs and very unique compositions. – Mark, documenting China through his blog. – Beautiful landscapes by Jakub. – Travel photography. – Love Coni’s compositions in photography. – Tricia’s travel stories and photographs. – Brilliant panoramic shots by Abe Pacana. – Karen’s blog about travel, photography, food, coffee & adventure. – John’s travelogue. – Beautiful photography from South East Asia. – Werner Priller’s amazing long exposure shots of stars. – Wonderful detailing in Sarah’s pictures. – Interior design ideas from India, by Archana. – Love the Indian fabrics and styling on this blog.

Now, some things about me…

I love to travel, take pictures and experience anything new.

I love color and impressionist art; Van Gogh & Claude Monet are my favorites.

I like handicrafts and all things hand-made.

I love dogs and had one for twelve years. I still dream about him!

My friends are like my family.

I can eat Thai food, Indian street food and drink masala chai (Indian spice tea) anytime!

And, I believe in love. 🙂

Since I am introducing myself in this post, it’s a good opportunity for me to show you where I live – Singapore. Founded by Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles, the Republic of Singapore is an island country, consisting of 63 islands situated just 137 kilometers north of the equator. The name Singapore is derived from the Malay word Singapura, which means the Lion city.

I moved here four years ago and found myself trapped in the beginning. It was too small and had no seasons! With CCTV cameras around every corner, sometimes I used to wonder if it’s a set from the Jim Carrey movie – The Truman Show! It took me a while to get used to the ‘Singlish’, but since then I have come to enjoy the comfort, connectivity and greenery of this urban city and I love living here now. In spite of all the high-rise buildings here, more than half of Singapore is green. It’s a vibrant & kid-friendly place, and great for travelers, with its proximity to all the interesting places in South East Asia. It’s a very diverse country considering its little size, with English, Chinese, Malay and Tamil as the four national languages. Dining, shopping and night life are some of the highlights, other than parks, activities and surrounding islands. The Great Singapore Sale and the variety of cuisines attract a lot of visitors to this tiny island every year.

Most of you would have probably seen travel shots of the famous landmarks of Singapore. So here are some pictures of the country from my perspective, living here. Hope you enjoy the images and get a glimpse of my life in Singapore.


Singapore Skyline
Flying kites at Marina Barage
East Coast Park
Jurong Bird Park
Unpredictable Singapore rains
Sound and light show at Marina Bay Sands & The decorated Singapore Flyer
MRT in Singapore
Living Singapore
Singapore : A foodies delight
Local breakfast of Kaya toast, half bolied eggs & Kopi
Chinatown in Singapore
Inside a Chinese temple
Hongbao festival during Chinese New year
Offerings and fake money during the Ghost month
A traditional Chinese Opera
Sultan Mosque at Arab Street and the streets decorated for Hari Raya
Streets of Little India decorated for Diwali
Colorful streets of Little India
Inside a Indian temple
The new Singapore skyline

My entry to the theme Foreign


25 Comments Add yours

  1. Mithun says:

    Congrats !! Very well written and amazing photos.. keep it goin !! 🙂

    1. Thanks Mithun 🙂

  2. Jar Of Salt says:

    All the trees amidst a bustling, prosperous city — this is exactly why I enjoy living in SG as well 🙂 Love the colors of your photos.

  3. anjali says:

    Hey Ritu,

    Beautifully captured.Absolutely awesome!!

    1. Thank you Anjali 🙂

  4. Beautiful images! Congratulations again, and I am sending my cheers to you with my chai as well! 🙂

    1. Thanks Yulia! And Cheers! 🙂

  5. Asifa Zunaidha says:

    Congratulations!!! Enjoyed your photos especially the temples that are similar to that of South Indian temples.. You have a great blog… Unfortunately I can only login on weekends ‘cos your pages are heavy with amazing pics that cannot be downloaded easily with my prepaid internet USB.. Would love to come back again 🙂

    1. Ritu says:

      Thanks for all the kind words Asifa 🙂

  6. restlessjo says:

    It’s a place I always wanted to visit, on the way to somewhere else, but never thought about staying. I see from your photos I could be wrong. It looks a fascinating mix.
    Congrats on the award and thanks for following. I’ll have to come back later to check out some of those travel blogs. It’s my weakness!

    1. Ritu says:

      Thanks Johanna, yes Singapore is a great place to live or visit. It’s a convenient place if you want to visit South East Asia too, as most flights connect S’pore. And the variety of food here is just awesome, which is a reason enough for me to travel to any place! 🙂
      Thanks for stopping by, and look forward to your posts.

  7. Amaaaaaaazing photos! Awesome awesome work!!

    1. Thanks Steve 🙂

  8. adinparadise says:

    Well done on the lovely award. Your pics are gorgeous and it’s great to know more facts about you. I have always enjoyed my visits to Singapore, especially seeing the beautiful orchids in the Botanic Garden. 😉

    1. Thanks AD! I enjoy living in Singapore and I think it’s a great place! 🙂
      Thanks for the follow. Look forward to your posts!

  9. Allison says:

    I loved this post! I have only visited Singapore once, but Singapore had some of the best (and most varied) eating I have ever encountered, and I would love to go back to spend more time there or live there. In the meantime, I guess I can live vicariously through you and your lovely blog!

    1. Color Odyssey says:

      Thanks for visiting my blog 🙂 S’pore is absolutely a foodie’s paradise, with cuisines from most parts of the world to devour!

  10. culturetrope says:

    Amazing pictures Ritu! & I love all your posts. I want to go back to Singapore after seeing this.
    Congratulations versatile blogger! 🙂

    1. Color Odyssey says:

      🙂 Thanks! Please come again and we can eat more 😀

  11. What a beautiful collection of images! I love your black and white shots

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