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Explore SG: Have a Little Faith

“Sometimes beautiful things come into our lives out of nowhere. We can’t always understand them, but we have to trust in them. I know you want to question everything, but sometimes it pays to just have a little faith.”   Lauren KateTorment

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According to beliefs, burning incense (known also as joss sticks) can help to bridge connections between Earth and other realms of the world.

Recently, a friend asked me, “Do you believe in God?” I answered, “I believed that there are higher powers”. I do not always understand the beautiful things that come into my life out of nowhere, but I have a little faith. It could be God, Buddha, Shiva, Jesus, etc. They are all the same to me. I am open to all religious concepts, as long as it helps and not harm.

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Wall motif at the Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple.

Growing up in Singapore has allowed me to be exposed to people of different races and religions. For that, I am thankful. I am also appreciative of the harmony and respect that we have for one another. In fact, it is not uncommon to see places of worship for different religions located on the same street. The places are different, and the practices may vary. Yet, more often than not, the stories are similar.

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Facade of Sakya Muni Buddha Gaya Temple.
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The gopuram (entrance tower) of Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple.

Known to many as the little red dot, Singapore has a population of approximately 5.47 million (as at 2014) and we are people from all walks of life. Our religions in practice include Buddhism, Taoism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, etc. As religions are closely associated with cultures and ways of life, this diversity gives opportunities to learn and understand more about our fellow beings.

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Diorama depicting Buddha’s journey towards enlightenment at the Sakya Muni Buddha Gaya Temple.

A couple of weeks ago, Mum and I set out to recapture lost memories and explore a Buddhist temple, which we have not visited for at least two decades. This little expedition rewarded us with more than a place of worship. We visited three iconic heritage sites; namely a Thai Buddhist temple, Taoist/Buddhist temple and Hindu temple, which is also a national monument.

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Figurine of a Chinese deity at the Dragon Mountain Temple.

It is funny ironic how proximity breeds complacency, such that we are least aware of our home environment in the midst of ‘living’. With that in mind, I endeavour to explore more of Singapore to recapture lost memories and discover untold stories.

Do stay tuned, as I will be writing more about the following places of interest in Singapore:

Leong San See (Dragon Mountain Temple)
Sakya Muni Buddha Gaya Temple (Temple of 1000 Lights)
Sri Srinivasa Perumal temple

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Bronze statue of Buddha at the backyard of the Dragon Mountain Temple.

The above information has been compiled based on various sources, including my own experience and should only be used as a reference. For more information, please check out: http://www.yoursingapore.com/

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