For 20 years, Samantha Brown has traversed continents, experienced culture, and tasted adventure applying her…
On a recent trip to Singapore, I decided to try acupuncture.
When in Singapore, why not immerse yourself into a little local culture?! This beautiful city-state is full of juxtapositions– one of the most notable being it’s melding of the ancient and modern. You can see it in their renowned street food scene, where you’ll find traditional dishes like laksa soup, chili crab and durian ice cream made with a bit of hipster flair (think sous vide pork belly or durian ice cream made with liquid nitrogen– wow!). It’s truly an eater’s paradise, especially if you prefer casual grub to fancy restaurants.
While I find eating to be extremely fun, my experience with the old meeting the new happened in an Singaporean acupuncture clinic. I’d imagined an incense-filled room with ancient tapestries hanging from the walls. What I got was quite a bit more modern– a sleek, contemporary office that was absolutely spotless. Of course, that last part wasn’t surprising. Everything is spotless in Singapore.
I was pretty anxious to try acupuncture for the first time. My practitioner promised I wouldn’t feel a thing. That’s not exactly true, but the needles weren’t painful. (Though I didn’t love when they placed a few on the top of my head). I was feeling pretty darn proud of myself for taking this experience like a champ… and that’s when they offered to give me the more modern version of this ancient healing technique. Let’s just say I ended up feeling like a human car battery. It freaked me out a bit, but I lived to tell the tale.