An intricate pagoda faces a white bridge in Singapore on December 14, 2013. (Pawandeep Singh/Flickr)
The Merlion is a mythical creature with the head of a lion and the body of a fish. Set against Singapore's skyline, the Merlion statue spouts water on November 14, 2013. (Gaelen/Flickr)
An old takes a nap on a bench in the open in Singapore on October 19, 2013. (Eduardo S. Seastres)
The sun sets over the Chinese Garden in East Jurong, Singapore on September 21, 2013. (Eduardo Seastres)
"The book began as an experiment . . . but from there the story just kept flowing," says first-time novelist Kwan. In-person appearance at Asia Society Texas Center on Wednesday, July 17.
A ferris wheel is lit up at dusk in Singapore on May 5, 2013. (Eduardo S. Seastres)
Rows and rows of Buddha figurines lined up neatly in the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple in Singapore on April 29, 2013. (kasei/Flickr)
A vibrantly painted sculpture conveys a sense of anger in Haw Par Villa, Singapore on April 21, 2013. (sarahstarkweather/Flickr)
A Komainu or Lion Dog guards the entrance outside a Buddhist temple in Singapore on April 14, 2013. (Aural Asia/Flickr)
A boat is anchored in still green waters at Singapore Zoo, Singapore on April 6, 2013. (Eduardo Seastres)
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