Singapore is a fine city. I mean it. There is a fine for just about everything, or at least that’s the way it seems. This is not to be taken lightly. Singapore means business in administering fines to those who willfully break their laws. The first law that drove fear into my heart was written in clear signage on the bridge crossing over from Kuala Lumpur. It said, “Punishment for drug traffickers is death”. That would be a permanently fatal fine. Thank God, the few pills in my bag didn’t qualify. Also, on my last day there, while on the metro going to Changi International Airport, the man sitting next to me was drinking a bottle of Coca-cola. He thought nothing of it. Just as we were about to get off at the last stop a woman approached him, and pointed out the no eating and drinking sign just above our heads. She was an undercover cop. He quickly apologized and got away with a stern warning before we all disembarked the train. I’m sure he is still thanking God all now that she didn’t issue him a ticket. My best guess as to her reasons why not maybe it’s because she saw his suitcases and didn’t want him to miss his flight.
From the first day I got to Singapore it was hectic for me. What this small country lacks in size, it makes up for in things to do, places to go and things to experience. Walking is the best method to enjoy the eye candy that’s everywhere. I don’t know if this is the norm since my time there included the weekend until the middle of the next week, or if there were having a practice run for the impending Presidential visit. In any case, it was exhausting keeping up with all the happenings. Just to give you an idea: I went dragon-boat racing, strolled Clarke’s Quay – the hub of entertainment for tourist and enjoyed the entire river promenade scene, went to Merlion Park, Haji Lane with it’s Afro-centric vibes and interesting street art, visited Little India, Arab Street, traversed China Town, spent a day on Sentosa Island, watched a cricket match, and so much more.
Though many attractions in every direction abound and bombard the five senses, the one I wanted to see and experience the most was Gardens by the Bay. I spent more than half a day trying to cover it, and words fail at this point to tell you the beauty of it all. The nightly show when the towers light up is amazing (the show was done to the music – Rhapsody). It was spectacular. Singaporeans know all about impressions and how to attract vacationers with the WOW effect. They execute the free light shows like how Las Vegas does it with water in front of the Bellagio hotel. For now you’ll have to use your imagination of my words until after I return to organize a post of photos.
Singapore is very hip and modern. Here are my observations: Like it’s Asian neighbors this country loves rice, however, eating choices are more prolific because of its heavy Chinese influence. The place is as clean as a whistle and people do wait at the lights before crossing. I confess, I went to fellowship and I couldn’t cross the street (no crossing at the point where I was standing) The woman who was helping me to find the church, grabbed my hand and said, “We are jaywalking for Jesus.” I laughed and ran across the street with her interrupting the flow of traffic. If caught it would’ve been two of us facing a hefty fine (misery loves company). The people are helpful especially the younger generation. The older folks who cannot speak English often ignore or turn away from you if approached. English and mandarin are the spoken languages. The USD is stronger than the SGD, but everything is expensive there. Shopping malls are many, crowded and busy. This is a favorite destination for Australians, Japanese, and Indians seeing it is not as far away in flight time as it is to the USA.
I have to cut this short my Community Peeps, I could go on and on of all that I experienced there. As of writing, I’m on my penultimate lap in the Philippines in the mountain region of Sagada, before heading back to Manila. I’ll give you the highlights of Bali in the next post before I leave this Southeast region.
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