Singapore

By , July 23, 2006 00:00

This time, we’ve been on the road …

While I’ve been in Singapore for the last week, Heidi has been home in Nova Scotia. You might think that mine was the more fun trip, but 23 hours on an airplane is hardly what I call fun.

Initially, I was supposed to be in Singapore for the half the week, and then Hong Kong for half the week. As the later part was cancelled, it was just the one destination. I was disappointed. Singapore was just like any big city in North America. Even in Chinatown or the Arab quarter of the Indian quarter, I really didn’t get a sense of history or culture. Given that the island was only settled 200 years ago and Singapore was only “established” in 1965, I guess that makes sense. Culturally, it is 70% Chinese and 20% Malay. Interestingly though, English in the primary language and the language of business, although Mandarin what you most often hear on the trains and in public.

So no culture, but you know what you can find? Shopping malls! Shopping malls in every train station, on every block and in every direction. It makes no sense to me. Apparently, Singaporians like to shop.

If you get the chance, I do recommend the night safari or the Singapore zoo. I’ve never seen so many animals. The night safari goes until midnight and you see all the animals that tend to sleep in the day. That was neat!

Four more weeks. Smile! 🙂

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