Singapore is a long way from my home in Tennessee. A very long way. After traveling more than 26 hours, I finally got here. Here’s some random thoughts and pictures.
- The Singapore airport and customs rocks. Clean, bright, spacious and fast. Everything you want in an airport. What a great first impression.
- Clean. Clean. Clean. I’ve never been in city of this size and seen anything this clean before.
- Lush landscape everywhere. Even the streets have beautifully and meticulously kept ornamental plants.
- No old cars. I haven’t seen one beat-up truck or rusted out car. And since this is a sea city in the tropics, rust would have to be an issue, but I haven’t seen one.
- Booming economy. There’s construction everywhere. Big projects around the water and residential areas give you the impression the global recession hasn’t hit Singapore hard.
- Bring your own napkin. For all its wonderful qualities, Singapore does not believe in napkins. You have to bring it from home. That’s crazy.
- Hot and humid year round. If you don’t like to sweat and get your hair frizzy, stay away from Singapore. This is a 3-shower-a-day place.
I’m wearing black and it’s a 100 degrees. Therefore no smile.
Lush landscape everywhere. Beautiful.
A couple of teens were eating this and I asked them what it was. Dessert! Shaved ice with sweet beans, rice (the black stuff), creamed corn and gummy slugs. No comment.
A view of downtown from the top of the Singapore Flyer: a giant Ferris wheel.
A mall filled with only technology stores. They call it Tech Mall. I call it Geek Heaven.
The Flyer gets very high. On this picture you can see Earth below. 🙂
So Singaporeans don’t like napkins. What’s the strangest custom(s) you have encountered?