Well, Singapore ain't like the rest of
Asia. It was just like visiting some city in the states, only most
everyone was Asian. My immediate impression was that Singapore is about
two things, shopping and eating. I left with pretty much the same
impression. I must admit that the first thing I did was go to
McDonalds. It was soooo good!
Anyway, Singapore was not cheap and it took me awhile to find a cheap
place, sharing a dormitory with 3 other guys. The city was definitely
clean. Singapore is known for it’s strict littering laws. If caught
you get a fine or have to spend a certain number of hours on a “clean
team” cleaning up the streets. It is also illegal to bring in
cigarettes or gum - both very messy.
I immediately was taken away at the number of people who are out and
about. Doing what? Shopping and eating, of course. The streets
markets, malls (many, many malls), restaurants (many, many restaurants)
were all packed with people, all day and well into the night. I was
used to everything shutting down by 10:00. I liked the action and spent
lots of time walking around, just checking things out.
The next day, I went to buy some soap to wash my clothes and the store
manager asked me if I wanted to make some money shooting some corporate
video. He was looking for an executive looking white guy. I was
white..........executive looking was a bit of a stretch. I went anyway
and did my job. They swooped my hair back, professional like, gave me a
shirt and tie and lent me some glasses. I got to give it to them for
the effort. The others there were professionals and got paid
more………guess I got to join the union! I got paid, did something I
hadn’t done before and didn’t expect a call back. Life goes on.
I didn’t do much shopping, except for the bookstores. Big mistake! I
was like a kid in a candy store. I tested a number of the local eating
establishments. There was every kind of restaurant imaginable and many
quite cheap. The Indian food in particular was delicious and cheap.
Where are all the Indian restaurants in New Orleans? Ain’t none!
Two other things that Singapore offered, that had been missing in my
life, were ultimate frisbee and a nightlife. I found out pick up times
for ultimate and headed out to some rain soaked fields. It was league
night so they just stuck me on one of the teams. They started on
time!!!! Huh? I didn’t have much time to warm up so was a bit rusty
with the throws. It was fun, wet and muddy – good old school ultimate!
Good fun, although I hurt for about a week...everywhere!
As for the night scene, my ultimate buddies tipped me off on some nice
places and I met some crazy English girls that were playing truth or
dare along the river one night. One was dared to go ask me if I was
German?!? They were nice enough to invite me to join in and they pretty
much kept me entertained the rest of the evening. Another evening I
stopped by a pub that served free champagne to the ladies and then let
them shake it up on the bar. ok?!?!? It was crowded, but somehow
felt good somehow to be packed in with a fellow revelers. In all, it
was nice to get out, meet some people and let loose a bit.
So......... I shopped a bit, ate a bunch and had a taste of the party
life. Not to bad for a couple of days in transit. Singapore is a nice
place to visit and certainly something different than the rest of Asia.
I’ll be back.