We are on our way around the world. Our first stop is Singapore, for a quick 2-day stopover. Already we know, it will not be long enough.
A small island nation, Singapore is situated off southern Malaysia. With a population of 5.3 million, it is more densely populated than New Zealand, yet it never felt crowded to us, but we somehow missed many of the main sites. Singapore city is tall, modern and clean. A better word is immaculate, even the inside of taxis are spotless. The laws are rigid:
- $300 fine for littering, plus community service
- Chewing gum is illegal
- The punishment for graffiti is caning
- and they give the death penalty for drugs.
Most signage includes English so we are finding it easy to get around.
- Walked along Orchard Road which reminds me of Rodeo drive meets McDonald’s.
- Taken a cruise on the Imperial Chang Ho, a modern Chinese Junk to see the skyline, learn about the biggest shipping port in the world (by tonnage) and watch another guest assault a turtle.
- Visited Little India and a fascinating temple: Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple
- Went to the National Singapore Museum.
- Visited Night Safari, an amazing zoo of nocturnal creatures.
Here are a few of the photo highlights:
Here’s what we love about Singapore:
- It’s hot!
- It’s Clean
- It’s lush and green
- It’s modern
- The architecture is really interesting.
Of course nowhere is perfect, so here is what we don’t like so much:
- It’s hot – I mean really hot . . . and sticky. This is the closest we will be to the equator. I have been saying for years that I miss hot weather (now that we live in New Zealand), but I seem to be melting here. I didn’t realize how bad until another tourist pointed out that there was sweat dripping down my face. On the bright side, my thin and generally lifeless hair, loves the tropics.
- It’s expensive.
- Oh, and did I mention, it’s hot.
Have you been to Singapore? What did you think of it?
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