Located only a few degrees north of the equator, this island city state is warm and so are its people. A cultural melange of Indian, Chinese, Malay, and Western, everyone here is a foreigner here and so its hard to feel out of place. This blend of peoples, particularly Indian and Chinese work ethic and ingenuity, coupled with western capital investment has made Singapore SE Asia’s economic hub. It’s GDP per capita rivals all traditional western powers and this is evident through its skyscrapers, designer boutiques, impressive architectural feats, and unrivaled cleanliness and order.
After being in Africa for the last 6 months, I had forgotten that such places existed. So, for me, this past week in Singapore has been a week of complete culture shock of the best kind. Some of the highlights for me include eating McDonalds, Popeye’s chicken, Wendys, Starbucks, Subway, and Indian, Chinese and Malay dishes. Also, exploring little India, China town, Sentosa resort Island, Orchard avenue, and the famous boat hotel. While I wish I could have afforded staying here, there are definitely cheap hotels in Singapore to stay at, and I ended up finding a great place in little India instead. Meeting up with new and old friends (Howie & Misa Misa san) And finally, quite drunkenly boarding a bus, crashing a random party, and exploring the nightlife of Circular road. Check out the video below for a 2 minute ride.