I was so tired after walking miles over Singapore in the humid heat, that I ordered a glass of Chevrolet instead of Chardonnay.
Singapore has change a LOT since we were here 15 years ago. It’s got many more skyscrapers and it is growing by leaps and bounds. The city planners have done a fine job of laying out this beautiful city and planning for the future. All of Asia is on the rise, and exponentially. It is advanced, modern, uncommonly clean, but the old ethnic neighborhoods have stood the test of time. There is no trace of graffiti anywhere.
We marched all over Arab Street, which is famous for textiles, in search of batiks. No luck, but we found some breathtakingly beautiful fabrics and had a fantastic time browsing the shops. Everyone is so polite—no pressure to buy, just thank you for looking.
Then we went to Little India. The sights and smells were incredibly exotic.
Singapore seems predominantly populated by young people. The stores are all high-end and the people here have M-O-N-E-Y. I’d be willing to bet that chiffon dress with the feathers cost a lot. Her shoes and bag were top-notch, too. The young people are beautiful and rich. Who wouldn’t love that!
The economy here is strong. So is the law. If you get caught with a gun it’s death—literally. If you litter it’s a $500 fine and weeks of community service sweeping streets. Also, no one is on the dole without doing some kind of work to get it. Retirement age is 55. We know these things because we always engage the taxi drivers in conversation about their government and economy.
Christmas decorations and music are more in evidence here than in the US. There are Chinese, Hindu, Muslim, all living together and nobody bitches about Christmas decorations being not politically correct.