Oh boy, I’m certainly not in Kansas anymore, and I think I saw Toto on the menu at one restaurant I passed today. This is going to take some getting used to…from several different angles. I haven’t been in Asia for twenty four hours yet, and I’m already getting that “uh oh” feeling in my guts. I was spoiled for having been in Australia for so long, and I’ve probably not been as vigilent as I should have been. It’s minor, so lesson learned without too much damage.
I’m not going to rush to judgement on Singapore, I’ll give it a couple more hours. On the one hand, it is sort of interesting with the new, glitzy high rises sitting beside old colonial buildings. Well, sometimes it’s interesting, and then at others it seems just plain silly.
One thing I do miss. In both the US and Australia, the pedestrian is king. They can make all kinds of goof ups, and it would still be the driver’s fault. Unfortunately, you only get one mistake here. Then it’s over, move on to the next life, and hope your reincarnation is a rural one. Walking is really not very pleasant, and that’s not just Singapore, it’s all coming back to me now, it’s pretty much like that in all the places I’ve visited in Asia.
On top of it, being only 85 miles from the equator it’s hot. I mean really hot. Plus, being surrounded by water, it’s humid. I mean really humid. But, I’m not passing judgement yet.
Actually, I’m being too hard. I don’t adjust quickly, it takes me a couple days to get the new rythym of a place. From what I’ve seen, Singapore has some good qualities. It is spotlessly clean, eerily so in a way. You can just tell that there are a lot of rules here. I saw a sign in the subway today that alterted riders that littering is a $S5,000 fine. That’s nearly US$4,000! Also I realize that this is just the tip of the iceburg. I went to the Maylasian train terminal to pick up my ticket to Panang. If the station is any indication, this is going to be interesting at worst.