Where are all the motorbikes? That was my first question when arriving in Singapore from Bali. We went from a very poor country to one of the wealthiest countries in Asia and the differences were drastic! Singapore is full of highrises and appears to be very clean with lots of green spaces. Although it is a small island there appears to be a lot to see and do. We were pleasantly surprised to see that our hotel was much nicer than expected, it was hard to find something in our budget in an area full of pricey hotels and business people. We are staying in the heart of Chinatown and our location seems to be pretty good.
Busy business. As I walk the streets, trying to grasp what makes this city tick, it’s very clear…business. Singapore is bustling with business people from all over the world. I feel like I’m in San Francisco because there are so many different ethnicities and there is so much going on. Shopping takes second place for what makes this city tick. Singaporeans like to shop, it’s all about the status, and like most major cities, the nicer your car, the nicer your fancy watch, the higher you rank on that status ladder. What a contrast from the poor and humble country of Bali we just left behind. Staying right in the heart of Chinatown, we’re also in the heart of the food hawkers. Lucky for me the carnivore and unlucky for Simone, there is a ton of different Chinese dishes, none of which are vegetarian. They’ve got everything from a basic chicken and rice dish to turtle soup to things you don’t want to know the contents of. I’m not a city person, but the coolest part of this place doesn’t shine until the sun goes down. The city has some really cool buildings and different architecture throughout, and when the lights come on, is when it really shines. I guess for me, it’s just another major city, good to visit for a couple of days, but I wouldn’t want to stay long.