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Old 07-01-2013, 03:52 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles, Ca
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I've never been to asia, but have always read that Singapore's airport, asia, hong kong, china, they are all pretty much world class vs those in the US. How do they compare?

How does the infrastructure compare to the US?
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Old 07-01-2013, 05:32 PM
 
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I've never been to asia, but have always read that Singapore's airport, asia, hong kong, china, they are all pretty much world class vs those in the US. How do they compare?

How does the infrastructure compare to the US?
No comparison, at least to aging (and embarassing) relics like LAX. Both Changi (Singapore) and Hong Kong are state of the art beautiful modern airports. Changi arguably the best and most advanced airport in the world. The other experiences I had in far east "hub" airports are with Shanghai - modern as well, Narita (Tokyo) - modern but laid out kind of strange and bad gate seating.
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Old 07-01-2013, 07:03 PM
 
Location: San Diego CA
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Yes indeed. Orchard Towers. Known locally as the four floors of wh*res.
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Old 07-02-2013, 06:58 AM
 
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Yes indeed. Orchard Towers. Known locally as the four floors of wh*res.
Ha...was wondering if anyone would catch that.
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Old 07-02-2013, 11:17 AM
 
Location: Khulna
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it's Soul is Singapore City. Actually it has only Soul, No other body parts
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Old 07-02-2013, 12:39 PM
 
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I am the original poster and my wife and I have just returned from our 8 day visit to 'Singers'.
By the way, refering to Singapore as "Singers" is probably like uninformed non-californians refering to San Fransico as "Frisco". It's an anachronism.

Anyways, jokes about Orchard Towers aside, I think the souless nature has more to do with the strict consensual group behavior, combined with laws and politics. And to a certain degree you have this in all large cities where people live on top of each other - the needs of the group are greater than the needs of the individual. But no where else is it greater than Singapore, at least for one purporting to be a democratic society. Getting the lash for litering, outlawing gum, death penalty for drug possession, laws against free speach, boatloads of foreign workers to do the dirty work. All in this apparant perfect society, the people don't complain - it's safe, it's clean, it's prosperious, and at least the illusion of freedom is intact, because to do otherwise is to upset this perfect balance. But there is a cost to all this - lack of individuality, lack of personal freedom, lack of personality.... lack of soul.
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Old 07-02-2013, 12:56 PM
 
Location: San Diego CA
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" Singers" was a term mostly used British military people stationed there up to the 70's when the UK pulled their forces off the island.
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Old 07-02-2013, 04:28 PM
 
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" Singers" was a term mostly used British military people stationed there up to the 70's when the UK pulled their forces off the island.
Correct. And as one who spent time in 'Singers' during the 60s, I was using it as an expression of nostalgic fondness.
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Old 07-02-2013, 06:23 PM
 
Location: San Diego CA
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Spudee. Britannia Club or Golden Venus ring a bell?
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Old 07-02-2013, 06:49 PM
 
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Spudee. Britannia Club or Golden Venus ring a bell?
Oh Boy!!!!! Don't take me back to those dens of iniquity! I spent many a happy night at the Golden P...s! Sorry, Golden Venus, at the top of Orchard Road. Ah, the memories keep flooding back. Not so much time at the Brit Club. Who were you with?
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