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Old 06-14-2014, 11:32 PM
 
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I visited Singapore for the first time (only there a day) and had some interesting first impressions that I thought I'd share.

- airport was amazing. The level of service and comfort and "humanness" to the place is impressive. So well planned, Didn't want to leave. Superior to HKG, ICN, LHR, DBX etc

- weather was horrible. I visited on January 1 (was returning to the states from a trip to India) and couldn't believe how hot and humid the weather was. Coming from India, it was oppressive (which surprised me).

- visited a hawkers market. Granted it was January 1, so everything was kind of dead, but not super impressed. Was expecting Bangkok level street food, but felt like a mall food court in an asian part of LA or SF. Chicken rice was great, though

- drove around the city with a hired driver. City was orderly, clean, and modern. Felt like a Canadian city in the tropics. For Asia, particularly south and southeast asians, can understand why the city is a huge draw. It's cleanliness and orderliness are remarkable

- was surprised by how many south asians there were everywhere. Visited a distant relative in an area relatively close to the airport, and his building felt like it was mostly south asian. Apt entrances looked like entrances in india (kollam designs, idols above doorways etc). Also seems to be a socioeconomic difference between the "native" indians and recent indian arrivals (assuming coming for IT related work?)

- culturally, felt like the "official" propaganda is very much of racial harmony etc. I didn't get an outward sense of animosity among races (like I sometimes feel in Europe and North America). Govt seems nannyish, but not oppressive to the casual observer

- love Singapores "we will execute you" stance against drug smuggling. I think more countries should adopt it

Overall, was an interesting place to stopover in. Seems like a better place to live than visit, particularly from chaotic countries surrounding. I still consider Hong Kong the best city in Asia to visit.
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Old 06-15-2014, 12:06 AM
 
Location: Phoenix
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Singapore doesn't seem to be country for me. It is more of a corporation.
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Old 06-15-2014, 12:19 AM
 
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Singapore doesn't seem to be country for me. It is more of a corporation.
Singapore is like a corporation with the Lee family as the CEO
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Old 06-15-2014, 04:01 AM
 
Location: Melbourne, Australia
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I'm glad your experience in Singapore was mostly positive, and I hope you will visit again in the future!

It felt hot and humid because Singapore doesn't have a real dry season, unlike most of India, so humidity remains high year-round. In May or something it's not as oppressive as Chennai in the build-up or something.

Yes, the Indian presence is strong in places like Little India, although the government has a policy where each HDB estate has to have a representation of all the races to prevent ethnic ghettoisation and encourage integration. Singaporeans are pretty integrated, yes, although there is some animosity towards foreigners.

Yes, its very clean, modern.etc...a lot of the street food stalls were moved into hawker centres in the 60s and 70s to be better managed.
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Old 06-15-2014, 05:10 AM
 
Location: Melbourne, Australia
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The Postman is a very good ambassador to sell Singapore ...
Haha...maybe I can work for the tourism commission?
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Old 06-15-2014, 05:12 AM
 
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Haha...maybe I can work for the tourism commission?
You would do a better job than many true blue Singaporeans like me !!
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Old 06-15-2014, 05:15 AM
 
Location: Melbourne, Australia
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You would do a better job than many true blue Singaporeans like me !!
Lol, sometimes tourists know more than locals..

I am more than a tourist, though.
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Old 06-15-2014, 06:18 AM
 
Location: American Expat
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It's still a conservative hell hole. They crack down on the press and opposition. The Economist called it a "hybrid regime". On the "Democracy Index" it's ranked among many African countries etc.
Nice to visited, but I would not live there.
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Old 06-15-2014, 08:39 AM
 
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
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Those were my initial impressions when I visited Singapore, for the first time in March 1994. I was very impressed and have visited again a few more times since then. Great country!
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Old 06-15-2014, 08:41 AM
 
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I have no memory lol.
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