Singapore is the gem of South East Asia. It has wonderful food, exceptionally modern infrastructure (it has a metro from the airport straight into the city) and world class shopping. it’s also small and not cheap. As such, most people don’t spend long in Singapore. We spent 4 days kicking around the city and meeting up with a high school friend that had moved to the city.
As a traveler, you come across many different cultures and citizens. The only constant is how different they all are. I often find myself wondering how places and people got to be the way they are. Take Singapore as an example.
Singapore is a modern livable city that has shown remarkable development over the past 30 years. It has, for its size, basically no traffic due to its progressive congestion taxes. It has a great metro system that is constantly growing. And it is safe and clean beyond expectations. Bangkok, by comparison, is dirty, congested and nowhere near as livable.
Singapore is a truly first class world city. It is clean, well organized and dare I say, livable. The river is particularly pleasant to walk along. There is also a lot of art in the city. On the river at night is a laser light show while scattered through out the river is some installation art work. Most of it depicts some form of historical barter scene while one of them is of children pushing each other into the water. We had a little fun as you can see below.
Normally when you hear the words ‘Light Show’ you think of the cheesy laser lights they produced in the 1980s with the neon blue and green colours. Not in Singapore. Every night on the river, a light show is produced that really looks and feels great. It includes the usual lasers and adds a twist with bubbles sprayed into the audience and the use of flames. It’s actually really good. Here’s a full length video of the show.