Sights of Singapore
I got back to Shanghai on Friday late afternoon, and although it is nice to be home and see my girlfriend and a few friends, Singapore still lingers on my mind. It is a beautiful city, with all of the trappings of a great place to live and work. And the people there are so friendly, it’s hard not to be caught up in the moment, even though people there work quite hard.
There are certainly cheaper and in many ways better places to travel to, but in terms of a city in Asia to work in and live in long term, Singapore would be hard to beat. The only thing is it’s not a good place to keep up or continue learning Mandarin, especially if you don’t look Chinese. But if you haven’t been, I recommend a trip there. Why? Let’s count some reasons:
You can get relatively inexpensive street food from all across Asia in Singapore, and it is almost all quite good. For me, this is the best part about Singapore. Living in Shanghai, there is of course food from every corner of the world, but I can’t afford to eat most of it, so am stuck (except when entertaining customers or those we represent) with inexpensive Chinese food or fast food most of the time. That’s okay, of course, but doesn’t compare with the breadth of street food one can find in Singapore, which is often better than what can be had in nicer restaurants.
The Beaches and other Places along the Water
Singapore has a number of small beaches, just a beat away from its quite modern city center. And since it’s so close to the equator, going to the beach anytime of the year (except the rainy season) is possible.
The People and Singapore Itself
Singapore is not only home to people from all over the world, it also has some of the most polite people you can meet anywhere. It’s really a melting pot of China, South East Asia, South Asia, and expats from around the world, so you won’t be at a loss for interesting friends.
And Singapore is quite the modern city. It is always looking toward the future and trying to lead the way into tomorrow through heavy investment in education and infrastructure.