Signs, signs, everywhere there's signs...
12.01.2010 - 17.01.2010
Many people point out how clean Singapore is, and indeed it is. In fact, the degree of signage encouraging hygiene and good manners almost borders on visions of a sterile dystopia. But that is balanced by the multitude of cultures and the lush greenery that still grows throughout most of the island.
Although much the city is a mind boggling network of upscale shopping malls (almost every metro station will put you in one), there are escapes like the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, East Coast Park where we enjoyed some windsurfing against a backdrop of giant cargo ships and some cable-tow wakeboarding, and Sentosa Island which we did not visit since the cable car was being renovated.
Another highlight was the Singapore Zoo. We really enjoyed the absence of cages which made it feel like the animals had room to roam. The polar bears seemed somewhat out of place though, and didn't seem as happy as most of the other "guests".
Accommodations were more expensive than surrounding countries so we ended up in a dorm room for 20 Sing dollars each (about $15 US), which we shared with all manner of folk, from your average European 20 something backpacker, to an Asian businessman and a somewhat crazed drunk of indeterminate origins who had to be expelled from the room after a few disturbing outbursts that made us feel unsafe sleeping in his presence.