|Singapore at first glance is very green, extremely well organized and clean. All green areas, and there are many, are freshly trimmed and manicured. Taking the above-ground MRT lets you view the 20-30 floor apartment-style housing - literally hundreds and hundreds of such buildings side by side. Many, many shopping centres. Places to eat around every corner. The most amazing thing about this place is the fact that they import everything from water, electricity and manufactured products to workers. A very small country with its single, most important resource being people.
Singaporeans love to eat out. After long working hours, they flock to restaurants for dinner. There is many restaurants to choose from, in every cuisine you can dream of.
We ate most of our meals in the Little India part of town - that is where we stayed. I tried at least 5 different varieties of dosai (plain, egg, masala, ghee and paper). Had our fill of Indian food for a while. I will miss the food.
Little India comes alive on sundays, when all 'imported' workers from Malaysia and India come out to socialize. The streets are full of people, and traffic comes to a halt. Singapore does not have enough people to do all that needs to be done in the country. Heavy labour jobs are done by foreign workers. Underpaid, without insurance or health benefits, living 10 to a room, and away from their loved ones many of them still see it as an opportunity to help their families. Little India has many businesses tailored for the foreign work force - many Western Unions (so they can send money home), many places to purchase expensive phone cards, as well as parcel services.
We arrived in Singapore during the Great Singapore Sale - an entire month of deals. The government encourages merchants to lower their prices in order to help establish Singapore as "the" shopping destination. To sum it up, the three main activities in Singapore are eating, shopping and working.
A highly organized, and tightly controlled society that seems to anticipate the future. Recently there is a trend towards expanding on the areas of arts and sports, away from the more traditional academically-oriented approach. More schools are opening up presenting young people with more choices.