Thursday, July 08, 2010

Roaming Singapore

One of the most popular destinations in Asia is a relatively small island with a land area of 704 square kilometers and still expanding. It has a population of about 5 million (a variable depending on the taxi driver) inhabited by a mixed Asian race primarily Chinese. Landlocked, its main land is dominantly urban with a large forest reserve.

This country is modern with a heritage.
While strict and quite authoritarian, it is a bit tolerant these days.
-Taxi driver says to his next passenger by cell phone, “There is a major jam, allow at  least a 20 minute delay, ok?”
-“Next time you file for a GSF refund, do it before entering the Changi immigration so I can see the items, OK? This time I will refund,” says the internal revenue officer at the airport.
-20 seconds before the pedestrian traffic sign turns from Red to Green, construction workers cross the street.

It is walking and disable friendly with exclusive pedestrian lanes from end to end, foliage from maintained trees protecting promenaders from the harsh sunlight. The air is refreshingly clean.

Mobility is easy from North to South. Board the bus, call a center for a taxi or van, hop in the North South, North East and Circle lines to move around anytime of the day. It is a shoppers’paradise which is a secondary in my interest for this trip. You feel at home and think like work when in the central business district.

The city is a food trippers’ ecstasy. As diverse as street food to formal dining, Asian to Continental, visualize it, you will see it cooking.

View with me the documentary of the “Roamer,” the intrepid traveler in Singapore. While a part of a compact group, every opportunity to see the other way is grabbed. Appreciate with me the images as captured by a point and shoot camera.

Thanks to our (family) sponsors. While a stay in the city is relatively still affordable, their generosity upgraded me several levels higher making this memorable extended weekend quite a luxurious one.

Place plus family brings one to an ultimate high. "Everyone's presence upgraded our family bonding experience several levels higher, making this memorable extended weekend quite a priceless one."

An escapade in Singapore with my family, figuratively is a great way to fly! Welcome.

Chito 7 July 2010

1 comment:

  1. Exchange rate is 33.7 Pesos to a Singapore Dollar equivalent to 0.726586 US Dollar