Impressions of a truly cosmopolitan city
Trip Start May 08, 2006
48Trip End May 06, 2007
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Second thing I noticed is how clean the place is. I was walking along outside a mall today and failed to spot a single disc of used chewing gum stuck to the ground
Third thing I noticed is that it's really shit. No honestly, I've been trying to think of something good to say about it, to stay as positive as possible but I just don't get it. If I wasn't writing this in Melaka (and hadn't seen that the rest of SE Asia was going to be substantially different), then you wouldn't know this because I would have carried on writing about how nice the Botanic Gardens are, about how incredibly different the districts are, and about how lovely the food is in the Rochor Centre at Kampung Glam. All of the above is true, but they are just forms of relief from the bigger picture - that Singapore is an overdeveloped, oversized, impersonal plethora of buildings, cars and far too many people. That said, the hostel I stayed in was very cosy and friendly, and situated in a lovely area of Kampung Glam. If you have to go there (i.e. your bird is bending your ear off about going shopping for handbags and shoes for 2 days straight) then you can't go wrong with Sleepy Sams. At least you can leave her to it and buy some cheap gadgets.