Trip Start Aug 21, 2003
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Singapore is a great introduction to SE Asia as it is a conglomeration of several different cultures - composed primarily of Malays, Tamil (southern) Indians, and Chinese. Everyone speaks English but all signs (subway, road, advertisements) are in English, Chinese, Malay, and Tamil. Very modern city, awesome subway system, diverse and delicious food. They drive on the left here and it follows that when walking around you stay on the left hand side of the sidewalk and when entering doors, etc. This is hard to remember. Taoists burn piles of paper all over the sidewalk so that they will be reunited with their deceased relatives in the afterlife
Mostly we have done a ton of walking and eating but today we went to the Singapore zoo. Extremely open and interactive. You are basically walking among the animals and monkeys are swinging above your head. 3 foot lizards sun on the walkways.
Singapore is an interesting clash of the old and the new. We like it here but tomorrow a.m. we depart for Malaysia.