Trip Start Dec 29, 2005
25Trip End Aug 20, 2006
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Singapore is a unique mix of Chinese, Malay, Indian, and to a smaller degree Arab cultures. Along with this, there is a distinct Chinatown, Indiatown, etc, with food and products of those countries. Chinese is spoken nearly as much as English. Rumored cleanliness and strictness of law enforcement seemed pretty accurate, but the locals have a bit of a sense of humor about it with souvenir slogans: Singapore is a fine city! $100 fine for not flushing a toilet, $500 fine for... After visiting Orchard Street, which is well-known as a major shopping center, a friend and I set our sites on seeing the surrounding countries, since Singapore is so small
Our meetings, again, were very helpful in coming to understand the region in general and high-tech offshoring specifically. Among other things, we visited the US Embassy, heard from Lucent managers, and had another Intel guy come in as well as a very savvy, intelligent, and successful manager (and T-bird alum - yeah!) for one of the biggest facilitators of Asian economic growth, Li & Fung. If anything, the latter was intimidating as a reminder of the type of people in the talent pool. More networking yielded some great contacts.
We are leaving India tomorrow night for Thailand. Hopefully I can eventually find a blog that will compress pics for me, etc. India week pics are on their way.