My final day
Trip Start Oct 23, 2006
93Trip End Jan 29, 2007
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So once again i was betrayed by the bus drivers, Even in a country so efficiant as singapore haha anyways i asked the bus driver to drop me off in a area called woodland, And to Finish his day faster he skiped everyones stops and just went directly to the final stop and kicked everyone off.
luckily for me i meet a really sweet indonisian girl, Who escorted me to The mrt Station (subway) Running through traffic and everything that i was under the impression i shouldnt be doing hah. She asked me if i wanted to meet up later on with her, As well invited me to indonesia (One of meny invites to indonesia) Alas my trip is almost over so i was unable to accept her invitation, However we exchanged e-mails and parted ways
I Then 2 hours late arrived at my destination to meet my local friend.
She took me to a block meeting (they call there highrises apartment buildings blocks) So like this is my block means this is my building. I met a lot of her friends who love there gadgets and electronic toys and just chatting. Then we went to a Couchsurfing party. And i met meny couchsurfers from around the world. Couchsurfing is a website that helps budget travelers by aranging Locals with travelers, Its also a great way to learn about how the locals live and cultures.
Then yesterday was a Packed day, Waking up early at 8 am going for a traditional Siangporian breakfast (they define themselfs with there culanry delights)
Then we visited a local greenspace, China town lil india, Hindu temples everything you can imagine, As well China town was a buzz because chinese new years is on the 18th of febuary Year of the pig.
Unfortuantly the wheather has been lacking and it rained much of the day which put a damper on things. Then i was invited by another local who i had met on the past evening to The singapore national team football match (soccer match) Vs the malaysian soccer team.
Afterwords We headed for some drinks (just coffee and tea as most of my new friends were muslims) And a late night snack. One of the locals Had a motorbike (a real motorbike not one of them lil scooters the rest of asia drives) and had offered to drive me to the place we were all meeting at via motor bike, Since i knew the subway would be packed, and not to miss out on the expirenace of Driving on a motorbike downtown singapore i accepted.
Even though i've only been here a day and a half it feels like so much more because i've been soo buzy, ITs been a really great time.
Right now i am At one of my new friends houses as she invited me for lunch/dinner to have traditional singaporian (malay-muslim) cusine, Once again not to miss out on the expiernace i happily agreed.
My impressions on singapore.
Well this country Certianly surprised me It has a reputation of being isainly strict, And it is
Especially in comparison to the rest of south east asia
But its not that much worse then any first world nation these days (with all our stupid laws we like to make) Perhaps singapore was just a head of its times and in the 80s it was radical to ban smoking indoors and in the trains and heavy fines, but now the rest of the world seems to be following suits, As well heavy fines for jaywalking/not stoping for pedestians(isnt it 600 dollars in canada now?, speeding illigal parking, (tell me you dont see all those police around whyte ave.
etc... So while it is strict i think its not that differnt from meny developed nations these days, As well There are signs posted everywhere so you know its not aloud. And they seem to have gotten it right, With all there laws (while i admit some may be harsh) Crime is something of stories pased through generations.
The locals here "know a friend who knows a friend who had seen someone chewing bubble gum heh etc..." Even reading the news paper, Something like a women getting her bum smacked is a big deal in singapore and they beef up police in the area to catch the violetor.
And theres massive public service anouncments that such a thing has happend and theres adds in the paper etc..
Thats about all i can think of for the moment so i guess i will leave you with that, See everyone tomorrow.