I’m a big fan of Singapore, here are some of my favorite things Singapore.
Many Westerners complain that Singapore is too much like home for them, that it somehow isn’t “Asian” enough which says more about their own biases I think than it says about Singapore.
It’s small, it’s clean, people in general speak English. Certainly it’s accessible for a first-time visitor. And for many it’s “just a stopover” but to me I actually enjoy spending time there.
Of course, I’m not a local and so I don’t experience Singapore the way that locals do. And here are their complaints about life in Singapore, set to song, the Singapore Complaints Choir:
We get fined for almost everything
Drivers won’t ‘give chance’ when you want to ‘change lane’
The indoors are cold, the outdoors are hot;
And the humid air, it wrecks my hair
Singapore apparently doesn’t permit foreigners to participate in performances by the Complaints Choir, Singaporeans only or else they can’t get a performance permit, at least that was the case in 2008.
When a pregnant lady gets on the train
Everyone pretends to sleep
No, Singapore may not be perfect. But there are complaints choirs around the world. In my own home town, we have a rap.
In a strange sort of way, my suburb of Washington DC has a lot in common with Singapore. Maybe that’s why I find Singapore to me so much like home, but with better food.