Not chewing gum in Singapore
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Instead of heading to Hong Kong for 3 weeks as was originally planned, I decided to stay in Sydney for a couple more weeks of summer, dive in Vanuatu, and visit an L.E.K.er in Singapore. Singapore is like on really big Duty-Free Shop. It's like Waikiki on steroids. Darryn, my friend in Singapore, describes it as "Asia Light" with very mild Eastern and Western influences. For example, a lot of the signs are in English and people speak "Singlish," basically English with a Chinese cadence (basically fobby English). In contrast, Hong Kong is a place of extreme Eastern and Western influences...so much so, it's a bit too much in your face. However, Singapore is also incredibly diverse with large and prominent populations of Muslims and Malays.
In any case, it was great to visit Darryn and see his 'hood, even if I had no use for the Swarvoski mega-store or Prada drive-thru. It's also pretty cool that the airport code for Singapore is "SIN." Despite it's reputation, Singapore is pretty clean but I wasn't afraid of accidentally dropping a piece of trash and getting caned.
The best part of the day was probably delicious dinner with Darryn's family. His dad made a feast replete with shark fin soup (I know it's unethical but it's so delicious), steak, fresh fish, seafood spaghetti, garlic bread, and a cheese plate! Yums! They were very generous and even gave me hung bao (red envelopes) for Chinese New Year!