Singapore. the last one.
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January 9th, 2009 – by: sgoudryagranada
Well, well, the last city. It was almost three months ago, on October 22nd, that we left asking ourselves “what can we do for such a long time?” or “do we really have the time to see everything we want?” and “won’t we be so tired all this time in these countries?”.
So, that’s the end. If I think about the Indian mountains and the desert I realize that it’s a long time ago. Or not: I’d go back now to see what I missed!
We have to congratulate ourselves: the plan was really well done, maybe unwillingly. The two months in India were tooooo tiring, but the places we saw and the moments we experienced were unique. Then we could have a peaceful time in Thailand and discover the Malay hospitality, only three weeks in total, but they gave us the grooving idea of returning and seeing their wonders another time.
So, finally there was Singapore left: what a great place from where to head towards the Down-under modernisation? First: thanks to Barbara that hosted us we could keep the budget low, but not so low: prices are the same as in the western countries, especially due to the trendy places Singapore is full of.
I was impressed about the island-city: someone hates it, someone loves it, due to its well defined role as the hub of western interest in the middle of the Indies (who still are giving us a lot of different, but still precious spices), a connexion to the Down-under, a passage through an exotic holiday, a cheap place for well qualified administrative workforce.
But I liked it. We were there for two days only and I missed the Asian civilisation museum, but I think I realised the identity of Singaporean, this not-more-Chinese, never-been-Malay, I’d-like-to-be-a-white-man community that is doing perfectly what it wants to do: a super airport, clean places everywhere, futuristic building and services… The zoo is representative: I would be an animal trapped in this zoo: there is space, no cages, people look but aren’t molesting, climate is good… they brought exotic animal in the middle of a concrete city in an exotic, equatorial place: this is willingness! Of course, if you are resident there’s the island, the island and only the island, but you haven’t forgotten that you are in the middle of the civilisation, in the middle of the Indies and in the middle of the world.
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