Last Thoughts Before Leaving the The Lion City
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January 3rd, 2010 – by: stevenguyen
One thing that I usually do before leaving a country is to make notes about what I've noticed. There are many subtle differences that you'll find in Singapore that you won't really experience in the states, and I think the most obvious difference is the humidity. Since the country is right above the equator line, the weather stays warm and humid all throughout the year so that you'll never have to worry about wearing a sweater. From what I'm hearing from people back in California, the weather is freezing! Another thing is the overly authoritarian government that prohibits even the most trivial misdemeanors such as littering, vandalism, and jaywalking. It's great for the country in a sense that they want to keep it clean and safe for their citizens, but stuff like outlawing chewing gum is a bit extreme in my opinion.
From what I can recall, things have been so hectic lately. Singapore has been more crowded than it has ever been, but after the New Year celebrations have died down... the city has slowly returned back to its normal pace. I'll try to recap the past few days to the best of my knowledge.
After I got back to Singapore from KL, I headed right back for the Marina Mandarin to put all my stuff down. I was about to join my family up for lunch in the Marina Square and then afterwards, head down to Orchard Road for a little shopping. I think around this time was my birthday, so my family wanted to take me out to dinner with their friends.
I set aside the rest of the week to just hang out with my production crew and talk about new business. In the last two days, they took me to all of the places that I had on my list.
My favorite part about the return back was our visit to the Newton Circle to eat a wide variety of Singaporean seafood. The list goes on and on: sambal stingray, fried rice, beef and chicken satay, oyster omelette, prawns, chicken wings, etc. You name it, they had it! Another place that we went to for a late night dish was the Roti Prata House in Thomson. I had no idea what prata was, but once I tried it.
All I can really say is that other than work, walking the city, and eating... most of the remainder of my stay here consisted of playing Left 4 Dead 2 really late at night and clubbing with a bunch of girls here and there! I think this trip is exactly what I needed to clear my mind and head back home.
As I'm currently counting down my last few days here, I'm eagerly going through my digital camera and looking through some of the stock photos that I've taken (many of which I've already shared with you). While I'm looking, I'm simply amazed of how many beautiful places that I've come across. I've also come to realize that I've made some great friends over the past few weeks, and I finally got the chance to hang out with my Singapore buddies that I've collaborated with so many times online.
Just thinking about it, I can understand how my production partner BLT felt when he had to leave Singapore four years ago. I definitely feel a bit of sadness that I won't be able to see the guys for at least another year. I consider them my close friends now, and I hope to return to Singapore and see everyone again soon. Well, that wraps up the end of my three week excursion throughout Southeast Asia. I'm looking forward to a great new year!
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