Sunday, April 14, 2013

Eating my way through Singapore

My second day in Singapore was a lot of fun. During the day, Andy took me around the city to see some of the sights.

We rode the subway to a large luxury mall. There is a big mall culture here, so they have all of the best stores.

From there, we went to the top of a very tall luxury hotel for a drink in their rooftop bar. The views were stunning. You could see the port where items are shipped in and all of the tall corporate buildings.

We ate lunch inside a shopping center. There is a big culture around food here, so an entire floor of the mall was dedicated to food - and an ice skating rink. There is even a "river" running through the mall with small boats, much like Las Vegas.

Later that night, we went to a neighborhood called Little India to have Indian food for dinner. We had a delicacy called fish head curry that was very tasty and I had a mango drink that was fantastic.

After dinner, we took a long walk through Little India. The streets were packed with men from south India. Most are workers that come to Singapore to work in construction in order to support their families back home. Sunday is the one day each week that they are required to have a day off and it is when they visit Little India. There were long lines outside of the banks where people waited to send money back to their families.

The experience transported me back to India in a way. The only odd thing was the large discrepancy in numbers of men compared to women. I felt bad for what these people must have to go through to support their families.

On the way back home, we also passed a religious temple. Much like India, many different religions coexist in Singapore.

I learned a lot about Singapore that I didn't know. For example, Singapore only became independent about 50 years ago and has really transformed itself into the safe, business focused place you see today. It's the most densely populated city in the world, so city planning seems to be a big part of life. It's also incredibly safe. For more information about Singapore, here's a Wikipedia article about it:

Below are a few photos from the day.

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