You can’t help but compare the two cities when you come straight from Hong Kong to Singapore. Hong Kong slaps you in the face with culture shock and the energy of the city is literally electric. However, Singapore amazes because of its beauty combined with its technology. The Marina Sands Hotel has 3 towers with a “boat” on top of it. It looks like its going to fall over, which is why we are holding it up…
People here say that Singapore wants to be Hong Kong, but I think it has a lot to be proud of. You can’t spit, chew gum, litter, and you definitely don’t want to do drugs here(10 Australian tourists were executed some years back for bringing heroin.) But, the cleanliness, kindness, multiculturalism, order, technology, and heat are enough to marvel at.
Here we are defiantly spitting by the symbol of Singapore!(Not really) The Merlion is a blend of a mermaid and a lion. Singapore translates to “lion city.” The story goes that Colonel Raffles of the British Royal Navy was looking for a seaway to connect Malaysia and Indonesia. He sailed past the island of Singapore and saw a lion on its shores. He took that as a good omen and settled here. The mermaid part of the Merlion represents the great fishing in the region. A little strange but cool nonetheless.
By the by, I did inadvertently spit once and no one arrested me!
Of course you inadvertently spit! 🙂