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11.09.2011, 9:30   ---   Clean, cleaner, Singapore

And yet another big city… But at the same time also a country and an island. Singapore is with no doubt stunning, the skyscrapers of the CBD form a beautiful skyline, architects seem to be pretty creative… oh well, and it’s another shopping paradise of course! It’s by far the most modern, expensive and efficient place in Southeast Asia , everything runs smoothly, no traffic jams, music in the streets, the underground runs minutely, everybody speaks fluent English, there’s fantastic food from all over the world and cars stop at zebra crossings. And the most fascinating point: The endless cleanliness!! Everything’s perfectly polished and there’s not the smallest piece of rubbish on the streets. Even the underground – the notorious dirt hole of every city – is so sterile that one could literally eat from the floor. But that’s not without reason as Singapore is plastered with prohibition signs, some of them even directly state the fine as well. My personal favourite however is the durian prohibition (a tropical fruit with a disgusting smell) in the underground and many other enclosed paces! ;-) And while other countries worry about weapons and drugs, Singapore bans chewing gum! Yep right, chewing gum! They are not being sold anywhere in the country and allowances upon entering Singapore are strictly restricted.
Last night after dark I went to see the Marina Sands Complex, the 3 brand new towers with some sort of “surfboard” on top of them. It looks absolutely beautiful anyway and to make it even better there’s a daily light and laser show along with synchronised fountains and music, fantastic!
A whole different world in this sterile city is “little India ”, a small suburb clustered with market stalls and second-hand bargain shops, slightly disorganised and even some rubbish on the streets.
As nice as this city may be, somehow I miss an enjoyable atmosphere. It’s alright for a few days, but now I had enough and I’m already on a ferry to Indonesia . Soon I’ll arrive at the small Island of Batam not far from Singapore and will hopefully get the chance to leave for Java straight-away. It was impossible to find any information about boats on the internet, the boat company doesn’t answer the phone and it was already too late to book a flight online. Let’s see what will happen…

   

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