Diana meets her new home
29.07.2012 - 01.08.2012
The best part of our flash stay in Singapore was seeing my long-time friend Diana! Diana recently got a job with an architecture firm in this tiny but defiantly modern and luxurious new country (it became its own state only in 1965!). Singapore has risen in this short time to be a most organized and beautiful republic/city, full of art and inhabited by a great variety of people from different corners of the world who seem to share an air of elegance and good manners. Extreme example: chewing gum is completely prohibited in the entire country to avoid it ending up stuck in odd spots and making the place look dirty!
We loved the city with its harmonious public spaces, tasteful buildings, great food options and apparently safe streets. We loved meeting up with Diana and exploring the iconic sites through the eyes of someone who was for the first time seeing the city as her new home. Both Diana's and my eyes teared up at a free show at the main lake, where fountains of illluminated water shot up in dancing images displaying happy moments to the rhythm of "What a Wonderful World".
We loved it all, and might have stayed another day were it not so insanely expensive for two backpackers like ourselves. The best we could do for accommodation, for instance, was a fifty dollar single bed set in a hole in a wall punctured with another twenty or so bed-boxes! It was very clean and safe, and we were happy with it but it is crazy how a dollar can stretch so wide some places and be worth close to nothing in others, isn't it?
So off we went the next day on a bus out to a new (and cheaper!) destination, very happy to have shared Singapore with Diana, albeit very briefly!