Size really doesn't matter.
23.12.2011 - 25.12.2011
To many of my countrymen, Singapore is a symbol of prestige. Tell one that you won't be in church this weekend because you'll be in Singapore, he or she will look at you admiringly if not jealously. Three weeks later tell him or her the same thing, you'll get even a more admiring look. What would they do in tiny Singapore? Shopping and eating.
No offense. Tiny Singapore it is. How else would you describe a country that has no city because the whole country is the whole city? Compare the size with my country, 'tiny' would be even too big. Nevertheless, traveling to Singapore is widely considered more prestigious than traveling to the East parts -- exclude Bali -- of my country.
So, when I started my train adventure all the way from Singapore to Bangkok, I decided to be another admirer of Singapore.
My first admiration of Singapore was how green it looked from my window seat on the plane. Regardless on how tiny, Singapore sees to it that greenery has enough place on Singapore soil. Bravo!
I took this Hop-On Hop-Off bus to study the country and city called "Singapore" and it did really help. Written information was written on the brochure and oral information was heard all the way inside the bus. I highly recommend this bus for anyone visiting Singapore for the first time.
This is just an advertisement, I suppose. However, this banner tells about Singapore. A country, a city, in diversity. Diverse, and yet all in one: Singapore.
My admiration for Singapore grew as I witnessed from the bus how well old buildings were preserved whilst standing side by side to modern skyscrapers. That's another spelling for 'harmony' in Singapore.
Flats were common sight. On the contrary, greenery in Singapore wasn't just from the sky. It was everywhere. In the country I know pretty well, people would seize every inch of soil to build a residential area. Only after enough houses and apartments are built, greenery would come to consideration -- hopefully. Now, Singapore which doesn't even have a single city, made these people sacrifice their comfort of life and even more, made opportunity-seekers forgo a stack of cash, for the sake of keeping Singapore green. In other words, they neglected the theory of supply and demand for the sake of trees. Who wouldn't want a place to stay with adequate space for drying laundry? These people are heroes.
Orchard Road, yes! Shop till you drop! However, that's not the whole idea of Singapore. Amidst of the people having no space to dry their clothes, Singapore made efforts to build Jurong Bird Park, Singapore Zoo, Underwater World and Dolphin Lagoon, Butterfly and Insect Kingdom, you name it.
When I saw the animals I had never seen before in real life, I forgot how expensive living cost was in Singapore.
Jelly fish at Underwater World.
African Penguin and Snowy Owl at Jurong Bird Park.
Yet to come: River Safari with giant pandas as the main attraction. Bear in mind, no matter how many Chinese people there are, Singapore is no China at all. It would certainly cost greater effort to keep giant pandas in Singapore than in China. I quote Wikipedia:
"One of the main attractions will be a pair of male and female Giant Pandas - Kai Kai (凯凯) and Jia Jia (嘉嘉) - who will be housed in a specially constructed climate-controlled enclosure which can rotate through the four seasons emulating their original environment. The zoo will also grow its own 8000 sq meter plantation of special bamboo specially for feeding the giant pandas..."
8000 sq meter for panda's food alone! I think Kai Kai and Jia Jia should tell the people who had no space to dry their laundry: “Máfan nǐ 麻烦你."
Singapore Flyer is just a ferris wheel. What country doesn't have a ferris wheel? It would be something special only if it's something like the ferris wheel from the other side of the globe: London Eye.
See? Let alone resorts, five star hotels, exquisite dining, latest fashion, and such. What can't you get in Singapore? Size really doesn't matter for Singapore. Everyone flocks to Singapore, because all in one is in Singapore.