Last februari I visited Singapore, the city I heard so many great things about. And I loved it. I have to say, I already at awe with cities like Hongkong, Bangkok and Shanghai, so it shouldn’t have come as a surprise to me.
Singapore is clean, comfortable and although it being very busy and unlike Amsterdam, it has space. There’s not much contrast in the weather nor in its cultures: I couldn’t find rough edges. Nevertheless, there are contrasts when you look at it in a different way.
It’s in the way where they build their towers. As you can see in the pictures, they’re sometimes literally build in the backyard of a small ‘older’ house that was already there. A small cosy street can end in an enormous building. The contrast in characters of buildings. The inhumanity of levels in these towers where humans are supposed to live in. Here in Holland, this could never happen. I like it, though.
I liked my visit at Sentosa as well, contrast wise. This artificial isle you have to go to by the train. For me it felt as if I stepped into a wrong movie. The voice out of a speaker in an almost total empty hall on the top floor of a shopping mall made me feel like I was stepping into a space ship. The island is almost completely filled with theme parks and beaches that look like a tropical island. But here you almost swim between the oiltankers and container ships that wait for the shore to be unloaded.