Far from the madding crowd
Trip Start Apr 10, 2006
47Trip End Jul 24, 2006
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I guess if I had been in Singapore another time I may have had a different impression, and there is the rub of all guides for anywhere; it is one persons impression, taken at a moment in time, and based on experiences and standards and upbringing and a whole host of factors.
So here is my dilemna; Singapore is impeccably clean - clean of pollution, litter, dog debris et al, it is spotless. Singapore is incredibly safe, I'd say I felt the safest here more than anywhere else in the world, no signs of punch up's, theft, or even shouting
So what was wrong? Absolutely nothing, I just think it is the type of place you could do all the sights and see all the attractions and be done in three days, and there is nothing else to hold you there. Others may see it differently, and I did meet some people who were staying a month, but me; I'd be bored.
Now it might have been something to do with the weather
Some fifty meters in front of the shoreline little islands have been deigned and constructed, some of which have rope bridges connecting them, but most are attainable by a short swim in the warm waters. Their construction though has little to do with fun and more to block out the views of the huge number of cargo and tanker ships that either pass or moor, less than a mile from shore.
I was told that the waters were some of the cleanest in the world
The best part of my day at the beach was seeing just so many groups of youngsters having fun. There were dozens of groups, playing; frisbee, netball, football, british bulldog, and a host of other games and all were laughing and giggling - it was a remarkable sight.
The sadest was after seeing a wedding and reception being prepared with makeshift alter, guest seating, and round reception tables all bathed in white linen, and finished with beautiful bouquets. The view on one side of the public beach, palm trees and hotel gardens, an idyllic setting? Look across the beach and out to sea and there as a backdrop to the ceremony; a plethora of ugly ships. But the day could not have materialised as planned for anyone, because at about 5.00pm crashing thunder and incredible fork lightening heralded the start of a torrential thunder storm, which sent the 1,000's of island visitors sprawling for cover, and the nearest dryest exit off the island.
Me I got absolutely drenched - and spent the next two hours getting back to my digs, the ferry's having stopped running due to the weather and not enough busses to cope with the sheer demand of everyone leaving at once - did I mind? Hell no, it was all part of the travel experience, but I was pretty uncomfortable and exremely cold in wet clothes with the metro air conditioning fanning me!