Welcome to Singapore....
Trip Start May 08, 2005
45Trip End Aug 16, 2005
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WELCOME TO SINGAPORE
And underneath in big red letters:
DEATH TO DRUG TRAFFICERS BY LAW
A warm welcome for sure.
Where FM Radio goes to die...
Somehow, every 70's and 80's radio pop hit that you wanted desperately to forget ends up in south east Asia...and the cab drivers seem to love it
Arrival on in Singapore on Father's day put me in the middle of "Singapore Gold-FM"'s Father's Day Hit Marathon...
on the ride to the airport, they played
Daddy Don't You Walk so Fast...
Papa Was a Rolling Stone...
Honky Tonk Woman by the Rolling Stones.
There are times when Asia is just one big non-sequiter.
The flavorless music was just another antiseptic face of this island. It didn't take me long to realize that I hand stumbled into the National equivalent of Applebee's....All flash, no flavor
Singapore felt like everywhere else. New York, LA, even a couple of blocks of Overland Park were represented. Though English is the 'Official' language, you never hear it on the street unless folks from different ethnic groups are trying to communicate.
I chalk it up to the receding tide of the British Empire. The ships may have sailed but in their wake left institutions and schools and strength, stability, security....sterility.
Years of colonization by a multitude of foreign forces have left Singapore with a feeling of place-less-ness. Its not Chinese enough, Indian enough, Malaysian enough to really take on a concrete identity...Any chance of individuality has been squashed by the current occupying force,
The usual culprits were present in abundance:
KFC, Burger King, McDOnalds, Swensen's, Tony Roma's, Starbucks, IKEA, Toys 'R' Us, and of course every international fashion designer has a shop on Orchard road...
All of these were to be expected for sure
But there were surprises as well.
MOS Burger, a fast-food chain from Japan.
Lawry's, a fine American prime rib house.
The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, a competitor of Starbucks that originated in LA back when Starbucks was only 3 shops in Seattle. Christ, we don't even have one of those in Kansas City!
Just as well we don't have a working knowledge of Feng Shui in KC either....