The first impressions of Singapore were realised when I had to fill out the immigration card on the way in across the border from Malaysia, "possession of drugs may result in the death penalty" written clearly on the front, someone meant business here!!!
I only had a few days here but I was highly impressed to say the least. This place is ultra-modern, ultra-clean and devoid of basically any violence. No chewing gum sold either, yup that's how serious this place is. It seems to be the place where all the money of Asia collects, every second car is a Porche, Range Rover or Lamborghini. There are shopping centers everywhere and I mean everywhere, so it is the ultimate place to send your credit card into the red (gadgets and designer labels). The place contains all the cultures from Asia with all the people largely here for business reasons. The food is some of the best I've tasted, incorporating all the best of the Asian cuisines. It is probably the cheapest luxury in Singapore too where overall, the place is pretty expensive compared to the rest of Asia. I was actually afraid to do music busking here, I knew a permit was required and didn't fancy running into the law.
Certainly two impressive sights I visited here were the Marina Bay Sands hotel and Sentosa Island. The Marina Bay Sands hotel is billed as the most expensive standalone casino property and was opened in 2010 (~8 billion Sdollar). The hotel has over 2,500 rooms and it has a unique and memorable architectural design. The view from the top is damn amazing to say the least and I wasn't a resident (obviously) so I couldn't lean over the edge at the Infinity pool! The other attraction I was impressed with was Sentosa Island which is like a playground for adult tourists. Luxury Resorts, man-made beaches, Universal studios, Aquariums, Skytower, golfing you name it.Singapore got it all.
My view on Singapore is that a few days here is plenty to soak it all in. It is truly a Disneyland for the business world, the flashy attention to detail and the quality of service and infrastructure is astounding. However, because of this clinical design and its financial importance, this place really is devoid of any culture, people walk past like robots all going about there own business. It can get boring quickly if your not really into just hanging around looking cool and spending ridiculous amount of money. That being said, it was 100% worth the visit and would definitely say to anyone passing through that airport (which is one of the best in the world by the way) to stop off here for a few days.
Below is a video snippet from the stunning light show on the bayfront.
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