Another airport evening

I hit my limit and moved my flight from Singapore to London up by 24 hours.  I simply wanna go home!   I did three very full and very long days of work in Singapore, had one day free on Sunday during which I did my tiny tourist thing (cable car) but actually was only awake about 10 hours since the work was so intense and all this travel has been brutal.  So here I am again on the airport wi-fi (what a pattern this has been lately!) waiting for boarding.  I’ve already bought a few souvenirs (I know, at the airport shops, how sad!) and I’m typing so as to not fall asleep and miss this flight.

There were things I loved about Singapore.  The multi-story car-park in which there was a sensor above each spot so the digital signs could direct you how many spots were open down every single row.  At the place where I stayed, there were no keys at all but a little remote control transponder that you had to use to select your allowed floors in the lift, and open both the hallway doors and individual room doors.  Clearly a theme emerges, the techno-geek in me loved high-tech Singapore.

There were things I hated about Singapore.  The weather was horrid.  I’m going to have to fumigate everything in my suitcase when I get home.  In some ways it was so westernized so as to be depressing; it was hard to find any indication that I was actually in Asia.  Only the dominance of black hair, the food, and an occasional sign with quite questionable English grammar reminded me that I was not still in Britain.

I think I would come back but not just to come to Singapore; perhaps I’ll have another Asian trip in the not-too-distant-future in which I could bring my sister and we could do several Asian stops, taking advantage of her ability to speak Chinese and get around off the beaten path.  Or maybe I’d do a few days in Singapore en route to Australia or New Zealand, major stops on my dream world tour.   But for now, I am about to get onto yet another intercontinental flight–4th in two weeks–and get my butt home for about 40 hours before the next flight.  This world tour cannot end soon enough!

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One response to “Another airport evening

  1. That’s really interesting; in my visits to Singapore, I always found it very modern… but really not all that western. For example, walking down Orchard Road, the “Oxford Street” of Singapore, you see the M&S and all the malls, the department stores, etc., but there’s also the hawker stalls, the guy playing a little street-side erhu, and inside the stores, the Chinese model of customer service. Walk around downtown, and you see skyscrapers… and then suddenly, a giant statue of Laozi and a Chinese dumpling festival. The kopi (coffee) comes with sweetened condensed milk. Random stalls sell everything that can be bought roadside, from sari fabric and samosas to slippers and stir-fry. It always felt like an Asian city to me.

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