Tuesday, May 19, 2009
It is almost half way through the year and I have not documented my last trip to Singapore yet.
I went there in January of this year, for the e-CASE 2009 conference. Besides presenting a paper and chairing a session, I was one of the four speakers in an international forum.
Singapore is hot all year round. It is small but full of cultural attractions. Mandarin Chinese, English and Fokkian are spoken by many people there. Fokkian is similar to Taiwanese so I was able to communicate with many food vendors. Cantonese is well received there too. Actually Singapore and Malaysia share many cultures, including the languages and accents.
Here are some snapshots of Singapore:
Had a cocktail here. It was late into the night:
From a cable car in Santosa island
Taking a train in Santosa
I wasn't too interested in this: beach at Santosa.
Clarke Quay: Had dinner here on the first night
Lots of shops for tailored Chinese dresses
The famous Hainan Chicken and Rice
Apartments are numbered.
Not a bad idea to hang clothes out systematically.
Sneaked into a school open house and got some free gifts.
A simulation on the college tour
Singapore is a litter free country
A taste of Singaporean flavours
Singapore is an ordered society with multicultural people living in harmony. But I wonder if Singaporeans feel cold easily because they have only one season to experience? My friend Ron, his son and I posed with two interesting new friends-Emre and Zumrut, the nice couple from Turkey. Zumrut, Emre and I have kept in touch ever since. I just love making friends.
(photo: courtesy of Ron)