Singapore: Tropical Metropolis.

Singapore is exquisite. Singapore is a highly-succesful model for state-building. This tiny island formerly a part of Malaysia used to be a swamp and a third world country. Now it is a contender for one of the world’s great cities and it is the country with the highest per capita per GDP wages. There is a fusion of Chinese, Malaysian, Indian, Tamil and British influences to be seen everywhere:

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Above are: Hainanese chicken and rice, cendol, Chinese broccoli, Changi Airport, Laksa, Marina Bay Sands Hotel, and an apartment complex decorated for Christmas.

One thing I liked about Singapore was the wonderful food and the difficulty to get that food outside of the country. I can not get either cendol, laksa or Hainanese chicken where I live in LA.

One of the best meals I had ever had was at a buffet at the Raffles Hotel, Singapore’s most expensive hotel:

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There was also the Singapore Bird Park, with waterfalls in the Africa section:

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Here is the Burmese Temple, the first Buddhist temple to use electric halos:

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I spent 3 days in Singapore, which was not enough time. For such a tiny scrap on the map, Singapore sure crams a lot into it’s tiny surface area. Remarkably, I left many stones unturned and did not see everything was there, notably foregoing Sentosa Island.

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