Neat & Tidy Singapore

It was only a few days, but we had fun exploring Singapore.  It’s a country and a city all in one.

Prices are like back home, western costs, no longer the good Asian deals.  Singapore seems to be a well-planned out country, well at least in terms of space and design.  It feels like there’s a lot of space everywhere. It’s a small, prosperous, innovative, clean, and safe city/country.  I think that was part of the planning when the country was being developed.  Singapore apparently wants to be and remain neat and tidy at all times so there are laws against chewing gum, not flushing the toilet, littering, spitting, jaywalking, feeding pigeons, and smoking in public.  Just a few small things you should be aware of if you plan to visit. Did I mention it’s neat and tidy?

David did a nice job in his recent blog post, sharing some info about Singapore and our exploration there.  We also visited Little India, which might be the biggest Little India we have ever been to.  It really had the feel of India with bright vibrant colors, noise, smells, and lots of people.  We instantly felt at home.  There really is something about India that feels so special to me and this was a pretty good representation to bring back that feeling.

Garlands and malas in Little India, Singapore

As I mentioned, Singapore is a thoughtfully laid out city and has some nice parks and green spaces.  This particular park along a reservoir, MacRitchie Reservoir Park, created the desire for us to break out into some spontaneous yoga postures.  It’s been so nice over the past 9 months to spend some extra time, since I have no job responsibilities, on yoga.  Sometimes we are practicing on our mats in the place we are staying, at a local studio, or outside somewhere.  Sometimes we are recording an online class and sometimes we are just doing our own practice.  And sometimes we are just playing around in the moment with no yoga mat, shoes on, just doing what we can with what we have.  That’s what happened here.  We sat quietly and took in the sounds and then we romped and frolicked all over until we were so hot and thirsty that we had to find water.  It was about 90 degrees and humid!  Lots of fun!

Yoga in the park, Singapore

Maybe you have heard about the Supertree Grove in Singapore?  Huge tall “trees” that come alive at night and put on quite an amazing color show with opera-like music. They vary from 80-160 feet tall, as tall as a 16 story building. They have environmentally sustainable functions (generating solar power, acting as air venting ducts for nearby conservatories, collecting rainwater, and creating shade). In addition to the lights, the Supertrees are vertical gardens and have well over a hundred thousand plants, made up of more than 200 varieties of bromeliads, orchids, ferns and flowering tropical climbers planted on them.  We read that the government wanted to increase quality of life by increasing the greenery and flora in the city.  Their strategy is to transform Singapore from a “Garden City” to a “City in a Garden”.  It was so cool to be in the middle of this “forest of trees”.  There were people sitting and laying all over, just looking up at them in the sky.  It felt a bit like a cross between being at a 4th of July fireworks display mixed with a classical music concert.  But again everything was neat and tidy.  I love the ways we can find different points of view literally and figuratively.  And often when we sit with something long enough it can change right in front of our eyes, offering us a new perspective or way of seeing something.  ; )

And I can’t miss an opportunity to talk about the airport….wow!  Free massage chairs, movie theater, tv watching area, sleeping area, showers, butterfly park, and other gardens (inside and outside).  And of course, plenty of shopping and food.  It’s quite an adventure just being at the airport.  It really makes airport time when traveling to and from Singapore quite enjoyable.

Only 3 nights in Singapore and we’ve now moved onto a new continent. Hello Africa! More to come on that.