We told our friends and colleagues: “To Singapore!”
They said: “Singapore? That’s… far.”
They asked me: “What will you do, dear culture vulture/word nerd/creative geek/bougie bohemian?” You see, most Americans still think of the Lion City as a clean and orderly – but prissy – Asian megalopolis full of soulless capitalists short on cultural capital.
I said: “Discover the soul of another great city.” Apparently, one doesn’t “have to look far to find echoes of the island’s colourful, rakish past, or evidence of a thriving and creatively unfettered artistic community.”
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We’re here now.
I am armed with my camera, my computer, a map, my Lonely Planet guide book, and two handy publications for expats–The Complete Residents’ Guide to Singapore and Living in Singapore–and I’m determined to find the Singapore that Westerners know little about. Along the way, I know I’ll do lots of touristy things too: visit the Singapore Zoo, take a ride on the Singapore Flyer, shop on Orchard Road, play Blackjack at the Marina Bay Sands Singapore.
Join me on my little adventure to learn some history, be inspired by pretty things, meet creative people, and make this little island home for a while.