Keep In Mind!
Remainder for travelers… Surprise just before leaving Indonesia!
You have to hold a ticket leaving Singapore!
When I came to the check-in counter for my Jakarta-Singapore flight in Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta airport, the person in the counter asked me a ticket leaving from Singapore. That was a total surprise! Indonesia has similar rule when you are entering their country. To a certain extend it can be understandable. But it was too much for me “to ask a ticket, leaving Singapore” when I am going to a new country. Anyway I do not want to make further comments about these rules.
Thanks to the person in the Jetstar counter nicely provided me his mobile’s hot-spot and I bought my outbound flight ticket from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur instantly. But that was quite an unpleasant surprise. If I did not come to airport fairly early, I wouldn’t able to leave the country (maybe). It is hard to understand these incomprehensible rules but eventually this is travel and we are facing so many different habits, attitudes, traditions, rules etc. in every step.
After I left Singapore Changi airport, I used Grab-Share for the first time. There was two other Singaporean and myselfin grab taxi. There begun a common chat in the car about specific things like “where are you from?” etc. I asked our Grab driver his view about Singapore. He described Singapore shortly asking a question to me: “Do you like McDonald’s?” and “What I feel about it?”. he said that “It is the same feeling for me about Singapore.” This is the welcoming statement. I can assume that he wanted to stress “brands” and “capitalism” basically.
Short Stay in Singapore…
After one month in Indonesia, I was in Singapore for three days. I just wanted to see this famous country. I wanted to have my own perception. I found different than I imagine. There are Chinese, Indian, Arab, Malay, Indonesian districts beside mainstream capitalist places. I felt sometimes in an Arab country, sometimes India or respectively others. But the main distinction from original countries, these districts were cleaner than the originals but the spirit is the same. Singapore was definitely super different after Indonesia. Invaded by world-famous brands and capitalism. It also gives you the feeling transition from Indonesia to Malaysia and through Asia. The transition and respect shows itself in terms of religion varieties. Hindu and Buddhist temples as well as mosques and churches. You may see all of them in small areas living in peace (at least seemingly).
In these oriental districts I met some Turkish restaurant. Especially Zeynel (Usta) Chef made a memorable effect on me with his universal thinking and modesty.
The metro system in Singapore is really convenient. Also the shopping malls is everywhere. I visit “Gardens by The Bay“. It was amazing. I felt myself in Avatar movie. This was the feeling.
I think multi-nationality will be seen everywhere in South Eastern Asia. Especially, there is a “Chinatown” or a “Little India” everywhere.
I wander around Bayfront. The parliament blue aftersunset was amazing in Bayfront. Clark Quay and some other basic sites. Orchard Road is one the famous shopping street in Singapore. You may easily find every world class brands there. Clark Quay is one of the hub of night life.
I met with dear Adam Ogle in Chinatown for dinner. He is a real entrepreneur about travel guidance and organisations for the people who will come to Australia. They are taking care of everything for you. You may take a look at the services from https://welcometo.travel/
I came across Indian Deepavali Festival there. With its vivid sceneries and night markets I enjoyed a lot. (http://www.visitsingapore.com/festivals-events-singapore/cultural-festivals/deepavali.html)
I met a very nice person from Tanzania in Deepavali bazaar in Little India. She is the chair-person of an organisation taking care of more than 200 orphans in Tanzania. She is Mariam Idd Makame. She is the head of USAIDIZI Organization (www.usaidiziorphans.org). Please visit their site and understand what kind of a noble and hard work they are doing.
It was a short exploratory visit to Singapore. I had my own feelings and experience about this little nice country. Now lets head up north and go to Malaysia!