I made it to Singapore and so far I’m enjoying it.
I’m staying at the apartment of my college roommate Dave, who is a professor at the University of Singapore.
Singapore is much as I remember it: clean, efficient, modern, and very green.
There are some changes which I’ve noticed, in particular there are more signs in Thai. I don’t recall seeing any signs written in Thai when I was here last time, but many of the signs are written in English, Chinese, Thai, and Bahasa Malaysian. I think there are many more foreign workers in Singapore also.
They’ve put in a large Ferris wheel like they have in London. I’ve already found several times the number of open wifi connections in than I found in almost six months in Australia.
The University of Singapore looked (as much as I can tell in an hour) as a pretty good school. It is exactly the sort of thing which the Singapore government would put money into. It is certainly the best university in South East Asia, and probably one of the best in all of Asia, certainly outside of Japan.
It is really humid here. The Changi Airport is really nice. I’d put it over the Hong Kong airport.
I’m going to search for a cell phone. I think I’ve reached the point where I need to get one. It is more a matter of figuring out what card/plan to get. I don’t need to make a lot of calls, but I would like to do international text messaging.