Getting to Singapore from Malaysia is supposed to be just a bus ride away and very simple to do. I purchased my ticket to Singapore from the Melaka bus station the morning of with no problem. I then read the “TOURIST CONDITIONS” on the back of the ticket and rule #3 stood out to me:
“Bus will depart if passengers take more than 20 minutes at customs and immigration. Company is not responsible for delayed passengers.”
I thought “oh great… I hope this doesn’t happen to me” and well guess what happened to me? Yup just that, I was left at the border entering Singapore. I had never been left at any border since I’ve started traveling. I had no control over how long it took me to get through customs and immigration, I was a bit pissed and kept thinking “now what?”. I then spotted someone who I had seen earlier on my bus because we had very similar backpacks. Lucky for us we were left stranded at border of Singapore… one of the most efficient countries in the world. Right next to where our bus was supposed to leave from were public buses leaving every few minutes. We asked which one went to where we were going “Little India” and were told to wait for it. 5 minutes later we were on our way to where needed to be, not a big deal after all. This was the 1st sign of how meticulous Singapore is.
I spent a week in Singapore and enjoyed a bit of luxury, swimming at the worlds highest infinity pool & was overwhelmed walking down Orchard Road (Singapore ritziest street). The entire time though as I walked around to get from place to place or explore any part of Singapore I was kind of shocked at everything. I guess I must admit that this was my first time back in a First World Country in over year. Yes I have spent the last year traveling through developing countries and it’s been shocking, but I got used to the chaos. I was shocked for so many reasons upon arriving in Singapore and made several observations of the city/state. Here are a few:
- Everything is clean and organized.
- Even constructions sites are very clean and organized.
- You can never really get lost because every street actually has a street sign.
- Everyone one waits for the red man to turn green before crossing the street.
- Everyone seems so civilized and minding their own business.
- You will find no jay walking signs everywhere and an arrow pointing to the nearest intersection.
- No one shows any emotions.
- It seems like everyone has a smart phone and is on it at all times.
- I didn’t see a single cop the entire week I was there.
- You have so many restrictive laws and can be fined for just about anything.
- Surveillance cameras are everywhere and it’s creepy.
- Even all the hotels, hostels & resorts have so much surveillance.
- It has a lot of vegetation for a concrete city.
- It’s almost too perfect.
- Utopia - is a community or society possessing highly desirable or perfect qualities.
- Police State - is a state in which the government exercises rigid and repressive controls over the social, economic, and political life of the population.