10 Surprises in Singapore
After living here a year, these shocks have become common place facts, but still worth noting.
1. 711 is on almost every block.
2. Per capita, there are more malls than people. (Okay, an exaggeration, but that’s what it feels like.)
3. Chilis, TGIFridays, Applebees, Outback, Hooters, and Hard Rock Cafe are more readily available here than in some places in the States.
4. General Tsao’s chicken, Orange chicken, Cream cheese wantons, Kung Pao chicken or any of those other classic “Chinese” dishes we get in the States are not available here. In any form, anywhere.
5. Carlo Rossi wine is stocked grocery stores. And it costs $20 for a small bottle.
6. The rent for my flat is more per month than I could sell my car for in the states.
7. People literally run from shade to shade to avoid the sun.
8. It is one of the safest countries in the world, but I have about five years and twenty pounds on every police officer.
9. The lack of seasons, the perpetual summer, makes it impossible to gage time passing.
10. McDonald’s is always packed. Like they have to put signs up asking people not to stay too long during “peak” hours otherwise there will be nowhere to sit in the double decker restaurant.