Thursday, May 24, 2018

Photo Diary: Sunny Singapore

Pardon if this post is almost four months late.

Last February, I was in Singapore with my PPSG (Philippine Planespotters Group) friends to attend the Singapore Airshow 2018. It only happens every two years and I missed the previous one in 2016. In 2017, my PPSG friends already planned to go through this trip. This is actually my first international airshow. To add the fun, I was with my friends who share the same passion for aviation.

I've been to Singapore several times already since 2014, but The Little Red Dot never fails to amaze me. The last time I went there, the downtown line of their MRT wasn't finished yet. Today, they've added several new MRT stations. The island nation is gearing itself towards sustainable growth and development.

After the airshow, we went back to our hotel at Geylang, and freshened up a bit. With Singapore's hot and humid weather, taking a cold shower at least two to three times a day is normal. At around 3pm, I explored downtown Singapore. It is very easy to navigate around, all thanks to its effective mass transportation system. I explored Orchard Road, Marina Bay Sands, Chinatown, and Vivo City.

Orchard Road.


The difference between Singapore and Manila became apparent the moment our cab driver made his way to the main thoroughfare towards the downtown area. After settling our things, we explored a bit of Singapore's Chinatown. You won't see any beggars, informal settlers, or stray animals lurking and begging for food. And now, I began to feel uncomfortable because (1) how can a city be free of even a single piece of paper or candy wrapper with no street sweepers; and (2) is it really possible to have a country as clean and organized as this?

Downtown Singapore at night.

Singapore skyline at day.

Look up!

Singapore is the complete antithesis of Manila. It is everyone's ideal city and this current state can be easily achieved IF and only IF people work diligently, and follow the rules and regulations. Here, everything works. The people walk so fast and they don't mingle around. They have a purpose. Whenever you're in an escalator or walkalator, they always stand on the left side to give way to the people who are in a hurry, who will be passing on the right side. There's no question as to why this country emerged as one of the richest in Southeast Asia.

Here are some photos were taken during Singapore Airshow 2018:


Flight sim.

I would defo be back here in two years.

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