A short and sweet little picture blog post for week 30.
My final wanderings around Kuala Lumpur – A trip to the Petronas Towers – Formerly the tallest buildings in the world until 2004.
Time for the next stop, and a visit to a country which was not on the original plan, Singapore – The Lion City!
Singapore is a tiny melting pot of success in South East Asia. The country is around in the top 5 of every measured list around GDP per capita going. To take a quote from wiki:
Singapore is a global commerce, transportation and financial hub – ranked as the “Easiest place to do business” for nine consecutive years by the World Bank. It is the world’s top meeting city (UIA) and Asia’s top convention city since 2002 (ICCA). Globally, it is the “City with the best investment potential” (BERI), 2nd most competitive country, 3rd-largest foreign exchange centre, 4th-largest financial centre and one of the top two busiest container ports since the 1990s.
What does all this mean for me? Well not too much, apart from it’s going to be an expensive few days! After feeling spoiled with how comparatively cheap everything has been for the past few months, going back to ‘normal’ prices is a shock to the system!
It is a completely multicultural experience. Considering how physically small it is, a brief wander around could have you convinced you have taken a trip to 4 or 5 countries in just a few hours. All nationalities, all religons….it was the first time I’d ever seen a church, a buddhist temple, and Mosque, and a Hindu temple all in the same day!
The archetecture throughout the city was beautiful. For some reason the buildings, roads, and general spacing and vibe of the City reminded me of some sort of Asian Berlin.
Short and Sweet, Singapore! I may come back some point when I’m making some money again! :-)