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  1. Kerwin
    Kerwin 28 March 2012 at 6:44 am |

    You’re “a moron and wasn’t in the right places.” :-). Your words, not mine :-).

    But seriously, I know what you mean; I felt the same way in Kuwait, but I did find the soul of Kuwait; it was at the Souks. It was weird, to meet Kuwaitis, I had to go to the Police station initially, but once I went to the Souks at night, voila!

    I found Singaore’s soul at Sentosa and then again at one of the fish market and from the tailors who made my shirts in a day; visit again and don’t look so hard :-).

  2. LarryInNYC
    LarryInNYC 28 March 2012 at 7:11 am |

    Haven’t been in Singapore in 20 years but even then it was largely a modern sterile construction in which most of the older buildings had been knocked down in favor of large, planned, and soulless developments.

    Malacca, on the other hand. . .

    Will be returning to SE Asia this summer for the first time in 20 years. Current plans do not call for visiting Singapore at all. I’m sure that, if the free miles bonanza continues for a few more years, I’ll be seeing it soon enough. But there are so many more interesting places in the immediate neighborhood I doubt it will be more than an airport stop for me.

  3. Ric Garrido
    Ric Garrido 28 March 2012 at 7:27 am |

    Where I found the soul of Singapore was in the Changi Beach area near the airport where families camp on the beach and spend the nights at outdoor cafes socializing.

  4. AJ
    AJ 28 March 2012 at 11:20 am |

    me and a friend share a joke about going to Singapore on work everytime we head there.. its like going to Disneyland. coz everything is so curated, in place, kinda perfect

  5. Robertol
    Robertol 29 March 2012 at 12:04 am |

    Toronto on the equator.

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  8. Payam
    Payam 29 March 2012 at 9:23 pm |

    @ Robertol

    Toronto?! Really? Please don’t insult Singapore. Toronto has some of the worse city planning in all of North America. The traffic jams in Toronto and the surrounding boroughs are worse than LA! The overall facade of the city is poorly maintained and there are plenty crumbling neighborhoods all over the place… And please don’t get me started on the dysfunctional, bankrupt Toronto Transit… Singapore is meticulously maintained and planned with what is arguably the best transit system in the world.

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