We’ve been in Singapore for three weeks now, and absolutely loving it.
There are obviously lots of things that are different here than back home in the U.S., but I think the picture above says a lot about the differences.
We were walking around parts of Chinatown tonight, and most of the stores were closed due to the Chinese New Year.
The photo above is of one of the bars that were closed, and it’s hard to tell from the picture, but it is a completely open-air bar. There are no doors or windows, the only barriers are the bar stools and tables, which have been moved to block the entrance.
However, there is nothing that is locking the stools and barriers in place. I could have just moved them to the side, and just like that, I’d be in the bar, with complete access to all the liquor on display.
I am fully confident that nothing will happen to that liquor while the bar is closed; that alcohol is as safe as the subways here.
But can you imagine something like this in the U.S.?
My guess is that the liquor and all the other contents of the bar would be gone in 10 minutes.
There’s a lot to be said for feeling safe and knowing that your personal property is protected.
I guess that’s one of the beauties of traveling to other countries. You get to experience different cultures and begin to realize that things don’t have to be the way you have become accustomed to. Sometimes there is a better way…