heritage city or economic wonderland!

The fact that Singapore has so many different cultures coming together and living comfortably amazes me. We have Chinese, Malays, Europeans, Indians, Muslims living togther and with absolutely no issues. They all seem to adapt to a lifestyle very Singaporean in nature, I am not saying there is no diversity, but there seems to be a common thread between all. Is it consumerism? maybe, after all this is a city which likes the five Cs, namely Cash, Car, Credit card, Condominium, and membership(s) of Country clubhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/5_C’s_of_Singapore that is the ultimate goal i guess, but still whenever i go to pockets of regional culture like Little India, China town or Al Junied for that matter, i am fascinated by the change i see in the city from one part to another! its like u cud never believe that little india and Raffles place are just 3 kms apart, its amazing! with culture being important along with Economic power. I guess it is correct to say this is the meeting place for cultures from east and west!

3 Comments so far

  1. Darren (unregistered) on May 20th, 2007 @ 5:17 am

    Hmmm. Rahul, I must admit that you sound pretty in love with Singapore.

    I must make this point, though:

    The 5Cs do not necessarily still exist today – it is debatable. What is certain is that Singapore as a “Culture” is definitely going through a state of reformation and ideals are still fairly liquid.

  2. rahul (unregistered) on May 20th, 2007 @ 5:25 am

    i am not in love with Singapore, i respect it for what it is. Things move here, the govt. is efficient, ppl seem to be happy, ppl are tolerant of one another. These are things which i have never experienced back in India. Yes i miss home, but Singapore is a great place to be as a student, and It gives me a secure life, which would have been difficult to imagine in Australia or United Kingdom, which were my other choices.I mean I am new to Singapore’s history, but there seems to be an amazing amount of work done in a relatively short period of time by Singaporeans, which is remarkable. I am again fairly new to the city , so I guess it would take some time for me find issues to complain about. Because from where I am coming this place is much better live in, discounting th fact India is my home.

  3. Darren (unregistered) on May 20th, 2007 @ 1:45 pm

    Fair enough, we all have our shots at happiness – that’s what’s important in the end.

    Though, do not generalise Australia and the UK – as with the rest of the world it will depend on which city you choose to reside.

    Have a good time in Singapore. Do enjoy your stay!

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