It’s Nice / It’s Not Nice
One last unexpected day in Singapore (Thank you, Typhoon Krovanh!), but I’ll keep this post short with some random musings.
1. If New York : San Francisco = Hong Kong : Singapore, and I prefer Hong Kong to Singapore by a huge margin, what does this mean?
2. This place has an interesting “kopi” culture. As for the local stuff, it’s brewed in a sock (take that Blue Bottle). In terms of the American coffee chains, this place is covered in Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf outlets (my sister confirmed that it hit Singapore long before San Francisco). I wonder how Coffee Bean bested Starbucks (which are pretty easy to find, but not prevalent).
3. I bet that if I run a Google query with Singapore and the phrase “city of the future,” I’ll come across a Thomas Friedman column, but I couldn’t help but think that this week. If the 21st century is the BRIC century, then Singapore may be the model, with it’s mix of the modern with the co-existing cultures Chinese, Indian, Indonesian, and Malay cultures all in one place (cultures who on their home turf represent about 2/3’s of the world’s population) and strong Anglo influences. A place that understands China and India and speaks English seems to have a head start on the rest of us. Either that, or I’ve listened to Friedman spout off too much.
One last serving of Chendol* calls, so that’s it for now.
*Though I love Chendol, and the food here is really different, this is the first time, when I want In n’ Out, pizza, and Gordo’s the day I get back to SF. Everyone here describes food in two binary modes of “It’s nice,” or “It’s not nice.” Overall, the food here is “nice,” but I’ve had “nicer.”