Singapore

Let me start randomly with Singapore as it is one of my favourite. My first visit was in 2002, I believe, on the way back from Australia. At the time, my friend Beatrice was living there and I visited her over the week-end, I arrived on a Friday and the first thing that stroke me was that, in such a tiny country, everything worked so well!

No queuing at immigration

No waiting time at luggage belt

All Cash Dispensers work and no one queues there either

No queue at the taxi rank

I was impressed (coming from France, I am sure you appreciate my surprise!)

Béatrice explained that life was easy in Singapore for her,

2 examples :

– dry cleaning, an employee picks up your clothes at your door early in the morning and delivers back in the evening

– when you call for a taxi, they recognize you by your phone number, you don’t have to give again address, name, etc. cool!!!

That time, I visited the Chinese quarter and loads of Dim Sum (what’s its name again?), Béatrice was the one introducing me to reflexology after a day of sightseeing and shopping. She took me to a small shop at the back of a mall on Orchard Road, blind people took care of my feet.

Since then, every time, I was in Asia, I would manage to have a session. It is among the things I miss the most since I don’t travel any more.

  

Then, I joined Catherine and the group to work, it was September, it was the Mooncake festival.

Mooncake is a sweet that I can’t stand but that Chinese people exchange during that month and visit each others with fantastic boxes. It looks like Marzipan but does not taste like it, let me tell you

 I remember we visited the zoo, and it had a Disney theme, we had pepper crab at a traditional Chinese restaurant along the sea, from where we could see the cargoships queuing to enter the port.