“Only when the tide goes out do you discover who’s been swimming naked.”
Last Tuesday I visited Singapore in order to get a social visa so we could legally stay in Indonesia until the end of our internship and even a little longer. It was the easiest process in the world compared to all the others that we had gone through previously. We just needed to go to the office, hand in our documents ,and voilà , everything was ready by the evening.
Singapore left me a very good impression during the short visit. It had an image of an Asian business centre with modern buildings and many skyscrapers. After having lived two months in the local culture in poorer conditions than used to it seemed like we finally reached civilisation. People spoke English, looked neat and it felt good to be in a modern world for a change. It had public transportation and normal traffic and it is the second best country in the world with internet speed! Oh, how i miss all this. I could independently get by in Singapore. Here in Bali, I am so scared to drive a motorcycle. The first time I tried to drive one I immediately drove into a bush. I don’t want to imagine what would happen if i will go and drive in that horrible traffic.
The buildings in Singapore were astonishing. All Ted Mosby like architecture geeks would not get enough of the city. The weather was great. Even a bit too hot for me, but i was overdressed since i always start to feel cold in the airplane.
The Chinatown was very big or at least seemed big since we often ended up there. Or maybe we were just going in circles. I’m not sure.
We visited the nearest park. It was hot and we needed a place to rest. The park had the loudest birds that i have ever heard. I was trying to spot where exactly the noise comes from, but could not see any birds, nothing. It was extremely loud!
In the evening, we headed back to the airport and shared a taxi with a Canadian woman living there in Singapore. We got to be a part of a very interesting conversation about the negative sides of Singapore. For instance, it is hard for a foreigner to find a job in Singapore. Always a certain percent of local people need to have a job. I saw quite many international people, businessmen around Singapore, though.
To be completely honest I miss the rainy, sunless Amsterdam. It was very convenient to get by as a foreigner. Don’t get me wrong, Bali is a beautiful island , but it is quite hard to live in a completely different culture and the environment. Even though Bali is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, it has maintained its traditional culture. The island provides many modern tourism facilities, but life still goes on like it did centuries ago. Also, when living in a certain destination you start to see the problems of the country that you can’t see when you are on a vacation, visiting as a tourist, high from the fact that you don’t need to work but just relax. As a young city girl, i prefer to live in a modern city , but i would not say no to a short holiday at the destination Bali.
Back in Bali
One weekend we visited another town, Ubud, which is more towards the centre of Bali. We went through three villages/towns within ten minutes and then arrived in Ubud. I did not make many pictures since it was mostly filled with shops and tourists.
I love grilled corn. It is one of the most delicious food that i like here. I’m not really keen on eating rice and chicken all the time even though it’s very cheap. Rice grows very fast and chicken walk around here everywhere.
Fun fact: The Balinese usually have one of the following four names: Wayan, Made, Nyoman or Ketut. They simply mean Firstborn, Secondborn, Third born and Fourth born and it doesn’t matter if its a boy or a girl.
There are also many Putu’s here. Boys and girls. It’s so damn confusing!
Bye! Have a beautiful time 🙂