Unusual Singapore Things #13

Businesses close down with no notice.  Here today, gone tomorrow with not so much as a sign in the window to let their customers know.

This is OK with restaurants (2 favourites have vanished in recent weeks) but my local “walk in” doctors have disappeared without a word of warning, taking with them our medical records.  Now, I’ve never known a doctor’s surgery to disappear before but what I would expect is a letter in the mail informing each patient in advance.

Maybe this is too much to ask?

Unusual Singapore Things

We have been here for the best part of a year.  Three quarters of a year, to be exact.

As such Singapore has become more familiar to us and things which we found unusual 9 months ago are now common place, so my series of “Unusual Singapore Things” hasn’t had an update for a while.

Here are some things that once seemed unusual but now seem normal:

  • using blinkers/indicators appears to be optional;
  • as does sticking to the one lane on the road.  Feel like straddling both lanes? No problem!;
  • men riding unrestrained in the open back of trucks.  This is how labourers are generally transported to their work site;
  • beef mince at the supermarket costing $35 a kilo;
  • the smell of durian.  I still don’t like the smell but it’s now a normal part of the fabric of Singapore;
  • fast internet speeds with no download/upload limit!  You pay for line speed not data allowance;
  • monsoon rain arriving seemingly out of nowhere;
  • sweating;
  • the wonderful (and seemingly harmonious) mix of cultures;
  • being able to “pop overseas” for the day;
  • travelling to pretty much any part of the country by public transport;
  • not finding clothes to fit my Western butt;
  • when grocery shopping filling my shopping trolley with food from pretty much every continent on earth;
  • on forms I am asked my race. For the record I tick “other”;
  • there is rarely a queue of more than a couple of minutes at the airport’s passport control counter;
  • to have air-con running the majority of the time;
  • writing addresses the “wrong way” around. Here it’s name, street address, complex name, unit number.

There are also some things that will never, ever seem “normal”:

  • child car restraints fitted to the front passenger seat;
  • children not wearing any restraints in cars at all;
  • government owned media.  Print, radio and television are all government owned and I will leave you to join the dots on that;
  • Cheezels produced in Malaysia;
  • bread enriched with sugar;
  • and then there’s this:

I bet you can't wait to slather that all over your face, can you?