Orchard Road Christmas Decorations and my thoughts about Crowds

There was this changing light that provided entertainment as you’re stuck at the traffic junction.

photo by bookjunkie


photo by bookjunkie


photo by bookjunkie


photo by bookjunkie

The scene is constantly changing and nothing stays still in Singapore. It’s hard to even stop a while and it seems like if you don’t keep moving, you’ll end up blocking someone. Can be quite stressful, but after a while you get used to it. I pity newly arrived tourists or residents who are not used to this constant impatient mass of people. It must be quite a culture shock.

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5 Responses to Orchard Road Christmas Decorations and my thoughts about Crowds

  1. notabilia says:

    As someone who is from a city that moves 10x as fast as Singapore, it doesn’t bother me so much ;). In fact, I *still* frequently get annoyed because I find the pace of life much too slow here.

    • bookjunkie says:

      but I loved it in NYC. I like our MRT better..felt safer somehow…but other than that NY was amazing….so vibrant and it felt surreal to be there.

      People were so friendly and customer service was at a whole other level – I was very impressed. Never experienced customer service at that level before. The other place I had great service besides the US was Australia where the people are so friendly. The only place where I felt like an alien of sorts was in London many many years ago.

      • notabilia says:

        Yes, I do agree that S’pore’s public transportation system is better! And yes, the service is in the US in unparalleled. (Although Japan is likely a close second for me.) I miss that a lot.

  2. Claire says:

    I’m from London and there are times when Singapore feels way more manic and crowded than London – Orchard Road is a good example! But then there are other times, as notabilia says, that the pace of life (or literally the walking pace!) seems slow. There are some things that I find take twice as long as they would in London, because people aren’t in so much of a rush. Sometimes I miss it, othertimes I am grateful for the breathing space and lack of stress.

    • bookjunkie says:

      Yeah there is quite a lot of queuing here. The grocery store queues can be quite a nightmare on the Weekends. I think I get so used to getting bumped around in Singapore, that I only realize it when I travel abroad and it’s so nice and spacious. Pretty claustrophobic at times but thankfully there are still some secluded places to escape to like the Ann Siang Hill area.

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