With its driverless subways, $25,200 per capita
income and smoothly running business centers, Singapore
is among the most westernized countries in Asia.
Most of my acquaintances live in identical high-rises,
work or shop in towering skyscrapers, and ride in
air-conditioned subways or buses with television.
Singapore is a Westernized, ultramodern, orderly
island nation in Southeast Asia, neighboring Malaysia
and Indonesia. The prevalence of technology in its
daily life is quite a surprise for those who expect
an exotic Asian country: driverless subways, automatically
flushing toilets, and air conditioning not only
on the buses but everywhere. In a country where
the average temperature is 35 degrees centigrade
(95 degrees Fahrenheit) and the humidity can reach
90%, air conditioning is as much a part of life
as water, food and sleep.
THE CITY OF LIONS
Singapore’s recorded history starts in the
7th century as a fishing town.