1. The cosmopolitan city
I grew up in a city-state with 4.5million people cramped on a 700 square kilometre land area. I´m used to tall buildings, many people and just city-living in general. Stuttgart is really a small town in comparison, a countryside that has its own beauty but definitely nowhere near to the city-life that I´ve had for 23yrs. While at Esplanade today, I really felt that Singapore is SO beautiful at night! The Singapore river, hotels, business district and lights galore made me reminisce with a bit of sadness that I no longer live here anymore and can only have the luxury of coming back once a year.
2) Durians! I´ve always loved durians. My late mother and I shared a common bond of being durian-lovers and we could continue eating without stopping.
Since she went home to be with the Lord, I felt sad that I didn´t have a "durian companion" anymore - weird as it may sound. Durians taste better when one eats it with a friend.
So I arranged to meet up with Yen - my DTS mate and fellow durian-lover to eat some durians at Geylang together. We did feel a bit ripped off with a "super good" durian at S$34 that tasted "ok only", compared to cheaper durians at S$10/piece that tasted much nicer!
Nevertheless, our amusement was to see my dear German hubby eating one durian after the other, as if it was a personal challenge to himself to see how many he could eat.
3. Having Summer-all-year-round (excluding the humidity...)
The beginning of our tree-top walk - A 3 -hour trek through the tropical rainforests of Singapore... not for the faint-hearted.
Finally we reach our destination! A suspension bridge above the canopy of trees in the forest.
Oh, the heat! The forest was so abuzz with activity - the insects harmonizing in a chorus that sounded more like a constant "beeezzz". It is said that Singapore´s rainforests has more species in floral and fauna than the entire of North America!
Well, I really do miss being able to wear summer wear all year round. I guess humans are always wishing for something they don´t have. When I was younger, I wished that I would able to stay in a country with seasons. And now when I´m granted this wish AND know that on the other side of the world, its more often cold and windy than warm and nice, I´m beginning to think maybe it wasn´t so bad to have "hot and humid" all year round.
The food above needs no introduction:- Laksa, Char Kway Teow (fried noodles), chicken wings, oyster omelette, stingray with lots of chilli.....yumm! Just to list a few of my favourite hawker centre food. At least I´m learning how to replicate some of the food, but some stuff simply taste better here...like having fresh oysters, stingray etc.
Any other things you miss about Singapore when you´re overseas?