Singapore, City Of The New

I've not been to Singapore in over a decade, and I imagine it's changed significantly in that time. Even back at the beginning of the twenty-first century it felt like an old colony stretching out to meet the future. I adored the place, and long to return.

To be a resident of Singapore is to be a resident of the new. Cars can only run on the roads for 10 years. There are more mobile phones than people. An apartment built 30 years ago is considered old. It’s a city of technology. What tech the government implements generally just works (although breakdowns in the newest train line forced commuters to walk the tracks twice in a week). My passage through Changi Airport, short as it is, is shaved further by electronic turnstiles that have replaced actual immigration officers. Scan my passport, recognize my right thumbprint, see you in a week.