In the overnight border run I made to Singapore, I had errands to run and friends to see. There were some interesting sights along the way. One stop was at an IT mall, to check out some computer and camera component. There, I saw what appeared to be the largest gathering of Singapore’s next generation of geeks!
Hundreds of students on their laptops, with power strips running every which way. They were gathered for a competition of radio-controlled race cars. The next generation will definitely be very wired.
Also made a stop at About Books, an independent bookstore near Tiong Bahru. Great store with an interesting range of titles as well as many other odds and ends for purchase.
Among the interesting items for purchase were these old cameras. Beautiful, eh?
After dinner crowd: Nick, Chor Pharn, David, Otto, Edwin, Kelvin, and me.
One thing I’ve noticed over the past few years is that the transit system is actively trying to train Singaporeans to queue up before boarding the trains, letting passengers exit before trying to board. From what I’ve seen, there’s some success in these efforts.
In one friend’s flat, located in a government housing tract, there were public service announcements on the elevator doors warning elderly residents from those claiming to be fortune tellers.
“Beware strangers telling fortunes or chasing away bad luck. Measures: Be careful if someone approaches you to tell your fortune. Or to get rid of bad luck or evil spirits. He’s just out to cheat you. Ignore him and he’ll go away. Tell your elderly family members not to fall for such tricks.”