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A Toast to Futuristic, Stylish & Over-regulated Singapore!

How about spending the New Year’s Eve in Singapore? Why not actually. Singapore is simply mind-blowing in its ultra-futuristic style. We hear a lot about Dubai as the new hot shit and quite superb tourist destination. But not really about the Lion City, though it’s incredibly modern, stylish, a mega city with a lot to offer.


I guess it’s due to the over-perception of being a dull, strict, and over-regulated. Bearing this in mind it made me careful on everything, just not to get in trouble during this short stay.
We land in Singapore. Heading toward the immigration check point I’m sort of nervous. I never used drugs, nor I ever committed any illegal activity, but I’m still a little agitated. I just filled a declaration for immigration authorities which has it written in bold capital letters “WARNING DEATH FOR DRUG TRAFFICKERS UNDER SINGAPORE LAW”. Of course while approaching the immigration desk the damn brain starts processing faster those Hollywood’s images of someone placing drugs to your luggage. I know its totally foolish of me thinking fiction-wise. I so wanna get rid of these silly thoughts, the only medicine in my handbag is Vitamin C.
The immigration officer looks fixedly at my Albanian passport. He scans it, he goes carefully through it, and then he asks his colleague in some odd language. Let me guess: ” Are citizens of Albania eligible to enter Singapore without a visa?” My foreign ministry said yes, but what if…? Am I going to wait for 2013 at the airport transit area? With a little reluctance he stamps the passport while wearing an official smile he adds:

Welcome to Singapore Madame!

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As mentioned earlier exploring Singapore was overwhelmingly impressive. The Marine Bay Sands area, the famous Infinity Pool, the botanic gardens, XXL shopping malls, museums, exhibitions, cloud forest, ION sky, little India, are just few attractions which engage in simultaneously with multicultural diversity and religious heritage of the city. What a great city to celebrate New Year’ eve! The midnight fireworks’ show staging at the Marina Bay Sands was unbeatable. Therefore, hundred of thousands people were gathered there to celebrate. The show was magnificent, but who thought that sharply 30 mins after midnight all downtown streets would be shut down. Instead little corridors were assigned for walking crowds, who were guided by traffic police. It was obvious that being squeezed in mid of party crowds can not end well. In a wave of mass panic we would be crushed to death If it wasn’t for the well behaved and patient Asians. One daring  European woman, who leaped over the yellow bars to cross the empty boulevard was immediately stopped by a dozen of police. Who knows what New Year lucky fortune was for her!!! Going around in circles with baby steps took about 2 hours. Finally our lucky fortune, a toast from the ultimate party lounge at New Asia skyline.

Cherio Singapore!