I visited a good old friend of mine who is living in Singapore and enjoyed a few days off there with her. She showed me around the city.
Singapore is a very beautiful country as it’s called “Garden City,” but we had some problems. Whenever she drove in newly developed area, which she was not familiar with, she got very frustrated. She started complaining a lot about how the traffic guiding system there was useless. I completely agree with her.
Suppose we go to Marina Bay by car, which is a must-go place for tourists. We’ll never get there just by following the traffic signboards. There is no information on which neighborhood the road will take you to. It just only the street name is printed. And what is worse, the street names are quite confusing, for example, there are Marina avenue, Marina street, Marina road.
Beside, Singapore has a lot of one-way roads. It’s surely effective for lessening traffic jam, but, on the contrary, we need to go an extra mile to finally get to our destination, which we can see very close by. Once we take the wrong way, it seems that we would go away more and more from our destination. As a result, we often ended up pulling over and asking taxi drivers for the directions which way we should go.
Singapore is a country as small as Tokyo 23 wards. I hear that they intentionally make street one way so that people can’t reach their destination quickly and they feel the land wider than it actually is, though I don’t know it’s true or not. However, one thing’s for sure. The city is planned as if it was a maze for visitors.
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