lplagnol wrote:The one thing I am strill struggling with is the walking. Maybe I lived for too long in New York, where people walk with a purpose. My experience in Singapore, besides 3 or more people walking side-by-side, which someone else already pointed out, is the fact that they are oblivious to their surroundings when walking. They will stop or slow down out of the blue and you have no clue what's going on. Most of the time, they stop to chat, blocking the way and leaving it up to you to figure out how to get around them (particularly annoying when there is traffic on both sides and you have to wait for it to clear for you to be able to get around them. Some other times, they slowdown to use their hand phones. The stopping/slowing down is particularly dangerous in escalators. They come off the escalator and stand on the landing leaving no room to alight for those behind them. The tippy toeing and balance trick required not to land on your face or theirs is an art.
it happens and they do move slower here, I find the foot shuffling a bit annoying and find myself doing it, mostly to avoid kicking people to get out the way (just kidding..well maybe...
)anyway after being here, you will slow down it is a hot country...... move slowly, less sweat too,
I spent a year in Australia and in the beginning wondered why people moved so slow, then found when I returned to Canada I too had slowed down, then winter hit in Canada, and boy can I walk fast *lol*
My training ground was Harrods in London, good way to get used to muppets staring around them, stopping, starting and wandering aimlessly into your path, grrr... It all comes down to anticipating other peoples moves, don't use logic tho, just know that If that is where you think you want to walk, they will go that way, go the opposite direction
and make eye contact, tends to make people veer