sakyant wrote:the fact that people are conditioned to take up such issues is reflective of the terribly conditioned society which Singapore is.
Just telling your postcode and it is possible to locate your exact apartment adress and name. This goes against personal intimacy.
On the streets such things as benches to sit on and park areas for each urban district with people picnicking etc is non existent.
Most children will never grow up playing in their own garden.
Dogs get to be locked in apartments instead of playing in the fields.
Some condo complexes have up to 20 14 storey buildings with only perhaps 5 restaurants and 3 shops around. In Thailand this would be madness. One 14 storey building would have about 50 hawkers, 10 hairdressers, restaurants, laundry, doctor and clinic, dentist....
In Thailand you walk down from your condo and will find all your daily needs in front of your face.
In Singapore you may have to walk ten minutes just to buy a packet of cigarettes.
If after 9pm in the suburbs, the place is a ghost town.
In Thailand the streets are full of life and hustle bustle, lights, food, music..
In Singapore the streets are dead and empty at night.
Thailand is 24/7 - even if the nearest shop is 5 minutes walk, there will always be motorbike taxis parked to either take you there, or even go order and bring you your food etc if you pay him to do so.
You don't see kids or even adults hang out on the street or in parks - this is discouraged (for the same reason they never build benches to sit on on the green areas). Why have all these beautiful green areas and then prohibit people from sitting and hanging out?
Many Singaporeans retort to this that "well it is safe, no crime etc"
Well yes, thats true, but if you have to give up the basic Human freedoms to acheive this safe society, then we lose the game.
The only place you will see people having a picknick and beer on the pavement is in Little Thailand's Golden Mile complex. At 6 pm or so the Thaiscome and sit on the floor hang out and talk, driink, eat together etc.
Nowhere else in Singapore is such a thing permitted it seems.
Or dont Singaporeans know how to enjoy life?
well to be fair every countries in this world is not perfect.
ya some countries look good nice to stay but there are problems which we don;t really feel it or notice.