We got off a bit early on Sunday for good behavior (at 3 PM instead of 6PM). So I decided to look around a little.
Got a lift into town to the nearest mall (Boon Lay) and caught the MRT into the middle of town. MRT is Metro Rapid Transit and is a subway, except in many parts of the island it is actually above ground.
Took 40 minutes to go 14 stops. My guess would be about 10-12 miles as the crow flies. Wall to wall people in a big long train. The cars are interesting as they have no ends. That is you can see the entire length of the train in the inside. Or at least you can if you stand a head taller than everyone else around you.
Wandered around the middle of Singapore a bit. Got some photographs of St Andrew Catholic Church and some strange architecture. Visited the Digital Life Mall (also called Funan). They claim to have more IT stores than anywhere in Singapore. They could be right. I have never seen so many laptops for sale in one place before. Six floors of stores mostly dedicated to computers, the gear, furniture, and accessories around them. Bought a headset with microphone to use with skype.
Singapore seems to be stretches of office and apartment buildings connected by malls. They are everywhere. I saw four malls in my short walk in the downtown in area. These are city block multi-story structures. The MRT stops all seem to be associated with malls.
My word for Singapore is haphazard. Nothing appears to be planned. You have "ultramodern" buildings built 50 years ago next to brand new buildings in the old european style next to something else. None of the streets are straight and the names change randomly as you drive down them. The people are a complete polyglot of every Asian group and Indian, with a sprinkling of every nation on earth tossed in for good measure. I believe I heard German, French, Chinese, Japanese, Indian, and a few other languages I could not identify all being spoken in the period of a 30 min walk down the street.
Singapore is crowded. The malls, the streets, the MRT. I saw two huge parks from the MRT, the Chinese Gardens and the Japanese Gardens. First two places I have seen in Singapore that actually had room for more people, but the walkways in those parks were still crowded. Just the grass had open space, though there were small clumps of people sitting out relaxing.
The shipyard is crowded when the workers are here, as is the ship itself. Came back to my room two days ago and found five people working inside of it. I would have guessed that it would be difficult to get 5 people to move around in here, but they had panels down and propped up everywhere and they didn't seem to be having a problem. Now the power works and I have all my lights, both of which are nice.
Haphazard also fits the ship far too well. The walls do not meet at 90 degree angles, not only with each other but with the ceiling and floor as well. Have I mentioned the stairs. The steps, even in one flight, are not the same height. You get two or three the same, then they noticed it wasn't going to work out at the top, so they changed the height of the next ones, and then the next crew decided that wouldn't work and the final steps are slightly different. Small differences, but really noticeable when you are carry a box up and down the stairs.
The elevator on ship still does not work. Funny, huh. Who could guess that letting each floor assemble its part of the shaft by themselves and tack it onto the ones on either side would mean the shaft wasn't straight? Or tha each doors on each floor don't line up with the openings. They have cut and pasted with steel and the thing mostly works, but apparently it needs some custom work on the controls to get it to quit stopping with 4-5 inch drops/rises when it gets to a floor. Of course, this means we move freight inside the ship by hand on the stairs.
They changed out ship crews yesterday. The food is still good, but I think a bit greasier than the last crew. We will get the other crew back again before we sail.
That is it for this morning.