This trip was scheduled to proved some relief from the cold weather. This year has been especially cold, even in the Bay Area just prior to departure. Surprisingly, while it was warm in Singapore, it was not stifling hot as it usually is. It was nice enough that you did not always break into an immediate sweat walking around. I was even okay wearing long pants outside during the day.
There are a number of things to do in Singapore if you have never been. It's a very culturally diverse country, the crossroads of Malay, Chinese, Indian, and British cultures and a major trade and financial location. All these elements make for mixture of experiences. It is easy to get around. The public transport is inexpensive and everything is in English. There is still much evidence of the past British colonialism, but also areas distinctly representing the many Asian cultures that have settled in Singapore. The stately Raffles Hotel, the Arabian, Indian and Chinese sections, and the slender skyscrapers are all part of today's Singapore. And, of course, there is shopping and there is food.