On my way home from Australia I stopped over in Singapore for one night to break the long journey home in the hope of preventing some of the jet lag.
Singapore is an amazing place. Full of the most impressive buildings, hugely tall and wonderfully architect designed. Blue glass surrounds with flashing steel girders over 60 stories high.
The Marina Bay Sands, over 56 stories high, 220 metres and with a garden, restaurant and observation platform.
I paid the 20 Singapore dollars to look at the view.
The view was spectacular, the waterfront with the container ships moored into the sea in a real South Asian feel, the huge high rise buildings that seemed to go on forever and the Boat Quay a real haven for tourists, especially in the evening.
But it was somehow, surreal. An air conditioned walkway for people to spend and then spend again, drawn into the shining shops with wonderful goods.
No where did I feel anything spiritual at all. I wondered if it was the fact that it was all ‘man made’ or was it just me being spaced out with travelling!
Maybe this is what happens when life becomes over designed with no spaces for real life to be found.
Amazing but not for me!
Rev’d Sue Martin