I snapped this shot when I was visiting Singapore last week. I stayed in a hotel near Arab Street which is the key Muslim Centre in Singapore, a very fascinating part of Singapore. The country has first-class infrastructure and has one of the largest GDP per capita in the world. It has a very diversified culture consisting of Chinese, Malays, Indians, Bugis, Javanese, British, Europeans, Americans, Eurasians, etc. English is its first language. Due to its diversity, its low tax condition, its promotion of immigration and a government which plans to the “T” for its citizens, the population essentially doubled in the past 10 years from about 2.5mm to currently 5.2mm.
What I find most interesting is the contrasting but the peaceful co-existence of the many cultures. The Sultan Mosque on the left cannot be more contrasting to the grade A office building on the right. Singapore is truly a melting pot and reminds me of the different viewpoints, customs and beliefs one come across in life. We can live peacefully with one another as long as we keep an open and inquisitive mind.