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Experiencing Singapore (9): Dealing with the Climate

Supposedly one of the biggest issues with Singapore, for natives and foreigners alike, is the weather. Singapore is a tropical country close to the equator. As a consequence, you get to enjoy around 30 degrees Celsius all year round. On top, there is very high humidity, which some seem to dislike. What I found generally… Continue reading Experiencing Singapore (9): Dealing with the Climate

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Experiencing Singapore (7): The Quality of the Women (Yes, it is high!)

I expect my readers to be almost exclusively Western men. If you’re a Western woman in Singapore and reading this, I can only say one thing, based on 100% of Western women I have encountered in Singapore: LOL. The Westerners in Singapore don’t want you, and the local men don’t find you attractive either, so… Continue reading Experiencing Singapore (7): The Quality of the Women (Yes, it is high!)

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Experiencing Singapore (6): The Geographic Downside

From a geopolitical perspective, the biggest problem of Singapore is that it is a first-world country smack in the middle of a bunch of backwards Muslim third-world countries such as Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Cambodia, and many others. I don’t care how “offended” you are by this statement, but it is clear as day that the… Continue reading Experiencing Singapore (6): The Geographic Downside

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Experiencing Singapore (5): Multiculturalism in Practice

Singapore is a multicultural country. The Chinese are the majority ethnicity. I think there are around 70% Chinese. I’m now pulling numbers out of thin air, but there are more Malays than Indians. Let’s just say there are 20% Malays and 10% Indians. In reality, it doesn’t really matter. During my stay in Singapore there… Continue reading Experiencing Singapore (5): Multiculturalism in Practice

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Experiencing Singapore (4): The Third-World Core of a First-World Country

The heading of this part is obviously polemical. Yet, even though I think it is a bit of an exaggeration to say that Singapore is a third-world country masquerading as a first-world one, there is some truth to that statement. It is indeed not an uncommon sentiment. First of all, if you stick to the… Continue reading Experiencing Singapore (4): The Third-World Core of a First-World Country

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Experiencing Singapore (3): Singaporean Democracy

Now we are venturing towards an area my girlfriend may heavily disagree with me. I think that contemporary Western democracy is a horrible kind of government as the idea that everybody’s vote should count the same and that everybody can vote is just braindead. It may work if your population consists of nothing but selfless… Continue reading Experiencing Singapore (3): Singaporean Democracy

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Experiencing Singapore (2): Preconceived Notions vs Reality

I don’t think Singapore is very much on the radar of the average Western guy. However, there are some preconceived notions flying around, which I’ve heard over and over. The first is that Singapore is a highly developed country that doubles as a tax haven (and playground) for the rich. I think this statement is… Continue reading Experiencing Singapore (2): Preconceived Notions vs Reality

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Review: Paying for the Party – How College Maintains Inequality by Armstrong and Hamilton

A few weeks ago I watched the documentary “The Ivory Tower”, which paints a rather bleak picture of US higher education. It also offers some excellent unintentional humor, for instance, when the president of Arizona State University, one of the premier party schools in the world, claims that they laugh about their image. Instead, he… Continue reading Review: Paying for the Party – How College Maintains Inequality by Armstrong and Hamilton