Asia as a region has a distinct identity and each country within that region has its own culture, traditions and language. Asia presents many wonderful, unique experiences to travelers and expatriates.
Everyone is different though and culture shock effects people in different ways. Expectations and experiences can be very individual.
Have you ever been to Asia and if so what were your impressions?
I visit India regularly to visit ashrams and really love it. It's such a spiritually and culturally rich place (especially the holy places) and I always feel uplifted and inspired when I visit. Actually, I'm in Mayapur in West Bengal right now! I also love the people of India, who I almost always find are kind and warm-hearted.
I've also visited Bali once and Cambodia (Siem Reap) once, which I also liked very much. All of Asia is so culturally rich and I love the diversity in cuisine, spirituality, the arts...and everything.
I would love to go, but have never had the chance.Not sure if I will even in this lifetime....to much has to happen before I could or would go there.
Looks wonderful, I must admit.I would dearly like to also see those amazing dancers!
I think its fair to say Singapore is not necessarily any reflection of what other parts of Asia can offer. Hopefully you get to travel further afield next time. Singapore is very developed, systematises and clean. Other parts of Asia certainly have a very different feel.
I should have provided more information: I went through Singapore at the end of a long trip. I was tired and generally pretty irritable, and with jet lag I didn't sleep for 2 days. So it probably wasn't Singapore's fault - I was just unhappy when I was there :)
Living in Western Australia, we often used to go to Asia, and I quite liked some parts of it until I got a rare hookworm many years ago.
It was not diagnosed for some time as it was a different strain to what had been seen in Australia and I ended up in the Australian Medical Journal.
Since then I have only been back to Asia about 3 times or perhaps 4.
My trip to Indonesia was interesting as it was different but the shock of seeing open sewerage in broken pipes in the street outside a cafe forced me to only eat in the international hotel.
When a saw Australian / Indonesian mixed children begging in the street my heart sank as it was obvious they were the result of a poor Indonesian girl meeting the needs of a tourist and then dumping the child in the streets to beg for its life. This left me ashamed and sad. It was different and the people friendly but I suspect this was about them earning a living more than genuine concern for me. I was glad to get home and will never return to Asia.
Loved my trip to Phuket. Travel does broaden the mind and I loved travelling on the local bus with the locals. One of the highlights was getting to know the women who provided foot massages, manicures, pedicures, back massage etc near the place we stayed. I felt a real bond with them. One of them lent me her thongs after I had a manicure. She didn't want my nail polish to smudge. It was so funny as I have big size 11 feet and she had typical Asian petite feet!. There were so many wonderful experiences