Last time I was in Singapore I was 19 and on my way to Europe from Australia for the first time. It was a student travel flight, chock full of flares, platform shoes and 1970’s hairstyles. I remember the hairdresser from Sydney University Hair salon was on the plane too: and in the final hours before landing, the guys lined up to get their long hair pinned up and under: so it didn’t go past the collar. In those days, Singapore was very uncool (though they had great duty free transistor radios!) There was no way a guy could get past customs with hippy hair…that is, anything that crept over his collar. The customs officials would cut it off. Imagine that now…?
Anyway many years later, here I am posting this in Changi Airport. I’m waiting for the sun to come up before I catch a cab into town. (I’m here for the Origins conference organised by Patrick Lambe and Shawn Callahan)… and things have changed. This is a very cool airport now…. like there’s free wi-fi throughout. (Just ask for the password from the information desk). This is making me so happy this morning…and hey, I’m writing to you! Remind me why this isn’t the case at every airport? Wanting to communicate when you’re away from home is only human..isn’t it??
Love to hear any of your stories about a place or organisation that has loosened up to become human friendly? Even the smallest change can do the trick..