You are a tourist. Of course, you go to tourist attractions. Put it another way, you go where people often go, and experience what magazines and books have told you about.

When I was in Singapore, I rarely went to see the sites for tourists. The reason is that it is often expensive there, so I often wait for my relatives to visit Singapore so that I can join them to visit these sites. Such examples are the zoo, the bird park, the casino, and so on…

When I was in US, I came to New York once. My friend insisted me to visit the Liberty Statue, the Empire State Building, and so on… I gave them a halfhearted consideration.

Instead, what I miss about Singapore is the hawker centers where the white collars join aunties and uncles in the common quest for food. I miss the HDB flats where white collars rush and elders wander around. Also, the mahjong sounds echo-ing from apartments.

What I miss about US is the International House I stayed in where I experienced the American hospitality towards the American dream of immigrants. I also missed the few food trucks where I saw working people and their family went for lunch. There I saw the difference between the working class in contrast to the well dressed people seen on the streets of restaurants, and in contrast to the well dressed students in Brown University.

I think those are the experiences that make travelling into the cities worthwhile. I rarely see backpackers in hawker centers or in food trucks, though.

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