Thursday, July 8, 2010
Part 2 - LA
I am reminded of how fortunate we are in Singapore, for all the small things we take for granted especially when it comes to safety. Having being to LA for 4 days, it was indeed an eyeopener. Streets became unsafe, trains were filthy and dangerous and the people were not at all friendly. My image of LA had always been good - Sun, Glamour and HOLLYWOOD. But the truth is that this only makes up a small part of LA. A lot of the people there are living in poverty and are jobless.
Taking a train ride from our hotel to Long Beach was truly a frightening experience. A couple of times, people were begging for money. One guy even stood in front of us and started blabbering nonsence. For a moment, i thought he was going to take out a gun and shoot us. The streets werent safe at night and sometimes during the day. During our walks down the streets, we had a black guy trailing us for some distance.
It is hard to imagine that the poor people take the trains and buses while the rich people drive around. I can see why now, finally. it is pretty unsafe if you do but it is unfortunate. I take for granted that in singapore, we have the luxury of clean and good transportation modes and that we are secured and protected. For that, i would rather stay here than LA.
But i wont say LA was entirely bad. We got to see some good parts, it was better than nothing. (:
Will be back for part 3. The SB experience in USA with pictures of newly scrapped projects. (: