Singapore River ~ 1963

This is a scan of a slide taken around 1963. I was fortunate to spend my final three years of high school in Singapore. There, I discovered girls, independence from parents, and Tiger beer. Those three years made an indelible impression - something akin to what Kipling captured in his poem:

An' I'm learnin' 'ere in London what the ten-year soldier tells:
"If you've 'eard the East a-callin', you won't never 'eed naught else."
No! you won't 'eed nothin' else
But them spicy garlic smells,
An' the sunshine an' the palm-trees an' the tinkly temple-bells;

I've returned to Singapore several times over the years and been amazed at the way this small island has changed and continues to change. Yet some things are constant - the climate, the variety of wonderful tasty food, the friendly industrious people and Tiger beer. My teenage days in Singapore played a part in making me who I am: I am grateful for those experiences so many years ago.