Srin visited Singapore in 2012 and he found that much of Singapore’s modern infrastructure is accessible to many. For instance, as a wheelchair user, he could easily access and use every metro station, also known as MRT. In addition, as many of Singapore’s architecture, especially in the city centre, is newly designed and constructed, it offers many wheelchair accessible amenities.
“The ability to use public transport like any other member of the public was a very empowering experience that I had never felt before."
However, Srin also points out a couple of things that every visitor in Singapore should be aware of. Particularly in the city centre, finding pedestrian crossings can be a little challenging. Instead, underpasses are available to get around, but most do not have lifts because they are quite old. Even when you are underground, finding the correct directions is quite tricky, too, as the signposting can be confusing. Furthermore, while shopping centres can connect you from place to place, most of them close at around 11pm, which means that the connecting routes are closed off as well.
The next challenge Srin realised is the limited and expensive accessible taxis in Singapore. While the MRT is accessible and convenient to navigate around the city, the service ends sometime around midnight. This will definitely pose a problem for those who wish to experience Singapore’s nightlife. Hence, Srin recommends to anyone who wants to enjoy the nightlife scene to stay in an area near Marina Bay or Orchard Road, which are located in the heart of Singapore.
The local culture of Singapore is vibrant and dynamic, and Srin found Singapore to be a “fantastic and exciting place” with much to see, do, and experience.
Wheelchair damage on the flight
Upon arriving in Sydney after his trip to Singapore, Srin met with the unfortunate incident of having his wheelchair damaged during the flight. The damage was pretty serious, and required professional repair in a workshop. In the meantime, the airline staff from Singapore Airlines managed to provide Srin with a basic power wheelchair while he waited to receive his wheelchair back.
Srin refuses to let this experience sour his mood or “put [him] off travelling.” There are still many adventures for him to conquer, and hopefully, airlines will improve the process of transporting wheelchairs to allow wheelchair travellers to have a greater travelling experience.
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