Visitors that come to Singapore for a holiday inevitably bang on about how put-together this country is. And it’s true, for the most part. We’re generally an orderly, compliant nation, and that applies to our infrastructure: stuff works here. Schedules are adhered to. Rules followed. Things are in good repair.

But if you pay attention, you notice there are cracks in the pavement. Algae builds up. Edges rust. You have a moment to enjoy the patina of life before it is maintained out of existence.

Singapore, September 2022.