Less than 48 hours from now I'm out the door for a nice piece of traveling. I've got a brother who lives in Singapore and I've been trying to get there to visit him for quite a while now. My moment is about to arrive. I'm really looking forward to the family bonding, to find out how he really spends his time in Asia and to see what his life context is like, but I have to say I'm also fairly intrigued with Singapore and what it might have to say to me about life in high-density urban settings. And high density it is, indeed. Singapore packs more than 4 million people into a land area of about 700 square km. As a point of comparison, the city of Toronto has a population of just over 5 million people, but packed into an area of 5900 square km -- about 8 times the land area of Singapore. The only country in the world that can boast higher density is Monaco, but the land area of Monaco is so tiny that, lovely as it might be, it's hard to even think of it as a city with critical mass. I have to tell you that other than a few of the stories my brother has told me, I'm pretty much in the dark about what to expect, and this is by design. My usual approach to a new place has been to do a good bit of research before landing, just so I have some idea of what to expect and so I won't waste any opportunities by finding out about all the highlights when it's too late to visit them. In this case though, I wanted to try something a little different. Other than expecting to see a goodly number of faces, a fair number of shopping areas and some kickass tightly organized urban planning, I don't have a clear idea of what's there nor of how it is arranged.