I learned everything about love from watching Fellini films. It’s probably true that learning about love from the man himself would be a difficult schooling, and probably not entirely practical for most people, but I was willing to give it a go with the films. I would have to make sure that I had plenty of suits, or at least two. At first I thought I would have 8, one for every day of the week, and one to wear while the others were at the cleaners. But then I considered having 8 1/2 suits, and tried to get my mind around that, which never happened. And somewhere in there I realized that suits are very, very expensive, if you’re looking for something that you can wear well.
So I opted for 2 exquisitely tailored suits. And when we added up the potential costs, I bought two at the second-hand store, and did a little bit of stitching myself on them. Almost perfect. I also decided that to begin, I would have to me a mysterious man, and to do that I should go to a mysterious place. Singapore was always something I’d thought about, more for the sling than anything, but it would work. There were plenty of restaurants serving Italian food, so I would be in my element. Or at least, an element, and the one where they have Italian food in a very large city that I did not know.
It turned out you don’t need to know everything about Singapore before you go there. If you are trying to evoke Fellini in Singapore, you will be successful in attracting attention. Especially if you decide to hook up with a local and try to reenact the fountain scene from La Dolce Vita. It will be wonderfully exotic and exciting for both of you, except that both of you will be you more than her. She might decide that she will just take your shoes and leave you in the fountain by yourself. And you might decide that the suit is still looking sharp, and the world is still your oyster, or rather, oyster sauce.