Our Summer Program participants interviewed people from 7 nationalities and here's what they have to say about living in Singapore!
Fascinating! Isn't it?
Here's all that you need to know about Singapore!
Selamat Datang! We welcome you to dive into the culture of one of the finest countries in the world. A country that has changed its timezone 6 times since 1905. Singapore (Not the one in Michigan!).
It is one of the only three city states in the world along with Monaco and the Vatican City. It is thus its own capital. (If you live there it makes is easier to insert your mailing address)
Its a combination of Asian, European and Middle Eastern cultures. As a country it celebrates many festivals such as Ramadan, Deepavali, Christmas, Good Friday, Chinese New Year, Hari Raya Puasa, Buddhist Vesak Day and many more.
Did you know that Singapore is also called the Lion City however there were never any lions living here?
This small country has today developed into a huge cosmopolitan city. It is known to be one of the top recommended travel destinations for vacations, business conventions and expos. It is slowly becoming the commercial capital of South East-Asia for Banking and Commerce.
However, despite being a huge metropolitan city Cartoon Network still thought that Singapore was in Malaysia!
Singapore has a strong education system. The students here aim high and they achieve very good results. This is recognised around the world. They have good schools, with capable school leaders and teachers, and facilities that are amongst the best in the world.
One of the most widely known facts about the island state is that crime is very rare. Singapore has the lowest crime rate world wide. A study found that 94% of the adults living here feel safer on the streets even late into the night compared to the global average of 68%.
The country clearly differentiates between the good, the bad and the ugly, and hence is the perfect place for short vacations for teens with, or without family.
Tourism in Singapore contributes a great deal to the countries economy. Singapore receives approximately 17.4 million tourists every year. This value is roughly equal to three times the total population of Singapore! This lush green place is also called a shopping paradise.
Apart from shopping there are many attractions in Singapore that can keep you busy for a long time. These include Universal Studios, The Jurong Bird Park, the Singapore Flyer, Marina Bay Sands, Sentosa Island, Gardens by the Bay and so much more.
Singapore is today ranked as the worlds most expensive city to live in. A tourist would spend a minimum of $60 USD per day. This would cover getting around town and staying at inexpensive hotels. Does it seem too much? Don’t worry. The facilities provided and the convenience in Singapore makes up for the cost.
It is thus a business friendly state with a high government revenue. Singapore hence competes with the best on the global stage.
There are ample restaurants in Singapore that offer both local and international food. However, if you want to enjoy delicious food without spending too much, you must hit the hawker streets of the city.
Just a few Singaporean dollars would reward you with a good amount of delicious local as well as international food. While you would have a variety of dishes to try every single day, some of the dishes that you must not miss include Hainanese chicken rice, satay, and carrot cake.
Moreover, if you want to meet and interact with the locals, this is the perfect place, as most Singaporeans dine at the hawker streets.
If you’re a coke lover, there is a hug me coca cola machine located at the National University of Singapore! The machine dispenses a bottle of coke when a person wraps his/her arms around it.
The government is focusing on creating and improving the transport network as well as improving housing facilities using energy efficient means. With free WiFi, charging stations and travel rebates, it doesn’t get any better than this!
Today Singapore is home to the award winning Changi airport which has airlines connecting to 57 countries! According to a research by the British Council, Singaporeans have the fastest walking speed. On average, they walk a distance of 18 meters in 10.55 seconds. That's approximately 6.15km in an hour!
Here's a fun fact: That's also how fast bumblebees fly. Guess we can say that Singaporeans are such busy bees!
Many people choose to relocate to Singapore for a better quality of life. Taxes are affordable, and the city has a clean and green environment where people from diverse communities can come together and live an organized lifestyle whilst working in thriving industries.
The sun shines all year round in Singapore which can get hot especially during the summer time. Tourists also complain about the humidity as well. It rains occasionally throughout the year in the city because of the high temperatures and being near a huge water source.
Singaporeans simply aren’t used to dressing for cold weather! From a tourist’s point of view, Singapore may seem like a bed of roses. However for anything worth experiencing one must pay a price.
There are a lot of rules and regulations that keep the tourists in the country under control. Fireworks and e cigarettes are banned. If a tourist plans to go clubbing at night, he/she will not be allowed to assemble in a group of three after 10pm.
Buying chewing gum in Singapore is strictly forbidden. If an individual is found guilty of these deeds, fast and serious action is taken against them, capital punishment being the most severe.
There are plenty of bars and pubs in Singapore. In fact, the nightlife here is quite happening. However, alcohol is pretty expensive in the cities. One more thing that you need to know in regards to alcohol, is that you cannot buy or drink in public after 10:30 PM.
However, you can enjoy your drink at one of the restaurants, pubs or maybe even your hotel room.
Singapore transformed itself from an agrarian society to an innovation world-leader. It has something for everyone. You should definitely add Singapore to your list of vacation places and we guarantee you won’t be disappointed. Will this country be your next vacation place?
Blog Credits: Anika Bansal, Nikhil Gupta
Video Credits: Tanmay Bachale
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