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    Singapore

    With all its boom and fast becoming financial hub in Asia, Singapore has got some fantastic sites to see albeit being a very small island in Asia. The Merlion, being a significant landmark of its history is something that I have always been fascinated with. Not to mention the endless shopping districts such as Orchard Road and Bugis St. Sentosa Resorts has also become among my most favorite places to visit - having seen it from the development stages to what it currently is right now, I would have to say that it has indeed gone a long way.

    Among the things that attract a lot of tourists to the area is the Changi Airport. It has become one of the most modern airports in the Asian region, if not in the world...with offerings ranging from the economy to the highly coveted first class travelers. Having access to worldwide destinations, it isn't a wonder that it has become a hub for most airline carriers coming from Australia, Europe, the Middle East and the North Americas.

    Its ever growing expat population continues to make it a very competitive venue of the world's finest talents. What about you? Have you ever been to Singapore and what are the things you enjoyed (or hated) about it?

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    Things To Do In Singapore

    I've actually lived in Singapore for two years, and I think it's really a great and safe place to visit, especially if you have the money to spend shopping on Orchard Road, hehe. It's one of my favorite places to shop.

    Other things to do if visiting is to try out the famous chili crabs. I personally like the black pepper crabs better myself . And even if you don't care for crustaceans, hit any food court in the country and you'll be able to try a variety of international cuisine from Malaysian to Thai to Indian for cheap.

    Don't worry about the country being too hot. It's really well air conditioned indoors...sometimes to the point it's cold, haha. And taxis and public transportation is cheap enough so you don't have to walk forever.

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    I used to cross the Causeway from Malaysia pretty often when I lived there. It can be very sterile, almost mechanical in it's cleanliness, monotony and strict laws. I like the feeling of going to a well-planned city but after a while, it's almost too boring compared to say, Bangkok. I grew up in Malaysia, so it almost feels like two extremes, Singapore and Thailand with Malaysia right in the middle in terms of development, urban planning and overall efficiency.

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    Singapore Food And Culture For Tourists

    I used to live in Singapore for 6 months (but my work ended so had to go back home). I can really say that it's a very safe country. My friends and I could even walk in the streets at 3 am without even being scared someone would rob or even rape us! With their tough punishments for crime, I'm sure that's enough for people to be good. Cost of living is expensive though and my friends who still lives there says that salary today there is not as big as more than 5 years ago.

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    I totally agree regarding the cost of living in Singapore. It's very expensive even for Malaysians living a bus ride way across the Causeway in Johor Bahru, Malaysia. Singaporeans actually travel frequently to Malaysia for meals, due to the cheaper prices and often better quality of the cuisine there in general.

    The weather should not be problem as almost every building is airconditoned (the only other place I ahd been where there was air-cond everywhere was Dubai) - perfectly understandable in the tropical heat.

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    Yes, the cost of living in Singapore is pretty high but I love how disciplined and organized everything is. The feeling of being safe regardless of what time you are out on the streets is partly the reason why everything is just too costly over there. A friend of mine used to say, everything around Singapore is 20 minutes by taxi - I still find it hard to grasp how a city that small could actually manage to become one of the most influential financial hubs in the region.

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    I really want to live In Singapore some day but I'm concerned about moving at a young age in a junior role without savings giving what you guys have said about the cost.

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    I've been to Singapore a few times now. What I really love about it is how easy it is to get to one place from another. There are so many shops/ places to see from the hotels. I would definitely recommend that people ride the Singapore Flyer at night. The city lights look very pretty from a higher point of view. Another thing I like about Singapore is the shopping. I love how they have pre and post holiday sales. I get to buy items from the brands I like at a more cheaper price than usual.

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    Singapore is really tiny but benefited from having a strategic location along the trade routes and having a government that was really bent on developing every bit of the country into an economic powerhouse. There really is no country like it on Earth!

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    The ruling party in Singapore is a very well-travelled one. In one of the books that I read about the country, it was mentioned that what they would do is travel around the world and take whatever is good from the places they have visited and put it into play in the country. This has benefitted them so much that when you go there, you hardly see the impoverished side of the island city. I am not saying that this is a bad thing, don't get me wrong, I just think that the fact that their government is concerned enough to ensure a better standard of living for its people to actually explore other positive things that work in other countries and put it into play so that the majority can benefit from it is in fact making Singapore a place where a lot of people choose to live and/or work rather than other places where quality of life is not as great. All these of course comes with a price.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fiasco823 View Post
    The ruling party in Singapore is a very well-travelled one. In one of the books that I read about the country, it was mentioned that what they would do is travel around the world and take whatever is good from the places they have visited and put it into play in the country. This has benefitted them so much that when you go there, you hardly see the impoverished side of the island city. I am not saying that this is a bad thing, don't get me wrong, I just think that the fact that their government is concerned enough to ensure a better standard of living for its people to actually explore other positive things that work in other countries and put it into play so that the majority can benefit from it is in fact making Singapore a place where a lot of people choose to live and/or work rather than other places where quality of life is not as great. All these of course comes with a price.
    I wish other countries could be like this. People are oftentimes so proud and arrogant that they will not admit that people in another country might do something better than them and that they can learn something from each other. The Singapore government is always on the look out for new technology, social ideas, building plans etc., anything that they could use to improve the quality of life for their citizens.

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    I love Singapore but hated my travel there. I was so tired from the endless flights I had to take and we only spent 2 days and one night in Singapore then we flew to Malaysia. How exhausting was that? I was unable to fully enjoy the views and all since I was too exhausted to even care about Marina Bay Sands, the Universal Studios in Sentosa.. Everything was breathtaking, but regrettably due to tiredness I couldn't fully appreciate the place. T-T I only cared about going to bed and the next day we were on our way t Malaysia.

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    I was born and bred in Singapore and absolutely love the country. I'm not a citizen and have since left the island but I do go back for visits. It has developed so much since I left that I got lost going around. I skipped the Universal Studios since I've already been to the one in LA. I would recommend trying the local food instead. I miss chicken rice, roti prata, nasi lemak, nasi padang, mee rebus,chilli crabs and so much more. When I used to live there, chicken rice at the hawker center was $2 a plate and roti prata only 50cents a piece.

    Other places of interest are the Singapore Zoo, Jurong BirdPark and the Botanical Gardens. They are truly among the best attractions in the world. I have been to quite a few zoos in the states and the only one that could come close to the Singapore zoo was the San Diego Zoo safari park. The shopping is amazing too. I have always had a soft spot for Orchard Road and all its hustle and bustle.

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    I was wondering if anyone here might know some relatively inexpensive hotels or motels in Singapore? I'm planning a trip there sometime later this month. My budget is from 40 to 60 US dollars a day. Would this be too little?

    Thanks!

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    You can get a decent motel for that rate but it might still be a bit tight. There is Hotel 81 or Fragrance Hotel. These two are similar to Motel 6 in Amercia and have many branches in Singpore so you can shop around if they have different rates. Just be sure not to stay in any motels in Geylang as they usually have a seedy reputation and the area is well known for being a red light district.

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    Thanks jules!

    I'll check out the ones you suggested. Yes, I've read about the notorious Geylang area and will take your advice!

    Also, what is the typical rate for taxis? Are they expensive in general? I've also heard a lot about the excellent public transport facilities in Singapore, I might as well take them!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrianWolfe View Post
    Thanks jules!

    I'll check out the ones you suggested. Yes, I've read about the notorious Geylang area and will take your advice!

    Also, what is the typical rate for taxis? Are they expensive in general? I've also heard a lot about the excellent public transport facilities in Singapore, I might as well take them!
    Taxis are quite expensive. It's fine if you're just using it a few times but the MRT and the bus system is so good that you needn't really bother taking a cab unless you are carrying tons of shopping bags. Stick to the buses and MRT and have fun exploring the island. With the money saved, go and eat some chilli crabs!!

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    I just in Singapore this morning! Am now going around Little India. It is so hot and humid now, I'm feeling a bit sick because every time I enter a supermarket or when I step into the MRT station, the interior of the building is so cold from the air conditioning that my body just can't react in time to the extreme changes in temperature! How do you Singaporeans do it?

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    Singapore Coolest Places And Attractions For Tourists

    I hate to be negative about anywhere in the world, because every place has something to offer, but personally, Singapore was my least favorite of all the places I've been. Maybe it's just not for me... to put it bluntly, Singapore seemed sterile. Without a soul. The kind of place that would be good for someone with OCD or someone trying to kick a drug habit. But for me, it felt lifeless and boring, like a big shopping mall on an island. Maybe I just didn't look in the right places though!

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    I have to agree with Wombles714. There seems to be nothing but posh hotels, shopping malls, cinemas, theme parks and one huge casino. It absolutely lacks the charm and character of Malaysia. You definitely feel like you're in some giant shopping mall. And I just can't stand all the air-conditioning! I hate walking under the scorching tropical sun one moment and then, upon walking into a restaurant (or yet another mall) get blasted by freezing jets of chilled air from the air-conditioning. I've been sneezing and wheezing as a result of this. And now to make matters worst, there's been this terrible haze coming in from Indonesia. All the forest fires in Sumatra have generated a huge cloud of smoke that has been blowing in for the past few days now.

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    Re: Singapore

    I have never been to Singapore, but a friend of mine has been living over there for a while. According to him the laws over there are very strict and the people over there are very respectful and always try to abide by the rules of their own country. Singapore sounds like a really civilized and neat country, but according to my friend young people going to college or school are under a lot pressure to always excel.

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    Re: Singapore

    Trellum! Singapore is a lovely country. It is one of my favorite countries. I like their civilization. It is a small island country. If you want to visit it so go for it. You will find many attractions here. I am going to share some its images.



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    Re: Singapore

    I have heard a lot about Singapore and mostly of its vibrant cosmopolitan culture. Just wanted to know the famous landmarks and sites worth visiting.

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    Re: Singapore

    Quote Originally Posted by Aaliyah View Post
    Trellum! Singapore is a lovely country. It is one of my favorite countries. I like their civilization. It is a small island country. If you want to visit it so go for it. You will find many attractions here. I am going to share some its images.


    Hy Alihya! your shared images are worthwhile for me as i was just thinking to plan of Singapore's tour after my New years celebrations with my friends. Now my thinking has turned into my decision i will definitely visited there with my friends. would you gays like to share some useful trips regarding to my trip.....

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    Re: Singapore

    Quote Originally Posted by Aaliyah View Post
    Trellum! Singapore is a lovely country. It is one of my favorite countries. I like their civilization. It is a small island country. If you want to visit it so go for it. You will find many attractions here. I am going to share some its images.


    I must say your shared images show the awesome views of this country. I am sure after seeing these images every one want to explore this destination once in his life.

 

 
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