If you are one of those people who particularly enjoy the tropical climate zone, you are going to be pleased to hear sthat Singapore has got you covered. Located on the south-eastern tip of Asia, it is one of the most interesting city-states in the world. So, without further ado, let us pack you with the top five things to know before travelling there!
1. Language barriers:
If you are visiting Singapore with nothing but your overly-abundant English vocabulary, you are going to be more than fine. In fact, that is not even your only choice when it comes to widely-spoken languages there. Singapore has a total of four official languages: English, Malay, Mandarin, and Tamil. Additionally, it has three official writing systems: Roman (Latin), Tamil, and Simplified Chinese. Oh, and did you know that they call their own way of speaking “Singlish”? Might as well get the basics of that down (wink)!
So, let us learn the basics of the basics: the local tipping rules. If you are in a restaurant, it is generally considered polite to tip an extra 10%. Even though some bills might show something that will resemble a tip, it does not translate into the pockets of the servicemen. Consequently, to make up for the shortcomings, these people rely on tips. Go the general way: if the service was good, tip the hell out of it (wink)! Cab drivers, on the other hand, are usually not tipped and nor are hotel staff (except for bellhops). Oh, and bars usually follow the same rules as restaurants!
3. Shopping heaven:
Hey, guys, did you take your ladies out shopping in the past 7 years? Alright, just kidding, but when it comes to hitting the malls, there is no better place for you than Singapore. In fact, recent headlines all speak of how much the mall-culture has taken over the south-eastern tip of Asia. This is not only a thing in Singapore but in the entirety of China and of Malaysia. If you want to provide your ladies with the time of their lives in terms of shopping, just buckle up and hit the most scintillating commercial centres one after the other (for there are plenty of them – no need to worry of running out).
As you may have guessed from the “Language barriers” section, Singapore is a melting pot of cultures, races and religions. For this particular reason, it is quite a unique place in the world. Though racial and religious relations have not always been calm, they seem to be alright now. There is a four-fold system when it comes to the official quota and it encompasses Chinese, Malay, Indian and Other people (this system is commonly known as CMIO). Though certain rules can get queer when we compare them to international first world standards (such as how many people of a certain group can live in a block), it is the flow that you have to adhere to if you are in Singapore. Respect all languages, religions and cultural manifestations and all will be well – in fact, it is more interesting than most countries, so just enjoy it!
This is quote a heavy hammer for those who plan on hitting the road towards Singapore with a tight budget. Why? Well, because Singapore is not only one of the most expensive cities in Asia but one of the most expensive ones in the world. What this means is that almost anything will cost you way more than you’d expect. Housing and restaurants are flamboyantly pricey and you should always think twice before going out for a night’s revelry. On the bright side, though, public transportation is cheap and most tourist attractions are downright free of charge. Oh, and if you have a friend around, they will be able to show you a few places where you can get yourself a decent meal for a fair price. Is Singapore a paradoxical double-edge? Yes it is, but it is worth it, because it’s cool!
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