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Living in Singapore

Updated on March 7, 2013

Singapore

The little red dot. The lion city. A 'fine' country - a pun on the many signs that are related to fines cluttered along the streets. These are just a few of the many epithets and nicknames that have been bestowed upon Singapore since her independence from neighboring Malaysia in 1965. Being new to this densely populated small city state, there are indeed plenty of subjects and matters to explore, namely general lifestyle, racial tolerance and standard of living. I will touch on all of these matters briefly.

Singapore Photos

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View from my flat in SingaporeShopping Mall in Woodland, SingaporeEsplanade, SingaporeBoat in Marina, SingaporeChinese Lanterns displayed at Fullerton Hotel, Singapore
View from my flat in Singapore
View from my flat in Singapore
Shopping Mall in Woodland, Singapore
Shopping Mall in Woodland, Singapore
Esplanade, Singapore
Esplanade, Singapore
Boat in Marina, Singapore
Boat in Marina, Singapore
Chinese Lanterns displayed at Fullerton Hotel, Singapore
Chinese Lanterns displayed at Fullerton Hotel, Singapore

For an average Singaporean, life can, at times, be pretty hectic. Foreign tourists visiting Singapore's Central Business District constantly wonder what makes the Singaporean walk slightly faster, look at their watches more, do things at a slightly increased pace. Without any natural resources to provide economic security to the nation, its citizens are the backbone that runs the country like a well-oiled machine. While slowly becoming one of the fastest developing nations in the world, Singapore still has its deep-set Asian roots. After a hard day at work, the average Singaporean usually goes back home for a home cooked dinner with the rest of the family. I have seen people going back home late from work but still spend a considerable amount of time going through their children's school work. Perhaps this is what sets apart Singapore from its western counterparts, the family values are inculcated deep within them.

Even though a day job takes up most of the average Singaporean's quality time, its citizens do know how to kick back and relax as well. While the younger crowd haunts the bars and clubs at night, more and more Singaporeans are taking advantage of the tropical sunny weather to participate in physical activities over the weekend. Last weekend, while having a birthday BBQ event with friends, Singaporeans of all ages were gathered along the stretch of East Coast Park, frolicking around, some were rollerblading and cycling, having a game of football amongst friends and families, others were picnicking, taking in the sights and sounds, draining the pressure and stress from their place of work over the past week.

Singapore

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Singapore Flyer in the distanceTunnelBoat to IndonesiaA street in SingaporeShip anchored at outer sea
Singapore Flyer in the distance
Singapore Flyer in the distance
Tunnel
Tunnel
Boat to Indonesia
Boat to Indonesia
A street in Singapore
A street in Singapore
Ship anchored at outer sea
Ship anchored at outer sea

Over these past few months of my life in Singapore, the one thing I have noticed is the racial harmony amongst its citizens. Despite being racially diverse, having four official languages with a plethora of races living on one tiny island, the country thrives on its meritocracy and being racially tolerant of one another. One can attribute this to the dense population of Singapore and the majority of its citizens living in apartments. Having lived in the same apartment for almost an year now, I realize that my landlord share a great deal of interests and similarities with our neighbors of a different race. The landlord's wife shared the same feeling of loss and despair when her elder son and the neighbor's son had to answer the nation's call and serve in the army for their mandatory national service, almost at the same time. Even though tribes and races are fighting in other countries around the world, though racial tolerance should never be taken for granted, I feel safe and comforted amongst the diverse set of people in Singapore.

Singapore Coat of Arms

Golden Coat of Arms of Singapore
Golden Coat of Arms of Singapore

Being safe, secure and in a socially stable country like Singapore comes at a steep price. The tiny island state ranks as the third most expensive city in Asia to live in. In contrast to its South-East Asian neighbors, Singapore has a high standard of living. With its upcoming venture into casino resorts, I feel that Singapore is constantly undergoing changes to its social landscape. While this bodes well for its economy and its presence in the world, I feel that too much of it might change the core values, the family oriented ideologies and the social identity, of the average Singaporean. While I feel that Singapore is constantly changing and undergoing massive revamping of itself due to globalization, I know that Singapore is, and will always be, the place many people proudly call home.

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      JMPL 

      7 years ago

      I would not class Singapore as a developing country. This is not so much as a criticism of the term used here, but rather to highlight facts that are often undisclosed & misconstrued.

      Singapore has long graduated from the "developing" status since the era of the Five Asian Tigers or even earlier. I remember the old times when Singapore has to wrestle with its rich/wealthy status among "poor" countries for nation-building - especially in the arena of international funding. An example is in the 1980s when Singaporeans were not entitled to Colombo Plan scholarship unlike their counterparts in neighbouring-countries. Just a note.

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      gurnam singh 

      7 years ago

      i wana to pr in singapore

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      LeilaExcite 

      8 years ago

      Singaporeans like many fellow Asians have family values inculcated deep within them and not only that, they are very disciplined and hard working...no wonder their economy is booming.

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      Rik Ravado 

      8 years ago from England

      SunSeven - Interesting Hub and great to see you Hubbing again - you are one of the all time greats as far as Hubbing goes!

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      ocbill 

      8 years ago from hopefully somewhere peaceful and nice

      This is good info and made me want to read more about Singapore. I hope you can expand on the topic more as a resident. most expensive city means more renters, similar to NYC and possibly Tokyo

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      anjalichugh 

      9 years ago from New York

      I heard someone say, many years ago that Singapore is America of South East Asia. It is more like a commercial hub like US and Dubai. I recollect having a good time visiting places like Sentosa and Mustafa complex, if I remember correctly. That was about 9 yrs ago. Nice memories. Thx for sharing.

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