Uniquely Singapore: The Where, Who, What, How and When.
How many of you have heard of this tiny country at the tip of Malay Peninsula? One of the smallest countries in the world, you won't easily find Singapore on the map. It is, however, located in a very strategic location, and has grown into a multi-racial country. The fusion of old and new, East and West in Singapore is making it a unique nation.
Where on earth is Singapore?
First of all, let's start from how to find the country on the map. Singapore is NOT part of China; it's not even close to China (it is about 6 to 7 hours flight away from Beijing). Located at the southern tip of Malay Peninsula, in Southeast Asia, Singapore is actually closer to Malaysia's Johor Bahru and Indonesia's Batam Island.
Singapore's timezone is GMT +8, along with Taiwan, Mongolia, and Philippines.
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The majority of Singapore's fast-growing population is Chinese, Malays, and Indians.
Minority groups include Japanese, Korean, Indonesian, Filipino, Vietnamese, and many more. Because of the many races living in Singapore, people with mixed lineage are quite common in this country.
What is the currency of Singapore?
Currency is Singapore Dollar (SGD or S$).
What language is spoken?
Even though the official language of the nation is Malay, English is the actual main language in Singapore. It is the mandatory language in school, therefore almost everyone in the country speak English.
The common street language in Singapore is Singlish – a unique blend of English and other local vernaculars. The main language spoken is English (or Singlish), while the second most common language will be the respective ethnic language of each ethnic group. For example, the Chinese speak Mandarin and an array of Chinese vernaculars.
How to get there?
As an open country, Singapore is easily accessible through air, land, and sea. In fact, the country's own Changi Airport has been voted as the best airport in the world five times in a row.
How is the climate?
Situated above the equator, it comes as no surprise that Singapore’s climate is a jumble of warm, wet and humid conditions. Singapore does not have the typical four seasons (i.e. summer, spring, autumn and winter). Singapore’s climate can be justified in one word: TROPICAL.
Be sure to carry an umbrella everywhere you go in Singapore. It will save you from a sudden drizzle of rain, or unexpected glaring sun.
How to move around in Singapore?
The major transportation in Singapore is Mass Rapid Transit (MRT), which is the equivalent of America's subway or England's tube. Other public transports include bus and taxi. Ferryboat services are also available for transport between the main island of Singapore to the other islands.
Famous landmarks of Singapore
As the symbol of the nation, Merlion is the place tourists must visit. There are five Merlion statues all over Singapore, but the two most famous are the 8.6-metre-tall original statue at Merlion Park and the 37-metre-tall gigantic replica at Sentosa Island.
As one of the world’s busiest arts centres, Esplanade offers a staggering range of programmes which caters to all audiences. In addition to Esplanade Presents performances, other offerings by diverse presenters complement the programmes at the centre, ensuring that there is something for everyone.
A 165 m (541 ft) Ferris wheel that features 28 air-conditioned capsules. It promises more than just a view, but a panorama that captures Marina Bay’s skyline with a glimpse of neighbouring Malaysia and Indonesia.
A 2.2 kilometre-long street that is the retail and entertainment hub of Singapore, Orchard Road is a major tourist attraction, in addition to being the most popular shopping enclave in the city-state.
There is, of course, so much more to Singapore than meets the eyes. For more detailed information on what to do, where to go, and what to eat in Singapore, please visit my blog about Singapore or have a look at my other articles!
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