December 17, 2008
Andrew Mouser said:
In summary, Singapore is a shopping destination and nothing much more. There is really no Singapore history beyond the 1800’s. There really isn’t a Singapore culture. No rain forests. No ancient temples. Heck, because of land reclamation, there really isn’t even a natural beach on the whole island.
While it was nice to go someplace where English is one of the official languages, I really don’t think I will make a return trip to Singapore.
Recommended by Anonymous Coward: "American tourist chronicles his week in Singapore."
November 08, 2008
September 22, 2008
Japan Today said:
In a statement Friday, Singapore police said they have informed Karuppaya the issue he was planning to raise in his speech ‘‘is a sensitive one impinging on race.’’
‘‘Singapore is a multi-ethnic society and maintaining community harmony is a key imperative that we must not take for granted,’’ it said.
Recommended by Anonymous Coward: "So if you can't air your grievances at Speaker's Corner, next best step is to look for international press?"
July 07, 2008
Times Online reports things you should do and not do in Singapore.
The Botanical Gardens are amazing. Less obvious, but a real gem, are the walking tours detailed on www.singaporewalks.com. There's a different one every day of the week.
A lot of what pass for tourist attractions in Singapore - the Merlion at Marina Bay and the world's largest fountain at Suntec City - are pointless. Don't waste your time.
April 26, 2008
People queue, they don’t spit, pee on the roads, don’t rush into the local trains, don’t litter, the cabs folks don’t overcharge, there are no touts, they have a low crime rate and there are hardly any cops (because you’re caught on camera everywhere) – this is almost like paradise – it’s too good to be true actually.
Recommended by quachee: "a tourist view on singapore - will get those complainers something to think about! haha... the grass is always greener on the other side!"
June 14, 2007
June 04, 2007
Perhaps Singapore's biggest handicap is its lack of famous sights: it has no Angkor Wat or Taj Mahal. For many years, it prided itself on its innumerable shopping malls, and promoted its annual "Singapore Sale".
Abroad, it is often better known for its authoritarian ways -- it canes vandals, executes drug offenders, crushes political opposition, and bans the sale of chewing gum. Culturally, its development has been crippled by restrictions on freedom of expression and censorship of films and plays.
Recommended by Anonymous Coward: "Not exactly the celebratory messages we get all the time from the local media."
March 04, 2007
October 04, 2006
Did the STB just spend money to ship our Miss Singapore over to a one-horse town, to win a two-bit tinfoil tinsel crown, at a competition that isn't going to do jack squat in terms of publicity for Singaporean lovelies? Or did they spend the money in hopes that we could nab a cheap title if no one else was really competing?
Either way, money well spent? Seriously, why bother? The only publicity that Ms Singapore got for this competition happened because her plane got hijacked.
Recommended by Anonymous Coward: "Miss Singapore was on the Turkish plane that was hijacked yesterday, on the way to a beauty competition that no one will ever hear about. The hijacking was the most publicity STB will get from that competition. "
July 11, 2006
^tamago^ said take ur time to read the whole series, and maybe other countries. Its interesting to read about Singapore through the eyes of a visitor (even if there are many humorous mistakes in his description of Singapore)
there are legends that everything is forbidden in Singapore : you have death penalty for selling pornography, drug dealing, prostitution, and many years of jail for some type of political activities, for carrying guns as well as very high fines for spitting, littering, or smoking in public places
June 07, 2006
Kai Ruhl said:
If you like tea, bring it with you. Weighs nothing in your backpack and is worth lots because in Singapore you will mostly only find green tea...(Bring) Condoms (those in the southeast asian region are mostly too small and notoriously unreliable).
Recommended by jadeite: "This article is a bit old (dated 2001) but still interesting and amusing to see Singapore /NTU from a German exchange student's POV.
Don't know which supermarket he went to that only sold green tea!"
March 19, 2006
Yawning Bread said:
As I have mentioned in the article Here, the first thing people register is your race, Singaporeans have quite a unique habit. We first draw some conclusion about a person's race before we decide what language to use. A Singaporean would not speak to someone who looks Indian in Chinese. Generally, we would use English to him without a moment's thought.
Recommended by gecko: "How we name places in Singapore and how awkward it is to interpret these names."
June 30, 2005
June 21, 2005
Ngader gives us an account of her trip to Saigon. She describes her visits to various places of interests like the War Museum.
Visitors looking at the pictures. Unable to tear their eyes away. Fingers to their lips in shock. The quiet dignity of the pictures and our horrors of realization. Then finally, the pictures are over, and you walk into the tiger cages where they kept prisoners of war. Even in the hot noon sun, it feels eerie. At the end of the it, I walked out slightly dazed and disorientated.
I had lost my appetitie.
May 19, 2005
sify.com claims that
Contrary to the common perception that Singapore is among the most expensive Asian shopping destinations, the city has emerged as the most affordable tourist shopping destinations in the Asia-Pacific region in a study conducted by Euromonitor International on retail pricing.
May 19, 2005
Threez Frame pleads for legislation against local people who participate in child-sex tourism...
These are CHILDREN we are talking about. ... These girls may be told their going to be doing sales. They just don't realise they're also the product they're selling. ... These girls, who if they were living in Singapore, would be pulling on their uniforms and getting on the bus to school and studying for their Primary Three streaming, are kept in cages, and every 15 minutes some FULL GROWN MAN is going to come along, tap them on the shoulder, take them to a room and rape them.