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."
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 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."
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!"