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    Power socket head type & electricity strength

    by xuessium Updated Jul 13, 2005

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    Favorite thing: Singapore follows the British system. The plug has three prongs (two flat and one rectangular) that form a triangle.

    The voltage is 230V while the frequency is 50Hz.

    Fondest memory: Sources:
    Electricity around the World 1
    Electricity around the World 2

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    Penguin Parade

    by kyoub Written Jul 26, 2004

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    Favorite thing: One of the main attractions at the Jurong Bird Park is the Penguin Parade, which simulates a slice of Antarctica.
    It is in a theatre type setting, very dark when you walk in you can barely see.
    The Penguins are behind a glass enclosure,
    with what I assume is two way glass. I doubt they can see you but you can see them.
    We was there at feeding time and got these photos.

    Fondest memory: I love going to the Jurong Bird Park.
    We have been there several times and it is always a pleasnt outing.

    Feedingtime
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    The Singapore (Tourist) Visitors Centre

    by xuessium Updated May 28, 2005

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    Favorite thing: After many years of saying "no", the Tourism Board finally caved in to reality and build a "Central" Tourist Information Office along Orchard Road to cater to the needs of visitors. And typically Singaporean, they build a big one at that with booths for currency exchange, car rental and insurances. Right next to the white building is a booth for the popular Duck Tours and Hippo Buses tours. Here, you can arrange day tours and get the latest tourist-related information. The building is located between The Heeren and Orchard Emerald, diagonally opposite the Meritus Mandarin and a 5-10 minutes walk after exiting Somerset MRT station.

    Fondest memory: Website: VISIT SINGAPORE

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    Drinking water from the tap & NEWater

    by xuessium Updated Jul 10, 2005

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    Favorite thing: Singapore's water is safe for drinking right from the tap. It obeys WHO standard as the water has been chlorinated to kill germs and flourinated to strengthen teeth. There's really no reason for you to be purchasing bottled water at all. Helps to save that pile of bucks there.

    Singapore is not self-sustainable when it comes to water demands. We buy a large portion of our water from the state of Johor in Malaysia. The other 2 portions come from rainwater collected in our reservoirs and from NEWater - recycled water via reverse osmosis technology. A 4th source will be added soon, via desalination. It is the country's hope that we will wean ourselves off the supply from Malaysia in 20 years and thus free ourselves from political blackmail from our neighbour up north.

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    "Save The World" Campaign

    by traps Written Jan 10, 2004

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    Favorite thing: Singapore is becoming more "open" to sexual issues these days due to its globalization to the world and big influence from the westerners. Thus, they had recently launched a "Save The World" campaign to help the AIDS-patients globally.
    P/S: Singapore used to ban Durex ads. But it is everywhere these days.

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    VISA to enter Singapore

    by xuessium Updated May 15, 2005

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    Favorite thing: Foreigners holding travel documents issued by the following countries will require a visa to enter Singapore:

    * Afghanistan
    * Algeria
    * Bangladesh (Except Diplomatic/Official passport holders)
    * Commonwealth of Independent States* (Except Diplomatic/Official/Service passport holders for a stay of up to 30 days )
    o Armenia
    o Azerbaijan
    o Belarus
    o Georgia
    o Kazakhstan
    o Kyrgyzstan
    o Moldova
    o Russia
    o Tajikistan
    o Turkmenistan
    o Ukraine
    o Uzbekistan
    * Egypt
    * India (Except Diplomatic/Official passport holders)
    * Iran
    * Iraq
    * Jordan (Except Diplomatic/Official passport holders)
    * Lebanon
    * Libya
    * Morocco
    * Myanmar (Except Diplomatic/Official passport holders)
    * People's Republic of China (Except Diplomatic/Service/Public Affairs passport holders for a stay of up to 30 days)
    * Pakistan
    * Saudi Arabia
    * Somalia
    * Sudan
    * Syria
    * Tunisia (Except Diplomatic/Official passport holders)
    * Yemen

    In addition, visitors holding Hong Kong Document of Identity, Macao Special Administrative Region (MSAR) Travel Permit, Palestinian Authority Passport, Refugee Travel Document issued by the Middle-East countries and Temporary Passport issued by United Arab Emirates will also require a visa to enter Singapore.

    * Nationals of the Commonwealth Independent States may be granted entry into Singapore without visas if they are on transit to a third country. However, they are required to fulfil the following conditions:-
    * They are in transit to a third country;
    * They hold a valid passport, a confirmed onward air-ticket, entry facilities (including visa) to the third country and have sufficient funds for the period of stay in Singapore;
    * They continue their journey to the third country within the 96-hour visa free period granted; and
    * They satisfy Singapore's entry requirements. As in all arrivals, the grant of the social visit passes to travellers will be determined by the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority officers at the Singapore Checkpoints.

    Fondest memory: Reference website:
    VISA Requirement

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    Monsoons: The Raining Seasons

    by xuessium Updated Mar 1, 2005

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    Favorite thing: The Northeast Monsoon brings rain to Singapore between November and February but the wettest month tend to be December. The Southwest Monsoon brings rain between July and September but this is a weaker monsoon so rain volume tends to be much lower than its Northeastern counterpart. Even during monsoon seasons, it does not rain everyday. The bad thing is that thunderstorms, if they roll in, can really wash out your plans but it also means that the temperature will drop to a more tolerable 30C or lower in the day.

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    HDB Estates

    by traps Written Jan 10, 2004

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    Favorite thing: This is another picture of the surrounding of typical housing estates in Singapore. Most of the locals live in flats of an average of 15 stories. Some others live in condominiums or landed properties which may cost you almost SGD$1 million. Anyway, this park livens up at night when the residents will gather and wind down. Some others will BBQ the night away.

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    Raffles Hotel - The Long Bar

    by Mikebb Updated Jul 19, 2009

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    Favorite thing: I had visited the Long Bar in 1977 and 1983 and after an absence of 26 years returned with my wife to see what had changed. It looked exactly the same as when we visited in1983, however it is now a non smoking venue.

    The peanuts remain and after some thought and a few drinks I found out the only thing that had changed "Prices".

    On holiday why worry about prices in such a priceless bar. We returned 5 days later with some Aussie friends who arrived on an overnight stopover on their way to Europe. One could say after an absence of 26 years we "over indulged".

    http://www.raffles.com/EN_RA/Property/RHS/Restaurants_Bars/Long_Bar.htm

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    The River Merchants - Bronze Work

    by Mikebb Updated Jul 22, 2009

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    Favorite thing: Walking along the Singapore Riverbank past the restaurants on Boat Quay you will come to The River Merchants bronze work recreating a scene from the early days of the Straits Settlement. Located waterside as you approach The Fullerton Hotel.

    I appreciate these memories of the past which are to be seen scattered throughout Singapore.

    http://www1.moe.edu.sg/learn@/singaporerivertrail/sec/G041_Dunman_Sec/sculptures.htm

    The River Merchants - Boat Quay Notice Re Bronzework
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    Tipping is not required in Singapore

    by xuessium Updated Aug 16, 2008

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    Favorite thing: Tipping is not a culture nor a practice in Singapore. The government has strongly discouraged tipping in the past to deter the growth of a climate of corruption. Most hotels, restaurants and upmarket eating places instead, charges a flat 10% service charge. (On top of a Good & Services Tax of 5% circa 2008)

    However, then said, if you has receive excellent service and felt compelled to reward accordingly, then a tip would be a nice gesture. The Singapore government has tried means and ways to encourage service providers to put their best foot forward, but unfortunately, as a Singaporean, I'm ashamed to say that we still have much grounds to cover considering there are still service providers out there who felt that it is be our privilege to receive service from them instead. This mentality cannot be condoled.

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    Singapore Changi Airport

    by xuessium Updated Jan 14, 2008

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    Favorite thing: Singapore Changi Airport has been voted World's Best Airport for 2005-2006 and 2nd best in 2007 by popular votes on SKYTRAX. Free Internet, a clean and efficient system, great shopping, lots of eateries and cafes, a transit hotel (more details below) inside the airport and grander and newer designs for the newer terminals all added up. Also the place you will first and last see Singapore.

    There are 2 transit hotels within the airport compounds (in Terminals 2 and 3), so that folks doing a transit who has no wish of stepping out into Singapore (ie, you need not clear customs) can get some rest or a night sleep. The Crowne Plaza Hotel is now located next to Terminal 3, making it the closest hotel to the airport.

    On 26 March 2006, the no-frills Budget Terminal opened in Changi Airport. (Yes, it is called Budget Terminal by virtue of a Nationwide Naming Contest) The terminal is about a 5 minutes bus journey from Terminal 2. There are free shuttle buses connecting this Budget Terminal with Terminals 1, 2 and 3. Tiger Airways & Cebu Pacific are tenants there. (The other budget airlines, Thai Air Asia, Air India Express, Jetstar Asia & Valuair have chosen to stay put in T1)

    Fondest memory: You may find the links below useful:
    SINGAPORE CHANGI AIRPORT

    TRANSIT HOTEL

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    Best Of Singapore

    by mizzzthanggg Updated Apr 7, 2005

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    Favorite thing: Lots of great sightseeing to be done in Singapore if you're into city tours & nightlife & shopping... it's most certainly not a destination if you're looking for a lazy beach holiday.

    My Favourite Things To Do In Singapore:

    1. Orchard Road! - The ultimate shopping street. And a few weeks before Xmas, they make a big deal about switching on the Xmas Lights and usually get celebrities to do the honours... I think one year they had the UK girl group Eternal... I think.

    2. Night Safari - Singapore Zoo

    3. Underwater World - Sentosa Island

    4. Holland Village - where the expats hang out in many different bars and cafes

    5. Boat Quay - lots of food and restaurants and bars and cafes

    6. The Esplanade & The Merlion - Great concerts and musicals and performances are shown every month with some big names from all over the world.

    7. Little India, Chinatown, Arab Street... typical hotspots for arts and culture.

    Some cool websites for Singapore:
    *Unorthodox Singapore - Your Alternate Travel Guide (different from your usual run-of-the-mill touristy travel guides to this lil country) http://www.geocities.com/azurelite/index.html
    *The Esplanade Theatre - http://www.esplanade.com

    view from the top, swissotel stamford (ex-westin)
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    The Laws of Singapore

    by sourbugger Updated Jan 8, 2004

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    Favorite thing: Only in Singapore would the Draconian laws be made into a tourist attraction - various laws appear, often with an appropropriate (or otherwise) cartoon to accompany them on various tee-shirts and the like. I found the following laws Not to do :

    NO - Importing Gum
    NO - Smoking
    NO - Chewing Gum
    NO - Flower picking
    NO - Vandalism
    NO - Nudity
    NO - Firework
    NO - Kidnapping
    NO - Molesting
    NO - Rioting
    NO - Durian (the best law by far)
    NO - Fishing in Reservior
    NO - Water Wasting
    NO - Overstaying
    NO - Assaulting
    NO - Extortion
    NO - Robbing
    NO - Spitting
    NO - Handphone
    NO - Bird Feeding
    NO - Skateboarding
    NO - Littering
    NO - Public Speeches (another excellent one)
    NO - Keeping wild animals
    NO - Pornography
    NO - Speeding
    NO - Dancing without Licence
    NO - Urinating in lifts (Oh no really ?)
    NO - Flushing (of toilets I presume)

    So what can you do for a good night out ?

    Fondest memory: Trying to break as many minor laws as possible inside five minutes

    Do you think they have spy cameras in the public bogs to know if you actually flush them ?

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    Singapore Botanical Gardens

    by victorwkf Updated Sep 13, 2005

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    Favorite thing: Singapore has one of the most impressive botanical gardens in the region, and I visit this place periodically as I am a nature lover. There are many varieties of plants and flowers, including a orchid garden, medicinal plant area, aromatic spice plant area etc. You must visit this place if you are a nature lover.

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