Fines & Rules of Conduct, Singapore
Favorite thing: Singapore is clean and orderly, due to a long list of illegal things, such as chewing gum, jaywalking and making loud noise. Be wary when crossing roads there will be an underpass you must take, often hi-tech and highly complicated, e.g. taking 3 escalators to cross one road.
Singaporeans are very orderly and tidy looking. No one smokes or chews gum in public. It's creepy, because under Singapore law you can be whipped with a cane for the smallest infraction. I think the Singaporean people are oppressed and fearful, but try not to show it.
Overall, Singaporeans are like most other residents of tight urban spaces across Asia. You have to just do your own thing and work hard.
Fondest memory: Singapore is an amazing place! Everyone seems efficient, respectful, considerate, and concerns about the environment. In every community, there are many developed playground and parks for kids and elderly.
I was amazed seeing old people serving at the major establishments. Old people are crew in different fast food chains and restaurants in the city.
Singaporean are health conscious people. In the market, I saw a lot of vegetables, fruits and healthy foods sold to the Singaporeans.
the nighltife is sooo vibrant in Active in Singapore!
It depends on what kind of nightlife you want. If you want to have a Bar Niteout then the Chijmes and Clarke Quay and Boat Quay is definitely the best areas. If you want to do Clubbing then Mohammad Sultan Road and Marina Bay and Zouk are the best areas. If you want to drink and eat in style then go to Raffles hotel and at the Asie Bar in Suntec City. If you want live bands then Chijmes is the best bet. For some adult action then go to Bugis and Geylang.
Fondest memory: lots of Nitelife activities for all kinds of events!
Tobacco products are allowed entry, subject to certain conditions:
Travellers can bring in cigarettes that do not have the “Singapore Duty Not Paid” marking or the prefix ‘E’ printed on the packet. However they must declare the cigarettes and proceed to pay duty and GST accordingly. More information can be found at the Singapore Customs website at www.customs.gov.sg
Generally, there are 4 types of dutiable goods in Singapore as follows.
Intoxicating liquors, including spirits, wine, beer, ale and stout;
Tobacco, including cigarettes and cigars;
Motor spirit; and
Motor cars and motorcycles/motor scooters
Please approach ICA officer at the Red Channel for payment of duty and GST if you have dutiable goods which exceed the GST relief or duty-free concession. It is an offence to proceed to the Green Channel for clearance if you have items that are subject to payment of duty/GST.
Cigarettes (1 gm or less)
Customs Duty: Nil
Excise Duty: 35.2 cents for every gram or part thereof of each stick of cigarette 4 months ago
Fondest memory: Never been there .. I just surf at the net about the general tips that anyone show know.
The Registrar of Marriage is housed in a beautiful colonial mansion on Coleman Street.
Though many prewar houses and colonial buildings have been bulldozed to pave way for rapid development in Singapore, you do come across some remaining magnificent architecture still left standing and conserved in Singapore.
Remember, regardless of citizenship, one of you must me a resident for at least 15 days in Singapore before filing a notice of marriage. For more details, check the website below:
Smokers, take note!
Check out the yellow boxes when you are at the coffee shops or restaurants in Singapore. You can only smoke at limited tables within the premises (marked with yellow boxes on the floor) and most of the tables are non-smoking area.
If you get caught smoking at the non-smoking area, there will be a fine (should be a few hundred S$).
Singapore Airport Is One The Best In The World With A Lot Of Facilities... Because Tourism Is One Of Economies Source For The Country.
Fondest memory: Although Smoking Is Strictly prohibited In Some Certain Area And Make Smokers Feel Like A Convict And Miserable In Singapore Because There Are So Many Places That They Can't Smoke... There Are Still Smoking Area In Singapore Airport For Smokers To Ease Their Pain...Luckily ! Or They Will Sulk And Curse Forever!
Favorite thing: Because of security reasons, S'pore doesn't have public places to put/store your heavy bags while u r travelling. For instance, in Japan, every railway station has lockers. U can find such place in Changi Airport but that is not always helpful. I had to check out from hotel before noon, but my flight was in the early morning next day only. I had a full day to travel, but with my bags, that was not easy. I talked with my hotel (Hotel 81 Palace) and they were kind enough to keep my bags (until I picked them) even after I checked out from the hotel, and that also without any cost. So if u have same problem, u can consult your hotel if they could help u.
Favorite thing: There are signboards warning you about fines for smoking, drinking etc., in MRT stations and trains. Sometimes u do see some litters in the stations also. These warnings are mainly for maintaining discipline. But it is foolishness to try to violate them since all MRT stations are watched by several CCTVs.
After admiring high rise buildings and a very tidy city, later I feel this very tidy city communicate with signboards. Effortlessly, I found many “No” sign everywhere.
I like those signs. It’s just cool. I think I am not the only person who see the “No” sign everywhere. I bumped to a shirt in the market with many “No” signs all over the shirt. Welcome to Singapore My Fellow Travellers.
The following items may not be brought in:
Liquors and cigarettes marked with the words "SINGAPORE DUTY NOT PAID" on the labels, cartons or packets
Cigarettes with the prefix "E" printed on the packets
Chewing tobacco and imitation tobacco products
Controlled drugs and psychotropic substances
Cigarette lighters of pistol/revolver shape
Toy coins / currency notes
Reproductions of copyright publications
Reproductions of video tapes or disks
Reproductions of records or cassettes
Endangered species of wildlife and their by-products
Obscene articles and publications
Seditious and treasonable materials
Favorite thing: There is something strangely satisfying about seeing a traffic warden targeting a Ferrari. I think the German's call it Schadenfreude!