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    Safe, Clean and Marvellous Singapore

    by stanlelj Updated Nov 10, 2006

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    Favorite thing: I was lucky enough to be posted to work in Singapore for three and a half months in 2005. I loved everything about it. The people are warm and welcoming. The history is fascinating. The airport is actually a place you love to be. The Zoo is the best I have seen. The food is a wonderful selection of foods from many cultures. Shopping in Singapore is the best!

    Fondest memory: Christmas season in Singapore is not to be missed. Singapore celebrates all of the special days of all of the major religions, and also the many tribal groups in South East Asia. It is the place to start your explorations of the region.

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    Vegetable farms in Singapore?

    by SLLiew Written Oct 15, 2006

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    Favorite thing: Yes, there are plots of vegetable farms. Local Singaporeans who have done their National Service have been to all over the "rural" areas of Singapore and guide you to vegetable farms and tracks of more "under developed" parts of Singapre where they have done their military camping and training.

    For me it was an eye-opener. Anyway, I came to Singapore the Orchard Road and bright lights. But just to show that there are many unexplored places even in a place that one have been to so many times. We tend to go the same places until someone take us to their different "same places".

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    RSS Resilience seen defending Singapore

    by Skylink Updated Jun 24, 2006

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    Favorite thing: This is a photo of a ship from the Republic of Singapore Navy that I saw sailing in the harbour. It was speeding much faster than the little ferry that I was on. Upon doing some research, including the MINDEF (Ministry of Defence) website, I found that this ship is one of the Fearless class of patrol vessels commissioned in 1998. It is the RSS Resilience. It is equipped with a 76 mm gun in the front and two Mistral surface to air missiles. The ship was built by ST Marine in Singapore.

    Maybe if you look at the harbour, you may spot something of interest? There are some some islands that might be reachable by water taxi.

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    never been this clean

    by aalayaa Written Jan 25, 2006

    Favorite thing: when it comes to cleaness, singapore can be nominated as one of the cleanest place on earth. people throw garbage into the bin and if not, they will fine you.
    eventhough the last time i was in singapore some places are not as clean as i expected, places for tourists like orchard road on the picture still positively clean.

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    Religions in Singapore

    by signedbytheo Written Jan 17, 2006

    Favorite thing: Most Singaporeans celebrate the major festivals associated with their respective religions. The variety of religions is a direct reflection of the diversity of races living there. The Chinese are predominantly followers of Buddhism, Taoism, Shenism, Christians, Catholics and some considered as 'free-thinkers' (Those who do not belong to any religion). Malays have the Muslims and Indians are Hindus. There is a sizeable number of Muslims and Sikhs in the Indian population. Religious tolerance is essential in Singapore. In fact, religions often cross racial boundaries and some even merge in unusual ways in this modern country. Younger Singaporeans tend to combine a little of the mysteries of the older generation with the realistic world that they know of today. Religion is still an integral part of the cosmopolitan Singapore. Many of its most interesting buildings are religious, be it old temples, modern churches, or exotic mosques.

    Taoism, Confucianism, Buddhism, and ancestral worship are combined into a versatile mix in Chinese temples. Followers of the Tao (The Way) adhere to the teachings of the ancient Chinese legend, Lao Tzu. They are concerned with the balance of the Yin and Yang, which are opposite forces of heaven and earth, male and female. Feng Shui, literally translated as wind and water, also originated from Yin and Yang. Ancestral worship is common and the spirits of the dead, like the gods themselves, are appeased with offerings. Most Buddhists are of the Mahayana school although there are some from the Theravada school. In Singapore, the Buddhist faith is linked with Taoism and the practical doctrine of Confucianism.

    Christian churches were actually established with the arrival of various missionaries after the coming of Sir Stamford Raffles. Together with Buddhism, Islam, and Hinduism, Christianity is considered one of the four main religions today. There is quite a large number of Christians on the island.

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    Drinking from a coconut.

    by SWFC_Fan Written Dec 19, 2005

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    Favorite thing: At just S$1 (0.40 GBP / 0.60 Euros), coconuts are excellent value!

    I bought a coconut from a street seller in "Little India", who proceeded to cut out a hollow in the top with a little axe and gave me a straw with which to drink the coconut milk.

    Once you've finished drinking the milk, you can take the coconut back to the seller and he will hack it to pieces allowing you to eat the actual coconut.

    A refreshing drink and a snack - and all for just S$1.

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    Religions

    by studiopaparazzi Written Dec 17, 2005

    Favorite thing: Most Singaporeans celebrate the major festivals associated with their respective religions. The variety of religions is a direct reflection of the diversity of races living there. The Chinese are predominantly followers of Buddhism, Taoism, Shenism, Christians, Catholics and some considered as 'free-thinkers' (Those who do not belong to any religion). Malays have the Muslims and Indians are Hindus. There is a sizeable number of Muslims and Sikhs in the Indian population. Religious tolerance is essential in Singapore. In fact, religions often cross racial boundaries and some even merge in unusual ways in this modern country. Younger Singaporeans tend to combine a little of the mysteries of the older generation with the realistic world that they know of today. Religion is still an integral part of the cosmopolitan Singapore. Many of its most interesting buildings are religious, be it old temples, modern churches, or exotic mosques.

    Taoism, Confucianism, Buddhism, and ancestral worship are combined into a versatile mix in Chinese temples. Followers of the Tao (The Way) adhere to the teachings of the ancient Chinese legend, Lao Tzu. They are concerned with the balance of the Yin and Yang, which are opposite forces of heaven and earth, male and female. Feng Shui, literally translated as wind and water, also originated from Yin and Yang. Ancestral worship is common and the spirits of the dead, like the gods themselves, are appeased with offerings. Most Buddhists are of the Mahayana school although there are some from the Theravada school. In Singapore, the Buddhist faith is linked with Taoism and the practical doctrine of Confucianism.

    Christian churches were actually established with the arrival of various missionaries after the coming of Sir Stamford Raffles. Together with Buddhism, Islam, and Hinduism, Christianity is considered one of the four main religions today. There is quite a large number of Christians on the island.

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    No paper napkins!

    by dcrubio Updated Aug 3, 2005

    Fondest memory: Weird, but somehow, there is a lack of paper napkins at eateries like the foodcourt / hawker centers... they may come with your drink (if you ask!), but not with your food... You will realize this when you see old people selling them by the pack for SG$1... a better option is to buy wipes at the supermarket, and always have some with you... ;-)

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  • A unique bus

    by bpxplorer Written Jul 11, 2005

    Favorite thing: The favorite thing about Singapore is the cleanliness. Very well maintain or perhaps the people here is highly responsible for it surrounding.

    Fondest memory: I encounter this public bus while on my way to catch my return train. Very old yet very unique.

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    National Anthem

    by imstress Written May 10, 2005

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    Favorite thing: Majulah Singapura (sung in Malay)

    Mari kita rakyat Singapura
    Sama-sama menuju bahagia
    Cita-cita kita yang mulia
    Berjaya Singapura
    Marilah kita bersatu
    Dengan semangat yang baru
    Semua kita berseru
    Majulah Singapura
    Majulah Singapura

    Onward Singapore (English translation)

    We, the people of Singapore
    Together march towards happiness
    Our noble aspiration
    To make Singapore a success
    Let us all unite
    In a new spirit
    Together we proclaim
    Onward Singapore
    Onward Singapore

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    Wanna Catch a Movie while in Town?

    by Rachelynn Written Dec 8, 2004

    Favorite thing: Despite the abundance of DVD/VCD and the players, Singaporeans are great movie-goers. Especially so when it comes to block-buster movies, like Lord of The Rings, The Day After Tomorrow, Harry Potter, The Incredibles, Bridget Jones' Diary, Titanic of course are very good examples for the gross profit earned by cinemas here!

    It cost $6.50 - $8.50 SGD per movie ticket, depending on weekday or weekend. If you book through internet or phone, you will need to pay a booking fee of $0.70...hmm. or is it $0.50.

    Popular cinemas are Cathay Orchard (opposite heerem), Golden Village (GV) Plaza & Marina Sq. My favourites are GV Bishan & Great World City & Cathay Orchard

    For online booking (via visa or mastercard only), here's the website for more information on locations and schedules.

    Cathay
    http://www.cathay.com.sg/cineleisure/leishome.html
    Phone Bookings: 6235 1155

    Goldn Village
    http://www.gv.com.sg/Booking/index.htm
    For phone booking, pls call 19009121234
    Per call cost $0.30

    Of course you can also buy tickets at the cinema counters. =)

    Enjoy!

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    Public Holidays in Singapore

    by imstress Updated Nov 25, 2004

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    Favorite thing: 2005

    NEW YEAR January 1 (Sat)
    HARI RAYA HAJI January 21 (Fri)
    CHINESE NEW YEAR February 9 & 10 (wed & Thu)
    GOOD FRIDAY April 25 (Fri)
    LABOUR DAY May 1(Sun*)
    VESAK DAY May 22 (Sun*)
    NATIONAL DAY August 9 (Tue)
    DEEPAVALI November 1(Tue)
    HARI RAYA PUASA November 3 (Thu)
    CHRISTMAS December 25 (Sun*)

    (sun*) - the following Monday will be a public holiday

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    Population & Languages

    by imstress Updated Nov 25, 2004

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    Favorite thing: In Singapore, you will find Chinese, Indian, Malay and Eurasian Communities living harmoniously together, their long established cultures forming a unique backdrop to a clean and modern garden city.

    Singapore's multicultural society of just over four million is reflected in its major ethnic groups: the Chinese (76.8%), Malays (13.9%), Indians (7.9%), and Eurasians and smaller minority groups (1.4%). Despite rapid industrialisation, the majority of Singaporeans celebrate the major festivals associated with their respective religions.

    The variety of religions is a direct reflection of the diversity of races living here. Singapore's principal religions are Buddhism, Islam, Hinduism, and Christianity. The majority of Chinese Singaporeans follow Buddhism, although Daoism (Taoism), and more recently Christianity, are also popular. Malay Singaporeans are predominantly Muslim, while more than half the Indian Singaporeans profess Hinduism.

    There are four official languages: English, Malay, Mandarin and Tamil. English is spoken everywhere and it is the common business language of all.

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    Light pollution

    by yuet29 Updated Nov 13, 2004

    Favorite thing: It is fair and frank to say that I only see one or twice starry sky in Singapore for my 4 years stay in this island.

    The light pollution in SIngapore is very very serious. Most of the time, the sky will be grey in color, sometimes it is dark red. My friend said, if the sky is red, it means it is going to rain.. I am not sure.. because the sky at my hometown wont turn red to signal raining..

    Thus, to join an astronomy club and pay money is foreseable a redundant act.. (joking, those mind dont get angy).. but it is true.. because most of the time you wont get stars.. sometimes you will.. may be one or two which is nearer to earth?.. quite pity..

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    Pawnshop

    by yuet29 Written Nov 13, 2004

    Favorite thing: Yes, you can still see this in SIngpore.. a few of them in china town.. surprisingly to me actually..

    May be is my mistake, I thought pawnshop is only occured in old chinese town.. where those poor pawn their belongings when they urgently need money..

    Hmm... may be one day I may need to go in?.. who knows?. haha

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