When visitors come to Singapore -they often want a picture with the Merlion, since they think it's the symbol of Singapore. They even go as far to create some Malay myth-saying that this beast lives in the surrounding waters and protects us from storms. This is so false. In the 1970s it was created by the tourist board. The only possible connection is the word Singapore- or Singapura in malay means lion city. The sultan, who found Singapore thought he saw a lion when discovering the island. There are no lions here-but there used to be tigers.
I think it's great that they wanted to create something that would scream Singapore(this does not) and people would want to have their pictures with it. Why not a large orchid-but a half fish half lion that either throws up into the Singapore river or blasts lasers out of it's eyes? They could have done better.
When you are walking around Singapore you may be approached by the trishaw man. Most of these trishaw drivers are older Chinese men, who don't know much english. They may grunt at you to get your attention. There are also the young trishaw drivers, who may have snazzier carts-playing loud music. If you are tired, than a trishaw trip may be a good way to see the city. But you need to haggle and decide on a price -before you sit down in the trishaw! We have never used these trishaws-but when we asked what these guys charge it can be a lot. So bargain first.
Someone mentioned to see the Woodlands causeway to Malaysia (north part of Singapore to Johor). It's just a flat, short bridge and nothing to see.
It was built more than 70 years ago when Singapore was a colony. Malaysia is proposing to replace it. They initially proposed a curved bridge, but are now proposing a straight bridge.
Some say that the Malaysians are inflating the cost of the bridge and asking Singapore to pay half of the inflated cost. The Singapore government is reportedly studying the available project details because they don't want to waste money on an inflated project.
A few years ago, a second link to Malaysia was built to the west. Most people who use this ride in private cars because I think taxis either need a special permit to use this route or there is some other restriction.
Be sure to name the price when u order hawker food. Pls tell the stall owner that "I need a plate of S$10 BBQ Sting Ray". If not, they will come with a big plate of S$20 Sting Ray and you will not be able to finish it and have no space for more food.
esp when u are at Newton Circus Hawker Centre.
Just a bit of common sense goes a long way. It helps to know two things before you go off in search of that "one time only", "just for you" deal of a lifetime. 1) Know how much you would be paying at home. 2) Know the conversion. Simple right? You'd think so, but it doesn't always work out. A person at my hostel decided she had heard so much about Sinagpore being THE place to buy electronics, that she would trust that rumor and just go buy a camera. $500 USD later, she had her camera. It just so happened that it was my camera as well. First, I paid about the same for my camera with a free 256MB memory card thrown in as a special at Best Buy. She did get a bit more than I did, a camera case, two tripods, and a less reputable version of that 256MB card all for about the same price. But, she was CONVINCED that I was lying after she had probe to find out how much I had paid for mine. (I really didn't want to break her spirit). We ended the conversation with her thinking I had lied about the price I paid, thinking that I had paid a couple of hundred more for mine.
As such, just know that Singapore is indeed the electronic mecca. You can find anything here. You can also find it for a very good price, but you have to look around, and you will have to bargain... nicely.
Unique Suggestions: Bargain in the markets, but not chain stores or malls
Fun Alternatives: Buy back at home, if cheaper.
Light and Sound performs when Christmas is near, located at Junction Sparktacular. It's NOTHING but broadcasting Christmas songs and moving disco ball at the junction. Yes, indeed it has light and sound. But...that's all!
Seafood is a delicacy in our country's food culture... and is pretty abundant... Travellers should be aware that is does not cost you a few hundreds of dollars to enjoy a sumptous meal of seafood in a open air hawker centre.... (e.g. newton circus)...
So question the price of each dish you intend to order before ordering...
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