If you are visiiting the lobby of Raffles Hotel, for gentlemen, please be aware that, if you are not wearing covered shoes, you will refused entry.
It is ok if you are just walking around in the courtyard and going to the gazebo and gallery of shops.
It is strange archaic rule but there is no choice but to follow the house fules.
Does it mean ladies can go bare footed. Anyway, with so many non-guest visitors, the hotel management has their own quiet way of enforcing them.
Even on Orchard Road, it is difficult to get around Singapore when it rain. There are not many rain covered taxi stands outside of Orchard Road area.
There are no complete protection from the rain. So it is important to bring along an umbrella when going out on raining days or when it looks like it going rain.
Many major department stores will provide plastic sheaths for your wet umbrellas before entering. Bring an umbrella and stay dry.
In Singapore, driving is on the left.
Similarly, if you are standing on the escalator, keep to the left. This will allow those who are rushing to walk by you on the escalator on your right handside.
Good idea to hold on to the railing as others have known to fall down the escalators which are long and steep in some places.
Consider also using available lifts.
In recent months, there has been an increase in complaints among tourists of taxi touts and dishonest taxi drivers eyeing foreign Caucasian tourists at popular tourist spots like Boat Quay, Clarke Quay, Harbour Front, Orchard Towers and other places. Typically, a taxi tout will approach a Caucasian tourist `Taxi sir? I can help you. No need to wait. Where are you going?' The price quoted will be 2 - 3 times more than the metered taxi fare. Some taxi drivers will refuse to charge by the meter but insist on a flat fee of S$20 - $30 depending on your destination. Some taxi drivers will announce extras after the ride. The only extras that you have to pay are clearly stated in the fare chart inside the taxi eg. airport surcharge, Electronic Road Pricing charge, Central Business District charge, midnight surcharge.
Always take a taxi from a taxi stand. Never agree to take a taxi from a tout who promises you to cut the queue. Taxis have to pick up passengers from designated taxi stands and no one is allowed to solicit on behalf of taxi drivers. When you enter the taxi, the taxi driver must turn on the meter. If he refuses to turn on the meter, get out of the taxi, note down the taxi license plate and lodge a report with the Land Transport Authority (LTA) at 1800-2255582. Likewise, you should only pay the approved surcharges as detailed in the chart displayed inside the taxi. If you are being overcharged, threaten to lodge a complaint to the LTA.
Singapore might seem like an advanced country but in terms of sensitive scenes in movies and on tv, this country is still a few decades behind. The guys from the government cut films and censor whatever and whenever they can. It goes that far that the smooching cops in "Simpsons - The movie" has been cut! Some movies are way shorter than the original directors cut.... guess why? Simply to get a lower rating and therefore more movie goers and more money.
Being an expat in Singapore, I really have to get used to it. Even the nicest hits in wrestling are not shown....
Well in something that completely shocked a local I was with at the time I witnessed the egging of a tourist. Couple of younger males on a scooter rode by and threw an egg that hit the man in the neck just below his left ear.
As we walked further down Orchard back towards the city we saw more egg splatter on the sidewalks.
The Singapore Zoo is large and the map is NOT to scale. The arrows tof different animal locations and the criss-crossing roads and paths can be confusing and misleading.
So if you are in a group, with children or want to organize yourself to see all without getting lost or backtracking, it is best to plan out with the map, the schedules of the show, the feeding times of different enclosures and where to get on and get off the tram.
With the recent changes, I found getting to the first tram station was confusing and I have been to the zoo many times.
With a little planning before starting, you will have a fruitful and fun day.
There can be lot of walking sometimes on gentle slopes and so take it easy.
Also be prepared for rain with raincoats or an umbrella.
Some locals do not speak straight English, which is kinda difficult to understand (at first). A colleague informed me that, more often than not, their English is a direct translation from Chinese, so there are some dangling prepositions here and there, overused "already," and additional syllables at the end of sentences. Tough, eh? Overall, it's fine. Just pick up. :)
If you are a would-be traveller to Singapore, hold your horses. All that glitz, glamour and hullabaloo you expect to see in Singapore are just nondescript, kitsch setups to lure tourists and their travel dollar. Every country presents disappointments of its own and my purpose is to inform you of those belonging to Singapore. Take it from me, a native born and bred in this tiny, wretched land.
Hot and humid beyond comprehension. Don't be fooled by the year-round 33 degrees celcius forecasts; it actually feels more like 40C. Factor in the humidity and it's as good as walking in one big sauna--for the entire day. I've been to China in summer and although it's rather hot, the heat is more appropriately described as 'dry'. You don't pespire that easily over there. In Singapore, be prepared for one wet experience (not the rain) but your own sweat draining your energy away. For those from temperate Europe, this can be an extremely uncomfortable experience. You can feel angered and agitated from the unforgiving heat.
If you're a caucasian (white), you're probably in luck. Heard of the 'friendly' locals in Singapore? They're friendly because of your skin colour. Sales staff will fawn over you as if you're a descendant of the sun god (though not necessarily to the point of licking your toes, but almost). As soon as you step into a store, be prepared to be greeted by staff who speak in affected English. They contort their already terrible Singapore accent into what they perceive as American or British. Now cringe.
The attitude immediately changes when a local enters the store; he's pretty much left to his own devices. SOME singapore women are also in favour of caucasians who in their perception, are wealthier and classier. Take a walk down Orchard Road (the famed shopping belt of Singapore) and you're likely to see women proudly sporting their caucasian catch. Of course, I could be generalising but the gist of this section is: if you're white, you will generally receive better treatment.
Nothing to worry about when you are in Singapore. This is the probably the safest city in southeast asia and crime rate is low. Even when you are walking alone in places like Little India or Geylang (red-light district) you'll still find yourself pretty safe and comfortable. Nevertheless, all usual precautions should be taken. After all, don't be the first one to be hurt!
It's hot in Singapore but the weather can be very nasty. It can be unpredictable like warm in the morning and rainy in the afternoon. It's always good to have an umbrella to protect yourself from the scorching heat of the sun or from heaven's showers. And when it's rainy, it's quite tough to get a cab or to book one for that matter.
Around September and October, there is haze due to Indonesians burning their forests. 2006 is particularly bad. The local news publishes the PSI as a measure of how bad it is. Over 100 is suppose to be bad. The PSI fluctuates every hour.
I was there in October, 2006 and it's bad. One night was the worst night that year, according to the news. I could tell it was bad because I could smell smoke. Usually, you can't smell smoke just can see far away buildings very clearly.
I was in Singapore in October, 2005 and it was fine. The sky was blue and not very hazy.
At certain years and a fews of the months, when forest fires occur in Sumatra, Indonesia, wind conditions may bring haze to Singapore as well neigbhoring countries.
Avoid heavy outdoor activities and keep alert of the any health hazard warnings in the local news. For those with respiratory problems, better to stay indoor. There are shopping centers, museums and cinemas to explore and be entertained.
Fortunately, this is not a common occurence.
recently there has been a few cases of dishonest taxi drivers touting at major tourist spots.they are charging unbelievable prices to unsuspecting tourists.
it may be a common scene around ourregion where drivers and passengers negotiate a price to drive them somewhere but here in sg,all taxis MUST use their meters.
so if u come across a taxi who wont use his/her meter,just simply refuse and flag another taxi that will.
The 117th IOC Session convened in Singapore from the 6th to the 9th July 2005 to elect the host city for the XXX Olympiad in 2012.
Security was tight for the protection of delegates and to maintain secrecy during the closed door sessions.
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