Singapore Warnings and Dangers

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Singapore Warnings and Dangers

  • Hot & Humid Weather

    Singapore Warnings and Dangers

    It rains pretty much every day in Singapore. And what rain it is. It comes pretty suddenly, every day at around 4 o'clock when I visited, and it's like someone throwing a bucket of water at you. You need to expect this, and it also helps to plan your day around the inevitable rain. Have some indoor activities and be ready to make use of these at a...

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  • No Chewing Gum & Other Restrictions

    Singapore Warnings and Dangers

    The Singaporeans want to preserve their little paradise, and so have some very strict laws against relatively minor crimes, like littering. Bizarrely, chewing gum is completely illegal - you can't buy it or import it. And if you do accidentally smuggle some into the country, definitely don't think of chewing it openly, or, god forbid, spit it out...

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  • Smoking

    Singapore Warnings and Dangers

    Smoker out there, before you come into Singapore, there is some customs law which you might need to know about cigarettes. Our customs is very strict about bringing of tax free cigarettes into Singapore, regardless you are entering through air or sea. If you have a open packet of cigarette pack, it is most likely that the customs would allows you...

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  • Pickpoketing & Petty Crimes

    Singapore Warnings and Dangers

    Recently, there has been a spate of pickpocketing in Bugis Junction carried out by a Vietnamese syndicate. Last week, 3 Vietnamese women on tourist passes were arrested for stealing a cellphone from the backpack of a shopper. Be very careful when you shop at Bugis Junction. Always have your bags and backpack in front of you. Singapore may be a...

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  • Drugs & Punishment

    Singapore Warnings and Dangers

    Singapore might be very strict but due to that I must say that Singapore is very safe and very clean. You may not cross the road if the robot is not green and you may not run across the road anywhere or might get a fine for J-walking. Chewing gum is a big no no. I think you allowed 1 pack of gum and thats it when you enter Singapore. You are only...

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  • Insects & pests

    Singapore Warnings and Dangers

    many had advised to put on something (insect repellant lotion,etc) to ward off insects, but please do so when you visit the zoo, night safari and jurong birdpark..there are so many plants,so expect insects and pests

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  • Taxis

    Singapore Warnings and Dangers

    Taxi's really ripped us off most of the time we were there. Because we did not know where we were or how far the travel was, we didn't know what the fare should have been. I will give you an example: Our hotel was literally 2 streets away from China Town. At the time we did not know this. We caught a cab from our hotel to China Town and it took...

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  • Travel to Malaysia or Indonesia

    Singapore Warnings and Dangers

    Try to avoid travelling to Singapore by road on a Sunday or to Malaysia on a Friday. Because there are many, many Malaysians who work in Singapore during the week, and head home to their families on weekends, the traffic through customs can produce long, slow lines of traffic.

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  • Tiger Airways

    Singapore Warnings and Dangers

    Tiger Airways is a subsidiary of Singapore Airlines. It is a budget airline operating out of Singapore to regional destinations in Asia. The fares can be really cheap and tempting to purchase eg. less than S$100 for a round trip to Macau. However, be warned. Tiger Airways is notorious for flight delays, flight cancellations, flight re-scheduling...

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  • MRT

    Singapore Warnings and Dangers

    MRTs are one of the most common modes of transportation in Singapore. They are subway trains which travel at high speeds, are cheap and sometimes not underground. The doors open for about 5 minutes for people to get out and get in and then close automatically. The thing people should most watch out for is that MRT doors are not like elevators; when...

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  • Singapore Zoo & Night Safari

    Singapore Warnings and Dangers

    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...

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  • Littering

    Singapore Warnings and Dangers

    I HAD HEARD A LOT OF HOW CLEAN SINGAPORE IS SUPPOSE TO BE AND THAT ONE NEEDS TO BE CAREFUL NOT TO LITTER UP THE PLACE...BUT IN FACT WHILE VENTURING AROUND SINGAPORE I DID SEE LITTER IN SOME STREETS AND ALSO SAW PEOPLE THROW LITTER ON THE GROUND...I WASN'T FAST ENOUGH TO TAKE PICTURES OF THE PEOPLE AND WENT BY THE SECTIONS OF LITTER TOO FAST..BUT...

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  • Surveyors

    Singapore Warnings and Dangers

    In the survey, if you indicate that you and your partner are above 25, have combined salary of $5000, and own credit card/s, you'd be entitled to a scratch-and-win lucky draw. The teenager would jump in joy saying how lucky you are, as he'd be able to get commission of up to $150 if you go and collect your prize. He brings you to his manager,...

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  • Order something for the room accross the...

    I met up with a couple of guys from Liverpool, on their way to Australia, and we had a bit of a laugh for a few days. When I used to get back to my hotel room, there was always a load of business cards pushed under my door.They were from prostitutes, so just for a laugh and of course curiosity, we ordered one for the room opposite. Just as well...

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  • Singapore Airport : Duty Free Alcohol...

    My warning is for any tourist transiting through Singapore to Australia and concerns the carriage of Duty Free Alcohol purchased from any other country apart from Singapore. If you are flying from Perth to Vietnam, you will find that there are no direct flights. We flew Singapore Airlines so we had to transit in Singapore. On our journey out from...

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  • Chinatown and People Park

    Please beware and try not to go to Chinatown or People to purchase any pre-paid phone card or technology items. That place is a rip off and if they know you are from oversea the will raise the price higher and threaten you to purchase. Don't ever think you can get a good price there because they set the price as soon as they see you and talk to...

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  • Acommon1 SAFE JOURNEY ANYWHERE

    Singapore is the safest place that I've visited around the world!!!If you get in trouble in Singapore ... then you deserve to be caned or placed in jail. They are free here but have common sense & reasonable expectations of all citizens and visitors. Don't expect to befriend too many locals. They're pretty busy group of people. They manage their...

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  • Smoking @ Non-Designated Place Carry a...

    The nanny state takes a tough line on anti-social issues. Smoking in all public places with NO SMOKING sign (eg. bus stops, MRT stations, food stalls and etc) earns a SGD500 fine. You can smoke at food stalls but at designated tables only. You can also smoke on the streets as long as you dispose off your cigarette butt in a bin.

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  • Jaywalking May Costs You S$50!

    Jaywalk by crossing the road within 50 metres of a designated crossing could cost you SGD50! Watch out for enforcement officers before you jaywalk even though there are some who choose to ignore and regret after being caught.

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  • Up to S$1000 Fine For Littering!

    If you are caught littering, you could be looking at a fine up to SGD1000 and performing corrective works (eg. sweeping, picking up rubbish and etc) by wearing a luminous vest at public places. Not surprisingly, Singapore is amazingly clean with so many cleaners on the roads!

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  • Taxi scams - NOT TRUE!

    I read a few post regarding taxis scam, these are so not true. Of course some of them don't speak perfect english and may not be the friendliest guys around. It might be helpful to show the drivers the address in writing if u have it to avoid unnecessary misunderstanding.If you happen to flag a limousine taxi (white/silver mercedes) on the road,...

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  • NO DURIANS ALLOWED !

    What in the world is a Durian and how much trouble will I get for possessing one? The authorities in Singapore love to fine people for minor infraction, especially on the MRT train system. Eating or drinking? That will be S$500 please. Smoking? S$1000 please. Flammable liquids? A hefty S$5000 please. What is the fine for Durians and what is a...

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  • Drinking Moderate

    This is specially for my friend IFAM.TOP SHOTS:.Tequila Sunrise 2 ounces Tequila 4 ounces Orange Juice ounce Grenadine Build in a highball glass and add ice cubes. Pour in grenadine slowly and allow to settle before drinking. .Rum and Coke 1 ounces Rum 5 ounces Cola Mix ingredients in a highball glass two-thirds full of ice. Stir briskly and...

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  • What you MUST NOT bring into Singapore!

    The following items are not allowed to be brought into Singapore:1) Drugs, hard or soft. It's the DEATH PENALTY, like it or not, if you are caught. No "Buts" about it.2) Intoxicating liquors and cigarettes marked with the words "SINGAPORE DUTY NOT PAID" on the labels, cartons or packets3) Cigarettes with the prefix "E" printed on the packets4)...

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  • Setting the record straight on chewing...

    Just to set the record straight, you cannot be arrested just for chewing a piece of gum in Singapore. In fact, it is ok to have a small of amount of gum for your personal consumption. The actual law that bans chewing gum applies to the importation (smuggling), manufacture, or selling of chewing gum in Singapore. But you will be heavily fined if...

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  • SARS is gone, but Singapore is on alert

    Last year, the SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) outbreak had a devasting effect on Singapore, both in terms of human casualties and economic harm. Despite the fact that Singapore has been officially SARS free for around a year now, the government is remaining quite vigilant in its efforts to prevent another outbreak.As a tourist, the most...

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  • Fine City

    Singapore is one of the safest major cities in the world by virtually any measure. It's squeaky cleanliness is achieved in part by strict rules against activities that are tolerated in other countries. For example, jay-walking, spitting, littering, and drinking and eating on public transport are prohibited (even forgetting to flush the toilet will...

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  • Another bad experience at Sim Lim Square

    Watch out for the shop #02-11 at Sim Lim Square. I was there with a friend to buy iPhone batteries, and after asking at the shop, the salesman quoted $120 for 2 batteries. I was still shopping around, so I said we would look around first (I had a bad experience buying a highly-quoted handphone at Sim Lim before, so I make sure I shop around to...

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  • Big Brother Knows Where You Are

    Despite many appearances to the contrary, Singapore is not a western democracy nor does it offer its people or its visitors any of the rights that come with liberal government. The press is not free, there is only one token opposition member in parliament and the government can pretty much track you wherever you are. All cars carry a transponder...

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  • Newton Food Centre

    True to the many warnings about the rip-off and over-charges to tourists patronising the notorious newton food centre... An American tourist with his wife together with 4 friends dining at the food centre on March 14, 2009 got a great shock when they got their bill... They were grossly over-charged S$491 for eating at the food centre... The food...

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  • Smoking

    Smoking is STRICTLY FORBIDDEN in public buildings, bars, discos, restaurants, government offices, MRT stations, bus interchanges, elevators, shopping centres, air-conditioned restaurants, taxis, buses & theatres. Offenders can be fined up to S$1,000. Bringing in cigarettes to Singapore is a chargeable offence. Unofficially, you may bring in one...

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  • Chewing Gum

    Another example of twisting the truth. Chewing gum is not a crime in Singapore, and neither is possession for personal use. You cannot bring in large quantities of gum to Singapore (it would be assumed you were selling it, which is a crime). You cannot spit your gum out on the street or stick it under the seat on the bus (this is common sense,...

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  • Nicoll Highway Collapse

    On April 20th 2004 at 3:30pm, a section of tunnel being dug under the Nicoll Highway for the new Circle Line underground rail suddenly collapsed killing 4 workers and destorying a large section of the highway above it. By luck, there just happened to be no cars at that moment on the section of highway that collapsed and most of the tunnel workers...

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  • Lost crabs in Changi airport!

    If you carry something with airline, make sure you pack differently.The connection with her good friend in Singapore was working before she left for the trip. She occasionally got some free, big and fresh Chinese river crabs and wanted to bring some for her friend. She received one phone call from her friend and asked whether she could bring some...

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  • Asking the way gets you nowhere!

    ...well known, also from own experience, is that Singaporeans are of not much use when it comes to pointing out directions. Don't get me wrong, it's not that they are unwilling, but it just doesn't work out well. The reason could be that most Singaporeans hardly walk. They tend to think Westeners who walk in the heat are mad. Singaporeans know...

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  • Discrimination when it comes to...

    The ongoing discrimination of Caucasians when it comes to serving spicy food is a major annoyance.If the restaurant staff doesn't know you, 9 out of 10 that the cook will deliberately reduce the spiciness of your food and with it the taste. When you start to complain, the staff will reply "oh you can have spicy?".It happened to me numerous times,...

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  • take care when ordering coffee

    Be aware that in many of the cheaper coffestalls, foodcourts etc. you will not just get coffee when you order a coffee! On the contrary, in Singapore you will often be automatically served a coffee with milk and sugar.It sounds a bit weird for a European- at least for a Dutch. In much of Europe you order a coffee with milk and sugar if you desire...

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  • Taxis - Go by the Meter

    Singapore has very strict rules about taxi drivers not using their meters. There are only a few taxi drivers who are brazen enough to risk breaking their rice-bowl by not charging by the meter. If you are ever caught in that situation, note down the taxi's licence plate number and report it to any of the government offices.

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  • Standing on MRT sub-way platform

    The MRT sub-way stations which are above ground level have an open concept on the train platform. Do be very careful and stand behind the yellow line until the train doors open. There are warning signs at the station because there are several previous incidences where people have fallen onto the rail tracks, and some of them were sadly killed so do...

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  • Be careful - it's low crime not no crime...

    I know of a number of people ( westerners ) who have been targeted by local gangs in Singapore with a view to mugging and injuring them. Be careful and vigilant whilst there. This type of crime doesn't make the newspapers very often , but , believe me , it's not unlike any other city in the world , when it comes to this type of behaviour ! You,ve...

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  • Buyer Beware!

    Singapore has stringent consumer laws and actively promotes safe shopping. You'll rarely have any problems,but still be aware. When buying for an example: watches, cameras etc.... particularly in smaller shops where a sales person may accept a low offer but not give you an international guarantee. Ensure international guarantees are filled out...

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  • Pitfalls of Foreigners working in...

    If you're a citizen from a country outside Singapore and are either coming to Singapore to look for work or to start working for a new company (not overseas posting in current job assignment), write to me asap. There are some serious issues you must be aware of before you embark on the job, or you risk losing more money than contracted. This...

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  • Tropical rain & sultry humidity

    Try to remember the following:Singapore is less than 140 km north of the equator and therefore constantly hot and humid.In addition, you can expect daily rain-showers which can be drenching at times.Hence, prepare some light and airy clothes for your trip, take a light sweater for the air-conditioned indoor activities and borrow yourself an...

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  • Motorcycles through traffic

    Either Singapore is full of conscious riders or the government highly succeeded in conveying the message, as a matter of fact I have seen a safe behaviour among motorcyclists. Pretty safe here.

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  • People to avoid

    I know it's really hot and humid here and people tend to perspire more than average...BUT....but, i can't stand it when your smelling all nice and clean while some people just cant take the initiate to just clean themsleves up! Some people you should avoid getting close to are school kids in uniform(poo!) and military men(poo! poo!). Not too...

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