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Old 05-16-2013, 10:29 AM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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I wouldn't even know where to begin, just tell me everything you know about Singapore lol. Make it LONG !
Haha I think wikipedia would do a better job on it. It sounds like you'd be better served by doing some thorough reading. If you then have specific questions which can't be answered by a general reference, e.g. about life or travel there, get back to me.
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Old 05-16-2013, 11:16 AM
 
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Haha I think wikipedia would do a better job on it. It sounds like you'd be better served by doing some thorough reading. If you then have specific questions which can't be answered by a general reference, e.g. about life or travel there, get back to me.
Honestly, I have already done this!

I have read Wikipedia, read travel guides, watched YouTube videos, watched shows on the travel channel, read citydata and other forums, started threads, Toured google maps, etc.

NOTHING about Singapore has caught my eye. I feel obligated to see it just because its a "world class city". If I'm not interested I just need to except it and I'm officially scratching off my list today. I have given Singapore all the chances in the world.
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Old 05-16-2013, 11:29 AM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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Honestly, I have already done this!

I have read Wikipedia, read travel guides, watched YouTube videos, watched shows on the travel channel, read citydata and other forums, started threads, Toured google maps, etc.

NOTHING about Singapore has caught my eye. I feel obligated to see it just because its a "world class city". If I'm not interested I just need to except it and I'm officially scratching off my list today. I have given Singapore all the chances in the world.
You said you didn't care too much about food, but have you tried any food from the region? Be careful you may get hooked!

Researching a place is different from actually visiting. Singapore might not be your style at all, but since it's so easy to get to and accessible, I recommend at least giving it 2-3 days. I can give you an itinerary if you're interested or you can roughly follow one of the others. You may very well stopover in Singapore. I think, for me, it's greatest selling point is just as an introduction for Asia and to get a taste of different cultures all in one place.
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Old 05-16-2013, 07:38 PM
 
Location: San Diego CA
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Great place to visit as a tourist. None of the crime, corruption, grit and grime associated with some other Asian countries. Singaporeans are generally friendly. Most people are well educated. English is spoken. Lots of touristy type things to do and see.

If you are living there it's another story. Very high cost of living. It's a small island crowed with several million people. Only the ultra rich can afford single family homes. Most people live in crowded government subsidized high rises. If you're a drinker a beer could cost you $ 16.00 a bottle. Owning and operating even a small car can cost in excess of $100,000.00.

Don't even think about bringing drugs into the country. There are mandatory death penalties for trafficking even small amounts of drugs.
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Old 05-31-2013, 09:03 AM
 
Location: Czech Republic
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It is like Hongkong as it is also small but it is more clean, green and people are friendly and cultured.
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Old 05-31-2013, 09:26 AM
 
Location: Derby, Western Australia
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Great place to visit as a tourist. None of the crime, corruption, grit and grime associated with some other Asian countries. Singaporeans are generally friendly. Most people are well educated. English is spoken. Lots of touristy type things to do and see.

If you are living there it's another story. Very high cost of living. It's a small island crowed with several million people. Only the ultra rich can afford single family homes. Most people live in crowded government subsidized high rises. If you're a drinker a beer could cost you $ 16.00 a bottle. Owning and operating even a small car can cost in excess of $100,000.00.

Don't even think about bringing drugs into the country. There are mandatory death penalties for trafficking even small amounts of drugs.
Yep agree 100% Very nice place to visit and enjoy all the culinary delights and tourist attractions, but a pretty stressful place to actually live in as a citizen as far as I can tell.
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Old 05-31-2013, 10:17 AM
 
Location: Massachusetts
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Always interesting to read what people say of my home country! LOL
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Old 05-31-2013, 02:53 PM
 
Location: NYC
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I was just in Singapore for a quick post graduation trip. Some people claim that it is essentially a police state. However if all the cities in the world can be like that I wouldn't mind living in such a police state.
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Old 06-01-2013, 09:59 AM
 
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
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Educated population, not crowded, great food, warm and humid, safe, diverse, tolerant. These all describe Singapore.
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Old 06-11-2013, 01:32 AM
 
Location: Singapore
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I keep seeing posts about how the people in Singapore are polite and I am inclined to think that these people only visited Singapore for a short while. I would say the complete opposite and say they are rude but then maybe my definition of politeness is different to others.

To be courteous hasn't caught on in this part of the world infact im not even sure they would know what the word means, thank you, please & excuse me are small but little words that you will hardly ever hear here. The only time I see politeness on a daily basis is in business and that's because its expected and forced like it been read from a script.

If you go to HK or China you will see much more rudeness for sure, Chinese culture seems to have a in and out culture so if your in such as family and close friends yes you will see politeness but if you are out this means a stranger, random encounter or even friend but not a close friend then you will not get the same politeness and it often comes across as rude and cold.
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