Traveling the world always you will find curious, striking situations for your habits. These situations that you like to tell everyone to make them understand how far you were House or ever be the center of attention in the boring family reunions. It is likely that last trip you forget the name of that village that you liked so much, del Monte that you uploaded and made you perspire as ever or how put what could be expensive! in Vietnamese. But hardly erases you these memories, they are those that give color to your anecdotes, and you’ll still repeating whenever you ask about that trip you did years ago.
Singapore is a country and a city at a time
If we have to choose a curiosity to begin with, it is that Singapore may be well known in the world, but when we look for it on the map may not see it at first glance. You have to look good, there is small but mighty. With its 710 km2 with the largest surface 191 ° of the ranking of countries, but it managed to be one of the economies most important in the world. To resolve the problem of lack of space, the Government sends to populate lands constantly, creating a terrible impact on the ecosystem. Since 1960, the surface of the country grew by 20% and there are already projects to begin to build underground, up to 38 underground floors. Incredible but true…
If something is known to Singapore in the world is by the amount of fines that imposes. Such is the fame that was made until they sell the souvenirs for tourists describing it as such. Which draws more attention worldwide is the prohibition of consuming gum. Let’s clarify something: what is forbidden is selling it and spit it in the streets, therefore if you carry gum in your backpack and the consumerism as it should (by throwing them into a trash can), you will not be charged as a dealer of gum chewing… (?). It may be that you do not see any police around and want to go live with Singapore, but when you think that you zafabas from the crowd will appear the buchón. It is not a righteous Patriot wanting to you to enforce the law, but one of the many undercover police walking the streets without even so you feel your presence without seeing it.
You can not buy chewing gum, but prostitution is legal…
All laws, that most caught our attention was this. In a country sooo tight we couldn’t believe how prostitution is permitted. Talking to the locals, they told us that the Government decided to take this decision since it is something that will also happen, whether legal or not, then which is better regulated. Prostitutes have to get a license that is renewed every six months after passing a medical check-up. That way, they avoid the spread of disease.
Sadly, Singapore became a destination of luxury prostitution, and the demand increases more than 20% during the Formula 1 night race in September. Rich businessmen who witness the event hired “companions” to make them go through their wives, and have many claims when choosing. That Yes, they are willing to pay up to USD 50,000 for just a few hours.
Other perlite (black) happened this year when he was condemned to three Lebanese referees by agreement of parties in Singapore, the payment was not in cash but in Exchange for expensive prostitutes (read note). If you will be curious…
I, polyglot: the four official languages of Singapore
You already have that if Singapore were female, would be polyglot. As a result of its multiculturalism, the country has four official languages: English, Chinese mandarin, tamil (from southern India) and Malayan. Ah, and not official: the Singlish, a distortion of the English where it mixes with the other three languages, especially with Malay. The Singlish is the casual language used when people do not speak the same native language, but consider it vulgar for formal situations.
If you listen to what they say “lah” after every sentence, or tell you “We go makan” when you want to go out to eat, are experiencing the singlish in first person. It will be not recognized by the Government, but it is a trademark of the country.
A toast, please. Fast and warm!!
Traveling saw many of the famous “vending machines”. In Italy, for example, there is no place wherever you go you not to find one. In Hong Kong, these sympathetic things you sold to umbrella, but have never seen what a like this, which sells you small sandwiches… toasted at the time! As you stated, in Singapore you will never be far away from the food…
Take away, please!
One of the curiosities that more attention in Southeast Asia, is that when you ask a beverage in returnable container to carry, it give you a bag to stay with container. But of course, Singapore is very top and wanted to invent this hybrid way of carrying your drinks. Ideal to leave hanging in the nail of the trees (?) when you do gymnastics.
Let them run…
We thought this was magic, and made us very much according to the hutongs of Beijing. Although the country is highly overpopulated, and air have intolerable amounts of pollution, you can always find a corner where it seems that the world stopped spinning. Both its quiet alleys and beautiful parks. A respite within the hustle and bustle of the big cities…
If handle can be a headache for many, nor tell you in Singapore!
Pucha that life in Singapore is expensive! Rental, education, outputs and of course, keep a car. For example, Singapore patent vehicles have limited the amount of naphtha (fuel) that can be loaded into Malaysia, because many crossed the border into Johor Bahru just to fill the tank and return (1L of Regular cost about $ 1.75 in Singapore while in Malaysia it costs USD 0.59).
The first photo you see below is one of the tolls that it is changing the price according to the schedule that you pass by below. If you do not know well the streets of the city can be that you go through several of them without knowing it!
Red patent in the second photo auto indicates that the vehicle may only circulate on weekends. These naturally pay less patent and are usually more expensive cars that they use everyday.
Did you know that you can ride a gondola in a shopping mall? All Singapore can do…
Addiction by shopping and spend money in any crap thing, leads to extreme points like this. To make your “shopping experience” unique and unforgettable, you can stroll along the Marina Bay Sands shopping nothing more nor less than… on gondola! A walk of 10 minutes watching windows and people will cost USD 8. The climax of the trip arrives when the intrepid gondolier move the boat to the sides, making you feel in a sea storm (understand the irony).
When the Sun heats (I cover my face)…
The obsession with white skin as a role is common in Asia, and of course that this surface Miss which is Singapore could not stay outside the trend. The equation for these lands says that tanned skin = work under the Sun = low class. Without any shame, mothers showed us photos of their children and told us “it is not very nice, it’s too dark”. That is why, in addition to the endless variety of bleaching creams that are made every night before going to sleep, women will always walk with an umbrella to cover the Sun. Precisely the opposite of what happens at home. Customs like this make us remember that we are on the other side of the world.
HDB, where lives the people
While Singapore is famous for its quality of life and is the country with the 4th highest GDP per capita in the world, very few are those who can afford the luxury of living in a House, not even in a condominium. For those who do not are Eduardo Saverin (co-founder of Facebook who lives in Singapore) are little elegant squares of cement known as HDB (House Development Board), the solution to the problems of space given by the Government for now. But unlike other countries, live in these public buildings is not considered a sign of poverty, if we would not say that 85% of the country is poor and nothing further from the truth. The center of the city remain as prohibitive as living in a luxury condominium on the outskirts, that most live in neighborhoods such as Woodlands, Tampines and Bukit Merah, Geylang.
The complexes have almost everything you need to avoid having to go to the center of the city. There are schools, hospitals, playgrounds of food, supermarkets, sports facilities, parks, etc.
Parking lots for bicycles from two floors!
If there is something that characterizes the country is lack of space. All its parking lots are multi-storey… up to the bikes!
Sending items to more than…
Much of the country’s population is of Chinese origin. As such, the tradition says that every year must send objects that families may need in the twilight. How do they do it? Don’t miss
All together against crime
Without a doubt, Singapore is one of the safest countries in the world, but nothing of rest on the laurels. During our visit in 2009 could participate in the campaign “Low crime doesn’t mean no crime” and at present put these posters in places where a crime was committed to alert the neighbors.
And for you, what was the most curious of your trip to Singapore? Did you see any similar curiosity in other travel? What most catches your attention when you travel? How many questions! In the comments you can express at your leisure…