on Singapore - Demographic,
stats and facts.
of Life in Singapore - Country
specific travel Information and common sensical advice.
in the history of Singapore - Milestones
in the history of Singapore
( 136.8 km) north of the equator, between latitudes 103 degrees
38' E and 104 degrees 06' E, Saddled between the South of Peninsular
Malaysia and the islands of Indonesia
at 2003: 4,131,200 (including all Singapore citizens, Singapore
permanent residents and foreigners staying in Singapore for
1 year or more) Sunday, our cat, has not been included even
though she's got higher IQ/EQ than some.
Chinese, 13.9% Malay, 7.9% Indian and 1.4% Others. (Approximate)
Buddhist, 14.9% Islam, 14.8% No Religion, 14.6% Christianity,
8.5% Taoism, 4% Hinduism, 0.6% Other Religions. (Approximate)
Singaporean English aka Singlish, Mandarin, Malay and Tamil.
We at the hostel have also been trained in Australian English,
American English, Manchester English, Irish English, Scottish
English, German English, Norwegian English and a host of other
hot, humid and rainy. Two distinct monsoon seasons - Northeastern
monsoon from December to March and Southwestern monsoon from
June to September. Inter-monsoon - frequent afternoon and
early evening thunderstorms. In the day, the average outdoor
temperature in Singapore is about 32° all yearlong. Dressing
comfortably will certainly help you enjoy your walking tour
more. Remember to bring lots of water with you as well.
rainfall: 2,345 mm with increased rainfall from Nov to Jan
snowfall: None. (Sigh)
to 240V. Plugs are of the 3-prong, square-pin type used in the
of the world's most prosperous countries, with strong international
trading links (its port is one of the world's busiest) and with
per capita GDP above that of the leading nations of Western
Europe. Also home to one of The World's
Best Backpackers Hostel.
Missions & Embassies in Singapore
& Checkpoints Authority (ICA)
Changi International Airport
Yellow Pages & Telephone Directory
specific travel Information and common sensical advice.
Transportation in Singapore
have a highly efficient public transportation infrastructure
comprising of buses, tubes and taxis. They are all nice, clean,
air-conditioned, and in-expensive.
taxis are metered and additional charges are clearly displayed
TAKE THE VAN TYPE TAXIS, BUS, LIMOUSINES OR LONDON CABS. Those
are WAY more expensive!
TAXIS IN SINGAPORE ARE METERED and it's NEVER BASED ON FLATE
RATE. (If any excuses are given for not turning on the meter,
take note of the taxi's registration number and give the details
to Hai. Take another cab.)
certain surcharges are not reflected on the meter. Some of
them are as follows:-
is a surcharge of S$3 for taking the taxi from the Airport;
5.00 p.m. to midnight on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays,
there is a surcharge of S$5 for
taking the taxi from the Airport;
midnight and 6.00 a.m., there is a surcharge of 50% of
6.00 p.m. on the eve of public holidays to midnight of
the public holiday, there is a surcharge of S$1;
7.30 a.m. to 9.30 a.m. and 5.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m. on Mondays
to Saturdays, there is a surcharge of S$1 for taxis from
2 companies, CityCab and Comfort.
you plan on being in Singapore for 3 days or more, it's recommended
to by an EZ-Link card.
now using contactless smart cards (ez-link card) for both
the MRT and our public buses. These are sold at MRT stations
and bus interchanges for a discount price of S$13.00 (S$3.00
is the non-refundable deposit) for the first six months. With
this system you don't need to calculate the stages you are
travelling and the price, this will be automatically deducted
at the exit. (People can't underpay their fare anymore). Trips
usually average about SG$1'ish.
On boarding a bus, you'll see two grey card readers. You tap
the card on one and the maximum fare is deducted for the rest
of the journey. A green light appears and a beeping sound
is heard. On exiting, tap your card on one of the card readers
placed at the exit. The system will then re-calculate the
correct fare and refund the difference to your card. You will
be able to see the card value and the fare deducted on the
and train routes can be found here.
Transit Bus Travel Guide
Rapid Transit Train Information
types/varieties/ethnic than most will have time for. Most
of which are pretty much identifiable
by pictures or whilst in the midst of preparation. If
it isn't, ask.- Common Sense.
are well catered for. Loads to be had in little india. Most
races have some form of vegetarianism in their style of cooking.
If you lean towards a vegetarian meal, inquire. - Common Sense.
regular meal should costs between SG$3-5 excluding drinks.
Eg: a plate of chicken rice, SG$2.50-3.5 depending on portion.
Noodles, fried, soup should be about the same. Ask the resident
at posh restaurants, like anywhere else in the world, you
will be expected to pay posh price. It could well go up to
about SG$100+ a head. Reasonably, SG$20 should be plenty.
Invite the resident foodie, Hai.
out our Food
and Clubbing Index.
and the likes runs at about SG$1 at coffee shops and a few
cents more at foodcourts.
Juices goes for at least SG$2 onwards.
now this is expensive. Expect to pay a starting price of about
SG$5.80 at a coffee shop for a 640ml bottle of our Award Winning
locally brewed beer, Tiger. It progressively gets more expensive
and tapers off to about SG$7'ish, and this is still at the
coffee shop level.
you hit the clubs and pubs, it goes for an astonishing average
of about SG$11'ish onwards. There's more, there'll be a tax
and service charge slapped on on top of that. Shop around
for a good deal. There's some to be had.
regular poster on our budding
travel forum, the looney planet's prickly bush, Chennie,
keeps an update of the happennings in and around.
like the one offered in October this year by Coyote Ugly in
Boat Quay offered females free drinks the whole night through.
It, and others like it, are excellent deals if you're a female.
Don't abuse it by taking drinks for the boys. It's stupid
to. Actions like that does not bode well and is embarrassing.
- Common Sense.
are also others which offers a drink all you can for SG$25.
water is drinkable, you won't keel over and die. If you have
a sensitive stomach, bottled water is sold everywhere. - Common
Changers in Singapore
abundant. There's at least one at almost every shopping centres.
There's heaps of shopping centres. It's pretty tightly regulated.
Changing Travellers Cheques can also be done there.
a coupla day's expenditure, the variation is negligible. Shop
for 3 rates and pick the best. - Common Sense.
on where you're coming from or heading to, Singapore could
possibly be a shopper's paradise.
you're heading to Oz, get the stuff you need from here. You'd
save a few bucks.
heading north into Malaysia, Thailand, best to leave your
casual shopping till then. You'd save a few bucks. Stick to
Singapore for Branded stuff. Peeps from the region shop for
branded stuff here.
you're heading home, to the UK, Norway, Sweden etc. go max
out your credit card.
only items I'd unreservedly encourage the purchase of would
be electronics. They are far cheaper compared to the few countries
I've mentioned and comparatively cheaper regionally.
keep in mind the old maxim of caveat emptor, or "let
the buyer beware," still applies. Most stand alone shops
DO NOT have refund policies. -
may want to check out the section 'The Art of choosing and
shopping for electronics' under Digital
Cameras. Nothing is more irritating then a pushy salesperson
who tries to unload excess stocks, well, except maybe meeting
those whose ignorance about electronic is only exceeded by
their willingness to show it.
you wish to seek redress against a retailer, Singapore Tourism
Board has a
list of errant retailers. Complaints can be lodged with
by calling the Hotline at 1800-736 3366 (toll-free in Singapore)
Consumers Association of Singapore
you wish to receive some form of redress within 24 hours (depending
on the complexity of the claim), you can also lodge your complaint
directly with the Small Claims Tribunals (SCT) at: 2 Havelock
Road, #05-00 Apollo Centre, Singapore 059763. An administrative
fee of S$10 is payable to the SCT.
is affordable/cheapish accommodation in Singapore. You just
got to know where to look. The freely distributed 'Official
Map of Singapore' is usually a good place to start if you're
already here. The map focuses on the City Centre and it's
fringe. This would be the ideal locality as it's easily accessible
to and from everywhere. The last thing you'd want is
having to wander a distance through seedy areas after an evening's
outing. Through experience, time has a strange habit of stretching
exponentially when you're lugging around a backpack or when
you're shattered. Googling
Singapore" works too.
from a hostel's website or flyers could quite easily be misrepresented
or misinterpreted, some could lose a few streets in between
or some could totally redefine the meaning of "walking
distance". Eg: Our Hostel is only 2 seconds away from
next door... Check out Street
Directory.com for an un-skewed view of the exact location
in Singapore and whatever's around it. Find out what you'd
have to walk past when getting back, how you're getting back
and how many transfers you'd have to do to get to the next
block. Just key in the building number and street and you'll
be able to get the real picture. Convenient is usually another
word that takes on another meaning when used in the context
guideline I personally use is to gauge the distance from the
ritzy and glitzy brand name hotels like, well, The Ritz, The
Fullerton, The Mandarin, The Marriot, Hyatt, Westin Swissotel.
These won't locate themselves in seedy areas, or, nest one
amongst the many chain of '1 hr' transit types.
GET FOOLED!, check
Accommodation and Other Tell Tales.
check out the website of the respective accommodation. It's
tells about the people who run them. Whether it's a "live"
site or just an ad with a few marketing blurb and pictures
thrown in to give it a 'we're doing it all just for you' feel.
A picture of a guy blowing out a candle from back in the 60's
not gonna impress me. I'm a firm believer in the 'for the
people, by the people' bit. Checking into a dive could well
break a destination.
are usually good tell tale too. That many people cannot be
too far wrong. I'd then email them to see if it's a personal
or cut and paste response. Finally, what i'd be getting for
my buck, eg: facilities, house rules, curfew, internet access,
kitchen, minibar, personal butler, limousine, room & concierge
service, the lot. Get the best bang for the buck, we are after
all on a budget remember? I get pissed when I'm told after
checking in and paying that i'd have to pay extra for sheets
or blankets, to charge my battries, the air that I breath...
but then again, that's me.
Thomas Stamford Raffles arrived from Penang, he's English.
signed a formal treaty with the Temenggong and Sultan Hussein
of Johor confirming the right given to the East India Company
to establish a "factory" on payment of annual pensions
to the Sultan. The British flag was hoisted. The short ceremony
marked the founding of modern Singapore.
was occupied by the Japanese during the Second World War.
gained full self-government from the British.
merged with The Federation of Malaya, Sarawak and North Borneo
(now Sabah) to form one nation, Malaysia.
separated from the rest of Malaysia and became the Republic
Inncrowd Ver 1.0 was born
our cat, was found.
our cat, was found.
our cat, was found.
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