Going to Singapore from Manila PhilippinesFriday, September 11, 2015
Walk with ChaMike in Singapore.
THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE GOING TO SINGAPORE
1. Singapore is located at the lower region of Asia and shares a land border with Malaysia
Like the Philippines, it is located in Southeast Asia just below our country. It is one of the smallest countries in the world and the smallest in the region. It shares a land border in Malaysia so a lot of travelers consider going to Malaysia whenever they visit Singapore (like us) or vice versa.
Filipinos are not required to apply for a visa and are permitted until 30 days of stay in the country from the date of entry.
|All you need is your passport|
Since there are a good number of Filipino travelers who visit SG, there are a lot of airlines available too. For this visit we traveled via TigerAir.com. Airlines such as Cebu Pacific, Philippine Airlines and Jet Star also service flights to and from Manila and Singapore.
|Changi Airport Terminal 2|
5. Singapore is a tropical country so it's HOT, HUMID and RAINY
Like the Philippines, Singapore has a tropical climate with relatively uniform temperature all year round from a low of 24oC to a high of 31oC (sometimes even 32oC!) Rainy season occurs from November-January although sudden rainfall usually takes place quickly so be prepared by bringing an umbrella (Mike has it all the time). You have to apply sunblock too if you're walking around the streets or theme parks or suffer the perils of getting a sunburn - like what happened to me :(
|Don't forget your hat, umbrella and sunscreen|
The exchange rate when we went there is S$ 1 = P 33.9
Address: 20 Nassim Road, Singapore 258395
Business Hours: Mondays-Fridays, 9:00 AM- 12:00 NN; 1:00 PM- 5:00 PM
Phone: 6737 3977 / 90722777
WHAT TO EXPECT IN SINGAPORE
1. Singapore has high standard of living
Visiting Singapore is indeed expensive. Accommodations, entrance fees, food, shopping even transportation don't come in cheap. When visiting SG you have to have your SG Dollars ready although most of the establishments accept major credit cards.
2. You will encounter different races
Because of the country's geographic location and rich history, there are four major races in Singapore- Chinese (majority), Malay, Indian and Eurasian. Despite the diversity of inhabitants they live together in harmony and are united by the motto, "Many races, one Singapore"
3. Almost all locals can speak English (with a strong Chinese accent)
There are four official languages in Singapore- English, Singaporean Mandarin, Malay & Tamil. Although most of the locals speak Mandarin, English is the main language of instruction, and a mother tongue for each major ethnicity so most of the locals know how to speak English with a distinct Chinese accent or what they call Singapore English or Singlish.
|It's easy to talk to locals here in SG|
Like in any first world countries I've been to such as South Korea, Hong Kong & Japan, Singapore offers a convenient and user-friendly MRTs.
|Mike reviewing the map while waiting for our train|
Going around the city, you'll enjoy looking at the colorful and iconic windows in most of Singapore's famous streets.
|Colorful windows at Chinatown|
The hotel attendant confirmed to us that Singapore tap water is safe to drink. But we never tried it though.
7. Singapore has some wacky laws like no selling of chewing gums.
Yes, you read it right. Selling chewing gum is not allowed around Singapore so be careful of bringing it in their country as you may be accused of selling them. Other wacky laws include:
Do not spit anywhere
Pornography is not allowed
Don't walk around the house naked
No hugging in public without permission
Peeing in elevators is prohibited
You can get fined for not flushing public toilets
No smoking in major public areas
|Wacky Law Pens for sale|
According to Business Insider "Singapore ranks number one in overall personal safety, according to the Index, which noted that traditional crimes like burglary and theft are at a decades-long low."
Because of the notoriously tough penalties of all crimes Singapore experiences extremely low crime rate, Singapore had the second-lowest murder rate in the world according to BBC. So it's extremely safe traveling to Singapore, good job! <slow clap> Wishing that our country will be like Singapore soon.
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ChaMike's To-Do List in Singapore
4 Days Itinerary and Estimated Expense in Singapore
Purchasing a Standard Ticket and Riding Singapore MRT
Merlion, Esplanade & Marina Bay Sands
Bugis Street, Haji Lane & Arab Quarters
Universal Studios Singapore
Gardens by the Bay
Little India Singapore
Selfie Coffee Haji Lane
DC Comics Superheroes Cafe Singapore
Bread Street Kitchen and Jamie's Italian Singapore
LeVel33 MBFC Tower Singapore