Having your own political opinion is fine but speaking it out aloud is a big no-no. In Singapore, it is against the law to publicly have a discussion covering political issues. If one chooses to do so, the fine will be waiting just around the corner.
Walking down the streets of Singapore may seem like walking down any other regular, normal political regime country, however, the place has its ways, and it’s best to keep quiet and obey.
Across the Palal Ubin
There are only a few symbols and icons from the old Singapore that can still be spotted around. One of them is the longboats (known as bumboats), going down the Pala Ubin stream, run by the more mature citizens, also known as 'uncles.'
This is what tradition is all about, and when seeing these boats, or even taking a ride on one of them, it is easy to go back in time and embrace the true tradition of this magnificent place.
The Greenest of Them All
Here's another title that Singapore has earned. It is one of the greenest places on earth, and we are not talking about the recycling issue. We are literally saying, that if you look at Singapore from above, the dominant color will be green.
Alongside the overwhelming skyscrapers, carpets of green in all shades are spread, creating a magnificent puzzle of green parks, green woods, and green undiscovered gems. Hotels and public buildings merge their interior into nature, blending in and keeping the city's uniqueness.
The Easy Way Out
We often read, hear, and learn at school about great nations, occupying smaller countries. Those are apparently the rules of the world, except for Singapore. In 1965, Malaysia had enough and voluntarily gave Singapore its independence.
Like most stories, the separation of the two countries was a result of political issues and economic differences, which lead Malaysia to choose the easy way out and let the rest of the world deal with Singapore. Name one other country in the world that deliberately gave independence to another. We'll wait.
Tree Planting Day
If you're planning to visit Singapore, don't do it on November 7th unless you want to spend your time tree planting. Don't get us wrong, we are for planting and for trees, but to travel all the way around the world for a tree? Anyway, on November 7th everyone, and we mean everyone, is out and about planting a tree, making Singapore greener than it is.
From government people to school students, they are all out there, planting away, and some even adopt trees as gifts. Yes, it's a thing in Singapore. You don't only plant them, you adopt them for life too.