Dishes that don’t exist in any other part of the world, regulations that are only heard of there, and magnificent landscapes that will be more than just overwhelming. Hold on tight as you are about to discover the craziest things, that you can only find in Singapore.
Not English. Singlish!
You haven't lost your mind. It's not English you're hearing. It's Singlish. If you happen to eavesdrop on a conversation and wonder why at first it sounds like English, and then it doesn't, it's because it's not. Various cultures complete the Singapour nation, and Singlish has become the common street language used by most.
It's a cross between English and Chinese, Malay, and other Eastern tongues. If you pay attention, you could pick up on a few words, but overall, it will make sense to you as Gibberish would.
Interesting Pringle Flavors
If you're a Pringles fan, you better book your next holiday in Singapore. We have all had enough of ranch-flavored potato chips or sour cream and onion, and in Singapore, you will find Pringles in flavors you could never imagine.
Seaweed, Soft-shell Crab, and Grilled Squid are only some of the exotic options available. Can you think of another weird flavor to go with your chips? How about PB&J?
Whatever happened to saying sorry and moving on? Well, in Singapore they take it a bit too far when it comes to apologizing and the whole world has to take part. Apparently, it is common to publish a newspaper apology, even when it's addressed to one specific person.
At first, you might think it's cool and flattering, but then, on the other hand, it's a bit too personal to be shared like this.
A Bit of Censorship Has Never Hurt Anyone
There is one thing deleting inappropriate information or images that are against someone's policy, but if you're going to delete it on one source, should you delete it everywhere? When a magazine or newspaper publishes something that doesn't comply with the censorship rules, it's usually deleted.
In Singapore, it is common to add details as to where the deleted information can be found. We don't get the point.
Leave Coolness for Day Time
If you want to be cool in Singapore you can only do it during the day. It's not a recommendation, it's not a suggestion, it's the law. You are forbidden from wearing sunglasses during dark hours in Singapore. Why? We have no idea.
When we first thought of it, we assume it got to do with security reasons, wanting people's faces to be clear and visible, which we understand. But then, we dug deeper into this and realized that the regulation has got nothing t do with security. It's simply because you're not allowed to act cool. At night. In Singapore. Why? We have no idea.
The Inner Part of the Pig
Some nations eat sushi, some nations eat fish and chips and some nations eat...pig intestines. In Singapore, pig intestines are considered a very common dish and can be found everywhere. Some food blogs have described this as the grossest dish around and wouldn't dare to even try it.
In Singapore, nothing is wasted and if the intestines have to be eaten, so they shall be. It's less popular on the streets than it was years ago, however, this crazy dish is still considered traditional.
Smoke Gets in Your Eyes
Wearing a surgical mask won't help you here. Singapore is one of the most polluted countries in the world. The quality of air is so bad, that sometimes you can barely see the horizon.
Winter days can get extremely bad, so postpone your trip. We wouldn't recommend summer days either as the humidity level are over 90%. So, winter is smoggy and summer is wet. That leaves you with spring and fall for your next visit.
Working 9 to 5
If you happen to think of changing jobs and becoming a Singaporean taxi driver, remember it doesn't pay that much and you will have to get a second job to make ends meet.
This taxi driver (besides being a taxi driver), is checking out the stocks. This is apparently very common to see in Singapore, and not an odd thing. We have to say, we admire this driver for being able to concentrate on the graphs, and not crashing into the car in front.
Go Fly a Kite
If you're going to travel to Singapore, take a few lessons in understanding the local humor beforehand. Take a look at this sign. At first, it looks as if the government really does look out for its citizens, and suggests great ideas for outdoor activities. Go fly a kite.
hen you realize, this is a funny way of emphasizing the fact that kite flying is forbidden in Singapore. Yes, you can't fly a kite in some areas of Singapore. Ballons too.
The rumor of chewing gum being illegal in Singapore is no rumor. It's true. It has been completely illegal since 1992, and in 2004 a few exceptions were introduced, allowing chewing the rubber for therapeutic and dental uses only.
The gum regulation arose in Singapore, as the government felt this was the only way they could control and keep the country clean, and what a clean place it is.
The Unflush Regulation
Singapore is one of the cleanest countries in the world, and it wishes to stay that way. If you can't keep your pants up, and are looking for a public toilet (when you've got to go, you've got to go), remember rule number one. Never ever forget to flush once you're done.
In Singapore, there is a $150 fine for not flushing after using a public toilet, and if you choose not to pay the fine, you're looking at an imprisonment penalty.
It's Time for a Selfie Coffee
You might be familiar already with the hot trend of printing your selfie on your cup of chino, however, in Singapore it hasn't been more than a trend — there is a whole coffee shop that does exactly that. It prints customers' selfies on their hot beverages. All customers, locals, and tourists alike.
So how dose it work? You order your coffee, you take your selfie with the equipment provided at the counter, and there you go. Your own coffee with your own selfie. You can't really get any more personal than that.
The French somewhere somehow introduced frog legs to the Eastern world and the Singaporeans took this delight and upgraded it. They turned it into frog-leg porridge. Why? We don't know, but they did. It's apparently very healthy, and rich in minerals and vitamins, but for us, the name of the dish is a clear turnoff.
Now, you might have thought the porridge (being a porridge) is eaten at breakfast, but it's not. It's served alongside dim sam and other meat dishes.
World Toilet Day
So, Singaporeans like things to be clean (like most of us), and they also like toilets. Well, they appreciate toilets. And turned the meaning behind them into a whole day. Every year, on November 19th, they celebrate world toilet day. Now, it's supposed to be celebrated worldwide, however, mainly the Singaporeans are the ones who take part in the party.
We (very easily) have found the funny side of this day, but the true meaning is to bring awareness to the global sanitation situation. They just had to think of a different name. That's all.
We usually do make sure the blinds are closed and no one can peek in before getting undressed. However, in Singapore, making sure no one can see through is not enough. Apparently, exposing yourself in public is against the law (which we can agree with), but if it's done without you even knowing, you are also looking at being fined.
So, before taking your shower (in Singapore) make sure the neighbors are not looking out tonight, as the last thing you need is a wash that will cost you $2,000.
Join the Queue at Hawker Center
If you ever visit Singapore, you must visit a Hawker center. It's basically the biggest shopping mall you can imagine, but only for food. Yep, an entire mall for food. You might find these sorts of places slightly intimidating, but these centers are all over the place and have become an icon in the Singaporean culinary scene.
The rule is very simple. The longer the queue, the better the food is. So put on some comfortable shoes, prepare yourself for a long wait, and embrace the Singaporean food culture as you will not find this anywhere else in the world.
Visit the Turtles
You know how every country has its own iconic symbols? Well, for some strange reason, the turtle has become one of Singapore's iconic animals. There is a turtle and tortoises museum in Singapore, they are part of some restaurant menus (!!!) and are treated as pets, just like we consider dogs or cats.
The locals are obsessed with them and there are turtle-visiting parks scattered all over. Some of these parks feature turtles that are over 800 years old, so we assume Singaporeans are doing something right.
Prawn Indoor Fishing
Ever wanted to fish for prawns indoors? Well, apparently, you can. Indoor prawn fishing is a national sport in Singapore, although for us it may seem a bit strange. Instead of going down the lake, or picnicking by the sea, Singaporeans get together around an artificial prawn habitat.
They get their friends together, some liquid refreshments, and off they go on their own version of a lovely day out in nature. Or as close to nature as they can get.
Everyone knows (and now you know too), that the head is the best part of the fish, as it's the richest in flavor. So, in Singapore, they decided to take it a mile further and came up with one of its iconic dishes — fish head curry. Come on, Singapore...
Imagine a fish head swimming in a bowl of curry. Wouldn't it be more civilized to break the meat off the bones instead of having Nemo staring at you through dinner?
Get Your Fortune Told
Walking down the street of Singapore will take you back to the 1990s. I mean, who wants their future told nowadays? Fortune telling has been and remains a hot spot on the streets and doesn't seem to be going anywhere.
So if you feel like traveling back in time (or getting a peek forward into the future), sit back and hear what the fortune teller has to say. They might make you change your future traveling plans.
As Singapore is an eclectic land, a crisscross of nations, so are the numerous holidays, all celebrated at once. Did you think of celebrating only Christmas in December? Think again.
If you're in Singapore, there is never a dull moment. The Chinese new year, Hari Raya, Deepavali, and Christmas are all celebrated to the same extent, with no one greater than the other. The Singaporeans sure know how to party.
Don't Miss the Mama Shops
"Mama Shop" does not mean a store that sells baby stuff, it does not mean a store that is owned by a little old lady, and it doesn't mean it's a store designed for extra-large women.
A mama shop in Singapore is a store that basically stores any item you could think of, from any department in any range, cheaper than life itself. They are scattered all over the place, usually under apartment blocks and this is a crazy must when visiting.
Haw Par Villa
Don't get over-excited before your big theme park day on your Singapore itinerary. 'Haw par villa' may be classified as a theme park but it's not exactly Universal Studios.
'Haw par villa' is one of Singapore's famous parks and it takes you through outrageous designed walks and statues. Now on one hand it's fascinating, but on the other...some exhibits can be quite disturbing.
The Other Life
Don't ask us why, but apparently visiting graveyards is a thing in Singapore. The locals claim that there's a lot to learn about life while exploring the ones who have passed. Well, we're not going to argue about that one, but we do have one (cemetery) to recommend.
Bukit Brown Cemetery is the most visited one and has tour guides to lead you safely through the grounds. Spooky.
You Love It or Hate It
Durian has such a bad reputation, and it is said that you either love it or hate it. The outer part of this exotic fruit is spiky and unattractive while the inner part is soft and mushy. Still unattractive, though. A visit to Singapore is not complete without tasting this unique fruit.
It's known for having the most overwhelming smell food can have and is even banned from being displayed in some public places in Singapore. To sum up this topic, we've had it, and we hate it.
Grab a Book
You would have never thought a library would be on a 'to-do list when touring a new country. However, as Singapore is outrageous in many things, the libraries there are gobsmacking too. There are a few libraries worth a visit and considered 'crazy' by our standards, however, there is one that really stood out.
Library@Orchard. This place has the widest selection of contemporary art, design, health, fitness, and so on. It's worth a visit. Even if only for the Instagram story.
There is one thing you won't have to bring with you for this dinner, and that's your camera to upload a story of your latest meal. In Singapore, you can enjoy (one way of looking at this) dinner without knowing what you're about to put in your mouth. Why would someone want to do this?
The place to go to is called NOX, and you can actually have a really indulging experience. Think of the positive aspect. No issue with messy eaters and if you happen to get a green piece stuck between your teeth, no one will ever know.
This is one museum that is definitely unique to Singapore. Over 1,000 cameras are scattered, and the actual building resembles a giant Rollei camera. Like everything else, the Singaporeans are doing this big. You will find here everything related to the camera, from pistol cameras and retro photographs to new and old camera equipment.
This is a must on the list for photography lovers and a must on the list for anyone who wants to see how things look like when they are taken all the way.
Seat Taken. Bless you!
After waiting in a really long lunch line and finally getting your food, the biggest problem in life is how on earth will you find a place to sit. If this happens to you while in Singapore, make sure to bring a packet of tissue of some sort, as this will be your seat saver while going to buy your lunch.
It's commonly accepted in Singapore (it even has a name, Chop-ing), to take ownership of an empty seat by placing tissues on the table. Some believe it's rude, and some think it's legit, bearing in mind you only have 30 min for lunch.
Bring on the Uncle
In Singapore, all adults (or anyone considered an adult in the eye of a child) are called an aunt or uncle. You don't have to be related to anyone, you don't even have to have siblings. If you exist, you are automatically referred to as a relative.
With the modern generation, it is slightly losing touch, but in most communities in the country, drop the Mr. and Mrs. and grab on to aunt and uncle.
Singapore can get hot. And we mean really hot, so you'll have to make room for the local desserts. It's called Ice Kachang and it's basically shaved ice topped with beans, corn, and flavored syrup. Sounds appetizing? Yeah, we didn't think so.
The literal translation of Ice Kachang is 'bean ice' which makes things clear after looking at the image. This dessert is also known by the name ABC, which also makes sense, as this is where it all begins.
Terminal Fun Day
Fancy a day out? Go to the airport. Changi Airport in Singapore is ranked as one of the best in the world and has become an outing location, without needing a passport. Locals go to the airport to study, and families visit the many gardens and enjoy a wide variety of restaurants.
But the greatest attraction of them all (and we are not talking about plane watching), is this — there are full-length movies screened in the terminal, for departures, arrivals and just passing by to enjoy. Yep, we kid you not. If you want a night out at the movies, just go to the airport.
Marina Bay Sands
If you want to enjoy the pool facilities on the rooftop of the Marina Bay Sands, you have to be a guest of the hotel. It is considered the most spectacular hotel swimming pool. The views from the top are breathtaking and some say worth the room rate this hotel offers.
If these accommodation prices are over your budget, buy a ticket to the Skypark Observation Deck. There are restaurants, bars, and the same spectacular views of the city. Definitely worth the buck.
Go Figure It Out
We are unsure if this phenomenon is laziness or efficiency, either way, if you want to get by in Singapore you will have to memorize their local codes. Locals have a complete vocabulary of acronyms and shortcuts for verbal expression.
Here are some examples to give you a better idea of what we're talking about and to give a kickstart in understanding what street signs mean. SG stands for Singapore, SGH is Singapore General Hospital (so if you need a hospital while visiting look for SGH), ERP is Electronic Road Pricing and GSS is Great Singapore Sale. Go figure.
It can't get worst than landing at midnight in a new country, completely jetlagged with nothing to do. This will never happen in Singapore. Mustafa shopping mall is open 24/7 and will keep you occupied until your inner clock is set.
It has practically anything you need and it doesn't get too crowded so it's a pleasant place to wander around in. A 24/7 shopping mall. Things you only find in Singapore.
Night Time Animal Spotting
There are many activities that are far more fascinating in the dark and we bet visiting the zoo wasn't one of them on your list. In 1994, Singapore presented the 'visit the zoo in the dark experience, being the first in the world to do so. We agree that animal spotting in the dark can be a bit tricky, however, it adds elements and excitement that no sunlight will ever have.
We are not talking about caged animals, we are talking about animals with natural habitat barriers, that tend to be more active after hours turning this experience into one of a kind.
Cocktails in Singapore are different than what you know back home. In Singapore, the flavors are to resemble local and traditional dishes. So, we're not talking about a double mac and cheese cocktail, or an apple pie beverage (although that could work), we are referring to a 'Gula Melaka' (palm sugar) cocktail or a kaya toast (traditional Singapore toast with jam) cocktail.
We don't know if the cocktails are prepared with flavored extracts or if the actual food is diced down and added to the drink, either way, we feel the Singapore cocktail work has taken it a bit too far.
Slip Sliding Away
Singapore is hot. Singapore is really hot. Take off your three-piece suit, and get rid of your coats and sweaters as you are going to become best friends with your flip-flops and shorts. Now don't get us wrong. Singaporeans are not sloppy or careless. This is their culture. In the west, most people wear suits, jeans, sweaters, and boots, and in Singapore, it's a pool party all day baby.
Remember, on some specific special occasions (weddings or funerals), flip-flops won't pass the front door, but overall, if you can slip into them, they (and you) are welcomed everywhere.
The Sidecar City Tour
Discover the secret paths of Singapore, not on a normal 'all countries have them' tour bus, but on a unique 'only found in Singapore' Vespa sidecar. These Vespas will take you where no tourist has gone before and will show you the small secrets of this magnificent place.
The Vespa sidecar tour guides are unique to Singapore and provide an outrageous, crazy time and for sure, one trip to remember.
Kitty Cat Cafe
This one is for cat people only, as we find it hard to believe anyone else would see the appeal. So, if you're tired of sightseeing, and if you need a break from shopping, find yourself a cat cafe (apparently, they are all over the city) and spend some quality time with a four-legged companion.
We're not sure if you can bring your own cat, or must do only with what they have on offer, but anyways, this will guarantee you a pleasant furry afternoon.
This donut has it all — firstly, it's a floating donut that you can have either dinner or brunch on. Secondly, you can enjoy the Singapore skyline, unwind and soak in the calmness of the moment. Ok, back to reality.
Honestly, there's no better shape to carry you down the stream of tranquility. The slogans pretty much write themselves — Dunk In Dinner? Brunch all around?
Small Change, Big Difference
Here's one that will leave you speechless. Well, if not speechless then at least stronger and less aggravated. It's called the 'Axe Factor'. Not the X factor, but the Axe factor. Small changes make a big difference. You're having a bad day? Feeling stressed out? If you're in Singapore, say goodbye to your worries.
This place will allow you to throw an axe onto a board placed 14 feet away. In Singapore, it's considered...fun. People go there alone or with others. The place caters to everyone and booking is essential. Definitely unique.
Singapore is one of those places where almost all standard things become crazy and outrageous. And so do the snacks. Instead of settling for dried fruit or popcorn, Singaporeans have their own definition of snacks.
Dried seaweed and dried fish fillets are just two examples of the multicolored and bizarre snack world you can find here. Anyone for a dried anchovy?
Work It, Work It, Work It
Singapore has so much to offer when it comes to ways for working out a sweat. Forget the old traditional gym, forget going on a hike in nature, Singaporeans do it professionally, and they take it all the way.
Pole dancing, combat saber sessions Star Wars-style and aerial yoga, are only some of the sports fields that to us seem unique and even strange, but for the locals, it is a way of life.
Get a Kick Out of It
The people of Singapore have definitely figured it out. You will not hear parents yelling at their kids, you will not come across frustrated children at home for not getting their own way, nor will you ever witness a couple having an argument. And why is this you ask? The Fragment Room is the answer.
Picture this: you're having a bad day. You feel like the end of the world has arrived, you go to the fragment room, choose a playlist, put on the safety equipment, and start destroying whatever comes your way. The big bonus is, you don't even have to clear up after yourself. Heaven on earth.
The Sound of Exotic Birds
The Kebun Baru Bird singing Club in Singapore is a display of hundreds of singing birds, singing all at once, creating a harmony of sounds, a festival for the eyes and ears of visitors. It's the biggest display of birds in the area.
The bird cages are handcrafted and are placed on poles only for the eye to see from below. A hidden gem.
Let the Fish Dig In
If you've missed your pedicure appointment before going on holiday, the land of Singapore has a solution for you (and a pampering one it is). Singaporean fish spas have become popular worldwide. For some, this may seem like the modern way of scraping dry and cracked skin and for others, it may simply seem...like something they will gladly skip.
So, take off your shoes, roll up your pants, and let the fish dig in. It's a natural exfoliator and you can't get closer to nature than this.
Can I Have a Bag of Coffee, Please?
In the image, two bags of coffee to go. Yes, you are reading correctly. Coffee in Singapore is cheap, and it's all over the place (over 3,000 coffee shops in total). Singaporeans, however, have a crazy way of drinking it. We tried to figure out where this tradition comes from and tried to understand why on earth are they still hanging on to this.
Singaporean coffee (not all, but some) is served in a plastic bag, the same kind that holds fluids on a fluid infusion. So, when you stroll down the street of Singapore, craving a coffee put the cup aside and ask for a bagful.
The Other Side of Michelin
Having dinner in a Michelin-star restaurant can cost you an arm and a leg. On very few occasions we get to spend our dollars in the highest-ranked restaurant in the world. Unless you're in Singapore. As Singapore has been blessed with shopping malls dedicated to food only, there are counters in these malls that serve Michelin Star food at McDonald's prices.
There are no luxury seats and no designer interior, however, for the money you're paying, it's worth the long wait in line.
Luxurious Singapore Airlines
We have to give it to Singapore airlines. If there is something good about Singapore (and there are many), their national airline has to be on top of the list. Singapore airlines have received the 'best first class in the world' award (not that we will ever know), and the best airline in Asia.
Economy class is not left behind. It has more leg space than other airlines, wide storage spaces, first-class entertainment, gourmet food, and excellent service making your flight as enjoyable as possible.
A Floating Stadium
Ladies and gentlemen, unique only to Singapore — the floating stadium. It took over a year to build and was only intended to be a substitute while the main sports courts were under renovation.
As it happens, instead of having a temporary role, the floating stadium hosts concerts and events even until this day.
A Cup of Potatoes
The Singaporeans are clearly great lovers of mashed potatoes. How else would you explain the phenomenon of mashed potato dispensers? The potatoes are obviously over-mashed if they can go through these machines.
Question is, do they serve these mashed potatoes with a spoon? In a cup? With a straw? Can you lick it? Will it spill? You know what, maybe we don't want to know.
64 Island of Sun
Singapore is unique in many ways, especially in its geographical structure. The main island is surrounded by no less than 64 smaller islands, making this place exotic and tropical.
So what does this mean? This means more beaches, more harbors, more boats, more waves, and more fun in the sun.
Go Chasing Waterfalls
For most of us, waterfalls are nature's gift to humanity. Magnificent appearances of water splashing downhill, creating a spectacular show of god's wonders. In Singapore, manmade wonders.
Artificial waterfalls are almost a religion in Singapore and you can see them in many indoor shopping centers. The magnificent of them is 40 meters high and is surrounded by overwhelming green gardens.
23 Corners in the Dark
If you're an F1 (or any other motorsports) fan, you'll love this one. Singapore opened its gates to the Formula One world and constructed its own racing tracks. Not only that, they were the first to introduce the night race, taking place — yes — at night.
According to Formula One pros, the Marina Bay track is one of a kind, with 23 corners (whatever that means) and spectacular views of Singapore.
Singaporean Chilli Crab
Chilli Crab is THE Singaporean national dish, and it is darn hot. We were obliged to add this to our crazy Singapore stuff list because unless you've tried this before, you will not be able to internalize how hot this dish really is.
As much as it's hot, it's addictive, and it decorated the Singaporean culinary culture with glamour. So, whenever you're visiting, look out for the famous Chili Crab. There are ranking lists with the best places to try, and the ones you better avoid.
Butterflies and Insects
If you want to take a break from Singapore while visiting Singapore, step into the wild insect jungle and butterfly park. You will come across flying objects you never knew existed, butterflies in colors you never imagined, and an overwhelming experience, not found in any other place in the world.
It's a natural jungle of flying enigmas, surrounded by all shades of green and over 50 species of insects. A place for education and serenity.
It's Trivia Night
They love it, they do it, and they own it. Singaporeans adore their cultural trivia night. Many pubs and bars have trivia nights as part of their regular entertainment package. It's part of their culture. In Singapore, it's considered a great way to spend time with family and friends, get some brain exercise, and win prizes.
For some, it may seem that they are stuck in the 1980s, but for them, it's the best way to spend an evening.
Long Queues. Very Long Queues
We assume this rule is relevant for most places in the world. However, in Singapore, it means much more. Not only are there long queues where there is good food, but it will be impossible to find a place with good food, that doesn't have a queue. Are you still following?
What we mean is, there are so many food stalls in Singapore, so many tourist traps, and so many medium-rated places, that we suggest you follow the queues. So, if there's a queue, the food is good, if there isn't, it's not.
Otter City Life
Singapore has increased its otter population in recent years and they have become quite an attraction. They appear on the local news every now and then as they are beginning to adapt to their new habitat, the urban city of Singapore.
They are seen climbing ladders, eating waste, and gradually becoming part of the city's scene. They can be spotted all over the place, and for now, don't seem to be a threat to anyone.
Bread Pitt's Fresh-Baked Buns
Singapore is known for its witty and unique sense of honor, and here is another example to emphasize this. A small baker shop named its place Bread Pitt, hinting at one of Hollywood's biggest stars, Brad Pitt.
This can be spotted in Maxwell hawker center, and it's become a pilgrimage site for tourists. Imagine seeing the next sign in this store; "Bread Pitt's Fresh-Baked Buns". We really do appreciate the Singaporean scene of humor. Works for us.
We must squeeze in some enjoyable parts of the city. Take the Botanic Gardens, for example, The perfect escapism as far as we are concerned. The gardens have been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2015, and are the only gardens on the UNESCO list.
They are the breathing lungs of the city, are one of the busiest tourist attractions, and definitely deserve a spot on our list. Like all things in Singapore, these gardens are wild.
The Sri Mariamman Temple in Singapore is the oldest Hindu temple. It is absolutely magnificent and nothing like you have ever seen before. There are plenty of reasons for it being on our list. Dating back to 1827, the temple is adorned with sculptures of mythological figures and is considered a national monument.
In 2010, over $4 million dollars was spent to preserve the sight. 20 artists from India were flown over to execute the reconstruction. It's unique, it's wild, and it's defiantly worth a visit.
Let There Be Light
Singaporeans have a thing with glowing lights. They absolutely adore the glitter. Marina Bay, for example, hosts a spectacular show, which is a must. It's free, it's on every night, and is only one of the many locations you can sit back and enjoy the twinkle.
Gardens by the Bay, Supertree light show, and many more all lift up the curtains at different hours, enabling you to wander around the city, following the trail of lights.
Two Restaurants a Day
There are just over five million people living in Singapore, however, there are more restaurants than you can dream of. In fact, every day, two new restaurants are opened, which is astonishing when you think about how small this country is.
How do all these restaurants manage to earn money? Well, most of the restaurants are fast food joints, and many are very small so the ongoing expenses are low, and you can't really go wrong with noodles, rice, and chili crab.
Singapore Is Still Unsure What Time It Is
Believe it or not, Singapore has changed and altered its time zone over six times since 1905. That's like playing around with daylight saving whenever you feel like it. These days, Singapore is aligned with the Malaysian time zone, GMT+8 but according to experts, it is wrong.
When scanning the globe, it is clear that Singapore should be GMT +7.5 hours. The Singaporeans have earned themselves an extra half an hour each day.
The Biggest Yakult Bottles in the World
You go to a store, you want a Yakult bottle and you can believe your eyes. You come across the biggest ever Yakult bottle you have ever seen, and you wonder why back home the bottles are not as big.
Well, some things are great about the USA and some things are greater in Singapore, and Yakult is one of them.
Million Dollar Baby
Although Singapore is a small country, the money there is big. One out of six people you come across has property (or cash) worth more than one million dollars. That ratio is higher than in any other place in the world.
There are over 500 thousand extra rich people in Singapore, ranking it 10th in the world. It is also the only country in Asia to beat the USA when it comes to gross domestic product per capita. Interesting.
Imported Sand of Singapore
Could you imagine living in a place where everything, but almost everything is imported? The people of Singapore are no strangers when it comes to "made in...". They do have many local goods that they export too, however, the majority of goods available, are imported from a foreign land.
The entire economy of this place is based on shipping. Fresh water and sand have to be imported, as Singapore has run out of its own, making it the largest sand importer in the world. Is there an award for such a title?
Race Walking Champions
Singaporeans are known for many things, but did you know that they are also known as the fastest pedestrians in the entire world? Meaning that if you are just strolling down the street at a regular pace, over five million people will be marching by you at a speed of 6.15 kilometers per hour.
Where are they hurrying to? Why are they running? And do they at least take advantage of this and participate in the race walking competition at the Olympics?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Don't Drop the Domino
The famous numbered bricks are familiar to all countries, and in Singapore, there was no intention of leaving the bricks just as bricks. In 2,000, the longest human domino chain was formed, breaking the Guinness Book of Records.
Almost 10 thousand people aligned, forming a 4.2km long domino trail, exposing the nation's craziness once again.
Is It a Fish? Is It a Lion? It’s a Merlion!
One of Singapore's most recognized symbols is the Merlion. It's one of the city's most iconic sights. The top part is a lion, merged with the body of a fish. We are not quite sure how these two animals blend together, but they do.
After deep research, we discovered that there is no mythical story or ancient Chinese tale behind this mascot. It is pure imagination that came to life in 1964.
Deep in Singapore's cultural heritage, you'll find one of the most hipster neighborhoods on Earth. Tiong Bahru was built in the '30s, and it used to be the part of town where rich businessmen housed their mistresses.
Nowadays, though, it's packed with foodie-approved eateries, overpriced coffee bars, and trendy shops selling horn-rimmed glasses and beard oil. Sure, the locals would never admit that they're hipsters, but isn't that what all true hipsters do?
Visit the Island of Cats
St. John’s Island is the go-to for fans of friendly felines, upon arrival you might even think the cats work there as greeters, with so many sleuthing around almost all the landmarks.
Other than cat-watching (not that you need to do anything else), you can feel the sand in between your toes, take a refreshing dip in the sea, or visit the Sisters' Islands Marine Park Public Gallery to check out Singapore's efforts in preserving marine biodiversity.
Travel Back in Time
Singapore has an estate called Wessex that remains as remnants of the British Colonisation. While most of the former colonies loathed the British settlers, Singapore is one of the few countries that look back fondly on this chapter in their history.
The blocks of walk-up apartments and semi-detached houses were built in the '40s and previously used by non-commissioned British officers and soldiers. Today, the houses are mostly residential, with a small enclave of artists who use them as studio space.
They Take Littering Very Seriously in Singapore
Singapore is a beautiful city in all aspects. If you're planning on traveling there, you should have knowledge about their weird laws so you can keep away from trouble and respect the locals. That includes knowing how to properly dispose of your waste.
First-timers litterers will have to pay a $300 fine. Those littering thrice will have to clean up the streets once each week. They will have to wear a bib that says "I am a litterer." This aims at making offenders feel guilty.
No Singing in Public
If you've ever had the musical fantasy of hurting into song in the middle of the street, maybe don't visit Singapore. On the flip side, if you don't like hearing other people singing in public, then Singapore is the place to be.
Singing in public carries a hefty penalty of more than three months in jail. What are we talking about? Singing or reciting in public is not legal. It also extends to ballads or obscene songs. Breaking this law means imprisonment and a fine for violators.
Frozen Salmon Vending Machines
A few years ago a new Vending machine was unveiled in Singapore’s Wisteria shopping mall. Instead of the usual snacks and sodas, however, this machine sells 200-gram fillets of frozen salmon from the fjords of Norway.
Each vending machine is set at -4 degrees, meaning the fish stays fresh for up to two years. This vending machine proved so successful since it first started that you can now find dozens of salmon vending machines all around Singapore.
Singapore's Philatelic Museum
The Singapore Philatelic Museum has a distinct colonial flair and a unique way of preserving some of Singapore’s cultural and physical history. With five permanent exhibits and a variety of traveling and themed temporary galleries, the Museum boasts files of every stamp issued by the Republic of Singapore, all available for the perusal of visitors.
Their mission is to help promote the collection and study of stamps. They view stamp design as a great historical indicator of how the public, government, and culture as a whole relate to internal and external events of the given time period.
Nestled in between the finance buildings in downtown Singapore you can find the Mint Museum of Toys. Inside you'll find an incredible collection of over 50,000 toys from 40 countries, spanning most of the 20th century.
From the Green Lantern, Batman, and Mickey Mouse, to countless other characters, the place has some pieces with estimated price tags of up to $14,000. It's an interesting museum we'd never expect in Singapore.
Sliding to Terminal 3
Bursting with unexpected attractions, Singapore's Changi Airport is nothing like your typical airport. This article also features the location's indoor jungle space, but have you heard about its most functional wonders?
Standing at 39 feet high are two giant slides that send travelers to their gates with as much speed as amusement. Unveiled in Terminal 3 in 2010, the original slide is the tallest slide in Singapore and a record-holder among airports.
Extreme Vending Machines
Vending machines have been with us for a long time, but some places like them more than others. Take Singapore for example, where you can find vending machines that dispense all kinds of strange items. Not just your common chips and sodas.
Imagine having your choice of any food or snack, now imagine it coming from a vending machine. The Singaporean vending machine in this picture, for example, dispenses mashed potatoes and gravy!
The First Flying Taxi
A new mode of travel will soon be available to commuters in Singapore as the country is currently testing electric “air taxis,” more officially known as Volocopters. These futuristic-looking vehicles are meant to facilitate easier and faster travel in the face of acute traffic congestion, particularly in urban areas.
Combustion-free and electrically powered, the helicopter-like machine is designed to travel a distance of 20 miles and can carry two people in a single trip. Even its cockpit looks very much like that of a helicopter.