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.
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.
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.