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.
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.
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?