It always amazes me how many people have heard of Singapore, and yet how few seem to know anything about the country or its history. The Republic of Singapore is an island city-state located in Southeast Asia. The Singapore we know and love today was founded as a British colony under the ownership of the British East India Company. After the company collapsed, Singapore was seceded to the British Raj and became a crown colony.
Following Japanese occupation during the Second World War, and the failure of the British Empire to recapture the city, Singapore began to develop a strong individual identity. After briefly forming a unified state with Malaysia, Singapore ultimately became an independent republic. Today, Singapore is a city of major global importance with thriving tech and financial sectors supporting its impressive economy. Singapore is known for being a unique and very technologically advanced place. Here are some of the things that visitors to Singapore might be unprepared for, but which will undoubtedly amaze and delight them.
Unlike Western countries, the term ‘uncle’ is not reserved for relatives, or even close family friends, in Singapore. Instead, the term uncle is regularly used to address taxi drivers, regardless of their age. Taxi drivers in Singapore are also often regarded as offering some of the most candid and honest insights into the nuances of life in Singapore.
There are four official languages in Singapore: English, Mandarin, Malay, and Tamil. With such a diverse mix of languages being spoken in such a small place, a distinct Singaporean dialect has emerged which combines elements of all of these. Many Singaporeans will pepper their conversations with words and phrases from different languages. Singlish is its own distinct language. It emerged following Singapore’s independence in 1965 and is an eclectic mashup of English, Mandarin, and Cantonese.
In Singapore, you will often see vendors on the streets with carts, selling what looks from a distance to be a sandwich, but from what looks like an ice cream cart. So, what’s going on? You’re looking at one of Singapore’s renowned bread ice-cream carts, where ice cream is served between two slices of rainbow-colored bread.
Airports are interesting places. They aren’t the most fun place to spend an afternoon, but some of them, especially the more modern ones, boast impressive architecture. Changi Airport offers not just some beautiful architecture but also the absolute pinnacle of airport service. Singaporeans are very proud of the efficiency with which the airport runs. It might not be quite as big as some of the major airports in the West, but most of those bigger airports are envious of the way that Changi runs. The
majority of visitors who take advantage of the cheap flight with tickets from Mumbai to Singapore will arrive at Changi Airport, a place of tranquility and beauty. Singapore is a unique place. It is one of the world’s few city-states but, unlike most city-states, it
punches well above its weight in terms of global prominence. Singapore is an important regional power and a key player in global financial markets.
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