Singapore lies in a unique set of geography and history – Singapore’s strategic location on the major sea route between India and China, its excellent harbor, and its free-trade harbor status granted by its visionary founder Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles. However, while Sir Stamford Raffles created the framework for Singapore’s early success, it was Singapore’s former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew who shaped the first quarter-century of Singapore’s existence as an independent nation and defined the path to its current success. Singapore one of the youngest nations in the world is also one of the worlds most successful.
Legend has it that a 14th century Sumatran prince spotted an auspicious beast (probably a Malayan tiger) upon landing on the island after a thunderstorm. Thus, the name Singapore comes from the Malay words “Singa” for lion and “Pura” for city. Prior to European settlement, the island now known as Singapore was the site of a Malay fishing village and inhabited by several hundred indigenous Orang Laut people.
As you travel through the Singapore airport you begin to see the efficiency of a fine tuned machine. Everything is orderly and extremely clean. There is a fine of five hundred dollars for placing chewing gum on the sidewalk. Traveling toward our hotel you see rows of beautifully built condominiums and business buildings throughout the well planned city.
We checked into the popular backpacking hotel named the Incrowd where you receive a breakfast, get tips from fellow travelers and watch videos on the big screen. Centally located right next to Little India which serves some of the best foods in the world and is a great place to witness crafts and garments in bright colors from India. The hotel is located only a few minutes from the underground met which is probably the most efficient subway system in the world. You look at the map, choose your location, deposit your money, and off you go on a fast track smooth riding subway system.
We ate at the Banana Leaf restaurant and had a five coarse meal at reasonable prices. Singapore on the whole is a bit pricey so you must look for deals and find interesting free things to do if you are on a tight budget. We went to the Singapore Zoo which is regarded as one of the best zoo’s in the world because of its natural surroundings and attention to keeping the animals in the wild and not locked into pens and fences. You feel like you are in the wild as you stroll through well-marked paths visiting the many types of monkies working high in the trees and then going directly to the tiger area where we witnessed three magnificent rare white tigers prancing around and posing for your camera like Hollywood Superstars.
You might think your own country is good at marketing their new shopping centers. I have news for you the Singapore Subway System almost always deposited you in a brand new shopping center where you have to work your way through a labyrinth of fine restaurants, trendy fashion shops. ice cream stops and great smelling food that almost always have you stop and have a bite of something… just to get out to your destination. Now that’s brilliant marketing at it s best.
Some of the highlights of the trip include visiting Little India, the Singapore Zoo, Hort Park & Gardens, Clark Quay, and Raffles Hotel… home of the Singapore Sling drink.
If you want a good choice of electronics, like shopping, like friendly people, and a country run on efficiency then you should book a vacation or stopover and enjoy a country in a tropical climate that is steeped in history as a melting pot of cultures. Singapore is blessed with many museums and cultural events displaying the countries unique heritage.
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