Language,culture and cuisine of Singapore |
The major languages spoken include English, Malay, Chinese and Tamil. The way Singaporeans uniquely speak English using 'ah' and ' la' suffixes can be put as Singlish viz “Welcome to Singapore -ah.” Singapore is a multi religious nation with Budhism, Hinduism, Islam, Christianity and Sikhism as leading religious practices. Singapore has a diversified culture mix with Singaporean Chinese forming the majority followed by Singapore Malays and Indian Singaporeans. Thus the cuisine of Singapore is inspired by a mix of cultural influences -Malay, Chinese, Indian, Indonesian and western. 'Hainanese Chicken rice' and 'fried carrot cake' are a must try dishes when you are in Singapore. Chinese New Year, the Dragon Boat Festival, the Mid Autumn Festival, Hari Raya Puasa, Hari Raya Haji, Thaipusam and Deepavali are the major festivals celebrated by people across different cultures. People can select dance, music, opera, theatre, comedy, cinema, waterfronts, parks, discos, bars and pubs as the media of entertainment according to their desire and choice.
It has a tropical climate which is warm and humid throughout the year. Days can be as long as 12 hours with the sun rising at about 6:45 in the morning and setting by 6:30 in the evening. While May and June are considered to be the hottest months of the year, December and January are the wettest. The most favorable time to visit Singapore is in the months of May, June and July. In case you are planning to visit Singapore in the coming days, I would suggest you to wear light summer clothing especially during outdoor activities like shopping and sight seeing.
Hotels in Singapore
In case you are planning a visit Singapore, Pan Pacific, Conrad Centennial, Sentosa Resort, Berjaya Hotel, Grand Hyatt, Fullerton Hotel, Raffles Hotel, Regent and Four Seasons include the prime hotels. If by chance you arrive in Singapore without an advance hotel reservation, the Singapore Hotel Association counters at the Singapore Changi Airport can be of great help to you.
Popular tourist spots in Singapore
Some of the prominent places which one must visit include Merlion, The Civilian War Memorial, Statues of Sir Stamford Raffles, Cathedral of Good Shepherd, Sri Mariammam Temple, Boat Quay, Clarke Quay, Little India, Orchard Road, Singapore Zoo, Jurong Bird Park, Sentosa Island, Singapore Botanical Gardens and the list seems endless. Boat Quay, CHIJMES, Clarke Quay, Far East Square, Robertson Quay are some of the prime dining spots.
Shopping in Singapore
If you are a shopping freak, Orchard Road which showcases a wide array of clothes, electronics, furniture, cosmetics, etc is the most favorite shopping spot for you in Singapore. Centerpoint is another famous shopping place catering to the shopping needs of tourists and locals alike. If you wish to avail duty free savings on world's leading brands, DFS Galleria Scottswalk is the place for you. Other attractive shopping places include Far East Plaza, The Heeren, Little India and Tanglin Shopping Centre.
Transport in Singapore
Traffic in Singapore is minimal due to restrictive licensing by government and driving side is left side with a speed limit of 50 kph in city and 80 kph on expressways. Tourist buses include -SIA Hop-On managed by Singapore Airlines & Singapore Trolley. Singapore has abundant taxis and cabs at your service operating in 24 hours mode. Singapore also has a fully air conditioned passenger train service named Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) with stations at all major locations of Singapore. As far as air transport is concerned, Changi International Airport is one of the busiest and well connected airports in the world.