Singapore Fashion

Singapore has been recently adjudged as the 8th most fashionable country in the world. With the economic advancements taking place, people of Singapore have become more concerned about dressing right. Furthermore, Singapore is a shopper’s paradise with its countless malls and fashion stores. No wonder that Singapore will enjoy an exclusive status in the fashion world.

Global Language Monitor, which has recently conducted the survey to find the top 10 stylish cities in the world, has ranked Singapore in the 8th place. The city has crossed seven positions to improve its rank from 15th in 2010 to 8th in 2011.

Singapore’s love for fashion is obvious from the presence of many international fashion brands in the country. You can now shop here for fashion houses like Giorgio Armani, Gucci, Valentino, Prada, Dolce & Gabanna, Versace, Donna Karan, Marks & Spencer, Paul Smith, Trussardi and many more.

Traditional dresses of Singapore

Although people of this place have embraced comfortable dressing, which often comprises shorts, singlets and slippers, but the traditional outfit of Singapore is equally vibrant. The festive season is considered the best time to witness the multi-ethnic culture of the country when various traditional dresses are worn by men and women alike.

Nyonya Kebaya: The Nyonya Kebaya is the traditional outfit of the Peranakan race who are the descendants of Chinese and Malay parentage. This traditional cloth bears the influence of both Malay and Chinese culture. The Kebaya consists of an embroidered, figure-fitting, long sleeved garment worn over an undershirt. The lower part of the dress consists of a sarong.

Cheongsam: Traditional Chinese costume is widely worn by the women in Singapore. Cheongsam means long garment. Modern Cheongsam is available in various lengths and flattering colors and are quite popular with young women of both Malay and Chinese ethnicities.

Sari: Many Indians reside in Singapore and they can be seen wearing their traditional dress of Sari. Sari is also worn by the women of Pakistan, Nepal and Sri Lanka. The Nivi style of sari draping is most popular among the women in Singapore.

Baju Kurung: The Baju Kurung is a dress worn by many conservative Malay women. The dress covers the hair and neck of the wearer. Since its origination, the dress has undergone many changes to become a modern and stylish outfit. Baju Kurung is still worn by many Malay women in their daily lives.

Fashion in Singapore: Modern trends

Singapore has emerged fast in the world’s fashion map. Singapore Fashion Week and the Singapore Fashion Festival are now two of the most prestigious fashion events in the world. The events offer a platform for aspiring fashion designers to showcase their creations.There are many brands in clothes in Singapore.

Laws in Singapore

Singapore is one of the top tourist destinations in Asia. It is the ‘shopper’s paradise’. Moreover, it is also the business hub of the continent. As a result, Singapore experiences thousands of footfalls round the year from different corners of the world. If you too are planning to visit Singapore in the near future, here is a brief summary of the laws of the country that citizens and tourists alike are required to abide by. Laws in Singapore are quite stringent.

To maintain law and order in the country, the Government of Singapore has introduced some strict regulations which are followed uniformly across the island nation. Breaking laws can lead to serious punishment, such as fine, incarceration and even expatriation. However, as a tourist you are less likely to commit a crime serious enough to get yourself into trouble. But here are few laws and their consequences that you may find useful to keep in mind. Check out the following rules:

Chewing gum ban: Chewing gums are prohibited in the country and chewing, selling and possessing gum are punishable offenses in Singapore. First time offender will be fined 500 Singapore Dollars or U.S.$ 375.

Littering: Singapore is an extremely clean city and laws are strictly imposed against offenders littering streets and public places. If you are found littering streets with even a small thing like a receipt, cigarette butt or chewing gum you will be fined S$ 300 or U.S.$ 225. The amount will be more for larger items.

Singapore also has a law in place which compels a three-time offender to clean roads on Sunday wearing a bib that says “I am a litterer”.

Spitting in public will attract a hefty fine of S$ 500 or U.S$ 375.

Ban on smoking: Entering the country with cigarette is a punishable offense in Singapore. Also, one can’t smoke in public places such as air-conditioned shopping malls and offices, theaters and cinemas, swimming pools, sports ground, parks, bus stations and other shelters. You can only smoke in permitted areas and restricted dining centers. You will be fined S$ 200 or U.S.$ 150 if you are caught smoking in Singapore. For carrying cigarettes, you will be charged with S$ 500 or U.S.$ 375 for each packet.

Jaywalking: Singapore has strict laws imposed against jaywalking. These laws will be applied for walking through the middle of a street, and crossing a pedestrian walkway during red signal. The police are very strict in following the rules and they will promptly hand out a fine of S$ 500 or US$ 375 to the lawbreaker.

Eating in public bus: If you are hungry, you may wait to get off the bus before eating. Otherwise, you will be fined S$ 500 or US$ 375.

Few more important laws to keep in mind

In addition to the above mentioned laws, here are few more rules to keep in mind:

  • Drug abuse and possession of illegal substances may attract jail terms and even death penalty.
  • Corporal punishment will be imposed for possessing drugs, rape, extortion, visa offenses, vandalism and the like.
  • Death penalty is awarded for murder, abduction and possessing illegal weapons.
  • Shoplifting is considered a serious offense and may lead to incarceration.

Every year, thousands of tourists visit Singapore. It is considered as one of the safest locations in the world for visitors. Serious crimes against tourists are rare. So, if you can keep the laws of Singapore in mind, you can certainly enjoy a magnificent time in this vivacious city.

Marine Bay-Singapore

Beautiful Marine Bay lies to the east of Downtown Core and is near Central Area in the South of Singapore .It attracts many tourists and provides them the options of exchanging new ideas and information for business.

The underground “common services tunnel” is built at this place only.

Marine Bay is famous for  three E’s Explore,Exchange and Entertain.One can explore the new options of living in Singapore. From the Mercer’s cost of living survey in 2011, Singapore has been declared the 8th most expensive city in the World.

Second E is for Exchage which tells that there are many business opportunities available in Singapore.Because of Marine Bay,Singapore is regarded as Asia’a largest financial center.

The third E is for Entertain i.e. It has many shopping places like Raffles City shopping center,Marine Square,Suntec City and Esplanade.

The Common service tunnel,water management and transportation services are commendable developments at Marine Bay and hence makes this place worth to visit when any one comes to Singapore.