India Singapore Relations

History of India Singapore relationship

Singapore has long-standing bilateral, cultural and trade ties with India.  It’s a part of historical “Greater India”, which existed between Indian Subcontinent and Far East Islands and has strong historical and cultural relationships with India for many centuries.  According to a popular myth, The ancient king of the Srivijaya Empire at Sumatra, (now Indonesia) Saang Nila Uttama went to the expedition of the Island state and saw a huge lion there. Lion is called “singh” in Sanskrit and thus he named the island “Singapura,” with “pura” or “puram” being the Sanskrit version of the city.  So, the very name of the island state is of Indian origin.
    
The strongest proponent of India’s Look East Policy in ASEAN

Recently, because of the strategic location and historical ties between Singapore and India, both countries have developed a strong relationship, which involves cooperation in trade, security, tourism and defense.  India introduced Look East policy, post-Cold War era and Singapore responded positively to this warm gesture from their old friend.
 
Inroads into ASEAN through Singapore

It happened at a time when India chose the path of liberalization and export promotion.  Singapore also had a keen interest in India because of its Mild India Fever programs.  Singapore played an instrumental role in including India into the ASEAN Regional Forum. ASEAN India Summit meetings were also initiated through the mediation efforts of Singapore.  India is also a partner of the East Asia Summit and it is because of the efforts of Singapore and Japan, though, China and Malaysia opposed it. 

Indo-Singapore strategic partnership

Singapore is a country, which advocates India’s presence and participation in the affairs of Asia-Pacific region.  Because of Singapore’s drive for trade regionalization, India signed its maiden free trade agreement with the island state for the first time in the Asia-Pacific region.  Singapore needed to counter the Chinese communist threat, after its independence in 1965, and the government of Singapore found a reliable partner in India.  India and China were strong adversaries at the time, because of 1962 war.  Because of this, Singapore also supported India, when the latter went into a war with Pakistan. 

Cold War era differences

However, India’s position in the Cold War era and its non-aligned diplomacy was responsible for decreasing the chances of an active strategic partnership between the two states.  India had favored communist Soviet Union in the past, so it backed up Vietnam against America. ASEAN was against Vietnam and therefore the relationship between India and Singapore went sore.  But, when the Cold War ended in 1990s, India and Singapore again came together to strengthen the relationship.  Singapore became the first country to support India’s Look East policy and offered a platform for India to penetrate and form strong regional ties with other countries in this region.

Political strategic and defense relationships

Since Singapore’s independence in 1965, both the countries shared a common understanding and as a result, the bilateral cooperation further forged ASEAN centric regional partnerships.  Singapore’s Prime Minister Mr. Yew visited India three times between 1965 and 1975 and it was reciprocated by the then Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.  Singapore has always supported India’s geostrategic presence in the ASEAN region as a balancing force against China. 
India’s strong international ally

It also supported India’s claim to the membership of United Nations Security Council.  In the recent years, both the countries have also signed up various defense agreements and partnerships, including joint naval exercises and transfer of defense technology.  This partnership has become stronger in the wake of the common security concerns and the terrorist threat present in the both countries.

The second largest foreign investor in India

You can imagine the depth of Indo-Singapore relationship from the fact that Singapore is the second largest foreign investor in India at the moment.  And it is the single largest investor after Mauritius that is way ahead of United States and United Kingdom.

Movies shot in Singapore.

Movies shot in Singapore

Singapore has been a hot favorite destination of moviemakers from both Hollywood and Bollywood.  Numerous Hollywood movies have been shot in Singapore and recently Indian moviemakers and directors are also turning towards Singapore for the shooting of their movies.  The famous Indian movies being shot in Singapore are Aur Pyar Ho Gaya, Biwi # 1, De Danaa Dan, Krrish and Pyar Impossible etc.   

Aur Pyar Ho Gaya

This film was shot in 1997 with Aishwarya Roy and Bobby Deol in the lead.  Though, the film was shot at various international locations, including Germany and Switzerland, a few songs were shot in Singapore also. The song, “Ek Din Kahin Hum Tum Mile” was shot at Fountain of Wealth, Suntec City, Singapore, Merlion, Sentosa, Southern Islands, Singapore, Raffles Place, Singapore, Sentosa Island Fountain, Singapore, and Tiger Balm Gardens, Singapore.

Krrish

Hrithik Roshan’s ski-fi thriller Krrish with Priyanka Chopra in the lead was shot at many places in Singapore.  The scene where the movie superhero, Hrithik chases Naseeruddin Shah is shot at Cavenagh Bridge, Singapore and Fountain of Wealth, Suntec City, Singapore, and Lau Pa Sat Clock Tower, Singapore.  The song, “Koi Tumsa Nahi” was shot at Chain Bridge, Singapore. The scene in the movie where Hrithik (Rohit) meets Naseeruddin Shah is shot at Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay, Singapore. The scene, where Hrithik is performing stunts on the street for the kid, and parts of the song, Koi Tumsa Nahi, were shot at Mica Building, Singapore.

Pyar Impossible

The movie was released in 2010 and was directed by Jugal Hansraj with Priyanka Chopra and Uday Chopra in the lead. In the movie Assumption University Suvarnabhumi Campus, Samutprakarn, Thailand is shown as Ankert University, California.  The title song Pyar Impossible is also shot here.  When Uday reaches Singapore, he is shown at Elgin Bridge, Singapore and when the hero Uday seeks legal advice, the venue shown is Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay, Singapore. 

Apart from Bollywood lots of local and Hollywood movies are shot here.  The other movies shot at Singapore are as follows:
1. Ali Baba Bujang Lapok (Released in 1960)
2. 18 Grams of Love (Released in 2007)
3. Blood Ties (Released in 2009)
4. Becoming Royston (Released in 2007)
5. Being Human
6. 2000 AD (Released in 2000)
7. 4:30 (Released in 2005)
8. 881
9. Antara Dua Darjat (Released in 1960)
10. Bidasari (Released in 1965)
11. Ah Long Pte Ltd
12.  ALL CHANGE!!! (Released in 1999)
13. 15 (Released in 2003)
14. Ah Ma (Released in 2007)
15. A Month of Hungry Ghosts (Released in 2008)
16.  A New Life (Released in 2005)
17. Army Daze (Released in 1996)
18.  Avatar (Released in 2004)
19. 12 Storeys (Released in 1997)
20. All the Lines Flow Out (Released in 2011)
21. A Wicked Tale (Released in 2005)
22.  Abu Hassan Penchuri (Released in 1955)
23.  Be with Me (Released in 2005)
24.  Allen Ginsberg Gives Great Head (Released in 2007)
25.  Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid (Released in 1975)

Economic condition of Singapore 2013 -2014

The aggressive Asian tiger
Singapore is one of the most aggressive states financially.  Similar to Israel, its economy is much more robust and powerful than the economies of comparatively much bigger countries.  The economic tiger of the South East Asia is known for its corruption free business environment, price control, a much higher per capita GDP that surpasses the per capita GDP of most of the developed nations even.  It’s a free market economy and its government has made it a highly developed economy within a few decades.  Its economy is export oriented and it exports IT products, consumer electronics, pharmaceutical products, and a financial services sector.
                  
Singapore: the darling of foreign entrepreneurs

Gregory Wade was the chief of Asia Pacific headquarters of Canada based RIM (the producer of Blackberry mobiles) in Singapore. When his tenor was finished in Singapore, he didn’t leave the Island state and rather joined an equity firm.  He lauded the economic miracle of Singapore and asked the Canadian companies to come and open their counters in Singapore.  At present, he is also the VP of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Singapore.

The buzzing entrepreneurial energy

According to him, Singapore is buzzing with energy and you are bound to feel a vibe of growth here.  It encourages entrepreneurship and innovation as far as launching new products and services is concerned.  According to Wade, this kind of entrepreneurial energy is missing in his home country Canada.
     
Unparallel development

It’s really miraculous that a barren Island with a small population, with no natural resources witnessed such a booming growth and development in just a few decades.  It is unparallel in the history of the world.  It seems like its government runs the country like a profitable corporation.  They want nothing but the best—skilled workforce, the best professionals from around the world, expensive trainers and business leaders coupled with an open door policy, easy immigration laws and expat friendly environment.  The government of Singapore, unlike other democratic countries has a zero tolerance policy for protests, disruptions, and public dissent.

Growth despite global slowdown

Despite global recession of 2008-2010, Singapore has witnessed growth in almost every segment in the year 2012-13.  In the second quarter of the ongoing year 2013, the economy has registered 3.7% growth, according to the Ministry of Trade and Industry.  It was just 0.2% in the first quarter of 2013.  On a quarter to quarter basis, the rate of economic growth was 15%, which is much higher as compared to the previous quarter.  The biggest beneficiaries were manufacturing sector, construction sector, and services sector.  These figures were achieved despite the slowdown in overseas markets and lack of demand in the European markets.

The future prospects

After a lackluster performance of international markets, the US market is expected to register mild growth, whereas Eurozone will remain struggling with recession.  Though, the economic activity in Eurozone is a good indicator.  Stable domestic demand is keeping ASEAN region in good shape.  Singapore economy is also expected to see a little growth this year.  The sectors driving the economy are manufacturing, transportation and storage.  The sectors which are domestically oriented in Singapore and don’t depend upon foreign demand such as construction and business services are also likely to see growth this year.

Singapore – Second largest FDI source

Singapore as a leading source of FDI for India

As far as India is concerned, Singapore’s economic growth comes as good news.  It is consistently the second largest source of FDI into India after Mauritius since 2008.  With a total investment of Rs 58,090 crore, its investment is mainly into telecom, offshoring services, oil refineries, power, food processing and electrical equipment. 
 
Increasing FDI since 2008

So, it’s way ahead of US, UK and Netherlands, the other top investors in India.  It’s quite surprising given the size of the country, which is much smaller as compared to the countries like US, UK and China.  Before 2008, the second position was occupied by the US. UK was third, which has slid to fourth position now.  In 2008, the FDI jumped by $1 billion, whereas FDI from US was just $300 million.  UK’s long-term investment flow was just $50 million. 
Before that the FDI from Singapore was below $600 million and it was much less than US and UK.   Earlier the contribution of US and UK used to be around $900 million and $1900 million respectively.  The credit crunch is also cited as one of the reasons for a downfall in investment from US and UK.
 
Temasek and GIC

The sudden inflow from the Island state is also associated with FDI from two major sovereign funds Temasek and GIC.  These funds were active private investors before, and with Temasek acquiring additional strength, the FDI in India boomed.  Just a year before, the two major funds were involved in financial deals in India worth $3.5 billion and it was a whopping one fifth of the total private equity deals made in 2007.  

A decade of investment

The total foreign direct investment from Singapore since year 2001 to year 2008 was just $6 billion, which was just next to Mauritius ($30 billion). Even during that period the investments from US and UK were just $5.5 billion and $4.5 billion respectively, which was way too less as compared to Singapore.  So, it’s clear that Singapore has always been a leading financial partner of India with heavy investments into our country. 
Till June, 2008, Singapore’s share in cumulative FDI in India was around 8% of the global investments, which makes it a leading FDI source country for India.  The major chunk of foreign direct investment in India went to sectors like services, IT, telecom, construction, metallurgy, automobiles and pharmaceuticals.  
   
Recent measures to improve FDI

Indian government liberalized FDI norms in 2012 after a huge slump in its FDI due to poor performance to economy.  FDI caps were modified in various sectors such as petroleum, natural gas, media and tea.  Certain sectors such as civil aviation, retail and power received the maximum benefits of liberalization.

Singapore, a leading investor in 2013

In April 2013, Singapore again infused US$1.3 billion in Indian market.  It was followed by Mauritius the largest investor and US; however their contribution was just a fraction of Singapore’s viz. US$ 350 million and US$ 175 million respectively. So, Singapore again emerged as a leading source of FDI in India. The island state’s financial prowess is considered to be auspicious for India.  Singapore has emerged as a boon for Indian economy.

Education In Singapore

Ministry of Education in Singapore

Ministry of Education is the body in Singapore, which manages education across this Island State.  It controls not only the government schools that receive funding, but also the private schools.  Therefore, it provides different levels of autonomy to the schools in terms of tuition, fees, admission policy and government funding.  Singapore is a state, where a hefty 90% of annual national budget goes towards education.  It means that the government gives extreme importance to education and is committed to education for all. 

Education for all

It also offers subsidized education and ensures primary education for all Singaporeans through different programs such as Edusave.  It has also passed the Compulsory Education Act, according to which if the parents fail to enroll their kids in school, then it would be cited as a criminal offense on behalf of parents.  However, there are certain exemptions such as enrolling for full-time religious education, but the citizens have to file the report to the Ministry of Education that they are exempted from this Act.

Medium of Instruction

The official language and the medium of instruction in Singapore is English, which is considered to be the first language and the official language of the state as well.  Almost 50% of children learn English by the time they get to the preschool, because English is used as the medium of instruction in all the primary schools.  The other official languages include Malay, Mandarin and Tamil, which are taught separately.  However, under the Special Assistance Plan (SAP), subjects are taught at some of the secondary schools in the native languages such as Mandarin.

Education that is employment oriented  

Singapore’s education system is highly rated in the word and in 2010 it was described as “the leading education system in the world” by the British Education Ministry.  The annual budget of education in Singapore is 7 billion Singaporean dollars.  The overall literacy level is 96%, out of which 98% are males.  The percentage of secondary diploma holders is 67% and that of the post secondary diploma holders is around 50%.  In the 1960s, Singapore education system was redesigned to produce skilled workforce.  It was survival driven and was aimed to minimize unemployment. 

Emphasis on quality

In the 1980s, when Singapore started moving on the growth curve, the government started to emphasize on quality more than quantity.  Various programs and courses were introduced, according to the individual abilities and more opportunities for vocational education were offered by the government. Academic and technical streams are separated to facilitate students.  In 1997, Singaporean government launched the vision, “Thinking Schools, Learning Nations”.  This vision became the driving force behind the Ministry of Education’s drive for greater autonomy to the institutes and schools as far as designing the curriculum and the development of niche areas is concerned.

The elementary and primary education in Singapore

Kindergartens are the schools, which are meant for children below six.  The primary education starts from age 7, with two main stages; “Primary and Orientation”.  Primary education is made compulsory by the government.  The “Orientation” stage lasts at 6th standard.  After primary education, secondary education begins.
In order to get admission in international schools in Singapore, the citizens have to take permission from the Ministry of Education.  Various names are given to secondary education tracks/streams such as “Express, Special and Normal”.  “Normal” includes technical education as well. 

Co-curricular activities.

Singapore government gives emphasis to co-curricular activities and has made it compulsory at the primary and secondary levels. It arranges activities such as Performing Arts, Clubs, Uniformed Groups and Sports Competitions.

Admission procedure for secondary education
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The secondary education is conducted through GCE ‘O’ level exam, which determines the institution you are going to get admission in.  It is followed by a two years course leading to ‘A’ level exam.  For technical education, you are several polytechnics in Singapore, along with the Institute of Technical Education (ITE).
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Education with commercial perspective

Singapore government has always considered education as the driving force for its economy.  Skilled workforce compensates for lack of natural resources in Singapore.  Moving over producing qualified workforce, Singapore government is now taking education as a source of revenue and foreign capital inflow.  Thus government is poised to make Singapore a “Global Schoolhouse”, attracting international students to supplement its foreign currency requirements.  The education sector is responsible for around 5% contribution towards Singapore’s economy.

Tourism in Singapore

Tourism in Singapore

Singapore as a melting pot of different cultures 
Singapore is vibrant economy and an attractive tourist destination.  Located on the southern tip of Malaysian Peninsula, it’s formed of 59 islands.  With around 5 million people as its inhabitants, Singapore is one of the four Asian Tigers, and a major business center in the entire Southeast Asian region.  It has been one of the most modern cities in the world for many decades now.  It assimilates various cultures such as Chinese, Malay, Indian, Arab, and English.  The amazing ethnic diversity makes it one of the best tourist destinations for shopping, sightseeing and culinary delight. 

Singapore as a tourist attraction
Traditional festivals and holidays of different ethnic populations in Singapore are celebrated round the year and make it an appealing tourist destination. The island state, which is located one degree north of equator, is the haven of luxury hotels. Singapore has a special appeal because its government is highly efficient and focused towards development.  It has created a name for itself in the world of tourism and trade.  People prefer to visit and work in Singapore because of its administrative excellence and quality of life.  The capital Singapore is located on an island, which is just one third of the main island of the state.

Singapore Amusement Parks
Singapore as a tourist destination has many attractions including its amusement parks, which are meant for fun with family and friends.  At eating joints, you can have some of the most amazing cuisines from around the world.

Art galleries
Singapore competes with Hong Kong and other leading cities of the world as a center of art. It has a lot of prominent galleries, where you can unwind yourself.

Parks and gardens
With around 50 parks, gardens and nature reserves based on Chinese and Malay themes, Singapore is an ultimate destination for nature tourism.      

Night Safari Tour
Night Safari Tour is the best way to explore wildlife at the night zoo.  It has around 1000 animals with 140 species representing various geographic regions in the world. You can explore this tropical forest either by tram or just on foot.

Sentosa thrills
Sentosa offers amazing adventure sports, dining and recreational facilities. You can also enjoy a cable car ride to reach Sentosa Island. It offers a kaleidoscopic view of Singapore skyline. You can also explore the history of Singapore since World War II in Sentosa. Explore the underwater world in the grand Oceanarium and enjoy a sensational show of music and Lights the ‘Songs of the Sea Show’.

Universal Studios
Your visit to Singapore is incomplete without spending a day at Universal Studio. It’s a movie theme park offering various related attractions.

Shopping malls
A visit to Singapore is incomplete without visiting its shopping malls. 
Some of the must vist shopping malls in Singapore are:
TANGS Orchard, Wisma Atria, ION Orchard, Bugis Junction, FestiveWalk™ at Resorts World™ Sentosa, Changi Airport Mall Singapore, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands®, Suntec City Mall, Marina Square, Mandarin Gallery(designer boutiques), Funan Digitalife Mall ( for gadget enthusiasts), 313@somerset at Orchard Road belt, Park Mall with cafes and restaurants, Paragon for designer and luxury items, Palais Renaissance for international brand and dining facilities, Orchard Central (the tallest mall of Singapore) Ngee Ann City at Orchard Road, Mustafa Centre with bustling crowds (known as little India), Knightsbridge at Orchard Road, and Joo Chiat Complex  for Malay Textiles and crafts.   

Singapore Movies and Theaters

Esplanade Theatres on the Bay – Singapore Concert Hall

It’s located on the main waterfront area Marina Bay–The Esplanade is not just a theater multiplex, it offers a complete package of entertainment, relaxation, shopping, fine-dining and arts.  It has an amazing exterior inspired from nature, which look prickly. Its architecture is amazing and worth having a look at. There is also a concert hall here where concerts are organized every afternoon.  It offers many entertainment facilities such as live music, visual arts, theater, and performance arts.  The complex also houses a library. Esplanade Mall is a big shopping area, where dining facilities are also available.

Golden Theatre–Golden Mile Tower

Located on the Beach Road, Singapore Golden Theater was a Chinese movie hall till 90s, now it’s a multiplex with three screens.  It is among the very first theaters t be opened in Singapore.  In this tower, all the four halls i.e. Golden Theatre, the main hall and others Golden Studio, and Golden 1 and Golden 2 are located on four different floors. The elevator connects all these theaters.  The Golden Theatre only shows entertaining and sexually titillating and restricted (under 17) movies.

Most Popular Singapore Movies

Hollywood movies and Chinese movies are very popular in Singapore.  Among the most popular Hollywood movies in Singapore are the Hangover Part III Movies, the Great Gatsby Movies, and Fast And Furious 6 Movies etc.

Among the Cineplexes Cathay, Cathay West Mall, Filmgarde Cineplexes, Golden Village, Shaw Organisation and other theaters such as Rex DIGITAL, Golden DIGITAL, and Screens of Bombay Talkies are among the most prominent cineplexes. Certain cineplexes are coming up at Seletar Mall and Hillion Mall as well.

Cathay Cineplexes

Cathay Cineplexes have many theaters with digital screens around Singapore such as Cathay Cineleisure Orchard, Cathay Causeway Point, Cathay Downtown East, Cathay AMK Hub, Cathay JEM, and Cathay at The Cathay.
 
Cathay West Mall

WE Cinemas (By Eng Wah) and WE Cinemas Empress are all digital screen and are part of Cathay West Mall.

Filmgarde Cineplexeso

It has two cineplexes namely Filmgarde Bugis and Kallang.  

Golden Village

Golden Village is very famous theater complex range and the theaters that are a part of this complex are GV Bishan, GV City Square Mall, GV Grand, GV Jurong Point, GV Katong, GV Marina, GV Plaza, GV Tampines, GV Tiong Bahru, GV VivoCity, GV Yishun and GV Suntec City.

Shaw Organization

Shaw Organization run many cineplexes including Shaw Balestier, Shaw Century, Shaw Lido, Lido DIGITAL IMAX HFR 3D, and Shaw Bugis. Other cineplexes such as Shaw Choa Chu Kang, Shaw nex Serangoon, Shaw JCube, JCube DIGITAL IMAX 3D, Shaw Waterway Point (Punggol), and Waterway Point DIGITAL IMAX 3D.

Others cineplexes

Other cineplexes in Singapore include  Rex DIGITAL, Screens of Bombay Talkies, Golden DIGITAL and DIGITAL 1 & DIGITAL 2.

Upcoming cineplexes

More attractive and state of the art cineplexes are being constructed at Seletar Mall and Hillion Mall.

Singapore Flyer – Bringing Panoramic View of the Lion’s City

If you are planning to visit Singapore with your family, then do not miss out a ride on the Singapore flyer. Kids and families are sure to enjoy this fun-filled ride. The Singapore Flyer is located on the edge of the Marina Center at the southeast tip. It is also the largest giant observation wheel of the world and it gives a 360 degree view of the city along the Marina bay and you also get to see the glimpses of Malaysia and Indonesia. This flyer is built over a three storey building that has bars, shops, restaurants and a view of the city centre. It is one of the major tourist attractions of Singapore that gives a good income to the country.

History behind the construction

Conceived by Dr. Kisho Kurokawa and DP Architects of Singapore, the flyer was designed during the early 2000s and the formal planning began in 2002. The plan was officially announced in 2003. The groundbreaking ceremony took place in Sep 2005 and was launched in the year 2008.

Features of the Giant Flyer

The Singapore flyer is 150 metres in diameter with a height of 165 metres. This huge flyer covers 33,700m2 or 363,000 ft2 area. Each capsule measures 4 metres x 7 metres and it has 28 such capsules. Each capsule carries 28 people and travels at a speed of 0.24m per second. There is no worry about how to board the capsule of this huge flyer since it has the step on platform. It has two doors on the side with a platform for each, hence it is easy to board or get down the capsule.

Flying experiences

The entire joyful ride is for 32 minutes. The flyer has been designed in such a way that passengers experience a smooth ride due to its precision wind engineering. Unlike those old Ferris wheels, this Giant observation wheel does not have cramped carriages that hang on the air and terrify you. Since each capsule is as large as a bus, you can peacefully watch the view of the city without any fear. The flyer coves a view up to 45 kilometers, which means the flyer, gives a view of extra 3 km that does not come under the island city. Some of the significant landmarks that you can see from the flyer are – Changi Airport, Sentosa Island, and glance of Malaysia and Indonesia.

Safety Precautions

Passenger’s bags and handbags will be scanned thoroughly before boarding the flyer at level 2. Also, there are two cameras within each capsule in order to watch the movements within the capsule. As a safety precaution, the flyer will be stopped when the wind is above 10m per second, in order to prevent any unfortunate accidents. This 10m speed of wind occurs only at very rare cases. In case of any emergency, they have evacuation procedures to make you land safe.

Audio guide

To make the ride more interesting, a portable in-flight audio-guide has been introduced to passengers.  It is provided to all the Flyer ticket holders. This audio guide gives the passengers an insight into the past present and the future of the Singapore throughout their ride. Starting from the arrival of Sang Nila Utama to the Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resort, the audio provides knowledge in a clear voice.

Valentine Day Travel Ideas in Singapore

Valentine’s Day is an important occasion for the lovers and couples to express and reassert their affection and feelings towards each other.  It is an occasion, where you can refresh and rejuvenate your romantic alliance.  Singapore is an exotic destination to celebrate Valentine’s Day in the most memorable and enjoyable way.  Here are some ideas that you would love to explore to celebrate this Valentine’s Day in Singapore.
Valentine’s Day in Singapore

The southernmost point of Continental Asia offers exotic theme parks, food outlets, entertainment and recreational facilities, and serene waterfront, where you can enjoy a candlelit dinner with your spouse or lover.  Sentosa Island offers a lot of entertainment facilities, beachfront restaurants and a gorgeous sunset, which is a perfect place to spend your Valentine’s Day evening.  

Valentine’s Day Ideas in Singapore

Singapore offers some of the best places and facilities to celebrate Valentine’s Day with candlelit dinner, romantic excursions, theme parks for unwinding, and much, much more.  Surprisingly, all of this comes to you in a not so expensive manner.  14th February is an occasion, when husbands and boyfriends take the initiative to offer a host of surprises and parties to their female friends.

Some Exotic Day Ideas

You can visit a place in the vicinity of Singapore taking a short trip to enjoy, relax and unwind in a romantic neighborhood. NATAS Fair, which is held in the month of February every year in Singapore, offers unmatched options, deals, holiday packages and vacation trips all around the world for the Singapore citizens.

Book an evening for a romantic candlelit dinner in any of the Singapore hotels or restaurants in Sentosa, Mount Faber or any of the places of your choice.  It would be a fantastic time spent with the love of your life, as all of the hotels and restaurants in Singapore offer exotic food, flowers and light music, on this occasion.  You can also take a romantic ride on Singapore Flyer.  The other idea would be to spend the day in the ocean on a yacht enjoying the tumbling waves of the blue water ocean and tropical hot winds.

Enjoy “London Eye” in Singapore

Singapore Flyer, the great Ferris wheel and Singapore’s version of London Eye, is the best place to enjoy some romantic moments with your loved one.  The ride is an amazing experience as the location of the Wheel is a surprisingly attractive place as you’d be able to see the skyline of Singapore, with glitzy lights all around from here.

A Romantic Day in the Ocean and Candlelit Dinner at Beachfront

Singapore offers amazing ocean experience such as a yacht ride in the tumultuous waters and tropical hot winds.  However, it would be wise to check the weather conditions prior to your sea excursion.  This is an entire day’s extravaganza, which comes to at much affordable rates.  The entire day at yacht should be followed by a candlelit dinner at Marina beach.  These facilities are available at SAF Yacht Club and Raffles Marina.

Enjoy Two Wheeled Ride at Sentosa

it is also a good idea for Valentine’s Day to enjoy a two wheeled ride at Sentosa World’s open beach.  These are personal transporters, which move on two wheels with the help of one vertically attached handle.  It is a fun ride, which would provide you an amazing and entertaining experience with your loved one.   

Singapore Army: One of the Best Armies in the entire Far East

Need of a sophisticated army

Singapore army is also known as the Singapore Armed Forces or SAF. Under ministry of defence Singapore, it is the part of total defence of the republic. Just like other countries it also comprises of land, sea and air divisions viz Singapore Army, Singapore Air Force and Singapore Navy. The strength of regular recruits to its armed forces is around 75,000 and reserve personnel can mobilize around 3.5 lakh additional recruits.

Singapore is strategically located on the southern tip of Malay Peninsula of Malaysia and is a rich coastal town of South East Asia. It’s also very near to Australia. That’s the reason colonial powers and local settlers both tried to capture the city state’s assets. Modern Singapore was basically founded and developed by the British, who were looking to colonize a safe haven in South East Asia against their European rivals, the Dutch. So, during the period before World War I and II, Singapore served the military interests.

History of SAF

The SAF originated from a British armed division called as SSVF in 1920. Prior to this it was referred to as Singapore Volunteer Artillery, which was constituted in 1890. It still serves the artillery division of SAF. SSVF also participated in famous World War II, but aggressive Japanese military crushed this army. In 1948, SSVF was reorganized and was included in the military of the city state. In 1961, when SAF was constituted, it was also transferred to SAF. After the independence of the city state, the government established a much organized military with the help of Israel. They also trained their troops in the jungle combat to counter the challenge from the neighborhoods. Singapore procured modern army tanks even before its sleeping neighbors had it.

Modernization of SAF

Britain evacuated Singapore completely in 1971 and then the era of consolidation of military began here. SAF Day is held on 1st of July every year in Padang. Singapore army has 3 combined divisions, two reserve divisions and three additional divisions to protect the Island nation. The Air Force is also very advanced and it has 17 squadrons. Navy operates from 2 bases and comprises of 8 squadrons.

Hierarchy in Singapore military

The top military commander is called the Chief of Defence Force (CDF), which is equal to Lieutenant General Rank. The chiefs of all the three subdivisions of military, i.e. generals of navy, air force and army report to CDF. The Military Intelligence Organization, the Joint Operations and Planning Directorate, the Joint Logistic Department, the Joint Manpower Department, and the Foreign Military Liaison Branch support CDF to act in coordination to counter internal and external threats. The special operations task force along with its supporting units undertakes the task of securing the nation against the terror threats.

Technologies used by Singapore Army

The SAF uses “force multipliers” technology that helps its various units to act in a synchronized manner. Advanced networks integrate all the three units of the SAF for organized attacks. The state of the art integration technologies make SAF a IIIrd generation combat force. Just on the pattern of Israel, technology replaces the headcounts in the military in Singapore. It is one of the biggest spenders in the entire ASEAN as far as defence budget is concerned. It spends heavily on R&D of its defence systems, weaponry and platforms. SAF has amazing urban combat capabilities.