Cultural Notes and Observations: Singapore

  • Fast paced
  • Metropolitan
  • Extremely clean and safe
  • The transit system is efficient and not overly expensive
  • Expensive for backpackers
  • Lots of rules. For example: no eating or drinking on public transit – $500 fine
  • The city is filled with nature (parks, trees, and gardens)
  • Chewing gum is outlawed
  • Hawker food is extremely cheap compared to restaurants
  • Wifi is hard to come by
  • Outlets are a little tricky to find to charge your electronic devices
  • AMAZINGLY fast internet
  • You can drink water from the tap!!! – The first time I had been able to do that in 3 months!
  • Great luxury shopping
  • Multicultural: Chinese, Indian, Malay, Euroasian, etc

Food I Tried:

  • Chicken rice
  • Traditional Singapore Laksa
  • “Refreshing White Fungus” drink – a sweet tea with white fungus. The tea was good but I wasn’t too fond of the fungus.
  • Beef and chicken satay with peanut sauce
  • Fried Kway Teow
  • Fried Hokkien Noodle
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