THINGS YOU'LL NOTICE ABOUT MY COUNTRY WITHIN THE FIRST 24 HOURS 📂

🗺 1.3000° N, 103.8000° E. @Lisa_Fav requested a similar list and I'll complete it separately (it'll take me a while to list! 🤓). Till then, I hope this suffices for now #draftmas
  1. Well, we're not in China
    No, never actually. No.
  2. Damn, it's hot here
    Humidity is thy friend. Resistance is futile.
  3. Cool airport
    We have one of the best in the world. I admit I was late for several flights being distracted here.
  4. There's so many trees. They're everywhere!
    It's deliberate. We have a registry of every planted tree along the local roads here.
  5. The accents are interesting. They speak English, yes?
    We call it Singlish, a mixture of English and other local languages. There are 4 national languages, Chinese dialects and other languages from India generally spoken here. Singlish just makes conversing easier and faster among us. And yes, we understand your English just fine too.
  6. So @aida, what's good? The food!
    Oh, the food. The surest way to get into an argument here is to propose the best of a food. Then sit back and watch the fight. (No pics as I don't fav my children)
  7. No, seriously, where do I start food-wise?
    If you're willing to brave the crowds at lunch on a weekday, head to the nearest hawker centre. The longest queues will tell you what's popular and good, and 90% of the time, they're not wrong. You could also observe microcosms of our city life in such places. If you're not adventurous, they're other safer, boring options available.
  8. Right, so what's a free thing to do here since I spent all my money on food?
    Check out our newly UNESCO World Heritage site, the Botanic Gardens, the outdoor gardens of Gardens by the Bay and the Southern Ridges Walk. Walk around the historically designated ethnic enclaves like Chinatown, Little India and Arab Street or Geylang Serai.
  9. You're not really a friendly lot
    We're not frankly. We are wary and distrustful of strangers. But. We do smile easier than other locals in other cities I've been to. If you ask us, we're more than happy to help you. And we won't stop talking if there's a bunch of us (just bear with it 😁). We'll just not start the conversation though.
  10. So, no chewing gum, huh?
    Really? Can't stand not chewing like a cow for 24 hours? Actually, you can chew gum. You just can't buy or sell it here 😉 (Prescribed nicotine gum is allowed here)
  11. So you're a fine city, yeah?
    Technically, yes. It's can be easy to govern a small city-state. And also, it's a legal way to generate revenue other than taxes and investments. Are you intending to break a law in a foreign city just for kicks? Don't do what you wouldn't do in your own backyard.
  12. You'll notice too that you can escape this country easily
    But you just got here, right? We're lucky that we're smacked in the middle of Southeast Asia. Escapes are about +/- 4 flight hours away, and they can fare much cheaper than staying here. Some of my favourite getaways are Bali (the most patient people I've come across), Hanoi (laid back and it grows on you) and Langkawi (I didn't feel trapped like one could feel in a place).