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En Route to India we stopped over in Singapore since we had always wanted to visit the place, having heard so much about it. I must say we were not the least bit disappointed. It’s quite a unique place with its unique history, culture, terrain and people, making it worth the visit. We had a blast out here and stayed with my friend and room-mate from my University days in the US, who moved to Singapore 15 years back and doing good.  

Apartments and high rise are common here dotting the landscape since there is only vertical area for growth and owning a single home is beyond the common citizens’ dreams, since the price tag can knock you dead.

What struck me most was the amalgamation of people with different ethnicities. The Malays, Indians, Bangladeshis, Pakistanis, Americans, other Asians and Europeans rub shoulders and make this Republic highly functional and productive.

A high cost of living and strict laws regarding the cleanliness of the city ensures a clean, vibrant place with a very well oiled machinery in place. The cleanliness of the place is what stands out to any visitor with stringent penalties for littering.

Owning a car is impossible with the high cost and sparse distribution of driver’s certificates to a select few. This is not a problem since the Public Transport here is one of the best in the world.

Singaporeans are shopping crazed in addition to food- crazed. The assortment and availability of both is amazing. One can get everything here under the sun from all around the world.

There are Indians in plenty more so Tamilians and the Mustafa road and shopping complexes belonging to Mustafa are well known. Mustafa Centre, also known as Mustafa Singapore to many tourists, is not only the best known shopping centre in Singapore’s Little India but also with tourists from India, Middle East and Africa.

In 2003, Singapore’s Changi Airport won the award for “Best Airport Worldwide” for the 16th consecutive year from the UK/Europe edition of the Business Traveler magazine

Singapore is the busiest port in the world with over 600 shipping lines sending super tankers, container ships and passenger liners to share the busy waters with coastal fishing vessels and wooden lighters

You would love the Singapore Sling a very unique drink and cocktail that is very original developed in Raffles hotel in 1915.

A half-fish, half-lion beast,Merlion is a fitting symbol of Singapore. The “Singa” or lion represents the animal that a Sumatran prince saw which resembled a lion, and the fish is a tribute to Singapore’s history as “Temasek”, the ancient sea town