Singapore Facts: 15 Things To Know Before You Go

Growing up in Hong Kong, Singapore was always like the younger sibling trying to catch up. Cut to years later; I’m surprised by how modern, eclectic and laid back it is. I love talking to the locals to find out what makes a place tick. Here are my thoughts on the city and some fun facts about Singapore things to know before you go.

Singapore Facts 15 Things To Know Before You Go

  • The Local currency of Singapore is Dollars (SGD)
  • Locals have a keen sense of humor and Singlish is the local urban language; being a hybrid of English & Singaporean. Hosay! is a fun app to get your Singlish down pat.
  • Anyone can apply for a work permit to live & work in locally.
  • An urban jungle, more than half of Singapore is covered in green, though it is questionable whether this is all human-made.
  • With great seasonal weather rooftop, bars are a thing, and a must to experience sunset overlooking the Marina Bay.

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Singapore Facts 15 Things To Know Before You Go

Singapore Facts 15 Things To Know Before You Go

  • I went to the infamous Raffles hotel which coined the cocktail Singapore Sling but found it to be overly touristy. Save yourself the time, and get a Sing Sling at any other bar in town. Trust me on this.
  • For the boutique artist, The Hermes store has an art gallery on the 3rd floor, and the Louis Vuitton flagship store at the Marina Bay Sands shopping galleria showcases a display of all things vintage Louis Vuitton with a gallery/bookstore on its upper level. The idea of gallery meets store is a brilliant idea.
  • Gardens by the Bay is pure magic. Make sure to get there in plenty of time, to take in all the shows and exhibits.
  • Some of the fanciest steak Houses and restaurants can be found in a mall, don’t be put off by that, as shopping and shopping malls are somewhat social and are the norm.
  • Uber is everywhere, but if using taxis get a local app that will pick up at the taxi stand at any mall or local destination. Favorite taxi booking apps include GoCatchComfortDelGro Taxi Booking, Singapore SMRT.

Singapore Facts 15 Things To Know Before You Go

Singapore Facts 15 Things To Know Before You Go

  • Singapore has the highest number of millionaires per capita. A lot of people from other parts of Asia need to “park” their money somewhere, so they invest in property and local businesses.
  • Minimum wage doesn’t exist here. People pay an employee what they want.
  • Free WiFi in most places.
  • With over 60 shopping malls, even a 24-hour one, there is only three you need to go to. Marina Bay Sands, ION Orchard, Paragon.
  • Lee Kwan, Founding Minister of Singapore, is a big believer in Feng Shui. One aspect he displayed was having the $1 coin made in gold color so every person would have prosperity in their homes.

Singapore Facts 15 Things To Know Before You Go

Singapore Facts 15 Things To Know Before You Go

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