These are frequently asked questions about
Singapore or interesting Qs that I think (something I rarely do) you might
want to read about. If you do not want to be mentioned or have your email
address here please email me
& I'll remove your name or address. I'm having less time to answer Qs
now partly due to work, courtship & other activities. I sincerely
apologies in advance if I can't answer your Qs. I need a life beyond this
17" display : )
Is Singapore safe to move around at night,
what time does the shop closes?
Singapore is generally safe to move around at night. In town, at
10pm there are still crowds roaming the streets during weekdays. During
weekend, midnight is still a safe time. In fact, clubs, disco
closes at 3am and you can see taxi waiting for potential passengers all
Shops close around 9-10.30pm daily. During festive
season, they may close at midnight or later. There are 24 hours convenient
stores scattered around town and the island
I am planning a stop-over in Singapore on my way home to Ireland. I was
wondering whether Singapore closes down on Christmas day? Are the shops
and facilities closed? Is it better to avoid being in the city on this
day? ....Abby, Australia
Christmas in Singapore is NEVER 'closed'. The shops frantically have sales
the whole month of Dec. The streets in Orchard Rd, lights up like one huge
x'mas tree. The shopping malls' facade will be decorated to contest for
the best design award which means good exposure for the mall. Also there
are people singing carols.
I think it's a good time to be in the city (Orchard Rd) It's a bit crowded
but many people are snapping pictures, & you can feel the lively
atmosphere in celebration of the birth of Christ (not that they are
Christians but because it's a commercial holiday). Well, you won't be in a ghost town that is for sure. Everything is great during x'mas save the absence of snow.
1) Is there ever a situation where you are
expected to tip someone?
2)Is Singapore a night town? What time do most places open and close? It
looks to me like most places open at 10-11am.
3)Finally, why don't people in Singapore wear shorts? 95% of people I saw
today when I was out were wearing slacks or jeans. Hot, hot, hot!!!! ---- Geoff Petersen
1)Usually tips are out in Singapore. But if
you use a hotel's service like bell hops etc, then it may be expected.
Other than that, no tipping even in 'posh' restaurant. This is due to the fact that there is a 10% service charge on your bill. Well, if you feel
there are giving extraordinary service why not.
2)Yes, most shops open around there & closes around 9pm - 10.30pm.
Pubs & clubs have license to open till 3am
There are also entertainment center (arcade, bowling alleys) that open
24hrs. From Friday to Saturday nites, cinemas tend to have midnite shows.
3)Don't ask me!! I think it's peer pressure. I was born here wearing
jeans. I agree it's damn hot & humid. But if I wear shorts & go
out with my friends, I'd feel 'underdressed' & everyone will look at
me like I'm some geek or something. Westerners wear shorts & are
accepted (Read: mindset, afraid of hot weather, which isn't true). Well,
One of the reasons I think is becoz some restaurant don't allow patrons
who wear shorts or bermudas to dine there, So does pubs & clubs.. I
guess maybe I can safely say that most asians care more about appearance
than practicality. (notice also the youths wearing real expensive stuff)
Tony Smith (an expat) added these comments about shopping & Transport.
Some additional comments on shopping - Paris Silk in Holland Village (Lorong
Liput, I think) is excellent value for electronic goods, watches, etc.
Originally run by two brothers (Kevin & Larry) it has really grown
over the 7 years I've resided in S'pore & has become a Mecca for most
ex-pats, where they know they will not have to bargain, but get a fair
price, which will usually be better than they could obtain elsewhere. Your
comments on Lucky Plaza & Far East are well made & I would add
that vendors will very often pressurise their customers into buying
merchandise before they let them see it! Personally, I never shop at such
places, since I don't feel I get a good deal, and I do enjoy bartering.
Also Mustapha's in Little India is another establishment with a huge range
of products at bargain basement prices - maybe worth a mention?
Transport - I'm
sure you must have mentioned this in your page wrt stored value cards for
MRT and both SBS and TIBS buses, but make be of interest to point out that
transport ceases to function after midnight: most major western cities
operate until 1 or 2 am, if not during the week then certainly at
I will be travelling from Taipei to Milan by Singapore Airlines on the
13th September. As I have to wait 6 hours in Singapore for my next flight
to Milan, can you tell me how can I make use of my 6 hours in Singapore?
Is there a free tour service provided for transit travellers in Singapore?
Your information will be very useful to me. Thank you. -----Ken, Taiwan
If I'm not wrong, you actually can arrange for a free city tour in the
airport. This is for transit passengers. Although I'm not so sure how many
hrs must you 'clock' to qualify. You can always ask the crew b4 you reach
S'pore. Although it is a short tour, I guess you'll get to see a few key
1) Football.... I'm a soccer nut and would
really miss the UK football. Is it possible to pickup Sky Sports
television via cable or satellite over there ?... what sort of UK soccer
coverage do you get ?
2) Golf... I'm a single figure handicap golfer, is it possible to get into
a club over there ?... I hear it's very expensive
---- Steve Egllon, UK
1) We have the English league over here. When in season, every thursday
it's the weekly highlight prog (correct at the time of writing. Find out the latest schedule from the TV stations . & one feature match every week. Not
much but good enuff. They dun allow satalite here so ...no skytv. During
the World Cup, we have coverage for all the matches. Most major European
Cups will be shown live here. The Sports Channel from Cable TV offers live telecast of the English Premier League among others.
2) Err yes, clubs membership is as bad as car price here (Easily S$150K).
U could try asking your company to get u a corporate a/c or get a cheaper
membership in Malaysia or Indonesian island like Bintan near here. That's
how my friends beat the price. It's still no where near affordable.
How are you. Hope you are fine. My name is Munir Bahram and I am sending
this email from brisbane, Australia. I came to know about your e-mail
address from your web site. We need help to find cheap and appropriate
accommodation in Singapore. Hope you don't mind to help us.
We want to visit singapore for about 10 - 15 days from end of february. We
try our best to find out about cheap accommodation from the web, but every
detail are more S$50 per person. I read some of cheap accommodation from
your web site. If you do not mind can you send us the detail of some more
accommodation which price range for double room (for two person) would be
from S$20 - S$30 per day. We are four people visiting Singapore.
We would love share house with some one also. Can you send us the detail
of name of hotel / motel, address, phone, fax and email (if any).
Once again many thanks in advance.
Hope to see you in singapore.
Lots of people ask me this Q. I have a small
section on this under the icon "Stay" Do refer to this page for
it was nice browsing through your page here on the net...and the
information you have is interesting and comprehensive.
question for you:
1. Are there any adventure sports in Singapore which we could indulge
in(hang gliding, water sports etc)? If yes, where, and if possible, how
much is the approximate cost.
There isn't any place to hang glide here.
However, there are water sports (not the kinky ones) that you might enjoy
like Water skiing, wake boarding, wind surfing, canoeing & diving. The
current is not strong enough for any surfing though.
Cost shouldn't be a problem. It ought to be cheap. I'm not to sure how
much it'll cost coz I don't do water sports except canoeing. This cost
Could you please tell me what kind
of credit cards are customary
accepted in Singapore, since I will travel to Singapore shortly and no
one seems to be able to tell me which ones are accepted (eg american
express, eurocard, mastercard or so)?
Thanks. awaiting your reply,
greetings for the oncoming chinese new year
Singapore being a commercial hub
accept major credit cards like Visa, Masters, Amex, Diners. Shops &
places that accept these cards will display the respective logos on the
please send all info you have
Eek! It's all on my page. Cheers! (These are
usually located in my links eg. misc link. You will find public transport
guide & etc there)
I have just found your web site very interesting congratulatuions on it.
I am coming to Singapore next Weekend on a company convention. One night
there is a choice of dining at Bugis st, Clarke Quay or Boat quay. What
would you recommend for a wild night out.
If you like booze and music, go with Boat Quay. Many working adults unwind
there. There are different music scene like retro, pop, rock, jazz and
even a quiet coffee place to relax.
Boat Quay is more for Partying.
Clark Quay is more family oriented with restaurants,
touristy shops and rides.
Unless of course, if your wild nights out suggest
otherwise check out Geylang, the only legal place in Singapore, yes,
LEGAL, for the potential 'John'. don't ask me about
the rates or best place.
we are a family of four, two are still kids and we planning to
visit your country for vacation this october. My question is, are there
toilets or restrooms in downtown or places we tourists might pass or
go?My two kids or even me might use them and we are in the middle of our
particular tour of a tourist place. Thank you very much for your
Welcome to Singapore, non-third world country. Singapore
have lots of toilets in malls, tourist attractions. If you are around
Orchard Rd, Go to any mall and you will find the 'pot' at the end of the
rainbow : ). Also, Some places require you to pay S$0.10 - S$0.20 per
entry. In most cases, it's free. MRT stations have free toilets too.
Speaking of toilet, if you are visiting the Night Safari, make it a point
to go to the toilet. It's simply beautiful!
My name is Ms M L and i am planning on making a brief individual
trip to the country singapore...... i have a bunch of questions that need
to be answered, so could you do your best at answering each of them.....
when you return my e-mail please put the answer on the line next to the
proper number, this is important and well-earned trip, i intend to turn
this trips information into a journal !!! please do your best in making
this a trip to remember.... thankyou very much!!!
1) where is the country i am visiting located ?(actual or breif place)
2) what visa requirements are required by the country i am visiting?
2b) how do i obtain my visa?(i already have an australian passport)
3) what health requirements need to be considered before i leave australia?
4) what is the address of the australian embassy in the capital city of
country i am visiting?
5)what is the best way to travel there(from brisbane)?
5b)what will it cost me to get there(i'm a budjet traveller)?
6)what is the best way to take my spending money?
6b) how will i get local currency when i am there?
7) what is the history of this country(breif and not so breif)?
8)what is the present form of government?
9) main religions?
10)what is the main language of this country? (please also write me 6-8
phrases that will be very useful)
11)what are the important local customs?(i don't want to cause any
12)what are the medical problems i am likely to encounter?
13)are there any local dangers i should be aware with?
14)what will i eat(good to try local cuisine)?
15)what should i do and see?
15b)where will i visit once i have reached my destination and what will i
see there? please write me a short itinerary of places i should visit
...see...i want to visit at least 3 other places, villages or landmarks of
16)what are the local products that will make good souvenirs for my
17)will i be able to contact australia - what is the availbility of phone
and postal survices?
i intend to fly out on the 7th of september...i will stay at least 1
i looked at your site and i thought it was excellent!! but these question
didn't come across..even though they might be in there please do me a huge
favour and send all these questions back to me as soon as possible...it's
very, very important!!!!
Ms M L...thankyou...my e-mail adress
She's cool isn't it? Read the first
question & I know she wants me to do her homework for her. Gosh,
doesn't even take the time to change some of the questions so that it
looks like she's asking them just plain lazy cut & paste. Anyway, even
if it's a genuine case, as I mentioned, my object of the website is to
provide secondary info. Core info are out there in number, why spend my
time duplicating them. Besides I have some goods links to core sites that
I reviewed. Oh, I don't do homework or research for anyone. Research work
teaches you how to look for info, read, filter and report. It's a skill
which you have to learn. So be a good fellow and go to the library or web
for info. Some may argue that research also includes interviewing people.
Well, it does. But this one doesn't really like to be a lab rat : )
(Update: apprently, some months later, i suspect she was using her mom
email account, someone sent me an email from this account stating that
there was no such request at all and request me to remove her email)
send me some info about place to see in singapore.
Saif Ur Rehman, Pakistan
Again, I have to apologies here, but I
don't own or work in a travel agency or have the resources to do that. To
those who are less suave about the net, having a webpage doesn't mean that
I am a company or a government agency. If you need brochures, please visit
the Singapore Tourism Board website or call their offices in your country.
How are you?
I've just been visiting your website and I have a question for you. I'm 18
(almost 19) yrs old and coming to Singapore for a visit in late June/early
July (from Australia).
My dad will be there on business, so I can stay with
him, but otherwise from that I'll probably be alone. Basically what I want
to know is how safe it is. Would you (if you were me) feel comfortable
staying by yourself in some of the different places in Singapore or in one
of the youth hostels/chalets/camping grounds on one of the surrounding
islands? Because I'd like to go and stay on one of Singapore's surrounding
That's the other question, which isn't quite as important as the first.
Which of the islands are your favourites? I'd like to visit places that
don't exist solely for tourists and give a realistic representation of
I would appreciate it heaps if you replied to this.
I don't think there is any island that you can stay in
except for Sentosa. That's a tourist spot. Only with Hotels that are quite
expensive for budget travellers
The rest of the island like Palau Ubin are camping site but without the
proper facility. So you can also forget abt it. But if you are planning to
stay at youth hostel around the main island, that's quite safe. Again,
being street aware and know what not to do also help. But all in all, it's
safe for a girl to move ard town from dusk till dawn.
Again Pulau Ubin is the island with less moderate
tourist 'contamination'. There is no proper place to stay there just Camp
sites with no proper sanitation facility. These facility are only located
at the jetty and parts of the island that are miles from the campsites. If
you want to catch a glimpse of Singaporeans living out their life, go to a
neigbourhood town. That's where most live and do the daily chores other
I am planning to move to Singapore soon. Am from
Please tell me:
1) is electricity in 110V/220V?
2) can I bring in a TV/VCR set from California and expect it to work in
3) can a California phone work in your system? (not a cellular phone.)
What else have I missed?
1) 220V is the standard here and around S.E. Asia. More
volts more fun : p
2) If your TV is a multisystem, it will work here. If not, over here PAL
is the standard. TV sold here are multisystem PAL/NTSC. Video media are
formatted in PAL.
3) Phones should be able to work. I think...Cordless phone have to be
approved by IDA. This is because there are phones that uses frequencies
that disrupt signals here.
FYI) Cellular phones supported here are the GSM900 (M1, Singtel &
Starhub) & GSM 1800(Singtel).
M1, Singtel & Starhub.
HI. I was told that there is a law in Singapore about
men's hair length.
I was told that if it's too long, it will be cut off at the airport upon
arrival. I've searched the internet, but found nothing on the subject.
Is this law non-existent? My boyfriend refuses to go to Singapore
because he's afraid his hair will be chopped off.
You are right abt the hair. But that
holds true in the 70's where long hair is associated with Triad and Secret
Society. Now, even executives have pony tails and is
accepted. Don't worry, you will not be penalised even if your whole body
is covered with tattoo or with long hair. So come and enjoy yourself.
THERE IS NO LAW OUTLAWING LONG HAIR OR TATTOO IN SINGAPORE.
See what I mean by the Marketing done by the government as a place for
tourism or work?
As a New Zealander coming to Singapore to study at NUS for 3 years, I just
have a few questions relating to student life not quite found on most of
the Singaporean sites.
What is the Drinking Age in Singapore, and what age do you have to be to
get into pubs or nightclubs?
Because alcohol is so expensive there, do the students actually drink and
go out, or is clubbing alcohol-free more the style?
Any info you have would be invaluable.
Anthony, New Zealand
Drinking and smoking age is 18. Be aware that if you are
caught in any of these activity and is underage, you can be fined or
Certain pubs and Disco have a minimum age requirements so that they can
filter the crowd.
Students limit their drinking in pubs/disco as price is high. One way they
beat the pubs/disco price is to buy drinks from 7-11 and get high before
entering the pubs/disco. Another is to hang around some rich kid who pays
for all the drinks ; ) Esctasy still exist in some pubs/disco but regular
checks by the police makes it risky to consume them.
My name is Kimberly A. Christensen and I have been doing
research on Singapore today because I am thinking of getting an
internship there. I keep reading things about not eating things you buy
in the streets, and the water problems. They say this exists in SE
Asia, but does that include Singapore?
Also, exactly how hot is the weather? I went to Costa Rica this past
summer, and the humidity was a very intense thing...
Thanks for taking the time to write. Well, if you have read about my
section on food, you will know the health ministry here grades and check
on the food here. In Singapore, we don't have hawkers in the streets
anymore, what we have is food centre. Tourists take the chance to
try out these food and tour group would feature one of them in the tour.
(Usually Newton Food Center)
There are no water or food problem here. The quality of water here from
the taps are fit to drink without boiling and taste like bottled water. If
you have been to London, the tap water is heavily treated, if you can
drink that, this must be 'champagne' compared to that. Of course this
holds true in Singapore only. In SE Asia, you will want to heed the
I guess that Costa Rica would be a good way to describe Singapore's
weather and humidity. The 2 countries exist very near the equator. Our
temp range from 22 degree celcius to 34.
When I visit Singapore can I wear
my bikini or are there modesty laws?
Yes, you can wear your bikini here at public pool and
the beach. You can't go topless here though. Wearing a Bikini Top and
Jeans in public is okay.
We are thinking about moving from the U S A to Singapore
for a extended stay.
We have a dog and wonder how difficult it would be to bring a dog into the
country. Do you know if it is hard to find housing when you have a small
We have heard stories that people eat dogs over there and we wouldn't want
ours ending up on someone dinner plate.
font size="2">Dannielle, USA
This one is an Urban Legend.
Well, most Singaporeans love dogs or at least is repulsed by the idea of
eating dogs. It is illegal to do so too.
This does not applied to other Asian country. I know China is one country
where you can get
dog meat from restaurants.
Some landlords may not like tenants with dogs but there
are plenty around who do not mind.
Update: Pets are popular and the latest trend is hanging
out at 'Pets Cafe'. Typically it's a Cafe where pets owners hangout. These
cafes serve both human and dog food.
What kind of clothes do people wear in Singapore?
Since the weather is hot all year round, people wear summer clothes.
Top - T-shirts, bikini tops, polo t-shirts, Long sleeve shirt for business men.
Bottom - Khakis, pants, jeans, bermudas, shorts.
Footwear - sneakers, flipflops (slippers)
Even if it storms, the temperature rarely drop below 24 degrees Celsius.