Known for its delicious food, clean streets, efficient public transport and bristling sky-scrappers, the lion city is a famous tourist destination despite its miniscule size. Let us brief you on a few interesting titbits before your next visit to Singapore.
Think of EZ link card as a cash card for all your transport needs in Singapore. All public transport (public buses and MRT) uses the EZ link card, as well as taxis, parking tolls gate and the road toll gate. Aside from these services, a number of retail merchants and food and beverage establishment accepts the use of EZ link card as a payment method. Grab yours today in the nearest MRT station and start tapping.
Although Singapore is the home to many world-famous Michelin-starred restaurants, one can happily spend months trawling the local food centres (commonly known as hawker centres) and never run out of delicious local cuisines to savour. Located below clusters of HDB blocks (government-built apartments), on busy neighbourhood street corners, above traditional communal wet markets and interspersed inside busy shopping malls, one can find hawker centres everywhere in Singapore, which is a wonderful thing.
Kopi (coffee) in Singapore has its own lingo that you’ll do well to pick up if you’re looking to get your caffeine fix local-style. Kopi will get you thick black coffee with condensed milk and sugar, while kopi-o is the same without condensed milk. If you’re looking for a true-black coffee, ask for kopi-o-kosong. For individuals with a penchant for icy drinks, just simply add an ice in front of your order (e.g. ice kopi). Bonus: try asking for a teh tarik in mamak stalls, a heady brew of traditional milk tea which is “pulled”.
THE FRUIT HUNTERS
While you’re in Singapore, try durian, the king of fruits. Love it or hate it, one can’t deny that the fruit’s aroma and taste is one of a kind. The spiky green fruits are sold in the market, or by street hawkers in the Geylang area, with a variety of prices for different quality and grades. Durian hawkers are more than happy to crack open a fruit, and package the flesh in a container for buyers to bring home. Do take note that most hotels discourage the eating of durian in its premises due to its overpowering, lingering scent.
The Singapore’s education system is famed worldwide for its efficiency and strict syllabus. One key defining trait is the country’s emphasis on language or more correctly put – languages. A typical Singaporean student will learn two languages, the main spoken language in Singapore – English as well as his/her native spoken language. In most cases, the Chinese students are taught Mandarin, the Malay students Bahasa Melayu and the Indian students Tamil. There are, of course, students who pick up more than two languages, but in most cases visitors can safely assume that a typical Singaporean will speak two languages.