Small Country, Big Impact

May 18, 2009 · 4 comments

Singapore is a small city-country (The country is 30km across and 20km in height) and thus doesn’t have states or more than 1 city as the capital is classed as the country itself.

Map of Singapore

Map of Singapore

Changi airport is Singapores main air link to the world (there is another airport but it’s smaller). Whilst I didn’t get any of the sweets on arrival as some people I’ve read about did before, the place does give you a Mike Tyson style uppercut in the wow factor. (Pic below is the arrivals for 1 of 3 of the terminals).

The arrival and departure board

The arrival and departure board

Firstly the sheer size of the place, and how many people are passing through. I noticed a much bigger percentage in Indian population compared to Malaysia, although Chinese is still the biggest race.

Escalator from airport to underground MRT

Escalator from airport to underground MRT

Everything is well signed (and all in all 4 of Singapores official languages) so it’s easy to get around, I still picked up some brouchers of pretty much everything going on here. I got the MRT (Mass Rapid Transport – a monorail) to Little India station nearby where I was staying. They arn’t joking around with the name either. Instantly I felt like I just got a monorail straight into India, all the colours of the fruits and textiles lined the streets as I imagine India to be. I passed Sim Lim Square, a place where I was adviced to check out for my future camera purchase, I just hope it’s doesn’t get too expensive staying here.

Sim Lim Square at night

Sim Lim Square at night

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Lara Dunston May 19, 2009 at 12:23 AM

Singapore doesn’t have to be expensive – there’s lots of free stuff to do – and delicious noodles, soups and curries from the hawker stands. I’m there for a few days in a couple of weeks myself – looking forward to reading your posts, but don’t blog from there – enjoy yourself!

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Adventure Rob May 19, 2009 at 3:32 PM

Hi Lara, thanks for comment.

Trust me I am doing it as cheaply as I can! But I have a few things planed which requires some money (buying camera, show at the Esplanade, choosing some unique touristy bars, etc).

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Alex May 30, 2009 at 5:59 PM

I was suprised to learn how small it is! :O

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Adventure Rob May 30, 2009 at 9:07 PM

Takes 40mins to drive across the width of it I was told, I bet I could do it in half an hour though :P

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