Advantages Virtually everything
Disadvantages Very strict
"The only country in the world where everybody is happy doesn't exist - because everybody is dead in that country."- Singaporean official governing "Speaker's Corner" in Singapore (BBC World, "Simpson's World", Feb.2.2001)
As some of you may have read my other review 'Beyond My Control - The tale of losing a father', you will know that my dad doesn't live with me. Instead, he chose to live on the beautiful island of Singapore which means that I get to visit almost every summer- not bad eh? So anyway, having been there twice already, this year I thought I'd pop over again and see my dad, taking along my sister (15) and my cousin (12) - wish me luck, I leave on Friday.
*Where is it?*Singapore can be found situated in south - EasternAsia, in-between the likes of Malaysia and Indonesia
Singapore also consists of 63 smaller islands- with particular reference to Sentosa Island which is of a main attraction. The population reaches around 4.9 million people permanently with nearly 80% of the population being of Chinese descent; other prominent backgrounds are from India and Malay. This however does not mean that English isn't uncommon here, as many of you probably know, England resisded over them for at least 150 years - the main architect being Charles Raffles and you'll notice that everything is called Raffles (Raffles City, Raffles Hotel, Raffels Class in Singapore Airlines!).
*Was the journey bearable?*Being miles away from the UK, if you travel on one day - chances are you won't arrive there till the next! This can mean that you can suffer from jet lag so I recommend taking a day flight so as soon as you get there you can have a good full night sleep! Last time, I landed lateish afternoon and the warm weather instantaneously wraps itself around you which is so nice! The airport itself is world renowned - boasting excellent organisation, so everything is carried out very quickly as well as whole host of shops, restaurants, trees and even a gym!
Signs are clearly labelled in English as well as Singaporean, so there is little room for getting lost, or stuck and they give you many options to travel to your final destination; such as taxi, minibus or the MRT system (like a tube).
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