Singapore, Gardens By The Bay
My wife and I recently made a short visit to Singapore & Malaysia. We were joined there by our daughter, a software professional posted at Singapore.
A small country that hardly spans 710 square kilometers of area, with a small population of 5.3 million, we found it immensely fascinating. An island country, made up of 63 islands of which the main is Singapore. Singapore’s economy depends heavily on exports and refining imported goods. It is the world’s fourth – leading financial center, and its port is one of the five busiest ports in the world. It has the third highest ‘per capita income’ in the world and it ranks in the top countries in “Order and Security”, “Absence of Corruption”, and “Effective Criminal Justice”.
Singapore is an extremely clean city and is very well maintained. Interestingly, Singapore is known as “The Fine City” – not only for its beauty and cleanliness, but also because of the amount of hefty fines the government imposes for violating rules regarding cleanliness.
If you are planning a trip to Singapore better get disciplined and acquainted with the laws lest you run out of your pocket compensating for the following offenses:
Chewing Gum: S$500 ($375 U.S.)
Littering: S$300 ($225)
Jaywalking: S$500 ($375)
Smoking in public areas: S$200 ($150)
Pack of Cigarettes not declared: S$500 ($375)
Spitting in Public: S$500 ($375)
Eating in a public bus or MRT: S$500 ($375)
Despite all the hefty fines and regulations, I whole-heartedly recommend Singapore to anyone and everyone. It is a beautiful city and there is lot to see and do.
As an integral part of a strategy by the Singapore government to transform Singapore from a “Garden City” to a “City in a Garden” and with an aim to raise the quality of life by enhancing greenery and flora in the city, the ‘Gardens by the Bay’ have been beautifully developed in the form of Glass Covered Conservatories.