Sunday, April 8, 2012

Why Singapore is a “Fine” City

Singapore has been well-known as a "fine" city, which has been embedded with two different meanings. One as a fine city to be living in while another means fines that keep the country in order.

This city is impeccable clean. It makes Main Street in Disneyland look like the Bronx in New York. How do they do it? Singapore levies a multiple number of fines to maintain their squeaky, clean image.

Here are punishable offenses in Singapore:

The sale of cigarettes to minors (under age 18)
The sale or possession of chewing of gum
Vandalism
Spitting
Littering
Urinating in elevators
Feeding the pigeons
Jaywalking
Possession of firecrackers—caning
Eating or drinking in the subway
Not flushing the toilet
The Possession or trafficking of >20 grams of drugs—death

Now before you cross off Singapore from your travel list keep this in mind, it is a city built for travelers: a clean and efficient public transportation, low crime, easy to navigate airport and diversity of food, culture and religions.

My visit was further enhanced when I met up with fellow Flickr member Charlie Kwan. He was gracious enough to take me around his city and treat me to some great meals. Thank you for your hospitality Charlie.

As part of our photo walk around the city, we photographed around the Marina Bay Sands Resort. I crouched down low with my wide angle lens to capture this amazing foreground of the Artscience Museum with the Marina Bay Hotel Towers in the reflection.

If you have a chance to visit Singapore please do so...just remember to flush the toilet.

Stay tuned for more of my adventures in Southeast Asia.

Happy Travels!

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