Seniors Travel to Singapore

Apr 29th, 2011 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel

Many of us know very little about Singapore except that chewing gum sales are forbidden, dropping it on the street is unheard of and there is a hefty punishment for improper disposal. Just in case you have never heard of the eight big offenses, check them out here.

It is against the law and a public caning offense to not flush the toilet after using it. (EDITOR NOTE:  SCJ researched flushing toilets and public caning in Singapore, and found that not flushing toilets is an offense, but it is not punished by caning.  Further, there is no ‘public’ caning in Singapore.)  Again, that’s common sense, but in Singapore you might be getting a large fine for that, too, as the police officers randomly check on public restrooms. You Litter You Pay-Big Time. Spitting is also a big big NO NO. It’s a $500 fine. A litter law dating from 1968 is the country’s way of keeping clean. Disregard the law, drop trash on the ground in this Southeast Asian city, and you’ll pay $1,000. On top of that you’ll also be forced to do community forced labor. Just imagine NYC, Chicago or LA with laws like that! Problem would be enforcing them, but we sure would have nice clean cities.

It is a half world away from the states and may be a little tough to even locate on a map as it is quite small. Nevertheless, life in Singapore is rich and diversified. Singapore Airlines is world famous for the beauties that serve as attendants and for superior service while in the air. SA operates a hub at Changi Airport and has a strong presence in the Southeast Asia, East Asia, South Asia, and “Kangaroo Route” markets. The company also operates trans-Pacific flights, including the world’s two longer non-stop flights from Singapore to Newark and LA and was the launch customer of Airbus A380, currently the world’s largest passenger airliner.

Singapore, officially the Republic of Singapore, is a SE Asia city-state off the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula, 137 kilometers (85 mi) north of the equator and is an island country made up of 63 islands. It’s big. Some 5 million people live in Singapore, of whom 2.91 million were born locally. Most are Chinese, with Malays and Indian forming significant minorities. There are four official languages: English, Chinese, Malay, and Tamil. It is second only too Monaco as the world’s most densely populated country. Singapore has become a major worldwide banking, ship building and petroleum center. In the last few decades, this melting pot of cultures has moved on to the “A List” for international senior travelers, and is today one of the most sophisticated tourist destinations on the planet.

Founded as a British trading colony in 1819, since independence it has become one of the world’s most prosperous countries and sports the world’s busiest port. The Top Attractions include temples, mosques and museums. YourSingapore.com is an exciting website with many highlights for senior visitors. Another website lists additional sites and attractions not to be missed. They include Chinatown that carries an ethnic-heritage charm amidst modern influences. It has kept its roots by conserving pre-war shop houses and its century-old beliefs. This is truly is a most beautiful part of Singapore, and a “must visit” for all new visitors!.

VisitSingapore is an e-magazine guide for everyone who wants to know more about Singapore. Best Time To Visit Singapore: This island nation of world tourists’ attractions in Singapore for pleasure trips and holidaying in the best places in Singapore. Tourists visit Singapore throughout the year however the best time to visit Singapore is the festive seasons. Conversely, though Singapore has no particular season, according to the genre of the tourist hailing from some part of the world the peak tourist seasons for Singapore differ.

Another great travel guide for seniors finds that the place is full of life and excitement. And for shoppers it is a place of delight because Singapore is a shopper’s paradise. Singapore is one of the world’s most modern cities and it had been so throughout the last decade. It is blend of grand and expensive and low key and cheap areas. But the low key and cheap areas are also always exceptionally clean.

One of the Travel Tips on Singapore includes eating a durian. Durian is the King of Fruits in Southeast Asia. This fruit is distinct for its look, color, taste and particularly odor. Individual likings towards the durian can be extreme. Some may love and crave for it while others stay miles from it the moment they smell it. Try a durian, or at least smell it and decide if you are game enough to eat one!

I will sign off with a map or two of Singapore so that you will know where you are going and more specifically where it is attached to the islands. Enjoy Singapore and do leave your chewing gum at home.      jeb



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  1. It would be good if people would check their facts before perpetuating myths. It is NOT a caning offense not to flush the toilet in Singapore. Caning is only for serious crimes. Also, there are no “public caning offenses” because there is no public caning, and never has been. All caning sentences in Singapore are carried out privately in the prison.

  2. Thank you for calling this error to our attention. SCJ continually works to provide accurate information for its readers, based on researched and verified information. This one got by us, and we appreciate the opportunity to correct the misinformation.

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