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City Hopper: Singapore, Singapore

March 2, 2013
Singapore Skyline

Singapore Skyline

My next stop is Singapore which is located in Southeast Asia off the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula. The name Singapore is derived from the Malay word Singapura which means ‘Lion City’. It was named that because the person that founded and named Singapore, Sang Nila Utama, saw a animal he thought was a lion. In actuality there have never been lions here and the animal that was most like seen by him probably was a tiger. So you will see references to lions throughout the city because of this.

Beautiful sunset in Singapore

Beautiful sunset in Singapore

Singapore consists of 63 islands including the main island which is usually referred to as Singapore Island but it’s actual name is  Pulau Ujong. Singapore has a tropical rain forest climate which means that it has no distinctive seasons. The temperature is uniform all year long (around 30 C/86 F) and it has high humidity as well as abundant rainfall.

Marina Bay Sands Casino Resort, Singapore

Marina Bay Sands Casino Resort, Singapore

Singapore is consistently rated as one of the least corrupt countries in the world along with New Zealand and the Scandinavian countries. The economy of Singapore is known as one of the freest, most innovative, most competitive, and most business-friendly in the world.

Sentosa Island, Singapore

Sentosa Island, Singapore

The country is the world’s fourth leading financial center, the world’s second-biggest casino gambling market, one of the world’s top three oil refining centers  the world’s largest oil-rig producer, and a major ship-repairer.The port is one of the five busiest ports in the world. The World Bank has named Singapore as the easiest place in the world to do business and ranks Singapore the world’s top logistics hub. It is also the world’s fourth largest foreign-exchange trading center after London, New York and Tokyo. [Source: Wikipedia]

The Fountain of Wealth, Singapore

The Fountain of Wealth, Singapore

Singapore also has the world’s highest percentage of millionaires with one out of six households having at least a $1 million US dollars in disposable wealth and that doesn’t include any material possessions such as houses, cars, or property.

The Helix Bridge at the Marina Bay Sands Hotel & Casino, Singapore

The Helix Bridge at the Marina Bay Sands Hotel & Casino, Singapore

So what’s there to do here? Well, because tourism is a big part of their economy the government legalized gambling and allowed two casinos to be built here so there’s plenty to do there if that’s what you like. There is also the Fountain of Wealth where many people go to make a wish as well as many beaches, shopping and, of course, great food to enjoy!

Here’s a little video to show you a bit of Singapore:

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