With so many things to do in Singapore, living in the city will be an incredible experience for your whole family.
Things to do in Singapore with your family
Singapore is a very vibrant and multi-cultural city with lots of attractions and activities for the whole family. Here are just some of the exciting things:
Sentosa - A vibrant tourist spot for its wide range of events and attractions and it has been aptly labelled as a "one stop tourist spot". http://www.sentosa.com.sg
River Safari - Enter Asia’s first and only river-themed wildlife park and meet over 5,000 animals, including 42 endangered species. Explore iconic freshwater habitats and meet rare river giants such as the giant river otter, giant salamander and the Mekong giant catfish. http://riversafari.com
Night Safari - Opened in 1994, Night Safari is the world’s first safari park for nocturnal animals. It spans 35 hectares of secondary forest and is home to over 2,500 animals of over 130 species, of which 38% are threatened. http://www.nightsafari.com.sg
Singapore Botanical Garden - With more than 150 years of history, the 74-hectare Gardens holds a unique and significant place in the history of Singapore and the region. With plenty of outdoor space, come ready with a picnic basket to bask in the greenery with your family. http://www.sbg.org.sg
Choosing where to live
Residing in a new country like Singapore will require you to know a lot of 'what to dos' and 'how to dos'. There are some really useful guides providing information about where to live:
A car is not necessary in Singapore as public transport is very convenient. The widely most used mode of public transportation would be the trains (also known as MRT), buses and taxis.
However, if you are planning to purchase a car in Singapore, a new car in Singapore excluding car price, costs S$40-50K for a ten year Certificate of Entitlement (COE). Second hand cars are also available through car dealers.
Local customs and culture
Singapore culture has a strong influence of Chinese, Malay and Indian cultures. The diversity of Singapore culture is due to her history. Singapore is also a multi-religious country. Religion tolerance, understanding and respect are also in built into Singapore culture. The main religions are Islam, Buddhism, Taoism, Christianity and Hinduism. This is a unique scene in Singapore showing the level of racial, religious harmony and mutual respect for other beliefs in Singapore.
Key facts and information
The name Singapore is derived from the word "Singapura" or "Lion City". In the year 1819, Sir Stamford Raffles established a British trading station on this island. It gained its independence as a sovereign and democratic nation on 9 August 1965, admitted to both the United Nations and the Commonwealth of Nations in the same year. Every year on this day Singapore celebrates it as its national day.
Singapore is generally hot and humid, with temperature almost never dropping below 20°C (68°F), and usually climbing to 30-35°C (86°F) during the day. However, most buildings are air-conditioned.
The population is around 5.4 million with 76.4% being of Chinese origin, 14.9% Malay, 6.4% Indian.