Handy Hints & Tips
- Safe Drinking Water
(Image by www.onsingapore.com)
English is the spoken language, though Singlish – a collection of colloquial catch phrases and lingo – dominates the everyday conversations amongst the locals. Mandarin, Malay, Tamil, and various dialects are also used.
Here is a guide by Aussie Pete on Singlish Langauge.
It’s alright if you can’t speak them fluently, you just to know what they mean!
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Safe Drinking Water
Water in Singapore are passes World Health Organisation standards, which means that you can drink directly from the tap and shower! Thus, clean water is very accessible in every corner of Singapore. You can also find out more about the Singapore’s Quality Water Treatment with our PUB – Public Utility Board’s NEWater.
(image by: http://www.mindef.gov.sg)
Singapore is an extremely safe and clean city. You can travel to any parts of Singapore alone anytime of the year, regardless of gender. However, do keep a lookout for foreigners in Singapore, the locals are safe.
Rest assure while taking the taxi as taxi drivers are honest. The law is very harsh on them if there is a complaint against them. All cab drivers must be above 30 years old with no criminal records and must be married. All speak English and their own ethnic language ie. Chinese, Malay or Tamil. You can get onto a taxi and sleep and be assured you will always reach your destination safely.
The Singapore government has also stepped up security measures following the terrorist attacks in Bali, and remain very committed to maintaining Singapore’s reputation as a safe destination for travelers.
Although Singapore is one of the safest countries in the world, please exercise caution and protection against your personal belongings. There are cases where people left their belongings (bags etc) and went for a swim (Sentosa) and later found their belongings missing. There have also been incidents of foreign pickpocket syndicates being caught in Singapore. They pickpocket in busy town areas and then go back to their countries.
Have someone to look after the belongings while you are away. Use lockers if they are available. Or ask friendly people to look after your belongings (at your own risk! they might be foreigners or dishonest Singaporeans too). Zip your handbag etc. Do not expose wallets or make belongings ‘pickpocket-friendly’. These crimes are rather insignificant but its always good to be on your alert.
There’s also cases where motorbikes passenger/driver will snatch bags etc from pedestrians walking by the side of the road. I disagree with this statement. These cases do happen in Malaysia and not in Singapore.
Overall, Singapore is very safe compared to other parts of the world. This is especially so because there is the death penalty for murder cases and drug (heroine etc) trafficking/consumption.
In spite of all of this enforcement remember: a Low Crime Rate does not mean No Crime.