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Shiny Singapore and what it has to offer

Global Lingo has an office and a growing team in the vibrant city-state that is Singapore.

A thriving and unique ethnic brew

As Singapore is charged with 24-hour energy and multiculturalism, it was chosen as the perfect location to expand into – enabling us to offer language services in the heart of Asia.

Many of the team here in the UK have visited the island and told me a few of their highlights. And I was fortunate enough to explore the cultural melting pot myself on a school hockey tour – where we were hosted by a universal bank (and consequently lucky enough to experience some unusual highlights of the city, including dining on top of a skyscraper!).

Singapore consists only of one main island and 63 other tiny islands, most of these islands are uninhabited but there‘s a lot going on!

A few things to know and do in the Lion City:

  • Four official languages

English, Chinese, Malay and Tamil. This means there is no single set of culturally acceptable behaviours and four more chances to experience culture. Although English is the official working language and most widely used, the national anthem ‘Majulah Singapura‘ is actually sung in Malay.

  • Singapore slinging

Raffles Hotel’s famous Long Bar is where the Singapore Sling cocktail was invented! The ingredients are gin, Cointreau, cherry brandy, Dom Benedictine, pineapple juice, Grenadine, Angostura bitters and limes. The colonial-inspired bar is the best place to try the drink and when you finish your peanuts you can toss your shells onto the bar floor!

  • No-no’s

Don’t forget that chewing gum is banned on the island and you will get yourself into trouble for jaywalking, which is disobeying traffic rules and crossing the road where there aren’t traffic lights. Also, if you are convicted of littering three times, you will have to clean the streets on Sundays wearing a bib which reads, “I am a litterer.’’ There are a number of other weird laws to be aware of.

  • Night safari

The Night Safari in Singapore is the world’s first night zoo. Opening only at night, the animals are made visible by lighting that resembles moonlight. The zoo has has over 1000 animals and specialises in nocturnal ones – a world first.

  • Never short of friends

Apart from Monaco, Singapore is the most densely populated country in the world, with 6,430 people per square kilometre, however only 63% of the inhabitants are citizens.

  • Just good economics

The World Bank has declared it as the easiest place in the world to do business and the Singaporean economy is known as one of the freest, most innovative, most competitive and most business-friendly. It is also considered one of the least corrupt countries in the world.

  • Not to be missed

The nightly 15 minute multimedia spectacular at the Marina Bay Sands resort called ‘Wonder Full‘. It provides spectators with a wealth of colour, light and music – and it’s free!

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