The Country with Twenty Three Islands

By: Douglas Scott

Singapore is officially the Republic of Singapore and is an island nation located at the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula. Since independence, Singapore's standard of living has risen dramatically.

Singapore consists of 63 islands, including the main island. About 23 percent of Singapore's land area consists of nature and forest reserves the only remaining area of primary rainforest being Bukit Timah Nature Reserve.

English is widespread and children are taught English at school but also learn their mother tongue. It is probably the safest Asian country in which to travel, and sexual harassment is very rare.

Dempsey Rd is a former British Army barracks which has been turned into warehouse shops specialising in antiques. In this setting, you will find anything from Kashmiri carpets and teak furniture to landscaping ornaments and antiques and there is a couple of excellent wine bars.

Orchard Road is flanked by pedestrian malls. Orchard Road also contains numerous upmarket restaurants, cafes coffee chains, nightclubs and hotels. It is also the site of the official residence of the President of Singapore.

Holland Village is a charming place with a blend of new and old. Both locals and expatriates are drawn here to shop, wine and dine it is only about 15 minutes from downtown.

The Esplanade is one of the most photographed structures. Unique and also known as the Durian place. This place holds plays and theatres shows comparable to overseas standards. The hall is fixed with superb sound system.

The Stamford, is a tall hotel located in the colonial district of Singapore. Large glass windows allow for an excellent view over Singapore. The restaurant on the 69th floor has better views than the bar the restaurant faces towards the river and the skyscrapers of the CBD.

Chinese New Year Celebration the celebration lasts 15 days. It starts on the first new moon of the new year, and goes on for 15 days until the full moon appears. The 15th day is called the Lattern Festival, and is celebrated with parades and other festivities.
The Lion Dance is a spectacular, acrobatic dance usually performed during Chinese festivals.

Little India is a compact area full of Indian restaurants, shops, and wonderfully colourful temples. The area was set up by Raffles and still exists as a distinct Indian Community today. Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple is one of the most popular Hindu temples in Singapore, probably due to its location in the middle of Little India in the southern part of Singapore

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