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Adjusting to life in a new place can be a challenge, especially when there is a big gap between what you are used to and what you are experiencing. However, if you learn about the country's people and culture in advance, you may find cultural differences less shocking and more manageable.
If you don't already know, Singapore is home to three main ethnic groups (Chinese, Indian and Malay) and people from the four corners of the world. It is a melting pot of culture with a very unique set of social customs, languages and sensibilities. As with all countries, some cultural tendencies are good and some, bad. To help build your cultural awareness, we’ve round up some of the darker aspects of life in Singapore that may be relevant to you. Hopefully, this knowledge will turn any possible cultural shock into more of a cultural expectation.
1. Unpleasant experiences on the Mass Rapid Transport (MRT)
The MRT is the primary mode of public transport for locals and foreigners, a high capacity system that millions depend on daily. It can get quite crazy as rushing commuters push and nudge their way into the carriage during peak hours...
Known as a melting pot of cultures, exotic Singapore offers a unique thrill for holidaymakers in search of novel experiences. Local residents too may find that the numerous holidays and festivals in Singapore add a splash of colour to their week. Whether you’re keen on experiencing all that the city has to offer, or simply looking to spend an enjoyable day out with a friend, our sunny island has something for everyone. The following events and festivals are some of the most widely celebrated and highly anticipated ones of the first half of the year.
JANUARY TO MARCH
With New Year’s Day being a public holiday, you don’t have to worry about falling asleep at work even if you join in the all-night celebrations taking place across the island. Head to the popular Esplanade or Marina Bay areas to enjoy countdown performances, or to the beautiful Siloso beach at Sentosa for wild foam parties. If you’re dining out on 31 December, make sure that you’ve made your reservations months in advance, as throngs of revellers will be lined up to participate in the countdown. A...
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SkySuites @ Anson - SkySuites @ Anson is an iconic development that will reshape the city skyline. Offering magnificent views of the Central Business District, Marina Bay and the upcoming new waterfront district, this stunning structure will light up the entire night sky with its glorious illuminated sky terraces.
Live the high life. Located in the heart of the Central Business District at Tanjong Pagar, SkySuites @ Anson lets you move to the pulsating beat of the city. Indulge in many exciting entertainment and leisure amenities nearby such as Marina Bay Sands, the new Arts District, Clarke Quay and Sentosa. Revel in an eclectic mix of quaint bistros, sophisticated nightspots and superb dining choices.
76 Shenton - 76 Shenton is located at 76 Shenton Way in district 02 (Shenton Way, Tanjong Pagar) of Singapore. 76 Shenton is a 99-year Leasehold Condo development consisting of 202 units.
76 SHENTON is one of the tallest residential development at the Central Business Districts. It offers panoramic views of the sea and the Singapore skyline. 76 SHENTON draws in and celebrates the energy of the city, yet at the same time creates an oasis of calm when you leave the city behind. 76 SHENTON is a stone's throw from the popular dining and entertainment outlets along Tanjong Pagar Road and Chinatown.
Silversea - Silversea is a prime development on the East Coast that offers unobstructed views of the sea. Designed with sleek walls that frame the silvery horizon like a landscape painting, almost every unit offers a maximised view of the horizon.
Situated in Singapore's East Coast district, the old-world charm and rich heritage of a former Straits Settlement sets you adrift on the balmy sea breeze. At Silversea, you'll enjoy easy access to a bustling metropolis, yet live in a world away from it all. With close proximity to the East Coast Parkway, a 10-minute drive takes you to the new Terminal 3 at Changi International Airport, and 15-minute drive takes you to the heart of the Central Business District. As upcoming landmarks transform the Marina Bay area, you'll find that the wonders of a global city are well within your reach.
Spottiswoode Residences - At Spottiswoode Residences, you live in the city, and equally the city lives in you. Beating with non-stop excitement, the city draws in the young at heart. Immerse in its pulse. Live, work and play in the Central Business District. Feel the energy of the new downtown, Marina Bay just minutes away from Spottiswoode Residences. Explore the historic buildings and cultural heritage of Chinatown. And then things get even better. Brace yourself and witness the transformation of the surrounding district - the Tanjong Pagar railway station makes way for new attractions, and a new Tanjong Pagar Waterfront District emerges as the waterfront city of the future.
You have arrived. The highlights of high living are yours. Shop, wine and dine; with VivoCity, Clarke Quay, Orchard Road and Sentosa just minutes away from Spottiswoode Residences. On a whimsical day, enjoy a picnic breakfast on Mount Faber, immerse in the thrills of Universal Studios, and tantalise your tastebuds at the world class restaurants of Resorts World Sentosa.
The Shore Residences - Situated on Amber Road, The Shore Residences sits peacefully in the historic Katong enclave, where you'll be surrounded by timelessly charming architecture, quaint little stalls and famed eateries. Other famous quiet getaways are also nearby, like Pasir Ris Park, Changi Point, and Siglap Village.
Despite the tranquil surroundings, The Shore Residences is nonetheless well served by an extensive transportation network. The upcoming Eastern Region Line and expressways like the ECP, PIE, and the TPE ensure that destinations like the CBD, Orchard Road, the Marina Bay area, and Changi Airport are just a short ride away.
The Shore Residences is located close to several exciting developments. The revamped Marina Bay area is home to the soon-to-be completed Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resort and several new commercial towers. There are also government plans for developing Singapore's eastern region* that will result in new business and employment opportunities, especially in the wafer fabrication, aerospace and logistics industries.
All of which shall be made easier to access with the forthcoming completion of the Downtown Line, Eastern Region Line and the Marina Coastal Expressway.
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