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Singapore: A "Fine" City

(Just be sure to leave the drugs at home.)

Singapore's extravagant ArtScience Museum on Marina Bay, downtown in the background.
Singapore's extravagant ArtScience Museum on Marina Bay, downtown in the background.

The city-state of Singapore is known for being a "fine city," a title imbued with two very different meanings: one is that it's a fine city to live in, while the second refers to its infamously harsh fine system designed to keep the country in ship-shape order.

This city is impeccable clean. It makes Disneyland's Main Street look like the Bronx. How do they do it? Singapore levies multiple fines to maintain a squeaky-clean image.

Here are punishable offenses in Singapore:

  • - Sale of cigarettes to minors (under age 18)
  • - Sale or possession of chewing gum
  • - Vandalism
  • - Spitting
  • - Littering
  • - Urinating in elevators
  • - Feeding the pigeons
  • - Jaywalking
  • - Possession of firecrackers (punishment: caning)
  • - Eating or drinking in the subway
  • - Not flushing the toilet
  • - Possession or trafficking of >20 grams of drugs (punishment: death)

Now before you cross off this destination from your travel list, keep this in mind. Singapore is a city built for the traveler to explore: it has clean and efficient public transportation, low crime, an easy-to-navigate airport, and a diversity of food, culture and religions.

As part of my photo walk around the city, I took in the sights and smells of Little India, bargained at the Bugis Market and had a nice, cool drink while enjoying the views at the Clarke Quay.

Afterwards I headed out to the Marina Bay Sands Resort, the world's most expensive standalone casino property at $8 billion dollars.

ArtMuseum signage

I photographed the ArtScience Museum (part of the Marina Bay Sands Resort) with the Singapore skyline in the background. Billion-dollar views and the construction costs to match it.

If you have a chance to visit Singapore, please do so... just remember to flush the toilet.

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Singapore's extravagant ArtScience Museum on Marina Bay, downtown in the background.
Singapore's extravagant ArtScience Museum on Marina Bay, downtown in the background.

The city-state of Singapore is known for being a "fine city," a title imbued with two very different meanings: one is that it's a fine city to live in, while the second refers to its infamously harsh fine system designed to keep the country in ship-shape order.

This city is impeccable clean. It makes Disneyland's Main Street look like the Bronx. How do they do it? Singapore levies multiple fines to maintain a squeaky-clean image.

Here are punishable offenses in Singapore:

  • - Sale of cigarettes to minors (under age 18)
  • - Sale or possession of chewing gum
  • - Vandalism
  • - Spitting
  • - Littering
  • - Urinating in elevators
  • - Feeding the pigeons
  • - Jaywalking
  • - Possession of firecrackers (punishment: caning)
  • - Eating or drinking in the subway
  • - Not flushing the toilet
  • - Possession or trafficking of >20 grams of drugs (punishment: death)

Now before you cross off this destination from your travel list, keep this in mind. Singapore is a city built for the traveler to explore: it has clean and efficient public transportation, low crime, an easy-to-navigate airport, and a diversity of food, culture and religions.

As part of my photo walk around the city, I took in the sights and smells of Little India, bargained at the Bugis Market and had a nice, cool drink while enjoying the views at the Clarke Quay.

Afterwards I headed out to the Marina Bay Sands Resort, the world's most expensive standalone casino property at $8 billion dollars.

ArtMuseum signage

I photographed the ArtScience Museum (part of the Marina Bay Sands Resort) with the Singapore skyline in the background. Billion-dollar views and the construction costs to match it.

If you have a chance to visit Singapore, please do so... just remember to flush the toilet.

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